Microsoft Office 12 (beta 1) Video
The latest beta of Microsoft Office is out. Now there's a clickable ribbon across the top, replacing those drop-down boxes. CNET's software expert Elsa Wenzel gives you a look at some of the more important changes.
In our video review we take a look at new file formats for Microsoft Word and other features in Microsoft Office Standard 2007. It is a worthy upgrade if you need to make sleeker-looking documents and presentations to share with others, and Outlook is bet
The Microsoft Office 2010 technical preview shows a lot of promise, with feature enhancements and welcome additions across the entire suite of apps. Check out our overview of the next version of Microsoft's popular office suite.
OpenOffice and LibreOffice are great, but they can feel a little bloated, especially on startup. If you're on Windows and want a lighter-weight office suite, check out Kingsoft Office Suite. You can do most everything that Microsoft Office offers but with less of a footprint.
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Get a first look at Office 2007 beta 2.
Microsoft has released a very early version of its Web-based Office Suite. It looks and feels a lot like the desktop app, which is good, but the sharing functions are awful.
For the first time in 10 years, Microsoft's updated Office 2007 software introduces new file formats by default. You'll need to take extra steps to share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with users of Office 2003 and earlier. Here's what you need to
ZDNet's David Coursey and Chris Pratley, a Microsoft product manager, take a look at the new features in Microsoft Office 2003, which is now available to several thousand beta testers.
Microsoft has officially joined the latest battle in the browser wars, delivering a beta of Internet Explorer 9 that looks and feels modern, with a minimal interface, comprehensive search features, and smart security for Windows users.