Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Microsoft - just wait until next year, things will be better, you'll see

In some ways Microsoft did not have a great year in 2014. Windows 8 deserves better but it can only be called an interesting failure and Microsoft is anxious to put it in the rear view mirror. Windows Phone does not show any sign of gaining momentum.

There is better stuff coming from Microsoft. […] continued

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HERE And There In The World Of Mobile Maps

Nokia HERE Maps - soon on Android

There were two interesting announcements today about the free Nokia HERE mapping and navigation smartphone app. With some background, you’ll understand why the announcement of improvements in the Windows Phone apps is less important than the general availability of HERE Maps for Android (and iOS around the corner).

First, some history. […] continued

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Three Reasons Why I No Longer Recommend Windows Phone

iOS & Android - Windows is a weak alternative on mobile devices

I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 8 and I have recommended Windows phones to clients and friends. I thought there was a good chance that Windows Phone would achieve sufficient momentum that developers would come on board and treat Windows as a platform worthy of the same respect and effort as iOS and Android. […] continued

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What The Deal Between Dropbox And Microsoft Really Means

dropboxoffice

Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continued

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Remove Adware From Chrome With Software Removal Tool

Google Chrome Software Removal Tool

Google has released a Software Removal Tool that resets Chrome back to its default settings, removes extensions, and scans for bad software. It’s the nuclear option to return Chrome to normal after an adware attack.

Adware and malware authors are starting to target Google Chrome with the same dirty tricks that they’ve used against Internet Explorer for years. […] continued

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Microsoft Changes The Game With Unlimited OneDrive Storage

Unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers

On Monday Microsoft left Dropbox and Google Drive in the dust when it announced that all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost.

The upgrade will be delivered soon to everyone with a consumer (Microsoft account) subscription to the Office programs through Office 365 Personal ($69.99/year) and Office Home ($99.99/year). […] continued

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Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft and Google are stepping up their efforts to gain market share by encouraging manufacturers to sell large quantities of ultra-cheap phones, tablets and computers. And in an interesting new development, some of those cheap devices won’t suck.

Let’s talk for a minute about the strategy behind the upcoming flood of low-end devices, then look at some examples. […] continued

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Still More Free OneDrive Storage. Can Dropbox survive?

Microsoft OneDrive - more storage space, lower prices

This week Microsoft announced huge increases in the amount of free online storage space with each OneDrive account, and sharply reduced prices again for additional space. Synced online file storage is turning into a basic component of our devices, something that we expect instead of a premium feature that we pay for. […] continued

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Monitor Your Google Rank With KnowMyRankings.com

Monitor your Google rank with knowmyrankings.com

KnowMyRankings.com is a simple and elegant tool for anyone who wants to know how their website ranks in Google searches. If your small business or law firm has a website and you want to know whether people can find you online, sign up for a free trial.

There are two things that set KnowMyRankings.com apart from other services. […] continued

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The Rising Price Of Search Engine Optimization

The rising price of search engine optimization SEO

If you’re a small business or law firm with a website, you probably have a vague understanding of “search engine optimization” (SEO), the process that is supposed to cause your site to rank high in Google searches. SEO is constantly changing as Google adjusts its search algorithms and competition for those high search result spots becomes more fierce. […] continued

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Change Is Difficult! (Or, What Happened To Google Maps?)

Google Maps - new design

Google Maps got a completely new look a couple of weeks ago. (On a computer in a web browser, not on your phone or tablet.) There is a huge amount of information packed into the new interface but it is not an easy process to discover it all. Many people (myself included) find it frustrating because it seems simultaneously streamlined and cluttered, and familiar things have been moved around and seem more difficult to use. […] continued

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Attacked by Advertising

Attacked by adware and advertising

Tech bloggers were in an uproar today when it was discovered that extensions to Google Chrome are being hijacked to insert unwanted ads onto web pages. It’s only a symptom of a deeper problem that will plague all of us this year: the hunger to deliver ads to your eyeballs is making advertisers more desperate and more willing to resort to subterfuge and deceit. […] continued

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Google Chrome, Windows 8, And Trojan Horses

Google Chrome OS

Windows 8 users who set Google Chrome as their default Internet browser are caught by surprise when it opens in a fullscreen Metro environment instead of running on the familiar Windows desktop. I’ll explain how that works below.

Today Google released Chrome version 32, which makes their strategy clearer. The new version makes the Metro version of Chrome a vehicle for running their faux operating system Chrome OS inside of Windows 8 – a Trojan horse aimed at taking down Windows from inside. […] continued

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The Tablet Takeover

It's a tablet world

The world is changing. Here’s an anecdote to help you understand just how fast it’s happening.

My wife was at a conference last week attended by a hundred medical and legal professionals. Each person had a device for viewing the speaker slides and taking notes.

Three of them, including my wife, had laptop computers. […] continued

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The Good, The Bad, And The Mysterious Google

The Good, The Bad, and The Mysterious Google

Google is a confounding company. We all interact with it daily; almost everyone uses Google Search and Google Maps, at least. Android is running on an overwhelming number of new phones and tablets, with such a commanding lead that it’s fair to say that Android is the new Windows.

And yet . […] continued

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