Today (July 29) is Windows 10 day. Yes, for those who reserved in advance their upgrade from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10, the upgrade is starting to become available for download. I have five Windows machines (one on 7, four on 8.1) - yes, I am a hopeless geek! Of those five machines, only my main machine, a Dell desktop, has so far received the notification that Windows 10 is available for download. So I did something incredibly stupid.

Microsoft will be adding new features to its Office Online web-based applications. This includes the online version of Microsoft Word. Lawyers, as huge Word users, will benefit from these new features.

My daughter is a graduate student at the nation's second largest university. (No, not Ohio State. OSU is #3. The University of Central Florida in Orlando, with just under 60,000 students, is second only to Arizona State University in total enrollment). She is a frequent user of the Uber ride sharing service. Orlando is full of Uber drivers, so a ride is always just a few minutes away. Uber is expanding rapidly and has even started serving my little hometown area of Sarasota and Bradenton, FL. Using Uber is simple. Just download the app to your smart phone, enter your credit card information, and tap the screen a few times. Within minutes, your Uber ride will appear. No calling a cab or dealing with cash to pay the fare. It is a seamless "complete experience." Lawyers can learn from this model, says Dan Lear in his intriguing post on Above the Law.

One of the first, and some (like me) would say still one of the best, smart watches you can buy is the original (now renamed "Classic" Pebble. It isn't fancy like the new Apple Watch. And it doesn't have a touch screen like the many Android Wear watches now on the market. But it works with both Android and Apple smart phones and has week-long battery life. You can also shower with it (although I don't understand why anyone would wear a watch in the shower). But at least that means you don't need to worry if you get caught in a rainstorm without your umbrella (your phone may not fare as well, however).

For those mobile lawyers who need a full Windows OS machine as their travel companion (probably fewer than you imagine given the increasing utility of Chromebooks, iPads, and Android tablets), an Ultrabook has been the standard choice. There are some great Ultrabooks on the market in addition to the computer on which the Ultrabook concept is based, the Macbook Air (which can be configured to run both Mac OS X and Windows). Now there is a new competitor that challenges the traditional choices on quality, style, and performance - but at a reduced price.

Affinity Partner Steve Best's new book on PCLaw and Affinity Newsletter Editor Scott Bassett's article on mobile apps for lawyers have been published by the American Bar Association.

If you have been looking for a portable computing device to take with you when you travel, or really anytime you are out of the office, you could do a lot worse than a Chromebook. Sure, it won't run Windows applications, but there are Chrome or Web apps to do 90% plus of what you can do on a Windows machine. And Chromebooks are the most secure and virus/malware-free portable device you can use (yes, more secure than a Mac). Currently, Best Buy has the aging but still very capable Acer C720 Chromebook on sale at an all-time low price of $129.

On of Microsoft's nicer freebies is Office Online. It is a browser-based version of Microsoft Office that is surprising full-featured and user-friendly. It is a legitimate rival to Google Docs.

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