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When we last caught up with Firm Central, a cloud practice management program created by our corporate cousins in Minnesota, we came away impressed with its debut, calling it amazing, especially for those who love WestLaw and Outlook. To put it simply, it was more robust than any other platform we had ever tried, almost to a fault.

The fault was this: a lot of features, some only loosely integrated from other West products, that could be a bit overwhelming without a training session. Fortunately, the fine Firm Central folks helped me with a remote install and training session last time -- and did the same this time, both as a refresher course and to show off the big new feature, Deadline Assistant.

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During Microsoft's recent earnings call, CEO Satya Nadella stated that the company would "streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system," relates The Verge.

"This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes."

This isn't the first mention of a one-OS-fits-all vision -- Windows Threshold has been in the rumor pipeline for months, if not years, after all. But, it is certainly the clearest. Microsoft's vision is simple: phone, tablet, laptop, PC, Xbox, whatever -- one operating system and one set of universal apps that work everywhere.

For most incoming law students, 1L starts in just a few weeks. At this point, you're probably figuring out apartment leases, moving trucks, and tying up loose ends in your current living situation. But when 1L arrives, you'll want to be prepared and ready to jump right in.

A couple of weeks ago, we have you a list of supplies to get you started, but being the resident geek in the building, I figured a little tech talk was also in order.

Here are a few things you need, technology-wise, and some that you don't:

"Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015."

This past weekend, a flood of tweets started popping up, warning people that, just like Windows XP's end of life earlier this year, Windows 7 would be killed by Microsoft in January 2015.

Not quite. If you're using Windows 7, you can continue to do so safely for at least the next five years. The only thing that will change for most people is that Microsoft will not release any new features after the end of "Mainstream Support." Security fixes, however, will continue until January 14, 2020.

This fall, Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1, but it is not the one you (and we) are hoping for. It's rumored to be a smattering of bug fixes, security updates, and minor interface tweaks -- basically a service pack.

The good stuff, the stuff mentioned at Build 2014, the stuff that will make Windows 8.x usable, is being held over for Windows Threshold (the code name for what will probably be Windows 9). According to ZDNet, Microsoft's goal for Threshold is to get as many holdout Windows 7 users to switch over as possible, and to get there, the company will basically revert Windows to the classic desktop scheme, if a keyboard is attached.

But even more exciting is this: it might be free.

Google I/O is happening now, but the keynote happened yesterday. You probably didn't have three hours free to watch it, but you may be curious about what's in the Google product pipeline.

Smartwatches. An Android visual overhaul. Car stereos. Fitness trackers. A major Google Docs update. And a clear vision: Google as your constant companion, handling everything.

What's the biggest problem with cloud storage? There ain't enough of it, the storage space, that is. And Office 365? Why would you pay for a monthly subscription to Office when you could buy the software once (Office 2013) and own it forever?

How about 1 terabyte of cloud storage space, and Office 365, which comes with access to the mobile apps and the desktop version, all for as little as $6.99 per month? Paying monthly for a desktop app seemed ridiculous, but when Microsoft is tossing all of those extras in, for the same amount Google charges for the storage alone, this actually seems like a bargain.

And if monthly fees sound unappealing, Microsoft has a gift for you too: 15 gigabytes for free.

Despite the name, Apple's annual World Wide Developer's Conference isn't just for developers and Apple staff, it's one of Apple's biggest events of the year for discussing the latest and greatest products and software. Alas, don't get your hopes up for new iPhones or iPads -- those typically get their own events in the fall.

Today is all about the operating system software, with major changes in store for both the desktop/laptop OS X and the mobile iOS. We apologize in advance for the lengthy post.

How do you correspond with clients and other privileged parties? Unless you're on the Supreme Court, which apparently still uses memos on ivory paper, you probably use email. And if you need to send documents or files to a client, you probably attach them to the email.

What else are you doing? Not much, according to a recent survey -- the majority of lawyers do little more than include a confidentially statement in the email.

Windows 8.1.

When it launched (without the ".1"), it was an abomination, at least for those of us without touchscreens. Since then, Microsoft has been slowly backtracking on their mistakes, with the latest rumors pointing to a restored classic-style start menu and full-screen Metro (now called "Modern") apps being crammed back into Windows, complete with the little "X" button that we all missed so much.

If you don't want to wait for the rumored fixes to arrive, however, there are a few add-ons that you can install to bring that functionality to your computer today. This is especially handy for those of you who need computers for your law office now, but are apprehensive about learning a new operating system (which is set to revert many of its new "features" over the next few months).

For those of you with keyboards and mice, this is your guide: