Our relationship with technology is built on trust.
Self-inflicted errors are causing Microsoft to lose our trust.
A series of bugs has emerged in updates to Windows 10. Chances are none of them have affected you directly. But the indirect effect is longer lasting and arguably more damaging: each one chips away at your belief that Microsoft should be trusted as your technology provider. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has had a bad month. In this article I’ll tell you about some of the problems with recent updates from Microsoft. In the next article, I’ll take a broader look at the long-term corrosive effects of a breakdown in Microsoft’s internal controls for approving updates.
Let me start, though, with a word of caution. […] continuedRead more
Windows Defender is the built in antivirus program included free with Windows 10. It provides all the security that you need, quietly and efficiently. The combination of Windows Defender and all the security improvements in Windows over the last ten years means that you don’t need an antivirus program from Norton, Avast or the rest; they’re noisy and cause problems and don’t provide any important additional protection. […] continuedRead more
You might have an upgrade option that wasn’t practical a year ago.
It’s a combination of two things:
• Prices have been dropping on solid state drives.
• Windows 10 installs quickly and does not require lengthy updates.
There are a lot of parts to this and this might not work for you, but I know a lot of businesses in this position that might benefit. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password. In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.
A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 on Tuesday. Your Windows 10 computers will be automatically updated. Eventually.
Here’s what you need to know.
• What is the Anniversary Update?
• When will you get the Anniversary Update?
• What’s new in the Anniversary Update?
• Are there any snarky examples of things that look stupid? […] continuedRead more
This bug only affects a small number of people, but it’s an interesting one because it’s been a problem for almost a year and there’s still no clear understanding of what’s going on.
It happens on Windows 10 computers running Excel 2013 or Excel 2016.
On some computers, double-clicking to open a .XLSX spreadsheet file is followed by a 30-60 second delay before the Excel logo appears and the spreadsheet loads normally. […] continuedRead more
Always use the right mouse button to drag and drop.
That’s it. That’s your tip for the day. Ta ta! Back on Thursday!
Oh, all right. I’ll give you some details since you ask nicely.
When you drag and drop with the left mouse button – the way you’ve done it your whole life – Windows decides what to do based on complex rules that you could memorize if you were a particularly dull person. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 updates are driving me crazy. Well, so are lots of things, but the update process has become a persistent annoyance. Let me gripe about my experiences a bit, then I’ll give you a suggestion that might ease the pain.
Microsoft changed the update process in Windows 10. System updates (including drivers) are now mandatory for anyone running Windows 10. […] continuedRead more
I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 will celebrate its first birthday on July 29. That’s the last day to upgrade a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer to Windows 10 for free.
Here’s the latest Windows 10 news.
• Every Windows 8 computer should be upgraded to Windows 10. Windows 8 will quickly become the Windows Version Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken, abandoned and ignored by Microsoft and manufacturers. […] continuedRead more
“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”
Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.
Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continuedRead more
We’re drowning in passwords.
Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continuedRead more
Everything is simple once you know how to do it.
Here’s a setting that’s been moved to a different place in Windows 10. It’s not necessary to check this setting or change it very often but it drove me crazy that I couldn’t figure out how to make this change easily. […] continuedRead more