WORKING ON OUTLOOK ATTACHMENTS

If you open an email attachment from Outlook and intend to work on it – edit a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, for example – the first thing you should do is click on “Save As” and save a copy of it wherever you normally store files.

When you open an email attachment directly from Outlook, it uses a temporary folder on your hard drive to hold a copy of the file. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE SYNC – GOOD PROGRAM, POOR UPGRADE

Windows Live Sync replaced Foldershare last month. It’s a good program but the upgrade experience for Foldershare users is pretty miserable.

Windows Live Sync and Foldershare are services that allow folders to be synced so that multiple computers have exactly the same files in them at all times. You can set it up to view your photos on both computers in the house, or have a folder of work files at the office synced with a laptop, or share a folder with a friend so it is identical on both of your computers. […] continued

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SBS 2008 – REMOTE ACCESS TO FILES

Outlook Web Access can be used to view or open any file in a shared folder on the servers in an office run by Small Business Server 2008.

Small Business Server 2008 improves many things about remote access to an office network. The main screen for Remote Web Workplace makes it easy to use Outlook Web Access or connect to an office computer, with nothing extraneous to confuse anyone. […] continued

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MALICIOUS SOFTWARE REMOVAL TOOL

Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will distribute free antivirus software was unexpected but in some ways it’s just an expansion of efforts by Microsoft that have been ongoing for years. In 2006 Microsoft began including the “Malicious Software Removal Tool” in the monthly automatic updates for every Windows computer. Every month, your computer is checked for dozens of specific bits of malware and cleaned if necessary. […] continued

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MICROSOFT ENDS 2008 WITH A CRASH

A heartwarming story for the end of 2008! On December 31 every owner of a 30Gb Microsoft Zune woke up to a crashed device that couldn’t be started. (The Zune is Microsoft’s competitor for the iPod. Only 14 people own them, so this isn’t all that significant except that it makes Microsoft look so deliciously boneheaded.) […] continued

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