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Microsoft rolls out free Office for students, worldwide

Americans students received the free offer for Office about two years ago. Now Microsoft has rolled it out worldwide.

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Microsoft OneNote gets handwriting support on the iPad, OCR everywhere

If you've got a stylus and an iPad, OneNote will now let you jot down notes or make a sketch in Microsoft's popular note-taking app.

LibreOffice, OpenOffice now available for Firefox smartphones

People use their device's Web browser to access the software, which rollApp hosts

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Office integrates more cloud storage services, starting with iCloud and Box

Microsoft opens Office to any cloud storage service that wants in, though the execution's half-baked.

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5 essential tips for creating Excel macros

Get the most out of this powerful Excel feature with some simple rules that will make recording and using macros a cinch.

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Microsoft unlocks restricted features for free OneNote 2013 users

If you use the freebie edition of OneNote, you can now password-protect portions of your notebooks, record audio and video, and more.

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No hardware? No problem: Apple's Web-based iWork goes free for everyone

Now that anyone can create an iCloud account, the doors to Apple's online iWork suite are wide open.

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Evernote's hidden talent: Quick, easy presentations

No need to transfer data from Evernote to PowerPoint. Save time and spare your coworkers at your next meeting with this trick.

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PowerPoint animation tips: Don't be that person whose slides are deathly boring

Yes, your presentation is already riveting, but you could still apply a little Disney-like magic to make your bullet points pop. Try it. They'll like it.

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Cortana for Office? Images of Microsoft's mysterious Work Assistant app leak

Rumor has it that Cortana is coming to Office, and now we've got screenshots of the app that's allegedly laying the groundwork.

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Microsoft's touch-friendly Office apps now available to download for Windows 10

Microsoft announced touch versions of Office apps at its Windows 10 event last month. Three of those applications--Excel, PowerPoint, and Word--are now live, in preview.

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Office Online vs. Office 365: What’s free, what’s not, and what you really need

Free Office Online is a great deal, but paying for an Office 365 subscription gives you some hard-to-beat perks. We’ll help you decide which way to go.

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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.