Microsoft, LinkedIn, And Identity Management

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(Warning: this article gets pretty geeky by the end. Feel free to look away. I’ll try to make the next article about a Dancing Kitten app or something.)

Last week Microsoft agreed to pay $26.2 billion cash to acquire LinkedIn. It’s one of the largest technology industry deals in history. It dwarfs Microsoft’s previous big acquisitions of Skype, Nokia and aQuantive. […] continued

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Outlook 2016 And The Mysterious Disappearing Folder Pane

Outlook 2016

Here’s the story of an odd Outlook 2016 bug that you might run into.

Microsoft has been urging everyone with an Office 365 license for the Office programs to update to Office 2016. It’s a modest upgrade at best, as the programs are virtually identical to the 2013 versions, but it feels good to get the latest version for free, right? […] continued

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How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Bring clarity to your Microsoft work and personal accounts

“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”

Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continued

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Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Microsoft work and personal accounts - finding your way through the maze

Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.

Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continued

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Office 365 And The Sharing Problem

Office 365 and sharing calendars & contacts on mobile devices

The Exchange mailboxes run by Office 365 are now standard in businesses of all sizes. They are supported on every device imaginable, from Windows and Mac computers to the native mail/contact/calendar apps on iOS and Android. Office 365 is one of the most commonly deployed applications among businesses. It has surpassed Google Apps and it’s growing fast. […] continued

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Personal Computers Are Just Too Hard To Use, And It Isn’t Your Fault

Computers are just too hard to use

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continued

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Failure–The Continuing Saga Of OneDrive For Business

OneDrive For Business - cloudy with a chance of failure

Microsoft provided an update today on the latest updates and the future of OneDrive For Business. The service has basically been in disarray since its rollout and improvements have been promised for more than a year – never actually arriving but always just around the corner.

Today’s announcement only highlights how far Microsoft has to go before OneDrive For Business deserves even a second look. […] continued

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Box Is Now Seamlessly Integrated With Windows And Office

Seamless integration between Box and Office 365

With some new additions last week, Box is now completely integrated with Windows and the Office programs. Microsoft has opened Windows and Office so partner companies can integrate with them, and Box is one of the first companies to take full advantage of the new opportunities. Files stored in Box are as easily accessible as files stored on a server down the hall. […] continued

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Outlook Is The Best Mail & Calendar App For iOS

Outlook app for iOS, Android

Chances are that you’re using the email and calendar apps that came with your iPhone or Android phone. They’re fine. No shame there. But you’re missing an app from Microsoft that does a better job. It’s named Outlook, because Microsoft cannot resist using the same names over and over and over to describe completely different things. […] continued

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Season’s Greetings From Bruceb Consulting!

Season's greetings from Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.

It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continued

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OneDrive Update: Easier Setup In Windows 10, Plus The Mystery Of OneDrive For Business

OneDrive - easier setup in Windows 10

Let’s get caught up on the latest news about OneDrive, Microsoft’s service for storing files online and syncing them to your computers and mobile devices.

If you’re new to OneDrive, it’s a free service tied to your Microsoft account that’s similar to Dropbox. It creates a magic set of folders on your computer that are synced online and available on any device linked to the Microsoft account. […] continued

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Ten Annoying Things About Windows 10 (Part 2)

Windows 10 - more annoyances

Previously: Part 1 – the first five annoying things

I’m a big fan of Windows 10 but it’s not perfect. Here are five more things that make me a bit crazy.


6) Control Panel vs. Settings windows10_controlpanelsettings

Microsoft introduced a modern-looking Settings panel in Windows 8 and half-heartedly moved a few things to it from Control Panel. […] continued

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Office 2016 Is Now Available! Well, For Some Of You, Anyway

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The new version of Office 2016 for Windows is now generally available.

The takeaway:

•  Most of you will get it automatically.

•  Most of you won’t care very much.

Microsoft has completely lost control of branding and licensing. There is no way to explain any of this without getting hopelessly tied up in knots. […] continued

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Outlook Tip: Save Replies In Same Folder As Original Message

Outlook - save replies in same folder as original message

Here’s a tip about an Outlook feature that only a few people will appreciate – but if you’re one of those people, you might like it a lot.

If you sort your incoming email into folders, a simple change will result in your replies being filed automatically in the same folder as the original messages, instead of having them land in a huge unsorted pool in Sent Mail. […] continued

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Office 2016 For Mac Now Available For Office 365 Subscribers

Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft has released Office 2016 For Mac, a long overdue refresh of the Office programs that makes the Mac programs visually and functionally identical to the Windows versions. The updated Office programs are available now to anyone with an Office 365 subscription that includes an Office license – details below. […] continued

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