Google Inches Ever-Closer to a Usable Office Alternative

No one who has used both Microsoft Office/ Office 365 and the Google Drive web apps (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) would ever try to claim that Google's solutions are “superior”. But the issue for Microsoft is whether Google Drive is “good enough,” which it ..

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VS 2010 productivity improvements, Part II

You could say the code editor is the most important feature of any development experience.  After all, that's what lets you create, see, and change your code.  Without a code editor, no other features matter in an IDE.  Around the editor is built the rest of the development environment. Last week , we looked at three new features in Visual Studio 2010: multi-monitor support, multi-targeting, and code navigation.  This week I'd like to spend a little time talking about improvements to the code editor in Visual Studio 2010

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VS 2010 productivity improvements – Part I

Every developer deserves a fantastic development environment that allows them to write, understand, navigate, and debug code as efficiently as possible.  After all, developers spend most of their time in the IDE. As we designed and built Visual Studio 2010, we let this principle guide the product, and I think we've delivered an IDE that raises the development experience bar significantly.  Starting today and over the coming weeks, I will highlight my favorite productivity features in Visual Studio 2010.  Some of them are small features, and some of them required a large, coordinated effort across the team, but each one makes developers' lives a little easier

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monoTouch .net development kit now available for iPhone

Filed under: Developer , Linux , Apple , Novell , Commercial , iPhone , Mobile While the Apple App Store is without doubt the largest available medium for a mobile developer to get their app in the hands of the users, for developers new to development using C / Objective C, the barrier to entry can be quite significant. Many developers working with other platforms (particularly Windows / Windows Mobile) have made significant investment into products developed in the .net languages (e.g.

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Commands in Demand remembers obscure Windows tricks so you don’t have to

Filed under: Utilities , Windows , Freeware Commands in Demand is a nifty little Windows app that lets you run about 70 different Windows commands and tweaks. Some of the most basic stuff it’ll let you do is launch a command prompt, run a disk cleanup operation, or kill a non-responsive application. But it also includes a number of hidden gems that you’d normally need to tweak some registry settings to get at, like the ability to change the transparency level of the Windows taskbar or desktop icons

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Update on Windows 7 RTM

I’d like to offer up a little insight into the “Release to Manufacturing” (RTM) for Windows 7. Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM. We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7

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Create databases with MS Access, make then web apps with Zoho

Filed under: Internet , Office , Web services , web 2.0 Online office software makers Zoho have released a new plugin for Microsoft Access that lets you export an Access database to Zoho Creator and essentially turn it into a web application with little to no effort. Zoho Creator is basically a collaborative, web-based database application, while Access is strictly desktop-based. You could just create your web app/database in Zoho Creator, but if you’re either more comfortable with Access this new plugin could save a lot of time

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Xiant will provide "smart" filters for email clients such as …

DailyTech The new company, called Xiant, will offer "smart" organization and filtering software for email inboxes, including for Microsoft Outlook , … See all stories on this topic

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OffiSync mixes Microsoft Office and Google Docs

Filed under: Utilities , Windows , Office , Productivity If you often transfer files back and forth between Microsoft Office apps on your desktop and Google Docs online, OffiSync might be exactly what you need. It pulls Google Docs functionality into Office, letting you save, manage and browse your Google Docs as if they were in a directory on your hard drive. You can also share docs and add collaborators, and send email and notifications, all while you’re writing up that next draft in Word.

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Xobni drops beta, organizes your Outlook info faster

Filed under: Windows , E-mail , Social Software Xobni is an Outlook plugin that adds social networking and search features to the email and contact organizer. We first looked at Xobni when the service launched in public beta last year. Today Xobni is dropping the beta tab with the release of Xobni 1.7.

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