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[News] Fast Booting Linux System Gets Another Office Suite

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HyperSpace Adds ThinkFree: Fastest Booting Office Yet?

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| Phoenix just announced a partnership with Haansoft to include the Java-based 
| ThinkFree productivity suite in HyperSpace. This adds the ability to quickly 
| boot up and jump right in to a full-featured, Microsoft Office-compatible 
| toolset for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Up till now, your only 
| productivity suite option in HyperSpace was for a web-based service like Zoho 
| Office or Google Docs.     



ThinkFree Office: Running on Ubuntu 8.04!

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| ThinkFree Office is a very good application, and if you are interested in 
| trying something other than OpenOffice or IBM’s Lotus Notes, certainly give 
| this office suite a try.  It’s connection to an online office workspace backs 
| up your documents, and can then be accessed on any computer connected to the 
| internet.    


ThinkFree Office: Powerful, familiar office suite for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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| Office suites like Google Docs and Zoho Office have been busy adding offline 
| access to let you access and edit spreadsheets, text, and presentation 
| documents in a web browser whether you're connected to the internet or not. 
| But paying ThinkFree customers have had this ability since last year.   
| That's because ThinkFree offers two products: an online, web-based office 
| suite and a Microsoft Office-compatible suite for the desktop. Users can 
| synchronize data between the web service and their desktops. But up until 
| this week, users had to pay $50 for access to the desktop software. Now, as 
| expected, ThinkFree has launched a free version of its desktop software.     



ThinkFree office suite goes offline

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| ThinkFree Premium runs on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers, 
| and requires Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.


Adobe may launch Office rival

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| Adobe is pumping significant resources into Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR, 
| formerly known as Apollo), which gives developers a way to take code written 
| for the web browser and repurpose it for the desktop.  
| It is the AIR platform which excites many observers, and which could give 
| Adobe a solid starting point for the launch of office applications. 


No Demand For Browser-Based Microsoft Office?

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| Raikes said the browser-based application space is extremely 
| important to watch, but there is not a lot of demand now for
| Microsoft Office in the cloud.



Google Docs & Spreadsheets vs Microsoft Office

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| This philosophy transferred to Google Docs & Spreadsheets, so that's
| why it's unfair to compare it to Microsoft Office. Even if they'll add
| more features (charts in Google Spreadsheets, pagination in Google
| Docs), the products won't try to be an imitation of a desktop
| product, but something that can be done on the web and takes
| advantage of the huge power of the web: collaboration, instant
| feedback, mashups, live data from the web, contextual search.


Google manager: Google Apps replaced Microsoft Office at 100,000 businesses

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| Google's newly released online productivity suite Google Apps has
| already replaced Microsoft Office at more than 100,000 small to
| medium enterprises and has been deployed at two of the largest
| companies in the world, according to the search leader's
| enterprise product boss.


Dumping Office for Google Apps

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| Google has a friend in Disney, and that could leave Microsoft screaming
| like a jilted lover.


Microsoft prunes its Windows Live line-up

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| What to make of these changes? Is Microsoft starting to get its Windows
| Live branding house in order? Is the company simply beginning a long
| overdue "Windows Live" purge, much like the quiet .Net naming purge
| conducted a few years back? Or is Microsoft actually starting to kill
| off actual services and not just ill-chosen names?


Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign

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| Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows
| Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources
| close to the company.


Is Windows Live dying?

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| Over the last year, Microsoft's Windows Live service lineup has
| grown exponentially. At one point months ago, it seemed clear
| that every service Microsoft brought online would fall under the
| Live brand, but lately the trend seems to be moving slowly in
| the opposite direction. What's happening to Windows Live?


Sources: Several Windows Live Projects Halted

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| Microsoft's Windows Live desktop search project has been
| shelved "indefinitely," although not much reasoning has been
| given as to the reason for its demise.


Microsoft Office Live migration is adding insult to injury

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| On January 29, Microsoft posted to the Office Live blog a status update
| re: the migration. The news isn't good.
| Office Live logoBeta testers are still potentially "months" away fromb
| eing migrated to the final version of their Office Live services.
| Functionality like backup and restore isn't going to work until
| their accounts are migrated. And Microsoft will give testers only
| a 24-hour heads-up when they are set to be migrated. During that
| 24-hour period, users won't be able to make changes to their
| Office Live sites. 


Office Live: Better Off Dead?

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| Last month I killed Office Live in an act of self defense, after
| repeated access problems and attempts to move my domain to another
| registrar. Judging from the comments to that post, there's an Office
| Live killing spree going on. Not surprisingly, Microsoft wants to put
| an end to the wanton killing.


Microsoft profit on slide

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| Some analysts are looking for any signs of improvement from
| Microsoft's internet division, which continues to lose market
| share in web search to Google.
| Microsoft's online services group saw revenue fall for the last
| four quarters and posted a loss in the past three quarters while
| it shifted to a new internet advertising platform and overhauled
| the company's web properties.

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