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Microsoft purchased Skype back in May of 2011, but has been rather slow to integrate the communication service into its software. That, however, is beginning to change. For instance, the latest version of Office, 365 Home Premium, comes with 60-minutes of Skype credit and the there is a Modern-UI version available for Windows 8 (its built into 8.1), as well as Xbox Kinect integration, that will likely grow when the Xbox One finds its way to market later this year.

The latest Microsoft property to get the Skype treatment is Outlook.com — the web-based email client that recently replaced Hotmail, regardless if customers wanted it to or not.

The web-based version of the Outlook app produced by the software giant, and trading off of the name of its desktop-based brother, is a much cleaner and sleeker email than Hotmail or, for that matter, Gmail. It has a built-in calendar app and SkyDrive cloud storage integration.

While other Outlook.com features can be accessed from a drop-down menu at the top of the page, Skype is a bit more hidden, and there are some tricks to it.

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Ever get tired of typing everything that you need to write down? How about save your fingers a bit of work and use speech recognition to write for you? Better yet, how about do it in Chrome, for free, on any platform?

It might sound too good to be true, but Chrome now has speech recognition built-in, and there’s a new app from Digital InspirationDictation — that makes it easy to put it to use. You might never have to type in your notes again online!

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The problem with the world of software is that there are so many different programs capable of producing so many different types of files that you are almost certain to encounter problems with file compatibility from time to time. You’ll receive a document that you just can’t open with your apps, and you’ll find yourself hunting online to find the tool you need to view it.

You’ve probably also found that your mobile phone records audio in a format that no one would ordinarily choose to use, but who wants to have program installed on their computer for the sole purpose of saving files in more useful formats? The solution to your problem could be found in the form of Zamzar.

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We’re all looking for ways to make things easier, and anything that can be done to simplify or speed up things that you do regularly can be a great boost to productivity. Some of our favorite web apps are designed specifically to speed up routine tasks, such as IFTTT and Wappwolf. We’ve looked at Wappwolf in the past, but this time, we’re back with tutorials that that can help you put Wappwolf and Dropbox to work for you.

There’s tons you can do with Wappwolf, but this time, we’re going to look at how you can use it with eBooks and photos. All you need to do is upload files to your Dropbox account, and Wappwolf will do the heavy lifting of archiving files, uploading images to Facebook and much more. Let’s get started.

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As a web developer, I have to keep track of an awful lot of things at work, not to mention my life and projects outside of work as well. With a wife and small child thrown into the mix I really have to make the most of my time! I need a way to ensure that the tasks that I have to do get done at the right time and in the right order and somehow still leave me time to enjoy being with my family.

I’ve tried a lot of different web apps for organisation and task management, and WorkFlowy is how I choose to organise a lot of my life, both inside and outside of work. I want to give you an insight into how I use it for everything from keeping up to date with my personal projects to keepings tabs on who has asked for what for Christmas. I’m not dictating how you should use it, as the beauty of it is that it is what you want it to be, I’m merely sharing my techniques for keeping track of things, hopefully there will be a few things that you haven’t thought of doing.
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The web is often blamed for the prevailing language decay and plagiarism we see today. Thanks to Facebook, and Twitter, internet slang usage is on the rise. People write “dnt” instead of “don’t” and “wer” instead “where” thinking “tat tey r” saving their valuable time. Most of us utterly disregard punctuation and proper verbiage.

Hank Moody, once rightly quipped,

Internet is a medium for a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with other bunch of stupid people with a pseudo language which is much worse than what the Caveman used to speak.

I once worked with a guy who wrote, “I hv wrked on…” on his official resume. This got me to into thinking, are we truly addicted to the Internet slang that we can’t keep it out of our professional lives anymore? I was looking for a way out, and then I stumbled upon Grammarly. It promises to save us out of this misery. Can that even be possible? That is exactly what we are going to find out today.

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Do you remember the cork board of old with Post it notes/ recipes/ photos and telephone messages all pinned onto the board? I do, very well, and I miss it. You know what I mean: whilst it seemed disorganised to others, to you it was perfect, everything had its place and you could find things instantly.

It’s been one of those things that I keep on thinking about, and trying to find a modern analog to. Let me tell you about the closest I have come to finding this level of utility in an app. It’s called Spaaze, and it’s marketed as an infinite cork board. That sounds like just the ticket to me. Read on to see how new-fashioned, digital cork compares to old-fashioned, tree cork.

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If you have been a consistent reader of Web.AppStorm, you know that there are some great applications out there for the web. There are many times that I wish a lot of these were actually on the desktop instead. Take for example, Pandora, I love using it, but there is not native desktop app for it. Well, about a year ago, I came across a solution that has been such a great way to enjoy them natively.

In this post, let me show you how to use Fluid, an application that changes a web page into a desktop like app. I don’t know about you, but I am moving more and more toward using the web for a lot of my daily tasks, email, calendar, social networking, etc., and I hate having so many tabs open in my browser. With Fluid, I can change all of that and have these websites launch by itself versus being stuck on the web. Let me show you what I am talking about.
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Simply put, writing a resume is no fun. The first step to getting a job is getting noticed, and your resume is the best way to do that in a traditional job application process. Problem is, there are so many things to keep track of: font sizes, concise descriptions, word and page count, and more. Even when you get everything right, there is no way you can be sure that your resume really has the chance of standing out. You can bet at least half of the resumes mailed in by fellow job seekers are equally thorough.

You might have to think out of the box to stand out. That doesn’t mean you will have to hire a video artist to create your resume in Barney Stinson style. Instead of using boring and cliched layout and wordings, you should try something new, but that’s still within reach. How about an infographic? Kinzaa works hard to make your resume pop with a unique twist on a traditional resume. Intrigued? Keep reading to see what Kinzaa has to offer.

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With my job and a passion for tech, I have a home computer, work laptop, iPhone, iPad, and am often at a variety of other computers throughout the week. With so much bouncing around, I realized that I needed two things readily accessible on any device that I was on, that being my Internet passwords and bookmarks.

The beauty of the web is that I can access it from just about any computer. In the case of this post I am mainly focusing on bookmarks, usernames, and passwords. I use the web so much each and every day that I need a quick and easy way to access vital information regardless of the computer that I am on. Because of this, I turn to Xmarks for my bookmarks and LastPass for remembering my usernames and passwords. If you have never heard of these two web gems, you are going to want to read further to see how these two web apps can help you easily access what you need, when you need it.

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