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Brainshark touts PowerPoint-on-iPad success, but Microsoft circles the waters

Brainshark's SlideShark app for viewing and showing PowerPoint presentations on iOS devices has been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Oracle halting support for GlassFish app server

Oracle will stop offering commercial support for new versions of the open-source GlassFish application server, leaving customers who want such support with the option of licensing the more expensive and proprietary WebLogic Server.

Microsoft Word: Still fighting off challengers after 30 years

It is 30 years old and dominates the word processing market, but Microsoft Word is now more than ever fending off challenges from the cloud where less expensive and even free alternatives pose new threats, experts say.

Recur tracks what you've already done

To-do lists are so bossy. Recur is your ta-da list.

First look: Pages for Mac, iOS, and iCloud

Full and simple file- and feature-compatibility across three separate platforms? What's not to like?

on macworld.com

LinkedIn Intro embeds professional profiles into Mail for iOS

Learn more about the people who email you without leaving Apple's default Mail app.

on techhive.com

Best Chrome apps for managing data, clients, money, and more

Try these 9 incredibly productive Chrome apps to keep yourself or your business humming.

Summary: Apple unveils slew of new iPads, MacBooks, Mac Pro, and apps

In a fast-paced event Tuesday, Apple unleashed a bunch of new products across its iPad and Mac product lines, along with updates to over 20 apps and (oh, yeah) a new version of OS X, too.

on macworld.com

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Microsoft gives Office to students whose teachers buy it

A new Microsoft program dubbed Student Advantage allows educators to extend their Office subscriptions to students if the educational institution buys it itself, offering massive savings for large universities.

Level Money wants your wallet to turn its head and cough

Forget budgeting. This is a whole new way to watch your finances.

on techhive.com

Microsoft taps iTap as basis for remote desktop apps

Microsoft has picked up iOS, Android, and Mac apps from German developer HLW Software to use as the basis for its own forthcoming remote desktop apps.

on macworld.com

Office for iPad is coming, Ballmer says... after 'Metro' Office apps for Windows

Good news! Microsoft's bringing Office to the iPad. Bad news: It won't be for a while.

JetBrains PyCharm

JetBrains frees Python editor

JetBrains has split the latest edition of its PyCharm Python IDE (integrated development environment) into two editions -- the paid professional edition and a new free community edition.

CloudOn Home

CloudOn's virtual Office moves from the app to the browser

CloudOn, which provides a virtual copy of Microsoft Office, now offers a cloud-based version of its software, along with new sharing options for users of third-party cloud storage options.