Planning ahead with Microsoft

Some of us are natural planners.  Everything we do is on a schedule and planned well in advance.  Others are not.  The last minute or beyond is good enough.  We've found that keeping computer technology up-to-date is good for your productivity and security—as well as the bottom line. 

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will be reaching end of support in April 2014. That's not quite two years from now!   We want to help you avoid the risk of running an unsupported version of Windows & Office, and to assist with your IT planning for 2012. The objective here is to highlight the potential risks involved with the upcoming end of support of these products and to outline the options available to mitigate these risks.  

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Ways to take control of your email

 If your email Inbox is out of control, you might want to rethink your methods for organizing your email and emptying your Inbox. Developing a new approach to processing your Inbox can help you to gain more control, improve your response time, and keep up with critical actions and due dates.

This article covers four key factors that can help you process your email more efficiently—both at home and at the office. Although some of the productivity tools mentioned here are specific to Microsoft Outlook (Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007, and Outlook Web Access), most of the techniques—and even the organizational attitude described here—can help you to more efficiently process email and empty your Inbox, even if you use an email application other than Outlook.

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Bill Gates' eleven rules

About ten years ago, Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School in California about what they would not likely learn in the classroom.  A few things have changed over the past decade, but the rules that Gates suggests are still VERY true, not just for kids, but for all of us.

UPDATE - 22:10 ET - We have been informed that Bill Gates apparently did NOT write these rules or give the speech where they are attributed to.  Still - they are worth reading!!!  From more information about origin of "the rules" checkout:  www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/schoolrules.asp

Rule 1: Life is not fair -- get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

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File organization tips

The tips in this article can help you master file management by supplying some tips to help you better manage and organize computer files. After you’ve decided on a strategy for organizing and managing files and folders, we bet you’ll see improved time management skills and increased productivity.

Check out the reader tips. We've gotten hundreds of great comments on this article from the content feedback tool at the bottom of the page. And many of you left file organization tips and even suggestions for naming files and folders. We updated this article to include some of the tips we received.

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