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FreeFile Review – Microsoft Office For Free?

FFR-WP-logoOneDriveYes, you can get Microsoft Office free, but with two caveats: 1.the applications are online, so an internet connection is needed and performance can be a little sluggish, 2. the apps are stripped down versions. The free Office suite is part of OneDrive, Microsoft’s online storage, formerly called SkyDrive. Sign up for a free account on OneDrive to get 7GB of free online storage as well as access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. OneDrive is available for Windows, Mac, and most smart phones.

Word is the best of the online apps, having all the features most users will need. Once on your OneDrive webpage, simply click the “Create” button, at the top, to create a new document. Old documents can be uploaded to OneDrive and edited. Documents can be downloaded by choosing File> Save As> and then opting for .docx or .pdf.

Excel seems more limited than Word. Power users will be frustrated due to missing features, but occasional users should find it sufficient. Spredsheets can be downloaded only as .xlsx files.

PowerPoint, much like Excel, will satisfy less advanced users, while disappointing power users. Presentations can be downloaded only as .xlsx files.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

For occasional, less demanding users, OneDrive is fantastic – 7GB of online storage and Microsoft Office – all for free.

Sign up for OneDrive HERE

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How To Run Your Own NSA Spy Program

In a clever ComputerWorld column, Mike Elgan, proposes that everyone can become a big league data collector,  just like your government. Using free Google services, anyone can amass more data than a reasonable person would want or ever use. It’s an interesting concept – just remember to use it for good, not evil.

Read the article HERE

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FreeFile Review – Google Docs

Google docs is designed as a free MS Office alternative for small businesses. Is there anything for the home user? Let’s take a look.

The only requirements are a free Google account (if you have gmail, you already have one), a modern browser (Internet Explorer 6 need not apply) and an internet connection.

The three main applications are – word processor, spreadsheet and presentations. All three are stripped down with only basic functions. The apps reside on the web, run in your browser and all documents are automatically saved online. Google gives 1GB of free online storage – more than enough for most home users. The interface has Google’s typical bland design. There is also a drawing application that may interest some people.

All of the apps perform competently, but are rather disappointing because of their lack of advanced features. Google claims that they are compatible with MS Office formats, however, to edit Office docs they must be uploaded and converted. These extra steps are hoops that home users don’t want to jump through. Also, formatting often gets broken during the conversion process. I had a 2 column Word doc get turned into a long 1 column Google doc.

The bottom line is that most home users will find little to like about Google docs, although the 1GB of online storage could be very useful. The collaboration features that business users like are of little value to home users and I don’t think that most people are quite ready for cloud computing. A full featured suite is still preferred.
The best free one is still Open Office.

Find out more about Google docs HERE.

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New Version Of Office To Be Free Online

CNN reports –

Get this: Microsoft – the king of paid software – will announce today that it is going to give a version of Office away for free online. Both the online and desktop versions are scheduled to arrive in the first half of next year. Yes, you read that right. The latest version of its ubiquitous productivity software, dubbed Office 2010, will come as both a piece of software you can buy for your computer, and as a service you can access in your browser.

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This seems to be rather revolutionary, now if they could just straighten out their OS. Personally, as I’m not a fan of “cloud computing”, I’ll probably stick with the old version of Office that I own.


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