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Blocked in China, Facebook is said to seek a Shanghai office
Facebook is blocked in China, but it is feeling comfortable enough there to look for its own place. The social media giant in recent months has quietly scouted for office space in Shanghai, according...
Microsoft’s smart new tricks for Office 365 include collaboration in Excel
Microsoft has announced a fresh batch of new features which have arrived for Office 365, including the debut of co-authoring in Excel.Yes, co-authoring is now live in the spreadsheet program, meaning...
Microsoft Office preview benefits from collaborative chat and glitzy inks
Those of you who test Microsoft’s productivity suite will doubtless be pleased to learn that a new preview version of Office for Windows PCs has been rolled out to the Slow Ring complete with a host of...
Check out Microsoft’s brand new user interface for Office
Microsoft has pushed out a new set of preview apps for Office mobile, and these fresh offerings come with a big change – the interface has been graced with Microsoft’s new Fluent Design System (which...
Prime Day Microsoft Office deal: Word, Excel and PowerPoint for PC and Mac
It’s now only a few hours until Amazon Prime Day draws to a close, but the Lightning Deals (Amazon’s short term offers) are still coming thick and fast. We’re doing the legwork for you and shaking the...
Microsoft wants to improve office productivity with this Office 365 app
Microsoft has announced that its Workplace Analytics feature is now available for Office 365 enterprise customers as an add-on, aiming to boost employee productivity – but possibly giving rise to some...
Online fraud 'overlooked', warns watchdog
The National Audit Office (NAO) said it was hard to see how the current response to the cyber crime - now the most commonly experienced offence in England and Wales - could be seen as "proportionate,...
Why so many start-ups become infected with unhealthy work habits
These sentiments are hardly aberrations. There's an ingrained mythology around startups that not only celebrates burn-out efforts, but damn well requires it. It's the logical outcome of trying to compress...
There’s a fix in the works for a frustrating new Microsoft Office bug
A frustrating Microsoft Office bug which briefly flashes a pop-up window is annoying some users of the productivity suite, although the software giant already has a fix in the pipeline.A recent Office...
SoftMaker FreeOffice is a free Microsoft Office alternative available for Windows and Linux, with a companion app for Android devices.SoftMaker FreeOfficeDownload here: http://www.freeoffice.com/en/Type:...
Everyone needs a suite of office software for everyday tasks. Microsoft Office is perhaps the best-known option, but there are also lots of free alternatives that replicate almost all the features of...
Trump innovation push overshadows Obama’s tech agencies
A new White House office unveiled by the Trump administration has left two Obama-era federal tech agencies, both heavily staffed with Silicon Valley talent, facing an uncertain future. The Office of American...
Postal Service to offer new way to see what's heading to you
NEW YORK -- First came snail mail. Then email. Now the post office is about to deliver something new: pre-mail.For some, the first thing that comes to mind when your hear the words “post office” is: antiquated.“Oh...
Microsoft Office vulnerabilities mean no .doc is safe
It’s an unsafe Office environment.Two cybersecurity firms have uncovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office files that have allowed hackers to install malware through Word documents. The exploit -- referred...
The campaign to put science and tech leaders in public office starts now
EnlargeGetty Images reader comments 9 Share this story Tracy Van Houten has an undoubtedly cool job. She’s a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and she currently leads a team that’s...
The best free word processor 2017
The best word processors1. WPS Office Writer2. LibreOffice or OpenOffice Writer3. FocusWriter4. FreeOffice TextMaker5. WriteMonkeyRead on for our detailed analysis of each programYou might be able to...
Qatar Wealth Fund to Open Office in Silicon Valley
The Qatar Investment Authority, the Gulf Arab state's acquisitive sovereign wealth fund, is setting up an office in San Francisco to manage its growing portfolio in the United States, the CEO of QIA said...
Trump Plans Office to Bring Business Ideas to Government
President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. A senior administration official...
The best free text editor 2017
The best free text editors1. WPS Office Writer2. LibreOffice Writer3. FocusWriter4. Google Docs5. WriteMonkeyRead on for our detailed analysis of each programEvery PC needs a small selection of essential...
Microsoft Teams is now live for Office 365 with some nifty new features
Microsoft Teams is now live and officially a part of Office 365, at least for those users with an appropriate business subscription.The software giant’s Slack-alike messaging and collaboration app has...
Microsoft’s Teams is almost excellent Slack-killer, and it’s now live for O365
Enlarge / Teams looks good, but is unfortunately its chat is quite bulky in a vertical direction.Microsoft reader comments 5 Share this story After being in beta since November, Microsoft Teams is now...
Microsoft Teams is about to arrive on Office 365
Microsoft Teams, the software giant’s answer to Slack, is going to be released to Office 365 users across the globe next week.To be precise, the service will be made available on Tuesday, complete with...
Microsoft Adds 'BigInt' Data Type Support to Access 2016
Microsoft Access gains "BigInt" support, which means users can create database applications with fields that support larger numbers and allow them import data from more diverse sources. Microsoft Access...
Amazon’s Alexa means business with Office 365 integration
Amazon is pushing its virtual assistant on the productivity front, with the firm announcing that its Alexa-driven devices will now support Office 365 calendars.As TechCrunch reports, Alexa – the assistant...
At US Patent Office, a mystery lingers: Who’s in charge?
Enlarge / USPTO Director Michelle Lee, at right, touring the Denver office in 2014. At that time, she was Deputy Director.Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this...
The best free software for students 2017
Free software for studentsCollege textbooks inevitably cost a fortune, but software doesn't have to. Our toolkit will help you work smarter, stay secure and avoid procrastinating (none of us really do...
MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar now supports Office for Mac
Microsoft has finally added support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar to its Office apps on macOS, although currently it’s only accessible to those who are testing the productivity suite (full availability...
Microsoft Office 365
[Editor's Note: What immediately follows is a rundown of the latest developments and features Microsoft has added to Office 365 since this review was last updated.]January 2017Office 365 Advanced Threat...
Office 365 just made emails a good deal safer
Microsoft is doubling-down on security of late, pushing Windows 10 heavily on this front, and the company is also busy making its online productivity suite more secure, with the latest move being the...
Op-Ed: Why we need scientists to run for public office now
Enlarge reader comments 45 Share this story Conventional wisdom says scientists should stay out of politics. Unfortunately, politics can’t seem to stay out of science. It’s becoming increasingly clear...
Mark Zuckerberg says he’s not running for president
The clues were there. Zuckerberg, who had previously been described as an atheist, said over the holidays that he believes religion is important. He's touring the US asking "folks" about how they live....
The best free alternatives to Microsoft Word 2017
The best free alternatives to Microsoft WordEveryone needs a great word processor, and Microsoft Word is one of the best thanks to its wide format support, integration with other Office apps, and huge...
Office 365 crowned king of all productivity apps
So what’s the most popular app being used by businesses right now? Unsurprisingly, it’s Microsoft’s productivity juggernaut Office 365, although Slack is revving up very nicely too.According to the latest...
Head of US Patent Office Michelle Lee will remain under President Trump
Enlarge / USPTO Deputy Director Michelle K. Lee, left, tours the Denver satellite office of the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2014. US Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado is on the right.Kathryn Scott...
The best free office software 2017
The best free office softwareWhen you think of office suites, Microsoft Office is probably the first one that springs to mind. This is hardly surprising as so many computer come with a copy of it pre-installed,...
Medical clinic startup with tech backing opens doors in SF
If a doctor’s office and a tech startup had a baby, it might look something like Forward, a health startup founded by former Google and Uber executives who are looking to disrupt the health care market....
Microsoft just expanded Office 365 to cater for ‘deskless’ workers
Microsoft has launched a new app for Office 365 which focuses on ‘deskless’ workers – for example, shop or hotel employees – allowing managers to coordinate these sort of staff members and their shifts.StaffHub...
Drone maker Lily Robotics sued by San Francisco DA
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office filed a civil lawsuit against Lily Robotics on Thursday over claims that the San Francisco drone maker engaged in false advertising and unfair business practices....
Samsung Group leader Lee arrives at South Korea prosecution office for questioning
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] leader Jay Y. Lee on Thursday arrived at the South Korean special prosecutor's office for questioning over bribery suspicions as part of a widening political scandal...
Microsoft Streamlines Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Policy Setting
Instead of juggling multiple dashboards in Office 365, administrators will soon be able to set and monitor their Data Loss Prevention policies in one place. Microsoft is streamlining the Data Loss Prevention...
Turning up the thermostat could help tropical climates cool down
New research done in Singapore shows that slightly raising indoor temperatures and equipping office workers with smart fans saves significantly on overall office building energy costs while maintaining...
Download of the day: LibreOffice
LibreOfficeLibreOffice is a whole suite of office software that can easily replace Microsoft Office on your Windows PC. It includes well designed and fully-featured programs for word processing, spreadsheets,...
Microsoft Rolling Out Update to Office.com Web Application Suite
An Office.com update is coming with the New Year. The browser-based version of Microsoft's Office software suite is getting a new productivity-enhancing look and feel going into 2017. Office.com provides...
Microsoft Plans to Release OneDrive Admin Center in Early 2017
Microsoft is rolling out a new dashboard to help businesses better manage their cloud file synchronization and information sharing environments. OneDrive for Business usage is growing at a steady clip,...
Microsoft Makes Accessibility Improvements in Office 365 Updates
Microsoft has added technology to help users create Office content that can be more readily accessed by people with various levels of vision, hearing, cognition or mobility impairments. . Microsoft is...
Microsoft wants to make Office 365 more accessible to everyone
Every month, Microsoft is busy pushing out fresh updates for Office 365, and December is no exception, with the company adding a number of perks on the accessibility front.One of the biggest changes is...
Download of the day: WPS Office Free
WPS Office FreeIf you need an office suite but don’t want or can’t afford Microsoft Office 365, you have several options. You can go for Google Docs and accept its limitations in favour of its collaboration...
Planning your Office 365 installation? Then you’ll need to read this
Deploying software across a business is, of course, a complex task, but Microsoft wants to make things easier for IT staff, at least when it comes to Office 365, with the release of a guide to preferred...
Microsoft’s Office 365 is twice as popular as Google’s G Suite
New research has revealed that when it comes to productivity suites in the cloud, Office 365 is twice as popular as Google’s G Suite (previously known as Google Apps for Work).At least in Europe anyway,...
Here’s what Microsoft wants to do with LinkedIn
Microsoft has now sealed the deal when it comes to buying LinkedIn, and having done so has revealed its plans to closely integrate the social network with both Office and Windows.According to a blog post...
Microsoft Office 365 catches up a bit more with Google’s productivity apps
Microsoft has announced a bunch of new features for Office 365 users, including the extension of real-time co-authoring beyond just Word, with the company now bringing it to PowerPoint.Yes, when you’re...
Our Office 2016 review has been fully updated for November 2016Microsoft Office is a lot more than Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, although that’s what most people think of first. There’s now a whole...
Microsoft Releases First Office Online Server Update
The company doles out new features and performance enhancements while pledging better forward update visibility. Office Online Server, a version of the browser-based Office Online application suite that...
Is this Australia’s most awesome office?
Forget Facebook and Google - tech giant Dropbox might have the coolest office in Australia The Dropbox vision was to create a workplace that’s like a beautiful home. FORGET Facebook, Google and Apple,...
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac
Note: Our Office 2016 for Mac review has been fully updated for November 2016Office on the Mac went for almost five years without a significant update, making it hard to remember that Word and Excel actually...
Microsoft adds expensive database software to Office 365
Microsoft is bolting its Access database software onto Office 365 subscription plans aimed at small businesses.It’s been several years since the app has been available outside of the more heavyweight...
Microsoft Bundling Access With Office 365 for SMBs
Next month, Microsoft start rolling out Access to Office 365 Business and Business Premium customers. Soon, smaller companies won't have to pay extra for Access. Microsoft is bundling its database management...
‘We almost have riots’: Tensions flare in Silicon Valley over growth
Silicon Valley is bent on disrupting the world. Its products affect how millions upon millions of people live and work. But when it comes to the physical space that many technologists call home, there...
Office Becomes Chatty With Microsoft Teams
Microsoft takes on Slack with a team chat experience with threaded messaging and deep Office 365 integration. As expected, Microsoft unveiled its answer to Slack at a media event in New York City this...
Top 5 best videoconferencing services of 2016
Video is a great way to enhance communications across a business with colleagues and clients. And adopting more videoconferencing can save your business money. According to research from LyteSpark, businesses...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark