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iWork for iCloud beta now available to the public

Apple has made the Web versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote publicly available to all at iCloud.com, though the apps remain in beta.

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Hands-on: iWork for iCloud beta almost as good as Mac, iOS versions

The new online versions of Apple's productivity-suite apps are surprisingly robust. In fact, they're good enough that you may sometimes forget you're using a Web app. Jeffery Battersby has our hands-on preview.

Nuance's Dragon Assistant starts obeying your every word on select AIOs and Ultrabooks

Voice controls on the desktop are just another step towards Intel's 'perceptual computing' vision—and another way to add value to struggling PCs.

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Keep gets Google Now reminders

The Android version of Google Keep lets you set reminders based on location or time, a feature already enjoyed by users of Apple's Reminders app in iOS.

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Microsoft finally discloses Office 365 uptime data

Microsoft releases availability data for each of the past four quarters for users of Office 365.

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Feedly experiments with pay Pro accounts while maintaining free version

Feedly, the popular Google Reader replacement has introduced a pay Pro veriosn

At the last minute, Google extends Windows Phone calendar and contact syncing

As the deadline for the death of Google Sync approached, the company announced plans to keep the service alive until the end of the year. Are Google and Microsoft becoming frenemies?

Hands-on: Quip, the so-called "modern word processor," is cool, but doesn't feel done

The new mobile-first collaborative productivity app has landed with a splash (and a lot of buzzwords), but Quip promises exceed the initial reality.

FileMaker files Bento database app for iOS and Mac under 'discontinued'

The database giant is shutting down its consumer-level app to focus on its main product lines.

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Apache OpenOffice gets a handy-dandy sidebar

In its first major revision in more than a year, the Apache OpenOffice suite now comes with a sidebar, from which users can launch their favorite tools.

Tempo looks to take on iOS's Calendar app with latest update

Tempo uses artificial intelligence to add relevant information to your scheduled meetings and events. A Thursday update to the iPhone update promises even more functionality aimed at business users.

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How Microsoft is using live data to redefine the Office 'document'

No more versions. No more updates. Microsoft is building a dynamic document model where content changes as data changes—and the results can be stunningly visual.