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Microsoft weaves around Office bloat complaints with Sway authoring tool

New app, now in preview mode, meant to be simple yet powerful, and built from the ground up for mobile devices and cloud computing


Oracle unveils Alta, a next-generation user interface

A mobile app creation tool for business users is also in the works

Microsoft stealthily rebrands Bing Finance, with other Bing apps to follow

In a curious game of hide-and-seek, Microsoft appears to be rebranding its Windows 8 Bing apps as MSN apps

Bossie Awards 2014: The best open source desktop and mobile software

InfoWorld's top picks in open source productivity tools, desktop utilities, and mobile apps

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Bossies 2014: The Best of Open Source Software Awards

Discover the best: 130 open source projects in six categories, chosen by InfoWorld editors and contributors

Bossie Awards 2014: The best open source applications

InfoWorld's top picks of the year in open source business applications and middleware

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Excel gets Python programming power, thanks to Xlwings library

A new Python library allows Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Python applications to share data and code

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LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

LibreOffice code is among the cleanest you'll find, with one-tenth the defect density of the average proprietary code base for similar-scale apps

HP leads Microsoft in Metro app usage

Only 17 percent of Microsoft's usage was on Surface Pros, showing that people who have a choice rarely chose Metro apps

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Ray Ozzie's Talko app stores calls in cloud, lets you search them

So far the free app and associated for-pay cloud-storage service is just for iPhone, but the goal is to support corporate work groups

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10 major Office 365 migration gotchas to avoid

From unrealistic design decisions to costly add-ons, the migration path to Microsoft Office 365 is fraught with hidden pitfalls

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5 developer features IE still lacks (and 6 it might add someday)

Some HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript features used in other browsers still haven't landed in Internet Explorer, to its detriment

Microsoft plots Dynamics CRM update with an eye on marketing, global expansion

CRM Online will be available in 130 markets by the end of the year, Microsoft says

Google lets Apps users bypass admins and install third-party Marketplace tools

Google risks upsetting Apps admins with this change to the workplace email and collaboration suite

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Mozilla Rust language approaches 1.0 milestone

Mozilla project expands beyond browser engines to support concurrency and quick systems programming

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Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed, ease of use and more

Do you like your browser fast, easy on system resources, or simple to use? We tested Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, and found surprising differences on these measures.

Free app outs iPhone and Android phone energy hogs

Researchers at UC Berkeley, University of Helsinki sniff out troublesome iPhone, Android apps via Carat

Jive adds Office 365 connectors for its enterprise social suite

The new tools link Jive with the cloud versions of Outlook, Office, SharePoint, and OneDrive for Business

Data protection authorities find privacy lapses in majority of mobile apps

One in three applications request excessive permissions, and privacy information is inadequate in 85 percent of them, a study found

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