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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Science fiction readers are familiar with novels that describe a near-future built on an outlandish concept, followed by an Afterword where the authors reveal that they are describing very real technology that is further developed than you realized. (Recent examples, all recommended: Daemon by Daniel Suarez, about artificial intelligence; Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, about cyberterrorism; and Nexus by Ramez Naam, about brain-to-brain communication.)
Let me describe a possible future to explain why you might never buy another desktop computer. […] continuedRead more
LastPass released a major update this week. LastPass 3.0 gives the essential password manager a streamlined look and introduces some new features. If you’re a LastPass user, you’ll see some new things happening onscreen as you move around password fields. Don’t be unnerved! The changes will seem to be for the better, I think, after we get used to them. […] continuedRead more
When you buy a new computer with Windows 8.1 or upgrade a Windows 8 computer, Skydrive gains some subtle and interesting new features. Microsoft has engineered Skydrive so it is even more deeply integrated into the operating system, making it simpler to set up and start using it. More interesting, although largely invisible to you, Microsoft has developed a way to sync your files that uses less disk space, which is important for us when we use Skydrive with tablets and notebooks that have limited amounts of storage. […] continuedRead more
The news is full of the technical problems that have kept many people from navigating the web site set up for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. I don’t want to discuss the politics of the Affordable Care Act, but there is one aspect of the technical problem that is familiar from long experience: it’s very difficult to introduce a new service and have sufficient capacity for it to start successfully. […] continuedRead more