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Microsoft have launched the Office 2013 preview which is available from the Microsoft website (click here for link). You will need a live account (Microsoft email address) to sign in to allow you to download the installer. Once downloaded, installation is as easy as the two of its predecessors (2010 and 2007) with a minimal design feel and easy to understand installation options. Be aware that if you opt for the full installation, this new version will hog over 3GB of hard disk space (making it the hungriest version of Office yet!).

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Microsoft Research is a sub-division of Microsoft which is dedicated to developing computer science concepts and integrating these into future Microsoft products. Some of their programmes are currently available for download. A pick of the best releases are listed below;

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A free service called ScrubIT is a free recursive DNS server that regulates what comes into your home or business. ScrubIT “scrubs” the internet so you don’t have to be concerned about what your family members will be confronted with. DNS (Domain Name System) is a process that translates easy to remember addresses (like www.google.co.uk) to a numerical IP address used by computers (209.85.229.94). The majority of  DNS is provided to the user by your internet service provider, or a recursive DNS service such as ScrubIT. They currently profile several million websites and by default block out any pornographic, phishing and many other sites which may cause concern. If you would like to take advantage of this service and customise which sites are blocked and allowed, you can sign up for ScrubIT’s beta programme by clicking on the link BETA .

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