Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
that it’s OK with him if you want to stick with Windows XP until Windows 7 is available late next year.
XP lovers may still be able to buy a new PC with that operating system installed for another year or so, but unfortunately, Microsoft plans to end most free support for the OS within months.
Can you really get the extra oomph you want for your system just by shelling out a few bucks for a speedup program?
Many effective utilities do exist, but in my testing I found three that I consider to be just a waste of your hard-earned cash.
Following Microsoft’s release last Friday of a critical, out-of-cycle patch, only sporadic reports of attacks based on this weakness have been received — but that may not last.
Apply the patch referred to in MS08-067 right away, because Trojan horses that take advantage of this security breach are sure to hit us soon.
Many people find that synching a new iPhone with their contact and calendar data from applications like Microsoft Outlook just doesn’t work easily.
Fortunately, there are techniques you can use to make sure that your devices are sharing data smoothly.
The latest Internet threat cloaks Web links so a wayward click can download malware to your PC without your knowledge.
What’s worse, all browsers and other Web software are susceptible to clickjacking, but you can take steps to reduce the risk.
Vista boosters say that the 64-bit edition of the operating system runs applications faster and can address a lot more system memory than its 32-bit counterpart.
Just don’t tell that to Vince Heiker, a retired IT executive in the Dallas area who has used 64-bit Vista for some time — and hates the OS.
For those waiting for a faster, better-performing version of Windows, you’ll have to wait at least nine months for Windows 7.
But if you can’t wait, Vista Service Pack 1 may provide a peek into Microsoft’s plans to equip Windows 7 with a dramatically smaller, more agile operating-system kernel.
Early indications are that Windows 7 won’t be a major upgrade from Vista.
But the real choice isn’t between Vista and Windows 7; it’s between moving to a 64-bit version of Windows now or later.
The advent of “in the cloud” medical records services, such as Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health, promises an explosion in the storage of personal health-care information online.
But these services pose sticky privacy questions — unless you know how to protect your personal medical records.
From the moment Microsoft released it, Service Pack 3 for Windows XP has been the subject of almost daily reports of bugs, incompatibilities, and general headaches.
You can install SP3 with confidence — providing you take certain precautions — or, if you prefer, use Windows’ Automatic Update settings to keep the service pack off your system.