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Microsoft rolls out free Web version of Office

McClatchy-Tribune News | In a leap toward cloud computing Tuesday,
Microsoft started rolling out Office Web Apps, a free online version of
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Users can create, review and collaborate on Word documents,
spreadsheets, slide shows and notes without purchasing the software. The
applications run through a Web browser, which makes it accessible from
any computer, be it a Mac or a PC, with or without installed Office

Launching a free version of Office is a major step for Microsoft.

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United to offer Microsoft’s Zune audio on flights

Associated Press | United Airlines said Thursday it has equipped all of its planes with Microsoft Corp.’s Zune digital audio service. The airline said passengers can listen to up to 21 different playlists programmed by Zune, from classic rock to classical music and soundtracks.

Airlines are busy adding diversions to keep passengers entertained and, in the case of wireless Internet access, make more money. Southwest and other carriers are experimenting with charges to see how much passengers will pay to surf the Web or read e-mail at 30,000 feet.

IPad online usage more than doubles in May

ct-biz-ipad-online-web.jpgVisitors check out iPads at an Apple store in Madrid, May 28, 2010. (Reuters/Susana Vera)

From ComputerWorld | According to data from web metrics firm Net Applications, the iPad’s online usage share more than doubled in May, and spiked significantly over the weekend after Apple launched the tablet in Europe, Japan and elsewhere.

Net Applications announced Tuesday that the iPad’s share was 0.09% in May, about two-and-a-half times that of April. In other words, of every 10,000 devices connecting to the Internet, 9 were iPads. By comparison, Windows XP powered 6,253 of every 10,000 systems on the Web last month.

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