SMBs Use Mac Computers


Jupiter Research’s Microsoft Monitor blog takes Microsoft to task for restricting access to its support sites to those using Internet Explorer. Apparently the site blocks out anyone using Firefox browser or a Mac.

In the process, researcher Joe Wilcox speaks about software usage by small and medium businesses:

A recent JupiterResearch survey found a surprisingly large number of small and medium businesses running a Mac productivity suite (I plan to publish the numbers later, so I won’t reveal them now). Seeing as how Microsoft sells the only full-featured, native-Mac OS X productivity suite, its a fair bet the majority of these customers are Microsoft’s. But they can’t easily access Microsoft’s small business site.

This wouldn’t be the first time a Microsoft Website locked out other Web browsers. And I can understand why Microsoft wants to hook SMBs as tightly as possible into its technologies. There is some legitimate benefit to integration, particularly among SMBs, where three quarters don’t have a full-time IT manager. Additionally, if Microsoft can lock SMBs in early, they will continue to buy the company’s products as they expand. As explained in my report, SMB Market: Microsoft’s Early Success Shows Way for Savvy Partners and Competitors,” not a lot of smaller businesses have the kind of server software that would be a checklist item for enterprises. Upsell potential is huge for vendors with the right entry strategy.

This link came via Susan Bradley of the E-Bitz blog. As Susan notes in a post, consultants and integrators who work with Microsoft products at clients’ locations, have recognized for a while that some of their small business clients are using Macs.


Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription

Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium SubscriptionEvernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription
The company says it was only able to restore some lost notes
Users with lost notes can attempt to manually restore them
Premium users can use the gift code for an additional year of service
A small number of Evernote for Mac users are being sent an email by the company that apologises for a bug that caused data loss in certain types of notes – those featuring images or other attachments. Text notes are said to have remained unaffected. The company is making up for the issue by offering Evernote Premium, which also helps restore missing date from notes by using the premium Note History feature.

The email to users states that a small number of users running versions of Evernote for Mac released in June and September were affected, which is a rather vague description for those worried users who may have lost data in hundreds of notes. However, the company confirmed to TechCrunch that specific versions 453991 (which was available directly from Evernote servers) and 454042 (available from the Mac App Store) were the ones affected, under “specific conditions”.

Evernote in its email tells users to update immediately to the latest version – v6.9.2 (454158 from Evernote and 454159 from the Mac App Store) – to avoid the issue and also prevent any “further loss of data”. The company added that as soon as it discovered the issue it “worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data”, however, it did not succeed in some cases.

(Also see: Evernote ‘Can Overwhelm Some People,’ Admits Ken Inoue, GM APAC and Japan)
Those users that lost data can manually restore the data by using the Note History feature available to Evernote Premium subscribers, which as we mentioned was also being provided to free users that were affected by the issue via a redemption code. Those users already on Evernote Premium can use the code to buy another year of premium services, or save them as Points to be used at a later point.

The company is telling users to update their Evernote for Mac app via the menu, from where they can navigate to Help > Check For Updates… It adds that users who do not see the option should visit the Mac App Store or the Evernote website to download the latest version of the app.

Of course, the entire debacle is very embarrassing for a note-taking service. Evernote told TechCrunch however that once its recently-begun migration to the Google Cloud platform is complete, such issues will be a easier to prevent and resolve. The full email, with the subject “We’re sorry. Please update Evernote for Mac”, can be seen below.

We have identified a bug in some versions of Evernote for Mac that can cause images and other attachments to be deleted from a note under specific conditions. We believe you are one of a small number of people impacted by this bug.

Please update Evernote on your Mac to the latest version as soon as possible:

From the menu, go to Help > Check For Updates…

If you do not see this menu option, update through the Mac App Store or from our website

The bug can occur in the version of Evernote for Mac released in September, and less frequently in versions released since June. In these versions, certain sequences of events, such as skimming quickly through a large number of notes, can cause an image or other attachments to be deleted from a note without warning. Text in notes is not affected.

Once we identified the problem, we worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data. Unfortunately, some of your attachments couldn’t be automatically restored. However, you may be able to recover your attachments using Evernote’s note history feature available through Evernote Premium.

We are giving your account one free year of Evernote Premium to make amends and give you access to priority customer support via chat or email. If you already have Premium, the gift code can be used to extend your subscription for one additional year, or banked as Points to use for later.

If you run into any difficulties redeeming your code, follow ….

We understand how important your notes and attachments are, and we apologize. Again, please update your app as soon as possible to prevent any further loss of data.

The Evernote Team

Tags: Evernote, Evernote for Mac, Note Taking Service, Note Taking App, Apps, Apple, Internet


Chrome 52 for Linux, Mac, Windows Rolls Out With Improvements, Minor Changes

Chrome 52 for Linux, Mac, Windows Rolls Out With Improvements, Minor Changes


  • Chrome 52 update roll out starts for desktop versions
  • Brings Material Design to Mac users besides security fixes
  • New update removes Chrome App Launcher completely

Chrome browser version 52 has graduated to the stable channel, and the update is already rolling out to Windows, Mac and Linux users. The Google Chrome update has brought several changes for the browser but most notably it brings along 48 security fixes with itself.

Google, as it promised, has finally removed the Chrome App Launcher that allowed you to launch Chrome apps without opening the browser. However, the launcher will continue to exist inside Chrome OS, reports Venture Beat.

The company had announced in March that Chrome Launcher will retire in July. “With Chrome’s continued emphasis on simplicity and streamlining browser features, the launcher will be removed from those platforms. It will remain unchanged on Chrome OS,” company’s Engineering Director Marc Pawliger said back in March.

If you already have Chrome installed and have not been prompted to install the update, go to Settings > About > Check for updates.


The new update also brings along Material Design to Mac users with redesigned tabs and menus. As of now, there has been no official announcement as to when it will be made available for Windows users. To recall, it was rolled out to Chrome OS 50 back in April. Users uncomfortable with Material Design on their Mac machines can switch back to the older Material Hybrid interface via Chrome flags (http://flags/#top-chrome-md), when in the browser.

Following its announcement in May, the search giant has removed the ability to use the backspace key as a shortcut to navigate to the preview page. With Chrome 52, users can press Alt-Left on Windows or Cmd-Left on Mac to visit the previous page. It also reported that the company is working on an extension to give back the feature to its power users.

The desktop update has already started rolling out but the update for Chrome OS and Chrome onAndroid will come soon.

In April, the company highlighted in a post that there are now 1 billion monthly active Chrome users on mobile.

Tags: Android, Apple, Apps, Chrome, Chrome 52, Chrome Update, Google Chrome



Addictive iPhone Game Letterpress Now Available on Mac

Addictive iPhone Game Letterpress Now Available on Mac


  • Letterpress, one of the early iPhone hits is now on Mac
  • Letterpress for Mac is free and is a mere 3MB download
  • This comes nearly seven months after it was acquired by Solebon

Letterpress, one of the more addictive games on iOS is now available on Mac. The news comes via the official Twitter account for the game.

“Welcome a new member of the family. Letterpress for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store,”tweeted the Letterpress account.

Now you can play across Mac and iOS devices. Push notifications and app badges can be configured to signal when it’s your turn. You can download it here.

For many, Letterpress was one of the defining games for the iPhone. With a slick user interface it was a heady mix of Word With Friends and Scrabble, blending strategy and cunning all at once, making it an addictive experience.

The Mac version weighs in at a paltry 3MB and the game is free. Though the neat swipe and touch mechanics that made it a treat on the iPhone are amiss what with having to use a trackpad or mouse. It’s just as fun to play though.

The move to Mac comes barely seven months after card game maker Solebon acquired Letterpress from creator Loren Brichter.


“Solebon acquired Letterpress from Atebits [Loren Brichter’s company] in December 2015. We had approached Loren Brichter in 2Q of 2015 but he wasn’t interested in selling at that time. We revisited the topic with him in 4Q and agreed to move forward.

Solebon has acquired all the assets and intellectual property related to Letterpress with the exception of any open source code as noted within the credits in the app (standard stuff). Loren remains involved as an advisor providing feedback on our development roadmap and related design and technical issues as requested,” the company said at the time.

Tags: atebits, iPhone Games, Letterpress, Loren Brichter, Mac Games, OSX games, Solebon