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15-year-old Brit girl is “world’s best Excel user”

A British teenage girl is the world’s best Excel spreadsheet user, and has been crowned ‘Microsoft Excel world champion’.

Rebecca Rickwood, 15, from Cambridgeshire, won the competition by being the best user of Excel 2007 among some 228,000 international entries, according to The Telegraph. If the fact that there are World Championships for Office software is news to you, you’re not alone – no-one who works on or with Technically Motivated knew about them either until this story landed on our doorstep. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Google Docs on the go – Google introduces Mobile editing support for Docs

    Google has long claimed that one of their main aims for Google Docs is “making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at any time.” And wherever you are, if you’re like most people, you probably have your mobile with you most of the time. So what’s the best way to satisfy that goal? Mobile editing, of course! Yet for a long time now, Google Docs has lacked this feature.

    Earlier this week though, Google rewrote its documents editor to make it more real-time and add more features to make documents more customisable, among other enhancements. But they also were working on having it support mobile platforms. And today, Google has announced that Docs now fully supports editing on your mobile browser.

    It’s easy to get started: visit in a browser on a supported device, and select the document you want to edit. Then, when you’re viewing it, press the Edit button to switch to the mobile editor. Google are rolling the new document editor out to those using phones running Android with Froyo (version 2.2) or higher; and iOS devices (version 3.0+) including the iPad. It is currently only available for English-language users, though the users can be anywhere in the world, and Google claims they will be adding support for other languages soon.

    Sounds like a cool productivity booster! But what do you think?

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    The Document Foundation offers a preview of future product and technology developments

    The following is a press report published on behalf of The Document Foundation by Florian Effenberger to announce future plans for the foundation. This report has been approved for public distribution.

    Note: In the below press release, any reference to OOo refers to OpenOffice, the open-source office software LibreOffice is based on. Since OpenOffice is now a trademark of Oracle, inc. and the rights have not yet been donated back to the project, The Document Foundation are legally obliged not to use the full name.

    The Internet, November 9, 2010 – “The Document Foundation is about documents and the associated software is pivotal to create, exchange, modify, share and print documents”, says Thorsten Behrens, a software developer and a member of TDF Steering Committee. “LibreOffice 3.3 is the first flavour of this long term strategy, but the journey has just begun, and the enormous advantages of our developer-embracing environment are not yet fully reflected in the upcoming software release”.

    LibreOffice 3.3 is based on OOo 3.3, with code optimisations and many new features, which are going to offer a first preview of the new development directions for 2011 and beyond. TDF founders foresee a completely different future for the office suite paradigm, which – in the actual format – is over 20 years old, to be based on the document (where the software is a layer for the creation or the presentation of the contents).

    TDF developers are working full steam at improving the overall quality of OOo code, which is a good starting point, and making easy testability of the code and quality assurance a priority. This is an area where new developers and code hackers, whose number has grown to over 90 in just a month, are instrumental for the bulk of the activity. Continue Reading »