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Microsoft Office Web Apps now available everywhere

The number of countries where Microsoft's Office Web Apps are available has continually grown since the apps' first preview back in September of 2009. Recently, Office Web Apps have become available in 15 additional territories, and then in 150 more last month. That was also when Microsoft promised that its Web-based Office suite would finally achieve worldwide availability this month. It ha...

Microsoft Office Web Apps available in 150 new countries, worldwide next month

Late last year, Microsoft expanded availability of its Office Web Apps to 15 additional countries. Now, the company has announced another bump -- this time by a whopping 150 new locales. Microsoft's announcement doesn't include a full listing, but India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand are among the additions. The post also ...

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...

Microsoft rolls out free Office Web Apps to 15 additional countries

Microsoft began previewing Office Web Apps (OWA) back in September of 2009, and today the Office team has announced expanded availability of the free-to-use OWA. Originally available in just 11 countries, the total number has been more than doubled and is now open to users in China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Swed...

Microsoft Word XML patent case to be heard by Supreme Court

Microsoft struck out on two previous attempts in court, but it's not prepared to give up on Word just yet. Today, the Redmond company received a bit of welcome news: the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Microsoft's appeal in the case to decide who owns the patent for XML, the markup language that powers Word. That takes Microsoft off the hook for the $290 million in damages previously awarded to ...

Google Docs viewer adds support for Microsoft Word documents

If you're a Gmail user and you receive a lot of Microsoft Word .doc and .docx file attachments, you may have noticed a new feature. If not, I'll clue you in: Gmail has added a view link for Word documents. And yes, that means that the Google Docs Viewer now supports .doc and .docx as well. Formatting looks good so far on the documents I've tested -- the TuneUp press release looks very nearly t...

Writespace converts Word into a full-screen, minimalistic editor

Writespace is like WriteMonkey -- but for Microsoft Word. In other words, it's a full-screen, minimalistic text editor, which runs right inside Word. It's not some half-assed macro which makes the background dark and changes font color; it was developer using Windows Presentation Foundation as a Word add-in, and is available as an installer for Word 2007 and 2003. It's comprehensive. Writespace i...

TextMaker Viewer is a solid alternative for MS Word Viewer

When I translate, I often use huge files for reference; these are glossaries and consistency tables that stretch on for hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of pages. Loading these files in a normal copy of Word puts a major dent in system performance. Word keeps trying to auto-save them or spell check them, and it simply freezes on every attempt, while I sit there and twiddle my thumbs. My solutio...

Facebook Docs: Facebook gets its own version of Microsoft Web Office

One of the big announcements at Facebook's f8 developer conference was Facebook Docs, a Facebook-powered version of Microsoft Web Office. Facebook Docs will let users create, upload and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, right on Facebook. It was created in collaboration with Microsoft's Fuse Labs, and the uploading system was based on Facebook's existing Photos app. Your docs are social ...

Wordoid helps you make nonsense names with good domains

"Wordoids", which are words that are made-up, but sound right. They follow the rules of phonetics, and if done properly, roll off the tongue. The need to have an online presence has increased the need for unique product and company names and has led to these wordoids. Yet, even with a made-up name, it's important for the name to convey something about what the product or business actually is. N...

Pretweeting - virtual stock market of Twitter trends

How hip are you? Are you on the cutting edge of what's being talked about by those in the know? You know, the "twitterati"? (Sorry, I just gagged a little there.) If you enjoy stock market-based games, and tracking the trending topics on Twitter, you might want to have a look at Pretweeting. Pretweeting is a virtual stock market where the commodities that you buy and sell are trending words on Twi...

OfficeTab adds tabs to Word, Excel and Powerpoint

Tabbed browsing might be the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, after having tabs for so long, it's frustrating to try using an older browser that doesn't support them. We still deal with it in our office applications, though. Granted, it's rare to have as many Word documents open as we do webpages, but even 4 or 5 can turn into a mess. OfficeTab helps out by adding tabs to Word, Excel a...

Microsoft gets a taste Texas justice: judge slams Word with banhammer

At high noon, Microsoft and US District Court Judge Leonard Davis met on a dusty stretch of Texas road. The wind whistled past, carrying the occasional tumbleweed. A Walmart bag danced in the updraft. As the clock struck high noon, not a sound could be heard except for the jangling of spurs as each combatant shot a steely glance at the other. Right arm at the ready, fingers flexing. Suddenly...

Pagehand lets you compose PDF files natively

Have you ever wondered why you can't simply author PDF files directly in a word processor? Most word processors like Microsoft Word use their own proprietary format, or a standard format like RTF. But Adobe's PDF format is the recognized standard in cross-platform page layout file formats; if you send someone a PDF file, you can be virtually guaranteed that they will be able to open and view it. A...

Office 2007 SP2 ships, adds Open Document and PDF support

At last, Microsoft has released the much-anticipated SP2 update for Office 2007, and it's currently available from the Microsoft Download Center. The 290Mb download includes more than 600 fixes and improvements. Two key additions include support for the Open Document formats in Word (.odt), Excel (.ods), and Powerpoint (.odp) and the option to save as PDF in all applications. In my limited testin...