By now you’ve installed the updates and patches released last Tuesday on Microsoft’s regularly-scheduled “Patch Tuesday.” Some of you with new computers might have also found Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1, an unexpected addition to the list of optional updates. If you’re not in a hurry, you’ll still deal with it eventually – Office 2007 SP1 will be installed as an automatic update in the next few months. […] continuedRead more
Thinking about a new computer – home, home office, small business? Let me give you some generalizations that will help you get started. (As always, gamers will be looking for faster processors and hard drives, more memory, and – particularly important – choosing from an array of high-end video cards. Notebook computers also require consideration of size and weight, which will trump some of the considerations below.)
There’s a remarkable world of applications designed to work with Microsoft Office. In fact, there’s probably more programs included under the “Office” banner than you realized – the official name is “2007 Office System,” with programs you’ve never heard of and deep connections to eight different specialized servers from Microsoft alone. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 for Office 2003. It will be included in the Automatic Update system at some point in the next few weeks, but I don’t expect it to be installed automatically – I haven’t seen it confirmed but normally a service pack will require some affirmative OK click on a license agreement. […] continuedRead more
Here’s an odd promotion from Microsoft: for the next few months, college students can buy the most complete version of Office 2007 for $59. The Office Ultimate 2007 suite includes Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and InfoPath, with a normal retail price of $679.Read more
It’s fun to browse for a few minutes over at The Art Of Office – a collection of files contributed by artists and businesspeople, all created with Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. The files are sorted into “most useful” and “most artistic” – some of them might demonstrate an advanced Office feature, others are just pretty. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft OneNote 2007 is the best program you’ve never heard of.
Let me give you a little history, then tell you about OneNote 2007.
Microsoft Outlook has a rudimentary “notes” feature for jotting little bits of information on scraps that visually resemble post-it notes. Outlook’s notes are capable of being sorted and searched but there’s something about them that just doesn’t feel right. […] continuedRead more
I don’t use Microsoft Word all that often, so I’ve lost a deep knowledge of its features. I’ve never fully understood the paragraph formatting that inserts an extra line between paragraphs, all too frequently leaving something double-spaced that’s intended to be single-spaced. Eventually I learned how to hit Shift-Enter for a single line space, but I know there’s a better way to handle it buried in paragraph styles or somewhere. […] continuedRead more
All right, now I’m getting angry.
Like most of my business clients, my documents are stored on a network server. When I click on “My Documents,” I’m taken to \brucebserverusersbruceb. My clients store business documents in \serverCompany or \serverfirmdocs. Those shared folders are frequently mapped to a drive letter, so the M: drive also takes me to my document folder. […] continuedRead more
The “ribbons” in Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007 are better organized than the menus and toolbars in Office 2003, but I’m also going through odd moments of confusion or frustration. I’m still not ordering Office 2007 on new office computers.
A few random examples:
Back in ancient times – 4 or 5 years ago – many people tried their hands at learning a little HTML and creating a web site. Microsoft FrontPage wasn’t easy to learn but other programs were harder and FrontPage is the only one to develop any name recognition with consumers. Did you know FrontPage has been discontinued? […] continuedRead more
I recently reformatted a hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP from scratch, using a CD for Windows that included Service Pack 2.
The next step was to download the patches and updates released since Service Pack 2 – almost a hundred of them, almost two hundred megabytes to download and more than half an hour to install, followed by a restart and another batch, followed by a restart and a few more, followed by a restart and a few more. […] continuedRead more
I finally received a copy of Office 2007 and installed it on my Vista computer a couple of weeks ago. This afternoon I irritably uninstalled it and went back to Office 2003.
It wasn’t the drastically changed interface, although it was as jarring as predicted. Here’s my writeup about the new look for Word and Excel – no menu at the top and completely redesigned access to all features through a “ribbon bar” that replaces the familiar buttons. […] continuedRead more
The post-holiday lull has ended, Vista is out the door, so we’re back to a nonstop barrage of new products and services. Here’s what stood out in the last week.
Windows Vista will present a learning curve and some frustration when it begins shipping next week, but I’m wondering whether the new version of Microsoft Office might take even more heat than Vista from confused users.
Many things are changed about Vista but it’s visually appealing and a surprising number of things can be done exactly the same way as in Windows XP. […] continuedRead more