The Windows XP retirement has become a bit of a nightmare, not in terms of security per se, but how some governments and organizations are using that as a base to go the open source route. Countries like China and South Korea are prime examples. Nevertheless, Microsoft seems ready to go at it again — this...

What would the world of Microsoft be without calendars? With the amount of product launches and platforms reaching end of support, it is best to keep one nearby. Onto the platform of the moment, then. Redmond unleashed the developer preview build of Windows Phone 8.1 in the middle of April, to allow...

Well, as an old guy in his late 70s, I need help from time to time and I’m not talking about health issues but about computers and the new Windows 8. Over the years I have gleaned a fair bit of “computer know-how” – starting way back in 1984 with my first computer, an XT and dear old DOS. I never kid myself I...

This is a guest post by John Campbell Following the launch of Windows 8 I downloaded and installed Windows 8 on my computers. Both installations ran smoothly until I found I had two conflicting problems. The first involved accessing my Hotmail Account and the second involved printing documents from both my HP...

New  from Mary Jo. Office supply store Staples has introduced a “Staples Worry-Free PC Promise,”. This is designed to help users, especially small businesses, ease into Windows 8 once it is available. The new plan, which builds on Microsoft’s latest Windows Upgrade Offer for those buying new Windows PCs...

Microsoft plans to retire mainstream support for the much-maligned operating system – Windows Vista this week as well as for Office 2007. Microsoft said it would offer extended support for both systems until 2017, but is making the effort to get users to buy Windows 7. The next version of the company’s...

Earlier this month, Microsoft revised it support policy for consumer versions of Windows. Haven’t heard about it? Nor has hardly anyone, as Microsoft didn’t exactly make a big deal or announcement regarding this change. So what does it mean for the average Window user? Basically, the traditional support model...

Windows 8 is coming next year and businesses need to start thinking about evaluating the Return On Investment (ROI) that they will get for moving to this new Operating System. This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss evaluating ROI for Windows 8. Important Caveat: This is being written...

Microsoft have started to ring the bells for users who feel they can stay on Windows XP forever. Patch, general and security support for Windows XP will cease in 998 days. Announcing the end game, Stephen Rose, Microsoft’s senior community manager, said that the operating system – which is now 10 years old...

Starting on July 12th, Microsoft will no longer support Vista SP1. Vista SP2, on the other hand, will retain support. As a consequence of Windows Vista SP1 not being supported, it will no longer receive security updates making it a very unstable option for consumers and businesses. Vista itself makes up an...