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Dumping Microsoft Word

eliasmakos | posted Monday, Mar 17th, 2014

With Microsoft still dragging its heels on releasing Office for the iPad, many people are looking for cross-platform alternatives. Here are three great options, all of them free. They might make you reconsider ever buying Office again, or paying for a yearly subscription for Microsoft’s latest offerings. Here are the three options I highlighted today:


The startup is making waves, with some businesses dropping Microsoft’s Word entirely for it. Quip’s apps work on iPhone, iPad,  & Android, or on PC/Mac via its website. In my testing, it’s ridiculously fast. It lacks many features (There’s only one type face and three headers available) but if you want speed and shareability, Quip is superb. www.quip.com

Google Drive

Google’s online productivity suite is robust, adding features on a regular basis and with enough options to satisfy 98% of Microsoft Word users. It’s apps could use some improvement, but you simply can’t beat it’s features and collaboration tools for working with others. Plus it’s free! www.drive.google.com/

Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Apple productivity apps don’t cost a thing – but only if you’ve bought a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac recently. And Apple has finally brought these apps to the Windows world, as they’re now are available in a desktop browser via the iCloud website. If you want beautiful documents, not quick & dirty ones, this is a great choice. www.icloud.com

School Closures: March 13th, 2014

BT Montreal | posted Thursday, Mar 13th, 2014

All schools are closed for the following school boards:

  • Commission Marie Victorin
  • Riverside School Board
  • New Frontiers School Board
  • Eastern Townships School Board
  • Commission Scolaire des Grandes Seigneuries
  • Commission Scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
  •  Commission scolaire des Patriotes
  • Elementary school and high school for the Collège Français de Longueuil
  • Commission scolaire des Patriotes.
  • Commission scolaire de La Vallée Des Tisserands

Also Closed:

  • Montreal Oral School for the deaf
  • Maimonides Geriatric Day Center Hospital in Côte-St-Luc