OneNote Is Everywhere!

OneNote is everywhere!

Microsoft OneNote is the hidden treasure in the Office suite, the program that might be a serious boost to your productivity but is too often overlooked.

Take another look. Your notes in OneNote are available everywhere, and the experience is even more seamless with recent updates to the iOS and Android apps – and OneNote can be used for free in so many places that it has become one of the truly universal apps. […] continued

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How I’m Spending My Summer Vacation

How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation - Vitrectomy Edition

Next week Dr. Christine Ku will suck all the fluid out of my right eye.

Normally a detached retina is an emergency event. A shadow falls across your vision, surgeons scurry about, and a procedure is done the same day to glue the retina back into place.

But not me. I’m special. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Watch The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video

The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video

If you have a new Windows 8 computer or you’re thinking of getting one, please – please! – take a few minutes and watch Scott Hanselman’s presentation of “The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video.” If the video doesn’t appear above, then click on this link to view it on his page. […] continued

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Watch A Demo Of Office 365 Sharepoint, Lync & Office

Office 365

Anyone interested is invited to join a 30-minute webinar on Thursday or Friday for a demonstration of some of the Office 365 services that are less well known to small businesses. I want to encourage my clients to take the time to attend!

To register for the webinar, just click on one of these links:

June 27th 11:30AM PST

June 27th 3:00PM PST

June 28th 10:00AM PST

You’re probably familiar with Office 365 hosted Exchange mailboxes, the mail service that has been adopted by businesses of all sizes, all over the world. […] continued

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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



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.


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


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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