Using Microsoft’s Web-Based Office on Mac and Linux

Microsoft’s free web version of Office has finally been opened up to computing platforms other than windows. I’ve tried it on both Mac & Linux and it worked reasonably well though on linux there’s a frequent pester box to ‘improve’ the rendering of text by installing Microsoft Silverlight which of course you can’t do in…

Making choices in the dark

Microsoft has been rolling out its browser choice update to European windows users. For those that actually have Microsoft updates enabled the result has been , perhaps a bit confusing for some. Typically many users assumed the update was malware or spam whilst another contingent sat there asking themselves ‘what’s a browser?’. Picture by ::…

Responsible Parenting And Social Networking

Image by Getty Images via Daylife I listened with interest to this morning’s phone in on Five Live which looked at the worries of youngsters on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace following criticisms of those networks for not putting any kind of help button on the site for people that are experiencing…

Ensuring Opportunity

“Depending on the nature of your response, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.” Part of Microsoft’s letter to the Yahoo board of directors that reserves the right to pursue a likely hostile takeover attempt…

Updated Microsoft Docx For Mac

Microsoft have updated their Docx /open XML plugin for Mac office users. The add on requires Office 2004 or Office v.X in order to work and will not work with the upcoming Office 2008 which is due for release in January. Docx Office file converter for mac More about converting Docx files The update extends…

Becta Reports Microsoft

Things must be bad when Becta, the UK department of education IT advisory agency, of all people decides to report Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading. When I worked in education and IT support it was hard to get anybody to think outside the box in terms of the true cost of licensing and…

BBC iPlayer For Mac + Linux

BBC’s iPlayer which allows UK television viewers to play catch up with BBC TV and radio programmes ran into a bit of trouble when Microsoft’s Windows Media player was chosen as its primary method of delivery and so locking out a percentage of license fee paying Mac and Linux computer users. A hurried decision following…