Windows Essentials 2012 released, updates two apps, swaps Live Mesh for SkyDrive
August 8, 2012 – 08:32 | 2 Comments
Windows Essentials 2012 released, updates two apps, swaps Live Mesh for SkyDrive

Microsoft has released Windows Essentials 2012 for Windows 7 and 8 users. The new release – which sees the “Live” part dropped from its name – features notable new features and improvements to its multimedia tools, …

Check your PC’s security vulnerabilities with Microsoft’s Attack Surface Analyzer
August 7, 2012 – 07:06 | Comments Off on Check your PC’s security vulnerabilities with Microsoft’s Attack Surface Analyzer
Check your PC’s security vulnerabilities with Microsoft’s Attack Surface Analyzer

After more than 18 months in beta, Microsoft has finally released version 1.0 of its free Attack Surface Analyzer, a tool which aims to highlight security weaknesses that have been introduced by the installation of …

New .NET Framework Cleanup tool adds Windows 8, .NET 4.5 support
August 6, 2012 – 05:26 | Comments Off on New .NET Framework Cleanup tool adds Windows 8, .NET 4.5 support
New .NET Framework Cleanup tool adds Windows 8, .NET 4.5 support

Back in July Microsoft engineer Aaron Stebner released a new version of his .NET Framework Setup Verification tool, a handy troubleshooting utility which can quickly tell you whether a particular .NET edition is installed and …

Google Chrome 21 gets stable release, adds new webcam API and retina display support
August 1, 2012 – 07:59 | Comments Off on Google Chrome 21 gets stable release, adds new webcam API and retina display support
Google Chrome 21 gets stable release, adds new webcam API and retina display support

The first stable release of Google Chrome 21 has hit the download servers, and the open-source, cross-platform browser has a number of new features and improvements to share. The headline new feature is that – with …

Software roundup – 36 of the most exciting software downloads from the past week
July 21, 2012 – 06:58 | Comments Off on Software roundup – 36 of the most exciting software downloads from the past week
Software roundup – 36 of the most exciting software downloads from the past week

This has been another action-packed week for software releases, but it is one that has be dominated by one name – Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview. The latest version of Microsoft’s office suite has received …

Detect and fix weak Windows security settings with Microsoft’s Malware Prevention troubleshooter
July 18, 2012 – 07:19 | Comments Off on Detect and fix weak Windows security settings with Microsoft’s Malware Prevention troubleshooter
Detect and fix weak Windows security settings with Microsoft’s Malware Prevention troubleshooter

SmartScreen, Windows Defender, User Account Control, the Security Centre – Windows now includes a host of tools and technologies which aim to keep your system safe and secure. But are they all configured to offer …

Office 2013 Consumer Preview now available
July 17, 2012 – 07:14 | Comments Off on Office 2013 Consumer Preview now available
Office 2013 Consumer Preview now available

Microsoft has released a Windows-only customer preview of Office 2013 and Office 365 (the subscription-based service), a major revamp which aims to move the suite firmly into the 21st century.
The interface is cleaner, more tablet-friendly, …

Software roundup – 34 important downloads from the past week
July 14, 2012 – 10:25 | One Comment
Software roundup – 34 important downloads from the past week

The second week of releases for July is a little different from other weeks in that there have been a greater number of Mac releases that usual. TRIM Enabler 2.2 is a great free tool that …

New Microsoft SkyDrive build adds new status windows and all-new logo
July 13, 2012 – 08:03 | Comments Off on New Microsoft SkyDrive build adds new status windows and all-new logo
New Microsoft SkyDrive build adds new status windows and all-new logo

Almost every software update that gets released, particularly those that involve only minor version number increases, addresses bugs that have been found and performance issues. This is the case with the latest release of Microsoft’s …

Software roundup – 19 downloads from the first week of July
July 7, 2012 – 05:21 | Comments Off on Software roundup – 19 downloads from the first week of July
Software roundup – 19 downloads from the first week of July

The halfway point of the year has come and gone, and as we slide our way through the calendar, there are more and more software releases to keep track of. If you’ve been busy through …

Troubleshoot even more Outlook issues with Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer 2.0
July 4, 2012 – 06:48 | Comments Off on Troubleshoot even more Outlook issues with Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer 2.0
Troubleshoot even more Outlook issues with Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer 2.0

Microsoft has released Outlook Configuration Analyzer 2.0, an excellent tool for troubleshooting a host of common Outlook 2007/ 2010 issues.
As before, the program works by scanning your current Outlook setup and looking for known problems …