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Lilbits (10-08-2013): Text messaging coming to Google Hangouts?

Once upon a time, people couldn’t get the internet on their cellphones and text messages were the only way to communicate if you didn’t want to, you know, pick up your phone and make a voice call. These days there are dozens of instant messaging apps that serve the same purpose for many people… but […]

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Google sets QuickOffice free: Free office suite for iOS, Android

A little over a year after acquiring mobile office suite QuickOffice, Google is dropping the price of QuickOffice… and by dropping, I mean there’s no price at all anymore. QuickOffice is now available as a free download for Android and iOS. QuickOffice lets you create, edit, and share text, presentation, and spreadsheet documents. It’s compatible […]

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Microsoft Office Mobile hits Android (for Office 365 subscribers)

There’s no shortage of office apps for Android. QuickOffice, OfficeSuite Pro, Kingsoft Office, and many others (including Google Drive) have been letting Android phone and tablet users open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents for years. Now there’s a new player in town — Microsoft. The company has finally brought a version of what’s […]

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Microsoft Office hits iOS… for subscribers only

Microsoft Office is finally available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. There’s just one catch: You can’t just buy the app and use it. It’s available as a free download from the App Store, but you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to use Excel, Word, and PowerPoint on an iOS device. The software’s optimized for […]

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MS Office will be bundled on small Windows 8 tablets, Free Outlook coming to Windows RT

One of the key differences between a Windows tablet and one that runs Android, iOS, or another operating system is that you can run Microsoft Office on a Windows tablet (along with thousands of other classic Windows apps). Up until recently if you wanted to do that though, you had to buy a copy of […]

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Early build of KDE Calligra office suite comes to Android as Coffice

Calligra is a full-featured suite of office software developed for the KDE desktop environment. It includes software for editing spreadsheets, word processing, creating databases, drawing, and much more. Calligra was originally developed for desktop and laptop computers but a version of Calligra was optimized for smartphones and tablets running MeeGo Linux a few years ago. […]

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LibreOffice hits version 4.0, adds an Android app for remote controlling presentations

LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. The project split off from OpenOffice.org a few years ago, but in many ways LibreOffice (and OpenOffice) have been under development for more than a decade. Now LibreOffice 4 is ready to download, and it comes with a number of new features […]

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This is what MS Office for iOS and Android might look like

There’s no shortage of office apps for iOS and Android, ranging from cloud-based solutions such as Google Drive/Docs to native apps including Docs To Go, QuickOffice and Softmaker Office. But the 800-pound gorilla of the office world is getting ready to launch its office app — and The Verge has a first look at Microsoft Office […]

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Windows RT to come with MS Office, but it will be a stripped-down version

One of the key differences between Microsoft’s upcoming Windows RT platform and competing mobile operating systems such as iOS or Android is that Windows RT will come with Microsoft Office preloaded. That means you won’t need to spend extra money to buy an office suite, and you won’t have to wonder whether your device will […]

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Free office suite LibreOffice hits version 3.6

LibreOffice is a popular, free, and open source alternative to Microsoft Office. It lets you create and edit spreadsheets, text documents, presentations, databases, and other office-style documents. Version 3.6 of LibreOffice is now available, and it adds a number of new features, bug fixes, and general improvements. It’s available as a free download for Windows, […]

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Next-gen Microsoft Office puts emphasis on touch, cloud (and subscriptions)

Microsoft is showing off the next version of its Microsoft Office suite. It’s due out next year, and Office 2013 is a major update from the versions of Office you may have been using for the last decade or longer. Touch First up, Microsoft is making all of its apps much more touch-friendly, allowing you […]