Getting Started With Box.com

Getting started with Box.com

Previously:

Moving Company Files To The Cloud: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com Rides To The Rescue

The interface for Box.com is clean and well organized but you still might need some help to get started. There are four apps that most business users will want to install to be able to take advantage of the ways that Box makes it easy to access and share company files. […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: Box.com Rides To The Rescue

Box.com - online file storage for small business

Previously: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com has matured into a service that meets the needs of small businesses and law firms for online file storage of shared company files.

Box was founded almost ten years ago. It has grown into a large company with a fast-growing user base, including almost half of the Fortune 500 companies. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Five Ways To Make Windows 8.1 Feel More Familiar

Windows 8.1 - update in Windows Store

By this time all Windows 8 computers should be running Windows 8.1, the update that is installed from the Windows Store. (If you’re not sure, this article will help you find out if you have Windows 8.1 and give you some tips about how to install it.)

The most significant changes to the interface in Windows 8.1 and the major update that followed it in April are aimed at keyboard and mouse users. […] continued

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Tales From The Trenches: Upgrades Gone Wrong

Tales from the trenches - upgrades gone wrong

Here’s a story about small business technology in 2014. It’s a long story and there’s no moral and no villain (except for Adobe, in the surprise twist at the end, but just so you’re not disappointed – spoiler! – the surprise twist probably doesn’t apply to you).

The setting is a small law office with a mix of Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 workstations. […] continued

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How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continued

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How To Remove iTunes Add-Ins From Outlook

Outlook errors caused by iTunes add-ins

If you’re an Outlook user and iTunes is installed on your computer, you may have an Apple add-in running in Outlook that isn’t doing anything useful. In some cases, it turns out to cause slowdowns and crashes in Outlook. Since nothing is easy these days, naturally it requires an extra trick to remove the add-in. […] continued

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Office 365 Increases Storage Space For Exchange Mailboxes, SkyDrive Pro

More storage for Office 365 Exchange and Skydrive Pro

Office 365 business users are getting more storage space for free. Exchange mailboxes are doubling in size, permitting storage of up to 50Gb per mailbox, and Skydrive Pro storage capacity is being increased from 7Gb to 25Gb for each user. The increased mailbox space was announced here, and the increased Skydrive Pro storage was announced here. […] continued

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Changing The Calendar (And Other Outlook Tricks)

Outlook - weekly calendar view

I made a trivial change to Outlook that made me so happy I have to share it with you.

Like many of you, I use Outlook’s calendar to view one week at a time. It shows work appointments during the week, plus personal events on the weekend.

It’s always been vaguely annoying that the weekend was split up – Saturday at one end, Sunday at the other end. […] continued

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How To View Contact Cards In Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013

Many things in technology are easy once someone shows you how to do them. I have “D’oh!” moments just as often as you do. Here’s one I just figured out about Outlook Contacts.

The Contacts folder in Outlook 2013 opens by default in a streamlined vertical view with names on the left and an expanded view of a highlighted name on the right. […] continued

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Office 365 And Outlook “Trying To Connect”

office365logo3

Microsoft has been upgrading Office 365 subscribers to new servers during 2013, with improved webmail and a completely overhauled dashboard for users and the latest versions of Exchange Server and other server platforms on the back end. The upgrades haven’t all gone completely smoothly but it seemed like good news all around once the migration was complete. […] continued

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Microsoft Delivers Outlook for iPhone/iPad (Kind Of)

OWA for iPad and iPhone

Microsoft unexpectedly released native Outlook apps for iPhones and iPads today!

Well, kind of.

Office 365 subscribers with a hosted Exchange mailbox can download OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which display your mail, contacts, and calendar in a view that closely resembles Office 365 webmail. There are live tiles, push notifications of email and appointments, integration with the iPhone address book, integration with Bing Maps and LinkedIn, and more. […] continued

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Outlook Connection Problems With Office 365

Office 365

For the last three weeks I’ve been getting occasional problem reports from clients with hosted Exchange mailboxes on Office 365, after their Office 365 service was upgraded. For a handful of users, Outlook has sporadically been unable to connect to the online Exchange server, showing “Trying to connect” in the lower right corner for five minutes, or an hour, or several hours. […] continued

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Office 365 Tip: Using The Improved Outlook Web App

Outlook Web App

Office 365 is in the middle of a major upgrade. Many small business subscribers have already been upgraded and Microsoft intends to have all subscribers upgraded in the next few months. Hosted Exchange mailboxes are being upgraded to new servers running Exchange 2013; it doesn’t change the day-to-day experience of using Outlook but there are some improvements in webmail that are worth knowing about. […] continued

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Outlook.com Finally Gets A Calendar Update

Outlook.com calendar update

Microsoft finally rolled out an updated calendar to Outlook.com this week, matching the modern look of the other parts of the service that were introduced last year – mail and contacts for Outlook.com and Hotmail mailboxes, and Skydrive for anyone with a Microsoft account.

Outlook.com calendar update

Although Outlook.com was introduced in August, and Microsoft proudly announced that it was “final” in February, the calendar has been stuck with a dated Windows Live interface for seven long months. […] continued

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Office 365, Office 2013 & Internet Explorer 10

Office 365 upgraded portal

Here’s some late-breaking news about upgrades to Microsoft’s Office 365 service, Office 2013, and Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.

 


Office 365

Existing Office 365 subscribers are being upgraded to a new version of the service, one by one during the past month and continuing for the next few months. Most of the changes are behind the scenes but the new look for the Office 365 portal (shown above) is quite striking, in line with Microsoft’s overall Metro aesthetic. […] continued

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