Windows 10 Launches! But Not For You, Not For Thirty Days

Windows 10 - your free upgrade is here!

Microsoft started sending upgrade notices to millions of people on Wednesday. You may see the above notice on your computer at any time, notifying you that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft is single-handedly straining the content delivery networks that handle the world’s Internet traffic, delivering as much as 40Tb/second as it streams out the Windows 10 upgrade files, far more than any previous web event, according to one source. […] continued

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Office 2016 For Mac Now Available For Office 365 Subscribers

Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft has released Office 2016 For Mac, a long overdue refresh of the Office programs that makes the Mac programs visually and functionally identical to the Windows versions. The updated Office programs are available now to anyone with an Office 365 subscription that includes an Office license – details below. […] continued

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The Future Of Windows Mobile: Windows 10 And Continuum

Microsoft wants to put a computer in every pocket

In 1980, Bill Gates declared that Microsoft’s goal was to put a computer on every desk and in every home.

In 2015 Microsoft will announce that it can put a computer in every pocket. Later this year, Microsoft is going to introduce smartphones that turn into computers, using technology named Continuum that’s built into Windows 10. […] continued

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Not All Technology Bubbles Are Expanding

techbubbleburst

 

Technology news has been a bit negative recently. The death of Windows Phone got the most attention last week but Apple and Samsung have their own problems, and there are many other companies and products that are either failing or not living up to expectations. Here’s a sampling of the dark side of recent technology news. […] continued

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Major Office 365 Mail Outage On Wednesday

Office 365 Exchange mail outage

Microsoft’s Exchange-based Office 365 mail system went down for four hours on Wednesday afternoon. Service has been fully restored.

If you’re an Office 365 user, then incoming mail was slow to arrive, in some cases delayed by hours, and outgoing messages were stuck in the Outbox. Even webmail was down at least part of the time. […] continued

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R.I.P. Windows Phone

RIP Windows Phone

Windows Phone is dead.

Last week Microsoft announced that it will lay off almost all of the remaining employees inherited from its purchase of Nokia, and write off $7.6 billion from the Nokia deal – more than it paid for Nokia last year. Although Microsoft will still develop the Windows Phone OS and there will still be a few Windows Phone devices released going forward, the announcement was a frank acknowledgement that Microsoft failed completely in its attempt to build a third phone operating system to compete with Android and iOS. […] continued

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Emergency Update For Adobe Flash, Which Is Having A Really Bad Year

Adobe Flash - get the latest security update!

Hackers got an unexpected present this week: a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that can be used to break into PCs, along with detailed instructions about how to use it. Adobe issued a patch within 24 hours, so you’re safe as long as you get the update promptly.


Practical details

Adobe Flash - version checker

Go to the Adobe Flash version checker in each browser you use regularly. […] continued

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Microsoft Will Delay Your Windows 10 Upgrade For You

Windows 10 - upgrade ready notice

Microsoft is reneging on its promise to deliver Windows 10 to you on July 29 – and it’s the best thing it could have done. I still want you to wait 30-60 days after July 29 before you upgrade, but Microsoft may help by not letting you see the upgrade button until then. […] continued

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Do Not Upgrade To Windows 10!

Windows 10 - do not upgrade for 30-60 days!

Do not – do NOT – upgrade your computer to Windows 10 for at least 30-60 days after it launches.

Please tell your employees not to upgrade right away. Tell your friends and relatives. I’m dead serious. Spread the word far and wide.

Your computer will not be updated automatically, even if you “reserved” a copy of Windows 10. […] continued

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Windows 10–The Best Version Of Windows Ever, Free

Windows 10 - free upgrade available July 29

Windows 10 will be released on July 29. You should look forward to it. It’s all good news. Microsoft has been working to combine the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 into a single new operating system. There is every reason to hope that Windows 10 will be the best version of Windows ever released. […] continued

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Office Everywhere–Word, Excel, Powerpoint Now Available For Android Phones

Office for Android phones - Word, Excel & Powerpoint apps released

Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps are now available for Android phones, joining OneNote and Outlook. The Office programs are already available on iPhones, iPads and Android tablets. The first phase of Microsoft’s Office Everywhere strategy is now complete; the Office programs are now available on every platform, large and small. […] continued

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Some Cool Google Chrome Tricks

Google Chrome - some cool Chrome tricks

I’ve been using Chrome as my primary web browser instead of Internet Explorer for the last few months. I’ll have more stories to tell you about what that’s been like but today I just want to mention a few cool tricks for Chrome users. There are hundreds! These are just a few that I’ve found useful. […] continued

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Skype For Modern Windows Is Retired, Skype In A Web Browser Is Released

Skype update - modern version retired, web version released

Microsoft wants Skype to be everywhere. It got a little over-zealous with a poorly-designed version of Skype for Windows 8 that never caught on and is being discontinued, but it rallied this week with a new version of Skype that runs in a web browser.

Skype was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. […] continued

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Don’t Panic! LastPass Has Been Hacked, But Only A Little

LastPass has been hacked. Don't panic!

If you use LastPass to store your passwords, you probably got an email yesterday reporting that hackers stole some data from the LastPass servers. Here’s the official announcement.

There are many things to worry about in this world. This is not one of them. The bad guys don’t have your passwords. […] continued

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Dropbox, Box Integration Extends Reach Of Office Everywhere

Onedrive, Dropbox, Box - Office accessible everywhere

Previously: The Threat That Nearly Destroyed Microsoft Office

Microsoft opened the Office programs to third party cloud services in February. Since then, connections have been added at a dizzying pace for directly accessing files stored in other services. Dropbox and Box are being integrated in a variety of ways (including an interesting connection to Office Online, described below), and connections to Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and others will follow. […] continued

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