The Two Things You Need To Know About The Heartbleed Bug

The Two Things You Need To Know About The Heartbleed Bug

Heartbleed is the popular name of a security vulnerability that is generating a great deal of excitement. A bug in OpenSSL software – used by 500,000 widely used web sites for security and privacy – might allow a hacker to steal passwords or other confidential information.

There are two things you need to know about Heartbleed. […] continued

Read more

How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continued

Read more

The Week In OneNote News: Free On All Platforms, New Companion Apps

OneNote - now free on all platforms

Last week Microsoft launched a major offensive for OneNote, trying to improve its brand recognition and make it more competitive with Evernote. It makes OneNote even more compelling for just about everyone, and there may be some lessons here for what Microsoft will do with its Office programs later this year. […] continued

Read more

Microsoft OneNote Will Be Free Everywhere (Even On Macs)

Microsoft OneNote will be free everywhere (even on Macs)

OneNote is the cross-platform note-taking program that has been included with every copy of Microsoft Office for longer than you realized. Microsoft plans to raise its profile and add features to ensure that it stays a step ahead of its biggest competitor, EverNote.

Mary Jo Foley reports today that a new version of OneNote for Mac will be released soon for free. […] continued

Read more

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

Read more

How To Convert A PDF Into An Editable Word Document

Convert Acrobat PDF to Word format

Offices have settled on PDF as the universal file format. PDFs are used for everything, from scanning the mail to exchanging contracts during negotiations. Offices might be creating more PDFs than Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Sometimes it’s necessary or helpful to edit the contents of a PDF file in Microsoft Word. […] continued

Read more

Microsoft Continues Rebranding With Office Online

Office Online replaces Office Web Apps

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Microsoft! On the heels of the OneDrive rollout, Microsoft changed the name of its browser-based versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint to Office Online. The actual online programs aren’t new but most people never discovered them hiding in the SkyDrive web site. […] continued

Read more

OneDrive Arrives As The Cross-Platform Solution

OneDrive Replaces SkyDrive

OneDrive officially replaced SkyDrive worldwide today, with a new URL (www.onedrive.com) and updated apps with the new name already showing up on computers, tablets and phones.

There isn’t much that’s new other than the name. Current SkyDrive users got an email today offering 20Gb of additional storage space for one year free, which is nice, but that’s about it. […] continued

Read more

Easy Access To Notebooks At OneNote.com

Updated look for OneNote.com

Microsoft has updated OneNote.com as the first step in a broader rebranding and refreshing of the web versions of all the Office programs.

There are apps available for viewing your OneNote notebooks on just about any kind of computer, tablet, and phone. It’s also been possible to view notebooks online in a web browser but most people don’t know that. […] continued

Read more

SkyDrive Soon To Become OneDrive, With Improved Shared Folders

OneDrive - new name for SkyDrive

Six months ago Microsoft agreed to change the name of its online file service SkyDrive as part of settling a lawsuit brought by British Sky Broadcasting, which has a trademark on the word “Sky” in the EU. The name will change to “OneDrive” soon, according to a Microsoft blog post. […] continued

Read more

LogMeIn Kills Its Free Service

logmeinlogo4

LogMeIn unexpectedly announced that it is discontinuing its free remote access service. LogMeIn users have seven days to sign up for the expensive Pro premium service before the free version stops working. It’s an unwelcome bombshell for LogMeIn users.

LogMeIn’s free version has been free for so long that it feels like a birthright. […] continued

Read more

Evernote–It’s The Best Of Apps, It’s The Worst Of Apps

Evernote - the best of apps, the worst of apps

Evernote is a popular app that can hold all kinds of information and give you quick access to it on all your devices – computers, tablets, and phones. As its popularity increases, it has been getting more attention, for better and for worse.

Recent puff pieces in Time magazine and the New York Times leave the impression that Evernote is a miracle, the digital archive that can organize your life, the answer to all your problems. […] continued

Read more

New York Times Introduces Today’s Paper Web App For Subscribers

New York Times - Today's Paper web app

The New York Times takes its role very seriously as the national newspaper and the last bastion of serious long-form investigative journalism. This week it introduced Today’s Paper, an attractive web-based layout of the contents of the printed paper for each day, available to subscribers to the print or digital editions of the Times. […] continued

Read more

Afterword: Amazon And Microsoft Are Preparing To Offer Hosted Desktops

Amazon Workspaces - hosted desktops

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer
Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Amazon and Microsoft are well along in their plans to offer hosted desktops as a cloud service. In 2014 you will have the option to use a virtual computer to access a copy of Windows with your documents and programs from any device, including tablets. […] continued

Read more

Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Hosted desktops - computing without computers

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

This is one possible future for small business computing.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO COMPUTE WITHOUT A COMPUTER

You sit down at a monitor and keyboard. There’s no computer in sight but there’s a login prompt onscreen. Log in with your user ID and password and your Windows desktop appears. […] continued

Read more