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Microsoft Cutting Back on Services
From: Don Edrington
     "Google Drive" and Microsoft's "OneDrive" are both "cloud" storage locations where users can store personal files at no charge. However, Microsoft just sent us a notice saying OneDrive's free storage will be reduced from 15 GB to 5 GB on August 10, 2016.

    Meanwhile, Google's free storage continues to be 15 GB.

    Microsoft also said, "We're discontinu-ing the 15GB "Camera Roll Bonus."

Yet another Microsoft announcement was that it's free upgrade to Windows 10 will end on July 29, 2016 (one year after the offer was first announced).

After that an upgrade will cost $119 for "Windows 10 Home" or $199 for "Windows 10 Pro."

Windows 7 users Jill Stearns and Jim Thayer each said the "Upgrade to Windows 10" button had disappeared from their computers and asked what to do next. Here are the steps:

Click "Start" and type update in the search box. In the list of results, click "Windows Update."

In the "Details" pane, click "Check for Updates" and wait while Windows seeks the latest available for your PC.

When "Updates Available" appears, click the message to view them.

Click each checkbox for the update(s) you want, click "OK" and then click "Install Updates."

You will still have 30 days to re-install Windows 7 or 8.1, but I'm not sure how long this option will last.

Carol Anderson asked about the availability of any "free Microsoft-compatible office suites." They can be found at "LibreOffice.org" and at "OpenOffice.org."

Mary and I prefer using the free online "Office" programs of Google Drive which has much more to offer than just its Word, Excel and Powerpoint-compatible programs. For instance, we like the "Pixlr Touch Up" photo-editing app.

Katharine Haynes wrote that she can no longer open her favorite puzzle site "Crickler.com" in Firefox, but she can open it in Chrome. I wrote back that the site worked for me in both browsers and suggested she download a fresh copy of Mozilla Firefox.

When I asked why Katharine needed Firefox since Chrome was already working, she replied, "Just habit. I've always liked Mozilla."

Speaking of browsers, Microsoft's "Edge" comes built into Windows 10; but Mary and I prefer Chrome and have set it as our default browser under Start>Settings>Systems>
Default Apps>Google Chrome.

This is where we also chose:
Default Apps>Email>Gmail.

Microsoft has made no secret that it would like to "take over the digital world" with Windows 10 (which has become more stable and user-friendly, by the way) -- but some of us still prefer Google for email, searching, and many other computer activities.

A reader wrote to challenge my recent suggestion that a copy of one's Medical History be kept on a thumb drive, in case the information is needed by a doctor or hospital. He said that some fear getting a virus from such a device, and suggested using a paper copy instead. Good advice.


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