Tutorial: How to make your Internet faster

Hello and welcome to this tutorial on how to try and get your Internet to work better and faster! We hope you find our tips helpful and if you have any questions, let us know in the comments on this post and we’ll be happy to help.

Quick Disclaimer

Before I start, I have to say that neither me or TechnoTeamBlog takes any responsibility for damage to your computer or loss of files caused by what is mentioned in this post. If you do occur any problems with taking our advice, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll be happy to help you to the best of our ability. If you’re running Windows 8, 8.1, 7 or XP you should be able to follow the steps shown on this article.

If you’d like to follow this tutorial properly you should download Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox.

Before you start…

Before you start you should also run a quick test at speedtest.net to check your download and upload speeds. This is simply to measure what speeds you’re getting before you start the tutorial. If you’re getting over 2oMB per second it would be pointless to follow this tutorial because that’s already a good speed. However, if you’re getting under 20MB per second it should be worth trying following this tutorial if you’d like to try and get faster Internet.

Remove browser add-ons

Add-ons can make browsing experience enjoyable and fast, but they also can also do the complete opposite to that. That’s why you should take a look at your extensions and themes and remove the ones you don’t necessarily need.

If you’re running Chrome, follow these steps:

If you’re in a hurry, type “Chrome://Extensions” into your web address bar and follow steps 4 and 5.

  1. Click on the 3 bars (next to the web address bar).
  2. A drop down menu should now appear. Click ‘Settings’ on the drop down menu.
  3. On the left-hand side, click extensions.
  4. All of your Chrome extensions should now appear in a list. Click on the trash bin next to the extensions you’d like to delete.
  5. Restart Chrome and your extensions should be removed from it.

And if you’re running Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Firefox button (it will say Firefox on it or have the Firefox logo on it).
  2. Select ‘Add-ons” in the drop down menu that appears.
  3. Select either ‘Extensions,’ ‘Appearance’ or ‘Plugins’. (‘Extensions’ is for add-ons, ‘Appearance’ is for themes and ‘Plugins,’ is for plugins (as you would guess from its name)..
  4. Click disable on the item you want to be disabled, or click the bin icon to remove them from your browser.
  5. Restart Firefox and your extensions should be removed from it.

Close unwanted tabs/windows

If you don’t need it, close it. That’s what I say when people mention tabs and windows on browsers.

When you close tabs or windows the browser doesn’t need to use your Internet as much and that might make another tab or window that you’re using faster and more reliable. This also reduces the chances of your browser crashing.

Move your router

If your router is behind several walls it means that the WiFi signal has to try and go through them and be disrupted. Try to move the device your using near to the router (but not too close). The less obstruction the better. If you can use an Ethernet cable, use it. This should be faster than using a wireless connection.

Stop downloads or other operations

If you’re downloading something, that’s probably going to reduce your Internet speed by quite a lot. If possible, pause the download and continue it when you’re not browsing the Internet or if the download is important, wait until it’s finished and then continue browsing the web.

Something to remember is that downloads don’t just take place in web browsers. If you’re downloading something on another app or even device that’s using your WiFi, that’s going to affect your Internet speed as well.

If you’re watching a video or a live stream, that’s probably going to affect your Internet speed and maybe even reliability. If you have a strong WiFi connection, loss of reliability might not be a problem but loss of high speed might still be.

Conclusion

And that’s our tutorial on making your Internet connection faster (or at least trying to). We hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful and if you’d like to ask us any questions about it just let us know in the comments on this post and we’ll be happy to help you.

Thanks for reading,

Will

 

 

 

 

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Debate of the Week: Microsoft Office or Google Drive?

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Debate of the Week. This week, we’re going to be asking if you like Google Drive or Microsoft Office. But before we start, let’s take a look at last week’s Debate of the Week, which was about your favourite feature of Windows XP, results.

We got some great results from last week’s Debate of the Week. 75% of voters said that they liked the improved Start button that come with Windows XP and the remaining 25% of voters said that they liked the Windows Media Player and Movie Maker software that come with Windows XP. Thanks to everyone who voted!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: What do you think is better, Google Drive or Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office is software that lets you produce documents, presentations, spreadsheets and more… Google Drive also lets you produce documents, presentations, spreadsheets and more but it’s also free and has a slightly different user interface (UI).

Today I’m going to be asking you what you think is better, Microsoft Office or Google Drive. To help you make a decision, I will be writing about the price, features and popularity of both of the programs.

Price

Google Drive is free to use with no downloads required. That of course means that you can access Drive online, which also means that it’s in the cloud. Therefore, as long as you make sure things are saved, you can start writing something on your PC and finish writing it on your tablet or smartphone, for example. However, you can download Google Drive onto your PC if you’d rather have it as an actual program and not just as a web app.

The price of Microsoft Office varies. There are several different versions of it, such as Home Edition and Professional, so it’s hard to write down an exact price for it. However, it is usually about £80 for an Office 365 subscription, which is basically the normal Microsoft Office but in the cloud. You can find out more about the different Microsoft Office subscriptions.

Winner for Price: Google Drive

Features

Google Drive and Microsoft Office both have similar features. However, I’d say that Microsoft Office has a little more features that are presented better than they are in Google Drive.

With Office you get everything you’ll probably need, with Microsoft’s Outlook email client and Microsoft Publisher, which we think is great for designing the layout of documents. Because you pay for Microsoft Office, you probably are going to get more features and we think that you do.

Winner for Features: Microsoft Office

User Interface

You probably already know that we take the user interface of an application very seriously and we like to say that it’s one of the most important things in software.

Both Google Drive and Microsoft Office have great user interfaces and we like them for that. They’re both easy-to-use and presented well. One thing we don’t like about Google Drive is that it can take a while to load sometimes, but this problem can be pretty much solved if you download it as an actual program.

We still prefer Microsoft Office’s user interface though and I think that this is simply because we’re used to it and because Microsoft has the experience when it comes to design and interfaces.

Winner for User Interface: Microsoft Office

Conclusion

And that’s our view on Google Drive and Microsoft Office. It might look like we’re biased towards Microsoft Office but I think that this is simply because we’re used to using it. I’ve been using Google Drive a lot recently and I think it’s great for many things, such as writing letters and simple documents. However, I also think that if you produce spreadsheets or more advanced documents, Microsoft Office is for you.

So, what do you think is better, Google Drive or Microsoft Office? Let us know by taking part in the poll below:

This week’s Debate of the Week results will be announced in next week’s edition.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The latest XBOX One and PS4 news

Hello and welcome to our post about the latest XBOX One and PS4 news! Today, we’ll be taking a look at recent XBOX news and upcoming games for the XBOX One and PS4.

I’m starting today’s post with the news that Microsoft has announced that 5 million units of the XBOX One have been sold to retailers across the world.

Microsoft announced this news on their XBOX blog along with information about the recently released Titanfall for the XBOX One, which was named the best-selling video game of March by NPD Group.

It looks like the XBOX One has been more successful than the XBOX 360 with 311,000 units being sold in the month of March alone in the United States.

In addition to the great XBOX One sales figures, Microsoft mentioned that some titles, such as Titanfall and Call of Duty: Ghosts, have been included in the top 10 titles list for March 2014.

The XBOX One, which was first released in November last year, has had a good few great titles released on it, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza 5 and Titanfall. There are also some good upcoming titles for the XBOX One, such as Watch Dogs (one of our most favourite upcoming games) and EA Sports UFC.

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A PlayStation 4 controller By tofuprod [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

Sony’s PS4, which is one of the XBOX One’s main competitors, also has some great titles coming soon as well. These include Watch Dogs (once again), Octodad: Deadliest Catch and Destiny. Not forgetting the new Assassin’s Creed as well.

So, it looks like there are some great titles coming to both the XBOX One and the PS4 in the rest of 2014. We look forward to testing them out and maybe even reviewing them if we think they’re really great.

Discussion: Which do you prefer, the XBOX One or the PlayStation 4 and what’s your most favourite upcoming title for the console(s)? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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Our Top 10 Tech Companies (Updated)

Hello and welcome to yet another top 10 post from TechnoTeamBlog. Today, I’m going to be updating our Top 10 Tech Companies list, which was first written over a year ago now.

You can view the original Top 10 Tech Companies post from us here.

#10: Lenovo

It looks like we have a no-mover at 10th place with Lenovo, who I like to call the “disguised IBM” as they taken over IBM’s desktop and notebook division a little while ago. I like Lenovo as a tech company because they create some powerful PCs and have carried on building good quality computers on behalf of IBM, who were of course a very popular tech company back in the early days of Windows.

#9: Phillips

And we have yet another no-mover at 9th place with Phillips this time. Phillips don’t focus on PCs and other consumer electronics anymore etc but that doesn’t mean to say that they don’t produce good quality technology products. In fact, they’ve created a good few home appliances for example and continue to do so at the moment.

#8: eBay

eBay is of course the online shopping site that pretty much anybody can sell their items with. eBay is not only a good online shopping site but it has also been named as one of the best tech companies to work for by Business Insider. That’s why I’ve decided to include eBay on this list as I believe that if you have staff that are happy and enjoy working for your business, they’re going to work well as well as be happy with their job.

#7: Amazon

And at 7th place we have Amazon, the online shopping giant. Amazon might not be recognised as a proper “tech company” often but I think that they are. They’ve recently entered the consumer electronics market and are doing quite well with their Kindle range. They also have a network of secure servers that power many enterprises and even government agencies!

I also have to mention the online shopping side of Amazon. They’ve been collecting orders online for a long while now and they’re only getting bigger at the moment.

Another thing I’d like to mention is something I wrote about just a couple of days ago, Amazon Prime Air. Prime Air is Amazon’s very own drone that can deliver small items via flight by using its GPS system that can navigate to coordinates (as far as I’m aware). This looks like the sort of thing you’d see on a sci-fi movie but it isn’t and Amazon says that these drones could be entering the skies in just a few years.

#6: Toshiba

Toshiba, who were also included in the original Top 10 Tech Companies list from us here at TechnoTeamBlog, are just simply a great tech company. They’ve been creating good-quality and sometimes unique but helpful technology for a long time now.

They’ve now joined the tablet market and continue to announce and release good PCs. They’re also a big player in the TV market as well as the home appliances market.

#5: Panasonic

And at 5th place we find Panasonic. This tech company who have also been around for a while (for nearly a century in fact) are most noted for their TV range. They’re a big competitor with Samsung when it comes to the TV market and continue to announce and release great TVs as well as home appliances.

#4: HP

Hewlett Packard (or HP) really do create a wide range of generally good technology products. They have such a large range of printers and other printing equipment that it’s hard to mention them all in a single post and keep it short. In addition to this, they have a wide range of popular and successful PCs.

#3: Sony

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A PlayStation 4 controller By tofuprod [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

And we enter the top 3 with Sony. Sony are a great tech company. They’re players in the desktop, notebook, gaming (with the PlayStation, home appliances and even more markets.

One of Sony’s most notable works is the PlayStation range, which includes the recently released PS4, the PS3, the PS2 and of course the good-old original PlayStation.

#2: Microsoft

Microsoft are one of the most popular and important tech companies around at the moment. Without them, the PC market probably wouldn’t have got nearly as big as it is today and the Internet might have not even developed as much as it has.

If you look at statistics, you should find that Windows, which is of course Microsoft’s operating system, is responsible for 48.77% of desktop web browser usage.

#1: Apple

And at 1st place we find Apple. We decided to award Apple with 1st place not just because we like Apple and their products but also because we think they make a massive contribution to technology.

We like to say that they pretty much introduced the world to MP3 players with the iPod along with other revolutionary tech products such as the Mac, the iPhone and the iPad.

Conclusion

So, that’s our updated version of TechnoTeamBlog’s Top 10 Tech Companies list. We hope you enjoyed reading it!

If you have a Top 10 post suggestion please let us know by leaving a comment on this post or by sending us a message on our Suggestions page.

Discussion: What’s your most favourite technology company? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

 

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A little look at the latest iWatch and Apple iTV rumours

Today I’m going to be taking a look at a few of my favourite tech rumours from the last couple of months or so. Enjoy looking at what could be the tech of the future!

Latest iWatch Rumours

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Apple’s iPhone 5S By Kelvinsong (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

There are many Apple rumours out there on the web at the moment, and the iWatch rumours are a huge part of them. The iWatch is without a doubt a TechnoTeamBlog favourite and an exciting product.

The latest iWatch rumours suggest that the product will be focused on fitness and connectivity to other iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. To me, this just sounds like an Apple version of the Samsung Gear range and the Pebble Smartwatch with a few more features and maybe a better OS with a better user interface.

Most of the release date rumours on the expected smartwatch claim that it will be announced and released sometime later in 2014. My guess is that the smartwatch will be announced at WWDC in June.

Here’s a recent concept video on the iWatch from fusechicken.com:

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

Latest Apple iTV Rumours

The rumoured Apple television, which we don’t even know the name of at the moment, is very interesting to us. Not many people know what features the TV will have despite the amount of rumours that have been written for it.

Some people believe that the expected TV from Apple will be a new version of the Apple TV box and its OS with extra features and some believe that the new television set will have a simplified version of Mac OS as its operating system. It’s really hard to guess which rumours you should believe and what you shouldn’t and we all have to have our own theories and rumours.

Here’s what I expect from Apple’s new television if it ever exists:

  • Announcement Date: WWDC 2014 in June
  • Release Date: Around September or October 2014
  • OS: An updated version of the original OS with the Apple TV box set with new features such as improved Safari web browser and camera
  • Extra Features: Front-facing camera for FaceTime and an OLED display

Apple iTV Discussion: Do you like the sound of Apple’s own television? What features do you think it should have? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

And that’s our summary of the latest Apple iWatch and iTV rumours. If you enjoyed reading this rumours post, let us know in the comments on this post and we might write a post like this again in the future.

Discussion: What do you think of the latest iWatch and iTV rumours? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

 

 

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Meet Amazon Prime Air; the possible future of deliveries

Amazon is always trying to change the way we shop and Amazon Prime Air is a good example of that.

Amazon Prime Air is a self-controlled drone that can carry small deliveries to locations near Amazon warehouses. It looks like the kind of thing you’d see in a Sci-Fi movie but Amazon claims that it isn’t and that it could be as normal as seeing a mail truck on the street in just years time.

Amazon has been known to change the way we shop, with VentureBeat reporting that on November 26th 2012, Amazon sold around 26.5 million items online, which Amazon has said is a new record.

Amazon has also surprised us with their Kindle range of e-books and tablets. The Kindle has been a success and is now one of the most popular e-book readers in the world yet. You could even say that Amazon pretty much introduced the world to e-books properly if you liked.

The question is; could Amazon introduce the world to a modern version of deliveries with automatic drones? It’s hard to say. Not many people thought that many people thought that the Internet and telecommunication was impossible until it was invented.

On their website, Amazon has said that putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some years. They added that during this time they’ll be advancing the technology and waiting for the necessary FAA rules and regulations. It’s apparently going to be at least 2015 until we get the rules and regulations from the FAA.

Here’s a video of Amazon Prime Air in action during a test run from Amazon:

This video has now received over 14 million views and is getting a massive amount of attention from the press etc…

Discussion: What do you think of Amazon Prime Air? Do you think that it will replace some other methods of delivery one day? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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Windows Phone 8.1 has arrived (kinda)

Windows Phone 8.1 has finally been released to Windows Phone developers today.

The Nokia Lumia 1020, which runs Windows Phone, By Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia (Nokia Lumia 1020) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Nokia Lumia 1020, which runs Windows Phone, By Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia (Nokia Lumia 1020) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The new Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview from Microsoft, which was announced just weeks ago at the Microsoft Build Conference 2014, is now available for registered Windows Phone developers who have developed an app for the Windows Phone platform.

If you’re a registered Windows Phone developer and you want the update, you should follow these easy steps:

  1. Get your Windows Phone ready (Please note that you have to run Windows Phone 8 to download and install the update).
  2. Go to “Settings” on your apps list.
  3. Once you’re on the “Settings” page, scroll down until you find the “phone update” option and click on it.
  4. Click “Check for updates” and wait until the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview appears.
  5. Download the update and follow the steps shown on-screen.

Your phone should now download the update and eventually install it. The download and installation process could take a while.

One of the most popular and exciting features of Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana, which is Microsoft’s new voice assistant. Cortana works like Siri and Google Now and recognises (or at least tries to) what you’re saying and then comes-up with a response and/or an action. The demos I’ve seen of Cortana make it look great but I’m not going to say if it is great or not until I get to test-it-out myself.

At the moment, I’ve discovered only one bad thing about Cortana and that is its availability. I understand that Microsoft wants to get Cortana just right but I am disappointed that Cortana will only be available in the US for a while. According to the Verge, Microsoft has promised that Cortana will be available in the UK and China later in the year, with support for other countries coming even later into 2015.

It’s expected that Windows Phone 8.1 will start appearing on more and more Windows Phone handsets in the coming months of 2014 and maybe even 2015.

Discussion: Are you looking forward to the final version of Windows Phone 8.1 or do you just like the look of it? If so, what’s your most favourite feature of it? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

Information from The Verge and the Windows Blog

 

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Meet the new Twitter profile design

If you’re a Twitter user, you’ve probably already noticed their new profile designs appearing on some Twitter pages. This isn’t a bug and has now been officially announced by Twitter.

The new profile designs have been announced on Twitter’s blog and new features have been added to Twitter with the new design. These features include:

  • Pinned Tweets - You can now pin a Tweet to the top of your Twitter timeline with the new profile design. This allows you to display your best Tweet or a recent announcement at the top of your Twitter page.
  • Tweet Filtering - You may have noticed that an “All/No replies” option was displayed with verified accounts on the old profiles. Well, with the new profiles, this feature along with a “Tweets with photos and videos” option is available for all users, whether they’re verified or not.
  • Most Popular Tweets - Users’ most popular Tweets””or “best Tweets” as Twitter describes them) will now be larger than ordinary Tweets. This makes your most popular and probably best quality Tweets stand out in your crowd of Tweets.
  • Notifications - Another new feature that’s coming to Twitter along with the new profile designs is real-time notifications. These notifications appear when somebody sends you a direct message, favourites, replies to or Re-Tweets one of your Tweets. This feature will be particularly helpful for us as we won’t have to check the “Interactions” page every 5 minutes.
  • Improved Following and Followers list - As part of the new Twitter profile design, an improved Following and Followers list on Twitter profiles has arrived. Improvements include profile header images of users being displayed and a little more information is displayed.

You may be wondering why your Twitter profile doesn’t have the new design. Well, this is because the new profile designs are still being rolled-out. According to Twitter, the new profile designs should be appearing on more and more profiles in a couple of weeks. It looks like Twitter is currently giving verified accounts the new design and then I presume they’ll give more non-verified accounts the new design.

Twitter says that all new accounts that are created on Twitter from April 8th 2014 will have the new profile design.

If you’d like to see what the new design looks like, visit @TechnoTeamADAM’s Twitter page, as he has the new design (at the moment).

Discussion: What do you think of the new Twitter profile design? Do you like it or hate it? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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Debate of the Week: What’s the best feature of Windows XP?

Hello and welcome to yet another edition of the Debate of the Week. This week, I’m going to be writing about what you think is the best feature of Windows XP on behalf of Adam. But before we start, let’s take a look at last week’s Debate of the Week results.

We got some interesting results last week. All of our voters said that they thought that the Wii U was unsuccessful because the PlayStation and XBOX is at the top of the market at the moment. Thank you to everyone who voted!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: What was your most favourite feature of Windows XP?

As many of our readers will already know, on Tuesday 8th April, Microsoft withdrawn their Windows XP support (more info here). Microsoft’s Windows XP has been around for about 12 years and is still common with home and professional computers today. In fact, I read an article the other day that said that Windows XP is still the most popular OS in China. That’s why I’ve decided to ask you, our readers, what your most favourite feature of Windows XP is.

Below are 5 features of Windows XP that I liked along with some information about them. All you have to do is decide which one is your favourite in our poll. If your most favourite feature of Windows XP isn’t below, that’s not a problem. There’ll be an “Other” option on the poll at the end of this post.

So, let’s begin this week’s Debate of the Week from TechnoTeamBlog!

Improved Start button

One of the most favourite features of Windows since Windows 95 was released is the Windows Start button. The Start button was improved with Windows XP with a new design and more features. The new Start button was so good that little changes were made to it with Windows Vista and 7, with a few design changes being made with Vista.

Overall Rating for Start button: 9/10

New taskbar design

As well as a new and improved Start button, a new and improved taskbar design was introduced to Windows with XP. The new taskbar design features many new customization options and looked more modern than the previous taskbar design in Windows 95, 98 and Millenium Edition (ME).

Overall Rating for taskbar design: 9/10

Improved Windows Explorer

As part of the taskbar design changes to XP, design and functionality improvements were made to Windows Explorer with XP. The Explorer, which is used to browse and look for files, featured new search functions and new tools that couldn’t be found in previous versions of Windows Explorer.

Overall Rating for Windows Explorer: 7/10

Windows Error Reporting

This might not be seen as a feature that makes a significant change to Windows XP but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t. The Windows Error Reporting feature in Windows XP allows users to send information on errors that have occurred on their system to Microsoft of developers of apps via the Internet. This reduced the amount of bugs in Windows XP and its programs.

Overall Rating for Windows Error Reporting: 7/10

Windows Media Player and Movie Maker

Windows Media Player might have not been as good as iTunes for example but it was still good software and easy-to-use. Another good media feature of Windows XP was Windows Movie Maker, which is still available for Windows 8 and 8.1 today. Movie Maker allows Windows users to create their own home films and included some good video editing features.

Overall Rating for Windows Media Player and Movie Maker: 8/10

My most favourite feature

And they’re my top 5 features of Windows XP. Out of these 5, I have to say that my most favourite feature was the improved Start button. I’m pleased that the Start button is returning to Windows soon after it was replaced by the new Start screen with Windows 8.

What’s your most favourite feature

So, what’s your most favourite feature of Windows XP? Let us know by taking part in the poll below:

Debate of the Week Discussion: Does someone you know or yourself still use Windows XP? If so, do you know if they’re or yourself are thinking of upgrading to a new OS? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

This week’s Debate of the Week results will be announced in next week’s edition.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

 

 

 

 

 

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Office for iPad Review

A few days ago, I wrote about Office for iPad receiving over 12 million downloads on the Apple App Store and now I’m going to be reviewing the selection of apps from Microsoft, which have been a major success.

As usual, I’m going to start this review with my top features and specifications of Office for iPad.

Top Features and Specs of Office for iPad

  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Currently available in 29 languages
  • Cloud saving with Microsoft’s OneDrive
  • You can read files for free
  • Free to download
  • Good user interface

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An iPad Mini By Haotian0905 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

The app comes with the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps. This is a good selection of apps and is great for writing documents and presentations as well as producing spreadsheets. You can also download OneNote for the iPad and iPhone on the Apple App Store.

The app is currently available in a total of 29 languages. These languages are: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish , Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish , Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish , Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Ukrainian. The app is also available in a total of 135 markets (as of 27th March 2o14).

In my opinion, one of the app’s best features is its autosaving in the cloud with OneDrive. The app is also good for the cloud as it requires an Office 365 subscription to edit files. Office 365 is basically just an online version of Microsoft Office.

If you want to try out the Office for iPad apps, you’re in luck. This is because you can read Office files on the apps without an active Office 365 subscription. You can also get a 30-day free trial of Office 365 and then use that to edit Office files with the Office for iPad apps. You can find out more about trying Office 365 here.

As I’ve already mentioned, the Office for iPad apps are free to download on the Apple App Store. However, to edit documents, presentations and spreadsheets with the apps an Office 365 subscription is required. You can find out more about Office 365 subscriptions here.

As far as I’m concerned, one of the most important (if not the most important) things in an app is its user interface. Without a good user interface, the app isn’t very good and easy-to-use. But I don’t think that this isn’t the case with the Office for iPad apps as they have a great UI. The apps have a good design and the editing pages aren’t cluttered with lots of different options and features. Something else I like about the app’s design is that it fits in with Apple’s iOS 7 operating system.

And that’s my review of the Office for iPad apps! I hope you enjoyed reading it.

What do you think of the Office for iPad apps? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

 

 

 

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