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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
“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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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). […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more