software

Tue
21
Dec
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Microsoft Terminates MS Office Anti-Piracy Tool

For those of you who dislike the pesky anti-piracy measures used by software companies, here's good news: Microsoft will discontinue its program of additional anti-piracy monitoring for its MS Office software. A few years ago Microsoft introduced ... Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), an anti-piracy measure that checked the validity of user operating systems by dialing into their computers. PCs found to be running illegal copies of Windows had their operating system desktop screen turned black with a message that their PC may be running counterfeit software. Microsoft Office Genuine Advantage ... (view more)

Wed
15
Dec
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Google, Microsoft Ads Link to Malware

According to security firm Armorize Technologies, both Google and Microsoft ad systems recently linked to web sites containing malicious software. Once an infected link is clicked, Internet Explorer automatically installs bogus software that claims ... the user's PC is infected, requiring payment to remove the alleged problems. Santa Clara based security firm Armorize Technologies says that the bogus links appeared on banner ads provided through DoubleClick (owned by Google) and MSN (Microsoft). The ads did not appear on Google or Bing's search results pages, but rather on third-party websites ... (view more)

Wed
01
Dec
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Ashampoo $20 Dollar Mega Deal

Why pay full price for top-notch Windows software, when you don't have to? Germany-based software company Ashampoo fully believes in this philosophy, and is for a very-limited time offering up their best-selling MS Windows products with a deep 80% ... discount. And when the economy is in such a slump, who doesn't love a great deal? Ashampoo: Full-Featured Software at a Great Price When you visit Ashampoo.com, you're greeted with the slogan "We Make Software!" But it's not just any software, it's truly great software. "We've been making great software for over 10 years, and are proud of it," says ... (view more)

Thu
11
Nov
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Is the Windows 7 Discount Pack Compatible with XP?

Infopackets Reader 'Gene' writes: " Dear Dennis, Regarding the Windows 7 super discount (set to expire soon) -- I see that the Windows 7 bundle being offered is for 3 (three) licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium. Can you tell me, is there a similar ... discount / offer for Windows 7 Pro? The reason why I ask, is because I'm told Windows 7 Home Premium isn't as compatible with XP software. Is that true? " My response: This isn't a simple yes and no answer, so allow me to answer this in detail. First: only Windows 7 Home Premium is being offered in bulk (3 licenses, discounted), and not for any ... (view more)

Wed
10
Nov
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LimeWire File Sharing Resurrected by 'Developers'

Two weeks ago it looked like the file-sharing peer-to-peer (p2p) favorite LimeWire had been quashed for good . Not surprisingly, however, a new "Pirate Edition" of the software has arisen from the ashes and released to the public, and it's likely to ... once again arouse the attention of the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). RIAA Fights Multi-Year, Multi-Million Court Battle Back in late October it appeared that the RIAA, a copyright protection agency, had been successful in closing down LimeWire for the near and distant future. After a four-year, multi-million dollar legal ... (view more)

Wed
10
Nov
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Recent Windows Update Arouses Security Controversy

A prominent security firm has taken a stand against Microsoft's decision to offer its free antivirus software, Microsoft Security Essentials , as part of its recent Windows Update. A member of Trend Micro's management team not long ago referred to ... the move as one "commercializing Windows Update". Last week Microsoft began offering U.S. Windows users its free antivirus program, Microsoft Security Essentials, through the Windows operating system's built-in update service. The offering works like this: if Windows detects that a user is not using any antivirus software, the option of upgrading to ... (view more)

Wed
03
Nov
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Acronis True Image 2011 Review

Since 2004, Infopackets.com has recommended Acronis True Image to its readers as -the- ultimate backup and disaster recovery solution for Microsoft Windows. There are many new exciting changes to discuss with True Image 2011, but first, let's start ... with the basics. What Exactly is Acronis True Image? To put it in simple terms, Acronis True Image is a backup program on steroids. In order to explain how it's different compared to other run-of-the-mill simple backup programs, let me explain what True Image does. With simple backup programs, you can only archive your files onto another ... (view more)

Mon
25
Oct
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Microsoft Details MS Office 365, an Online Office Suite

Microsoft has formally unveiled the most comprehensive online version of its MS Office software to date. "Office 365," as it's called, is currently being beta tested in 13 countries and it's expected to be publicly available in 40 countries next ... year. MS Office 365 Uses Cloud Computing Technology The idea behind Office 365 is that it uses cloud computing technology. It's a service that allows businesses to access Office tools over the Internet, rather than have to physically install the software on a per-machine basis. The concept also means employees can access Office from any ... (view more)

Mon
25
Oct
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Microsoft Stops XP Shipments; Win8 Details Emerge

The death knell tolls for Windows XP. The decade-old operating system is no longer being shipped to PC makers -- otherwise known as original equipment manufacturers, or "OEMs". The kill date came officially on October 22nd, which was Windows 7's ... first birthday. The news comes as little surprise to most, given that Microsoft had already cut off options to pre-install Windows XP back in 2008 . (Source: pcmag.com ) Windows 7, Vista Can Be Downgraded to XP Some fans have continued to enjoy access to the uber-popular Windows XP -- particularly users of low-end PCs like netbooks, and ... (view more)

Thu
21
Oct
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Bill Gates Successor Quits Microsoft

High-profile executive and software visionary Ray Ozzie has announced he is leaving Microsoft. It's a move that has prompted great speculation in the tech industry, including whether or not the company will remain effective in its plans for online ... computing. Ray Ozzie a Key Figure of Microsoft Ozzie was Microsoft's Chief Software Architect. That's not a precisely defined term, but one could draw conceptual parallels with the work of a traditional architect: a software architect makes the key design decisions about how software should be built and how it will operate. Given Microsoft's line of ... (view more)

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