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Windows 98 leads Windows Phone 7 in traffic share (Download Squad)

Jan 14th 2011 8:06AM "But still, how the heck does Windows 98 still have that much of a presence?"

Well Lee, everyone in India and China can't quite afford to buy a new Core i7 with Windows 7 just yet.

Call of Duty 4 hits Mac App Store at overpriced $50, a sign of things to come? (Download Squad)

Jan 14th 2011 7:48AM What's the cost of purchasing a game physically off the shelf, compared to the commission on selling on Steam? We already know that out of the $50 asking price, Apple will profit a tidy $15 from every sale with its 30% flat commission, irrespective of whether you're selling a .99c app or a $999 app (like those legal education apps).

How to hide the Ribbon menu in Microsoft Office applications (Download Squad)

Jan 11th 2011 4:16PM @Extant
It wasn't there in Office 2007 - it was added in Office 2010 to make collapsing the ribbon more discoverable. Double clicking to collapse the ribbon works in both versions.

TUAW Review: ColcaSac sleeve for iPad (TUAW.com)

Aug 22nd 2010 12:07PM "I've never understood people who keep their iPads bound up in cases."

I have a case for my iPad because I want something to protect the back and sides of the unit (with a screen protector on the top of the unit) so that I can just set it down and pick it up anywhere in my house and start using it immediately. I don't travel with my iPad, so I don't need a sleeve and I don't want to inconvenience of pulling out a 10" tablet from a sleeve everytime I want to look up something on my iPad. If I travelled with my iPad outside of my house, I would probably get a sleeve, but for my usage, I have a case to protect it instead.

While you can't understand why people have cases for their iPads, understand that people use their devices in different manners and people prefer different solutions for their needs.

ps. +1 to Marco regarding how this case could damage your iPad.

DLS Review: Live Documents is almost like Office, but for the Web (Download Squad)

Aug 17th 2010 11:37AM "Now, let's talk about one feature that Live Documents has, which MS Office doesn't have: Spark Lines/Charts."
Office 2010 has Sparklines built into Excel and it's dead easy to use.

"Microsoft Office 2010 now includes something called Groove"
Office 2007 introduced Groove back in 2006, however this has been renamed SharePoint Workspace in Office 2010. A drawback for Groove and SharePoint Workspace is that participants require a licence for full access for Groove/SPW, therefore it's more a intranet solution where the site has a volume license with Groove/SPW instead of a general solution where not all participants may have Groove/SPW.

If I couldn't use a Mac (TUAW.com)

Jun 29th 2010 12:11PM Sony Vaio Signature Collection Z Series. 13.1" Full HD (1920x1080) Core i7-620M with 2x256GB SSD in RAID0 is an engineering masterpiece that far surpasses anything else currently on the market. I'm always in awe when my friend pulls his out - it still takes the cake. That being said, I don't have a spare $4799 to buy one.

The shame about the notebook is the Sony bloatware they've installed on it. Of particular concern, my friend has a problem with the notebook not waking up from hibernation that neither of us have had with any other Windows 7 computers we've used (Sony has overridden the standard Windows 7 power management with their own software). We're seriously considering blowing away Sony's custom Windows 7 installation with a vanilla Windows 7 installation to remove the bloat and retify this apparant Sony hibernation issue.

Will Internet Explorer 9 finally get a download manager? (Download Squad)

May 22nd 2010 10:30AM As a previous member of Microsoft Connect (private beta testing) and a current subscriber to the download-only Action Pack, Microsoft have provided download managers (interestingly, different software for Connect and Action Pack, and both of these differ from the Download Manager in this article) to download software in a resumable manner. While it would make sense if the IE UI team took charge of adding a download manager to IE so that other MS departments don't have to write their own download managers to assist in downloading large files, I want the IE team to focus all of their development time on the rendering engine - download managers is something that can be tacked on to IE afterwards by third-parties or even in-house like PowerToys for Windows 95, but getting the rendering engine right isn't something that can be easily tweaked by third-parties.

Microsoft releases second IE9 developer preview -- now where's that UI? (Download Squad)

May 5th 2010 12:59PM Lee, it's called IE9 *Platform Preview* for a reason - it's for developers to test their websites and test the new features available with IE9 and deliberately missing the browser chrome so that consumers don't use it as a web browser. A consumer preview with browser chrome will be released once they begin to complete their rendering engine, but it's important for them to focus on the rendering engine first before toying around with browser chrome.


What's in the iPhone 4.0? (TUAW.com)

Apr 5th 2010 8:29PM This isn't "What's in the iPhone 4.0?". This is "What Mike Schramm wants in the iPhone 4.0". There is little factual substance to this article and is instead a wishlist of what Mike Schramm wants. I don't have a problem with wishlists, but don't mislead the reader with titles like "What's in the iPhone 4.0?".

Microsoft offers Office 2010 free to MS Partner University "grads" (Download Squad)

Apr 3rd 2010 1:52PM MPU is only available for US and Canadian MS partners, so as an Australian MS partner, I can't participate in this program.