10 open source alternatives for paid onces

Using a windows computer has become costlier than is to buy a computer

Here are some of best open source alternative that make your lives easier. The best part of most of them is free upgrades to the latest version.

1. Operating System (OS)

I always suggest home users to go with LINUX based operating system. We can find drastic improvements to the LINUX based operating system. The best part of it is free upgrade to the latest version. I would suggest users to go with Ubuntu, famous LINUX based operating system.

2. Editing Tools

I would suggest users to go with Google Docs or Open Office. Both of the tools have proved to be a best counterpart of Office 2013 or Office 2014 MAC version. I see that both the tools almost have the same feature that are on Microsoft Office. I always recommend users to try Google Doc or Open Office. Open Office is suitable for users without internet and for those who have internet can go with Google Docs. Another advantage of Google Docs is storage, you can store the edited files in the cloud as safe as you can.

3. Compression Tools

I would prefer 7zip rather than Winzip or WinRar, which is found to be the most common among windows users. The best part of 7zip is that 7zip is backward compatible. You can use it to open any older or newer version of the compressed files. The other advantage is 7zip supports opening and compression of almost all the formats available.

4. Mail

Microsoft has even given its free tool that most of us don’t know. The Windows Live setup include a Windows Mail, which is a free alternative of Outlook, that has almost all the functions on Outlook, that we use commonly. Those who have moved to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 have been using Mail tool and missing the “Archive function”, here is a small information for you. You can open the folder location  C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Packages\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_XXX \LocalState\Indexed\LiveComm\XXX\XXX That folder must enclose a Mail folder. Inside the Mail folder you must have number folder 1, 2, 3, etc, the 1st folder has your windows mail’s and the rest in the other folders. You can search for older mails in that folder


Blowfish12@2014 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.

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Microsoft Office 15 launched

Microsoft has finally released several consumer-focused versions of Office 365 and Office 2013 to 162 markets.

After Windows, Office is arguably Microsoft’s most important product and helps the company make a lot of cash. Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are staples around the world for productivity, and while compelling alternatives do exist, these apps are still the standard for how we get work done.

But times have changed since Office debuted in 1990, and Microsoft is trying to adapt to how we work now. We’re much more mobile, we have more devices, and we’re more likely to subscribe to software at a reasonable price than pay a ton upfront. (Adobe has noticed these trends too.)

So Microsoft is offering different plans for the newest version of Office and trying to coax consumers and students with a relatively decent subscription deal. Or you can get into Office “the old way” and buy a single copy for a single PC.

Here are the details on how Microsoft is now offering up Office 365 and Office 2013.

Office 365

Office 365 Home Premium — $99/year — 5 devices

Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access

Microsoft is prioritizing Office 365 Home Premium as its top offering for consumers. With it, you can install a copy of the software on five different devices, including PCs and Macs. The software ties itself to one Microsoft account and lets you use that account to manage it in the cloud.

Office 365 Home Premium is cloud-connected in several ways. For example, when you save a document in Word or Excel, it saves simultaneously to SkyDrive and to the computer’s hard drive. That way, no matter where you access a document, you have the latest version of it. Office 365 subscribers also get 60 free Skype minutes per month and get a boost in SkyDrive storage from 7GB to 20GB.

Additionally, subscribing to Office 365 gets you an ingenious feature — Office on Demand. Essentially, whenever you are on a Windows 7 or 8 PC that is not one of your five installs (let’s say you’re at a friend’s house or a satellite office), you will still have access to Office. Microsoft actually streams a copy of Office from the cloud down to that computer and you can save your work to the cloud. When you are finished with your Office on Demand session, the copy disappears and removes all traces you were there. (We wish this worked on Macs too, but hey, can’t win ‘em all.)

“We want to drive the most demand for this,” Jevon Fark, senior marketing manager at Microsoft told. “This is easily the most ambitious version we’ve ever offered in the 25-year history of Office.”

Office 365 University — $80 for 4 years — 2 devices

Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access

The company will also offer a version of Office 365 aimed squarely at college students. It is basically the same offering as Office 365 Home Premium, but it comes at a better overall price and only lets you install the software twice. You’ll also get the convenience of Office on Demand, which could come seriously in handy in university computer labs, which may not have the latest version of Office installed.

Frankly, Office 365 University looks like a killer deal. Microsoft says it will let students re-up on the $80-for-four-years offer a single time, which helps if they need extra time to get their Bachelor’s degree or go to grad school.

Office 2013

If you’d rather pay a large amount upfront and not have to subscribe to get your software, Microsoft also is offering Office 2013 Home Premium in three other versions. Think of these versions as a more traditional approach to Office. If you just want a single copy that can only be installed on one PC, this is your software.

Keep in mind, Office 2013 is not as cloud-connected as Office 365. You don’t get Office on Demand and your documents don’t save simultaneously to SkyDrive and your hard drive. You can, however, save your documents just to SkyDrive if you want.

Office 2013 Home & Student — $140

Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

Office 2013 Home & Student will be the overall least expensive offering in the new Office family because you get the most basic Office programs and simply pay $140 for the life of the product. It offers the bare bones package though.

Office 2013 Home & Business — $220

Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook

Small businesses that want to approach Office from a more traditional perspective of buying a licence or two for those who need a new copy might want this version. Office 2013 Home & Business is targeted at smaller companies rather than medium-sized companies and enterprises.

Office 2013 Pro — $400

Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access

If you’re a serious Office aficionado and need the full suite of Microsoft tools, Pro is your version. Unless, of course, you’d rather have the same programs and get extra goodies by subscribing to Office 365. Chew on this: Pro costs $400 and only lets you install on one device, while 365 Home Premium lets you install on five devices with more cloud features. If you use Office 2013 Pro for four years, only then do you make up your investment when you could have paid the same for four years of Office 365.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft isn’t shy to admit that paying $400 for Pro isn’t a good deal. “My understanding is that we don’t want people to buy Pro for $400 — we want people to subscribe to 365,” Fark told us.

How it runs

The final copy of Office 365 Home Premium runs quite similar to what we saw previously when testing Office 2013. This is the Office you’ve known (and maybe liked) for years, but it has a more compelling design and more features. One feature that really stuck out was PowerPoint’s new Presenter View, which lets you preview slides and other info on your PC’s screen while giving a presentation. (You can partially see Presenter View in the top photo.) Another feature is a new start screen that pops up when you start Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more that shows popular template options.

What makes the latest version of Office a bit different besides the cloud-connected features is that it’s also built with touch in mind. Microsoft wants you to use this software on its Windows 8 tablets like Surface as well as Windows 7 and 8 PCs. You can change the settings that optimize icons and options for touch. But exclusively using touch can be a recipe for frustration — I found it challenging to input lots of numbers or prepare a presentation. I’d much rather use these programs with a mouse and keyboard.

More business support coming

Next up, Microsoft will launch the latest version of Office 365 for businesses on Feb. 27. The company hasn’t divulged details on how it will differ from Office 365 Home Premium yet, but we suspect it will offer various group editing and collaboration features in the cloud. When we find out, we’ll let you know.


Blowfish12@2013 blowfish13.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R

MS Word 2007 Tips and Tricks

Here we have come with some tips and tricks for MS Word 2007, which you would like to know. The tricks are like – How to select text vertically in MS Word 2007, how to translate text to other languages in Microsoft Word 2007, how to add horizontal lines in Word 2007 document quickly, how to make greeting cards with Word 2007, and how to create a auto summary of a Word 2007 document.

MS WORD 2007

How to select text vertically in MS Word 2007?

  • Point the mouse to the beginning of the text you want to select
  • Hold down the Alt key
  • And Drag the mouse pointer downwards around the required area

Select text vertically

How to translate text to other languages in Microsoft Word 2007?

  • Select the text you want to translate
  • Click on Review tab on Menu bar
  • Click on Translate button in the Review tab
  • A task pane will appear on the right side of the document like this –

Translate Text Languages MS 2007

  • Choose the language under the option of “To”
  • If  the desired language s not available in the given list, then, Click on Translation options and select the particular language

How to add horizontal lines in Word 2007 document quickly?

  • If you want to add a simple straight line, type three dashes (—) and press Enter on the keyboard
  • For this style of a horizontal line, type three asterisks (***) and press Enter
  • Type three underscores ( ___ ) and press Enter to get this line
  • Type three equal signs (===) and hit Enter to get this line
  • Three hash signs ( ### ) and press Enter for this style of line
  • Typing in three tildes ( ~~~ ) and press Enter for this style of line

How to make greeting cards with Word 2007?

  • Click on Office button
  • And Click on New

greeting cards word 2007

  • And from the list under Templates, click on Greeting Cards (as shown image bellow)

NOTE: You will be connected to the Microsoft Office Online site. You can select from hundreds of templates.

greeting cards word 2007

  • Well, you can preview every template in Word and then click the Download button

greeting cards word 2007

NOTE: The Office Genuine Advantage validation dialog box will appear. You might also have to download the updated version of OGA to be capable of downloading a template

office genuine advantage

  • Now you may customize or add some text to modifiy your greetings card

greeting cards word 2007

How to create a auto summary of a Word 2007 document?

  • Add the AutoSummary Tools to the quick access bar( to do this follow the guidelines bellow)
  • Click on the Office Button on the top left corner
  • Click on the Word options button

word 2007 summary

  • Select ‘Customize’
  • Now select ‘All Commands’ from the drop-down menu

word 2007 summary

  • Now choose ‘AutoSummary Tools’ as shown bellow

word 2007 summary

  • Click on the Add button in the middle and click on the OK button

word 2007 summary

  • Well, now you can see, the AutoSummarize icon will now appear on the quick access bar

AutoSummary Word 2007

  • Well, now in order to create the summary, follow these steps –
  • Click on AutoSummary tool and click AutoSummarize
  • A dialogbox  will appear, Select from among the four given options as desired
  • And click ‘OK’ button
  • And that is all, You have just done

AutoSummarize dialog box

Now  it will summarize your text or paragraph or document as option chosen