[Grammar] Handling

JRD

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As usual, during Mr. Edward's vacation, I will handle his duties and responsibilities. He will support us remotely when needed.
As usual, during Mr. Edward's vacation, I will be handling his duties and responsibilities. He will also be supporting us remotely when needed.

Please advise if the above sentence are worded correctly. Both have the same meaning?

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I would write "during Mr Edward's absence" and "...assume his duties...".
I would use the future tense though the future progressive is not wrong.
 

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The first can suggest a decision by the speaker. The second can suggest a mere statement of the the future situation. The speaker has not necessarily decided this, or at least is not presenting it as a decision.

The statements appear to be some sort of official announcement at a workplace. Why would it be just a description of the future situation and not a decision?
 

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I agree with Piscean, but I'd put it slightly differently:

The second suggests that a prior arrangement has been made and agreed upon that the speaker will take on these responsibilities. The first does not do that.
 
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