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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 now available as a free 30-day trial

Microsoft has made Office for Mac 2011 available as a free 30-day trial. During the trial period, you'll have fully functioning versions of all the apps in the suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. The only possible downside here is that before being able to download the trial, you'll have to give Microsoft some personal details, including an email address. But that's a small price to pay f...

LibreOffice 3.3, the open source office suite, now available

LibreOffice -- the Document Foundation's fork of OpenOffice -- has come a long way since the project was first announced in September 2010. Today, the Foundation has announced that its first stable release, LibreOffice 3.3, is ready to download. Among the many changes you'll find in version 3.3 are the arrival of new import filters and improvements to existing ones -- key features when you're ...

Docs.com update brings speed, stability, and support for additional languages

Microsoft brought its Office apps to the Web late last year, and the Fuse Labs team has been busily working to improve the suite ever since. Today, a backend update has brought more stability, increased speed, and support for more languages. Docs.com now supports 30 languages in total -- all of which are supported by the built-in spellchecker. Ambitious polyglots will be excited to know that the ...

Move Outlook notes to Evernote easily with a free script

Microsoft Outlook lets you export your notes, but your file type choices are pretty limited. The same can be said for Evernote's import feature, which only handles its own export files or Microsoft OneNote 2007 or newer. Thankfully, a gent named Richard was kind enough to point us toward a script he created to make moving notes from Outlook to Evernote as easy as possible. Download his outlook...

How to customize the Ribbon menu in Microsoft Office 2010

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. While earlier this week I've shown you how to keep the Ribbon from getting in your way, that's not all you can do with it in Office 2010. Back when the Ribbon interface first came out, in Office 2007, it wasn't really customizable. You could modify ...

Google Tasks top 5 user-requested features announced

A while back, Google asked users of Google Tasks to submit their most wanted features. The polls have closed, so to speak, and Google has announced the top five (in no specific order): a Tasks API and synchronization reminders and notifications recurring tasks shareable task lists visual distinction for overdue tasks Perhaps more importantly than merely announcing the top picks is the...

How to check how readable your Microsoft Word document is

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. If you use difficult words, your documents will be difficult to read and understand. That's a fairly basic statement; fortunately, there have been several smart people who took this statement and created formulas that help you quickly see how readab...

How to use names instead of cell addresses in Microsoft Excel

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. By default, Excel uses cell references in formulas, which results in formulas that look like D5/20 (Meaning, divide the contents of cell D5 by 20). This is fine as long as your formulas are very simple. If you start pulling in data from multiple cel...

Microsoft silently kills off Office Genuine Advantage anti-piracy software

Microsoft has silently decommissioned one of its primary weapons against Office suite piracy, the Office Genuine Advantage scheme. A wolf in sheep's clothing, OGA was essentially a road block through which you had to pass to download templates and the like. Proving that your Office installation was genuine allowed you through, and while it's obvious why it was there, it created yet another hurdle ...

Google Docs Spreadsheet gets multi-user revision history

So far, Google Docs has been no match for Excel's raw power. Recent additions such as macro editing and scripting bring it somewhat closer, but it's still an uphill battle for Google. So instead of playing catch-up, they're now giving Spreadsheets users something Office users don't have – multi-user revision history. While Excel does let users track changes, you can't separate the change...

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac updated to 14.0.2

Office 2011 for Mac might be the best yet, but it's still one of those key products that constantly needs updates, fixes and patches. Microsoft let fly Office 2011 14.0.2 this week, featuring such highlights as improved reliability, improved stability, and a fix to the annoying bug that made you close Office AutoUpdate to be able to actually run the Office Update. If you have any applications t...

HTML5 drag-and-drop upload comes to Google Docs

You've been able to do it for a while now in Gmail, and now drag-and-drop uploading has arrived in Google Docs. If you're running a compatible browser like Chrome, Firefox 3.6+, or Safari 5, adding new files to your Google Docs storage is as easy as sliding them over from your desktop file manager. To use the new drag-and-drop uploader you still need to click through to the Docs upload page. I...

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 ta...

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 vo...