Google has released Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, and I gave it a quick try.
Cloud Connect is a plug-in for Microsoft Office which installs a toolbar into Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There is no way that I can see to hide the toolbar. Every time you work in Office you will see Google’s logo.
…continue reading Hands on with Google Cloud Connect: Microsoft docs in Google’s cloud
Apple launched the Mac App Store yesterday and I had a look this morning. It is only available to users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, where it comes with the latest system update.
It is interesting that Apple has not used iTunes for the App Store, but has developed new client software. Maybe
…continue reading Apple’s Mac App Store – and the forgotten Windows Marketplace
I spent today evaluating several competing vertical applications for a small business working in a particular niche – I am not going to identify it or the vendors involved. The market is formed by a number of companies which have been serving the market for some years, and which have Windows applications born in the
…continue reading UK business applications stagger towards the cloud
Users of Office Web Apps have just been given some minor but welcome updates, described here.
They include printing in Word when in edit mode,new chart tools in Excel, and again in Excel the handy autofill tool, which lets you drag the bottom left corner of a selection to extend it automatically. In the example
…continue reading Cloud users get Microsoft Office Web Apps update first
A user contacted me about a problem installing Microsoft Office 2010, just released. He had gone to John Lewis, a department store with a good reputation for quality, and purchased a Windows 7 laptop that had Office 2010 pre-installed, along with a Key Card for Office 2010 Home and Business. The idea is that you
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How secure is Windows Live SkyDrive?
One of the most notable features of Office 2010 is that you can save directly to the Web, without any fuss. In most of the applications this option is accessed via the File menu and the Save & Send submenu. Incidentally, this submenu used to be called Share, but
…continue reading Office and Windows Live SkyDrive – don’t miss unlucky Clause 13
I spoke to Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of the Office Business Platform, who runs the SharePoint engineering group. I asked him to clarify something has puzzled me: the licensing for Office Web Apps. From a technical point of view, Office Web Apps is an add-on for SharePoint; it does not require the paid-for SharePoint
…continue reading Linux users will need a Microsoft Office license to use Office Web Apps
I was surprised to see the following dialog after an in-place upgrade of Office 2007 to Office 2010:
Admittedly there is a strong steer towards the Microsoft formats which, we are told, are “designed to support all the features of Microsoft Office”.
On the other hand, this was an in-place upgrade and default
…continue reading Office 2010 offers choice of Open Document or Microsoft XML formats