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11 Free Microsoft Tools You’re Overlooking | PCWorld Business Center

11 Free Microsoft Tools Youre Overlooking | PCWorld Business Center.

Much is said these days about the “cloud.” How you can work, store data, photos and share all of it with co-workers, family and friends using (largely) free online tools from Google, Yahoo, Box.net, and many other web application players.

It’s not that well-known, however, just how many good (and free) tools that Microsoft makes available. Not all of them are cloud-based, but many of them are, allowing the same freedom of access and sharing capabilities as the other more well-known tools.

YouTube – Windows 8 Concept

YouTube – Windows 8 Concept.

I am intrigued by the glimpses of the UI offered in this video… Can anyone point me to a shell replacement or other app that offers anything remotely like this?

YouTube – Chain of Fools : Upgrading through every version of windows (HQ)

YouTube – Chain of Fools : Upgrading through every version of windows (HQ).

 

Goodness gracious… MS-DOS 5, and everything from Windows 3.1 forward look SO familiar! I can still remember, getting the shipment of twenty-plus 3.5-inch floppy disks for Windows NT 3.1, and plugging them in, one after another.

Amazing how much some things have changed, and how similar some UI items are to the UI bits of old.

What are some of your memories of old Windows versions?

WindowsZone: OffiSync–Synchronize MS Office with Google Apps

WindowsZone: OffiSync–Synchronize MS Office with Google Apps.

OffiSync Open Document Dialog Box in MS Word 2010

Those of you either using or thinking of using the Google Apps online suite of tools will find this interesting. OffiSync, a free download, provides a toolbar for your Microsoft Office applications that allows instant access to your Google Apps document space. You can save to, and open from, your Google Apps documents as if it were just another hard drive connected to your system.

OffiSync can be downloaded and installed in less than ten minutes – more if you need to hit Google Apps and create an account. Hint: If you have a Gmail address, or a Google Account of any kind, you already have access to Google Apps. Simply go to google.com/apps and login.

If you need to sign up for Google Apps, try the free version, still available at that link.

How to Pin Websites in Google Chrome

One of the top features I liked about the IE9 Beta, and wrote about here, was the ability to Pin a website to the Windows 7 Taskbar or Start Menu. This feature has been much touted by many reviewers and bloggers as one of the more innovative and interesting of the new IE9.

Not to say that it is not innovative (or interesting) but Google Chrome has offered this capability for some time. I am not sure exactly when it gained this capability (maybe from the outset, I cannot verify it in some rudimentary searches this evening) but you can do exactly the same thing in Chrome, albeit with more steps required.

The process in IE9 is mentioned in my post, and described quite succinctly by the very popular and useful Tweaking with Vishal blog, is very simple. Simply drag and drop an IE9 Tab or the Favicon to the Taskbar or Start Menu, and you’ve done it. Pinning a website in Google Chrome takes a couple more steps.

Pinning a Website in Google Chrome

application shortcut creation google chrome

  1. First, click the Chrome Tools (wrench) menu, then Tools, and Click “Create Application Shortcuts…”
  2. On the dialog box as shown above, check the ones you want or don’t want, and click Create.
  3. You will now have a Pinned website on the locations chosen.

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Beauty of the Web – IE9 Beta Product Guide

Beauty of the Web.

IE9 Beta Product Guide, very helpful. Watch movies and get information covering Fast, Clean, Trusted and a catch-all Top Features. Also available in PDF or XPS document formats for download.

Top 5 Favorite Features of IE9 Beta

Someone asked me what is my favorite feature of the new IE9 Beta? I had to think a bit, and finally decided – there isn’t just one! So, after a half day or so of playing with the new IE9, here are my Top 5 Favorite Features:


1. Color-Coded Tabs

IE9 Tabbed Browsing - Color Coded!

For those web users, especially web or social media professionals who spend the better part of a day at work browsing, multiple tabs are incredibly helpful in reading pages, and opening new tabs onto new links without losing the current tab content. Technically, I don’t believe this is a “new” feature but it works really well with IE9’s lightning fast New Tab command. Read more of this post