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Microsoft dropping support for Office 2007

In October 2017, Microsoft will formally cease support for Microsoft Office 2007—including all bug fixes and security updates. As we blogged at the time of Office 2003's end of support, businesses using Office 2007 without this safety net of regular updates can similarly expect the software to transform into a critical and disruptive IT security problem. Additionally, Office 2007 will eventually cease to run on newer computers, leading to expensive forced hardware and software upgrades.

Use Ubuntu virtual machines to protect against Windows ransomware

We've previously blogged (here and here) about the benefits of running Microsoft Windows as a virtual machine (VM) within Ubuntu. To recap, VMs enable a best of both worlds scenario for businesses: the incredible productivity and cost advantages of Ubuntu, combined with the ability to easily retain Windows-specific software where needed.

Insert PDFs as images in LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice 5.3 features the ability to insert PDFs as images into LibreOffice Writer documents. This is useful for customers who wish to use existing PDFs as image source material, without having to go through the hassle of converting to an image file format such as JPEG or PNG.

The process is exactly the same as inserting any other image file into a document. We've summarised it in the following brief screecast.

LibreOffice reviewed by TechRadar: "truly remarkable"

Cat Ellis, writing for TechRadar magazine, awarded LibreOffice a near-perfect score in a recent review. It's an entirely accurate assessment—and a great takeaway summary for business owners looking to migrate from Microsoft Office. Some of review's highlights:

Wanna Cry ransomware highlights (Windows) elephant in the room

When we last blogged about the prominent strain of Microsoft Windows-specific ransomware known as CryptoLocker, we predicted that it would be swiftly followed by ". . . many variants . . .

Sample LibreOffice Business Case

We're pleased to share with our readers a sample LibreOffice business case. This can assist technical staff and managers looking at office software replacement options with building a strong proposal for LibreOffice. The sample is provided under a Creative Commons license, which means you can modify its content to suit your particular use case.

Leading author Neil Gaiman chooses LibreOffice

When you're one of the world's most celebrated authors, the recipient of multiple awards (including the Nebula, Hugo, and British National Book Awards), and with your work being turned into a major new television series: what's the word processor of choice for capturing the magic to begin with?

Remote control LibreOffice slideshow presentations

In today's feature highlight we're going to check out the LibreOffice Impress Remote app. It enables full remote control of your LibreOffice Impress slideshow presentations from the comfort and convenience of your personal Android or iOS-powered smartphone. Once installed, connect over Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth and swipe through presentation slides using intuitive touch-based gestures.

Simplenote—a slick note-taking app for Ubuntu

(Updated August 22nd 2016: Simplenote is now open source across all platforms, heralding an accelerated rate of innovation.)

Microsoft to increase Office 365 prices for New Zealand customers

New Zealand-based Microsoft resellers are presently advising their customers of Microsoft's intention to increase Office 365 subscription costs by 22 percent, taking effect on 1st April 2016. Businesses should ignore resellers' boilerplate statements in defence of Microsoft, and instead view this as clear evidence of the risks of using proprietary, closed-source office software. Microsoft's exclusive control of Office 365 enables them to set pricing and terms as they see fit—benefiting their shareholders but to the detriment of their customers.


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