Windows Secrets

Skype kills third-party IM client support

It appears that Microsoft/Skype has dropped support for SkypeKit, the code that allows IM clients such as Trillian to connect to the Skype service.

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A Windows-patching December to remember

Despite how it might seem at times, flawed security updates are relatively rare. When there is a problem, Microsoft typically releases an update for the update. For example, this past December there was a bug in the patch Microsoft released to fix a font vulnerability. In this special New Year’s edition of Patch Watch, I review three problem updates released in December.

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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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Learn to use the versatile Microsoft OneNote

OneNote might be one of the best apps you can put on your PC. Using Microsoft OneNote 2010, by Michael C. Oldenburg, shows you how to get the most from this surprisingly versatile digital organizer.

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A special offer for Windows Secrets subscribers

Through the end of 2011, you can purchase two e-books, the PC Maintenance Guide and the PC Security Guide, together for just $9.95. That’s half off our standard price.

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