Windows 8.1: The View From 36,000 Feet

Windows 8.1

Previously: Windows 8: The View From 36,000 Feet

Today Microsoft is releasing a preview of the next version of Windows, an update named “Windows 8.1” that will be available in final form later this fall.

To understand where it fits, let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

In 2007, Microsoft released Windows Vista, with a number of striking visual changes from Windows XP. […] continued

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PDF Search Stops Working In Windows 8 64-Bit

Adobe PDF search stops working in Windows 8 64 bit

Adobe’s PDF format has become as important in offices as Microsoft’s Office file formats. More and more business assets are stored in PDF format – email archives, scanned correspondence, document versions sent for review, law office discovery, and much more. A business cannot function without being able to search through the contents of all of its files – PDF, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX – and retrieve documents without difficulty. […] continued

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LinkedIn And Creepy Connections

LinkedIn and creepy connections

LinkedIn is increasingly being used by small and medium-size businesses for marketing, recruiting, and networking. I’ll give you a bit of background in case you’re not familiar with LinkedIn, then point out one of its features that can seem creepy if you’re not expecting it.

“Connections” are at the heart of LinkedIn – the people that you know and become “connected” to, and the threads that might lead to someone helpful or some useful information. […] continued

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Microsoft Releases Office For iPhones

Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhones

This morning Microsoft released mobile versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for iPhone users with an Office 365 subscription. “Office Mobile for iPhone” closely resembles the Office programs included on Windows Phone 8 devices, allowing files to be edited and viewed with integrated access to Skydrive and full compatibility with the Office file formats. […] continued

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Sony PlayStation 4 vs. Microsoft Xbox One (Tip: Don’t Bet On Sony)

Xbox One vs. Playstation 4

Sony and Microsoft have now both shown off their next-generation living room consoles. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be available this fall. Each will be solid gaming machines, as well as offering features for non-gamers – integrated access to the web, streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, et al.), some TV integration, and more. […] continued

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Windows RT Tablets For Business Users (And The Imminent Arrival Of Outlook)

Windows RT and Surface RT tablets

Windows RT is the special version of Windows 8 that runs Microsoft Surface RT tablets and a few tablets from other manufacturers. When eight inch Windows 8 mini-tablets appear soon, they will be running Windows RT.

There are some good reasons to consider a Windows RT tablet instead of an iPad or Android tablet – and there was an announcement about Outlook this week that makes them particularly tempting if you want a tablet for business or law. […] continued

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Fix Office Problems Caused By Skydrive

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TAKEAWAY

If you experience long delays or freezes when Word or Excel are saving files to Skydrive, disable the Skydrive setting that creates a direct connection between the Office programs and the online Skydrive folders.

BACKGROUND

I’m fully committed to Skydrive. I have the Skydrive desktop app installed on my Windows 8 computers. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Microsoft Guide To Windows 8

windows8guide

Microsoft has released a user’s guide to Windows 8 for anyone with a new Windows 8 computer or tablet. Download the Windows 8 guide from here. (If you want the abbreviated version, start with my article on the five things you need to know for your first Windows 8 computer.)

Without help, it’s difficult to discover some of the new features in Windows 8 – the things that soon become second nature once they are pointed out. […] continued

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Our Changing Tech World

Android is crushing iOS in the market

Think you’re keeping up with the tech industry? Here are two recent reports that took me by surprise.

Android is crushing everything in its path. In the first quarter of 2013, Android smartphones had a 75% market share. Apple’s iOS came in at a distant second place, with 17% market share. […] continued

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Outlook Connection Problems With Office 365

Office 365

For the last three weeks I’ve been getting occasional problem reports from clients with hosted Exchange mailboxes on Office 365, after their Office 365 service was upgraded. For a handful of users, Outlook has sporadically been unable to connect to the online Exchange server, showing “Trying to connect” in the lower right corner for five minutes, or an hour, or several hours. […] continued

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Windows 8 And The Death Of A Thousand Cuts

Windows 8

Here we go again.

Windows 8 is succumbing to the pressure from too many people with too many agendas. It’s starting to get a bit of the Vista stink. Everybody seems to “know” that Windows 8 is something to be avoided. Nobody can articulate what the problems are – it’s something they heard somewhere. […] continued

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Spam, Spam Everywhere

Wordpress

Sometimes it seems as if we’re making progress against spam. Spam filters have improved and we don’t bother to check the Junk Mail folder any more because we know it’s all junk. Oh, sure, some crud gets through to the Inbox from the bad guys but on the whole complaints about spam have dropped way down. […] continued

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Understanding Skydrive, Part 4: Sharing And Collaboration

Skydrive sharing

Previously:
The Difference Between A Microsoft Account And An Office 365 Account
Understanding Skydrive, Part 1: Skydrive vs. Skydrive Pro
Understanding Skydrive, Part 2: The Basics
Understanding Skydrive, Part 3: The Microsoft Office Connection

Microsoft has steadily improved sharing in Skydrive. Among other uses, it has become one of the easiest and most attractive services to use for sharing photos, and it is one of the best ways to deal with files that are too large to email. […] continued

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Understanding Skydrive, Part 3: The Microsoft Office Connection

Skydrive - the Microsoft Office connection

Previously:
The Difference Between A Microsoft Account And An Office 365 Account
Understanding Skydrive, Part 1: Skydrive vs. Skydrive Pro
Understanding Skydrive, Part 2: The Basics

Skydrive has become more compelling for business users because it is integrated with Office (Word / Excel / Powerpoint) in two ways:

–  Documents can be opened and saved in Skydrive directly from Office programs. […] continued

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Understanding Skydrive, Part 2: The Basics

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Previously:
The Difference Between A Microsoft Account And An Office 365 Account
Understanding Skydrive, Part 1: Skydrive vs. Skydrive Pro

Skydrive lets you store files online and access them from anywhere, including PCs, Macs, and mobile devices. There are some good reasons to begin using it as the primary location for saving all of your files and pictures. […] continued

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