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The 2011 Microsoft MVP Gift Pack

Firstly, a big thank you to everybody who sent me such nice messages after I was given a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award by Microsoft last week, for "Windows Expert (Consumer)", you're all […]

Why I Chose an HTC Mozart Windows Phone

Christmas day this year brought an extra present for me, I was due a free upgrade on my phone from my mobile carrier.  I'd spent a long time before weighing up the pros […]

Microsoft Working on Tablet Windows in Time for the End of the World

Bloomberg have today written that Microsoft's apparent new Tablet version of Windows that's set to be unveiled at CES next month will be a special version running on ARM chips, which is […]


Microsoft Montage, Create Visual Albums Of Topics Of Interest

How do you keep track of topics of interest on the Internet? Do you visit news site, subscribe to RSS feeds, email newsletters, Google Alerts, Twitter? Many Internet users are overwhelmed by […]

Windows Phone hits 3,000 apps + 1 unlocker

Two interesting Windows Phone stories have emerged today.  The first of which is that the phone's app store now has over 3,000 apps and 15,000 developers.  This means we can expect to […]

Windows Phone Locks-in MicroSD Cards

There has been discussion for a few weeks now about how Microsoft's new smartphone OS handles expendable storage, with many people reporting that inserting the wrong card can reduce the OS to […]

IE9 Scrubs up well against the HTML5 Competition

Microsoft has for years been accused of being shy about standard's compliance.  For many years they said they could do the web better and, for many years the web went along with […]

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Windows Product Scout

Update: Please note that Microsoft has removed the product scout website again. It is no longer available. The Windows Product Scout is a new addition to Microsoft's Windows homepage. The free service […]

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Games for Windows re-launches November 15th

It was a great idea that was sadly let down by poor implementation and poor support.  Games for Windows, which was launched with Windows Vista, was intended to be the marker by […]

Docs Gets Improvements, Pushes Silverlight is an online document management, creation and publication tool that is closely tied to Microsoft and Facebook. Without going into to much detail, Facebook users can use the service to read, […]

Windows Phone 7 WILL get Cut and Paste in early 2011

It was one of the biggest complaints about the iPhone for the best part of three years and looked set to also be a major gripe about Microsoft's new smartphone OS, Windows […]

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Hotmail Sign In Troubleshooting

Microsoft's email service Hotmail recently received an update that improved the options to recover an account. That's helpful for users who cannot sign in to Hotmail, either because their username or password […]

50+ Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Hotmail

Microsoft's Hotmail service is undergoing a period of expansion, with new features being added.  As always happens this adds levels of complexity to the service but, recognising that many users still like […]

Windows Phone 7 "Official Launch", Oct 11th

There's been huge speculation about when Microsoft would launch Windows Phone 7.  Microsoft had already pre-booked an event to be held in New York City on October 11th but some commentators such […]

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Configure Hotmail's New Security Features

The Windows Live team announced yesterday that they added additional security features to Windows Live Hotmail. The majority of those features were aimed at protecting email accounts against hijackers and improving options […]

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Microsoft Shuts Down Windows Live Spaces, Migrates To WordPress

A rough time lies ahead of the 30 million or so Windows Live Spaces customer who operate their own web blog on the blogging service that is owned by Microsoft. Microsoft's Dharmesh […]

Microsoft to shut down Live Spaces, Porting users to WordPress

Microsoft have announced that they;re to shut their underused blogging service, Windows Live Spaces, and instead port everyone's account to WordPress.  The announcement, made at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference and later reported […]

Small Businesses to get Free Microsoft Security Essentials

In a u-turn for Microsoft, the company has now announced that it will licence it's free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) anti-virus product for small businesses from October. The move is a turn […]

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Bing Maps Gets Transit Directions

Bing Maps until recently only offered driving and walking directions for users of the maps service. Today the team announced that they have expanded this by adding transit information for 11 US […]

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Own Your Space, Safe Computing Guide Aimed At Teens By Microsoft

If you are tech savvy, you usually notice things related to technology that friends, family and work colleagues may not. This includes a very broad realization that most computer users have difficulties […]

Windows Phone 7 is Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft have reached a big milestone with their new smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7.  Today, Terry Myerson the Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering has announced that it has been […]

Adobe / Microsoft to team up on Vulnerability Sharing

Microsoft has announced that it's to extend it's Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to include vulnerability sharing information from Adobe. The programme, launched in October 2008 allows sharing of information about security […]

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Operations Guide For Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft has released a second Office 2010 guide, after the previously released  Getting Started With Microsoft Office 2010 Guide. The initial guide was designed for administrators and also end users alike and […]

Microsoft warn of Windows Shell Critical Vulnerability

Microsoft have warned of a critical vulnerability in Windows Shell, caused when parsing .lnk shortcuts that can automatically launch a malicious program through use of a specially crafted shortcut. The vulnerability affects […]

Microsoft co-founder pledges billions to philanthropy

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has bequeathed the majority of his estimated $13.5bn (£8.8bn) to philanthropy after his death according to the BBC. Allen set up a charitable foundation 20 years ago to which […]

Bing Powered Yahoo Search Transition Begins

Yahoo and Microsoft have been testing Bing powered search results offline for some time now. A recent email sent out to advertisers confirmed that the testing will be moved to the live […]

Was a Russian Spy working at Microsoft?

Following the recent US / Russia spy drama, however Microsoft have now claimed that a 12th spy was working for them.  In an interview with Newsweek, they said that Alexey Karetnikov had […]

To Prove A Point, Microsoft Creates A Bank For A Day

How do you know if an online business is legit or a scam? Many Internet users share their personal information online even though they should not be doing so, at least not […]

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Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 Guide

Microsoft has just released a Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 guide that gives administrators and users of Office an overview of the changes in Microsoft Office 2010. The ebook acts as […]

Windows XP Help attacks on the rise

Update: Microsoft has patched the issue and it is no longer a problem provided that Windows users have patched their system with the most recent security updates provided by the company. An […]

1 Million people download Windows Live Messenger for iPhone

It was only released a week ago, but already 1 million people have downloaded Microsoft's new Windows Live Messenger software for the iPhone.  This has got to make it one of, if […]

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Bing Gets Design And Layout Changes

Search engines are constantly evolving, a recent trend puts related searches and information on the search result pages to provide searchers with additional options and direct answers of their search queries. The […]

Get Windows and Office Super-Cheap

I've long been a subscriber to Microsoft's Action Pack which is for small businesses.  You get 10 licenses for Windows and Office plus a Windows Server license or two for £220 a […]

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What Bing Search Does And Could Do Better

I switched to Bing recently and had my fair share of experience with Microsoft's search engine. The main reason for switching was a deterioration of quality results in Google Search. It began […]

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Office Web Apps on SkyDrive Launched, Offers Online Document Management

The prime choice for most users who wanted to manage documents online was up until recently Google Docs with its advanced set of features. Microsoft launched the Office Web Apps on SkyDrive […]

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Useful Tips To Get The Most Out Of Bing Search

I have been working with the Bing search engine for the last couple of days after switching to it from Google Search. It still takes time to get used to this new […]

Happy birthday Bing!

Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, is officially one year old today.  The search engine formerly known as Live Search, Windows Live Search and MSN Search was officially unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve […]

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Microsoft Download Manager

The Microsoft Download Manager has been designed to provide Internet users with a faster and more reliable way of downloading files from the Internet. It has specifically designed for downloads from Microsoft […]

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Microsoft Office 2010 Download And Evaluation

Should you make the switch to Microsoft Office 2010? If you are not sure yet you could download the latest version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus to evaluate it for 60 days. […]

Ribbon Hero Teaches Office In A Playful Way

There are two types of Office users: Those who know everything - or nearly everything - about the program and those who do not. The latter group usually has to look really […]



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