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Office 2007 Released to Manufacturing

Looks like Office 2007 Release to Manufacturing in underway, a post at Activewin says it will go at 9:00am tomorrow, and a commenter, who said he had access to the download site for Volume licensing customers, said it was already there.

Post is here.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 6, 2006 at 2:27 am

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Vista and Office 2007 to launch November 30

A Microsoft spokesman has confirmed the release date of Office 2007 and the business version of Windows Vista for November 30, 2006. This is a worldwide release so some countries, such as New Zealand and Australia, will actually get it a few hours before the US.

A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the planned release dates for Vista and Office are indeed November 30 after all, fulfilling Microsoft?s promise of delivering Vista in 2006.

That said, the general consumer versions of Vista are still planned for a January 2007 release, with the rumored date of January 30 said to be on the verge of confirmation over the next few days. Source: iTWire

Exchange Server 2007 will also be released November 30, 2006, making this the first time in 10 years that all three products have had new releases at the same time.

An article from PCWorld says it be released a week earlier in Canada,

Microsoft will launch the products in Canada slightly earlier than in the U.S., the IDG News Service previously reported. According to the MSDN Canada site, Microsoft will hold New Day for Business events throughout Canada starting in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 23.

Following the Edmonton event, which will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre, Microsoft will hold events in Toronto on December 5, Montreal on December 7, Ottawa on December 12, and other cities throughout the country through January 2007. Source: PCWorld

I’m ready to check it out, but I know some of our customers will definitely not be deploying it for awhile.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 2, 2006 at 4:26 pm

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Get Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 Beta

Microsoft is giving the Office Accounting 2007 B2TR copy of it’s software away for free, or free until June 2007, that is. Haven’t tried this myself, but saw some good reviews on it, but, it’s free for eight months, long enough to try it out yourself. Includes integration with Paypal and eBay, create quotes, invoices, purchase orders, manage payroll, inventory and more.

Start up easily. Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 installs easily, without the help of Information Technology professionals. Using the Company Setup, you will be managing your business with Office Accounting 2007 in less than an hour. Source: Microsoft

Download it from here.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 31, 2006 at 3:21 am

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Office Genuine Advantage Starts Today

If you hate or have had trouble with WGA, or Windows Genuine Advantage, their tool that checks to see if your Windows is pirated or not, then you are going to love this. Today, Microsoft has launched Office Genuine Advantage, or OGA, which will require mandatory validation of Office software starting October 27, 2006. Any Office Online templates downloaded from the Office 2007 Microsoft Office System will require validation. Starting in January, Office Update will require validation as well before you can download updates. What will this mean for Office 2007 users? Many people have had trouble with WGA, can similar troubles be expected from OGA?

Users absolutely hated the first iteration of the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program, and their protests pressured the company into revising it about a year after it launched in July 2005.

Microsoft said in a press statement that the validation process will be “quick and simple” for users. The OGA program, currently in the testing phase, is now available in 26 languages worldwide.

Microsoft has integrated this check directly into the next version of its OS, Windows Vista, as part of what it is calling a “Software Protection Platform.” Through that automatic validation system, a Vista user must activate his or her copy of the software with a valid activation key within 30 days after purchase of the software, or see the OS enter a reduced functionality mode. In that mode, users can browse the Web for an hour but then the system will log them out, and they will have to log in again if they want to browse more. Source: PC World

One would expect similar troubles with OGA, I expect more users to stick with 2003 instead of upgrading, and I know some business owners will probably look long and hard at what they plan on doing concerning Office from now on.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 29, 2006 at 12:00 am

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Early Christmas Gift from Microsoft

Microsoft announced yesterday their plan for everyone who buys a PC from Christmas, a lost cost upgrade to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. So, if you are planning on buying a PC today, wait until tomorrow, so you can get your coupon.

Microsoft Corp. today announced programs to provide holiday shoppers with low-cost upgrades to Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release with the purchase of a new Windows Vista Capable personal computer. Microsoft is working with participating computer manufacturers and system builders that plan to sell PCs loaded with Windows XP or pre-installed with 2003 Microsoft Office software to make the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Technology Guarantee programs available to consumers and small businesses from Oct. 26, 2006, through March 15, 2007.

?Our customers can shop for a new PC with confidence this holiday season because of the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista and Office Technology Guarantee programs,? said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. ?These programs ensure people will have a great experience with their Windows XP-based PCs today, and an even better one when Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release become available.? Source: Microsoft

So, for every purchase of a computer loaded with Windows XP, they recommend you consider Windows Vista Capable PCs that are Premium Ready, this includes computers loaded with Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Computers that are Premium Ready can deliver all of the Windows Vista experiences, including features such as the Windows Aero user experience and Media Center.

Sounds like a good deal, they are making up for the fact that Window Vista was not ready for this last quarter, and are “helping” us out while they help themselves out by getting more users on the Windows Vista path.

From the Windows Vista Team Blog,

Check out the Express Upgrade site for details.

Windows Vista upgrades may be offered for free or at a discounted price (shipping and handling charges may also apply), so it pays to check with the particular PC manufacturer for details specific to their offer.

Consider looking for “Windows Vista Capable” PCs designated as “Premium Ready,” as these PCs are designed to deliver the core Windows Vista experience. PCs carrying only the “Windows Vista Capable” logo may be eligible for the program, but the offer may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Go here for more information about Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs.

Similar programs are available on a region by region basis for boxed product upgrades, so check your local retailers.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 25, 2006 at 12:16 pm

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Windows Vista Office 2007 Launch Set for After Thanksgiving

Looks like the day after Thanksgiving is not only going to be the biggest shopping day of the year, it’s going to be the day that Microsoft starts shipping Windows Vista and Office 2007 to volume business partners.

The long-touted Microsoft Vista/Office 2007 tandem launch is on for the last week in November in New York, sources said. This event will focus on business usage and scenarios.

The new client Windows operating system and Office client and server applications have been promised for volume business customers by year’s end and for consumers by early 2007. Source: CRN

They still say it won’t ship if the code is not ready, but both the Vista and Office development teams say they are on schedule to ship then. The new Office System will contain 26 products and using the WWF, or Windows Workflow Foundation, SharePoint Server and all the other Office products will ease creation of applications for corporate IT people and ISV’s.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 19, 2006 at 3:36 am

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Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program

Note: When I first read this, I thought the date on the page was 2006, but its 2005, so this has been around for a bit.
Got this windows notification in my taskbar today, a Microsoft Office icon, upon clicking it said:
We invite you to join our Customer Experience Improvement Program to improve the quality, reliability and performance of Microsoft software and services.

If you accept, we will collect anonymous information about your hardware configuration and how you use our software and services to identify trends and usage patterns. We will also periodically download a small file to your computer that enables us to collect information about specific errors you encountered while using Microsoft software. When available, new help information about the errors will also be automatically downloaded.

We will not collect your name, address, or any other personally identifiable information. There are no surveys to complete, no salesperson will call, and you can continue working without interruption. It is simple, user-friendly, and completely anonymous. You can leave this program at any time by clicking Help | Customer Feedback Options to return to this dialog. Click here for a screenshot.

The options are yes, recommended and no. It has a link to read more about the program, when clicked it takes you to a page, here, with the following information:
Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 1, 2006 at 10:36 pm

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New PowerPoint Vulnerabilty Being Exploited

I bet Microsoft just wishes that September would hurry up and end, it certainly has been a month full of vulnerabilities and exploits, the newest one affects Microsoft’s PowerPoint, or more specifically Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2004 for Mac, and Microsoft PowerPoint v. X for Mac.

In order for the attack to work, the user must open a malicious PowerPoint file, either through email or somehow given to them by the attacker. The only workarounds currently are to use PowerPoint viewer 2003 to open and view files, as the viewer does not contain the vulnerable code, and of course, do not open any PowerPoint files from untrusted sources. From Microsoft,

  • An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less affected than users who operate with administrative user rights.

  • In a Web-based attack scenario, an attacker would have to host a Web site that contains a PowerPoint file that is used to attempt to exploit this vulnerability. In addition, compromised Web sites and Web sites that accept or host user-provided content could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. An attacker would have no way to force users to visit a malicious Web site. Instead, an attacker would have to persuade them to visit the Web site, typically by getting them to click a link that takes them to the attacker’s site.
  • The vulnerability cannot be exploited automatically through e-mail. For an attack to be successful a user must open an attachment that is sent in an e-mail message.
  • Users who have installed and are using the Office Document Open Confirmation Tool for Office 2000 will be prompted with Open, Save, or Cancel before opening a document.

From vnunet,

“Hackers are showing increasing ingenuity in their attempts to break into innocent users’ computers, and are always on the hunt for exploitable bugs in commonly used programs,” said Cluley.

“PowerPoint is the standard business tool for presentations, underlining that all computer users need to show great caution when handling unsolicited email attachments.”

As always, lets be careful out there.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 29, 2006 at 5:09 pm

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Microsoft Patches Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft has released the monthly set of security updates, including one fixing a critical office flaw, Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (910729). Users could be exploited when opening a malicious publisher document, which would give the attackers free reign on their computer. This bug has been rated critical for Publisher 2000 users, and important for Publisher 2002 and 2003 versions.

This update resolves a newly discovered, privately reported vulnerability. The vulnerability is documented in the “Vulnerability Details” section of this bulletin.

If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

We recommend that customers apply the update immediately.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 13, 2006 at 2:37 am

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Latest Office XP Knowledge Base Articles

Here are the latest Office XP Knowledge Base articles.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 11, 2006 at 3:53 pm

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