In late January Microsoft will start shipping the second version of the Surface tablet, the one with the full version of Windows 8 Pro. There are two models, a 64Gb version for $900 or a 128Gb version for $1000. A keyboard is not included so you’ll buy one separately, either the Touch cover (non-movable keys, very thin, cool colors) or Type cover (movable keys, slightly thicker, black), for another $120-$130. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8 includes a feature that lets you recover older versions of documents or photos easily and flexibly. File History is an improved version of “Previous Versions,” a feature of Windows 7 and Vista that almost no one ever discovered in its hiding place on the Properties menu of individual files. […] continuedRead more
Because it is built on an operating system that appears identical to Windows 8, Microsoft’s Surface tablet has some features that set it apart from an iPad. This isn’t a full review of the Surface, just some of the reasons that my first impression is different than I expected. […] continuedRead more
The pace is picking up as we head into full-blown techno-craziness this fall.
WINDOWS 8 This morning the shipping version of Windows 8 became available to Microsoft TechNet and MSDN subscribers. The download site generated error messages for an hour or so under the weight of the people trying to log in but they got it under control and I’m downloading Windows 8 in the background as I write this. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft’s vision for Skydrive is starting to come into focus. Microsoft is integrating Skydrive deeply into its entire ecosystem, across its entire product line, until it will seem obvious and inevitable. You might not need to rush but the chances are that you’ll be using Skydrive before long.
Skydrive started as a place to store files online that you would primarily access through a web browser. […] continuedRead more
When Microsoft realized that it was on the verge of missing the implications of the Internet, it famously turned the company around in the mid-90s, building web access into all of its products and working out the implications of online access more thoroughly than anyone else.
The turnaround that Microsoft is engaged in this year might be even more impressive. […] continuedRead more
When Microsoft Office 2013 is released early next year, it will cap off an exhilarating period in which Microsoft is showing an unexpected willingness to reinvent its entire product lineup to address new tech realities.
It takes time to understand just how thoroughly the Office lineup has been re-engineered but let’s start with a reassuring note. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft announced today that almost everyone will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 for the first few months after it is released. That is far less than Microsoft has ever charged in the past for a Windows upgrade. It’s an uncharacteristically aggressive move for Microsoft, which seems energized by its do-or-die attempt to create a platform that will work seamlessly across all of your devices, big and small. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office Web Apps can be used to view and edit Office files online in a web browser. You can create new Word, Excel and Powerpoint files online in Skydrive; or you can upload files at the Skydrive web site; or you can install the Skydrive app on your computer and put files in the Skydrive folder, then find them online. […] continuedRead more
Two years ago Microsoft introduced Office Web Apps, online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote that can be used entirely inside a web browser. If you set up Skydrive on your computer and store files in your Skydrive folder, you can use Office Web Apps to edit the files in a web browser from any computer and find the updated files waiting for you when you next sit at your computer. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office has an overwhelming global presence in businesses large and small. Estimates range from “81% of companies” to “holding steady at 94 percent for years”. Google Docs is making inroads but currently controls less than 10% of the market for office applications by any measure (and Google’s momentum has been slowed by publicity over Google Drive privacy issues and the failure of Google+ to make any headway against Facebook). […] continuedRead more
This is not an exhaustive list, just a few things that stand out about the cloud syncing services in their current forms. None of these is a reason to choose one or the other service, they’re just interesting things to know. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft and Google each introduced services this week that are copies of Dropbox in rather precise detail.
Taken together, these services represent a fundamental change in the way we use technology. Here’s my best effort to sum it up:
Storing files on one device or in one physical location is now just another option – and not a very useful one. […] continuedRead more