The “new” Office App

For those mobile Office users, the news that Microsoft has developed an integrated app that saves space on your device in addition to providing the same or even more productivity has to be a welcomed development.

I’ve tested out the app for the past few days and must say that I’m impressed with its performance.  While it is a disappointment that it only includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (no integrated Outlook, OneNote, etc.) it is definitely a step in the right direction in that its performance is much improved in comparison to the traditional (and “clunky”) standalone mobile apps.

For more details about the new Office App, check out Gregg Keizer’s article on here and let me know if you’ve taken the plunge and experimented with the app!

A closer look at the Modern Desktop

The latest buzz throughout the IT industry is about the ever changing landscape of its future, namely the shifting of all things towards cloud computing.

As more resources get redirected to the cloud, what does that mean for the average end user?  On the surface, you may think “mot much” but when you take a deep dive into the topic at hand, it is quickly realized that the expectations for productivity can increased being that whatever devices that are assigned to them can be managed and monitored at all times.

For a more detailed explanation, Paul Schnackenburg did a masterful job here in breaking down this shift towards what is now called the “Modern Desktop” along with its pros and cons on how it can and will affect us going forward…

Surface Laptop 3 issues

I must say that while it is somewhat common for manufacturers to release products that don’t quite live up to expectations from a quality control perspective, I was scratching my head at the fact that many owners of the recently released Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 have had their screen randomly crack despite taking the proper precautions and care of the device.

As someone who has seen a fair share of hardware defects (i.e. defective hinges, overheating issues, graphics card problems, bad RAM, bad HDDs/SSDs, defective connectivity ports, etc.) over the last 20 years, I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever come across a scenario where the screen itself cracks.

For more info, check out the post on here!

Physical vs Virtual…which is best?

It’s almost as if we’re asking…which came first: the chicken or the egg?  Ok, perhaps that a heck of a stretch but it does beg the question of which one is better.

I came across an article found on Vembu which is a disaster recovery / backup company but has a great blog that discusses all things related to their core business and the subject at hand was about the differences between physical vs virtual servers.

I feel that this article is a great read for network, systems, and server admins no matter what your expertise is.  Check it out here and let me know what you think…

Operating on the “Edge”…

The highly anticipated, revamped Edge browser has been available to the masses for almost a month now and it appears that Microsoft is forcefully pushing Windows users to adopt when the opportunity arises.

Lawrence Adrams at reports here that the tactic being used is in the form of catchy ads within the Windows 10 OS to attract users.

If you happen to be a Firefox user, don’t be surprised if this pops up on your screen…

You’ve been warned…

Taskbar searching in Windows 10 not working

While no one will dispute the fact that Microsoft releases lots of updates on a monthly basis, (sometimes even every week depending on how disastrous that month’s patches are) it’s safe to say that they officially update certain features/products within their OS without warning.

Case in point: the random Windows 10 search bar issue hitting users machines.  Kudos to those that pointed out how the build number within the search bar changed and verified that Microsoft indeed performs secret “updates” that are designed to fly under the radar.

Additional kudos goes to Woody Leonard for providing us with great insight and analysis into this issue and explains it in a way that is easy for the casual user to understand.  Check out his Askwoody post/ Computerworld article here for the 411…