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  • Office 2007 End Of Life is only days away

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 22:57 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Are you still using Office 2007? If so, October 10th will be the last day you will be able to receive:

    Technical support for issues
    Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
    Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered

    You can check out the Microsoft Support page with the details here

    Meanwhile, the recent announcement of Office 2019, due to be released next year, being offline/desktop software has been greeted with headlines such as:

    Scared of that new-fangled ‘cloud’? Office 2019 to the rescue!
    Next release promises nice offline features
    (on theregister.co.uk)

    Microsoft Office 2019 Coming in Second Half of 2018
    New Standalone Version of Microsoft Office Coming in 2018
    (on groovypost.com)

  • IE + Edge are now less than 20% of desktop market share

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 16:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good rundown from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft takes another thrashing

    Nor has Edge taken up enough of the slack as IE’s share has plunged. Last month, Edge ran on a record-low 17.7% of Windows 10 personal computers. Edge’s share has diminished since Windows 10’s debut — it accounted for 39% of all Windows 10 in mid-2015 — even as the operating system’s share has grown dramatically.

  • Microsoft’s Groove Music to team up with Spotify

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 11:36 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    One more Microsoft late-to-the-party service bites the dust. Microsoft has announced it is giving up the attempt to compete in the streaming music field.

    As of October 2, 2017, we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to you. We know that access to the best streaming experience, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions are on the top of your list. Now you can move your curated playlists and collection from Groove directly into Spotify. Groove Music Pass users eligible under Spotify’s terms will also be able to receive 60 free days of Spotify Premium.

    The Grove Music Pass streaming service will be discontinued after December 31, 2017. If the subscription extends beyond that time, you will receive a prorated refund or a Microsoft Gift Card.

    The Groove Music app will continue to be updated, and can be used to play purchased music. But the option to stream, purchase, and download music from Grove Music will be discontinued on December 31, 2017. You will be able to listen to your purchased music if it has been downloaded.

    Read Microsoft’s full “Groove Music and Sporify: FAQ”
    Read comments on Investopedia | By Shoshanna Delventhal | October 4, 2017 — 9:08 AM EDT

  • Wired: 6 fresh horrors from the Equifax (former) CEO’s Congressional hearing

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 09:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lily Hay Newman at Wired has distilled the essence of  yesterday’s hearing with Richard Smith. It’s mind-boggling.

    As many of you know, I’m no fan of the credit reporting agencies, least of all Equifax. (Try moving back to the US from overseas and you’ll see what I mean.) But this is… dumbfounding.

    I wonder about the other credit reporting agencies. More than that, I wonder about the state of stored personal information everywhere — including Microsoft and Google.

    Surely, this has to be one of the key issues for the coming decade.

    From today’s testimony:

    Thanks to Rich Uncle Pennybags for providing needed perspective.

  • Windows Mixed Reality: The future?

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 08:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The Windows Mixed Reality demo is up on YouTube. I suggest you watch, to see where Microsoft’s headed.

    Personally, I’m skeptical — most (if not all) of you would rather balance a spreadsheet while on rollerblades, than try to get any work done in MR — but it does point in an interesting direction.

    Big question is whether the big-iron approach to MR from Microsoft will be upstaged by phone-based Google or Apple. I mean, can you imagine carrying around a laptop, just to power an MR headset? I don’t think so.

    That said, it’s definitely an exciting new direction.

  • Yahoo’s 2013 hack, again in the news

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 00:21 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Reports have showed up all over the place in the last several hours, stating that ALL 3 BILLION (yes, with a B) Yahoo accounts were hacked in the 2013 data breach.

    Here’s the Reuters report.

    A reminder from ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker, not to trash an old Yahoo account, or it could be re-used: