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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.

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Introducing an All New Box: Simplicity Remade

Introducing an All New Box: Simplicity Remade « The Box Blog – Read about new features, interviews and more.

I’ve had a Box.net account for some time now, but have just recently gotten into using it heavily. Box.net basically provides storage in “the cloud” – that amorphous thing that all the Microsoft commercials refer to lately, and you’ll find it discussed on most computer- or software-related blogs as well.

Just as I’ve been a long-time proponent of web-based email services, first with Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and now everyone’s favorite Gmail from Google, Box.net provides storage for files, as well as sharing tools that let you collaborate with others. Those “others” can be anywhere in the world, as long as they’ve got an Internet connection. I think it’s safe to say that nearly all business people these days have a connection to the Net. They can be co-workers, other freelancers, or others in your business.

Box.net offers free storage that allows for 5GB, and ramps up through a number of other storage size options aimed at individuals or business accounts, and even enterprise level accounts.

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.

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.

IE9 Beta First Impressions


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IE9 Beta - Can it compete with the upstarts?

I almost always try the beta or test version of software. I am not so much into testing for testing sake, just trying out new stuff, before it is widely available. I tried the test Win95 interface for Windows NT 3.5, back before NT 3.51 adopted the new Win95 interface outright. For that matter, I took part in the Windows 95 “Preview Program” – little more than a glorified Beta test, for which I paid – $35.00? – to take part in. What was I thinking?

Ah well, with the IE9 beta, I again am trying the beta version, for the same old “trying something new” reason, plus one other… I’m curious, you see. I’ve NEVER been excited or very impressed with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Pretty much as soon as Netscape Navigator was available, I grabbed it and didn’t look back. Same with Netscape Communicator, Mozilla Firebird (yes, it was called Firebird until they had to change the name). What will the IE9 Beta bring to the browsing table? Can it compete with upstarts Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, not to mention Opera?

I’ve always used IE, through its various iterations. The bare bones IE2, the barely can remember it IE3, IE4, which was not “that” bad… IE5, which I didn’t really like, IE6, which I pretty much hated (along with all other IT/web development folks)… then IE7, which was a big improvement over IE6, and then IE8, which, all things considered, is not a bad browser at all. Which is a good thing, considering that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds nearly 65% of the browser market.  Read more of this post

What’s Yahoo’s “Plan B” For Search?

image It doesn’t sounds like there is much of a “Plan B” in Yahoo’s playbook. This will throw the SEO world for a loop. Everyone is trying to formulate a strategy for the Microsoft-Yahoo search “merger” – and now the possibility that it may not happen at all.

Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan outlines here how Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has downplayed search in the last few months.

What’s Yahoo’s “Plan B” For Search?