Microsoft, LinkedIn, And Identity Management

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(Warning: this article gets pretty geeky by the end. Feel free to look away. I’ll try to make the next article about a Dancing Kitten app or something.)

Last week Microsoft agreed to pay $26.2 billion cash to acquire LinkedIn. It’s one of the largest technology industry deals in history. It dwarfs Microsoft’s previous big acquisitions of Skype, Nokia and aQuantive. […] continued

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Outlook 2016 And The Mysterious Disappearing Folder Pane

Outlook 2016

Here’s the story of an odd Outlook 2016 bug that you might run into.

Microsoft has been urging everyone with an Office 365 license for the Office programs to update to Office 2016. It’s a modest upgrade at best, as the programs are virtually identical to the 2013 versions, but it feels good to get the latest version for free, right? […] continued

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How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Bring clarity to your Microsoft work and personal accounts

“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”

Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continued

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Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Microsoft work and personal accounts - finding your way through the maze

Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.

Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continued

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Shopping For A New PC? Look For Signature Edition

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs help avoid crapware

Here’s a shopping tip if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop PC: check the Microsoft Store for Signature Edition PCs.

Signature Edition PCs are shipped with Windows 10 – and nothing else. The drivers are installed that match the specific hardware but Signature Edition PCs don’t have any unnecessary programs at all. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security

How to stay afloat in a sea of passwords

We’re drowning in passwords.

Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into  Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continued

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The Lesson You Need To Learn From The TeamViewer Hack

Don't use easy-to-guess passwords!

Don’t re-use the same password over and over.

TeamViewer is in the news this week because of a nasty ongoing security problem. It might not be TeamViewer’s fault, and with luck it won’t affect any of you, my loyal and much-loved readers. But the story illustrates an important basic security principle: Don’t re-use the same password over and over. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Change The Network Type From Public To Private

Windows 10 - how to switch network location from public to private

Everything is simple once you know how to do it.

Here’s a setting that’s been moved to a different place in Windows 10. It’s not necessary to check this setting or change it very often but it drove me crazy that I couldn’t figure out how to make this change easily. […] continued

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How To Configure Windows 10

How to configure Windows 10

Has your computer been upgraded to Windows 10? Do you have a new computer? This is the guide you need – how to configure your Windows 10 computer to smooth out its rough edges and make the most of its new features.

This is an updated version of an article from six months ago, with some extra tips that turned up after the original article. […] continued

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Microsoft Uses Malware Tactics To Push Windows 10

Windows 10 upgrade notices resemble malware

Windows 10 is a nice operating system. Microsoft should be proud. In the next few years, it will become the dominant platform on computers worldwide, with a long lifespan as the natural successor to Windows 7.

But somewhere in Microsoft is a group of people making boneheaded decisions driven by desperation. […] continued

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The World Is All Facebook, All The Time

The world is all Facebook, all the time

On a recent earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said that “people around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.”

Facebook has more than 1 billion active users every single day, more than 1.6 billion active users every month.

An average of 50 minutes a day. […] continued

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Office 365 And The Sharing Problem

Office 365 and sharing calendars & contacts on mobile devices

The Exchange mailboxes run by Office 365 are now standard in businesses of all sizes. They are supported on every device imaginable, from Windows and Mac computers to the native mail/contact/calendar apps on iOS and Android. Office 365 is one of the most commonly deployed applications among businesses. It has surpassed Google Apps and it’s growing fast. […] continued

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Lenovo Sets The Bar High For Business-Class Computing

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Lenovo has expanded its X1 line to include a traditional laptop (Thinkpad X1 Carbon); a convertible laptop with a keyboard that flips 180 degrees (Thinkpad X1 Yoga); a Surface-style tablet with detachable keyboard (Thinkpad X1 Tablet); and an ultra-stylish all-in-one desktop computer (ThinkCentre X1). […] continued

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Personal Computers Are Just Too Hard To Use, And It Isn’t Your Fault

Computers are just too hard to use

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continued

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It’s Now Or Never For Windows 10 Upgrades

Windows 10 upgrades - last chance

Microsoft says that the offer to upgrade Windows 7 and 8 computers to Windows 10 for free will end on July 29, one year after the release of Windows 10. The free upgrade was always described as a one-year offer but many people expected Microsoft to extend it indefinitely. No such luck. […] continued

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