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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 […]

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Xiaomi phones to include Skype, Office thanks to Microsoft Deal

US software company Microsoft and Chinese device maker Xiaomi have announced a partnership that will lead to Microsoft apps including Skype and Office being pre-loaded on Xiaomi’s Android-powered phones and tablets. Microsoft has also sold about 1,500 patents to Xiaomi and the deal also includes a cross-license agreement. Microsoft says Xiaomi’s Android devices including the […]

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Microsoft Office as a Universal Windows app spotted… sort of

Microsoft may have abandoned plans to launch a tool that lets developers convert their Android apps into Windows Universal apps. But the company continues to offer tools to iOS and web developers, and later this year Microsoft will release Project Centennial, which allows developers to convert classic Windows apps into Universal apps. And it looks like […]

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LibreOffice 5.1 features revamped user interface, remote server support

The latest version of open source office suite LibreOffice includes speed enhancements, a redesigned user interface with menus that help you find certain functions more quickly, and support for opening files on remote servers. For instance, LibreOffice 5.1 lets you add FTP, SharePoint, OneDrive, WebDAV, or Google Drive sources so you can open, edit, and save files […]

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Make your own cloud office suite with LibreOffice, ownCloud, and CODE

There’s no shortage of alternatives to Microsoft Office, including desktop software like LibreOffice and web apps like Google Docs. But what if you want to run LibreOffice in the cloud? Now you can do that. It takes a little work though, because right now you essentially have to set up your own server. Collabora has […]

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Lilbits 312: Steam Machines would be faster as Windows Machines

Steam Machines are gaming computers that ship with Valve’s Linux-based Steam OS software. It’s designed to run on a big-screen display and put your gaming experience front and center. The idea is to make gaming PCs a bit more like game consoles… and for the most part Steam Machines seem to do that. But now […]

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Microsoft Office 2016 coming this month, as is Office for iOS 9

September is a big month for Microsoft Office: the next desktop version of Office for Windows will be available starting September 22nd, and an updated version of Office for iPhone and iPad will be available when iOS 9 launches on September 16th. Office 2016 for Windows desktop users includes updated versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and […]