IDG Contributor Network: A large February Patch Tuesday is warming up for a big year for Microsoft

IDG Contributor Network: A large February Patch Tuesday is warming up for a big year for Microsoft This is a big patch release for Microsoft February Patch Tuesday, with 75 vulnerabilities addressed and critical updates for IE and Windows and most importantly this month a large number of patches to Microsoft’s development platform (.NET, […]

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft) We’ve all had a chuckle at the expense of Microsoft Office, with the ’90s debuts of Bob and Clippy being particularly hilarious (at least in hindsight). But now it is Microsoft itself that is making fun of Office 2019, the latest version of its iconic […]

What’s the enterprise business case for Apple Watch?

What’s the enterprise business case for Apple Watch? Apple’s is far and away the leading smartwatch brand according to the latest NPD data, so what business opportunity does the device offer to your enterprise? How does your business measure success? You have to think a little about what success means for your business. There […]

With latest mobile security hole, could we at least focus on the right things?

With latest mobile security hole, could we at least focus on the right things? A bunch of apps from some major players — including Expedia, Hollister, Air Canada, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hotels.com and Singapore Airlines — recently came to grief because of a security/privacy hole in a third-party analytics app they all used, according […]

Excel 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet

Excel 2016 and 2019 cheat sheet Microsoft Windows may get all the press coverage, but when you want to get real work done, you turn your attention to the applications that run on it. And if you use spreadsheets, that generally means Excel. Excel is, of course, part of Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity […]

What happens when an Office 365 subscription expires?

What happens when an Office 365 subscription expires? Microsoft’s pay-as-you-go Office 365 is, first and foremost, a subscription. And like other subscriptions – think newspapers (remember them?) or an online storage service – missing a payment doesn’t immediately mean you’re cut off. Because it’s less expensive to retain a current subscriber than find a […]

5 QuickTime lessons for Apple’s new AR chief

5 QuickTime lessons for Apple’s new AR chief In what I see as a signal of the importance of augmented reality (AR) to the company, Apple has put one of its most highly experienced executives, Frank Casanova, in command of AR product marketing. Enabling the AR tidal wave Apple’s senior director of worldwide product […]

Why Android upgrades absolutely matter

Why Android upgrades absolutely matter Every year, it happens like clockwork: I publish my six-month-long, data-driven analysis of how Android device-makers are doing when it comes to getting operating system updates onto their phones — and within a matter of hours, the standard responses start a-rollin’ in: I don’t need any of the features […]

Does Slack’s move to go public make it an acquisition target?

Does Slack’s move to go public make it an acquisition target? Slack announced last week that it is preparing for a public listing, capitalizing on huge growth in the six years since its launch. But could the popular workplace collaboration software company get acquired even before it hits the stock market? To read this article […]