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LibreOffice 5.4 works better with Microsoft Office files

With version 5.4 The Document Foundation has made the free, open source LibreOffice 5.4 more compatible with Microsoft Office1. If you like your productivity software to come as a big, sprawling, all-encompassing suite, you can buy an annual Microsoft Office subscription. Or, you could get the power of Office without paying a penny. LibreOffice is […]

Microsoft double-dipping with Outlook.com ads

Microsoft’s Outlook.com web mail app is clean, crisp and efficient. It is almost everything you’d want from a browser-based mail app. Almost. It fails because there’s an advertising pane on the right hand of the screen. You can’t miss it. Of course that’s the idea. Advertising is supposed to be in-your-face. Attention-seeking Advertisers won’t pay […]

Review: LibreOffice 5.2 — solid, unpolished alternative

LibreOffice 5.2, the free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office gets the job done. Yet there are compromises. At a glance For: Free. Open source. Feature rich. Runs on old hardware. Can open most document formats. Against: Not as polished as paid-for alternatives. Lacks cloud integration. Inconsistent user interface. Maybe: Comes with graphics app, equation […]

Xero woos small business with Microsoft Outlook link

One of the advantages of cloud apps like Xero is that it is easy to link them. You do none of the hard work, that’s all handled for you. Best of all, you don’t need to buy fresh software or download and install patches. Xero founder Rod Drury has hinted in the past that this […]

One month with Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac

Microsoft took five years to update Mac: Office 2011. Mac Office:2011 was almost a generation behind the Windows version of Office at launch. It didn’t just look out-of-date, it was missing functionality. At best Microsoft was paying lip-service to Mac users. It left a vacuum for others to fill. This includes Apple with its iWorks […]