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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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Lilbits: Google acquires company that lets you turn Windows PCs into Chromebooks (and other recent tech news)

A company called Neverware has been offering software called CloudReady that lets you turn old computers into pseudo Chromebooks since 2015. But in order to do that, the company has been using software based on Chromium OS, the open source version of Chrome OS. Now Google has acquired the company and, among other things, that […]

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Soon you’ll be able to install Office 365 on as many PCs as you want

Micosoft’s entry-level Office 365 subscriptions are about to get a little more useful for home and/or personal users. Currently if you pay $70 per year for an Office 365 Personal account you can install Office on up to five devices. Office 365 Home subscribers who pay $100 can install Office on up to 10 devices […]

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LibreOffice 5.4 released (free and open source office suite)

Microsoft recently started earning more money from Office 365 subscriptions than it does by selling one-time licenses for its Office software. Meanwhile, the folks behind LibreOffice continue to develop a free and open source alternative that you don’t have to pay a penny to use. LibreOffice 5.4 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux […]

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Microsoft Office is now available from the Windows Store (for Surface Laptop users)

As promised, Microsoft has brought its Office suite of applications to the Windows Store. You can now get the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other applications through Microsoft’s app store… but there’s one small catch. Right now you can only do that if you have a Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S. […]

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Microsoft steps up push for Office 365 subscriptions over single-license Office installs

There are currently a few different ways to get your hands on Microsoft Office. There are home and business versions of Office. And make a one-time purchase to get a version of Office that you can install on a single PC or pay for an Office 365 subscription that lets you install the operating system on one […]

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LibreOffice 5.3 introduces new UI, collaborative online editing

The latest version of LibreOffice introduces an experimental new user interface, support for cloud-based collaborative document editing, and a bunch of new features for editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. LibreOffice 5.3 is a cross-platform, open source program that’s now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. One of the most important additions may be the support […]

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Wine 2.0 brings Office 2013 support to Linux (and more)

Wine is an open source compatibility layer that allows you to run some Windows software on Linux or Mac computers. This week version 2.0 was released and, among other things, it brings support for running Office 2013 on Linux and 64-bit support for macOS. If those improvements sound familiar, that’s because they showed up in […]

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Google Docs and Sheets for Android now supports add-ons

It’s been more than two years since Google added support for add-ons to its web-based Docs and Sheets office suite, allowing you to integrate third-party tools to sort sheets, add fonts to documents, create forms, merge labels, use additional types of charts, and more. Now Google Docs and Sheets for Android also supports add-ons. There […]