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.

This is even better than the Office 2007 Home and Student Edition that has Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote, selling for about $140. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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.

  • In the latest quarter, Apple Macintosh computers garnered almost 3 percent of the worldwide PC market for the first time in a decade and exceeded 5 percent in the US.
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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 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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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:

  • Microsoft Outlook – full-featured mail/calendar/address book program sold as part of Microsoft Office
  • Outlook Express – streamlined mail program included with Windows XP
  • Windows Mail – updated version of Outlook Express included with Windows Vista
  • Windows Live Mail – the brand new mail software for Windows XP & Vista; when installed, it replaces Outlook Express and Windows Mail

These e-mail services run online in Internet Explorer:

  • Hotmail – Microsoft’s longtime free webmail client
  • Windows Live Hotmail – the new name for Hotmail, now with an optional new interface that closely resembles the various desktop programs

Windows Live Mail was released a few days ago. […] continued

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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.

The OneCare team has made significant progress in beefing up the program’s detection rates to make it score better in tests run by the labs that grade security programs. […] continued

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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.

Here’s the first information to emerge about the upcoming beta and here’s some more details and screen shots. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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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. […] continued

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