Here’s an odd promotion from Microsoft: for the next few months, college students can buy the most complete version of Office 2007 for $59. The Office Ultimate 2007 suite includes Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and InfoPath, with a normal retail price of $679.Read more
Apple demonstrated again today that it can run circles around everyone else with its handheld devices. There will be lots of news coverage of the updates to the iPod line – here’s one article, here’s photos, and here’s an exhaustive rundown of all the details.
The updated versions of the existing iPod line are significantly cheaper, include more storage space, and are thinner than the previous generation. […] continuedRead more
There are more web services in our future, and your entrance to each of them will be controlled by a name and a password. If you don’t already have some method of tracking your passwords, it’s time to get organized.
Microsoft intended its Passport service (now called Windows Live ID) to be the single sign-on for all web services – one password and all the services on the Internet would open themselves up to you in a secure way. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has opened Windows Live Skydrive for beta testing. (During development it was known as Windows Live Folders.) It’s a place to store up to 500Mb of files online for storage or sharing. Many companies offer similar services but perhaps this will stand out; it offers the comfort of Microsoft’s brand name and lately Microsoft has been doing a good job of putting an appealing and simple interface on its products. […] continuedRead more
As you can imagine, different people interpret these statistics differently. I’ve seen articles in the last few days that reach dramatically different conclusions. You decide which ones are meaningful.
Microsoft has a centralized billing system for many of its online services. If you’re using Windows Live OneCare, you can view the status of your subscription at http://billing.microsoft.com/. Log in with your Windows Live ID – the e-mail address and password used to install OneCare.
If you click on OneCare (or other services listed), you’ll see the renewal date. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft OneNote 2007 is the best program you’ve never heard of.
Let me give you a little history, then tell you about OneNote 2007.
Microsoft Outlook has a rudimentary “notes” feature for jotting little bits of information on scraps that visually resemble post-it notes. Outlook’s notes are capable of being sorted and searched but there’s something about them that just doesn’t feel right. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has quietly discontinued its Digital Image software. Here’s the announcement – apparently it appeared a few weeks ago.
I’m sad but not surprised. For years Digital Image Pro has been the easiest program to use for editing images and creating projects; I still use it regularly. It never got any headway in the market against Adobe Photoshop Elements, and the online photo-sharing services include simple editing tools that are sufficient for many people. […] continuedRead more
Many people should buy the Business edition of Windows Vista, even for home computers. Here’s Microsoft’s chart comparing the features of the various versions of Windows Vista, and here’s another one with a few more details. No one should buy Vista Home Basic, so ignore that column. Vista Home Premium and Vista Business are roughly the same cost. […] continuedRead more
Windows Live Mail has been released in nearly final form for Windows XP and Vista. It’s an important step forward but only if you’re able to keep Microsoft’s e-mail programs straight.
These programs run on your computer:
These e-mail services run online in Internet Explorer:
Windows Live Mail was released a few days ago. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft continues to make progress with its security software.
A preview is available of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, a long overdue web site to gather information about viruses and adware/spyware, as well as information about the definitions and status of Microsoft’s security programs.Read more
Microsoft is about to begin beta testing a new online service, Windows Live Folders. Similar services have been around for a while, but the screen shots make it look like Microsoft’s service will be particularly easy to use.Read more
The press is full of speculation that Microsoft and Yahoo are trying to strike a deal. The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal have both reported that discussions are going forward, assisted by investment bank Goldman Sachs, about some kind of link – perhaps a merger, perhaps Microsoft buys Yahoo, perhaps just some big cooperative venture. […] continuedRead more
I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Home Server appliance before, but it bears repeating – this has the potential to define a new category of home appliance that will be more interesting than you expect. It’s hard for you to imagine why a product with “server” in the name will enter your house, but it addresses some common problems in imaginative ways. […] continuedRead more
Adobe and Microsoft each announced new technology for playing back video on your computers, setting up yet another format war. As always there are appealing features promised in the technology, but make no mistake: the goal, the only goal, is to seduce us into watching online videos for the purpose of exposing us to advertising. […] continuedRead more