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For Microsoft's latest version of its Office suite, the company is betting big that making documents accessible across multiple devices, a cleaned-up design and improved collaboration features will keep the product relevant to today's users.

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CNNMoney: In Chromebook, Google believes less is moreupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 05:23:00

Could you do your job if the only thing installed on your PC was a Web browser?

Microsoft's Office 365 available for public testingupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 23:55:00

Office 365, Microsoft's set of business tools that includes an online-only option, opened up for a public round of beta testing on Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Microsoft fights decade-long stock funkupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 07:57:00

When Microsoft executives envision the company's future, they see record-setting sales and profits from exciting new products. But when Wall Street gazes into Microsoft's future, many potential investors seem to see only a blue screen of death.

CNNMoney: Gmail's new mind-reading inboxupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 05:26:00

Google is adding a new feature in Gmail that will automatically spotlight important e-mails and separate out the ones you can wait to read later.

CNNMoney: Ballmer: Microsoft feels tablet 'urgency'updated: Sat Jul 31 2010 17:19:00

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that the software giant is urgently working with its partners to unveil a host of tablet computers running Windows 7, to compete with Apple's fast-selling iPad.

CNNMoney: The most behind-the-curve but wildly profitable tech companyupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 03:45:00

It has recently been popular to prognosticate Microsoft's impending doom, but there's one big reason to believe in a successful future for the software giant: Cash. Microsoft is sitting on a giant pile of it, and it makes billions more every quarter.

Microsoft launches Office 2010updated: Thu May 13 2010 11:47:00

CNN's Richard Quest speaks with the president of Microsoft International about its newest product, Office 2010.

Can Microsoft beat Google in the battle to rule cloud computing?updated: Thu May 13 2010 11:47:00

Microsoft made a major leap skywards this week with the release of a cloud-based version of its Office software to businesses called Office Web Apps.

CNNMoney: Microsoft Office 2010: Mission criticalupdated: Wed May 12 2010 15:17:00

Microsoft unveiled its newest version of Office Wednesday, at a time when one of its biggest revenue drivers is feeling the heat from rivals.

Suspect kills self in Ohio State shooting, police sayupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 14:10:00

A man apparently angry over a poor performance evaluation entered an Ohio State University maintenance building early Tuesday and opened fire, killing a manager before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Google tries its own take on customer serviceupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 13:14:00

If you rely on a compelling service that happens to be free, what level of customer support are you entitled to receive?

CNNMoney: Microsoft sales sink another 17%updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 18:24:00

Microsoft Corp. blamed weakness in the global PC and server markets for a sharp drop in quarterly revenue that badly missed Wall Street's forecasts.

Twitter hack raises questions about 'cloud computing'updated: Thu Jul 16 2009 14:06:00

The recent hacking of a Twitter employee's personal e-mail account is raising questions about the security of storing personal information and business data on the Internet.

Fortune: Google Chrome OS: Beyond the hypeupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 15:07:00

It's highly unlikely that the operating system Google announced yesterday -- dubbed Google Chrome OS -- will rocket to the heights of its chief competitor, Microsoft, right away. But it doesn't really matter. In a world obsessed with all things Google, the new OS will certainly get its fair share of attention, and the frontal assault on Microsoft that it represents will serve at least as a great distraction to the tech behemoth.

Fortune: iPhone apps: For fun and profit?updated: Mon Jul 06 2009 10:26:00

A year ago this week Apple opened the floodgates and began letting software developers sell software for the iPhone, and geeks everywhere caught iPhone fever.

Is Microsoft Office worth its weight in tuition?updated: Wed Feb 18 2009 16:25:00

My daughter is starting college, and I was wondering if we should spend money upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Office for her notebook computer?

Google tries out offline Gmail featureupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 11:09:00

Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.

CNNMoney: The hidden cost of Google Appsupdated: Wed Nov 19 2008 10:53:00

What happens when a business throws out its scheduling and collaboration tools and replaces them with Google's low-cost, online business software? To find out, we at Blumsday migrated our entire shop of roughly a dozen employees and contractors to test out Google Apps. Late to the Game: Microsoft Office Onlineupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 17:00:00

Microsoft has announced it will offer an online version of the Office suite, but you won't see it until 2010. In the meantime, try Zoho or Google Docs.

Microsoft's new browserupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 07:51:00

Privacy is at the heart of the new Microsoft browser, but it might eat into Google's lunch. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.

Fortune: Google's tough sell to Corporate Americaupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 14:43:00

Steve Skinner, the head of information technology for a big Bay Area real estate agency, recently got his umpteenth call from Google. Would Skinner be interested in buying a package of e-mail, word processing and other software known as Google Apps for his company's 1,300 employees?

FSB: The best PC for Microsoft Office? A Macupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 09:17:00

How's this for the ultimate digital-age, small-business irony: Want the best possible environment for Microsoft Office? Try running it on a Mac.

Fortune: How to make accounting software coolupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 15:11:00

It was too weird to be true. In late 2006, a series of videos appeared on YouTube about a Willow Springs, Ill., resident named Kyle Bone who'd created a successful product called "the anti-shirt" - a shirt that exposed the area of one's torso that a normal tee shirt would cover and revealed the area that would otherwise be exposed. In short, said Bone, it cured the age-old problem of "farmer's tan."

FSB: Dell's Vostro is dream PC for businessesupdated: Tue May 27 2008 00:01:00

Want a sleeper of a holiday small-business tip? Dell is in a whole heap of trouble - which makes this the perfect time to shamelessly move in and take advantage.

Fortune: Where does Google go next?updated: Mon May 12 2008 12:00:00

Sean Knapp had it made. As a young computer scientist, he couldn't have had a better gig: working at Google, the engineer's paradise. He had all the usual perks - a massage every other week, onsite laundry, free all-you-can-eat haute cuisine. Even better, he got to work on some of Google's highest-profile products, including the search technology that is the heart and soul of the company. And he made full use of his "20% time," that famous one day a week that Google gives its engineers to work on whatever project they want. A little over a year ago he and a couple of colleagues, brothers Bismarck and Belsasar Lepe, ages 28 and 21, respectively, did what many of the young geniuses do at Google: They came up with a cool idea, in this case a new way to handle Web video.

FSB: Finding the best telecom for your businessupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 09:21:00

Dear FSB: We are a small business in the Philadelphia area. How should I select a telecom company? Is there an independent evaluation anywhere of these companies by region?

FSB: Ways to work remotely on multiple PCsupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 12:37:00

Dear FSB: I have a business in two states, Connecticut and Florida. When I am in one office, I always need to access files in the other office. How can I access my other computer remotely to work on files and applications in the other office? P.S. I can't break the bank.

FSB: Last word on MacWorldupdated: Fri Jan 18 2008 14:03:00

I'm no Apple lover. Sure, I dig the design coup that is the iPod Touch, the lovely software interface of the Apple operating system, the content of the iTunes service. And I truly believe Steve Jobs is a living, breathing American genius. But Apple's hardware has always been frustratingly limited, particularly for small businesses.

FSB: Macworld preview: New tools for small bizupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 12:47:00

Are Macs finally small-business ready?

CNNMoney: Is Google's free ride as fast as Vista?updated: Thu Jan 03 2008 18:42:00

How's this for irony? Choosing the software that's supposed to make our work lives easier is becoming horribly complex. Market hegemon Microsoft recently unleashed its most impressive riffs yet on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the rest, packaged as Office 2007 and built for the new Vista operating system. Meanwhile, Internet search-giant Google has come to market with a reliable and low-cost suite of web-based tools: word processing, spreadsheets, calendar, e-mail, and more, all packaged as Google Apps.

Terror on Trial: Oklahoma City bombing survivor remembersupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:14:00

Court TV Host: We're going to be talking to the founder and leader of the Oklahoma City Murrah Building Survivors' group, Dr. Paul Heath. Dr. Heath is a retired psychologist, who was on the fifth floor of the Murrah building when the bomb exploded. Almost immediately, he helped in efforts to calm and minister to victims and was a founder of the association of survivors. We're very fortunate to have him with us on the sixth anniversary of the the Oklahoma City bombing.

FSB: Microsoft's four-letter #&!? Wordupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 10:15:00

On January 30th, Microsoft will drop a revamped Word that makes Kirstie Alley losing 70 pounds look like John Madden changing his tie. I have been testing this radically new Word for the last month or so. My verdict? Business users, get ready for #&!? frustration.

FSB: Battle of the bean countersupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 09:13:00

As if there weren't enough tussling in the technology world, two software giants are duking it out over - get this - bean counting. Internet-search giant Google recently cut a deal with Intuit, the 800-pound accounting software gorilla.

FSB: After the iPhoneupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 11:55:00

Ever since its release last June, the iPhone has inspired lust in consumers and envy in competitors. But at least for now, business users would be smart to ignore the one-million-sold hype: Apple's refusal to accommodate third party applications and AT&T's sluggish EDGE network keep this gadget strictly in the realm of fun.

FSB: A workplace like no otherupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 11:44:00

Many entrepreneurs describe their great ideas as a lightning bolt of inspiration, but to hear Jones tell it, he's prone to frequent thunderstorms. "All of a sudden I can't sleep, and I have all these ideas that are unrelated to each other," he describes. "I just spew them on the page, and it feels like I'm channeling from somewhere else."

Fortune: Office wars: Google vs. Microsoftupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 06:00:00

Competition in the online office software market is heating up as Google and Microsoft go head to head and a host of startups seek space on the virtual desktop.

CNNMoney: Microsoft looks to remake itselfupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 16:03:00

In an era where the Web is king, Microsoft is no longer regarded as a growth stock. But if the company's bets on new businesses pan out, it could become one again.

CNNMoney: Microsoft to offer Web component for Officeupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 06:09:00

Microsoft is unveiling a Web component for its desktop-based Office programs that lets computer users store, share and comment on documents, but the software maker did not go so far as to let people create new files from scratch online.

CNNMoney: Microsoft to offer Mac Office suite in Januaryupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 06:20:00

Microsoft Corp. said it will release three versions of its Office 2008 for Mac suite in January, with the most expensive of the bunch aimed at creative professionals overwhelmed by the task of organizing their digital media files.

CNNMoney: Microsoft fails to win global standard approvalupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 02:33:00

Microsoft Corp. has failed in a first step to win enough support to make the data format behind its flagship Office software a global standard, the International Standards Organization said Tuesday.

Business 2.0: A Microsoft legend's next great adventureupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 01:30:00

This fall the business world will see the first tentative release of a product that Charles Simonyi has been working on, in one form or another, for most of his professional life. No, it's not word-processing software, which the Hungarian immigrant developed at Xerox PARC and then took to Microsoft in 1981, and which helped build him a fortune estimated at $1 billion. It's more audacious than that.

FSB: Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 2007updated: Wed Aug 08 2007 00:56:00

Here is a quick look at the how Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 2007stack up against each other. Microsoft Delays Office for Mac Releaseupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 12:00:00

Microsoft Corp. will delay the release of Office 2008 for Apple Inc.'s Macintosh computers until the middle of January 2008, in order to fix lingering bugs in the software Google Buys E-Mail Security; $625Mupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 11:50:00

Google Inc. is buying e-mail security specialist Postini Inc. for $625 million, fortifying the Internet search leader's effort to sell online software services to corporate customers seeking alternatives to Microsoft Corp.'s long-dominant products

CNNMoney: Google buying Web security firmupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 08:32:00

Internet bellwether Google agreed to purchase Postini, a privately held provider of Web communications security, for $625 million in cash, the company announced Monday.

Review: Microsoft Office Standard 2007 a worthy upgradeupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 12:28:00

The ambitious, ground-up rebuild of Microsoft Office Standard 2007 presents drastically different interfaces and new file formats.

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