) debuted Office Mobile for
) mobile devices, though only those who own Office 365 may take
advantage of it.
The app, which has been available to Office 365 users with
) devices since June 14, offers access to Word, Excel, and
PowerPoint via smartphone or tablet.
Though preparing entire projects would be rather tedious on a
smartphone, the app is intended to enable users to make last-minute
edits on-the-go, a nice perk for college students across the nation
who have already spent the $100 on Office 365 and are now preparing
to head back for the fall semester.
With presentations, essays, and long hours in the library on the
horizon, here are six free apps that any student can use to make
life on campus a little easier.
One of the only things worse than having to write a 20-page paper
is permanently losing a 20-page paper because it hasn't been backed
Dropbox, which is the creation of two MIT students, is a file
hosting service that will save any student from the tragedy of
document loss. After installing the service onto a computer,
videos, photos and documents added to Dropbox are saved and
accessible from the computer and via the
which is compatible with Windows, iOS, Android,
) and other operating systems.
The app's services follow a freemium model, granting users 2 GB of
storage space for free and enabling them to acquire as much as 18
GB at no cost by referring friends to the service. This should be
more than enough to ensure the safety of the most irreplaceable
documents, though Dropbox's Pro packages offer 100 GB, 200 GB, or
500 GB of space for $99, $199, and $499, respectively.
Google Drive is a similar alternative for those more comfortable
with a big-name brand keeping their documents secure, although it
isn't compatible with BlackBerry devices.
Between running to classes, extracurricular activities, and jobs,
the college lifestyle is often fast-paced. With Evernote, created
by Stepan Pachikov of Azerbaijan, students can be sure that their
notes keep up with them.
Text, Web pages, photographs, audio recordings, and handwritten
notes can all be uploaded to the application, which can sync across
computers, phones, and tablets on most popular platforms.
Uploaded information can then be organized into folders, annotated,
and searched for. Evernote recognizes words that may appear on a
sign in a user's uploaded photograph, or on a product, or in a
handwritten note. This enables users to use keywords to search
through photographs as well as typed notes, which is a useful
"It's easily the best note-taking app you'll find, in part because
it integrates with so many other programs and services, but also
because of its thoughtful features and excellent search tools,"
in its review
of the application.
The free version of Evernote allows for 60 MB of monthly data
usage. For $5 per month, or $45 for the year, the data cap rises to
1024 MB per month, which might be more than most students need.
Once school starts up, there will be plenty of deadlines, meetings,
assignments, parties, and games to keep on the radar. That's where
Wunderlist comes in.
Lists, reminders, and tasks can all be organized with Wunderlist.
Larger tasks can be broken down into subtasks and friends can be
added to lists through
) or email when a group effort is needed to take care of something.
Whether it's an essay deadline, movies that must be watched before
the semester ends, or the items necessary to throw the best party
the school has ever seen, Wunderlist has got it covered.
Wunderlist also syncs across devices, so as tasks gets added or
crossed off, the list will update seamlessly across all platforms.
For $5 per month, Wunderlist's Pro features enable users to upload
documents, delegate specific tasks to individuals, customize
notifications, and more in order to make group projects a breeze,
though the free version should suffice in most situations.
Boasting over 825,000 free and paid wireless hotspots across 144
countries, WiFi Finder, created by San Francisco-based JiWire Inc.,
can keep you connected anywhere.
Sometimes a change of scenery is the best way to reenergize and
ramp up productivity. Whether it's a local
(SBUX) or a nearby park, WiFi Finder shows users free or paid Wi-Fi
locations on a map to let them get out of the office without
sacrificing their ability to work.
Available on Apple and Android devices, WiFi Finder is entirely
free to use.
College is often the first time students must rely upon themselves
to keep track of their spending and budget accordingly. By
translating spending information into visuals, the Mint app makes
the task of keeping track of cash a little easier.
Mint can sync with checking and savings accounts as well as credit
cards. It then automatically keeps track of how much is spent and
what it is spent on, breaking it down into categories like
"shopping," "travel," and "home."
Users may also create their own budget with Mint, which can then
keep track of purchases to prevent overspending. Over time, the
application can also warn the user when they've spent an unusual
amount based on their general purchasing trends.
A Mint account can be synchronized across tablets, smartphones, and
personal computers, making it an easy-to-access and completely
cost-free assistant for anyone trying to keep an eye on their
The app has been popular with users, which isn't surprising
considering that the Mint.com website has been around since 2006.
It is now a subsidiary of
(INTU) and it is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
"Mint is hands down the best-looking, most user-friendly, and
useful app on my tablet! They took an amazing service and created
an app around it that delivers on all levels," writes one
reviewerin the Google Play store.
As long as there is information to be memorized, flashcards will
hold their place in students' study routines. There are plenty of
flashcard apps to be found in app stores, but Chegg Flashcards is
the safest bet, given the Santa Clara company's specialization in
academics. The only drawback here is that the flashcards are only
available on Apple products.
Chegg Flashcards enables users to make their own card sets, add
photos to cards, and keep track of wrong and right answers.
For those seeking an application that is compatible across various
operating systems, StudyBlue Flashcards offers similar features to
Chegg, but to Android and iOS users alike. Additionally, with this
application, users can add classes and connect with classmates to
ask questions and make studying a collaborative effort.
The basic model is free and should provide most students with what
they need, but StudyBlue Pro memberships are available starting at
$8.99 per month. The paid option enables the ability to hide
already mastered cards, type equations, and customize text.