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Google Cloud Connect plug-in connects Microsoft Office to your Google Docs

As fast as Google Docs has been growing, many people are still unwilling to abandon their desktop office software and take to the cloud. Well, Google just made it easier with Cloud Connect, a new Microsoft Office plug-in that connects Word, PowerPoint and Excel to Google Docs. That means anything you do in Office will be saved in the cloud using your Google Docs account. Cloud Connect actually...

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is significantly faster than 2008/2004

The bods over at MacTech have been putting the Microsoft Business Unit's latest Mac offering, Office 2011, though its metaphorical paces, and have found that, on the whole, it's significantly faster than its previous siblings Office 2008 and 2004. App launches are around 70% faster from cold and 98% faster on relaunch, a noticeable and welcome improvement for the user. That's not all, common...

Microsoft Lync 2010 replaces Microsoft Office Communications Server for workplace collaboration

Microsoft's workplace collaboration tool, Office Communications Server, just got a big upgrade and a new, less stuffy name: Microsoft Lync 2010. Like OCS, Lync connects the various Microsoft services in a workplace, including Office, Exchange email and Sharepoint storage. It's also a hub for instant messenging, voice calls and video calls. The major new stuff in Lync 2010 includes enterprise...

Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 beta has been made available to testers

Microsoft has made the first beta of Office 2010 Service Pack 1 available to testers. This is not a publicly released beta, and probably never will be -- it is ready for download by those who Microsoft has invited to test it and people who have registered to test it via Microsoft's Connect beta testing portal. The version number for this beta is 14.0.6011.1000. It doesn't boast any new...

Google Docs gets mobile editing support on Android 2.2 and iOS

Google has just announced that it has started rolling out mobile editing support for Google Docs. The roll-out will take a few days and when it reaches you, you'll be able to edit documents in Google Docs by simply pointing your mobile browser to docs.google.com and clicking on Edit while viewing the document you wish to make changes to. This feature will only be accessible for owners of...

Google Docs adds LaTeX support, customizable autocorrect

The official Google Docs blog has announced a handful of new features, including LaTeX equation support, the option to place images in spreadsheet cells, and automatic corrections. LaTeX is a fairly significant addition, since it should greatly improve Google Docs' spreadsheet muscle. While that alone won't pull it even with Excel, it's certainly a step in the right direction. Image insertion...

Adobe Acrobat X Standard and Pro now available for trial and purchase

Adobe's latest update to its professional PDF authoring solution, Acrobat X, is now available to download and purchase. Bringing Acrobat in line with the rest of the updated Adobe PDF universe, this update brings with it a couple of new program features and tighter integration into the Acrobat.com working environment. New guided 'Actions' allow you to automate repetitive tasks, and more...

Zoho Support adds a Help Desk to its Web-based office suite

Zoho -- the popular Web-based office suite -- has added another component to its customer support offerings. In addition to Zoho Assist, their Java-based remote assistance app, the company is now offering Zoho Support, a full-featured help desk application. Support packs tons of essential features, from managing customer requests and contracts to maintaining tasks and contacts. There's also a...

Docs.com now supports Facebook Groups, makes office work more social

Facebook is making a major announcement on Monday, and while nothing is certain at this point it seems very likely that they could be unveiling Project Titan -- Facebook's take on Web-based email. Also a good bet: this new email platform will tightly integrate with Docs.com, which Microsoft and Facebook opened to beta testers earlier this year. With all the hubbub about email, an update on the...

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac gets update two weeks after debut

Not more than two weeks out of the gate, Microsoft has already released its first update for Office 2011 for Mac. A bug fix release, the update will take 110.5 MB of your precious hard disk space, but should stop unexpected quits and hangs. Some specific applications get a bit more attention -- Excel gets an update to its handling of revised data for formulae, plus improvements to the FORMAT...

Google Docs will soon have third party apps, cloud printing and sync

Three upcoming Google Docs features have been uncovered today by way of digging through the site's source code. These are support for third party applications (built on top of Docs), cloud printing, and sync. Cloud printing is the one that has been known about for quite a while, but in Chrome and Chrome OS context. Limited support for it has been baked into Chromium for the past month, and...

Google Docs and Google Sites get version history and better sharing options

Google Docs and Google Sites have just been updated with a handful of new features. Docs now has a version history option, Sites now lets you add drop-down menu navigation to your pages, and the "sharing settings" screen has been unified across both Docs and Sites. You can access version history in Google Docs by choosing the "Add or manage versions" option on any file. That will let you...

Free Microsoft Office alternative Lotus Symphony hits version 3

You may not have heard of Lotus Symphony before -- IBM's OpenOffice remix doesn't grab too many headlines. It is, however, a very capable alternative to Oracle's free offering and Microsoft Office. Recently, IBM announced the release of Symphony version 3, and the new release is packed with useful updates. One of the most noticeable changes is the new menu sidebars, which are an excellent...

Google Docs gets new chart editor and some new chart types

A new chart editor is now available for the spreadsheet tool inside Google Docs, along with some new chart types to choose from. The most noteworthy feature additions to the chart editor are that it now automatically recommends chart types based on the data, matches data labels and headers, automatically selects colors, gives you more control over imagery, has advanced visualizations and a...

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac now available

Microsoft has officially released the retail version of Office 2011 for Mac. This update to the popular software suite includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Messenger, and adds Outlook to the Mac version of Office for the first time. Microsoft's cloud focus is evident in Office 2011, with Office Web app integration, cloud storage via Skydrive and networked file sharing with SharePoint. Design nerds...