Google posted an announcement a few days ago that Picasa will be closed down soon. Picasa is two things – a cloud service for storing photos online, and a desktop application for managing photos on your computer. Both of them will be shut down in the next few months. Google is committing all of its resources to Google Photos, the online photo service that duplicates much of what is in Picasa, and more importantly works perfectly on mobile devices, the focus of everyone’s efforts these days. […] continued “Another One Bites The Dust: Say Goodbye To Picasa”Read more
Last summer Microsoft introduced Outlook.com, a redesigned webmail service with a modern design and new features that were ahead of Hotmail, Gmail, and the other competitors. Here’s my enthusiastic description of Outlook.com.
(To be clear: Outlook.com is a webmail service. You get an @outlook.com email address and check your mail at www.outlook.com. […] continued “Outlook.com Takes Over Hotmail (But Has Some Growing Pains)”Read more
Here’s a tip for anyone who runs into trouble juggling multiple identities in Internet Explorer. Most of you can look away and stop taking notes – this is extra credit material and won’t be on the test. This is primarily of interest to anyone who provides tech support.
Internet Explorer and Windows are designed to remember logon credentials. […] continued “Use InPrivate To Manage Multiple Online Identities”Read more
The pace is picking up as we head into full-blown techno-craziness this fall.
Microsoft and Google each introduced services this week that are copies of Dropbox in rather precise detail.
Taken together, these services represent a fundamental change in the way we use technology. Here’s my best effort to sum it up:
Storing files on one device or in one physical location is now just another option – and not a very useful one. […] continued “Dropbox, Microsoft Skydrive, Google Drive: Send In The Clones”Read more
A few weeks ago Microsoft released a OneNote app optimized for iPads.
Long-time readers know about my fondness for OneNote, the program you’ve never heard of that’s included with every copy of Microsoft Office 2010, right alongside Word and Excel and Powerpoint. Here’s more information to get you oriented. […] continued “OneNote For iPads”Read more
Microsoft is bringing up the rear for a reason.
Since it’s not obvious how to do it, let’s type “IE9 sync favorites” into Google. […] continued “Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Internet Explorer 9”Read more
My goal for you is simplicity. I want you to use wonderful tools that are easy to use and easy to keep up to date.
Little things make me irritable.
Here’s a story of a little thing. It’s not important. You are not requested to do anything. This has no consequences for you. […] continued “Little Microsoft Annoyances”Read more
Microsoft announced today that it is making OneNote Mobile for the iPhone available as a free download from the iTunes store. Here’s a Microsoft blog about the new release. This has a bit of a back story that deserves telling.
Mark Zuckerberg is Time’s Person Of The Year. Every person on earth has a Facebook page. Most household pets have their own Facebook pages. On average, people in the US spend more time reading Facebook than sleeping. The federal government will spend $740 million next year wiring 1st and 2nd grade classrooms for Facebook. […] continued “Outlook People Pane And The Facebook Social Connector”Read more
If you have Windows 7 or Vista, you might have seen the Windows Update icon down by the clock this week, alerting you to available updates. Opening Windows Update reveals an “Important Update” ready to install.
We trust Microsoft and the Automatic Updates system. […] continued “Windows Live Essentials 2011 Pushed As “Important” Update”Read more
The good news is that Microsoft has released Windows Live Essentials 2011, an updated collection of free programs that are well designed and useful additions to Vista and Windows 7.
The bad news is that you almost certainly don’t want all of them, and Microsoft has released them in a way that makes it more likely that you’ll install them all by accident, with some side effects that you won’t like. […] continued “The Good And The Bad In Windows Live Essentials 2011”Read more
Stick with me. I’m going to describe the feature built into OneNote 2010 that works so well – quietly, seamlessly – that it deserves to be noticed, used, and celebrated.
OneNote 2010 is designed to be used on multiple computers. […] continued “OneNote 2010 – Syncing And Sharing”Read more
Microsoft is finalizing a new version of Windows Live Sync, its free software for syncing files among different computers. The new version replaces the two overlapping programs available from Microsoft for the last few years, Windows Live Sync and Live Mesh, combining features from both of them.
This should be good news. […] continued “Windows Live Sync And Missed Opportunities”Read more
Microsoft has introduced Office Web Apps, free online versions of Office programs that can be used entirely inside a web browser. Visit http://office.live.com to take a look at technology that will change our world.
That sounds breathless and exciting, right? It’s not hyperbole. You are living through a long-term shift away from dependence on individual computers and toward shared resources that live online and can be accessed from any of our devices, big and small. […] continued “Office Web Apps”Read more