What’s New In The World Of Microsoft Devices

Nokia Lumia 2520 10 inch tablet

The Microsoft ecosystem of devices and apps is thriving and deserves your consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet or phone. Here are some of the latest developments.

WINDOWS PHONES

Nokia Lumia phones are impressive! Well engineered, reasonably priced, with the best cameras on the market, bar none, and a selection of Nokia apps that add real value. […] continued

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Afterword: Amazon And Microsoft Are Preparing To Offer Hosted Desktops

Amazon Workspaces - hosted desktops

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer
Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Amazon and Microsoft are well along in their plans to offer hosted desktops as a cloud service. In 2014 you will have the option to use a virtual computer to access a copy of Windows with your documents and programs from any device, including tablets. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Hosted desktops - computing without computers

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

This is one possible future for small business computing.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO COMPUTE WITHOUT A COMPUTER

You sit down at a monitor and keyboard. There’s no computer in sight but there’s a login prompt onscreen. Log in with your user ID and password and your Windows desktop appears. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

Why you might have bought your last computer

Science fiction readers are familiar with novels that describe a near-future built on an outlandish concept, followed by an Afterword where the authors reveal that they are describing very real technology that is further developed than you realized. (Recent examples, all recommended: Daemon by Daniel Suarez, about artificial intelligence; Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, about cyberterrorism; and Nexus by Ramez Naam, about brain-to-brain communication.)

Let me describe a possible future to explain why you might never buy another desktop computer. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Install The Windows 8.1 Upgrade

windows81storeupdate

If you have a Windows 8 computer, laptop, or tablet, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here are a few tips to make the upgrade go smoothly and to enjoy the results.

Microsoft has a thorough tutorial that walks you through each step of the upgrade. It’s recommended reading before you launch the upgrade. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security (And Why The Adobe Disaster Proves That It Matters)

How to improve your password security

Passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. Everything important on your computers and online is secured by passwords. Your passwords are your defense against identity theft, financial loss, compromised computers, and breaches of confidentiality and privilege. If you use a weak password, or if you use the same password over and over every time something calls for one, you are jeopardizing yourself and your business. […] continued

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LastPass 3.0 Brings New Design, New Features

LastPass password manager - new version 3.0

LastPass released a major update this week. LastPass 3.0 gives the essential password manager a streamlined look and introduces some new features. If you’re a LastPass user, you’ll see some new things happening onscreen as you move around password fields. Don’t be unnerved! The changes will seem to be for the better, I think, after we get used to them. […] continued

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The Good, The Bad, And The Mysterious Google

The Good, The Bad, and The Mysterious Google

Google is a confounding company. We all interact with it daily; almost everyone uses Google Search and Google Maps, at least. Android is running on an overwhelming number of new phones and tablets, with such a commanding lead that it’s fair to say that Android is the new Windows.

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Skydrive And Smart Files In Windows 8.1

Skydrive - Windows 8.1

When you buy a new computer with Windows 8.1 or upgrade a Windows 8 computer, Skydrive gains some subtle and interesting new features. Microsoft has engineered Skydrive so it is even more deeply integrated into the operating system, making it simpler to set up and start using it. More interesting, although largely invisible to you, Microsoft has developed a way to sync your files that uses less disk space, which is important for us when we use Skydrive with tablets and notebooks that have limited amounts of storage. […] continued

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