The Threat That Nearly Destroyed Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office everywhere - now with Dropbox and Box integration

Microsoft is continuing an aggressive push to ensure that Word, Excel and Powerpoint continue to be the standard business file formats as we move into a new world of mobile devices and files stored online in a variety of services. Recent examples: Dropbox has added support for editing Office files online, and Box will be adding similar support soon. […] continued

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Upload Your Photos To Google: Trade Privacy For Big Rewards

Google Photos - trade privacy for big rewards

Google Photos is the free service introduced last week that gives you unlimited online storage space for your photos and makes them as easy to search as email or files. It has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: the data analysis transforms it into far more than just another photo app. […] continued

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What Would Happen If Microsoft Killed A Program And No One Noticed? The Sad Story Of MSN Travel

MSN Travel - the abandoned Windows 8 app

Alas, poor MSN Travel! We knew it well.

That’s not true. If we had paid any attention to it, it would probably still be alive.

At some point in the last month, Microsoft gutted MSN Travel, one of the apps created as a showcase for the new program designs in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. […] continued

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What You Need To Know About Windows 10 Upgrades

Windows 7 & 8 users are beginning to see Windows 10 upgrade notifications

You may see a new Windows icon appear in your taskbar soon, alerting you to the upcoming release of Windows 10. Microsoft just began to activate the notices on Sunday, and all Windows 7 & 8 users will see them eventually. Here’s what you need to know about Windows 10 upgrades! […] continued

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Google Takes The Lead In The Battle For Your Photos

Google Photos - free mobile app and online storage

Google introduced a new standalone service today for organizing your photos on your phone and storing them online. Google is now offering arguably the best mobile app for photos on Android and iOS, along with unlimited storage of your photos online, all for free (although there’s an asterisk on the free part). […] continued

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Is A Cluttered Mess

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 is being tested by millions of people as it enters its final development phase before being released later this summer. Its technical underpinnings are solid and mature. There are genuinely innovative new features. It will be given away for free to more than a billion people worldwide; more or less every computer in the world running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be offered a free upgrade for a year after Windows 10 is released. […] continued

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Office 365 Clutter Will Help You Control Your Mail

Office 365 - Clutter helps control your mail

Next month Microsoft will turn on Clutter for everyone with an Office 365 business mailbox. Clutter is a new feature that automatically moves less important messages to a new Clutter folder in Outlook, allowing you to focus on the much smaller number of messages in your Inbox that deserve close attention. […] continued

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Blue Apron Will Make You Feel Like A Chef

Blue Apron - flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes and shaved asparagus salad

Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.

The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.

I’m not a cook. […] continued

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Restart Your Computer To Finish Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday - restart your computer twice, just in case

Microsoft released the usual rich crop of patches and updates for Windows and Office on Patch Tuesday this week. On my Windows 8.1 computers, two restarts were required – one for the first 39 updates, then a second restart for an additional 11 updates. It’s not required but you might want to restart your computer an extra time, just in case it helps finish the process of installing this week’s patches. […] continued

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OneDrive For Business And Microsoft’s Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

OneDrive vs. OneDrive For Business - login screen

Someday the difference between OneDrive and OneDrive For Business will be easy to understand.

Someday OneDrive For Business will work smoothly and the two services will be consistent.

Someday the services will have a system for sharing files that makes sense for small businesses.

But not today.

Microsoft shared more information about the roadmap for OneDrive at two conferences last week and now we know that OneDrive and OneDrive For Business are still going to be confusing and messy for at least another year. […] continued

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Internet Explorer Will Begin Blocking The Worst Adware

Adware examples that will be blocked by Internet Explorer Smartscreen Filter

The SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer will be updated in June to protect you against online advertising that might harm your computer. It’s a long overdue step to provide basic protection that really should have been covered years ago by your antivirus program.

The scum writing misleading “advertisements” have become more brazen, putting up outright lies to fool you into installing their crap. […] continued

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Get Outlook 2013 For Better Performance With Large Mailboxes

Microsoft Outlook 2013

If you have a large Office 365 mailbox, Outlook 2010 may be slowing down even if your computer is otherwise running at full speed. A new feature in Outlook 2013 – the “sync slider” – might improve performance significantly, and as a nice bonus you would also get the benefit of the other improvements in Outlook and the other Office programs. […] continued

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How To Make Google Happy (Mobile Edition)

Google Mobile Friendly update aka Mobilegeddon

Last week Google changed the rules about how websites must be designed to make Google happy and have your website rank high in search results. The “mobile friendly update” – or Mobilegeddon, as it was dubbed by tech journalists and SEO specialists – is not quite an apocalyptic change but it does give small business owners one more thing to worry about. […] continued

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The 3M Precise Mouse Pad Is My Favorite $7 Accessory

3M Precise Mouse Pad

It’s the little things that count. My mouse pad makes me happy. It’s my favorite $7 accessory.

I’ve used a 3M Precise Mouse Pad for years. 3M calls it a “mousing surface.” It’s got a microtexture on the surface that you can barely feel with your fingers, something like a subtle version of the ridges on those pictures that you can tilt back and forth to get a 3D effect. […] continued

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How To Speed Up Your Slow Computer

Speed up a slow computer with an SSD

Spoiler alert! How do you speed up a slow computer? For most of you, the answer is: Buy a new computer.

Realistically, there isn’t a better choice for most people. It’s a numbers game. If you have to pay someone for help with technical jobs, then the economics tip over quickly to a new computer. […] continued

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