Windows 8.1 is now released and you can upgrade for free from Windows 8.0.
What is significant about Windows 8.1? This is something I have thought long and hard about. The problem with reviewing Windows 8/8.1 is all to do with its dual personality. You can review the details of the tablet or Metro
…continue reading Windows 8.1: now good enough that it is ready for general use
The iPhone, or maybe the iPod, was the beginning of the era of usability. Make something nice to use, reasoned Apple, and users will come flocking.
After the iPhone came the iPad; and then Android which while lacking the polish of iOS, mostly has the same characteristics of appliance rather than computer in its user
…continue reading Usability: Microsoft’s big weakness
A key part of Microsoft’s strategy for supporting tablets and smartphones in the enterprise is Workplace Join, which lets devices register with Active Directory:
When you join your personal device to your workplace, it becomes a known device and will provide seamless second factor authentication and single-sign-on to workplace resources and applications. When a device
…continue reading Getting up and running with Workplace Join
If your iPad breaks or gets stolen, it’s bad but not that bad. The chances are that there is no data on the iPad that is not copied elsewhere, especially if you let Apple’s iCloud do its default thing and copy everything you create. Get a new iPad, sign in, and you can carry on
…continue reading Windows 8.1 and cloud-centric computing
So I arrive at a hotel and turn on wi-fi and connect. That little dialog comes up, Do you want to find PCs devices and content on this network? The correct answer in a hotel is No, but in my jet-lagged stupor I click Yes. Oops.
No problem, just change it, right? Hmm. Go
…continue reading How to change a network from public to private in Windows 8.1
I helped a contact set up Office 365 and encountered a curious problem.
He is a financial adviser and as part of his workflow, he uses tasks with a due date set far into the future. For example, “Call this client in two years time”.
He has an Office 365 E3 plan, which gives him
…continue reading Preventing auto-archive of Tasks in Office 365 with Retention Tags
Software component vendor ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2013 v2.5, the latest in its suite of components, with support for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.
The piece that caught my eye is the TouchToolkit for Windows Forms.
Here’s the problem. The Windows desktop is poor with touch control, which is why Microsoft
…continue reading ComponentOne’s TouchToolkit for Windows Forms: another approach to the Windows tablet problem
Microsoft is to acquire Nokia’s device business:
Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.
Nokia’s Stephen Elop is
…continue reading Microsoft acquires Nokia’s device business: a risky move for Windows Phone
If you could describe the perfect document security system, it might go something like this. “I’d like to share this document with X, Y, and Z, but I’d like control over whether they can modify it, I’d like to forbid them to share it with anyone else, and I’d like to be able to destroy
…continue reading Hands on with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Rights Management: not ready yet
Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to its hardware partners according to VP Antoine Leblond; but developers will be unable to test whether or not their apps work on the updated operating system until it is also in the hands of users:
While our partners are preparing these exciting new devices we will continue to work
…continue reading Microsoft completes Windows 8.1, it says, but developers are unable to test their apps