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LibreOffice gets a streamlined makeover, native alternatives for major Microsoft fonts

LibreOffice is a great productivity suite and version 4.4 gives the suite an improved interface and new fonts to replace two popular choices from Microsoft.

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Microsoft updates PowerBI tool with new mobile apps, free service

Microsoft tries to make its business-intelligence tool more broadly accessible with a new mobile app for the Apple iPad, and a free tier for customers.

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Developers begin work on LibreOffice for Android

A first beta version of the Libre Office productivity suite for Android devices is planned for March.

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Microsoft announces Office 2016 suite, touch-enabled Office for Windows 10 apps

Microsoft releases its first screenshots and planned ship dates for Office for Windows 10, its touch apps for mobile Windows 10 devices. Microsoft also announced Office 2016 for mouse-and-keyboard PC users.

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The 15 function-key strokes everyone should know to zip around Microsoft Office

Master these key combos and shave hours off your projects.

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Skype group chat hits Word and PowerPoint Online apps

Microsoft has finally made it easier to chat with others working on the same document inside Office Online thanks to a Skype-powered feature that is now live.

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Sway, Microsoft's new Office app, opens up to everyone

Microsoft's Sway Preview is now open to everyone, with a number of feature improvements to sweeten the deal.

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This is not spam: How to create bulk emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013

With a little help from Microsoft Word, Outlook makes it easy to create and send mass personalized emails.

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Microsoft's Insights for Office adds context as you write

Microsoft's Insights for Office treats your Word document as a live Web page, allowing you to search for more information on words and phrases you highlight.

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Microsoft Work and Play Bundle pricing approaches Crazy Eddie levels of cheap

Microsoft's Work and Play Bundle, which includes Office 365, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Live Music, and Skype, is cheaper than an Office 365 and Xbox Live Gold subscription together.

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Microsoft's Sway finds the picture for your words by pulling Creative Commons images via Bing

Sway will be able to import images from Bing complete with attribution, and it can even pre-populate images based on what you're writing.

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Microsoft Office kills Clip Art, replaces it with Bing

You'd better enjoy Microsoft's cheesy, royalty-free image catalog while you can, as it'll soon give way to the vast spoils of the Internet.

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Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for

A small update to Office's Android app adds Dropbox integration and share links for documents.