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Free Alternatives to Word

One of my students this semester has hair longer than mine. Maybe that's why he's been writing such great blog posts! Anyway, I thought you might enjoy or profit from his review of free alternatives to Microsoft Word. It's fairly comprehensive and even has screenshots. Check it out!

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Microsoft Word 2007 Automates "Complain about Teacher"

I was browsing the template library of Office 2007 today when I came across an interesting "academic" letter template: "Complaint about Teacher." The letter is probably what you could expect from a parent whose kiddo isn't making the A's she rightfully deserves. Here's a few snippets from it:

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Google to ISO: Say no to OOXML

Ars Technica reports that Google has urged for ISO rejection of Microsoft's OOXML format as an international standard.

There has been plenty of other criticism of the standard. But I'm of mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I would prefer that everyone--including Microsoft--embrace ODF. A file format developed and maintained by an open standards organization is preferable to a Microsoft-controlled, poorly designed OOXML.

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Microsoft releases specifications for binary Office file formats

Slashdot reports that Microsoft has released the specifications for their binary office productivity file formats. Translation: projects such as OpenOffice can now see how Microsoft encodes .doc, .xls, and ppt. Bad news: the file specifications are so overly complicated it is not likely to save on previous efforts to reverse engineer these formats.

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Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft

Can it be true? Only this video knows for sure.

Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip
Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip

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