eFax, a service that lets users send faxes, announced the first fax application for Microsoft (News - Alert) Word 2013.
The app will let users send faxes from Microsoft Word without having to print the document out and find a fax machine. eFax claims over 11 million users worldwide since 1996. Users with an Internet-connected device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet can send and receive faxes with only an e-mail address.
The application is aimed at busy and mobile professionals who don't want to be slowed down by hunting for a fax machine. j2Global, Efax's parent company, hopes its Word integration will bring them one step closer to a paperless office.
“With the integration of eFax into Microsoft Word 2013, businesses save time and gain mobility,” vice president of marketing for j2 Global (News - Alert), said. “No longer tied to their office printer or fax machine, Word users can send business critical faxes...while on the move. Activities that were once limited to the office and to business hours are now done around the clock and via the cloud.”
The eFax app can be downloaded directly from the Office Store, as well as appearing in a task pane on the right. A number of subscription plans are available, as is a 30-day free trial.
Microsoft Office 2013, which includes Word, is the latest version of the popular office suite. A “Consumer Preview” was released in July. Microsoft has announced that it will support two new file formats: Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2.
“By adding support for these standardized document formats, Microsoft Office 2013 provides users with more choice for office document interoperability,” Microsoft Office standards chief, Jim Thatcher said in a company blog post. “Regardless of your preferred document file format, the new Microsoft Office gives you more options for sharing, collaborating, and archiving office documents.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman