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Mozilla Thunderbird 38 takes aim at Microsoft Outlook

With the release of Mozilla Thunderbird version 38, businesses have an increasingly compelling alternative to Microsoft's costly, proprietary Outlook email client. Thunderbird 38 features integrated calendaring and tasks management – previously offered via the Lightning add-on, but now part of the core Thunderbird experience.

This elevates Thunderbird's already powerful email capabilities into an application which can centrally manage your personal information. In addition:

The big 5.0 is here: Introducing LibreOffice version 5

This week saw the release of LibreOffice 5 – the latest major version of the world's leading open source office productivity suite.

Run Windows 10 in Ubuntu with VirtualBox

Earlier, we blogged about using VirtualBox to install a Windows XP virtual machine (VM), running within the Ubuntu operating system (OS). An update to VirtualBox (available soon) will let you install Windows 10 as a VM, and use it in exactly the same way:

Ubuntu on Dell: help article round-up

As covered in recent blog posts (see Ubuntu on Dell: "No Anti-virus Required" and Dell further bolsters support for Ubuntu), we're continuing to see a tonne of useful help articles from Dell for running Ubuntu on their business computers. Everything from installing a Dell printer, to running Ubuntu and Windows side-by-side is covered.

French government looks to replace Microsoft Office with open standards

Following on from the UK government's landmark decision, recent reports indicate the French government is also looking to replace proprietary Microsoft Office file formats with OpenDocument Format. OpenDocument Format (or ODF), is a true industry-standard electronic office document format, supported by the LibreOffice application suite.

LibreOffice is now available from the Mac App Store

For customers using Apple OS X, there are now two ways to download and install LibreOffice. As well as a conventional download from the main LibreOffice website, it's now available as a convenient one-step install from the Mac App Store:

Thunderbird supports LaTeX expressions in email

For customers working in science and academia, Thunderbird supports LaTeX expressions and formulas via the LaTeX It! add-on. This can be a huge time saver when exchanging formula-laden emails with colleagues. Simple type the desired expression, press the "LaTeX It!" toolbar icon, and the expression is converted into the corresponding formula:

The importance of endpoint-encrypted email for business

The security disclosures that have occurred over the past two years – vis a vis Edward Snowden's revelations around global electronic surveillance programmes – have shone light on email's lack of security as a communication medium. Email – in its plain, default state – is prone to content interception at the multiple points between an email being sent, its journey over the public internet, and the recipient's account.

Dell further bolsters support for Ubuntu

In previous blog entries we've highlighted just how well Ubuntu runs on Dell's business-class laptops. Dell has recently moved to create additional support resources for installing Ubuntu on its PCs—as well as endorsing it on their business support channels:

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