X1 Search 8 is a program for searching files and emails. It is not for everyone but there are some law office and small business professionals who will find that it immediately enhances productivity and quickly becomes an essential tool.
Windows and Outlook are indexed and searchable already. It will take a minute to explain why you might want to spend $49.95 on a program that does the same thing that you can do already for free. […] continuedRead more
Windows Phone 8.1, a major update to Microsoft’s phone OS, will be rolled out to Windows Phone users over the next few weeks. If you have a Windows Phone, you’ll be alerted when it’s available, possibly as soon as this week. There are some nice improvements in the new version, as Microsoft continues to make Lumia phones into a tempting alternative to iPhones and Android phones. […] continuedRead more
On October 1, Microsoft will revamp its Office 365 plans for small and medium businesses.
The good news is that the new plans are more flexible and slightly cheaper than the small business plans available today.
The bad news is that Microsoft cannot find its way out of the branding maze it has created and the new plans only increase the confusion. […] continuedRead more
Windows 7 and 8 are hard to attack if the user does not have local administrator privileges. Small businesses can reduce the amount of adware and malware and cruddy software on office computers by removing administrator rights from employees.
This requires some background, and it’s not a magic bullet – there are some tradeoffs when you implement this. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has added yet another nifty feature to make OneNote easier to use. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to a webpage, a screenshot of the webpage will automatically be added to your Quick Notes in OneNote.Read more
InstantGo is new laptop technology that is making its first conspicuous appearance in the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop/tablet. Expect to see it mentioned in marketing materials for more new laptops in the next year. It’s a subtle but wonderful feature that new processors and hardware can use to improve your experience. […] continuedRead more
I’m pleased to announce that Bruceb Backup Pro is now available for small offices that want maximum protection and fast crisis recovery.
All of the details are now available online on brand new web pages. Well, actually it’s all just a lightly-modified rewrite of the article I wrote about Bruceb Backup Pro last month, but it’s laid out nicely with lots of white space and the front page has pictures that look very high-tech, so that’s good, right? […] continuedRead more
Offices are stepping up their efforts to go paperless by scanning and recycling paper files and incoming documents. For years I have told clients that the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 (previously the ScanSnap S1500) is the best tool for desktop scanning. I knew that from its reputation but I had never owned one. […] continuedRead more
This week Microsoft announced huge increases in the amount of free online storage space with each OneDrive account, and sharply reduced prices again for additional space. Synced online file storage is turning into a basic component of our devices, something that we expect instead of a premium feature that we pay for. […] continuedRead more
Bruceb Cloud Backup offers monitored online backups for small businesses and home computers. I’m happy to announce a major upgrade that lowers costs and makes it easier to take advantage of the service. For a single low price, the Bruceb Cloud Backup program can be installed on all your computers (no more license fees!), with unlimited storage space for your backed-up files in Amazon’s secure S3 global server network. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has long believed that OneNote should be better known as one of its signature products. OneNote has been included with every version of Office 2010 and Office 2013, and it is now available for free on every computing platform – there is a free version of OneNote for every type of phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer, as well as a web-based version. […] continuedRead more
Comcast customers can already connect to free WiFi on their laptops and phones in hundreds of thousands of locations across the country. Now Comcast is expanding its free WiFi network by turning home routers into public hotspots.
It’s a rare case of a large company doing something good for its customers that it’s not required to do – no immediately obvious evil motive, nothing that justifies cynicism. […] continuedRead more
Cryptolocker is arguably the worst virus we have ever faced. It first appeared last fall and caused havoc, then left the news for a few months.
It’s back. I’ve had two clients lose computers to Cryptolocker or a variation on it in the last month, and there are reports that it is spreading worldwide. […] continuedRead more
Adobe Acrobat is almost as prevalent in businesses as Microsoft Office. Almost all office workers now outgrow the free Adobe Reader and need access to the full Acrobat program to create PDFs, scan documents, fill forms, convert PDFs to Word format, and more.
Acrobat has always been expensive but it is slightly more bearable now that Adobe has changed its licensing model to monthly subscriptions. […] continuedRead more
Bruceb Backup Pro is intended to meet the challenge of business continuity with backups that are secure, redundant, and focused on disaster recovery.
I’ll be offering Bruceb Backup Pro to clients later this month. Each element has been chosen to complement the rest and put you in the best possible position to recover from any kind of technology crisis, from a missing file to a failed server. […] continuedRead more