[Originally posted November 26, 2007]
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. […] continuedRead more
Adobe has launched an online suite of software and services, along with announcing the July release of Acrobat 9. It’s all interesting but I have a sense of overload already, and we’re still very early in the new age of online web services.
Acrobat.com is ready for you to begin using for free – an email address and a password opens up online file storage, convenient file sharing, an online word processor, web conferencing, and a PDF converter. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office 2007 features top-to-bottom rewrites of Word, Excel and Powerpoint, with ribbons replacing the familiar menus and toolbars. There is another change lurking under the hood that might affect you even if you don’t buy a new computer and start using the Office 2007 programs.
All three programs save files in new formats by default – .DOCX, .XLSX, and .PPTX. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft is working on a package of software and online services that might be exactly right for students and home computer users.
Although Vista includes important features out of the box, it does not include Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. That’s surprising to many people. (Dell will preinstall Office if you remember to check the box, but all the other manufacturers leave it off to keep the computer sale price down.) I talk to a lot of people about why they have to make an unexpected trip to Costco or Office Depot to buy a copy of Office. […] continuedRead more
There are many visions of our online future. Google and many others envision a world of cloud computing, where our programs and our data are both hosted online. Google Docs provides a word processor and spreadsheet, and online storage of files, all accessible from any computer anywhere. At the moment these services are mostly presented in an Internet browser but the technology is already appearing to let online programs run in their own windows like any other program, giving us access to programs that look elegant and can be accessed from anywhere. […] continuedRead more
Did you know you can have multiple Outlook windows open? Try right-clicking on “Calendar” or “Contacts,” then clicking on Open in new window.
This will be very exciting for some of you. But wait! There’s more!
By default, Outlook opens into your Inbox. You can change the default folder by clicking in Outlook on Tools / Options / Other / Advanced Options. […] continuedRead more
Sharp-eyed Microsoft Office users might have noticed that the default fonts are changed in Office 2007. The old familiar names are still there – Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, and Courier New – but the defaults are newcomers Cambria, Calibri, and more.Read more
When I set up a new computer these days, I spend almost no time describing new features in Windows Vista – people are generally able to start using it right away with a minimum of fuss. Outlook 2007 is so similar to Outlook 2003 that I don’t even mention that it’s a new version. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a short article from the ABA’s Law Practice magazine noting the many ways that Microsoft OneNote 2007 can be used by lawyers for everything from trial notebooks to business transaction notes. There are law-specific templates available for OneNote (as well as templates for the other Microsoft Office programs) on Microsoft’s Office Templates page. […] continuedRead more
If you are using Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Desktop Search 3.1, then you should install a small update to the search program. The “2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack” will allow Windows Desktop Search to index the new file formats in Office 2007 – .DOCX, .XLSX, .PPTX and the rest. […] continuedRead more
OneNote collects your notes and lets you find them later. It keeps anything you want to put into it – scraps of information, web links, photos, videos, files, whatever. You can keep things organized or create a freeform jumble and search for things later (everything is immediately searchable). […] continuedRead more
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