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Kingsoft Office review

Kingsoft Office is a free program that lets you view, edit, and share documents and PowerPoint presentations in Microsoft Office formats. You can also create new documents, and you won't have to worry about your formatting staying consistent no matter where you open or edit your work.

Pros

Wireless projecting and sharing: Not only can you create, edit, and e-mail a PowerPoint presentation from your iOS device with this app, but you can present it, too. Kingsoft supports wireless sharing to other local devices as well as wireless projection via DLNA or AirPlay.

Full editing features: This program offers … Read more

Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers review

Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers gives you full access to all of your Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. You can view, create, edit, and share files right from the app, and integration with SkyDrive gives you immediate access to all documents you have saved there.

Pros

Uniformity across devices: With this app, you can view, edit, create, and share documents from your phone without ever having to worry about formatting issues. All types of files look great when they open in the app, and since you're not converting from one file type to another, they will … Read more

Microsoft Office for iPad unveiled

Today Microsoft released Office for the iPad. New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella held a press conference in San Francisco to reveal the long-awaited -- some would say overdue -- suite of apps for the tablet.

The Office apps are standalone -- you download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint separately, and each has an icon on your iPad. The apps are also free, but you can only view documents. To edit, you must have an Office 365 subscription ($9.99 per month for home, $5-$15 per month for business). With Office 365, you can also sync your files across the cloud. … Read more

Why I'm quitting Microsoft Office forever

So yesterday I decided to write a guide to getting started with Microsoft OneNote, which is now available free for Mac and all versions of Windows. First step, of course: download and install the OneNote client. Nothing complicated about that, right?

Wrong. The installer quit midway with a cryptic error message. Weird. Tried again: same result. Sigh. Well, no time to mess with this now, I'll come back to it later. Let me just check my email real quick and...whoa! Where's Outlook?

The icon was gone from the Windows taskbar. I clicked into the Start menu and...… Read more

Office for iPad rumors give Microsoft's stock a boost

Microsoft's share price hit levels Tuesday not seen since the dot-com boom days, with analysts attributing the rise to a report on Monday of Office finally landing on the iPad.

Microsoft's shares rose as much as 5 percent to $39.90 on Tuesday, adding $15 billion to the company's value, Reuters reported. The last time the software giant's shares flirted with $40 was in July 2000.

ZDNet, Reuters, and others reported on Monday that Microsoft has scheduled a March 27 press briefing in San Francisco where Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella will introduce the Microsoft … Read more

Microsoft's Nadella may reveal Office on iPad on March 27

It looks like Microsoft's new CEO himself may be taking the wraps off Microsoft's Office for iPad.

Microsoft has scheduled a March 27 press briefing in San Francisco with news "focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing." Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be providing the opening remarks.

According to several sources of mine, Microsoft's latest timetable calls for the company to finally introduce the long-rumored Microsoft Office for iPad suite of applications before the end of March 2014. This March 27 event sounds like it might be the time and place.

The suite … Read more

Pay more for Amazon Prime, less for Office 365

CNET Update takes the sting out of it:

In this episode of Update:

- Pay $20 more for Amazon Prime starting on April 17. At $99, it still is a good deal, if you use the perks of free shipping, video streaming and Kindle book rentals. If you only care about the service to save on shipping, look back on how much you spent last year to see if Prime is worth it. Amazon says standard shipping for most items is around $4 to $5.

- Avoid the price-hike pain for one more year by gifting yourself Prime, and "… Read more

New version of Office for Mac expected later this year

More than three years after releasing the current version of Office for Mac, Microsoft is readying a major refresh.

Mac users can expect a new version of the apps suite by the end of the year, according to Thorsten Hübschen, leader of Microsoft's Office group in Germany. The revelation came during an interview with Computerwoche at CeBit 2014, a computer trade show occurring this week in Hanover, Germany.

Hübschen blamed the delay on the merger of the Mac business unit -- the Mac suite's development team -- with the Microsoft business unit in 2010. … Read more

Microsoft to bring social, machine learning tech to Office 365

Microsoft is about to make some big changes as to how Office 365 looks and works.

At the company's SharePoint 2014 conference, which kicks off on March 3, executives will preview some of these coming changes -- specifically ones involving social and machine-learning technologies that Microsoft is baking into its cloud suite of Office apps. Once these technologies begin rolling out later this year, the lines between Exchange, SharePoint, and Yammer will be blurred, and social collaboration will become more of a centerpiece of the more tightly integrated suite.

Microsoft has built what it's calling the "Office Graph,"Read more

Peace, quiet, and a love hotel for your soul in New York

You know how you like to love yourself? Oh, go on. Count the ways.

The problem is, though, that when you want a little space to be nice to yourself in a big city, you're left with either the library or Starbucks.

Yes, you could book into a gorgeous hotel, but that costs ugly money.

On the other hand, there's an app called Breather. Think of it as a little space for (what's left of) your soul.

Breather exists to find you a small oasis of peace and quiet when you have an hour to kill -- … Read more