Looking backwards: Windows XP
Microsoft is pushing businesses to abandon Windows XP. Last month Microsoft announced that it would stop issuing security updates for Windows XP in two years, which would be the equivalent of a death sentence. […] continuedRead more
Security researchers at Kaspersky Labs announced Monday that they had identified a complex collection of malware that has been living on hundreds of Windows computers at least since early 2010 (and possibly several years longer) without being detected. It has since been confirmed by Symantec and McAfee and the work has begun to dissect it, not least to figure out how it has avoided detection for so long. […] continuedRead more
Many small businesses are clinging to ancient Windows XP computers in the belief that they are saving money by putting off the cost of replacing them. Typically the old computers have been passed down to the lower level employees – the ones who actually do the work – while the partners and owners and managers sit at their new Windows 7 desktops. […] continuedRead more
Intel’s Ivy Bridge chipsets will be available in new Ultrabooks very soon. There are persistent rumors that the first ones will be on the market after an announcement on June 5 at Computex, an important laptop trade show in Taiwan.
Ultrabook is the marketing term for 13”-14” laptops that are ultra-light and ultra-thin. […] continuedRead more
Amazon is a diverse company. Its financial reports do not break down its revenues into detailed categories but it’s obvious that it has a vast retailing presence in media, electronics, and general merchandise; and it sells a lot of Kindles, including Kindle Fires that arguably make Amazon one of the more successful competitors against Apple in the tablet market. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office Web Apps can be used to view and edit Office files online in a web browser. You can create new Word, Excel and Powerpoint files online in Skydrive; or you can upload files at the Skydrive web site; or you can install the Skydrive app on your computer and put files in the Skydrive folder, then find them online. […] continuedRead more
Two years ago Microsoft introduced Office Web Apps, online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote that can be used entirely inside a web browser. If you set up Skydrive on your computer and store files in your Skydrive folder, you can use Office Web Apps to edit the files in a web browser from any computer and find the updated files waiting for you when you next sit at your computer. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office has an overwhelming global presence in businesses large and small. Estimates range from “81% of companies” to “holding steady at 94 percent for years”. Google Docs is making inroads but currently controls less than 10% of the market for office applications by any measure (and Google’s momentum has been slowed by publicity over Google Drive privacy issues and the failure of Google+ to make any headway against Facebook). […] continuedRead more
It was another busy week for updating your computers.
Microsoft released updates for Windows, Office, Silverlight and .NET Framework on its regular monthly schedule.
Adobe was forced to issue an emergency update for Flash after the bad guys began actively exploiting one of the typical oh-my-god-we’re-all-gonna-die vulnerabilities where a malicious file in an email message can be used to crash applications and take control of your computer. […] continuedRead more
Office 365 delivers all incoming messages to your mailbox. It does not hold messages in a spam quarantine.
[05/09/12 Update below]
Microsoft does thorough spam filtering on incoming mail for Office 365 subscribers – and then uses technology built into Exchange to make the experience with spam completely painless. […] continuedRead more
Every time I write about Microsoft OneNote, it seems appropriate to introduce it to people who aren’t yet familiar with it. I’ll repeat the overview from my previous articles about OneNote, then give you some tips and tricks that turned up recently.
Microsoft OneNote 2010 collects information on the fly from any source you can imagine, and helps you find it again later when you need it. […] continuedRead more
An updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials is being installed automatically for anyone currently running the free antivirus program. It is being pushed out silently by the Automatic Updates system and will likely be completely invisible to most of you. It does not require a restart after the update is installed. […] continuedRead more