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June 22, 2012 by

Microsoft kills off Office Starter 2010 for new PCs

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.

October 4, 2011 by

Take a deep dive on how enterprise app stores help drive productivity

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.

January 6, 2011

CES: Samsung TX100 - a new category of mobile PC

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.

October 12, 2008 by

Six money-saving secrets to help stretch your tech budget

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.

July 2, 2008 by

Helpdesks and productivity

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.

June 17, 2008 by

10 top Vista tweaks, part 2

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.

May 13, 2008 by

Telescopic oversight

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.

August 5, 2007 by

Vista IE7 issue remains unsolved for many users

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.

July 18, 2007 by

Manage your Basecamp project with TrailGuide

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.

July 11, 2007 by

More on the Windows work process

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

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