Same tool, different features
With the lines blurring between smartphones and PCs, productivity tools are trying to reflect similar capabilities
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With the lines blurring between smartphones and PCs, productivity tools are trying to reflect similar capabilities. Not all of them, however, are replicated the same way. We take a look at four popular tools with features unique to each platform.
■ With the Save Zoom level feature, PC users can change and save a particular zoom level in Word that they are more comfortable with.
■ Users can split-view a document into two or more pages.
■ Users can also access LinkedIn’s AI-backed Resume Assistant in Word. It can help them prepare better résumés by giving suggestions and identifying skills needed for a job.
■ Word’s app for phones saves your documents by itself, so you don’t have to do it manually at frequent intervals.
■ Word on mobile also supports voice-based typing. Just speak after tapping the voice-to-type button on the keyboard and the text will type by itself.
■ PC users can switch to any other Google app on Chrome browsers as separate tabs, instead of opening separate apps.
■ Chrome on PC has a vast trove of extensions which can enhance productivity and browser functionality.
u Chrome users can find how secure a website is simply by clicking on the URL bar, which may be important for banking websites.
■ The Data Saver mode in the Chrome app compresses web pages by stripping them of all resource-intensive elements such as big fonts, videos and images, so that they load quickly, even on slow networks.
■ Mobile users can save any web page or story and access it later in the offline mode.
■ Chrome on mobile suggests news and articles on the home page itself. The suggestions are based on users’ web and app activity.
■ Recall mail allows PC users to recall a sent mail within 9 seconds by clicking on the undo mail icon that pops up after a mail is sent.
■ Customizable themes on PC allow personalization of the Gmail interface. Users can also take full advantage of keyboard short-cuts, which makes composing a mail, search, etc., a lot faster.
■ Gmail users on PC can access their inbox and compose a mail even when there is no internet connection. The mail will be sent automatically when connectivity is restored.
■ Unlike the mobile app, Gmail for PC comes with a built-in messenger, allowing users to chat while simultaneously going through mails.
■ The smart reply feature in the Gmail app uses machine learning to suggest smart, contextual replies to emails when a user doesn’t have the time to type a response manually.
■ The Gmail app can convert a mobile number in an email into a hyperlink, allowing users to make calls by simply tapping on it.
■ The create rule feature in Outlook on PC allows users to sort all incoming mails according to the name of the sender and the keywords in the subject line.
■ PC users can customize the name of categories and add colour codes that would help them identify mails easily.
■ The offline feature allows users to access mail even when their laptop or desktop is not connected to the internet.
■ The Outlook Social Connector allows PC users to access their contacts, messages and updates on Facebook and LinkedIn in Outlook.
■ The people tab in the Outlook app shows the contacts you have interacted with the most. Users can see all the mails, meetings and files shared with a particular contact.
■ The swipe-to-customize feature is designed to take full advantage of the touch screen on phones. Swiping right schedules a mail and swiping left archives it.
■ The app allows users to sync their contacts on other email apps such as Gmail or Yahoo.com.