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  • Opinion: Free Microsoft quick-start guides teach you the Office 2013 basics

    The other day I offered four reasons you don't need Microsoft Office 2013. However, if you fall into the camp that does need it, or you just decided not to follow my advice (it's been known to happen), Microsoft wants to help you get started using the new suite.

  • Opinion: Four reasons you don't need the new Microsoft Office

    As you've no doubt heard by now, Microsoft Office 2013 has arrived. So has Microsoft Office 365. Some would argue that the latter is the better deal, but I'm here to tell you don't need either one.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: PDFs saved from the web fail to open

    Recently, I tried something that had always worked before. This time, it didn't.

  • Opinion: App Spotlight: FineReader Touch brings multi-lingual OCR scanning to iOS

    There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone into the equivalent of a mobile scanner, using the camera to take snapshots of various documents, then letting you file and/or share those documents.

  • Opinion: Get a free shared workspace for your small business

    I truly believe that effective organization and communication can make the difference between business success and business failure.

  • Opinion: How to get started with Google AdWords

    What if you built a website and nobody came? Simple answer: Start an ad campaign using Google AdWords. AdWords is a daunting and complex system, but it really isn't that difficult to start using. Even with a budget of a dollar a day, the service is worth trying to see if you can generate traffic to your site.

  • Opinion: Get a free 25GB Box account when you sign up for Hojoki

    Do you spend a lot of time hopping around between various Web-based productivity apps, like Basecamp, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and Twitter?

  • Opinion: Amazon Goes All In With Data Warehousing at AWS Conference

    The first day of the first Amazon Web Services user conference, known as re: Invent, focused on the way customers are using services such as S3 and CloudFront. Meanwhile, the company unveiled RedShift, which CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden thinks will disrupt the data warehousing market and challenge IBM, Oracle and Teradata.

  • Opinion: How to adjust the page zoom in Word 2010

    Recently my wife came to me, laptop in hand, wanting to know why some Word documents looked different than others.

  • Opinion: Take Microsoft Office 2013 for a 60-day test drive

    Microsoft Office 2013 shipped to manufacturers late last month, but you won't be able to get your small-business hands on it until sometime in the first half of 2013.

  • Opinion: Messages: Working with transcripts

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Who said that? Let me scroll back in Messages to find the exact person. (Ah, yes, George Santayana.)

  • Opinion: A faster, easier, tree-saving way to share documents

    I can't tell you many times I've gone to a trade show and been handed a folder full of product information--stuff I wanted, but certainly didn't want to carry around.

  • Opinion: SMS embedded links weaponize smartphones

    I just got my first seriously nasty SMS: text-message with embedded links. As we know, never EVER click on embedded links in an email. I knew that SMSs can carry these malicious links, but until one came sailing into my phone last week, I hadn't stared at one on my smartphone screen.

  • Opinion: Toyota going all in with Microsoft's Office 365

    Microsoft has been fairly open in its push to the cloud. The pricing model for Office 2013 compared with Office 365 is clearly an effort to make Office 365 the more cost effective, no-brainer option. The plan seems to be working, too, as Microsoft announced this week that Toyota is making Office 365 available to it's 200,000 plus employees around the world.

  • Opinion: Microsoft bakes data protection into Exchange Server

    The world of Microsoft messaging recently took over Orlando, Florida, for the Microsoft Exchange Conference 2012. MEC 2012 was the first conference Microsoft has hosted that's completely dedicated to Exchange in 10 years, and it brought a lot of big news--especially around protecting and managing the sensitive data that passes through Exchange.

  • Opinion: How to move from Hotmail to Outlook.com

    Late in July, Microsoft unveiled Outlook.com, a new Webmail service designed to take the place of the aging Hotmail.

  • Opinion: Turn email into reminders

    Reader Cynthia Nakano needs a more streamlined way to create reminders. She writes:

  • Opinion: Deal with email annoyances

    Despite the world's rapid move to other means of communication—text, instant messaging, and social networking services—we still rely on email. Given email's importance and how long the technology has been around, it’s surprising to see the problems many people continue to have with sending, receiving, and filtering email. Let’s clear up some of those problems now.

  • Opinion: Microsoft reveals Office 2013 and Office 365 pricing

    Microsoft unveiled Office 2013 and the new Office 365 a couple months ago and launched a public beta to give everyone an opportunity to test it out. There were still two big question marks, though: "When will it be available?" and "How much will it cost?" Now we know the answer to one of those burning questions.

  • Opinion: Comcast caters to SMBs with new Business Class Signature Support services

    Large enterprises have the budgets and IT departments to manage multiple dedicated T1 or T3 lines. However, small and medium businesses (SMBs) tend to rely on more consumer-oriented Internet services like DSL, or cable-based broadband. Comcast is one of the leading providers of broadband Internet in the United States, and it's introducing new IT services aimed at helping those SMB customers get more done.



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