Windows 10 Tip: Print To PDF Is Now Built Into Windows

Windows 10 - Microsoft Print To PDF is built in

Windows 10 finally includes a “Print To PDF” driver, allowing you to create PDFs from most programs without Acrobat or any other third-party program. It’s got an interesting limitation (more about that below) but it might be enough for some offices to avoid paying $14.99/month for Acrobat or picking up the adware that inevitably accompanies the less expensive or “free” alternatives. […] continued

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Outlook Tip: Save Replies In Same Folder As Original Message

Outlook - save replies in same folder as original message

Here’s a tip about an Outlook feature that only a few people will appreciate – but if you’re one of those people, you might like it a lot.

If you sort your incoming email into folders, a simple change will result in your replies being filed automatically in the same folder as the original messages, instead of having them land in a huge unsorted pool in Sent Mail. […] continued

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When Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Windows 10 - upgrade after Threshold 2 is released in October

Previously:

What’s new in Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Today: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?


Spoiler alert!

When should you upgrade to Windows 10? October. After Service Pack 1 is released, probably on Patch Tuesday, October 13.


Windows 10 isn’t finished yet.

It is widely rumored that a major Windows 10 update will be released in October, referred to internally as “Threshold 2” and possibly named “Service Pack 1” for its public release. […] continued

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Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Previously: What’s new in Windows 10?

Today: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Next: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?

If you read the last article, you have the basics: Windows 10 is an incremental but quite nice upgrade, combining elements from Windows 7 and 8 with modest new features and nothing to hate. […] continued

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What’s New In Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

The worldwide Windows 10 rollout has been proceeding for two weeks. Before long some of you are going to be notified that your free upgrade is available for the taking. Time to get ready!

There are three questions to talk about.

•  What’s new in Windows 10?

•  Should you upgrade to Windows 10? […] continued

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Slouching Towards Armageddon: Hacking Phones, Cars, PCs, Macs, And More

Hacking phones, cars, PCs, Macs and more

The security hacks into our computers have turned out to be the tip of the iceberg; a constant stream of new vulnerabilities are teaching us that developers and manufacturers have not given security the attention that it requires, even as technology spreads to our cars, our phones, and the devices in our homes. […] continued

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Spotify Is Creating A Personalized Mixtape For You Every Week

Spotify - Discover Weekly personalized playlist

Each week, Spotify creates a personalized playlist with thirty songs on it, tailored specifically to my taste in music. I’m starting to look forward to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Monday morning, knowing that it will have a lot of names I’ve never heard before and a lot of music that I like very much. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Four Ways To Customize The Start Menu

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 has launched! Microsoft said 14 million computers were running Windows 10 after the first 24 hours, and Windows Central claims that the number had risen to 67 million computers after four days. If you’re interested, look around – there are hundreds of reviews and articles with descriptions of new features and tips for all types of users. […] continued

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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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