Microsoft has stopped giving PC manufacturers a stripped-down version of the Office 2010 productivity suite to bundle with their computers.This week Microsoft stopped including Office Starter 2010 in the preinstallation kits it supplies to manufacturers.
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Enterprise app stores are quickly creating productivity and speed-to-value benefits for PC users and IT departments alike as they grapple with the new models around consumerization of IT. The author of a recent Ovum white paper on why app stores says they are increasingly important for enterprises as they consider ways to better track, manage, and distribute all of their applications.
Samsung claims to have come up with a new category of mobile PC with its TX100. At first glance it looks like an ultra thin notebook, but in fact, says Samsung, it brings the benefits of a light and compact Tablet PC together with easy typing and enhanced productivity.
Every day, too many PC users needlessly lose data and productivity from operating system failures. There's a remedy that could alleviate most of them.
The recent collapse of worldwide financial markets has everyone on edge. If you’re like most people, tough times have you looking around at ways to cut back on spending. You might be tempted to impose a freeze on all new purchases of hardware and software, but that draconian strategy only works for so long. Sooner or later, you need to refresh old technology, either because it’s stopped working or is so slow that it’s cramping your productivity. A better strategy, in my experience, is learning to shop smarter. In today’s post, I share some of the secrets I’ve learned about how to get great PC hardware and software without breaking the bank.
Getting rid of the PC reduces ambiguity in the system, thereby letting you eliminate the help desk and thus lowers your IT costs while increasing user productivity.
As I noted in the first installment of this series, some of my favorite productivity-enhancing techniques don’t involve custom code or registry edits. Instead, they involve learning how the basic building blocks of Windows work, and then rearranging those components to cut steps out of the tasks you perform most often. In today’s installment of this two-part series, I share some of my favorite tweaks for getting maximum mileage out of Windows Search. I also explain the inner workings of volume shadow copies and how you can make better use of these automatic backups with System Restore and the Previous Versions feature. I show how to get quick access to your local and network data files by combining shortcuts in a single, easy-to-reach location, and I explain why hybrid sleep should be the default on every desktop PC.
Microsoft Research's new WorldWide Telescope, in the brief time we've had to play with the beta, looks wonderful. A real productivity-killer, in fact -- especially as I'm lucky enough to have a powerful PC and a 30in.
Asus officially launched it's Eee PC today and I have to say that I really want one. In fact, I really want one for each of my students and the 20-30% of my teachers who just need basic web/productivity application access.
When I read stuff like this, it confirms my belief that there's something very broken in the world of Vista. Here's a very knowledgeable user and talented developer who's confounded and befuddled by a well-documented and still unaddressed issue affecting Vista users running Internet Explorer 7. The problem manifests itself as an annoying and increasingly frequent hang or time-out during which the PC is essentially rendered useless. This is not a productivity enhancing experience folks. This is a huge time sink.
The PC evolution whose consequences he describes here has seriously sidetracked productivity growth.
The tagline for this blog is Work where you want to be and much of what makes that possible is the 3rd party application developers that enhance the productivity options of mobile devices. Michael Compeau sent me some news about a new mobile application, TrailGuide, that is an optimized mobile client for the Basecamp web-based project management and collaboration application. TrailGuide works with Windows Mobile Smartphone and Pocket PC devices and lets you access and edit your project data on the go.
I'm not saying that the point click and wait approach isn't useful - it's great where the user isn't knowledgeable about the application. What I am saying is that people want to learn, and therefore that the key reason the Windows work process is such an enormous invisible productivity killer everywhere the PC gets used is simply that it neither supports, nor recognises, nor rewards learning
Are batteries the gating factor on mobile productivity? My buddy Dennis Rice, fellow Tablet PC MVP and contributor at GottaBeMobile.com thinks so and I'm in complete agreement. Even with devices optimized to squeeze as many hors as possible out of a charge as possible like the Lenovo X60t Tablet PC both he and I are using these days, you have to plan outlet proximity after about 5 hours of working. Or you need to lug extra batteries around.
PenCommander 2.0 has been launched around the Vista release and includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.
I had an opportunity to chat with Jonathan Crow of ThinkFree last week and he showed me some of what's new in the online productivity suite. What struck me as the most exciting thing ThinkFree is doing is their recognition that an online alternative to Microsoft Office must be able to address the simple fact that many of us are neither always connected nor do we necessarily want all of our data to live somewhere other than on our own PC.
There are an estimated 600 million Windows based Personal Computers (PCs) across the world of which over 200 million run Windows XP, according to the latest estimates from Microsoft. According to mi2g, the economic damage from malware proliferation in 2004 including MyDoom, NetSky and SoBig is estimated to lie between $157 billion and $192 billion worldwide or expressed another way, it works out to between $261 and $320 - average $290 - of productivity losses worldwide per Windows PC.
Germany's SoftMaker hopes its productivity applications for handheld computers will draw customers to the PC versions.
Q&A After billions of dollars invested in PC "productivity applications" and a marketplace dominated by Microsoft, Groove's Ray Ozzie says he found the answer for workers on the go.
There I was, in eastern Washington State with nothing more than a slow 56-KB Internet connection and a PC. And the client’s computer was in Chicago with a 500-MB SQL Server database that needed some serious reorganization.
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