New updates to the OneNote Class Notebook add-in

Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:04:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft's OneNote has become revered for its ability to aid teachers, college students, and administrators in the classroom.

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Twitter adds tabs characteristic and substantially far more to its Windows ten app

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:04:03 PM America/Los_Angeles

It seems like Twitter is inside the method of rolling out or testing a handy new tabs characteristic to its Windows ten app.

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Windows 10 Desktop Hunting Stunning within this Project NEON Idea

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:56:23 PM America/Los_Angeles

Project NEON is an eagerly-awaited range of improvements for your Windows ten UI, and because Microsoft is barely anticipated to introduce it during the Redstone 3 OS update, designers make use of the present info to create their very own ideas imagining what are the desktop operating process could seem like soon after the makeover.

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Analysts take a peek at Microsoft's rumored Windows 10 Cloud

Monday, February 20, 2017 4:52:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

Talk of a new version of Windows 10, dubbed "Cloud," surfaced last week as eagle-eyed bloggers uncovered clues in a recent beta and preliminary code leaked to the Internet.

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Microsoft decide to push back End of Life of original Windows 10

Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:22:19 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you have steadfastly refused to update your Windows 10 PC to a new build since launch, Microsoft has given you another 2 months reprieve to still get patches and bug fixes.

Build 1507 of the OS was to exit support on the 26th March, but Microsoft has now announced on Technet that version 1507 will continue to be services till May 2017.

No reason was given for the move, and we suspect not too many people were affected, but those who were appear to be pretty influential.

Currently Microsoft plans to only support the two latest versions of Windows 10, and expect most users to remain current with the latest version of the OS via automatic updates, a practice which has been criticised but which means that more than 75% of Windows 10 users are on the latest public version of the OS.

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Office 2010 to be free online

Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:21:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

We knew Microsoft was almost ready to lift the lid on the next version of its Office suite of software, but we hadn't expected the surprises that appear in the offing.

According to reports in the US and Japan, the next iteration will not be called

Office 14, as had been expected, but will instead go by the name Office 2010.

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Moreover, it will also be delivered as a web-based set of tools like Google Documents that will be free to use and supported by advertising on the same pages.

It is expected that traditional, boxed versions of the software will also go on sale, but that those will come with monthly fees or charges based on how much they're actually used.

So far, none of this is official, but we'll bring you the lowdown just as soon as Redmond lets the cat out of the bag.

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Microsoft Makes it Easier to Decline Upgrade Windows 10

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:34:50 PM America/Los_Angeles

The latest revision of the Get Windows 10 app now features an easy to find decline button. Previously, launching the app then closing it was interpreted as consent to carry out the upgrade. We have compiled solutions for managing GWX; it’s quite unfortunate it has taken this long to find common ground, though.

Recently, a user in California, Terri Goldstein, filed a lawsuit against Microsoft. Goldstein sought compensation for damages due lost wages and down time due to the Windows 10 upgrade. The company’s customer support was unable to fix her computer as a result of the Windows 10 auto update. Surprisingly, she won the case with a settlement of $10,000.

Microsoft is encouraging the Windows 10 upgrade for many reasons. The major one is to help third-party developers to start writing Universal Windows Apps. Doing so will reduce the company’s need to support multiple versions of the client operating system. Right now, Microsoft has four major revisions of Windows in support; these include Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 with Update and Windows 10 itself. Maintaining these different versions of Windows, in the long run, will become a strain even for a company with the resources of Microsoft.

The software firm is already moving forward with its Windows 10 strategy, which is to make the operating system a service. On August 2nd, 2016, the company might launch the next revision of Windows 10, version 1607, otherwise known as the Anniversary Update. An unpublished Microsoft Newscenter article prematurely revealed the date.

The article was empty, and the headline has since been pulled. So this could be the date, or perhaps not. Hopefully, we’ll get an official confirmation from Microsoft soon.

Version 1607 includes many fit and finish refinements with greater enterprise enhancements such as support for the BASH Command Shell. The update also expands on its inking features with a new Windows Ink Workspace and Cortana support for Microsoft Office. Microsoft’s new web browser Edge and some welcome updates such as support for extensions and improved performance.

The company released the latest version to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring today

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How to delete the Windows.old folder on Windows 10

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:41:34 PM America/Los_Angeles

Every time you upgrade your PC from an older version of Windows to Windows 10 without first formatting the hard drive, or when you install a new Windows Insider Preview test build, the install wizard will save a copy of the previous version inside of the "Windows.old" folder on your computer.

This copy is a safeguard mechanism in case something goes wrong during the installation process. If something bad happens, the operating system can use the backup copy to roll back any change automatically. Or in the case of Windows 10, you also get the option to go back to your previous version of the operating system within the first month if you don't like it.

If everything is working as expected after upgrading to Windows 10, you probably don't need these files, as they will just be wasting precious hard drive space. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to delete the Windows.old folder and other files that can be taking more than 15GB of storage space on your computer.

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Microsoft tries to get people off Windows 7

Monday, February 13, 2017 6:57:31 PM America/Los_Angeles

Not for the first time, Microsoft is casting aspersions on Windows 7, the highly successful version of its OS that was a nice rebound after the Vista disaster, saying the aging OS is becoming increasingly hard to secure.

It's not an unreasonable or incorrect statement.

Windows 7 shipped in 2009. Eight-year-old OS versions are going to be harder to maintain than new ones, no question. And a blog post is a lot less obnoxious than some of Microsoft's previous tactics, like changing the close window icon to one that indicated approval of the install.

The latest effort is from a blog post published by the German subsidiary of the company, pointing to the difficulties of maintaining the old operating system as compared to Windows 10.

"Today, Windows 7 can no longer keep up with increased security requirements. Rather, it provides for higher operating costs -- for example, maintenance, lost working time due to increased malware attacks, or even increased support requests," wrote Irene Nadler.

Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Germany, reiterated Nadler's point in the blog post, adding, "Windows 7 is slowly advancing in years. Already, it neither fits the requirements of the users of modern technologies, or meet the high security requirements of IT departments. As earlier with Windows XP, we recommend that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs.”

Of course, they stepped back over the line of hyperbole with the next statement. "Windows 7 is based on outdated security architecture. Companies and users who won’t upgrade from Windows 7 within the next three years are facing enormous dangers."

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Use Microsoft Word to save PDF Documents

Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:20:37 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft has introduced so called add-ins in Microsoft Office and Word which are first-party or third-party applications that extend the functionality of the software.

These add-ins work similar to extensions that you may know from web browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome. While they are installed in a different way, they do add or change functionality of Microsoft Office programs.

One add-in in particular is being a great asset for me personally, it is called the 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS and works with eight Office programs including Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007.

I do have to create several PDF documents each month and have used one of the numerous online converters for this task since now. I did not like the fact that I had to upload my files to another website but that was the only working solution so far.

This has changed with the Microsoft Office add-in which adds the option to save documents as PDF right in Word and Excel. The download is only available to genuine Office 2007 users and Microsoft is performing a check before the download.

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Getting the XP Quick Launch Bar Back in Windows 10

Friday, February 10, 2017 6:24:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

The Quick Launch bar in Windows XP and Vista allowed you to access your frequently used apps and other files easily. Adding the Quick Launch toolbar also provides a method to group similar apps without clogging up the taskbar with pinned shortcuts to other apps.

While it’s not included in Windows 10 by default, you can still add it manually by following the steps in this article. Add the Quick Launch Bar to Windows 10

Right-click and empty area on the taskbar and go to Toolbars > New Toolbar.

Or, to make things easier, copy and paste the following path into the File Explorer address bar and hit Enter and click the Select Folder button:

The Quick Launch bar will appear next to the notification area of the taskbar.

You can leave it where it is, or, if you want it to look like it did in previous versions of Windows, right-click the taskbar again and make sure that Lock all taskbars in unchecked.

Now you can drag it over to the left and place it next to Start or the Cortana icon.

Then grab the other end of it and drag it to the left so the icons on your taskbar appear as well. If this is the first time you’ve tried moving toolbars around it can be a bit tricky, but if you try it a couple of times it’s easy to pick up. I also recommend locking all taskbars after you’re done putting it where you want.

If you want the Quick Launch bar to look like it did back in the XP days, right-click on it and uncheck both Show Text and Show Title. That makes for a more clean and organized look.

Now you can use the Quick Launch bar just like in previous versions of Windows. To add an app or other items, just drag it over until you see the message Move to Quick Launch.

If you add several items, just click the arrow icon to bring up the list items you have in the bar. And, if you’re still running Windows 7 and would like to get the Quick Launch bar back check out our article here.

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Windows 10 users will soon be able to put off updates for up to 35 days

Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:21:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 last year, the company made no secret of its intention to unite the PC user base under one version of the operating system. The idea was to get users to make the jump to Windows 10, so that automatic updates would ensure that they would be kept up to date for the foreseeable future.

However, automatic updates aren't particularly user friendly in many cases. It can be frustrating to find that your PC has started the update process when you need to use it, and completely infuriating to find that a newly released update has broken certain functionality, even if the outage is brief.

Now, it seems that Microsoft is preparing to give users a modicum of control over automatic updates to their system. It will soon be possible to pause updates from the Windows Update app, preventing them from being installed.

However, there's a bit of a caveat to this functionality, as users won't be able to delay the installation of updates indefinitely, according to a report from MS Power User. Instead, they'll be able to out them off for a maximum of 35 days, which should be long enough for any instability concerns to be taken care of. Certain updates, like security patches issued via Windows Defender, will continue to be installed as normal even when this option is enabled.

The build that this feature was spotted in comes from the Enterprise version of Windows 10, so it's currently unknown whether Home and Pro versions of the operating system will also be able to delay updates.

The option to delay updates is expected to be introduced to Windows 10 as part of the Creators Update that's scheduled for early 2017. Members of the Insider program will likely be given access to this functionality ahead of time.

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How to turn off Microsoft's newest Office 365 pop-up ads

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:22:12 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft hasn't been shy about using pop-up ads to try to push Windows 10 and Office 365.

But over the past few weeks, the Office team has been targeting a new group of users with new pop-up ads: Office 365 subscribers who aren't using the Office 2016 locally-installable apps.

I've heard from a few readers about this and have been the target of these myself. The pop-up message, a screen capture of which I've embedded in this post, tells users "Your upgrade to Office 2016 is ready. Free with your Office 365 subscription." The options listed are "See what's new," "Upgrade" and "Later."

This ad is problematic for a few reasons, beyond the fact that it's nagware.

Some of us have found this pop-up difficult to dismiss. Clicking on any of those options often results in no action.

Secondly, it's misleading. While I am an Office 365 subscriber on the Windows 7 desktop PC where this appeared, I subscribed to the Office 365 Business Essentials plan, which does not entitle me to the locally installable Office 2016 apps, but does provide me with Exchange.

I'm cheap. I find the free online versions of the Office apps to meet my occasional-use needs. I guess I might install the Office 2016 apps if Microsoft actually were to give them to me for free with Business Essentials. As it stands now, if I did manage to get "Upgrade" to work on this pop-up, my upgrade would not be free.

I asked Microsoft what's going on here. A spokesperson provided the following statement:

"The notification is meant to provide existing Office 365 subscribers who are using an older version of Office an easy way to upgrade to Office 2016. The team is actively working to identify the right frequency and are also evaluating ways to make adjusting the notification simple based on customer feedback. In the meantime, customers can turn off the notification by first clicking here. Then, in the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and follow the steps in the fix wizard."

I applied this fix myself yesterday and so far, no more popups. Fingers crossed.

For those wondering how long they can continue to use older, locally installed versions of Microsoft's Office apps and still get security fixes from Microsoft for them for free (under Extended Support), Office 2007 with Service Pack 3 is supported until October 2017; Office 2010 with Service Pack 2 is supported until October 2020; and Office 2013 is supported until April 2023.

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Creating a Professional Resume with Word 2013

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:01:47 PM America/Los_Angeles

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular and useful suite which provides you with options to create a manage documents. It is very powerful tool with tons of features and improved with every version. Although there are many free alternatives available, not all of them have the features available in Office 2013. We have covered various tips, tricks and tutorials on Office suite on this blog.

Resumes are very important aspect in our professional life as they show our backgrounds and skills. Whether you are a student looking for your first job or an experienced professional, a resume is one of the most important things to take care when you apply for a new job. Resume are also categorized based on the area where you are applying. If you are looking to create a new resume, you can easily get started with a professional resume using Word 2013.

To start creating your resume, open Word 2013 and from the main screen, click on the Resume link available on the top. You can also search for Resume in the online templates.

Word will list out all the online templates available and in various categories. You can browse through them and read more about the resume by clicking on them.

Once you have selected the template, you can click Create button and the template is downloaded. You will need an Internet connection to download it. There is no payment required as these resumes are free to download.

Once the download is complete, Word will populate a new document with the template. You can now start modifying it to your data.

There are hundreds of free templates available, so you can customize it to your own needs.

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How Can I Deactivate Office 2013?

Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:14:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

Customers who upgrade to a new PC may understandably want to move their copy of Microsoft Office to the new PC as well. Is this possible? And if so, how do you do it?

I purchased Office 2013 … I recently built a PC, and I would like to deactivate my previous install so I can install Office on my desktop. How exactly am I supposed to do this?

So, there's no formal way to deactivate Office 2013. But you can in fact uninstall the software and then use it on a different PC, according to Microsoft.

I'd imagine that you will need to do a phone-based activation, but it's possible that it will simply work with your existing product key automatically. Before uninstalling, be sure you do have that product key. If you don't, you can use a third party application to find it in the registry.

I'm curious if the policy has changed (again) since Office 2013, especially given Microsoft's preference that users move to Office 365. And sure enough, Office 365 is generally a better deal, especially for those who wish/need to install Office on multiple devices. With Office 365 Personal or Home, for example, this notion of "deactivation" is simply performed using a web console, and without restrictions or limitations.

But we're in a transition period now, and I'm sure there are millions of people out there who paid for whatever version of Office and wish to keep using it as they move to new PCs. And I can't see any reason why they can't. It's just a matter of figuring out the Microsoft-approved method(s) for doing so.

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