Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 will be released on November 12. Veterans of SBS 2003 are finding many things to like in the new version; I’ll have more to say about it in the next few weeks. Here’s an early look at the features and changes in SBS 2008.
At about the same time, Windows Live OneCare will be upgraded to version 3. […] continuedRead more
Windows Live ID is a single sign-on service from Microsoft that allows people to log into many websites and services with one account. A Windows Live ID is an email address and a password stored in Microsoft’s servers. It’s free.
Most people will have a single Windows Live ID. I’m setting them up routinely for each employee in my clients’ offices. […] continuedRead more
If you are using Windows Live OneCare, it will be automatically upgraded to version 2.5 in the next few days. You don’t need to do anything. The new version does not change anything you will notice – it fixes a few problems, speeds things up a bit, and set up OneCare to be licensed as part of the Microsoft Equipt package. […] continuedRead more
On July 15, Microsoft will begin selling a product that many of you should consider for your next computer.
Microsoft Equipt includes Office 2007 Home and Student, Windows Live OneCare, and some Windows Live programs and services (Office Live Workspace for online storage of files, plus Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Mail). […] continuedRead more
The best security software will not protect you if you click “OK” and install something from a web site.
Adware/spyware was at epidemic levels until a couple of years ago when Microsoft released Windows Defender and the antivirus vendors reluctantly stepped up with their own products, and bitter experience taught us to surf with a high degree of paranoia. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft is working on a package of software and online services that might be exactly right for students and home computer users.
Although Vista includes important features out of the box, it does not include Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. That’s surprising to many people. (Dell will preinstall Office if you remember to check the box, but all the other manufacturers leave it off to keep the computer sale price down.) […] continuedRead more
Many of you practice safe computing – you install security updates from Microsoft and other vendors, you run antivirus and adware/spyware programs and keep them current, your email program has a spam filter and blocks .EXE and other potentially dangerous attachments, and you don’t click on strange links in email messages or on web sites. […] continuedRead more
WIndows Live OneCare is actually a subscription, renewed annually. Many of you are coming up on your one-year anniversary. The date is displayed in the lower left corner of the OneCare window; you’ll get an e-mail reminder about a month before the expiration.
If you have a credit card on file with your Windows Live ID, your subscription will be renewed automatically for $49.95. […] continuedRead more
I work with small businesses – typically with 1-25 workstations, 1-2 servers, and no onsite IT staff. The business owners know it’s important to stay safe and up-to-date, but there’s little desire to have me hanging around doing routine audits.
Theoretically a business with a server can manage all the workstations centrally but the reality is a little more complicated. […] continuedRead more
Windows Live OneCare is the only software that takes responsibility for all four of the important housekeeping functions. When its icon is green, I’m confident that a computer is protected against viruses and adware/spyware and all security updates are installed for Windows and for other Microsoft products. Regular disk maintenance – defragging and temporary file cleanup – is a nice bonus. […] continuedRead more
There are four housekeeping functions that require attention on every computer.
1. Antivirus protection
2. Adware/spyware protection
3. Installation of security-related updates
If those functions are performed, you can use a computer to accomplish wonderful creative things. If they are neglected, you will likely end up disgraced and humiliated, possibly bankrupt, maybe the tragic victim of a violent crime. […] continuedRead more
The Windows Live OneCare team continues to find new ways to shoot themselves in the foot. There have already been a number of bugs and annoyances that have been poorly handled. Better communication would have prevented some of the negative media coverage in the past, and now they’re doing it again. […] continuedRead more
I have championed Windows Live OneCare since its release in November 2005. It arrived when Norton and Mcafee were disgracing themselves with increasingly poor security suites and took over chores that are critically important but easily overlooked. Antivirus protection, adware/spyware protection, firewall protection, security updates and patches, and system maintenance (including disk defragging), reduced to a single icon, with clear explanations of what to do if some task had to be performed. […] continuedRead more
After the upgrade to version 2.0 is installed, OneCare will demand answers to a number of questions. These steps will get you through with a minimum of fuss, and return you to the simplest setup.
Here are some Microsoft support documents for specific OneCare problems.