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Microsoft's PowerPoint Designer gets multiple image support and more

A few months ago, Microsoft released a feature for PowerPoint 2016 that can help users make better-looking slides even if they aren't presentation experts. On Thursday, it got even better with a few upgrades.

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CorelDraw Graphics Suite X8: The un-Adobe choice steps up to Windows 10 and 4K displays

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X8 welcomes Windows 10 with a new Font Manager app, variable screen resolution, and an other additions and enhancements. Best of all: No subscription required.

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OneNote tries to draw in Evernote users with a new migration tool

Microsoft is trying to lure users away from Evernote with a new tool that lets people migrate their notes from the startup’s note-taking service.

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How to use Bing image search in Office 2013 and 2016

Integrated Bing image search is an easy way to add photos to your documents.

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Sales reps can now tap Salesforce's predictive CRM smarts in Outlook

Almost exactly a year ago Salesforce launched an app that brings CRM data into Microsoft's Outlook email software, and on Thursday it made a like-minded move with its SalesforceIQ Inbox product for what it calls "relationship intelligence."

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5 Chrome extensions that reduce distraction while you work

These Chrome add-ons help eliminate distractions and boost your productivity.

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Hands-on: Polaris Office is a free Office alternative, but read the fine print

Polaris Office debuts on the PC today as a basic, free alternative to Microsoft Office. But pay attention, because "free" is a relative term.

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Dropbox has half a billion users, but it needs more paying businesses

Dropbox reached a new user milestone on Monday, with 500 million registered accounts. But it remains to be seen whether that will lead to a healthy business.

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Ray Tomlinson, email inventor who picked the @ sign for addresses, dies

Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, who is credited with inventing email and putting the now ubiquitous “@” sign in addresses, has died at the age of 74.

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Slack lets coworkers start ringing one another

Slack began rolling out a new voice calling feature to Slack teams that let people talk to each other one-on-one, or create conference calls for chat channels.

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Google teams up with Intuit and others to offer new types of Docs templates

Google is turning to a group of partners to create new templates for its Google Docs productivity suite to help users create book reports, lesson plans, business budgets and startup pitch decks.

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Dittach streamlines access to your email attachments

New mobile app gives you a searchable feed of all the files concealed in your inbox.

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Google Docs now lets you dictate formatting edits

Last year, Google introduced a Voice Typing feature for the desktop Web version of its Docs word processing software that let users dictate their documents. Now, it's getting upgraded with the ability to let people control document formatting with just their voice.

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Forthcoming update to Parallels Access boosts support for iPad Pro

Parallels Access, an app that lets users access their PC or Mac from their mobile device, is getting an update soon to improve its compatibility with the iPad Pro.

First Look: Parallels Access for iPad Pro

IPad Pro users can connect to desktop PCs or Macs with the software, that fixes glitches in the older

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4 ways to take better notes with Microsoft OneNote 2016

Add audio and video, share meeting notes with others, and more with these tips.