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Microsoft Refuses to Turn Over Emails to Government

Episode 1114

Microsoft

Pending appeal, Microsoft has refused to turn over emails stored in Ireland to the US government. If Microsoft loses on appeal, it'll have to turn over the emails however. This is a scary thing because it could mean that the reach of the US courts extend beyond our shores, and around the world. In the view of Microsoft and many legal experts, federal authorities have no jurisdiction over data stored in a foreign country, and this would violate the sovereignty of Ireland.

Leo thinks that companies like Microsoft and Apple will see this as an opportunity to fight for user privacy.

What's the best free antivirus software?

Greg from Camarillo, CA

Episode 1114

Greg has been using AVG and he's ready to move to another option. Leo says he's not much of a fan of AVG, and instead recommends Microsoft's Security Essentials. Windows 8 doesn't need it since it comes built in as Windows Defender. But for Windows 7, Security Essentials is best. Leo also recommends not running in administrative mode, and he should demote his account to "standard user."

Why is Microsoft Office giving me a configuration warning after a power failure?

Episode 1110

Rob from Sylmar, CA
Hard drive

Rob has a Lenovo running Windows 7 and Office 2007, and it keeps displaying a configuration warning after a recent power failure. Leo says that Office programs hate power failures and it's likely that the config file became corrupt. When power comes back on, it causes a power surge that can also cause problems. Leo thinks that Office is trying to write to the file, but since it's damaged it's having trouble.

Should I install an update from Microsoft on my Mac?

Episode 1109

Tony from Indianapolis, IN
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Tony is getting an update error for an update that requires a "licensing agreement" for using OS X Mavericks and Microsoft Office on his Mac. Leo says it sounds like an Office issue and having to agree to their EULA is a standard thing. It's safe to install. Ideally, they're supposed to apply the updates automatically, but apparently not in this case. It could be a setting that's been disabled.

Microsoft Now Requires Users Run Latest Version of Skype

Episode 1103

Microsoft bought Skype about 2 years ago, and since then we've been waiting for Microsoft to really put its stamp on the product. First it changed how Skype worked with the super nodes, and now it's requiring users to run the latest version in order to use the service. There's a couple of reasons Microsoft may be requiring this. It could be to ensure that the same technologies are used when calling other Skype users. Or it could be because Microsoft wants to put ads into Skype, and it has to make sure that everyone will see them.

18,000 Microsoft Employees to Be Laid Off

Episode 1102

Microsoft

In the biggest layoff of Microsoft's history, 18,000 employees are on the line to be let go. That amounts to 14 percent of its staff. But the majority of those people came on board when Microsoft bought Nokia, and most are not in the U.S. either. It will cost Microsoft 1.1 to 1.6 billion dollars in severance and benefits. 13,000 jobs will be cut immediately and another 5,000 will be cut over the next 6 months. A total of 1,351 jobs will be cut in the Seattle region at Microsoft's headquarters.

Why can't I open files on my laptop at work?

Lucy from Torrance, CA

Episode 1094

Lucy just got her first laptop, a Dell Inspiron. Lately, she's been having issues opening files and saving them at work. But when she's home, it works just fine. Leo says to make sure she's saving files to her local hard drive and not a networked drive that it can't find. The latest version of Office saves to the cloud by default, not a local drive. So if the computer was disconnected from the internet, it wouldn't be able to see that file.