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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The Threat That Nearly Destroyed Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office everywhere - now with Dropbox and Box integration

Microsoft is continuing an aggressive push to ensure that Word, Excel and Powerpoint continue to be the standard business file formats as we move into a new world of mobile devices and files stored online in a variety of services. Recent examples: Dropbox has added support for editing Office files online, and Box will be adding similar support soon. […] continued

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Upload Your Photos To Google: Trade Privacy For Big Rewards

Google Photos - trade privacy for big rewards

Google Photos is the free service introduced last week that gives you unlimited online storage space for your photos and makes them as easy to search as email or files. It has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: the data analysis transforms it into far more than just another photo app. […] continued

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What Would Happen If Microsoft Killed A Program And No One Noticed? The Sad Story Of MSN Travel

MSN Travel - the abandoned Windows 8 app

Alas, poor MSN Travel! We knew it well.

That’s not true. If we had paid any attention to it, it would probably still be alive.

At some point in the last month, Microsoft gutted MSN Travel, one of the apps created as a showcase for the new program designs in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. […] continued

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What You Need To Know About Windows 10 Upgrades

Windows 7 & 8 users are beginning to see Windows 10 upgrade notifications

You may see a new Windows icon appear in your taskbar soon, alerting you to the upcoming release of Windows 10. Microsoft just began to activate the notices on Sunday, and all Windows 7 & 8 users will see them eventually. Here’s what you need to know about Windows 10 upgrades! […] continued

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Google Takes The Lead In The Battle For Your Photos

Google Photos - free mobile app and online storage

Google introduced a new standalone service today for organizing your photos on your phone and storing them online. Google is now offering arguably the best mobile app for photos on Android and iOS, along with unlimited storage of your photos online, all for free (although there’s an asterisk on the free part). […] continued

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Is A Cluttered Mess

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 is being tested by millions of people as it enters its final development phase before being released later this summer. Its technical underpinnings are solid and mature. There are genuinely innovative new features. It will be given away for free to more than a billion people worldwide; more or less every computer in the world running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be offered a free upgrade for a year after Windows 10 is released. […] continued

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Office 365 Clutter Will Help You Control Your Mail

Office 365 - Clutter helps control your mail

Next month Microsoft will turn on Clutter for everyone with an Office 365 business mailbox. Clutter is a new feature that automatically moves less important messages to a new Clutter folder in Outlook, allowing you to focus on the much smaller number of messages in your Inbox that deserve close attention. […] continued

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Blue Apron Will Make You Feel Like A Chef

Blue Apron - flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes and shaved asparagus salad

Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.

The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.

I’m not a cook. […] continued

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