Need to Know!
Microsoft is now ending support for Office 2010 products. Beginning October 13, 2020, there will be no more security patches, security updates or technical support. Your programs will still work if you are willing to take the risk.
There are options and of course they get confusing. One option is to purchase a stand alone copy of Office 2019. The price ranges from around $100 – $440, depending on which programs you need. This 2019 version will not be supported after 10/14/2025. The second option is to buy Microsoft’s subscription 365 service. Microsoft 365 also comes in a very wide range of prices, from $70 per year on up. This is a yearly fee. For the price, your software will always be updated to the most recent version. One bargain is the Microsoft 365 Family. This is a $100 subscription, but it can be installed on 6 different computers. It (like the other versions) also include OneDrive, which is personal cloud space.
Tip of the month
Apple’s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads is now out in Beta format. It will be rolled out publicly any day now. There are suggestions on how to prepare your phone for this update and already articles on some of the best features that are included. If you haven’t seen a preview of what the screens of your iPhone will look like, here’s a sample:
This image is of a home screen. For the first time, you will be able to customize your home screen thanks to a new widget feature. Widgets effectively allow users to place app shortcuts directly on the iPhone home screen. Widgets can be resized based on their importance, and can even change dynamically depending on the time of day. Here’s how you can add an existing widget to your home screen.
• Touch and hold an empty area on your screen until your apps jiggle and show minus symbols
• Tap the plus sign in the upper-left corner and you’ll bring up a menu of existing widgets
• Tap on the widget you want to add. Swipe left and right to choose the widget’s size and shape
• Tap “Add widget”