Microsoft's new Office

We have a real treat for you this week: a sneak peek at Microsoft Office 2010. Although Redmond doesn't have plans to release its mega productivity suite for more than half a year, but Microsoft did invite us to take a spin around the technical preview of upcoming versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. We've passed the goods along in a First Look video, a slideshow of screenshots, and a First Take review. Pay special attention... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: newsletter , Download Dispatch , Windows Dispatch

Free virtualization software

Do you need to run Windows on your Mac for work or just want a safe environment to test out beta software? VirtualBox is a free program that offers an intuitive interface to help you set up virtual systems easily. This latest update allows you even more space to run virtual environments.

Also this week we have the latest version of Photo to Movie, the software that lets you make pan and zoom (Ken Burn's effect) shows with your... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch For Mac

Tags: Mac Dispatch

Sharetones: Make a ton of ringtones on Android

Sharetones: Make a ton of ringtones on Android

Industrious cell phone users can always create their own ringtones, and lazy ones can buy them packaged. Sharetones 1.0 beta for Android, released to the Android Market on Tuesday, falls somewhere in between.

The premise is simple, but intriguingly computational. You create ringtones from songs you already own on your phone. Instead of asking you to do the tedious editing legwork, Sharetones will send your songs to a database of over 65,000 tones and return several options that someone... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: Android

Documents To Go for iPhone: First Look video

Documents To Go for iPhone: First Look video

Documents To Go (with and without support for Microsoft Exchange attachments) is one of our favorite applications for turning your iPhone into a home office. But it's not anywhere near complete and it has some formidable competition in the form of Quickoffice Mobile Suite, another premium offering.

If you're in the market for a document editor and creator, this video will give you a peep at what Documents To Go can offer in its first application release.

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Topics: Office Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Easy-to-read news and squad-based battle: iPhone apps of the week

Easy-to-read news and squad-based battle: iPhone apps of the week

How long does it take you to sync your iPhone? I have the 16GB 3G, about 9GB of music, almost 2GB of apps, and about 60 photos. My "Other" category shows up as more than 2GB (!) in iTunes, but that might be worthy of a separate post. In any case, from start to finish, syncing my iPhone on my Windows PC (it's where my music library is) takes almost an hour. A lot of that time is spent backing... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , RSS , iphonappsweek , news

Proprietary scrobbling comes to Winamp

Proprietary scrobbling comes to Winamp

There's a temptation to mock people who still talk about Winamp, and its true that AOL gave up its industry-leading position to Apple without a fight. However, the past few years have seen Winamp reinvent itself as a jukebox for those who haven't been bitten by the iTunes bug, and the latest version introduces the proprietary song-scrobbler Orgler.

Much like Last.fm's scrobbling, Orgler sends your music data up to the cloud. Also like Last.fm, it allows members of the AOL/Winamp... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , jukebox , Winamp

Three killer Outlook add-ons for office workers

Three killer Outlook add-ons for office workers

It's too bad that add-ons for Microsoft Outlook haven't caught on with the intensity of Firefox extensions. The good ones can save as much time for office workers who live and breathe by the in-box as a browser extension can enhance the power of your Internet experience. I wouldn't recommend loading up on dozens of Outlook add-ons--they could slow Outlook's performance--but here are three I find useful (and light enough) for daily use.

Xobni With its hint of bubble... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Office Software

Tags: Outlook

Google Toolbar for IE speaks your language

Google Toolbar for IE speaks your language

Updated July 2 at 10:30 a.m. PDT: The full list of supported languages has been added to the bottom of the story.

Toolbars have long been an effective way for software publishers to add several features to a browser at once, and the Google Toolbar has long been among the most popular of these. Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer introduces revamped translation tools, giving users one-click powers of conversion over many languages.

The toolbar now detects your default language setting and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Internet Explorer , IE

Three smart Outlook add-ons

As someone who parses through a prodigious amount of e-mail every day, I'm constantly working with Microsoft Outlook to find e-mails and recipients, add new contacts, write myself reminders, and make sure I actually see those reminders even after I've left the office.

Three free or free-to-try add-ons are a constant help. There's Xobni, a search tool, Gwabbit, a contact management helper, and Google Calendar Sync beta, which helps keep calendar items current in Outlook, Google's Calendar, or... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: Download Dispatch , Windows Newsletter

VirtualBox receives major update

VirtualBox receives major update

It's no secret you can run various flavors of Windows on Intel Macs using Apple's Bootcamp or other popular virtualization software options like Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. Any of these work great if you need to run Windows software on your Mac or even test beta software worry free, but a fairly recent discovery of mine might be a better choice. VirtualBox is the free, cross-platform, open-source virtualization software I used to get the Windows 7 beta running on a Mac,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software

Tags: system