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Finding the best online office suite that is also safe and secure


Progressive Web Applications is the next evolution of cross-platform software...

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How to find free productivity office software online without any hassle...

Microsoft Office has been the longtime leader in office productivity software ever since the computer revolution started. But recently with major strides made in Cloud computing and the updating of the HTML language(HTML5-current version), have many competitors risen to claim the leadership in this market.

If you are looking for an alternative due to cost, performance, or just a dislike of Open Source software and Microsoft products, you have many alternatives available. Not all office suites are created equal however...

The biggest downside to Cloud computing is offline use. While Google offers offline versions through plugins with the Chrome browser, they are not always consistent or reliable. Other Cloud-based office suites are simply not even available offline.
However, with all this talk of Cloud-based office suites, let me just add that SSuite Office is the only software company in the world that is able to offer you a consistent and reliable online/offline experience because our web based office suite runs directly inside your web browser as a PWA(Progressive Web Application) or just as a stand-alone application.



While Microsoft Office and Google's G-Suite continues to dominate the world of office productivity suites, both online and in desktop versions, some home users, students, and many small businesses may be put off by the idea of monthly or even annual subscription fees, not to mention account registration and consistent login prompts before being able to use any of their products or any other online office suite.

Other serious concerns about Cloud-based office suites and software are personal privacy and security. Any and all data/text entered into online Cloud software and documents that are uploaded to any Cloud-based office suite, will be scrutinized and monitored by that company. All your personal documents will then be used to collect data on you so that it may be sold off to third-party data-brokers, or worse yet collected by intelligence agencies, for their own profit, leaving you completely exposed to advertisers and hackers alike.

The alternative to downloading an office suite is to use one of the many online options, which are all Cloud-based and hidden behind login prompts, as we have mentioned before so explicitly. The obvious downside to all of them is you must be online for them to work. If there is no internet connection, you have no way to access your own private data or documents! Obvious actually, but not mentioned at all by any online technology company!
There is another drawback of working with third-party software. Most document creators simply accept Microsoft as the throne-holder, making compatibility trickier especially when using Microsoft's docx and xlsx document formats, which are all proprietary in nature and designed specifically to promote vendor-lockin. Do you have document format problems?

 



Additionally, you also need to bear in mind that document formatting can be saved in different ways for the same file type for different programs, which can cause problems when sharing files with other users who use different software. Therefore it's important to note if the formatting will be retained accurately when using Cloud-based office suite applications.
The best solution to this problem is to make your documents future proof and DRM free with HTML5.

We make use of HTML5 as our main document format due to its consistent formatting and reliable support over multiple OS platforms and browsers.

Amongst other custom features, our web based office suite has the added advantage of having a “Dark Mode” which is highly beneficial when working late at night and finding the pure white background of the editor hard on your eyes. This setting can be found on our main page and even on each individual web application. Just look for the "
" toggle switch to change the mode.

 



On our main front menu we have a selection of two desktop applications—one for quick text editing, Scaramouche Touch, and one that is a full featured desktop WYSIWYG word processor, Fandango Desktop. Our third word processor, Blue-Velvet, was especially made to be compatible with all devices and screen sizes e.g. laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and even smartphones. It is capable of resizing itself automatically to fit your device's screen perfectly.

The last application in our main menu lineup is called "Basic-Math" spreadsheet and is an extremely lightweight and undemanding to use application that is sufficiently functional and able to open, edit, and save colourful spreadsheets. It also supports the CSV format! We even have a few templates for you to work on or start off with when creating new spreadsheets.

 


We have done our best to include the majority of the more practical functions and equations in our spreadsheet to be convenient for most users. If you require something more advanced, try our desktop spreadsheet selection. Our desktop spreadsheets are also fully compatible with our online “Basic-Math" spreadsheet, so there is no problem sharing, opening, saving, and editing spreadsheets between all our software. You may also have a look at our "Tutorial Help Page" to get to know more about what functions and equations are supported in our  web based spreadsheet application.

Last but not least, on the sub-menu of our selection of free web based office software, we have a range of useful supplemental tools to help you get the most out of your projects, homework, or just general document creation. From producing GIF movies for social media posts or the like, to a full blown graphics editor to help you make your image designs come alive.

We also have our own internet search engine called lovingly “Groot” to assist getting you all the facts necessary to make your documents stand out from the rest or to just satisfy your curiosity for information. Added to this great lineup we also have a Stream-TV portal to help you stay informed with the current news or even just to watch local TV-broadcasts, sports, actuality, and entertainment shows.

So there you have it, the long and the short of the matter. For the best free online AND offline office suite on the internet, that is also the most private and secure, you don't have to look any further than SSuite Office Online... the only office suite in the world, that is able to run directly inside your own web browser!


                          Forget the Cloud... Go Direct!


Online Web Apps - Progressive Web Applications
Online / Offline PWA Office Suite





                                       ...Go Online and enjoy complete productivity freedom...



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What is a PWA and how to install it with Chrome or MS Edge...


How to get things done with PWAs and bypass all AppStores and PlayStores completely...

PWA? What is that again?

A PWA or Progressive Web Application is a mobile/desktop optimized website that has features of a native application. This means it looks like an app, can be used just like an app, even though it's a website. So you don't even have to go to an AppStore to use or install a PWA! ...Incredible!!

Now you can simply place a PWA enabled website/app on your desktop or mobile device via Google Chrome 70+ or the latest release of MS Edge browser 77+ (Chromium based) and always have it ready to run with just one click, just like a native application. The PWA does without typical browser elements, e.g. URL bar and navigation - as soon as you open it for the first time directly from your desktop or mobile device.

PWAs for the Chrome/FireFox browsers for Android smartphones were already supported at the beginning of 2017 and later activated as standard. Users of Windows 7/8/10 desktop PCs first had to wait a little longer. Only with Chrome 67 could PWAs be installed and used via desktop. With the current versions of Google Chrome and MS Edge, it is now also activated by default.

You can now download and install the latest MS Edge browser (Chromium Based) for Windows 7, 8, and 10... Click Here to Get It!


How to install a PWA under Google Chrome or MS Edge:

Since PWAs are not declared as such in the browser, you don't know at first if the visited website is a PWA or not. Nevertheless, it is very easy to find out. While you are on a website, you simply call up the menu (three points at the top right) of Google Chrome 70+ or MS Edge 77+.

With MS Edge:
Microsoft's new Edge browser... Chromium Based.


...Or alternatively when a PWA is detected it will display the following notification...

An install caption will appear when a PWA is detected.



With Google Chrome:

If you find the entry "Install XYZ" in the menu, then the website is a PWA.
How to install a PWA in Google's Chrome browser...


 After you have "installed" the PWA, it appears as an icon on your desktop, taskbar, and/or start menu just like a native application. With a single click you call it up and you will see that the controls described above such as URL bar and navigation are no longer visible. Furthermore, the PWA is even more deeply integrated into your operating system to allow you for example the offline mode or via online push notifications.


The online app will appear as a native desktop application.

The magic that is PWA software:

The "native feel" is key to PWAs, and proponents seek to get to the point where a PWA feels just as snappy as its native cousin, and does not necessarily need an internet connection or a visible browser window in order to function.

While PWAs can also be found masquerading as Windows apps in the Microsoft Store (and are launched by Redmond's Edge browser although do get named correctly in Task Manager), the Google approach bypasses the need for a shopfront. Which is something we at SSuite Office really appreciate!


Similarly, Apple quietly added support to its Safari browser, although has been a tad reticent about it. After all, it is possible to pin a PWA to an iOS homescreen, bypassing the AppStore. Kind old Apple has, of course, slapped a bucketload of restrictions on the tech, making native apps a better bet. For now...

Linux and Mac Chrome users will be able to join their Windows 7/8/10 and Chrome OS chums in Google's idea of PWA once version 72 of Mountain View's browser makes an appearance later this year.

And here you will find what you've been looking for...

...Our own FREE PWA software implementations:






Just FYI: We are the first in the world, again, to have created a full PWA office suite!

...as far as we know...
Happy... Happy... Happy...


Here is a quick tip about Progressive Web Applications:

To manually update a PWA (Progressive Web Application) - just clear your web browser's App history...




...Then start the PWA again and it will update itself to the latest version or edition, nice and easy!



                                        ...Go Online and enjoy complete productivity freedom...


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Get the best free VPN with unlimited bandwidth today!


Get the best free VPN with unlimited data bandwidth for your computer or mobile device.

Getting yourself the best free VPN for security and access...

Downloading the best free VPN possible for your computer and mobile is a no-brainer when regarding the security threats we face everyday on the internet lately. As well as being the ideal service to help you use the internet securely and get around blocked websites, the best VPN providers will also let you access the freshest films and shows in foreign movie/tv catalogues, stream in safety and much, much more.
Get the best free VPN

An abbreviation of Virtual Private Network, a VPN service allows you to change your IP address to a secure server. That helps to make you more anonymous online and let's you effectively trick your laptop or mobile device into thinking it's in another location. It's no surprise that recently the best free VPN options have become so popular, increasingly being used as a replacement for or in addition to traditional online security.

Can You Be Tracked if You Use a VPN?
In the simplest terms, a VPN creates a secure, encrypted connection—which can be thought of as a tunnel—between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service. In a professional setting, this tunnel effectively makes you part of the company's network, as if you were physically sitting in the office.
While you're connected to a VPN, all your network traffic passes through this protected tunnel, and no one—not even your ISP—can see your traffic until it exits the tunnel from the VPN server and enters the public internet. If you make sure to only connect to websites secured with HTTPS, your data will continue to be encrypted even after it leaves the VPN.
So whatever you're intending to use your new free VPN service for, we'll give you confidence that you're installing the right one and avoiding any that could be potentially be downright dangerous.


VPN services: what will they let me watch?

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As well as keeping you safe and sound while browsing the web, VPNs are also handy for catching your favourite TV shows and live sports while you're out of the country. If you've ever tried to stream something on your tablet while on holiday only be told that rights restrictions mean you can't then this is for you! Changing your IP address to your homeland will get around the problem.

I searched the internet high and low and the only two VPNs I could find that are completely free, with unlimited data bandwidth usage, and is also incredibly easy to use are Opera's own web browser which has a built in VPN and ProtonVPN.

Let's start with Opera's own web browser!

Simply download and install a new version of Opera to get started. In the image below you can see that the VPN is on and working perfectly by displaying as blue.

Opera's built-ijn VPN

In order to enable the built-in VPN, simply go to the settings page and select the advanced options.

Settings Page for VPN

When you have enabled the VPN option you will find as in the first image that the VPN will start of as yellow/orange indicating that it is connecting to the nearest server. When the connection is successful, it will change colour to blue.

Select VPN Servers

If the VPN badge turn blue, you may click on the icon to open a secondary menu displaying some more options and even the data usage. This is also why I decided this VPN is one of the best, as it allows for unlimited data usage for your device, whether it is for your desktop, laptop, or even mobile device.
In the drop down at the bottom of the menu, you may select which server you wish to connect to. From the fastest server to a server on another continent if you wish to connect to local US sites for complete access and circumvent GEO-Blocking, which is now becoming so prevalent.


                             Click here to get the latest version of the Opera browser


ProtonVPN - Getting serious with privacy...

When you use ProtonVPN to browse the web, your Internet connection is encrypted. By routing your connection through encrypted tunnels, ProtonVPN's advanced security features ensure that an attacker cannot eavesdrop on your connection. It also allows you to access websites that might be blocked in your country.
Unlike other VPNs that attaches itself to your web browser as an extension, ProtonVPN creates a whole new LAN ethernet connection in your network folder. This then connects your whole computer through an encrypted tunnel to the internet. This then means that you may use any application on your computer to access your LAN network and the internet as a completely secure and encrypted connection.
So this VPN is completely application independent.


                                                       Click here to visit ProtonVPN

 

When you visit their website, you simply select which platform you are running and download the correct version. 
You will be given a choice of which plan you want. Simply select the free version and then start from there.

Select the FREE VPN option

Create your account with them and then proceed to download the executable from their website. The application can be installed on Windows 7 / 8 / 10. If you decide to install on a Windows 7 system, please make sure all your updates are up to date. The application requires the latest .NET installation and security updates.


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Get Yourself an International Computer Driving License... Please!


It is unthinkable that we still have people roaming the internet without one!

How to remedy this problem...

Many people are lacking in proper computer skills. Just using software is not enough to be efficient and productive when working on a computer. You need to know more than just switching on your computer and opening an application.


Get yourself an International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL):

 



Get Yourself Some PC Skills

  
                             Get the skills to properly use and abuse a computer system!


                                 
...Go Online and enjoy complete productivity freedom...



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How to fix Windows 10 Update problems and errors.


It is unthinkable that we still have to fight Windows 10 to get our way.

How to fix your problems...

On occasion, Windows Update gets stuck or gives an error code.

In an ideal world, this wouldn't be an issue - but this isn't an ideal world, and upgrading Windows is never as straightforward as Microsoft would have you believe.

For the most part, Windows updates happen silently in the background, only installing after a prompt or when you shutdown your PC. But there are occasions when it needs a helping hand.

Perhaps it's downloaded half of the update before deciding it doesn't want to stay connected to the server. Other times, Windows 10 just fancies doing its own thing for a while, slowing your eagerly awaited update to a crawl.

Ideally, Windows Update is one of those Windows 10 components you'd never see or hear. Generally, if it isn't restarting your PC in the middle of an incredibly important piece of work, Windows Update tends to whirr away unobtrusively in the background of Windows 10, downloading updates as it when it needs to.


How to fix Windows Update: Run Windows Update troubleshooter

This will automatically detect problems with your system, which can take a few minutes to complete. Download the troubleshooter here, then click Advanced Settings and you'll find an "Apply repairs Automatically" option.

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Run the troubleshooter and it should hopefully clear up the problems causing Windows Update to get stuck.
You may download the TroubleShooter apps here:  DOWNLOAD     { Double-click to start each app }

Another big problem is when Windows Update gets stuck at 0%:
How to recover from a frozen Windows Update installation...
On Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016, when you try to download updates by using Windows Update (stand-alone or WSUS), the process hangs at 0 percent completion, as shown in the following screen shot:

Update Status
 
Again, you may download the TroubleShooter apps here to diagnose and fix the problem:  DOWNLOAD



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Is having document compatibility with MS Office still relevant?


It is unthinkable that we still have to fight Microsoft to get our way...

How to fix this problem...

This is a big yet simple question, as MS Office is the defacto standard around the world. Many have tried to brake Microsoft's monopoly with creating their own proprietary document formats, but to no avail.

With the advent of HTML5 the internet has seen a massive growth in web content, interactive websites, and even the creation of instant stand alone web browser apps. Since the internet is currently having such a great success with HTML5 as its foundation, it begs the question; why can't it be used as a document format too?
     
Online Office Suite - Full PWA


                           Well, my answer is short and simple... yes it can!

Web browsers already have most if not all of the capabilities of word processing already embedded into its programming. Since all web browsers have to be HTML5 compliant, it is very possible to create HTML5 applications that are able to replace current text editors and even professional word processors currently found on desktop computers.

For those of you who haven't used, know about, or have seen our online office suite, you definitely don't need to be compatible with the big bad wolf called MS Office to share and exchange documents with friends and colleagues.

In some respect it is even better than MS Office, since you don't need to install resource heavy software on your desktop or computer device. Even better than online MS Office is the fact that it also doesn't run off the Cloud either.

What that means is that our web apps are always available to be used when YOU need it most, unlike Cloud based online software; if the Cloud goes down, so does your Online Office suite, leaving you high and dry without any recourse.

I have written about this before, but I cannot stress it enough, MS Office's days of document dominance is over!


Have a look at our online HTML5 office suite and tell me I'm wrong:


                              ...Go Online and enjoy complete productivity freedom...




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