If you enjoyed spending time with family and friends over the holidays and are looking for good ways to keep in direct contact, look to the Web for free services. When an e-mail or Facebook post just won’t do, here are popular voice/video-communication tools worth trying out.Read More
The recent release of Office 365 has stirred up some confusion among our readers.
What does Office 365 have to do with Windows Live, and how do we know which group of tools — if either — we need?
In Google+, the search-engine juggernaut hopes it has a contender.
Is it good enough to compete with the likes of Facebook, which has amassed over 750 million users, or is it doomed to be just another short-lived Google service?
Katherine Murray wrote about her frustrating experience with Windows Phone 7 in the June 2 issue of Windows Secrets.
This week, her son Chris sings the praises of that very same phone.
Does your age influence your savvy assessments of technical gear more than you’d like to think?
Katherine Murray and her son Chris compare their experiences in a two-part review of Windows Phone 7.Read More
Over time, your home or office WiFi has probably lost some of the zip it had when you first set it up.
Interference from surrounding WiFi networks is one of the most-common causes of degrading wireless performance, but there are relatively simple steps you can take to get back that missing bandwidth.Read More
Microsoft’s updated browser, Internet Explorer 7.0, is about to go gold and
the debate about its behavior is just beginning.
Besides IE 7, this week I have readers’ comments on Spy Sweeper, NetChk Protect,
AVG Antivirus, and how to speed up browsing in the beta of Windows Vista.
Until we all have Star Trek computers — which operate perfectly on
incomplete information when the captain simply barks,
“Speculate!” — staying on top of the latest conflicts is part of
In today’s column, I bring you the latest on Microsoft’s Live OneCare, concerns
about wininet.dll, more glitches with the IE 7 beta, and yet another way
to get around Windows Genuine Advantage.
As though we didn’t have enough to worry about with viruses and worms, my
readers are reporting all kinds of trouble with the IE7 beta, Windows Update,
and Microsoft’s little-known dumprep.exe program.
I’ll show you how to get over these and other software gotchas in the tips
The shock waves caused Microsoft’s decision to quietly install Windows Genuine
Advantage through its security update mechanism are still being felt my
The marketplace for non-Microsoft antivirus packages, security suites, and the
crowded with well-known competitors. contrast, the field of Windows Update alternatives is new and
the players are little-known. Until more reviews have been published major
test labs, I’ll keep bringing you my findings and the comments of Windows users
who are doing their own analyses.