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Office 365 Tip: How To Turn Off Focused Inbox And Turn On Clutter

Outlook - clutter and focused inbox

I don’t like Focused Inbox. I want my Clutter back.

Focused Inbox is Microsoft’s new method of filtering mail for Office 365 business accounts. Here’s more info about Focused Inbox.

The short version:

•  Clutter and Focused Inbox are both ways to separate important messages from messages that are less likely to be important to you – newsletters, notifications, marketing and ads. […] continued

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The 2017 Bruceb News Year In Review

The 2017 Bruceb News Year In Review

A year ago I wrote this prediction: “The word of the year for 2017 is “chaos.” Write it down, seal it in an envelope, open it up a year from now and see if I got it right.”

I think I get full marks. (Although Dictionary.com chose “complicit” as the word of the year, which has a certain snarky charm.)

We are in a transitional time in technology, with a handful of very large companies – Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft – accumulating power and wealth and dominating the landscape. […] continued

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Focused Inbox Is Replacing Clutter In Outlook

Focused Inbox is replacing Clutter in Outlook

Microsoft just wants to be helpful. It’s eager to be helpful. It can’t stop itself from trying new things, just in case they’re a little bit better, even if you didn’t ask for any changes and you don’t really want new things.

Imagine that every six months you came home and Microsoft had rearranged your furniture without telling you. […] continued

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Microsoft Is Moving Past Windows

Microsoft stock price 2017

If you’re an individual or small business Windows user, you might have the wrong idea about how Microsoft is doing.

We all tend to generalize from our own experiences. You can be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft’s future is dim when Outlook has just crashed or you’re paralyzed by an unexpected and unwelcome Windows update. […] continued

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Why Your Next Laptop Might Be A Chromebook

Asus Chromebook Flip C302

Chromebook series

Why Your Next Laptop Might Be A Chromebook

Who Should Buy A Chromebook?

Which Chromebook Should You Buy?

How To Set Up A Chromebook

 

Chromebooks are laptop computers. They don’t run Windows or Mac programs, but they’re powerful computers that can do many useful things. They’re simple, secure, fast, they feature long battery life, and they’re always up to date. […] continued

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Why Is Microsoft Obsessed With Windows Store?

Windows Store

Microsoft has a modern platform for apps that would make your computer safer, more reliable, and perform better. All that’s needed is for you to give up everything that you do on your Windows computer today and start over again with new programs from the Windows Store that don’t look or work like the programs you’re using now. […] continued

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Feel The Excitement Of Windows 10 Shared Experiences

Fix your account - Windows 10 Shared Experiences

Now that you’re finally getting the “Creators Update” for Windows 10 – you know, the one that was “released” in April – you might have seen the above window appear in the lower right corner. “You need to fix your Microsoft Account for apps on your other devices to be able to launch apps and continue experiences on this device.” In fact, some people are getting that message over and over and over and over until they want to scream. […] continued

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Outlook And The Never-Ending Password Prompt

Outlook password prompt

This is a frustrating story of a poorly-defined bug with no solution. Feel free to look away if this doesn’t apply to you.

Starting a month ago, Outlook began prompting a few of my clients for passwords. It has been prompting them a lot. At its worst, Outlook password prompts are popping up every ten or fifteen minutes. […] continued

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A Possible Fix For The Excel Slow File Opening Bug

Excel & the Realtek WavesMaxxAudio bug

Previously: What To Do When Excel Opens . . . Very . . . Slowly . . .

Windows is weird.

A year ago I wrote an article about an Excel bug: occasionally there is a 30-60 second delay after clicking on an .XLSX file before the Excel logo appears and the file opens. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Make PDFs Open In Acrobat

How to Make PDFs open in Acrobat

One of the first things everyone does with a new Windows 10 computer is install basic programs and utilities and set defaults so files open in the right program. This is a quick note for people who want to use Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader to open PDFs, using “Set your default programs” in Control Panel. […] continued

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What’s The Matter With Office?

Office programs - as solid as a rock slide

The programs in Microsoft’s Office suite should be as solid as a rock. Lately that phrase doesn’t seem to mean what it used to mean.

The core Office programs are mature. They’re downright elderly. Microsoft Word and Excel are more than thirty years old. The Outlook program for Windows is 20 years old. […] continued

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Windows 10 S Will Be Microsoft’s Next Failure

Windows 10 S & Surface Laptop - failures waiting to happen

Microsoft made two big announcements this week at an education-themed press event. They’re related in a couple of ways. One common element is that Microsoft will fail at both of the new ventures it announced. I think each one is deeply flawed.

The two announcements:

•  Microsoft will soon release Windows 10 S,  a new version of Windows 10. […] continued

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Windows 10 Cloud & Device Independence

Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud event announcement

On May 2 Microsoft will announce a new generation of Windows for low-cost computers targeted at education. Information has leaked about some parts of that announcement and tech journalists are speculating about what it might mean. There is one thing that has not been discussed and it is crucial to the success or failure of the new venture. […] continued

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Dropbox Finally Adds New Business Features

Dropbox Business - new plans, new features

Dropbox has begun to roll out important improvements in its services for business. In particular, Dropbox team folders finally make Dropbox a viable competitor for Box for shared online company folders.

Some background before we get to the new features.

Although Microsoft and Dropbox try to make things fuzzy, the reality is that OneDrive and Dropbox were both built to hold files owned by individuals. […] continued

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A Multitude Of Outlooks (And A Rant About Microsoft Names)

What version of Outlook do I have?

Microsoft has a problem with names. It needs to seek help. I would suggest sympathy but I’m not feeling very sympathetic.

If you’re an old timer, you may remember when Outlook was a mail program that ran on Windows computers. Those were simpler times.

It’s still that, of course, but it is so many more things now! […] continued

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