OFFICE 2003 SERVICE PACK 1

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 – especially Outlook 2003 – head over to the Office Update web site and install the suggested updates. You’ll get an update for the Outlook 2003 spam filter, plus Office 2003 Service Pack 1 with a host of security updates and other fixes.

It appears to fix a small but annoying problem in Outlook – when you print an e-mail message, the printout will include the names of file attachments. […] continued

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SECRETS HIDDEN IN MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENTS

Microsoft Word saves “metadata” along with a document – extra information ranging from identification of authors and reviewers of a document to all text added and deleted in prior versions and revisions of the document. This assists in collaboration, but it can have unexpected side effects.

Here’s an article about a draft letter circulated by the California Attorney General proposing a new legal theory for attacking file sharing software. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003 STUDENT EDITION

Microsoft Office 2003 has arrived in the stores. The “Basic Edition” includes Word, Excel, and Outlook. The “Standard Edition” adds Powerpoint. There’s increasing interest in Powerpoint – think about it before you decide which version to buy or order with a new computer!

The same software is packaged as “Office 2003 Standard for Students and Teachers” – again including Powerpoint, and selling for $130-150. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003

Microsoft Office 2003 goes on sale this week.

If you’re using Office 2000 or Office 97, there are improvements throughout the programs in the suite that make upgrading worthwhile. And Outlook 2003 has significant changes that deserve a look regardless of what version of Office you’re using. Here’s an article about the new features and changes in Microsoft Outlook 2003. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003

Microsoft has quietly set the stage for a revolutionary change in pricing for Microsoft Office for individuals and small businesses.

Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) has traditionally been so expensive that most people used the version that shipped with their new computer, and never upgraded it. Many of you have never seen Office XP/2002, the current version – which has many nice improvements, especially in Outlook, but which isn’t worth the upgrade cost for most people. […] continued

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COOL ENVELOPE TRICK

Microsoft Word is full of tricks. On this page, I described one simple trick to customize the way addresses appear when you drop them in from Microsoft Outlook.

A client told me about how to make Word print out customized return addresses on envelopes – special font layouts, or inserted graphics. […] continued

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ON SALE

Costco has been carrying Sylvania conventional and flat screen monitors for a while now – and they’re perfectly good, in my experience. Today, though, the 17” monitors in stock were manufactured by Princeton Graphics – with fabulous specs, and on sale dirt-cheap at $129.99. And they’re black, so they color-coordinate with your new Dell or Gateway. […] continued

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SERVICE PACKS

Now that Windows XP Service Pack 1 is out the door, almost everybody should be installing one of the recent updates. Although the service packs fix a slew of bugs, their primary purpose these days is security, plugging the various ways people have found to break into your computer.

You won’t notice very much of a difference from any of the service packs, but under the hood your system is strengthened in meaningful ways. […] continued

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WORD 2002 – LEGAL USERS GUIDE

“The Microsoft Word 2002 Legal User’s Guide is a reference for legal professionals that describes Word 2002 features useful to the legal industry. Features explored in this document include: digital signatures; legal numbering; header and footer formatting; footnotes; table of contents creation; and Smart Tags.” Download it here. […] continued

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OFFICE XP FEATURES

Microsoft Office XP struck me initially as a minor upgrade from Office 2000, but I keep running across new features that are changing my mind.

WORD Word 2002 has a feature called “Reveal Formatting.” It displays all of the formatting codes in effect at the cursor, or for the highlighted text, and allows you to change them directly. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE XP – CHEAP!

Microsoft has always had “student editions” of the Office suite – same software, lower price, for full-time students and educators. In the past it’s only been available in settings where there was some small amount of control over the purchasers – campus bookstores, for example, where a student ID has to be shown at the cash register. […] continued

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MICROSOFT’S PLAN TO SELL OFFICE XP

If you’ve been reading the tech news, you’ve seen references to a controversy about “Product Activation” in Microsoft Office XP, and more controversy over a new licensing scheme for large companies called “Software Assurance.” This article is a good summary of the various methods Microsoft has cooked up to increase sales of Office XP. […] continued

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OFFICE XP

I spent ten minutes today looking at Microsoft Office XP for the first time. Two things jumped out as features that might be worth the price of admission, if they work. I’ll be watching the reviews.

– Voice recognition is built into the Office applications. Microsoft has been pouring money into voice recognition technology for years now, but this is the first time anything has come out of the labs (with trivial exceptions). […] continued

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WORDPERFECT DEATH WATCH

Corel’s quarterly results showed a trivially small profit, but sales have completely collapsed for the WordPerfect suite. “Word processing and productivity sales plummeted from $22.1 million in Q1 2000 to $11.6 in Q1 2001.” I wasn’t able to track down the source info, but I recently read that less than 20% of the big law firms are still using WordPerfect – primarily due to the need to exchange documents with clients, all of whom use Word. […] continued

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NEW VERSION OF MICROSOFT OFFICE SOON

Microsoft Office XP will arrive in a few months, the successor to MS Office 2000. Not much information on new features, but the company believes it’s an important new release, especially for people who held off on upgrading to Office 2000. As I understand it, the new version includes a “product activation” feature that makes it much more difficult to avoid paying Microsoft a license fee for each copy installed. […] continued

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