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Five Best Software Update Tools

by Barbara J. Feldman October 20, 2009

Since not all Windows applications notify you when a free update is available, there are third-party applications that will scan all your software, and let you know when updates are available. LifeHacker polled readers to come up with a list of the five most recommended software update tools. Learn more at

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New Search Engine from Microsoft

by Barbara J. Feldman June 2, 2009

Microsoft recently unveiled their newest search engine, Bing as a replacement for Live.com. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that Bing is focusing on helping users with four common search tasks: shopping, travel, health and local. Here is a video tour of Bing, produced by Microsoft.

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New Release of OpenOffice

by Barbara J. Feldman May 12, 2009

Tired of buying Microsoft Office for each computer you use? OpenOffice is an open-source (i.e. free) software suite for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. It stores all your data in file formats that are compatible with Microsoft Office, and works on many computer platforms including Windows, Mac and Unix. The newest release, OpenOffice 3.1 is […]

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What’s Eating All Your Hard Disk Space?

by Barbara J. Feldman May 5, 2009

Wondering where all your hard drive space has gone? OverDisk is a free Windows utility that displays a radial map that will graphically show you what’s eating your space. The author calls the current version beta, but the testers at Lifehacker said the version worked great.

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Easy Creative Commons Licenses for Office

by Barbara J. Feldman March 11, 2009

The Creative Commons Add-In for Office is a free utility that licenses your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in just a few clicks. The drop-down menu sits on a tab (on the Ribbon menu for Office 2007) and uses a wizard to guide you through choosing the appropriate license. Unfortunately, it’s Windows only, no Mac. […]

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