Facebook Starts Private Fundraiser Instruments To Aid Consumers Raise Income, Nevertheless Itis Rather Restricted For The Time Being: COMPUTER: Computer Times

Facebook is putting a GoFundMe clone to increase its selection of online fundraising resources, presenting help for individual fundraisers.

With individual fundraisers, Facebook desires to permit people to boost cash for your causes that subject many for them, whether or not they require finances for themselves, a buddy, a charity, or another thing.

Facebook Private Fundraisers

the newest individual fundraising resources may help Facebook people to boost resources for private issues and different different situations including disaster scenarios, funerals, medical bills, college fees, and whatnot. Additionally, Facebook Websites is now able to put in a “donate” switch with their live shows around the software, hence raising their potential to acquire help.

Facebook Pages can add 'donate' buttons on Live Video

(Photo : Facebook) Facebook Websites could include ‘donate’ links on Live Movie

“Whenever individuals muster round the causes they worry about, it generates a secure and helpful neighborhood,” says Facebook. “Your charitable giving resources have managed to get simple for visitors to boost huge amount of money for non-profits to guide these in need entirely on Facebook.”

for all those new to Facebookis exercise to the fundraiser landscape, the organization has produced many attempts sofar. In 2015, as an example, it presented a just like Kickstarter, enabling non-profits to create strategy websites, express their targets, and raise cash. The organization widened its fundraising resources a year ago to permit specific people to boost resources for charitable corporations.

These initiatives provided the best way to the most recent function – individual fundraisers – to permit specific people to boost cash for themselves or others even though the trigger isn’t associated with a non-profit or charity.

these kind of online activities happen to be steadily increasing terrain also it is practical for Facebook to increase such fundraiser resources to your greater user-base, but individual fundraiser on Facebook continues to be not a lot of for the present time.

Facebook Private Fundraising Constraints

for Your moment being, Facebook is simply releasing individual fundraisers in beta within the next couple weeks. The various tools is likely to be accessible just inside the Usa and just for people aged 18 and older.

in The same moment, the private fundraisers have just six classes in the beginning:

1. Knowledge (which could protect tuition charges, costs associated with textbooks or class products, an such like)

2. Medical (bills for different methods, surgery, and therapies)



3. Puppy medical (to cover bills for professional methods and cure)

4. Disaster aid (in circumstances of the public situation, natural catastrophe and such)

5. Private crisis (like a car wreck, household fireplace, or lack of house because of robbery)

6. Memorial and reduction (can address funeral charges and existing charges after shedding a family member)

Facebook aims to increase the set of accessible classes with time, because it controls to automate a bigger a part of its assessment procedure. For the time being, nevertheless, individual fundraisers may release just for these six classes as well as the remainder will probably be determined by the way the beta moves.

Facebook Private Fundraiser: How It Functions

much like additional fundraising resources, Facebookis individual fundraisers is likely to be very easy and user friendly. Consumers visiting somebodyis individual fundraising campaign could have choices to ask additional pals, discuss the strategy, or press the orange “give” switch to provide cash righton your website.

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Destiny 2 release date slated for September, and it’s coming to PC

After dropping a teaser on us yesterday, Destiny 2 is now a bonafide “thing” with a full reveal trailer and details on the game’s preorder incentives, release date, and platforms.

The sequel to Bungie’s 2014 multiplayer shooter hits store shelves September 8 and will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

The latter is a pleasant surprise, even if it’s not thaaat much a shock, as PC players were left out of the original Destiny’s release when it came out for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4.

Though no gameplay was shown, the debut trailer for Destiny 2 sets up a dire scenario where scattered, beaten Guardians must reunite for to push back the forces of evil aiming to take over their home. 

Of course, gathering loot is also on the table, as promised by the quippy, Nathan Fillion-voiced Vanguard, Cayde-6.

Eager beavers committed to another tour of Destiny’s blend of FPS and MMO hijinks can preorder the game now and recieve a headstart on the game’s beta as a bonus. 

Those waiting to actually see the game in action before dropping cash won’t have the wait long, as Bungie teases the “first opportunity to see Guardians in action” will be on May 18.   

Windows 10 Creators Update Release Date Confirmed For April 11: Top Features To Expect : TECH : Tech Times

Microsoft has officially confirmed that the next major Windows update, known as Windows 10 Creators Update, will start rolling out on April 11 to customers worldwide.

Like with last year’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which rolled out in August, the Creators Update will see a throttled release that will likely stretch over a few months.

The update will arrive after several months of beta tests, leaks, and bits of information teasing new features, and will mark the second major update to Windows 10 since the OS launched back in July 2015.

Windows 10 Creators Update: Top Features To Expect

The Windows 10 Creators Update will bring a host of new features to the table, including notable changes to Microsoft’s Edge browser, more features for touch screen-enabled devices, enhancements for gaming on Windows 10, and more.

As the name itself suggests, the Creators Update will also feature new tools for users who make and consume media on their Windows 10 PC. Such tools include a new Paint3D app to add some cool new tricks to the classic drawing tool.

“[W]e want Windows to be the place you love to create and play, with the tools to help you make your mark on the world,” says Microsoft.

Paint 3D

The new Paint 3D app will be among the top features of the Creators Update, enabling users to capture 3D images on their phones and then edit and print them in 3D.

Microsoft points out that since we live in a multi-dimensional world, 2D tools no longer suffice and 3D allows users to better express themselves and communicate their ideas. At the same time, the company highlights that the 3D industry is estimated to surge by more than 62 percent by 2020 and the Windows 10 Creators Update will allow anyone to create, experience, and share in 3D.

The original Microsoft Paint has been among the world’s most popular creation tools with more than 100 million users per month, and the new Paint 3D aims to take things to the next level.

Mixed Reality

The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will also put a heavy focus on what Microsoft calls mixed reality, which aims to combine the physical and virtual worlds. A number of companies such as Asus, HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo will launch the first Windows mixed reality-enabled headsets with the Creators Update later this year. Designed with affordability in mind, these handsets will start at just $299.

Gaming Improvements

Microsoft wants to make Xbox the go-to place for gamers to create and play across Windows 10 and Xbox One, so it’s building a unified experience across consoles and PCs with Xbox Live and Xbox Play Anywhere. Gamers can purchase a game once and enjoy it on both their PC and Xbox One.

The update will bring Beam to the table, which will allow Creators to stream live gaming sessions to their Xbox Live friends straight into the Game DVR tool of Windows 10. At the same time, a new Game Mode will optimize the resources of your device to maximize gaming performance and reduce frame rate hiccups when you need more horsepower. Once enabled, Game Mode can work its magic on any game.



Microsoft Edge Improvements

Microsoft further boasts that its Edge browser is designed to be the best for Windows 10, as it’s safer than Google Chrome while delivering superior battery life. According to the company, Edge blocks 9 percent more phishing sites and 13 percent more malware than Chrome, and it’s also faster and more power-efficient.

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Edge will get even better with new features such as advanced tab management, e-books, and more, touts Microsoft. Moreover, Edge is the only browser capable of playing Netflix content in 4K UHD.

Windows 10 Privacy And Security

Microsoft says that Windows 10 is the most secure enterprise platform, offering advanced protection against various risks such as malware, ransomware, and others.

The Creators Update will bring a new service called Windows Defender Security Center, aiming to make it easier to keep tabs on security. The service will offer a single dashboard for all security options so that users have everything in one place.

A new Device Health Advisor will offer details on the state of your device, while new settings will offer more control when it comes to installing applications. The Creators Update will also bring new tools and functionality to make IT simpler for business customers.

Lastly, Windows 10 privacy has been somewhat of a sore spot, but the Creators Update will make it easier to manage privacy settings in Windows 10 and other Microsoft services. A new privacy dashboard will allow for easy management across multiple Microsoft devices to handle privacy matters.

These are just the top highlights the Creators Update will boast, but there are a lot more features and improvements in the mix and they’ll start rolling out soon enough.

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Get 50GB free VPN bandwidth every month for life

A virtual private network (VPN) is a convenient way to protect your privacy by redirecting your online activity through secure remote servers. Free VPNs typically give you as little as 500MB per month, but Canadian provider Windscribe is giving new users an impressive 50GB every month for life.

To get started, visit Windscribe’s signup page and click ‘Use for free’. Enter a username and password, then click ‘Have a voucher’ and enter the code 50GBFREE.

You’ll see a confirmation message informing you that you have 10GB of data – don’t worry, the full 50GB will appear in your account overview.

Once that’s done, download the client and log in. Then just select a country from the drop-down list, flick the switch and start browsing.

Use the code 50GBFREE to get five times the usual data allowance when you register with Windscribe

If you want unlimited VPN bandwidth, check out our guide to the 10 best VPN services 2017

Got A Hangover? Yale Students Think They Have The Cure : HEALTH : Tech Times

Two Yale students have addressed the very common problem of hangovers and created a remedy based on the chemical reactions that take place in the human body when drinking.

The anti-hangover formula is called SunUp. The supplement is entirely natural and it comes in a powder form that consumers have to dissolve in water before drinking. It has a citrus taste, which makes it easier to administer. However, people should drink it before the crazy night out.

Scientific Hangover Remedy, With A Natural Formula

Margaret Morse, a molecular, cellular, and developmental biology Major at Yale and Liam McClintock, a D1 athlete involved in the Greek life at Yale are the scientists who developed the product.

The ingredients work together to break down toxic molecules in the liver, balancing the glutamine levels and arming the body with electrolytes. This all-in-one formula provides people who enjoy drinking with the necessary uplift to prevent a hangover.

According to the two creators of the hangover remedy, their efforts were divided into a two-step process. The first step involved learning about the physiological effects that alcohol has on the body and reading all of the scientific literature on what causes the symptoms of hangover. The second step was to find compounds and nutrients that have been proven effective in combatting processes that lead to hangovers.

“Although scientists are still trying to fully understand hangovers, there are four main contributors that have been identified by scientific research: acetaldehyde buildup, glutamine rebound, immunologic disturbances, and vitamin and electrolyte loss,” notes the researchers’ paper.

The students’ campaign is seeking $20,000 and has already secured $18,393 — more than 90 percent of the target fund. For a $5 pledge, every consumer will receive one packet of SunUp. The product will ship April 2017. Its ingredients have each been tested individually in independent studies, which prove their capability of improving alcohol clearance, as well as active defense against alcohol toxicity.

SunUp adds extra vitamins and electrolytes to the body, which eliminates the poignant feeling of fatigue that follows every night out. The product breaks down the acetaldehyde molecule, which is 30 times more toxic to the body than alcohol itself.

“We are passionate about ending hangovers and increasing productivity. This project aims to launch our patent-pending anti-hangover formula, making it available for retail with professional packaging and flavoring,” notes the Indiegogo page of the project.

Hangovers, Highly Expensive For The U.S.

Hangovers cost the United States approximately $223.5 in 2006, or approximately $1.9 per drink, according to data provided by the CDC.

The costs resulted from a different series of factors. The most important and expensive one is workplace productivity dropping because of excessive alcohol consumption, which accounted for 72 percent of the total cost.

Health care expenses were responsible for 11 percent of the total costs, while law enforcement and criminal justice expenses cost the American state 9 percent of the more than $223 billion. Last, but not least, motor vehicle crashes costs accounted for 6 percent of the total amount.



Additionally, binge drinking was reported by 18 percent of the adults in the United States.

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2017 Sony World Photography Awards announces Open winners

The World Photography Awards is celebrating a decade-long partnership with headline sponsor, Sony, with the aim of the awards being to recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year.

The awards incorporate four competitions – Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus – with the overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards announced on April 20.

In the build-up to the awards next month, the winners of the Open (amateur) categories have been announced.

Whittling the winners down from more than 105,000 entries, the expert panel of judges looking for the best single photographs across 10 categories picked the following winners:

  • Architecture – Tim Cornbill (UK)
  • Culture – Jianguo Gong (China)
  • Enhanced – Lise Johansson (Denmark)
  • Motion – Camilo Diaz (Colombia)
  • Nature – Hiroshi Tanita (Japan)
  • Portraits – Alexander Vinogradov (Russia)
  • Still Life – Sergey Dibtsev (Russia)
  • Street Photography – Constantinos Sofikitis (Greece)
  • Travel – Ralph Gräf (Germany)
  • Wildlife – Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)

Each winning photographer will receive a Sony Alpha A7 II kit, and will now compete to win the title of Sony World Photography Awards’ Open Photographer of the Year title.

The winner will also earn a trip to the winners’ awards ceremony in London in April and $5,000 prize. You can see more images and learn more about the competition at the World Photography Organisation website.

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© Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom, 1st Place, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Jianguo Gong, China, 1st Place, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Lise Johansson, Denmark, 1st Place, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 1st Place, Open, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Portraits (Open), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Sergey Dibtsev, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Still Life (open), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Constantinos Sofikitis, Greece, 1st Place, Open, Street Photography, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Ralph Gräf, Germany, 1st Place, Open, Travel, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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© Alessandra Meniconzi, Switzerland, 1st Place, Open, Wildlife, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Exhibition

The winners of the Open categories will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 Exhibition, held at Somerset House, London. 

The show opens on April 21 and runs until the May 7, with the exhibition showcasing all the winning, shortlisted (top 10) and commended (top 50) images drawn from more than 227,000 entries that have been entered from 183 countries. 

It will also feature a special dedication to British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Ancient Tracks Show Diversity Of Australia’s Dinosaurs During Cretaceous Period : SCIENCE : Tech Times

Paleontologists have revealed the discovery of the world’s biggest dinosaur footprint as well as the world’s most diverse collection of dinosaur tracks in Australia.

Giant Footprint Of Herbivorous Dinosaur Sauropod

The gigantic footprint belonged to a sauropod, an herbivorous dinosaur marked by its long neck, which likely measured 17 feet and 9 inches high at the hips. The track, which measures nearly 5 feet and 9 inches, is bigger than the previous record holder, which measured just nearly 3 feet and 9 inches.

The footprint is just one of a series of finds that scientists discovered in Australia’s “Jurassic Park.” Researchers also found 21 different dinosaur tracks and some rocks dating back from as early as 140 million years ago.

The footprints, which were between 140 million and 127 million years old, vary in size. They range from small, measuring about 8 inches, to very large, measuring over 5 feet in length.

Trace Fossils And Diversity Of Dinosaurs

The footprints are considered as trace fossils, left behind by animals but are not parts of the animals themselves.

The trace fossils revealed the diversity of dinosaurs that lived around the region during the Cretaceous period, the geologic period marked by relatively warm climate and an abundance of now-extinct marine reptiles, ammonites, and dinosaurs. The Cretaceous period ended with the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, in which some three-quarters of animals and plants on the planet died out.

Dinosaur Hotspot In Australia

Analyses showed five different track types of predatory dinosaurs, six track types of sauropods, four track types of herbivorous ornithopods, and six track types of armored dinosaurs.

Paleontologist Steve Salisbury from the University of Queensland said that the findings show that Broome, a town on Australia’s western coast, was once a dinosaur hot spot.

He said that the diversity of the tracks was unparalleled on a global level and made the area the “Cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti.” Serengeti in Africa currently hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world. The region hosts about 70 large mammal and 500 bird species.

“The overall diversity of the dinosaurian ichnofauna of the Broome Sandstone in the Yanijarri-Lurujarri section of the Dampier Peninsula is unparalleled in Australia, and even globally,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published on March 24 in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

“[T]his ichnofauna provides our only detailed glimpse of Australia’s dinosaurian fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous,” they added.

Tracks To Provide More Information About Iconic Prehistoric Animal

The tracks are not just fascinating. Scientists are also excited about the find since the dinosaur footprints can help them learn more about the anatomy, diversity, and evolution of the dinosaurs. Analyses of dinosaur bones allow scientists to study the iconic prehistoric animals, but footprints also offer an array of information about these large creatures.



“What stands out are [the footprints’] immense physical size and the great variety of dinosaur tracks found there,” said paleontologist Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh. “Obviously, this part of Australia must have been a dinosaur stomping ground during the Early Cretaceous.”

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New iPad is pretty much just an iPad Air – and just as difficult to DIY repair

Apple’s latest iPad launched this month with relatively little fanfare – a minor re-working of the iPad Air line (though dropping the ‘Air’ moniker). It’s a budget play by Apple, looking to attract attention with its $329 (£339, AU$469) asking price.

It’s a good job that the price is relatively affordable for an iPad then as, according to a new iFixit teardown, the new 9.7-inch iPad is all but identical to its original Air predecessor. 

Aside from the addition of the Touch ID sensor (which uses the full button press style rather than the iPhone’s 3D Touch method), all that’s really changed is the removal of the mechanical lock, a solitary speaker grille row and smaller microphone holes.

Low repairability

iFixit also calls into question Apple’s claim that the new iPad has a “brighter” Retina display. It may be brighter than the Air 2, but not necessarily the first Air, with Apple “reverting to the unfused display design of the Air 1” according to iFixit.

As for overall repairability, the new iPad scores a lowly 2 out of 10 from the teardown specialists. Relying on loads of glue and adhesives, you stand a good chance of doing greater damage to the tablet than managing to fix it.

Still, in terms of bang for your buck, the new iPad still looks set to be a solid tablet. Keep an eye out for our full review in the coming days – but perhaps start considering one of those Apple Care plans in the meantime.

Sex-Shifting Parasitic Fish Chooses Gender Depending On Growth Rate, Study Says : SCIENCE : Tech Times

Sea lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) have gained a notorious reputation in the North American Great Lakes. Although considered an endangered species in their native territories – Europe and the Pacific Northwest – their presence inspires terror in U.S. waters, threatening local fish populations and the fishing industry.

These parasitic eel-like fish thrive at the expense of other aquatic creatures, which have come to fear their gaping jawless mouths. Equipped with razor-like teeth, they attack and kill other water inhabitants, latching onto their prey and sucking the blood out.

But that’s not all. Lampreys hide even more secrets in their deadly arsenal of evolutionary traits. According to a new study published on March 29 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the parasitic fish can change their gender depending on what their environment has to offer.

Peculiar Sex Determination Tactic

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan State University set out to investigate how environmental conditions affect growth rates in lampreys. What they discovered instead was utterly unexpected: These “vampire fish” (as they are sometimes called) become male or female as dictated by how much they grow in their larval stage.

This sex determination method is unprecedented in nature, making lampreys the first creatures to undergo sex change based on the resources in their environment. In mammals, sex is established at a chromosomal level, while in reptiles gender assignment is governed by the temperature of the eggs.

The international science journal Nature reports lamprey larvae start out with undifferentiated sexual organs, developing gonads within a year and metamorphosing into adult fish after several more years.

Scientists led by Nick Johnson, a USGS biologist, surveyed the creature’s habitats in the Great Lakes area, including their tributaries and nearby situated reservoirs, and – after making sure there were no wild lampreys in the study sites – released between 1,500 and 3,000 larvae to monitor their developmental process.

More Food Equals More Females

All larvae had been tagged beforehand and so it was easy for the team to recapture them after metamorphosis and observe their sex. The experiment showed the environments with poorer food resources led to slower growth rates in lamprey larvae, which increased their likelihood of becoming male, rather than female.

Such unproductive sites, where prey wasn’t abundant, resulted in a male lamprey population of 78 percent, whereas more plentiful environments only produced 56 percent males.

“We were startled when we discovered that these data may also reveal how sex is determined because mechanisms of sex determination in lamprey are considered a holy grail for researchers,” said Johnson.

He believes the explanation for this species’ gender assignment system lie within larval density, as well as food availability, since a nutrient-rich environment offers better conditions for the fish to produce eggs.

Pest Control Alternative

The newfound data could help establish new ways to keep the lamprey population in check. These invasive and destructive parasitic fish have taken a great toll on the Great Lakes’ ecosystem, decimating native aquatic fauna and disrupting the multibillion-dollar fisheries based in this area.



Previous efforts to curtail the species’ prevalence involved using pheromone bio pesticides to lure females into baiting sites and collect them before they get the chance to breed.

Even though sea lamprey numbers have been reduced by 90 percent, specialists call for even more innovative pest control strategies to protect American lakes from their predatory attacks.

“The results of this study could open paths forward to novel technologies that can disrupt or modify gender in sea lampreys,” said David Ullrich, chairman of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region | Flickr

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The best free office software 2017

Free alternatives to Microsoft Office

The best free office software

When you think of office software, Microsoft Office is probably the first one that springs to mind. This is hardly surprising as so many computer come with a copy of it pre-installed, but the bad news is that in many cases it is just a trial and you’ll need to fork out for an Office 365 subscription to continue using it.

Few people can get by without a word processor, spreadsheet app, presentation tool or even all three, but what if you don’t fancy the idea of coughing up for your office software?

Thankfully, there’s now a superb selection of free office software available, and here we’ve rounded up the very best you can download today. The quality of these apps is truly impressive; you’ll never pay for office software again!

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1. WPS Office Free

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Well designed, powerful and flexible, WPS Office is the best free office software

WPS Office Free may not be the most famous office suite, but after a recent overhaul we believe it’s the best.

In terms of looks (not that we’re entirely shallow, you understand), WPS Office Free is second to none. If you’ve used any recent version of Microsoft Office, you will feel immediately at home.

At its heart are the three main tools for words, presentations and spreadsheets (hence the name). WPS Office Free also offers some beautiful extra touches, particularly concerning PDFs. Not only is it possible to save documents created in WPS Office as PDFs, you can also convert from PDF to Word. Compatibility is a major feature of the suite, with each of the component program able to save in native Office formats, and the suite is available not only for Windows but also Linux and Android

There are lots of templates available to help you to get started with document creation, and just about the only annoyance with the suite are occasional ads for the premium version of the program. WPS Office Personal and Home adds tools for splitting and merging PDFs, and provides quick email support, but the free edition of the suite is brilliant and will be more than enough for most users.

Download here: WPS Office Free

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2. LibreOffice

A capable free office suite that’s in constant active development and supports cloud storage services

If LibreOffice looks more than a little familiar, it’s because it is virtually identical to Apache OpenOffice (below). In many ways it OpenOffice on steroids: it uses the same basic codebase, but it benefits from faster development and more frequent update. If getting bugs squashed and new features added is high on your priority list, LibreOffice should be near the top of your list.

Like OpenOffice, this free office suite has something of a retro look (but not quite to the same extent) and comprises more programs than you’d normally expect to find in an office suite – Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math, and Base.

Anyone who has shifted their life to the cloud will appreciate the support for cloud services such as Google Drive which can be accessed through the Remote Files feature, and there are scores of extensions available to add new capabilities to the suite. A highly recommended piece of software that puts Microsoft Office to the test.

Download here: LibreOffice

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3. Apache OpenOffice

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This well established open source office suite is a solid choice, with six programs rolled into one

Apache OpenOffice goes further than many other suites by providing more than just the three main tools you would expect to find – in fact, there are no fewer than six programs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

As an open source free office suite, Apache OpenOffice receives frequent updates, and in this regard it trumps Microsoft Office. It’s not only free of charge. It can, unlike some free software, be used for business as well as personal use.

The interface does look a little dated, so if using software that bears more than a passing resemblance to something from the 90s, Apache OpenOffice may not be for you. But, of course, looks are not everything.

What’s particularly impressive is the inclusion of a database in addition to a drawing tool and even a formula creation program – just about every possibility is covered by this impressive suite.

Download here: Apache OpenOffice

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4. SoftMaker FreeOffice

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A great-looking free office software suite with ebook creation as a welcome extra

While SoftMaker FreeOffice is available completely free of charge, you do have to jump through the hoop of requesting a product key in order to complete the installation and unlock the software.

When you’re up and running you’ll find that SoftMaker FreeOffice includes the more familiar three office programs – PlanMaker is the spreadsheet, TextMaker the word processor, and Presentations is the slideshow tool.

Things are great aesthetically, and there are some very neat touches such as the ability to not only save documents as PDFs, but also to export them as ebooks in ePub format.

In addition to the traditional, installable version of the software for Windows and Linux, there’s also a portable version available ready to pop onto a USB drive and move from computer to computer – and mobile users have an Android app too. Highly, highly recommended.

Download here: SoftMaker FreeOffice

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5. SSuite Office Premium HD+

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A free office suite with cross-platform support and a well curated selection of software

Despite being billed as optimized for high definition displays, SSuite Office Premium HD+ looks a little unappealing. But if you can turn a blind eye to its less than perfect looks, you have a capable office suite on your hands .

If you happen to work with more than one operating system, there’s the added advantage that SSuite Office Premium HD+ is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. All three are pretty much identical, so you can flit between them easily.

The developer of this free office software suite has recognized that what most people are interested in is a word processor and a spreadsheet, so gone is the presentation tool you never use!

Plenty of other things have been wheeled in to fill the gap, including an image editor, video conferencing tool, a calendar and personal information manager, a web browser and even an envelope printer. All of the tools are pretty basic, and SSuite Office Premium HD+ isn’t going to win any awards, but it’s still worth taking a look if you’re after something a little different. 

Download here: SSuite Office Premium HD+

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What makes great free office software?

When you’re choosing a free office suite, one of the most important factors to consider is file compatibility. You’re likely to be sharing files with people using other tools – both free and paid – so you need programs that are compatible with as many formats as possible, including the most recent Microsoft Office file types.

It’s also important to think about the office software you use now, and how long it will take to adapt to a new interface. The idea of learning a new system might not bother you, but changing from ribbon-based Microsoft Office apps to a menu-heavy design might seem like a step backwards, and cause you to waste valuable time tracking down essential tools.