The Verge: Google is working on a more user-friendly way to find files in Drive

The Verge: Google is working on a more user-friendly way to find files in Drive. “Google is preparing to beta test new search filters in Google Drive, which will hopefully make it easier to find the exact file you’re looking for. Dubbed ‘search chips,’ the feature adds a line of filters to the top of the Drive interface, letting you limit your search by things like file type, last modification date, or which other users are associated with a specific file.”

TechCrunch: Microsoft launches Google Wave

This headline is a bit misleading, especially if you were a huge Google Wave stan, so please read the article. TechCrunch: Microsoft launches Google Wave . “Back in 2019, Microsoft announced the Fluid Framework (not to be confused with the Fluent design system). The idea here was nothing short of trying to re-invent the nature of business documents and how developers build real-time applications. Last year, the company open-sourced Fluid and started building it into a few of its own Office applications. Today, at its Ignite conference, it’s launching a whole new product built on top of Fluid: Microsoft Wave Loop. Loop is a new app — and concept — that takes the Fluid framework, which provides developers with flexible components to mix and match in order to create real-time editing-based applications, to create a new experience for users to collaborate on documents. In many ways, that was also the […]

ZDNet: This new Google Docs feature will let you add a lot more stuff to your documents

ZDNet: This new Google Docs feature will let you add a lot more stuff to your documents. “Google has announced the Docs ‘universal @ menu’ as a way for adding everything from tables, images, to formatting by typing ‘@’. This feature is an expansion of existing ‘smart chips’ integrations. Google earlier this year launched smart chips, a new @ tag tool for linking information from other Workspace apps to a Docs file. It’s Google’s bid to change the word-processing experience.”

New Microsoft Office rollout: When you’ll get it, pricing and major changes (CNET)

CNET: New Microsoft Office rollout: When you’ll get it, pricing and major changes . “Microsoft’s new, flat-price version of its Office productivity software started rolling out Oct. 5 — the same day as Windows 11. The company previously emphasized that while its main focus remains on its Microsoft 365 subscription offering, it will release the one-time purchase Office 2021 for those who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud.”

Engadget: 15 years of Google Docs, and where the next 15 might take us

Engadget: 15 years of Google Docs, and where the next 15 might take us. “15 years ago, if you were writing a document, chances are you were doing it in Microsoft Word. Part of the company’s wildly successful Office suite, Word was the de-facto option for drafting text, whether you were an author, an office worker, a student, a teacher… you get the point. But on October 11th, 2006, Google officially launched Google Docs and Spreadsheets in beta.”

CNET: Apple updates free Keynote, Pages and Numbers iWork apps to take on Microsoft Office

CNET: Apple updates free Keynote, Pages and Numbers iWork apps to take on Microsoft Office . “Apple on Tuesday updated its free iWork series of productivity apps, adding updated features amid the release of its iOS 15 software, as well as the iPhone 13 and new iPads. Among the changes: Apple said it’s made documents easier to read and write in its Pages app, added new organizational features into its Numbers spreadsheet app, and introduced live video views of a presenter in its Keynote slideshow app, as well as support for multiple presenters.”

SecurityWeek: OpenOffice Vulnerability Exposes Users to Code Execution Attacks

SecurityWeek: OpenOffice Vulnerability Exposes Users to Code Execution Attacks. “A buffer overflow vulnerability in Apache OpenOffice could be exploited to execute arbitrary code on target machines using malicious documents. Tracked as CVE-2021-33035 and discovered by security researcher Eugene Lim, the bug affects OpenOffice versions up to 4.1.10, with patches deployed in the 4.1.11 beta only, meaning that most installations out there are likely vulnerable.”

Hackaday: Making Web Pages With Word?

Hackaday: Making Web Pages With Word?. “There are, of course, other ways of generating web pages from your technical documentation — there is the Markdown / Pandoc combination, various Wiki solutions, or GitHub Pages, for example. If you’re Python-focused, there’s always the Jupyter Notebooks / JupyterLab approach which we wrote about in 2019. But these presume the source documents are in a certain format. If you have years of existing documentation in Word, or you prefer (or are required) to use Word, [Jim Yuill]’s WWN tool might be of interest.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Use Microsoft Office on Chromebook for Free

Make Tech Easier: How to Use Microsoft Office on Chromebook for Free. “As you know, Chrome OS is a different operating system from your regular Windows, and you can’t install Windows applications on it. So if you want to use Microsoft Office on your Chromebook, you won’t be able to install the Microsoft Office software, but there are ways to get around it. Here’s how you can run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook for free.”

Neowin: OpenDocument Format 1.3 becomes approved as an OASIS Standard format

Neowin: OpenDocument Format 1.3 becomes approved as an OASIS Standard format. “The Document Foundation, the body behind the popular LibreOffice suite, has announced that Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF, also known as OpenDocument Format) 1.3 has been approved as an OASIS Standard after receiving 14 affirmative consents and no objections. With the standardisation of the format, other office suites, including Microsoft Office, can add support for the format according to defined specifications that boost compatibility between different suites.”

TechRadar: Google Docs is being weaponized by hackers

TechRadar: Google Docs is being weaponized by hackers. “Web-based word processor Google Docs is being actively exploited to disguise dangerous web domains, security analysts have warned. As discovered by security firm Avanan, cybercriminals have found a way to conceal attacks behind standard Google Docs URLs, which can be delivered to victims via email without triggering security software.”

SC Magazine: Hackers rush to new doc builder that uses Macro-exploit, posing as DocuSign

SC Magazine: Hackers rush to new doc builder that uses Macro-exploit, posing as DocuSign. “Researchers at Intel471 have identified a new malicious document builder that has gone from a new, relatively unknown exploit to being incorporated into the attack chains of top cybercriminal groups in less than a year. The builder, dubbed EtterSilent, comes in two flavors: one version exploits an old remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Office and another uses a Macro-based exploit and is designed to look like DocuSign, a popular software program that allows individuals or businesses to electronically sign documents.”