Microsoft Rolls Out “Outlook.com”

This is their Hotmail replacement. The article is from their Outlook Blog.

Introducing Outlook.com – Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes

“Recently, we talked about how we’ve reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive, and how cloud services power the new Office Preview, We’ve also been hard at work on a mission to reimagine personal email – from the datacenter all the way to the user experience. Today, we’re starting to deliver on that goal with a preview of the new Outlook.com – modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes.

Webmail was first introduced with HoTMaiL in 1996. Back then, it was novel to have a personal email address you could keep for life – one that was totally independent from your business or internet service provider. Eight years later, Google introduced Gmail, which included 1 GB of storage and inbox search. And while Gmail and other webmail services like Hotmail have added some features since then, not much has fundamentally changed in webmail over the last 8 years – though yesterday’s frustrations about the small size of inboxes are now things of the past. At the same time, email is becoming less and less useful as inboxes become cluttered with newsletters and social updates, and people increasingly keep up their personal connections in social networks instead of their email address books. All of this has led many to hope for a better solution so you don’t have to settle for today’s webmail.

We think the time is right to reimagine email. So today, we’re introducing a preview of Outlook.com. We realized that we needed to take a bold step, break from the past and build you a brand new service from the ground up. You already know Outlook via the Outlook desktop application-for PCs and Macs-as the world’s most popular application for reading email, managing a calendar, and connecting to people. And you may have used the Outlook Web App connected to Exchange Server in your organization. Now, in addition to a desktop application and a service for businesses, we’re offering Outlook as a personal email service – Outlook.com.”

Final Fantasy III is Coming to OUYA!

This is from the OUYA Kickstarter site:

“We’ve been saying that OUYA will offer all kinds of games.

This morning, we are honored to announce that OUYA is partnering with Square Enix to bring you one of the most beloved franchises in gaming — Final Fantasy. We will kick this off with Final Fantasy III, which will be a launch title on OUYA. This will be the first time gamers outside of Japan can play FFIII on their televisions through a console.

But that’s not the end of it: We’re promising to deliver Final Fantasy III like you’ve never seen it before – Hironobu Sakaguchi’s third installment in the role playing game franchise will be updated to exploit OUYA’s high-definition resolution in glorious graphic detail. For those of you who are new to Final Fantasy, we’ll offer a free demo so you can give it a go!

Previously unreleased in the U.S. until it appeared as a 3D remake for the Nintendo DS in 2006, Final Fantasy III was widely referred to as one of the ‘missing pieces’ in the FF series. OUYA players can now proudly claim this piece of the puzzle.”

Geek Software of the Week: Ghostery!

GhosteryThis Geek Software of the Week is SUPER IMPORTANT! This is one you absolutely need! Here are my recommendations, use Google Chrome at all times, and use this GSotW! And it is: Ghostery! Strange name, but awesome software! Protect yourself from the evil malware on the World Wide Web! And, yes, it works on both Windows and Linux (under Chrome.) I have it on my systems! Use this! Also, share this article link with your friends that have malware issues (you know who they are!)

Ghostery – Malware Protection

Detect

Ghostery™ sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Learn

After showing you who’s tracking you, Ghostery™ also gives you a chance to learn more about each company it identifies. How they describe themselves, a link to their privacy policies, and a sampling of pages where we’ve found them are just a click away.

Control

Ghostery™ allows you to block scripts from companies that you don’t trust, delete local shared objects, and even block images and iframes. Ghostery puts your web privacy back in your hands.

Build an information foundation!

Each of the over 1,000 companies has a profile that will help you learn more about their technology, their business, and their privacy policies.

At Ghostery, we believe in enabling informed decisions about your control over your online privacy. The more you learn about the companies trading your online behavioral data, the better you can make decisions about how to control your exposure to those companies.

Ghostery allows zero-tolerance blocking of anything ad related, complete (visible) open communication with ad companies, or countless measures in between – determined by you, the informed web user.

Our Promise

Ghostery is free to download and use – plus you have our promise that Ghostery will never be used for advertising. In fact, Ghostery is now part of Evidon, whose mission is to enable a more transparent, trusted environment for consumers and advertisers online.”

SkyDrive Features in Office 2013

In the last Netcast I talked about M$ getting all “social” with it’s new Office, well, now it is getting “cloudy” as well!

SkyDrive features for Office 2013 detailed

“Office 2013 is now available to download in a preview version, so its users already know that the next version of Microsoft’s productivity software suite also has SkyDrive features. Today, Microsoft offered up more details on how its SkyDrive cloud-based storage service will be integrated and used in Office 2013.

In a new post on the Office Next blog, Microsoft points out that saving an Office document to a SkyDrive account should be no different than saving the same file on a PC hard drive. It states, ‘Like other default locations in File Explorer, such as the Documents Library, the SkyDrive experience is accessible from other Windows applications and available offline.’

If you want to read and/or edit an Office file you have created on another PC, you can log into your SkyDrive account and edit that same file you have synced with your home PC with Office Web Apps or even with the current Office 2010 suite. Microsoft states, ‘This is a major advantage of saving to your local hard drive because it gives you access to your documents wherever you sign into Office, and this approach is also a huge improvement over the cloud solutions that force you to stay online to do anything.’

But what if you have a bad online connection while you are traveling, but you still have to edit and sync up your Office documents for a big presentation? Microsoft says that any file uploads to your SkyDrive account are handled asynchronously by Office 2013. It states:

Therefore, if you are working on your document from a coffee shop with a weak WiFi signal, you will be able to continue making changes to the file while uploads are in progress. This ensures that the performance and latency associated with editing Office documents is not affected by the bandwidth, latency or even availability of your network connection.

Office 2013 will also let people know if they are working on files while they are also offline and can even alert Office 2013 users of any changes that have been made to documents that are awaiting an upload to their SkyDrive account.

Microsoft has also made sure that editing any Office 2013 documents will take up as little bandwidth as possible. It states, ‘For example, if you are working on a 50 MB PowerPoint presentation and decide to insert a new bullet point, Office will only upload that single bullet point.'”

DrBill.TV #249 – Video – “The I’ve Let Things Slip Edition!”

New Microsoft Office gets social, GSotW: Free File Sync, SpeakFaith.TV now in the Roku Channel Store! Mozilla releases Firefox 14, Office 2013 won’t run on Windows XP or Vista, FoxFi WiFi or Bluetooth hot spot app, OUYA secures OnLive partnership! –

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Hand Held Hack

VirtZine

Free File Sync

SpeakFaith.TV


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/gl6qLpT6674

Available on Vimeo at: http://vimeo.com/46586138


DrBill.TV #249 – Audio – “The I’ve Let Things Slip Edition!”

New Microsoft Office gets social, GSotW: Free File Sync, SpeakFaith.TV now in the Roku Channel Store! Mozilla releases Firefox 14, Office 2013 won’t run on Windows XP or Vista, FoxFi WiFi or Bluetooth hot spot app, OUYA secures OnLive partnership! –

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Hand Held Hack

VirtZine

Free File Sync

SpeakFaith.TV


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/gl6qLpT6674

Available on Vimeo at: http://vimeo.com/46586138


Open Source Game Console, OUYA, Gets OnLive Support!

OUYAOUYA, the Open Source Gaming Console, and very successful Kickstarter project, is gaining steam (no pun intended!) Get it? “Steam” is a big on-line gaming platform? OK, OK.

OUYA secures OnLive partnership, teases controller design as it passes $5.5M on Kickstarter

“OUYA, the wildly successful Kickstarter project that recently passed $5.5M in funding, has just announced a partnership with cloud gaming company OnLive, a service which delivers popular gaming titles on-demand over the Internet. This, at the very least, will guarantee games will be readily available from the start, in addition to OUYA’s plans on working directly with developers.

If you haven’t heard of OnLive yet, you can think of it as the Netflix of on-demand gaming. The service first launched on PCs, Macs an TVs, and then expaned to iOS and Android in December of last year. Here’s a tease from OUYA’s announcement:

According to OnLive, this partnership will bring “hundreds of top-tier games” from 80+ publishers onto the OUYA console — games that will also be playable on a tablet while you’re on the go. Instant demos (lasting up to 30 minutes) will also be available for nearly every game in OnLive’s library, including the likes of Ravaged and Darksiders II.”

FoxFi WiFi or Bluetooth HotSpot Application

(Cross-posted from the Hand Held Hack)
FoxFiThis is an EXCELLENT Android HotSpot “tethering” tool! Try it, you will be impressed! At right, you see it on my DroidX 3G phone.

FoxFi WiFi or Bluetooth HotSpot Application

“FoxFi enables WiFi or Bluetooth Hotspot on your Android phone – no tether plan or rooting required! This is a new Android app with great reviews in Android Market. Bluetooth mode works for all phones. WiFi mode currently works on most Samsung/Motorola/LG phones and new HTC phones with Android 4.0 (HTC One etc). WiFi mode does NOT work on Motorola Droid 1, Motorola Triumph, Samsung Admire, LG Revolution or older HTC phones, use Bluetooth mode instead. Connect your tablets, computers or game console with WPA security. FoxFi usage is covered under your phone’s existing data plan.

FoxFi is much better than other tether software on Android. The advantages are obvious:

  • No rooting required, avoid hassle and risk of bricking
  • No need to install anything on the computer
  • Supports connection from any tablets including iPad, Kindle, Nook etc.
  • Supports connection from PS3, XBox, WII etc.
  • Supports multiple connections at the same time
  • Secured with WPA2. Avoids the security risk of enabling USB debugging.”

Upgrade or Else! Office 2013 Won’t Run on Older M$ Operating Systems

Another good reason to move to LibreOffice if you are a small business! Office 2013 won’t run on Windows XP or Vista.

Office 2013 Won’t Run On Windows XP, Vista

“Microsoft’s Office 2013 suite, unveiled Monday by CEO Steve Ballmer at a launch event in San Francisco, is only compatible with PCs, laptops, or tablets running the newest Windows operating systems–either Windows 7 or Windows 8, according to Microsoft.

Systems running Vista, XP, or older versions of Windows won’t be able to run the software, meaning that more than half of all computers currently running Windows would need an upgrade to run Office 2013.

Microsoft earlier this week posted the system requirements for Office 2013 Customer Preview on one of its support sites. Compatible operating systems are limited to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012.

A spokesperson confirmed the requirements are applicable to the final version of Office 2013.”

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