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Expect to pay more for Microsoft Office 2019

As recently reported by the tech industry press, Microsoft will be increasing the price of Office 2019 by ten percent over existing figures. As we've previously blogged, Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10, which already will force businesses using Windows 7 and 8.1 into costly and otherwise unnecessary upgrades.

The two main LibreOffice version types

When downloading LibreOffice you may notice that two different versions are available. Similarly, new features are often advertised as available in one specific LibreOffice version, but not the other. What does this mean?

LibreOffice ships in two concurrently-maintained major versions to satisfy different use scenarios. These versions are known as LibreOffice Fresh, and LibreOffice Still. Let's describe the differences.

Adobe Creative Cloud just keeps getting more expensive

Following 2017's round of price hikes for Creative Cloud—that had many customers cumulatively paying over 200 percent more—Adobe in March of this year introduced yet further increases.

GIMP 2.10: an excellent Adobe Photoshop alternative

The development team behind GIMP have announced the release of GIMP 2.10—a major new version of the premier open source image manipulation app. Along with a next-generation image processing engine and improved performance on modern multi-core CPUs, GIMP 2.10 ships with a huge number of new features—many of which have been eagerly awaited by the professional user community.

Using unlicensed business software? The risks are greater than ever

In a previous blog entry we described the serious risks associated with using unlicensed business software. It's one of our most popular posts, and for good reason: unlicensed software penalties for Australian companies increased by 100 percent in 2017.

Some notable points from industry press:

Italian military switching to LibreOffice on 100,000 computers

Late in 2015, the Italian military announced a large-scale plan to migrate from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. Perhaps most notable is the sheer scale of the move—involving 100,000 desktop computers across the army, navy, and air force.

Microsoft's upgrade treadmill hits a new low

Microsoft is arguably the technology industry's greatest proponent of vendor lock-in. Their business model is predicated on customer dependence on Microsoft products, and associated forced and unnecessary upgrades—usually at astronomical expense. It's a practice that Microsoft has perfected through years of monopoly behaviour—and subscription-only services such as Office 365 are truly redefining what it means to be tied to a single vendor.

How to convert Microsoft Word files to ODF format

While LibreOffice has outstanding support for Microsoft Office file formats, one of the best possible steps a business can take towards ensuring a successful switch to LibreOffice is to convert Microsoft Office files to OpenDocument Format (ODF). Standardising on ODF for editable business documents—and converting existing Microsoft Office files to ODF—leads to a long-term sustained cost savings.

Microsoft to force Office 2019 customers into Windows 10

The past few days have seen two major announcements in the world of business office software. First, LibreOffice 6 has been released, bringing with it many incredible office productivity features for low (or no) cost. Second, Microsoft has announced that the next version of its competing product—Microsoft Office 2019—will only be available for Windows 10.

Introducing LibreOffice 6

In exciting news for businesses and consumers, LibreOffice 6 is out now—the latest major version of the world's leading open source office software suite. Version 6 ships with a tonne of amazing features; let's highlight a few below.

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