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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Last week Microsoft made Office Lens available for iPhones and Android phones. It’s a free app that turns your phone into a fast and efficient scanner, able to easily capture documents, business cards, receipts, whiteboards, and more. It’s practical and useful and does some great magic tricks to make the process easy. […] continuedRead more
An update to OneNote Clipper has made it the easiest and best way to save content from the web, from entire web pages to just the content you want – articles, recipes, pictures, or anything else. It’s only the latest in a series of updates for OneNote; Microsoft has been improving OneNote continuously, taking an already great program and making it better, especially on mobile devices. […] continuedRead more
In 2012, Microsoft embarked on a grand experiment to create a worthy competitor to the iPhone and Android out of thin air. It devoted huge resources to develop Windows Phone 8, a phone operating system with unique and endearing features, then implored developers large and small to treat the nascent OS as an equal and develop apps for it. […] continuedRead more
There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continuedRead more
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail
The OnePlus One phone has given me a chance to explore the world of Android apps. Here are some of the apps that I’ve been using for the last couple of months for reading and listening. Some of them are specialized but perhaps you’ll get an idea for an app that might work for you. […] continuedRead more
When I got my new Android phone, the first app I installed was Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon. Many of you are already Audible listeners but perhaps some background will be helpful if you haven’t been introduced yet.
Audiobooks are nothing new. Old-timers will remember renting overpriced cassettes by mail from Books On Tape. […] continuedRead more
For the last few weeks, I’ve been using Android for the first time on my new OnePlus One phone, after two years with a Windows phone. Many of you have far more experience than I do with customizing Android and choosing apps, but I’m going to share some of what I’ve been looking at in the first few weeks anyway, in case it gives you any ideas. […] continuedRead more