PC World: The best free Microsoft Office alternatives of 2017

PC World: The best free Microsoft Office alternatives of 2017. “Microsoft Office is the king of office productivity suites, but it doesn’t inspire warm, fuzzy feelings in all users. Parsing the ever-expanding list of features—many of which you’ll never use—can feel like stepping into a cockpit without a pilot’s license. The ribbon interface, introduced a decade ago, has many fans, but others pine for the static menus of the early aughts. And then there’s Office’s hefty price tag. Fortunately, alternatives abound, ranging from web apps to freemium and open source desktop installations, many of which are compatible with Microsoft Office docs.”

Techradar: The best free alternatives to CCleaner 2017

Techradar: The best free alternatives to CCleaner 2017. “CCleaner has long been one of the web’s most popular PC cleanup tools, but after it was acquired by Avast and suffered a serious malware attack, many people have begun seeking alternatives. Running out of hard drive space is less of an issue these days thanks to the plummeting price of storage, but there are still many reasons to use a tool like CCleaner to purge unwanted files.”

MakeUseOf: Is a Free OCR Scanner Good Enough? Microsoft OneNote vs. Nuance OmniPage

MakeUseOf: Is a Free OCR Scanner Good Enough? Microsoft OneNote vs. Nuance OmniPage. “The internet has blessed us with tons of free OCR options, but paid options exist a well. So here’s what I want to know: Is paying for an OCR tool worth it, when you could just use a free one In this post, I’ll put one of the best free OCR tools to the test against one of the best paid OCR options. Get ready for Microsoft’s OneNote (Free) versus Nuance’s OmniPage 18 ($60).”

Victoria and Albert Museum: How We Collected WeChat

Victoria and Albert Museum: How We Collected WeChat. “The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. How do you collect an app? What is the thing you’re actually collecting? And what for? The fact is, collecting digital is a new frontier for design museums. What you collect, how you do it, and why, are very much still open questions. But as more and more of our designed world either becomes digital or is experienced digitally, there’s an express urgency to find ways of collecting and preserving the important aspects of our digital culture. With that in mind, we thought it useful to share the experience of our two-and-a-half year process behind collecting WeChat, and the challenges were presented along the way.”

Security warning: Hackers compromised CCleaner and installed a backdoor (BetaNews)

BetaNews: Security warning: Hackers compromised CCleaner and installed a backdoor. “Users of cleanup, privacy and optimization tool CCleaner are being warned to update their software after it emerged the tool was compromised by hackers. Security researchers at Cisco Talos say that there are a ‘vast number of machines at risk.’ CCleaner is produced by Piriform, now a subsidiary of security firm Avast, making the compromise not only serious, but also embarrassing.”

How-To Geek: How to Find Old Versions of Your Favorite Desktop Programs

How-To Geek: How to Find Old Versions of Your Favorite Desktop Programs. “Have you ever used one of your favorite programs on your desktop, only to find that in later updates, that program changes in ways you don’t particularly appreciate? It’s a common phenomenon: a single program, like a chat client, might break with your specific computer setup after a recent update. It’s easier (and less disruptive to your workflow) to switch to an older version of the program until the problem is resolved. You don’t want to use an out-of-date antivirus, of course, but for more mundane utilities, older versions of the program are fine (as long as you eventually update once the problems are fixed). Here’s how to find them, install them, and keep them handy so you don’t have to use the updated versions.”