Tech Q&A: How being online renews Office 365 PC apps
Q: In your column about Microsoft Office 365 (see tinyurl.com/ydyhsap2), you said the user “must go online at least once every 30 days or your PC-based software will stop working.” What do you mean by go online? Just connect to the internet? Use the Microsoft Edge browser? Update my Office 365 software?— Lauren Tiffany, Iowa City, IowaA: As you read in the earlier column, an Office 365 subscriber can download the Office apps to a PC and work offline for 30 days. After that time, Microsoft requires you to go online so it can confirm that you are still a paid subscriber.By “go online,” I mean co...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Zoom has turned us all into David Letterman, talking in riddles and tapping on the screen
I spend my days in the basement with my health, a computer, a phone, Stephen Sondheim and, when fortune smiles, a loyal dog.From time to time, I either initiate, or respond to, invitations to meetings on Zoom, a flawed but deftly branded videoconferencing app that has thrived during this pandemic by following the lead of Hoover, Kleenex and Chapstick and achieving the rare feat of becoming both a generic verb (“I Zoom, she Zooms, we all Zoomed together”) and a noun (“We really should do a Zoom some time”).The arrival of Zoom in our lives will be a significant part of the cultural history of th...