Office 365: A guide to the updates

Get the latest info on feature, bug fix and security updates for Office 365 for Windows as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Version 1711 (Build 8730.2127), released on Dec. 12, 2017.

Microsoft's December Patch Tuesday a real yawner, so far

Unless you use Internet Explorer or Edge, there’s very slim pickin’s in the patch pile this month. No need to apply any of the updates immediately.

Apple makes Macs great again with iMac Pro

In what may turn out to be this year’s most significant news for Mac users, Apple's powerful iMac Pro will be “available to order” from December 14.

Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble

Analytics firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.

Dear Amazon and Google: Enough.

There comes a time when companies need to put corporate greed aside and put their users' interests first. For Amazon and Google, that time is now.

10 reasons why Apple should acquire Shazam

Apple confirms it is buying Shazam, the leading music recognition service. Here are just 10 reasons why the deal makes sense.

Net Neutrality and people with disabilities

When it comes to protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities, eliminating Net Neutrality means taking a step back from decades of progress.

It's time: Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off

The past few months have brought mountains of problems for those who updated Windows and Office automatically. You need to patch sooner or later, but there’s no reason to work as an unpaid beta tester. Get Auto Update turned off now.

How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility

As the FCC prepares to eliminate net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs to charge more for some internet traffic based on speed of delivery, companies will have to rethink how mobile apps are created and how they host content.

With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

It’s official: Smartphones are powerful enough to serve as laptop or desktop computers. What are we waiting for?

What's in the latest Chrome update?

Chrome 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux patches 37 security flaws, one of them 'critical,' and introduces Site Isolation technology; it renders each open website in a separate, dedicated process for increased security.

Office 365: A guide to the updates

Get the latest info on feature, bug fix and security updates for Office 365 for Windows as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Version 1711 (Build 8730.2122), released on Dec. 6, 2017.

Android nostalgia: 20 once-essential apps you've probably long forgotten

ICYMI: Get ready to see some dear old friends you haven't thought about in ages.

Alexa for Business paves way for smart A.I. assistants at work

ICYMI: Amazon hopes to push Alexa into the office. At the same time, Cisco and Microsoft also see potential for voice-activated A.I. assistants to automate mundane tasks such as starting video conferences and booking meeting rooms.

How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

ICYMI: Over the next two years, businesses will increasingly turn to blockchain to establish trust among parties looking to transfer everything from money and movable goods to property.

What do you get when you merge a lie detector, a job application and a mobile app?

ICYMI: A U.K. firm is pushing mobile software that watches you while you fill out a form and tries to determine truthfulness and emotion. George Orwell would be proud.

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

ICYMI: Less than three months after its release, Apple's iOS 11 surpassed its predecessor and is now on nearly 6 in 10 iPhones and iPads.

3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone

ICYMI: These are the three reasons 30 percent of Android users are thinking about switching to iPhone, according to Creative Strategies.

The best note-taking apps for Android

ICYMI: Note-takers, take note: Whether you want gobs of features or uber-simplicity, these are the best apps for collecting and managing info on Android.

Android nostalgia: 13 once-trumpeted features that quietly faded away

ICYMI: So many years, so many features that went from front and center to gone and forgotten. Ready for a jog down memory lane?

iOS guide: How to use Apple Pay Cash

ICYMI: How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash to send and receive money using iPhone, iPad, or even Apple Watch.

Thanks, Microsoft, but I’m still saying no to Windows 10

ICYMI: The OS does have its fans, but Win10 is merely good, not great.

Mozilla's record 2016 revenue funded its Firefox Quantum browser

ICYMI: The Mozilla Foundation brought in more than half a billion dollars in 2016, largely from deals with search engines. That money helped underwrite an overhaul of its mainstay browser.

Sometimes it’s hard to be Apple’s Siri

ICYMI: It’s hard to be Apple’s virtual assistant because lots of people complain about what you do, even when you’re actually quite good at lots of things, recent data shows.

Windows Update for Win7 broken, throwing error 80248015

ICYMI: Microsoft forgot to change an expiration date, and now all attempts to run Windows Update in Win7 are failing with the bogus message “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running.”

Windows on ARM and the future of PCs as a Service

ICYMI: The looming battle has implications for the future of Windows and the future of both PCs and smartphones.

Retro Start menu star Classic Shell heads out to pasture

ICYMI: Long a mainstay of the old-fashioned Windows interface fan club, Classic Shell’s developer Ivo Beltchev has thrown in the towel, releasing the code to SourceForge

What is IFTTT? A free platform that connects everything as a service

ICYMI: With 11 million users running over a billion applets each month, IFTTT is on track to become a service that connects pretty much everything -- though some users say it has room for improvement.

The missing link in Microsoft’s A.I. strategy

ICYMI: The company’s minuscule mobile presence is likely the reason it kept Windows Phone on life support for so long.

November 2017 data: Windows 7 user share is dropping

ICYMI: Migration watch: In November, Windows 7 finally dropped below the 50% user share mark, ceding the operating system majority on Windows PCs.

Microsoft Edge floundered in October, while Google Chrome gained

ICYMI: Net Applications reworked how it tracks browsers, operating systems and other metrics of interest to online businesses, a change that showed an even lower user share for the IE/Edge combo and Mozilla's Firefox.

When the threats get weird, the security solutions get weirder

ICYMI: Next year, our phones and desktops will be ground zero for an arms race between bizarre new threats and strange new innovations in cybersecurity.

iPhone X drives Apple's ‘best ever’ year for smartphone sales

ICYMI: Apple has just begun its best ever year for iPhones, setting new records over the holiday quarter, according to IHS Markit analyst, Ian Fogg.

Reports of IE 11 failing to start linked to font size

ICYMI: A remarkable series of coincidences leads me to believe that there’s a bug in the September-to-November cumulative updates for Win 7 and 8.1 that, under certain circumstances, prevent IE from starting. Microsoft hasn’t yet fixed the bug.

Microsoft quietly repairs Windows Defender security hole CVE-2017-11937

On Wednesday, Microsoft posted a Security Alert that describes a nasty remote code execution bug in the Malware Protection Engine, mpengine.dll.

Apple’s HomeKit security blunder exposes the risk of smart homes

The expression “safe as houses” will become a thing of the past if tech firms don’t get connected home security right, and the need to be incredibly watchful was visible in Apple’s latest security blunder.

The critical path to success for the Always Connected PC

The Always Connected PC is a huge joint initiative by both Qualcomm and Microsoft, but often efforts like this are defined by what they don’t do well as opposed to what they do well.

One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative updates

Microsoft's decision to change its long-established practice of letting customers decide which Windows patches to apply continues to plague companies.

Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10

The launch of the company’s Whiteboard public preview for Surface devices is a ‘step in the right direction’ for a more modern and natural style of collaboration, analyst says.

Android nostalgia: 20 once-essential apps you've probably long forgotten

Get ready to see some dear old friends you haven't thought about in ages.

Alexa for Business paves way for smart A.I. assistants at work

Amazon hopes to push Alexa into the office. At the same time, Cisco and Microsoft also see potential for voice-activated A.I. assistants to automate mundane tasks such as starting video conferences and booking meeting rooms.

How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

Over the next two years, businesses will increasingly turn to blockchain to establish trust among parties looking to transfer everything from money and movable goods to property.

What do you get when you merge a lie detector, a job application and a mobile app?

A U.K. firm is pushing mobile software that watches you while you fill out a form and tries to determine truthfulness and emotion. George Orwell would be proud.

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

Less than three months after its release, Apple's iOS 11 surpassed its predecessor and is now on nearly 6 in 10 iPhones and iPads.

3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone

These are the three reasons 30 percent of Android users are thinking about switching to iPhone, according to Creative Strategies.

The best note-taking apps for Android

Note-takers, take note: Whether you want gobs of features or uber-simplicity, these are the best apps for collecting and managing info on Android.

Survey

Now's your chance to get a worthy organization nominated for next year's Best Places to Work in IT list. Computerworld has launched its annual search for the organizations that excel at keeping their employees engaged and loyal with compensation, training and access to hot technologies.

Android nostalgia: 13 once-trumpeted features that quietly faded away

So many years, so many features that went from front and center to gone and forgotten. Ready for a jog down memory lane?

iOS guide: How to use Apple Pay Cash

How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash to send and receive money using iPhone, iPad, or even Apple Watch.

Thanks, Microsoft, but I’m still saying no to Windows 10

The OS does have its fans, but Win10 is merely good, not great.

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