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Review: Apache OpenOffice 4 vs. LibreOffice 4.1

Not so fast, LibreOffice -- OpenOffice has a shiny, new, and improved major release of its own

Libre Office Writer
For some time, LibreOffice seemed to have taken the crown from OpenOffice. Libre had commandeered a sizable portion of the OpenOffice developer base, introduced a faster revision cycle, and attracted a large number of users, thanks in part to LibreOffice now being the default productivity suite for many Linux distributions.

Open Office Writer screen
But OpenOffice has staged a comeback, with a new revision to the left of the decimal point. Challenging LibreOffice's spanking new version 4.1, Apache OpenOffice 4.0 boasts a splashy in-document user interface, hundreds of bug fixes, and many more features big and small. Is it enough to take back the crown?
Source and full report: InfoWorld

Installing Windows 8.1 Update on 8.1 Computers

Win 8.1 start screenMicrosoft will roll out this month's Patch Tuesday fixes next week, but in addition to this critical moment for many of its existing users, the company is also preparing an important change for those who have already installed Windows 8.1.

On May 13, Windows 8.1 computers that haven't yet been upgraded to Windows 8.1 Update won't receive any patches because the company wants everyone to make the switch to this particular OS version.

Redmond explained that this move was absolutely necessary because all future improvements will be based on 8.1 Update, so if you do not install it, your computer cannot cope with these requirements. Source plus more:

Puran Defrag (Free Edition) does it all

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Puran Defrag also provides a very powerful Boot Time Defrag that defragments not only the system files but the entire drive, including MFT, Registry and Pagefile files etc. giving you the maximum benefits. Puran Defrag is compatible with Windows from XP to 8.1 including 64Bit versions. Check out the many Puran Defrag features here...