Author Archives: Woody Leonhard

Woody Leonhard

About Woody Leonhard

Woody Leonhard is a Windows Secrets senior editor and a senior contributing editor at InfoWorld. His latest book, the comprehensive 1,080-page Windows 8 All-In-One For Dummies, delves into all the Win8 nooks and crannies. His many writings tell it like it is — whether Microsoft likes it or not.

Internet Explorer 7 looms — be prepared

Long the poster boy of Microsoft complacency, Internet Explorer 6 has finally
reached the end of the line.

the end of this year, Internet Explorer 7 will be “pushed” onto tens of
millions of desktops. You’d better be ready.

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Should you use Windows Live Messenger?

Windows Live Messenger — the successor to MSN Messenger — hit the stands
a week ago on
Wednesday. That was version 8.0.0787. Ancient history.

Less than two days later, Microsoft released a new version, 8.0.0792. Hooo boy.
Here we go again.

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When Automatic Updates can be harmful

For years I’ve been advising Windows consumers to disable Automatic Updates:
Keep Microsoft’s mitts off your machine until you’re darn sure the
proffered patches do more good than harm.

I’ve taken a lot of flak for that heretical stance, vilified for intimating that
Microsoft’s patching process leaves consumers in the lurch. Bah. Recent events
have proved my point conclusively: Windows auto-update is for chumps.

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