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Microsoft beefs up Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, narrowing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users' devices.
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Rimini Street diversifies with cloud services for Workday, Salesforce.com

Independent Oracle and SAP support provider Rimini Street will now offer integration services for customers who want to adopt SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com and Workday.

Canada halts online tax returns in wake of Heartbleed

Canada Revenue Agency has halted online filing of tax returns by the country's citizens following the disclosure of the Heartbleed security vulnerability that rocked the Internet this week.

Stung by file-encrypting malware, researchers fight back

Jose Vildoza's 62-year-old father was using his old Windows computer when a warning in broken English flashed on the screen: your files have been encrypted.

Dropbox diversifies beyond storage with photos, collaboration apps

Dropbox, the cloud storage and file sharing vendor, is expanding its scope into photo management and document collaboration.

With MongoDB 2.6, NoSQL database gets a speed boost

Working to keep its place in an increasingly heated competitive landscape, MongoDB has updated its namesake open-source NoSQL database system with considerable performance improvements, a new automated management module and stronger security tools.

Yahoo email anti-spoofing policy breaks mailing lists

In an attempt to block email spoofing attacks on yahoo.com addresses, Yahoo began imposing a stricter email validation policy that unfortunately breaks the usual workflow on legitimate mailing lists.

Security and quality are companies' top reasons for using open source

Why should you use open-source software? The fact that it's usually free can be an attractive selling point, but that's not the reason most companies choose to use it. Instead, security and quality are the most commonly cited reasons, according to new research.

Google touts extra encryption for Gmail, remains mum on other apps

Google recently trumpeted that it now encrypts Gmail messages while shuffling them among its data centers, an extra security layer aimed at thwarting government and criminal snoops, but didn't say if it applies this protection to its other applications.

SAP customers can't figure out firm's mobility strategy

It's been nearly four years since SAP got into enterprise mobility with the acquisition of Sybase, but many customers still don't quite understand its mobile product strategy, according to a new survey by the Americas' SAP Users' Group.

Desktop Apps In Depth

Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise

It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.

Secure browsers offer alternatives to Chrome, IE and Firefox

The Web browser has been a major infection vector for years, allowing malware to be transported to millions of computers through phishing, man-in-the-middle, SQL injection and countless other attacks. But what if there were a way to stop this madness and secure the browsing channel itself?

7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices

Today's security suites try to protect all (or most) of your devices, and provide Web-based management. We examine how seven major applications compare in terms of features, ease of use and which devices they actually protect.

Intel plays defense against ARM with Cloudera stake

Intel's US$740 million investment in software company Cloudera will help sell more x86 chips in Hadoop installations, but it could also be a defensive move to maintain its server lead from the emerging threat posed by 64-bit ARM servers.

Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

10 top Excel keyboard shortcuts

Add date and time stamps, jump to next corner of a selection and more -- all with time-saving keyboard shortcuts from "Mr. Excel" Bill Jelen.

OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps

Now that Microsoft has made OneNote free for consumers, can it compete with the well-known Evernote? Preston Gralla offers his take on both.

How to Make Meetings More Productive

With the right collaboration tools and an open-minded management team, the phrase 'productive meeting' doesn't have to be an oxymoron.

A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks

Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage test

One alternative to buying expensive storage-area networks or other hardware-based dedicated storage is to deploy open source storage software on existing server hardware. For this test, we evaluated three such open source storage products, GlusterFS 3.3, Ceph 0.72 and Apache Hadoop 2.2.0.