Review: Enjoy "Office" documents with Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013

Kingsoft's Office Suite Professional 2013 offers affordable compatibility with Microsoft Office. Building on Kingsoft's popular Office Suite Free, the Pro version adds a new tabbed interface, VBA macros, intuitive table and paragraph tools, and improved exporting. And, unlike the freeware, no pop-ups. Office Suite Professional bundles Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation. It runs in Windows XP to 8 and works best with at least 512MB of RAM and 1GB of free disk space.

We had several choices to make when installing Kingsoft Office Suite Pro, including associating it with Office formats like DOC and XLS and choosing from three … Read more

Review: Office Tab brings seamless tabs to your favorite Office programs

Office Tab brings beautiful, useful tabs to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in a matter of seconds. The design is so perfect that you'll wonder if it actually came from Microsoft, itself. If you want all of your documents in one window, this is a phenomenal way to do it.

This program works with just about every version of Office, from 2003 all the way to Office 2013. It doesn't work with every Office program, but it supports PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Those are probably all the programs you'll need anyway. Unlike your browser, multiple Office tabs don'… Read more

Review: Textilus is an iPad-only word processor with a ton of features

Textilus Word Processor Free is a feature-loaded rich-text editor and word processor for the iPad that works largely as advertised, albeit with some performance issues. It's easy to ignore the handful of small issues, though, because this is truly a powerful app, allowing you to create any number of documents optimized for display on the iPad and easy to share with anyone because they are created in RTF.

When you first open the app, you can immediately start creating new documents or you can load existing RTF files from your iCloud, Dropbox, or Scrivener cloud accounts. We suggest you … Read more

Microsoft needs new name for SkyDrive

CNET Update plays the name game:

In this episode of Update:

- Say so long to SkyDrive, now that Microsoft will have to come up with a new name for the online storage service.

- Edit Office documents on Android smartphones with the new Office Mobile app in Google Play.

- Prepare for video ads to arrive on Facebook's News Feed.

- Keep an eye on OpenTable, which may soon let you pay the check from its app.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of … Read more

Microsoft debuts Office Mobile app for Android smartphones

Microsoft appears to be spreading the reach of Office on mobile devices. The tech company announced Wednesday that it's now bringing the Office Mobile app to Android.

While Office fans will likely welcome this app addition to the Google Play store, there's a slight catch: the app is free to download but will only work for subscribers to Microsoft's Office 365 Home Premium and ProPlus service.

"The release of this app shows that we're committed to keep providing additional value for Office 365 subscribers," Microsoft senior product manager Guy Gilbert wrote in a blog post.… Read more

Mysterious Apple office in Boston linked to voice tech

The story behind a rather mysterious Apple office that appeared in Boston's Kendall Square late last year has gotten a little more interesting.

According to a new report from Xconomy, Apple is using the office space there to bolster its speech technologies, primarily Siri -- the voice assistant software it's built into its portable devices since 2011.

Citing sources, the site says Apple has pulled together "a small team of notable names in speech technology," many of whom formerly worked for VoiceSignal Technologies. That company was acquired by voice-tech giant Nuance back in 2007. Apple relies … Read more

Review: DejaOffice is an all-in-one solution to your organizational needs on iOS

DejaOffice solves a perceived problem for millions of iOS users -- the organization of business and contact information on the iPhone. For those that don't have this problem, the app will feel redundant in many ways. For those that do, however, DejaOffice is a marvel, syncing with Apple or PC resources, streaming everything into a single interface, and allowing you to quickly update all of it on the fly, and then back up to a central cloud server.

Like many business apps, DejaOffice doesn't spend a lot of time training you in how to use it. It starts, … Read more

Get a free year of Xbox Live Gold when you subscribe to Office 365

I've been an Xbox 360 owner for years, but I've never once purchased an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Know why? Because I don't play online multiplayer games, and I refuse to pay extra just so I can watch premium services like HBO Go and Netflix (which I'm already paying for, thank you very much). For that same $60, I could buy a Roku box and stream HD video to my heart's content.

Make no mistake, I love the Xbox, love the Kinect, love using it as a Media Center Extender. I just won't pay … Read more

Droid Maxx boasts two days of battery life

CNET Update takes it to the Maxx:

In this episode of Update:

- Examine Verizon's new Droid lineup and new software tricks from Motorola.

- Get discovered by Russell Simmons and his new label on YouTube.

- Score an Xbox Live deal as a reward for being productive on Office 365.

- Console the Candy Crushers, who may start to see ads for games in Facebook notifications.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. … Read more

Review: Documents Free is a fast, easy-to-use mobile office tool

Documents Free bridges a major gap for many iOS users, allowing you to create and open documents and spreadsheets quickly on your mobile device. With cloud integration, Wi-Fi transfers, and a universal app that will open your files on any device, you can easily work on the fly without having to transfer files into and out of numerous formats over and over again.

One of the smartest things the developers of Documents Free did was to strip it down to basic parts without removing every function. Apps like the iWork Suite take away too many options, while Office imitators have … Read more