Roy bought Windows 7 for his new laptop. He hears that he will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but why would he do that since he walked away from Windows 8? Leo says that Microsoft has made a lot of fixes to Windows that make it more like what it was before Windows 8's radical redesign. Users with Windows 7 and 8 will be able to upgrade for free. Leo says that Windows 10, which he has been using, has made major strides. That being said, he shouldn't feel the need to upgrade right away. He can wait a few months after it launches.
Mark is looking for a good Bluetooth keyboard for his iPad Air and his smaller Android tablet. Leo says it would work with both, but he'll want to be sure he gets one that has a slot, and not one that doubles as a case. Microsoft makes a folding one that gets really tiny and expands. It's called the Universal Foldable Keyboard, and it's $100 list.
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Microsoft announced a new virtual reality product called Holo Lens, which works natively with WIndows 10 and Leo says it's incredibly impressive. It will give users that "Minority Report" experience and Microsoft says it's the future of computing. This is more augmented reality than virtual reality, and it will superimpose information on top of things in the real world. Leo says that after seeing computer interfaces come and go, Holo Lens is the real deal and Microsoft could very well be right. This could be a revolution, and it'll come out this Fall.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for everyone running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and even for Xbox. Microsoft has brought back a lot of the desktop interface from Windows 7, and when you move into a tablet-like environment, Windows will detect it and adjust itself accordingly. You can download the new Windows 10 now through the Windows Insider Program, but Leo doesn't recommend putting it on your primary system. Windows 10 will be available to consumers in the Fall.
Don wants to know what Leo thinks about Microsoft Office 365. Leo says it's a great idea, and he uses it. It's for a cheap monthly fee, especially for non profits. Leo says to go for it. He can install up to five copies and get access to his files on any platform anywhere thanks to its web-based interface.
Windows 10 will be revealed on Wednesday of this week, January 21. It probably won't be out until Fall, but we'll learn more about it. There is a public stream of the event Wednesday morning at 9am Pacific time, and you can find out more about it at blogs.windows.com. We'll also have coverage of the event at live.twit.tv starting Wednesday at about 8:45am Pacific time.
Emilio is looking for a good file management utility that has good accessibility features, chiefly via speech. He wants to be able to sort and make documents that are easily searchable. Evernote doesn't do it. Leo says they should.
Google has published news of a new vulnerability in Windows 8 that will allow hackers to create an administrator account and take control of the computer. Google let Microsoft know about it months ago and told them they would announce it after three months if Redmond didn't do anything. There's been no fix, so Google leaked the story as promised. Now Microsoft says they have a fix in the works. Meanwhile, hackers all over the world not only know about it, but Google has provided them with the suspect code to use. Swell.
Sam bought a new Sony Vaio with Windows 7. What should he do about antivirus software? Leo suggests going with Microsoft Security Essentials. It comes bundled as Windows Defender in Windows 8, but he'll have to download and install it separately for Windows 7. Antivirus software won't protect him from his own behavior, though.
Leo says yes, Microsoft requires an account. He can pay monthly or yearly. It's $69 for a year, which is very cheap. He could buy Office and not have an account, but in the long run, Office 365 is a good deal.