Since the merger of the Support Alert Newsletter and the Windows Secrets Newsletter on July 24, we’ve received a lot of great feedback from our readers.
To give you as much value as we can, we’ve put together today’s special “news update,” although Windows Secrets doesn’t normally publish a newsletter on the 5th Thursday of the month.
Take advantage of our reviews and library
We’re doing everything we can to give you easy access to the latest software reviews by writers for both Windows Secrets and Support Alert.
The image at right illustrates our new “software sidebar,” which is now available to you on most pages of WindowsSecrets.com. As soon as possible, we plan to highlight the very newest reviews — just the past four weeks, for example — to make them easy for you to find. (The links in this example image aren’t clickable; instead, clicking the image leads to a WindowsSecrets.com reviews page, where a working sidebar resides.)
The reader response to our new review format has been incredibly positive. The following e-mail from Fernando Assis, a paying subscriber to the old Support Alert Newsletter, is typical of the messages we’ve received:
- “The new way you present links for the best freeware in this new site is just superb. I’ve never seen it any easier in any other place. Congratulations! And thanks a lot.”
1. Associate editor Scott Dunn rates driver-update solutions;
2. Senior editor Gizmo Richards reveals how you can get the best free firewall (and test it); and
3. Contributing editor Scott Spanbauer reviews free e-mail programs.
Starting on Aug. 7, Gizmo and Scott S. will alternate writing reviews each week in the Best Software column. They’ll each publish two columns a month, which will be available in our paid content. Our other writers will periodically kick in new reviews, too.
In addition to our software reviews, we’re working to make every article in past issues of Support Alert, the LangaList, and Windows Secrets as accessible to you as possible.
If you haven’t already tried it, check out our links to the past 10 years of articles from all three titles. Start at the top level of the Windows Secrets library.
If you can’t find the article you want by browsing for it, try a search query. You can search everything ever published in Support Alert, the LangaList, and Windows Secrets — and if that fails, use our special Google API tool — on our search page.
For more tips about how to use all of our new options, read our July 24 article.
No paid content in news updates; see you Aug. 7
As I mentioned before, we usually skip publishing in any week that has a 5th Thursday. This lets our contributors take a break.
No rest for them this week, though! In celebration of our merger with Support Alert, we wanted to bring you extra content in today’s news update. We always want to overdeliver for you when we can.
Our news updates have no paid content, so all of our articles today are free and available to all. Every subscriber receives the same columns.
Our next regular weekly newsletter will be published on Thurs., Aug. 7. Thanks for your support!
Brian Livingston is editorial director of WindowsSecrets.com and the co-author of Windows Vista Secrets and 10 other books.