Author Archives: Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.

Ribbon creep or Ribbon triumph: Which is it?

From its introduction in 2007, the Office Ribbon has had its vigorous detractors, tepid supporters, and rare champions. But with each iteration of Office and Windows, the Ribbon survives and spreads.

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E-mail power user makes a Win8 mail-client wish

Many people organize their work and lives in e-mail folders. Lounge member kelliann1’s system is particularly robust. She wants to see an Outlook Express/Windows Mail client in Windows 8. So she asks other Loungers in the Non-Outlook E-mail forum whether they’ve heard any pleasing rumors about a Windows 8 mail client.

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Readers talk back to Windows Secrets

As noted in this week’s Introduction, Windows Secrets is launching a Letters column — reader e-mails that we think are especially interesting. Leading off this new column is a critical view of Microsoft’s Office Ribbon interface, discussed in a Woody Leonhard article.

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Why would you change your default calendar?

If you carry a smartphone or other portable device, it’s likely you want your calendar to have the same data on it, no matter where you are. Lounge member t8ntlikly posted a query asking how to make his Windows Live calendar the default calendar in Outlook — just so he could keep Outlook and his Windows phone synchronized.

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Fiery Celtic dancing by Dutch horse in the U.S.

Peaceful multiculturalism is alive and dancing in a California dressage circle.

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Culturally relevant rugby in the South Pacific

If you’ve ever seen a haka, you know it’s not the hula. In this video, two rugby teams, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Samoan Sevens, prepare for play by first preparing for war.

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Loungers consider new Google privacy policy

Users of Google’s various services are previewing the revised privacy policy going into effect March 1. The terms of Google’s new policy have provoked discussion in the Lounge’s Social Media forum. How much personal information must we surrender to allow desired services to function?

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Do e-readers need antivirus protection?

A recent purchaser of a Kindle Fire assumed she needed AV software for it. But her mother isn’t so sure about that. Are e-readers vulnerable to malware? Lounge member Author Miss Mae brings the question to the Other Applications forum and hears about a surprising range of additions that other Lounge members have made to their Kindles and Nooks.

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Waltz of the crashes in snowy Seattle

Once again, we have positive proof — most of Seattle’s inhabitants simply can’t drive in snow.

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Imagining the secret life of books, after hours

Books represent the ultimate distillation of the life of the mind. But what if books had a life of their own?

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