Three killer Outlook add-ons for office workers

Three killer Outlook add-ons for office workers

It's too bad that add-ons for Microsoft Outlook haven't caught on with the intensity of Firefox extensions. The good ones can save as much time for office workers who live and breathe by the in-box as a browser extension can enhance the power of your Internet experience. I wouldn't recommend loading up on dozens of Outlook add-ons--they could slow Outlook's performance--but here are three I find useful (and light enough) for daily use.

Xobni With its hint of bubble... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Office Software

Tags: Outlook

Google Toolbar for IE speaks your language

Google Toolbar for IE speaks your language

Updated July 2 at 10:30 a.m. PDT: The full list of supported languages has been added to the bottom of the story.

Toolbars have long been an effective way for software publishers to add several features to a browser at once, and the Google Toolbar has long been among the most popular of these. Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer introduces revamped translation tools, giving users one-click powers of conversion over many languages.

The toolbar now detects your default language setting and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Internet Explorer , IE

Three smart Outlook add-ons

As someone who parses through a prodigious amount of e-mail every day, I'm constantly working with Microsoft Outlook to find e-mails and recipients, add new contacts, write myself reminders, and make sure I actually see those reminders even after I've left the office.

Three free or free-to-try add-ons are a constant help. There's Xobni, a search tool, Gwabbit, a contact management helper, and Google Calendar Sync beta, which helps keep calendar items current in Outlook, Google's Calendar, or... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: Download Dispatch , Windows Newsletter

VirtualBox receives major update

VirtualBox receives major update

It's no secret you can run various flavors of Windows on Intel Macs using Apple's Bootcamp or other popular virtualization software options like Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. Any of these work great if you need to run Windows software on your Mac or even test beta software worry free, but a fairly recent discovery of mine might be a better choice. VirtualBox is the free, cross-platform, open-source virtualization software I used to get the Windows 7 beta running on a Mac,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software

Tags: system

Independence Day downloads

Independence Day downloads

Red, white, and blue flags flapping in the breeze, smoking grills, and blazing sunshine. There's no better time to celebrate America's 233rd birthday. And what better way to wish Uncle Sam (and ourselves) many happy returns than a schmaltzy screensaver for your desktop? Show off your patriotism and passion for dazzling explosives with this collection of Independence Day downloads.

Liberty Shines Screensaver See an entire Fourth of July day from the water, looking onto Manhattan's shoreline. Lady Liberty and New York... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Postbox gets extensions

Postbox gets extensions

Considering that it's based on Mozilla Thunderbird, it was a bit of a surprise that add-ons weren't available for Postbox when it debuted. That's now been remedied in Postbox beta 13 for Windows and Mac. Given Postbox's emphasis on social-networking technology and Mozilla's own success with add-ons, this move puts the e-mail client in an excellent position to attract more users.

A Webware 100 winner, the list of supported extensions isn't long at the moment, and... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: extensions , Thunderbird , add-ons , calendar , Lightning , tabs

Firefox 3.5 in pictures

Firefox 3.5 in pictures

Firefox 3.5 (for Windows, Windows Portable, Mac, or Linux) forges ahead with strong developer support, but most improvements for casual users will probably strike them as minor. See what's new for the second-most popular browser in this slideshow.

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Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware

Skype updates for Windows and iPhone

Skype updates for Windows and iPhone

Updated on July 2, 2009, at 9:02 a.m. PT with more from Skype regarding push notification for the iPhone/iPod Touch app.

Skype is certainly on a roll this week. Just yesterday it converted the latest beta of its Windows Mobile phone software into a full-fledged release. On Tuesday, the VoIP company did it again for Skype 4.1 for Windows. In addition, Apple green-lighted Skype 1.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which you can download now.

Skype 4.1 for... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mobile Software

Tags: Skype

Add cool audio clips to podcasts

Certainly most people have heard radio shows that include push button sound effects and music. Popular morning shows often have audio clips thrown in to add excitement and humor to the broadcast. There are several soundboards online that usually revolve around a specific theme or pop culture character (my personal favorite). However, building a custom soundboard for use in your own broadcast takes more technical savvy then most computer users have.

Fortunately, the folks over at Ambrosia Software just... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch For Mac

Firefox 3.5: Excellent for fans, but competition getting tougher

Firefox 3.5: Excellent for fans, but competition getting tougher

Firefox 3.5 brings the world's second-most popular browser up to speed with current browsing technology and trends, and perhaps nudges it just a bit ahead of the competition. However, it is by no means the leap ahead that its predecessor Firefox 3 was, and it's clear that the competition isn't going away anytime soon.

Available for Windows, Windows Portable, Mac, or Linux, Firefox 3.5 nevertheless represents the best Firefox we've yet seen from Mozilla. This comes... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware