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
If you open an email attachment from Outlook and intend to work on it – edit a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, for example – the first thing you should do is click on “Save As” and save a copy of it wherever you normally store files.
When you open an email attachment directly from Outlook, it uses a temporary folder on your hard drive to hold a copy of the file. […] continuedRead more
Outlook Web Access can be used to view or open any file in a shared folder on the servers in an office run by Small Business Server 2008.
Small Business Server 2008 improves many things about remote access to an office network. The main screen for Remote Web Workplace makes it easy to use Outlook Web Access or connect to an office computer, with nothing extraneous to confuse anyone. […] continuedRead more
There are lots of projects intended to move our computing lives online. Let me try to paint a picture of where our world is heading over the next 5-10 years. I’ll use Microsoft projects as examples but keep in mind that other companies have similar projects and goals.
Start with hundreds of thousands of high-powered servers all over the world, run by big companies, providing storage space and computing power to do interesting things. […] continuedRead more
The Outlook team at Microsoft plans to publish a series of tips in their blog about interesting ways they use Outlook. Today’s item highlights a way to display any range of dates in the Outlook calendar, even unconnected dates.
Click a day in the date picker (the little calendar in the upper left or upper right), then hold CTRL down and click additional dates. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released security updates on Tuesday night, following its normal monthly schedule. Your computer should have restarted during the night.
We’re all overwhelmed by updates but we’re stuck with them. The holes fixed today are the ones that the bad guys will be hammering on tomorrow. You should be installing the updates for Windows and other Microsoft products when they’re released. […] continuedRead more
I’ve stopped using Office Live Workspace for now. It’s a service with a lot of potential but a few areas that are rough around the edges. Although I encourage you to try OLW and the other new services, my sense is that most people won’t be ready to change their traditional methods of saving and working on files until these services are seamless. […] continuedRead more
If you’re sending a student off to college with a new laptop, Microsoft has a pretty good deal. A student with an email address at an educational institution (typically the email addresses end in .EDU) can buy a copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95 through this web site. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office Live Workspace is one of the more interesting ways to store documents online and share them easily. Access is obtained through your Windows Live ID, the password that is becoming increasingly important as Microsoft pulls the various Windows Live services together. Here’s some background on Office Live Workspace. […] continuedRead more