With the introduction of Office 2007, Macro enabled worksheets saved as .XLSM files show the exclamation point as part of the icon. This is not to show that it is an error or that it is dangerous, only to inform […]
Windows 8 doesn’t show the file deletion confirmation dialog by default. To re-enable the dialog, do the following: 1. On the desktop, right click the Recycle Bin and select Properties. 2. Select the checkbox near the bottom ‘Display delete confirmation […]
I have put together a Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut PDF sheet (single sheet, landscape) that is handy. Print it out, and use your keyboard shortcuts to make some quick work of anything. Download Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)
Here’s a tip from Major Nelson from the Xbox team. If you ever wanted to know what you or any of your friends are wearing and want to see their avatar (animated, of course), you can go to http://live.xbox.com/en-US/Profile?gamertag=GAMERTAG. Replace […]
Some people share a PC with multiple users, and each user has it’s own mess of files. They also have separate Recycle Bin’s. When a user deletes a lot of stuff, it sits in the Recycle Bin until it is […]
As the release of Windows Phone 8.1 is nearing, there are some ‘wish lists’ of sorts. The author of this article hits it right on the head. Yes, it’s taking some of the ideas from the iPhone and iOS, but they are pretty common in other devices, but lacking on the Windows Phone. Do Not Disturb is one feature I’d really love to see added to the OS. I use it constantly on my iDevices, and it’s great. My wife, on the other hand, has an app that reminds her (and me) in the wee hours of the morning. That app got deleted.
Though Windows Phone 8.1 should certainly borrow a few features from other Windows operating systems, it would also be a good idea for Microsoft to borrow a few features from the world’s second most-popular operating system: iOS, the software that powers Apple’s iPhone.
Paul Thurrott is reporting that the next big release of Windows, code named “Threshold” is going to be Windows 9 and is targeted for April of 2015. In other news – Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8.1 Update 1 around BUILD 2014 (in April) alongside Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows 9 rumors have been flying around for a while, but at least now we may have a code name and some other possible information about it. Expect a lot more rumors (“The Start Menu is back!”) about the upcoming release, but take it with a grain of salt. Some may come to be true, but much of it probably won’t. Always nice to speculate and have fun with it, though.
In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It’s an acknowledgment that what came before didn’t work, and didn’t resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn’t have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8—just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista—there’s no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.
Microsoft has partnered with GoDaddy to help bring Office 365 to it’s small business customers. I’d recommend Office 365 to any small business (or larger, for that matter). I don’t think I’d say the same with GoDaddy, however.
GoDaddy, the Web’s top platform for small business, and Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy’s exclusive core business-class email and productivity service to its small-business customers. This partnership supports GoDaddy’s ongoing push to deliver premium small-business management solutions. Serving 12 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy has created a simple experience for small businesses with industry-leading productivity tools backed by best-in-class customer support at an affordable price.
Windows XP support is ending on April 8th, 2014. Along with it will be support for Microsoft Security Essentials support for the OS. This leaves it pretty vulnerable for a lot of new attacks, as well as those that have been waiting for the deadline. Several anti-virus vendors have also pledged to stop supporting the OS. So, if you are still running Windows XP, now would be a good time to upgrade to a newer OS or get ready to unplug the machine from the Internet.
Microsoft has created a website showing some good reasons to upgrade, as well as a great countdown to the April deadline.
Verizon has put up a placeholder on it’s website for the new and upcoming Nokia Icon. The new Windows 8 phone has a big, but not too big (Lumia 1520), 5” screen. The placeholder price is not predictive of actual pricing ($777). Another beautiful Windows Phone device. My 4.3” screen is looking very small in comparison (HTC 8X).
Nokia is preparing to release a new 5-inch 1080p device for Verizon, and the US carrier appears to have accidentally listed the device on its website today with a placeholder price of $777. Labeled as the Nokia Lumia Icon, the 5-inch device includes a 20-megapixel camera, 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and a 2420 mAh battery according to the specifications listed by Verizon. The device has leaked a number of times under the name Lumia 929, but it appears Verizon will brand the device as the Lumia Icon instead.
From doom and gloom to greatness, 2014 has people throwing their predictions into the pot. For some, MSFT is set to soar above $40 a share. For others, low 30’s. Either way, there are a lot of variables this year with Windows 8 updates, Xbox One sales, and… oh yes – a new CEO takes the helm of the company.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is priced at under 12x forward earnings. Revenue growth is also expected to be in the 6% to 8% range in the New Year. In addition, this does not take into account the company’s over $70B (~25% of market capitalization) cash hoard. The shares also yield 3.1%.
Microsoft has been doing a great job listening to consumers this round for it’s Xbox brand. From doing a 180 on the always required internet, sharing games, etc. to updates addressing their concerns. Marc Whitten, Xbox chief product officer, has said they are listening to consumers and they have valid concerns. Some things are just more difficult to find than they were previously.
Microsoft has said they are committed to faster and more regular updates, as well. A lot of fixes for speed and reliability in addition to the major dashboard updates.
"The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things. As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren’t right, and I don’t like the model. So what I’m trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. Let’s take an update and really go through a big list of what we’re hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that’s a theme you’ll really see us push on — that Live experience."
The very powerful spreadsheet program from Microsoft – Microsoft Excel – now has another ability: fine art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has learned Excel and used it’s features to create absolutely beautiful Japanese art. You can download the actual files to see for yourself that it is in fact done with Excel and how it was done.
Stunning work. Even more amazing is what tools were used.
According to Horiuchi, graphics software is expensive while Excel comes pre-installed in most computers, and is easier to use than Microsoft Paint. He tried using Word but was limited to the paper sizing and he could draw more freely in Excel.
WZor, the notorious and accurate leaker of upcoming Windows releases, has posted some information on the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1. Very little information has been given, with no real information on the improvements, if there are any Start menu improvements, etc.. The release date appears to be late March, Early April as a free upgrade for users of Windows 8.1. Quote translated via Google Translate in Chrome.
Nevertheless, Microsoft has decided to release it is a new release of Windows 8.1 RTM 2014 Update . final RTM build ( Windows 2014 Update 8.1 ) will be available in about three months, ie somewhere in March 2014 , and it will be publicly available from April 1, 2014 as a free upgrade for all users of Windows 8.1 . circulated update will be through Windows Update .
Ford CEO Alan Mulally has officially said that he will not be leaving Ford to join Microsoft as it’s new CEO after Ballmer takes his leave. Ford stock is up with the announcement and Microsoft stock is down, as the list keeps getting smaller with no successor to the CEO crown being named yet and Ballmers days getting shorter in number.
"I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford," Mulally told The Associated Press in an interview.