More Updates From Microsoft On Not-Patch-Tuesday

More updates from Microsoft

Microsoft released a massive update for Windows 8.1 and a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 this week, in addition to the Save-The-World patch for Windows servers described in yesterday’s article.

If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, an odd update has appeared on your computer with no fanfare, listed as an “Optional” update in the Automatic Updates window in Control Panel. […] continued

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Microsoft Issues Out-Of-Band Update To Prevent Global Chaos

Microsoft patches Kerberos vulnerability

On Patch Tuesday last week, Microsoft released the usual collection of updates to Windows and Office to fix day-to-day vulnerabilities.

This week brings a bonus patch for all versions of Windows on servers and workstations. Microsoft only issues an “out-of-band” update, outside the normal Patch Tuesday schedule, when a potentially nasty threat is being exploited by the bad guys in the wild – and this is very nasty indeed. […] continued

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Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has made it easy to download and create an install disk or USB drive for Windows 8.1. Now you won’t be stuck if you have to reinstall the OS from scratch for some reason and you can’t find the DVD that came with the system from the manufacturer.

The download site is here: Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1. […] continued

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Is Microsoft Abandoning Windows Phone?

The future of Windows Phone

Windows Phone is barely a blip in the market compared to the overwhelming market share for Android and the overwhelming mindshare of Apple iPhones. The Windows Phone operating system is unique and lovable; the live tiles on the home screen are more attractive and more useful than the wall of icons on iPhones and Android phones. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Play DVDs In Windows 8

How to play DVDs in Windows 8

Windows 8 does not include built-in support for playing movies from a DVD. If you can’t play a movie, your options are different than you might expect.

It was easy with Windows 7. Windows Media Player isn’t a very good program but at least it can play a movie in Windows 7 when you pop a disk in the drive. […] continued

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Crazy Eddie Sale On Microsoft Office–They’re Giving It Away!

Crazy Eddie - Microsoft is giving away Office

Microsoft unexpectedly announced that the Office apps on iPad, iPhone and Android devices can now be used for free without an Office 365 subscription. There are new versions of the core Office programs – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – for iPhones, updates for the already excellent iPad programs, and touch-optimized versions of the programs for Android tablets are right around the corner. […] continued

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What The Deal Between Dropbox And Microsoft Really Means

dropboxoffice

Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continued

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Remove Adware From Chrome With Software Removal Tool

Google Chrome Software Removal Tool

Google has released a Software Removal Tool that resets Chrome back to its default settings, removes extensions, and scans for bad software. It’s the nuclear option to return Chrome to normal after an adware attack.

Adware and malware authors are starting to target Google Chrome with the same dirty tricks that they’ve used against Internet Explorer for years. […] continued

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Microsoft Changes The Game With Unlimited OneDrive Storage

Unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers

On Monday Microsoft left Dropbox and Google Drive in the dust when it announced that all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost.

The upgrade will be delivered soon to everyone with a consumer (Microsoft account) subscription to the Office programs through Office 365 Personal ($69.99/year) and Office Home ($99.99/year). […] continued

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Price Reduced For New Office 365 Business Plans

Office 365 - compare business plans

Small businesses can now choose new, cheaper plans for Office 365. Making a choice is not a well-organized experience at the moment, though, because a long list of plans includes all the previous overlapping and confusing versions.

There are three new plans. All of them include online storage space in OneDrive for Business and use of the online versions of Office. […] continued

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Ninite Makes It Painless To Install Windows Programs

Ninite - fast, easy & painless program installs

I’ve been holding out on you. I haven’t told you about one of the best tools in my toolkit when I set up a new computer. Ninite.com is a free service that installs Windows programs quickly and without adware.

The Ninite website lists almost a hundred apps, with a checkbox by each one. […] continued

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Getting Started With Box.com

Getting started with Box.com

Previously:

Moving Company Files To The Cloud: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com Rides To The Rescue

The interface for Box.com is clean and well organized but you still might need some help to get started. There are four apps that most business users will want to install to be able to take advantage of the ways that Box makes it easy to access and share company files. […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: Box.com Rides To The Rescue

Box.com - online file storage for small business

Previously: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com has matured into a service that meets the needs of small businesses and law firms for online file storage of shared company files.

Box was founded almost ten years ago. It has grown into a large company with a fast-growing user base, including almost half of the Fortune 500 companies. […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

OneDrive for Business - the problem with company files

Small businesses and law firms are ready to move their documents to the cloud. Until recently, I haven’t had an answer about how to accomplish that because none of the familiar solutions were quite right.

Let’s get some background, using OneDrive for Business as an example of a service that looks like it ought to be the right answer – but isn’t. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Three Cool Wallpaper Tricks For Dual Monitors

Windows 8 dual monitors - different pictures for wallpaper

Here are three cool wallpaper tricks for Windows 8 users with dual monitors.

Set different pictures as wallpaper for each monitor

You can use two different pictures as wallpaper on your dual monitors. Like the best tips, this one is easy and not a soul knows about it.

  •  Right-click on the desktop and click on Personalize. […] continued

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