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LibreOffice 7.3 delivers new features and performance improvements to improve Microsoft Office compatibility

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 7.3, the third major point release for its open-source, cross-platform office suite. Accompanied by the tag line, "More performance, more compatibility", the release boasts several noteworthy new features.

The key focus of this new release is better interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

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Rambox 2.0 allows you to consolidate all your major apps and services within a single workspace

Rambox LLC has started the New Year by relaunching its workspace consolidation tool with the release of Rambox 2.0. Available on Windows, macOS and Linux, the new app combines paid-for and free tiers within a single program for the first time.

Rambox originally launched in 2016 as an open-source beta under a 'Community Edition' banner. In 2018, a paid-for Pro version with additional functionality was added, and now Rambox has combined the two in a single program with both free and paid-for tiers.

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Krita 5.0 boosts performance, overhauls resource management

Open-source painting app Krita 5.0 has been released, almost four years since the 4.x branch first saw the light of day.

The cross-platform app, available for Windows, macOS and Linux, promises vastly improved performance, better gradients, a rewritten smudge brush engine and an overhauled animation system among other things.

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SnagIt 2022 adds cloud library support, improves picture-in-picture feature

Screen-recording specialist TechSmith has unveiled Snagit 2022 for Windows and Snagit 2022 for Mac, a major new release of its screen capture and recording tool.

The 2022 release offers several new features, including support for cloud libraries, improved picture-in-picture recordings and cross-platform compatibility improvements enabling users to move seamlessly between Mac and Windows builds.

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Vivaldi 5.0 debuts shareable themes, new tablet-friendly design

The world’s most customizable browser just got a major update. Vivaldi 5.0 arrives on desktop and Android with a host of new features.

Desktop users get a brand-new Themes editor, with the ability to share custom themes with others easily, while two-level tab stacks have been added to the Android build.

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Don't like the new Windows 11 Start menu? Start11 and Open-Shell have solutions for that

Windows 11 is here! It’s shiny, it’s new, it’s streamlined, it’s -- er -- missing some favorite features. If you’ve discovered that the new Start menu is more stop than start, and yearn for something old and familiar, then the good news is that there are options -- both paid-for and free -- to fill the gap.

Chief among these comes from renowned Windows developer Stardock. It’s just officially released Start11 v1.0. The bad news is that it’s no longer free to use now it's out of beta, but you can at least give it a trial run before deciding if $5.99 is a fair price to pay for it.

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O&O DiskImage 17 Pro unveils Windows 11 support, more VM functionality

Berlin software developer O&O Software GmbH has unveiled its latest major update to its comprehensive Windows backup tool. O&O DiskImage Professional 17.0 provides users with both file-based backup and complete drive imaging for Windows PCs, and this latest release comes with the carpet rolled out for the recently released Windows 11, sporting both full compatibility with the new operating system and a user interface designed to fit seamlessly in with Microsoft’s new design.

The interface refresh -- a common feature for new O&O releases -- opts for colorful icons in place of the minimalist look favored by the previous version. The design and color scheme follows closely the recent design changes in Windows 11 itself.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 released -- free Word, Excel and PowerPoint alternatives for Windows, Mac and Linux

German developer SoftMaker Software GmbH has unveiled the latest version of its free office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 is the first major release in over three years, and provides free alternatives to the key components of Microsoft Office, namely Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

New features are thin on the ground, and form just a subset of those that accompanied the commercial release of SoftMaker Office 2021 last year.

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How to get Windows 11 on your PC today

Windows 11 is here! Well, it is for some people. If you’re currently running Windows 10 and you navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, you’ll have already verified whether your PC meets the system requirements to receive the update.

Assuming it passes muster, Microsoft would like you to wait for the update to be offered to you. But what if you can’t wait, or want to use the opportunity to create a clean install of Windows 11? What options are available to you?

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Paint.NET 4.3.1 unveils performance improvements, new portable build

dotPDN LLC has unveiled Paint.NET 4.3.1 for Windows PCs. It follows a mere five days after the major 4.3 update, and fixes some problems introduced with the new version.

These include resolving an issue with the Explorer 'Open with' menu, which primarily affected Windows 7 and 8.1, but also some versions of Windows 10, as well as repairing image thumbnails when using File Explorer’s Details View.

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Add an extra layer of security to your entire household for under $30 with our Malwarebytes offer!

Just how bulletproof is your security package? Sadly, even the most reputable names are occasionally caught flat-footed by a new threat. If you’re serious about protecting your computer, you’ll leap at the chance to add a secondary layer of protection that works in tandem with your main package to catch threats that are missed (or ignored).

The good news is that Malwarebytes 4.0 stands ready and waiting to answer the call for reinforcements. And we’ve got a mouth-watering deal that will enable you to protect up to five devices -- Windows, Mac and Android -- in your household for the next two years -- all for under $30!

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Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office 2022 is now available and we have Essentials for 20% less with our fabulous deal!

Acronis True Image is no more. Actually, that’s not strictly true. Acronis True Image has changed its name to one that more accurately reflects the features it offers in 2021. Please welcome on to the stage, Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office 26.0 for Windows and Mac.

As major unveilings go, it’s a bit of a damp squib. Aside from the name and bump up to version 26.0, there’s no major changes from its previous incarnation, Acronis True Image 2021. But what there is still impresses: a comprehensive backup suite augmented with extensive protection against a range of online threats from malware to ransomware.

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O&O Defrag 25 adds SMART monitoring support, taskbar activity icons

Berlin software developer O&O Software has released O&O Defrag 25 Professional, a major new release of its extremely configurable defrag tool.

The major new feature is built-in S.M.A.R.T. functionality, enabling the program to monitor the health of a system’s hard drives and provide alerts. It’s accompanied by a new drive activity display in the Windows taskbar, and a revamped user-interface design.

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Windows 11 is rolling out from October 5 -- act now! Buy a discounted Windows 10 license and get 11 for free

Windows 11 is fast approaching -- Microsoft has just announced it’ll be rolling out from 5 October, and still we know virtually nothing about how much it’ll cost, how it’ll be supplied and whether there will be any cheap standalone deals available.

But one thing we do know: upgrades from Windows 10 will be free. So why risk having to pay big bucks for Windows 11, when you can purchase a copy of Windows 10 for as little as $49.99? Read on to find out what new features are coming, then discover how to get a risk-free Windows 11 upgrade at a price you can afford.

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Firefox 91 improves its Total Cookie Protection to block more third-party trackers

Another month, another major Firefox update. This time, Firefox 91 brings with it two major changes of note: improvements to its Total Cookie Protection feature, and support for logging into Microsoft, work and school accounts through Windows single sign-on.

Total Cookie Protection, introduced back in February when Firefox was a mere 86 iterations old, aims to confine cookies to the site where they were created as part of an attempt to put the brakes on invasive tracking cookies from third-party companies.

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