Tag Archives: Microsoft

  • Further 60+ Free Technical eBooks from Microsoft

    We’ve reported the availability of free eBooks from Microsoft previously, some time last year from memory. Apparently, previous releases have been so popular that Microsoft, in particular Sales Excellence Program Manager Eric Ligman, has recently made a further 60 plus eBooks available for download. As before, these books are all free with the vast majority […]

  • FREE Windows 8 User Guide (PDF)

    This Windows 8 user guide is available free from Microsoft under the rather fancy name of “Windows 8 End User Training Brochure”. In reality it is a pretty basic guide that doesn’t go into great detail but is however, because of that very reason, eminently suitable for any newcomers to Windows 8. Download is a […]

  • Geek Facts for August 30th – The 1st African American in Space and 2 Office Versions

    In 1983, NASA Astronaut Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first African American to go into space. Bluford’s first mission was as a Mission Specialist on STS-8. This was the first mission with a night launch and night landing. Bluford flew on four Shuttle missions before leaving NASA in 1993. Bluford logged over 688 hours […]

  • Geek Facts for August 27th – Presario and IE6

    In 1993, 
Compaq announced its Presario line of personal computers. Starting at $1,499, the Pentium 4 2 GHz basic system configuration included a 20 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 128 MB of PC800 RAMBUS memory, 48x CD-ROM drive and a 17″ CV735 monitor. Learn more at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2001pmc/pr2001082701.html. In 2001, version 6 of the Internet Explorer […]

  • Geek Facts for August 24th – Windows 95 and Pluto’s Demotion

    In 1995, Windows 95 debuted. Windows 95 integrated Microsoft’s MS-DOS and Windows products. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1 in regards to its graphical user interface (GUI) and in its relatively simplified “plug-n-play” features. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95. In 2006, Pluto was demoted to a ‘dwarf planet’ According to the International Astronomical […]

  • Geek Fact for August 13th

    In 1996, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 3.0. IE 3 included Internet Mail and News 1.0 and the Windows Address Book. It was also the first version to adopt the blue letter “e” as its logo. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Internet_Explorer#1994.E2.80.931997:_Beginnings_.26_Spyglass.

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    Microsoft Patch Tuesday August 2012 | 9 Patches, 5 Critical

    Patch Tuesday Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of the month. That important date will be August 14 this month. This is a list of the upcoming patches that Microsoft will be doling out very soon: Here is the list of patches that are specific to Windows 7: Image List sources: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-aug Security It is a […]

  • Geek Facts for July 30th – PowerPoint and Coco 3

    In 1987, 
Microsoft acquired Forethought, the developer of PowerPoint, for $14 million. Earlier that year, PowerPoint 1.0 was released for the Apple Macintosh. It ran in black and white, generating text-and-graphics pages for overhead transparencies. In 1990, the first Windows versions were produced. Learn more at http://technology-acquisitions.findthedata.org/q/356/2730/What-products-or-services-did-Forethought-sell. In 1986, Tandy announced the Color Computer 3. […]

  • Geek Fact for July 3rd – G4 Cube, Windows and Comets

    In 2001, Apple Computer stopped producing and marketing its Power Mac G4 Cube due to disappointing sales. One gripe many people had with the Cube was its lack of conventional Audio input and output. Instead, it came with an external USB amplifier and a set of Harman Kardon speakers. The Cube was not nearly as […]

  • Geek Fact for June 25th

    In 1974
, Texas Instruments was awarded a patent for the TI-2500 DataMath microcalculator which it applied for in 1967. The inventors were James H. Van Tassel, Jerry D. Merryman, and Jack St. Clair Kilby. The TI-2500 Datamath was the first calculator sold by Texas Instruments. It was a four-function, full-floating-decimal-point calculator with an eight-digit light-emitting-diode […]

  • “Just the Facts, Ma’am” – Microsoft Unveils its Answer to the iPad

    Yesterday, Microsoft took the plunge into the tablet market, unveiling its Surface tablet. The Surface is positioned to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad. There are two Surface models, the Surface for Windows 8 Pro and the Surface for Windows RT. As its name implies, the Surface Windows 8 Pro is the “professional” version aimed at […]

  • 2013 will be the year of Microsoft: how the new ecosystem will mark the beginning of an era

      2010 will be remembered by some as the year of the Great Patent Wars. After it became clear that Android had really taken off and was making serious money for companies like Google, Motorola, Samsung, and HTC, Apple chose to fight back. Litigiously. From March 2010 to March 2011, Apple filed 37 lawsuits against […]