The next version of Microsoft's popular office suite, codenamed Office 15, on Monday entered the technical preview phase, allowing a select group of NDA-bound customers to test early builds of the software suite and provide valuable feedback in the process. The launch of the Office 15 Technical Preview Program, a significant development milestone, was announced by PJ Hough, CVP of Development in Microsoft’s Office Division, in a post on the Office blogs site.
When we ran our annual antivirus roundup in the May 2010 issue, many of you wrote in asking why we didn’t include Product X or Product Y. Fair question, so here’s the deal: We could have filled an entire issue reviewing just AV products, but that would have grown old by about page 32. Rather than do that, we’re devoting space each month to cover apps that didn’t make the cut, and CA Internet Security Suite is first up to bat.
After we installed CA ISS, it quickly became apparent that power users are not the target demographic. CA took a wrecking ball to last year’s version and completely redesigned the UI in an attempt to “eliminate the technobabble that makes PC security difficult to understand and control,” but in doing so, it made it needlessly tedious to poke around under the hood. The main interface consists of four index card–shaped menus that you can cycle through like a tie rack. Sounds easy enough, but if you want to set up a scan schedule, for example, you’ll need to bring up the My Computer card, click the Update Settings link, highlight the Threat Settings tab, and then scroll to the bottom. You’ll fumble around like this until you get accustomed to the interface, and when you do, you’ll discover there’s not a whole lot to play with. Strike one.
Saba, a self-proclaimed "premier global provider of people management software and services," announced its new Saba Collaboration Suite, a real-time collaboration and enterprise business networking solution the company says ties social learning to collaborative performance management.
According to Saba, the new suite will bring to market an integrated solution that combines enterprise-level Web conferencing and real-time communication with networking capabilities. Also part of the package is real-time communication with presence, IMs, video-enabled channels, VoIP-enabled online meetings, and Web conferences.
The suite also contains a new piece of software called Saba Live, which the company says will allow enterprise to use social media in an corporate environment. Some of the features include Unified People Profiles, Saba Live Impressions (described as Twitter-like performance feedback by co-workers), and Saba Live Channels to bring Youtube=-like ease of video sharing to the enterprise.
Saba Collaboration Suite will be available by the end of August 2010.
Alright, Adobe Creative Suite 5, here's the deal: I really, really want to put my hands on all the neat features and general awesomeness you offer. That's not an admission of a fanboy, it's a gentle acknowledgment that this is the industry-leading suite of software for those that dabble with multimedia across a variety of formats.
That said, not all of us have a stock portfolio to dump off in an effort to raise the funds to purchase said Creative Suite. And this is the weekly Freeware Files column after all. Which leads us to a grand proposition: Can one recreate the best of Adobe's CS5 with freeware and open-source applications?