Well I got a news for you, stop paying for untested useless crap.
Would it be stupid not to save money and ditch those pricey commercial software?
I got a few advice for you how can you start doing things smartly, and drop the license fee feed to the Microsoft.
Email, there's no bloody reason not to run your own email server not matter if your AD has a ten or million users.
Buy a cloud deal and but up your own Linux based post server and connect it to your Linux authentication server.
Oh just don't forget to get free or paid dns name for your domain.
"But I still need the client", jeah you do but there's no reason why should you install the worst one out there.
Start from Thunderbird and continue if it don't satisfy your daily email circus needs.
OS, don't you dare to say that you're getting what you're paying from Microsoft. Would I be wrong to say that
Microsoft Windows updates have caused more than one problem in the current year?
Just switch to the Linux based operating system, if you absolutely need external support buy support licenses,
you will still be saving money and downtime buy not booting every bloody time some minor update comes up.
Got some graphical needs, well I got you covered for photos use RawTherapee or DarkTable.
Generic graphical uses for all honesty there really isn't Photoshop replacement but runner ups here are Gimp
and maybe you could give the Krita a change. Vector based workflow should be tackled with the InkScape.
Da Browser, you do know that there are other fully fuctional browser beside the Google Chrome and Chromium?
Try out Non Chromium styled Vivaldi first and if you still insist getting the Chromium experience go with the Brave.
Oh Vivaldi also provides a webmail service if you didn't know. You should also switch your news feed to plain old RSS.
Almost forgot the bloody Teams invasion. Why the fuck corporate world do use this bloatware?
Firefox for example has a inbuild Video and instant messagin system called the Hello.
You can do group chats with meeting features in Telegram already. Or if you want more Teams like meeting
No, Telegram isn't any more secure than WhatsApp if you don't use the end2end encryption in your chat.
I just feel that not centralizing all userdata to Alphabeth or Facebook is a good thing.
You can always use the Signal which ocassionally doesn't feel that polished yet.
You could like right now, without a hastle, app installations in any browser on any video and audio capable device
head to the Jitsi meet Online service NO ACCOUNT NEEDED
And final but not least is my favorite project of all time.
If you need video editing, game engine, 3D modeling, sculpting, 2D animation, 3D animation you name it
go and try out for free the labor of love, the one and only, the Blender.
That's all for now folks and it should be more than enough for the basic usage needs of a average computer user.
While at it why not make your life more simple.
No matter what you should check the Blender capabilities if you somehow even remotetly work in the field of media creation. Personally I haven't wound any better made free sotfware out there which is capable of shaming those pricey industrial competitors. From the annual report you can read toughts and advancements of the glorious Blender project.
Jeremy Andrews writes about the story behind the well known Linux dude Linus Torvalds in a lengthy interview which tries to compress the 30th years of Linux to a blog post. If you're interested about the backstory how did the modern Linux distributions came to be, head to the tag1consulting.com and read the interview there.
Just Gardiner Bryant ranting about the Microsoft corporation for using the paying poor bastards as the testers they clearly don't want to hire anymore, because currency has shifted to the cloud services. But hey, you already knew this.. the thing you didn't know is that there is a working alternative evil to youtube which is called the odysee. Go check the Odysee and Gardiner Bryant rant video.
Google has a new plan for your advertising data that in my opinion makes it one step harder to optout from their all seeing advertising eye. The name resembles me of centralized authority which will tell you what you should and not consume. You can read more about the Google's FLoC from Ron Amadeo article.
IOTA project Chrysalis Network Migration starts today. What it means is that this is the first truly big step on the roadmap of getting rid of the centralized coordinator which verifies every tangle network transaction. After the migration the IOTA tangle network is on big step close of true decentralized status. I consider this a final test of the project which will define will the project die or success to be one of the world changing forces in the next revolution of digitalizing currencies and connected world of the IOT device world.
IOTA project has now a page for the Chrysalis which is a intermediate stage before removal of the coordice, central server that verifies and orchestrates all the transactions currently. When the coordice gets removed in the future, the IOTA tangle network will truly be decentralized protocol. Read more about the migration to the Chrysalis.