Kingsoft Office Suite Pro is now 40 percent off

If you're tired of paying for pricey office suites, but find that free word processors lack the tools to get real work done, Kingsoft can meet you in the middle with just the right balance of price and utility. Kingsoft Office Suite Pro is a reliable word and data processor that can help people work effectively. With a smaller system requirement, the suite is guaranteed to be compatible with almost any platform, from the older but still popular Windows XP to the modern touch-enabled Windows 8.

The latest 2013 edition presents a redesigned UI that is clean and responsive. … Read more

US surveillance satellite's logo: Octopus encircling the world

One of the nicest feelings in the world is reassurance.

If someone wraps their arms tightly around you and tells you everything's going to be all right, you breathe more easily.

So I am, of course, delighted that the US National Reconnaissance Office -- the agency in charge of America's spy satellites -- has sent up a new one to watch over our not-always-fair planet.

To create more good feelings, Friday's launch was even live-tweeted.

I experience a troubling frisson, though, when I look at the logo on the side of the rocket. It features an octopus … Read more

Encrypted messaging coming to Microsoft's Office 365 next year

In response to e-mail privacy concerns, Microsoft announced Thursday it will introduce message encryption for Office 365 in early 2014.

The new feature, dubbed Office 365 Message Encryption, will allow users to send automatically encrypted e-mail to recipients outside of their own company, regardless of its destination. In addition, all replies and forwards of that original message are automatically encrypted as well.

"No matter what the destination --, Yahoo, Gmail, Exchange Server, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Squirrel Mail, you name it -- you can send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access," … Read more

How to set up your Windows Phone 8 as an Office remote

On Monday, Microsoft released a new Windows Phone 8 app called Office Remote. Office Remote turns your Windows Phone 8 into a presentation remote for a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with Office 2013 and Bluetooth.

Office Remote currently supports PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. With this app you can perform actions such as jumping through slides, and using a remote laser pointer in PowerPoint. In Word and Excel, you can navigate through documents and zoom in and out. If you want to set up your Windows Phone as an Office remote for your PC, here's how:

Step 1: … Read more

Microsoft Office HopTo app hops onto the iPad

iPad owners tired of waiting for Microsoft to launch a version of Office for the tablet now have yet another option.

Released Thursday, HopTo is a free iPad app that lets you view, edit, and create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and view PowerPoint presentations. The ability to edit a PowerPoint file is slated for an upcoming version.

You can view PDFs and a wide array of image files, including JPGs, PNGs, TIFs, and animated GIFs. You can listen to MP3s, iTunes M4A files, and other music formats. I was also able to play QuickTime video clips.

You can access … Read more

New York AG's office: Airbnb lying about user-data subpoena

New York State's top lawyer says Airbnb is exaggerating about how much customer data the state is asking the company to hand over.

On Friday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office filed a motion defending its need to access the user data of Airbnb's New York City hosts.

The peer-to-peer home rental company previously protested that the state authorities are overstepping a legal boundary. However, the New York AG's office is not backing down from its earlier demand, saying that the subpoena filed in early October applies only to people who are breaking the law. … Read more

Microsoft builds multiauthor, live editing into Office Web apps

Microsoft has caught up to a key collaboration feature of Google Docs with its rival Office 365 service: the ability for multiple people to simultaneously edit the same document.

The feature now is available for the Web versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document.

"New real-time presence helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document so that you don't create conflicts as you edit," said Microsoft's Amanda Lefebvre in a blog post Wednesday. "Additionally, the new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen will help you and your … Read more

Digital health tools likely to decrease visits to the doctor

In the not-too-distant future, it is quite likely that most interactions between patients and the health care system will happen online, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who partnered with The Commonwealth Fund to review recent trends in digital health care as well as scientific literature.

Thanks to consumer-directed health apps, electronic health records (EHRs), telemedicine, and the like, researchers say that patients are going to dramatically change the way they interact with their doctors. They report their findings in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs.

The researchers estimate that when EHRs … Read more

Why so slow on Office for iPad, Microsoft?

Two years ago this month, a report on The Daily claimed that Microsoft had built a version of Office for the iPad and was demonstrating it privately. Ever since, folks have been on the hunt for the elusive Office for iPad.

A month ago, Microsoft execs basically confirmed that Office for iPad exists, but said that it wouldn't be released until after Microsoft delivers its own, touch-first set of core Office apps, which I've been calling "Gemini."

Along with other Microsoft watchers, I've been wondering whether Microsoft was simply sitting on Office for iPad, delaying … Read more

Microsoft: Apple's new iPad with free iWork is no big deal

Microsoft mouthpiece Frank Shaw penned a blog post Wednesday about Apple's new iPad, which for the first time comes with free iWork and iLife software. Shaw's post is titled "Apple and oranges," but it appears to also include some sour grapes.

Microsoft has taken the iPad to task since the introduction of its own Surface tablet, pointing to features like the Surface's optional keyboard-type covers and built-in Office software as things that set the Microsoft slate apart. Now that Apple has addressed some of that criticism by introducing free iWork and iLife, Microsoft is still … Read more