FYI: Microsoft Outlook, Skype, OneDrive hit by another authentication issue

The lovely and talented Mary Jo Foley is keeping tabs on this - check her article for updates:

Testing Your Website/Web Application in Microsoft Edge

OK, so now that we know the real name for the browser formerly known as “Spartan” is Microsoft Edge*, the next question is…

What is this browser going to do to my website (or web application)?

Microsoft Edge Testing Options

There are 2 ways you can go about testing this today:

  • Get in on the Windows 10 “beta” and install it on one of your systems. (Reports are that the new browser comes with the Windows 10 install.)
  • Use the online testing tool provided by Microsoft.

About the Microsoft Edge Testing Tool

Since I don’t have a system I want to install Windows 10 on right now, I went for the online testing option. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Go to: and sign in (or set up an account if you don’t already have one).
  2. Select your region from the drop list.
  3. Download and install the version of Remote Desktop for your environment.
  4. Log in to Remote Desktop and select the Internet Explorer option. [Note: It does NOT say Microsoft Edge, at least at the time I wrote this up.]
  5. When the browser opens, enter the URL in the address line (or click to open a new tab and enter it there).

It’s Not All Good News

That’s the good news. The bad news is, it doesn’t work for local testing. Even when I replace localhost with the IP address. Which makes sense, since it’s based on a remote system, but for those of use who need to test stuff that’s not out on the public web, well, hopefully a solution is on the way!


*And think of all the fun confusion we have to look forward to, since Edge is used for Micorsoft Edge Transport servers, the Verizon Edge program, the Samsung Edge phones, heck there was even a Microsoft Edge messenger bag!



Beware of Pet Flippers

It’s called “Pet Flipping’ and this scary topic is starting to show up in the news all too often. Flippers find a lost pet, claim a lost pet that, or even steal a pet from a yard or park, and then sell it.

What can a pet caregiver do? Well, for starters:

  • keep an eye on your pet at all times - at the park, while shopping or dining at a pet-friendly location, or even in your own yard
  • be aware if someone at the park or someone you meet out on a walk shows too much interest in your dog, things like “how much does a dog like that cost” can be a warning sign
  • not leave your pet unattended - don’t tie them outside a store while you “run in for a minute,” don’t leave them in the car, don’t leave them along outside your home
  • get your pets microchipped to make identifying/claiming them easier

Bo Obama Gets a Playmate!

The Obamas have added another dog to the First Family. Her name is Sunny and she is also a Portuguese Water Dog.

Your Dog is Yawning Along With You

A new study reveals canines’ capacity for empathy with their human counterparts. And, as you probably could guess, vise versa! Read more:

Single Line of Code Allows Hackers to Remotely Wipe Phones

First this was reported only on Samsung phones, but now we’re hearing that HTC phones (specifically the HTC One X) may also be involved. So, I’d expect that list to grow over the next couple of days. Basically, the usual common sense rules apply, be careful what links you click on. And, probably more importantly, be careful before giving your kid your phone to play with (most are adorable click monsters!). Get more info here: