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Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17 percent

Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite.

Office 2013 retail licensing change ties suite to specific PC forever

A retail copy of Office 2013 is permanently tied to the first PC on which it's installed, preventing customers from deleting the suite from one machine they own and installing it on another.

BitTorrent targets creative pros with new file-delivery service

BitTorrent launches SoShare, a beta file-sending project, as part of its creative incubator for its new products.

Adobe confirms zero-day exploit bypasses Adobe Reader sandbox

A recently found exploit that bypasses the sandbox anti-exploitation protection in Adobe Reader 10 and 11 is highly sophisticated and is probably part of an important cyberespionage operation, Kaspersky says.

15 products we love (or the geekiest Valentines ever)

Cool gadgets. Apps that make our lives easier. Games that bring us joy. We pick the products we adore and can't live without.

Ditch the PDF headaches: Three safer, speedier Adobe Reader alternatives

Yet another critical exploit has been discovered for Adobe Reader. Why deal with the constant headache? These three PDF alternatives aren't as exploit-prone as Reader—and they run leaner, too.

Researchers: Zero-day PDF exploit affects Adobe Reader 11, earlier versions

Researchers from security firm FireEye claim that attackers are actively using a remote code execution exploit that works against the latest versions of Adobe Reader 9, 10 and 11.

Why Office 365 and Office 2013 may not be right for you

The new-look Office suite comes correct with handy tools and wonderful extras. But it also has a handful of potentially disastrous gotchas.

Office for Windows Phone 8: Your handy starter guide

Your Windows Phone 8 smartphone is good for more than Angry Birds. Welcome to some of the most robust document editors available on a handset.

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Appeals court considers software patents

U.S. companies shouldn't be able to get patents on abstract ideas when they combine those ideas with a computer process, a lawyer argued in an appeals court Friday.

Would Microsoft really bring Office to Linux?

Is an expanded base of Office users worth sacrificing yet another reason to stick with Windows?

Six good reasons to download LibreOffice 4.0

Want to control your presentation from your Android phone? Then this is the (free) suite for you.

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US appeals court asks whether to limit software patents

Should an abstract idea written into software and run on a computer be patentable? That's one question a U.S. appeals court will consider Friday when it hears arguments in a case with broad implications for software patents for companies as diverse as Google and Red Hat.