The ALT key does a few useful things that you haven’t seen yet.
Internet Explorer 8 originally was installed with the menu turned off at the top. Few people use the menu and it takes up space onscreen. It’s easy to turn on by right-clicking on the toolbars and choosing “Menu Bar,” but Microsoft found people were confused when the menu was missing. […] continuedRead more
Let’s see if we can put it all together. This is informed speculation about the way things might work for small businesses and law offices before long.
You sit at your office computer and open your Documents folder. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has several overlapping, confusing services. It’s no surprise that most of you have not started to store files online or share online folders.
Here’s a very brief description of the different ways available from Microsoft to move files around.
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WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE Free online storage of up to 25Gb of files.
Microsoft introduced a limited public look at Office Web Applications this week – a “Tech Preview” for a small group of testers of versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint designed to run in a web browser and open files stored online.
The bad news is that the preview is surprisingly weak. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has had aggressive prices for college students for years. Today it announced that college students can buy Windows 7 Home Premium for $29.99.
It’s all part of the marketing that is ramping up for the Windows 7 launch on October 22. It’s probably not a coincidence that the deal for students was announced shortly after Apple picked the same price, $29, for the “Snow Leopard” service pack that was released with great fanfare three weeks ago. […] continuedRead more
The bloggers were buzzing about Microsoft Office 2010 today, after Microsoft gave a nice presentation at a Partner Conference. The new Office suites won’t be on the market until early next year and there are some important questions that were not answered today, so most of the excitement is premature.
The most interesting new offering will be web-based versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote that look identical to the desktop versions. […] continuedRead more
I’ll write about the features in Microsoft Office 2010 later. For the moment, take these two clips as evidence that Microsoft might actually be able to do cool advertisements. The first clip is a 30 second preview, the second is a longer trailer. Fun stuff!
There will be some new experiments with subscription fees for online services, after the last few years when it seemed everything online would always be free or could be financed by online advertising. Adobe has just turned on “premium” subscriptions for Acrobat.com, its portal for file sharing and collaboration. Here’s what I wrote about Acrobat.com when it first appeared last year. […] continuedRead more
Have you noticed the collapse in the market for boxed software? We used to go to Best Buy or Staples or Costco and buy the latest programs in boxes. The only time we do that now is for Quicken and Quickbooks. Just about everything else is either preinstalled on our computers or downloaded. […] continuedRead more
Vista is more than two years old and has achieved the dubious distinction that Windows XP achieved at about the same time: installing updates on a new computer has become an arduous, time-consuming pain in the butt.Read more
Microsoft released Office 2007 Service Pack 2 today. There are some important fixes and performance improvements for every Office 2007 user. You should install it. You don’t have to jump to do it immediately – it will be installed through the Automatic Updates system in about three months – but download and install it manually if you have some free time. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft will release security updates on Tuesday night for Windows and Office, following its normal monthly schedule. Your computer will restart tonight.
You should be installing the updates for Windows and other Microsoft products when they’re released. Take a minute to check your settings!
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(1) If you’re running Windows Live OneCare, the icon should be green.
Some random troubleshooting notes.
I don’t know why Word 2007 got cranky. My poor computer is working hard these days as I load it up with programs and services, so maybe it was my fault. A couple of days ago, Word developed three symptoms: it stopped opening when I clicked on a .DOCX file in Explorer; it stopped responding to mouse clicks in a document, although I could still type and move around with arrow keys; and it started crashing every time I saved a file or closed it. […] continuedRead more
Prices are down on Microsoft Office 2007. If you’re considering an upgrade or buying a copy for a new computer, it’s a good time to go shopping. Costco, Buy.com, and Amazon all have similar prices.Read more
It’s a little thing but it makes me cranky.
I type a lot of email addresses and login names in Word documents and Outlook email messages. Whenever I type a common first name (Richard, Michael, Dorothy), Word capitalizes it. I don’t want names capitalized automatically! Email addresses are always lowercase and frequently login names are lowercase. […] continuedRead more