Microsoft says that the offer to upgrade Windows 7 and 8 computers to Windows 10 for free will end on July 29, one year after the release of Windows 10. The free upgrade was always described as a one-year offer but many people expected Microsoft to extend it indefinitely. No such luck. […] continuedRead more
The PC industry just went through the biggest drop in sales in its history. The single biggest reason for the long-term decline is the switch to phones and mobile devices for everyday computing. Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 contributed to the drop in sales in the last half of 2015 by giving older computers a secure way to stay in service as long as the hardware keeps working. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Edge is the web browser that Microsoft developed to replace Internet Explorer. When you upgrade to Windows 10, Edge is set as the default browser, regardless of your previous settings. It is also set as the default program to open PDFs, even if you were using Adobe Acrobat or some other program designed for PDFs. […] continuedRead more
You should think about getting a fingerprint reader on your next laptop. There are only a few available today but that will change in the next few months.
Fingerprint readers have become more common on phones. Faster and more accurate fingerprint sensors on phones allow you to have additional security and quick access to secure apps without any inconvenience. […] continuedRead more
Steve Gibson of Gibson Research Corporation is a well-known security expert – cranky, contrarian, deeply wedded to the past (his personal computer runs Windows XP), and old-school in his approach to writing programs. His website is defiantly retro, a fine example of what the Internet looked like twenty years ago. […] continuedRead more
It’s the guiding principle of technology these days: everything is simple and easy once you know how to do it. I discovered a Google Chrome trick that makes me giggle with happiness.
Chrome lets you pin a website to the taskbar.
Really, that’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Let me tell you how it’s done, then I’ll gush for a while about why it’s such a swell trick. […] continuedRead more
A lot has happened with LastPass recently – an acquisition, a new version of the program, a redesigned logo, and maybe some new problems running LastPass in Internet Explorer. Let’s take it one step at a time.
If you’re new to LastPass, it is the essential cloud service for storing passwords and other confidential information. […] continuedRead more
System Restore is turned off by default in Windows 10. It’s not used often but it’s absolutely crucial when you need it. If you’re running Windows 10, I want you to go turn it on if it is disabled on your computer. (As always, this advice is for normal non-technical individuals and small business users. […] continuedRead more
Since Sunday night, I have heard from five clients whose computers were upgraded overnight to Windows 10 without their agreement – they had not planned to upgrade and they did not click on an OK button to start the upgrade.
Before we turn to how this is possible, let’s talk about your next move if it happens to you. […] continuedRead more
Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 has two new icons on the taskbar. One is Microsoft Edge, the new unfinished web browser that Microsoft should have kept under wraps for a while longer. You’ve noticed that one because the “E” is intentionally designed to resemble the old Internet Explorer icon.
The other one, on the far right in the above picture, leads to the Windows Store. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 changes your default printer to be the last one that you used. If you occasionally use a different printer or use Acrobat’s “print to PDF” feature, you have to change the printer back to your regular default the next time you print.
This is new. It was quietly introduced as a new feature in the November update for Windows 10, and it is turned on by default even though it’s different behavior than any previous Windows version. […] continuedRead more
With some new additions last week, Box is now completely integrated with Windows and the Office programs. Microsoft has opened Windows and Office so partner companies can integrate with them, and Box is one of the first companies to take full advantage of the new opportunities. Files stored in Box are as easily accessible as files stored on a server down the hall. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 is exactly six months old. We are halfway through the period that Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. (No one knows what will happen on July 29, 2016. If you’re going to upgrade, do it before then.)
Microsoft is going to step up its efforts in 2016 to get everyone to upgrade. […] continuedRead more