THE DIGITAL CLOSET

Microsoft has doubled the amount of online storage you can get for your phone, tablet, PC or Mac. It’s now 30 gigabytes. To get started, go to onedrive.live.com and choose your device. If you have Windows 8.1, it’s already installed.

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XP AND BEYOND

We heard from several readers who said they have no intention of giving up their Windows XP machines when Microsoft support ends (neither does Bob), and others who asked, “What about Vista?”

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THE XBOX ONE

A number of critics have been saying the Xbox One isn’t worth getting because some of the most popular games won’t play on it. That’s not the only reason. We got one because our favorite game, Peggle, is out in a new version that only plays on Xbox One. The other reason was just to keep up to date on what’s happening out there. It’s a good thing we’re having a blast playing that game, because everything else about the Xbox One feels overpriced and underwhelming. Want to use Skype for phone calls? Or Amazon Instant Video? Or Internet Explorer? Or even the popular Netflix and Hulu networks? Fuggedaboutit. Nearly everything you want to do except free games, requires an […]

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OFFICE ON THE IPAD

We’re still waiting for the official Microsoft version of Office for iPad and Android tablets. Meanwhile, there’s a free app that lets you use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It’s called “OnLive Desktop” from desktop.onlive.com.

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SITTING DUCKS

A reader asked us a question we’d never heard before. How do you trim the boring parts out of your duck-hunting video? (You know: when there are no ducks.)

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BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Microsoft Office just came out in a new version for 2013. But some of us (Joy’s looking at you, Bob) haven’t upgraded Microsoft Word since 2003. This can be a problem when Joy sends Bob a file created in a newer version.

If Joy forgets to save a Word document in the “Doc” f

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GETTING THERE

Microsoft Streets and Trips is a $40 program that has been around for many years but is still popular with many, especially the recreational vehicle crowd, despite the existence of free Google maps, cheap GPS devices, and recommendation sites like Yelp. There’s a major difference here: You have to be able to get online with the Internet to use Google Maps, but Street and Trips works from information on a DVD or one-time download of the program. We did a comparison between the online Google Maps and the offline Streets and Trips on our Windows laptop. We chose Newport Beach, California (Joy’s hometown and the site of our most recent trip) as our base.  Streets and Trips found 236 restaurants […]

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FREE BOOKS FROM MICROSOFT PRESS

Microsoft is giving away over 80 e-books on tech topics like Windows 8, SharePoint and Office 365. To make them easier to find, we shortened the web address to tinyurl.com/FreeFromMS.

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WINDOWS 8 BUZZ

FrugalDad.com has a run-down on the new Windows 8. With its new “Metro” system, the Windows 8 screen will look more like a phone screen, with a social app, a cookbook app, games, etc. A portable version will let you carry all your preferences on a USB stick. Then, when you plug it into another Windows 8 machine, you will see your familiar desktop and apps.

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THE UNMANAGEABLE “TOUCH MOUSE”

When we wrote about the “Microsoft Touch Mouse” back in October, we said we weren’t sure it was worth its $80 price. Now we’re sure it isn’t, even at its new $60 sale price.

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