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Adobe has released the latest Adobe Reader version, Adobe Reader XI. Adobe Reader is one of the most popular PDF reader which lets you view, print, sign, and comment on PDF documents. The latest Adobe Reader version comes with Windows 8 support, new features to improve productivity, security, and deployment of the program.

The latest version now allows you to save filled PDF forms to your hard disk. If you need to sign on a PDF document, you now have the option to do it either by typing your name or scribbling your signature or use scanned image. You can get access to the new sign button from the View menu. Commenting tools present in Adobe Reader XI lets you easily highlight, strike through, add comments or sticky notes to your PDF documents. You can directly send a PDF file from within the program to your friends or colleagues. Protected Mode, first introduced in Adobe Reader X, has been enhanced with data theft prevention capabilities.

Microsoft has released the Customer Preview of its next version of Office productivity suite, Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15). Microsoft has not yet officially named Office 2013, but semi-officially, it’s called The New Microsoft Office. With Office 2013, Microsoft is also pushing hard Office 365, an alternative way of getting the latest version of its productivity suite via subscription and not the traditional up-front payment model, used to get the desktop Office suite.

The Customer Preview milestone (public beta) of Office 2013 is now available for end users to download and test on Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop PCs, notebooks, and tablets. According to Microsoft, Office 2013 is the “modern” version of their popular productivity suite which is used on billions of PCs worldwide.

Do you need help in your task management and keep your to-do list organized? Today, I’ll be looking at ShoutDone, a simple to-do list and task management software for Windows and Mac users.

This review will take a look at the design and task management functionality of ShoutDone, which may be of interest for many users. At the end of the review there’s a giveaway for all My Technology Guide readers.

Internet is very useful when used under control. But, when you’re always online, you often get distracted from your work. All the noise coming through the Internet through various channels like social networks, YouTube, answering email or IM messages… reduces our productivity. Of course many of you will agree with what has just been said.

It would be awesome if there was a simple control to disconnect ourselves after a fixed amount of time. Better, if we can only get online for only few minutes and get disconnected easily. Get our work done and get offline automatically. Of course you’ll find many applications that lets you control your online time. Meet InternetOff a freeware app that helps you control your online time and increase productivity.

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition is a scaled down freeware version of the full-fledged Microsoft Office 2010. Other than the free Started edition, the productive suite is available as Home and Student, Home and Business, Standard, Professional, Professional Academic, Professional Plus editions. All these retail versions are easily available for purchase but not the Starter edition. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter is available exclusively with OEM-supplied computer.

The Started edition of Office consists of limited-functionality versions of Word and Excel and includes advertising. It does not include PowerPoint or Outlook. It allows users to upgrade easily to a complete Office 2010 productivity suite when they are ready.

Oracle’s decision to give OpenOffice.org (OOo) assets to the Apache Software Foundation and not The Document Foundation (TDF) has not stopped TDF to roll out a major release of LibreOffice (LO), a fork of OpenOffice. LibreOffice is widely adopted now and is becoming very popular. Major Linux distros including UbuntuFedora and Linux Mint has dropped OOo for LO.

LibreOffice 3.4.0 is the second major release of the suite since the announcement of TDF in September 2010. LO 3.4.0 is a major release of the open-source free office suite now incorporates the contributions of more than 120 developers (six times as many as the first beta released on the launch date).

LibreOffice was created as a fork of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite back in September, of course, due to uncertainty over the future of OOo after Oracle acquired the project.

Oracle has recently announced that they are donating OpenOffice.org‘s assets to the Apache Software Foundation.

Oracle continues to demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities, said Luke Kowalski, vice president, Oracle Corporate Architecture Group, in the press release. He continues The Apache Software Foundation’s model makes it possible for commercial and individual volunteer contributors to collaborate on open source product development.

Welcoming the move, Jim Jagielski, president, The Apache Software Foundation said, We welcome highly-focused, emerging projects from individual contributors, as well as those with robust developer communities, global user bases, and strong corporate backing.

Everyone seems to be winning through this move but still there is one vital question. Why not The Document Foundation instead of The Apache Software Foundation?

This month, Microsoft has issued just two bulletins for Patch Tuesday, one each for Windows and Office. These two bulletins addresses one vulnerability in the Windows operating system and two in the Office productivity suite. Compared to last month’s 17 bulletins which patched 64 vulnerabilities, this month’s patch can be considered very light.

Out of these two bulletins, the Windows bulletin has a critical security rating; while the Office bulletin has only an important rating. Both patches solve remote code execution flaws in the affected software.

Earlier, we shared about how you can change Microsoft Office product key. The method described in that post was easy but if you are looking for an idiot proof method, then this post is for you. Microsoft normally keeps license information hidden. Thus making it hard for most users who may want to change Microsoft Office product key very challenging. Most users try to follow the traditional way of uninstall Microsoft Office productivity suite and then install it again. You don’t need to follow that tradition any more. Office Key Remover helps you remove Microsoft Office license information from the system and use a new Office product key to activate it. Office Key Remover is a freeware utility that easily removes Microsoft Office license from the computer with a click of a button. It supports almost all Office productivity suite starting from Microsoft Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010 and the latest Office 2013 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).

LibreOffice is a fork of the popular open-source office suite, OpenOffice. LibreOffice is a free power-packed Open Source personal office productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It provides six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. LibreOffice is a free software office suite developed by The Document Foundation. The Document Foundation maintains LibreOffice release schedule thanks to a growing and vibrant community of developers. Its developers’ goal is to produce a vendor-independent office suite with ODF support and without any copyright assignment requirements. The name is a hybrid word with the first part Libre, which means free (as in freedom) in both Spanish and French, and the English word Office.

The Document Foundation has recently announced the release of LibreOffice 3.3.2, the second micro release of the free office suite for personal productivity. The latest update improves the stability of the software and sets the platform for the next release 3.4, due in mid May. The community of developers has been able to maintain the tight schedule thanks to the increase in the number of contributors, and to the fact that those that have started with easy hacks in September 2010 are now working at substantial features. In addition, they have almost completed the code cleaning process, getting rid of German comments and obsolete functionalities.