Archive 2

office    Office hunts for new niches (Sep 22)

Microsoft plans to announce new specialty software packages on Monday based on the upcoming update of its Office productivity software.

The new packages, which will combine Microsoft software with third-party add-ons and services, will be sold by Microsoft partners under the Office Solution Accelerator Program. The program is part of a broad effort by Microsoft to court partners to help exploit new enterprise capabilities in the upcoming Office System.

Read the full article at CNET


other    MSN Messenger 6.1 Release Date and New Features (Sep 21)

The new version of MSN Messenger is announced to be released on October 23. As Microsoft often changes the release date of their products it cannot be said if this is really going to be the release date. Check out the website to find out about the features or even try them out yourself by downloading the BETA.

View: New in MSN Messenger 6.1
Repost Download: MSN Messenger 6.1 Beta


howto    Added content (Sep 20)

I added a link in the How To section to a Microsoft website which shows the command line options you have for the Microsoft Office 2003 setup.

When you run Setup for Microsoft® Office 2003, you can use command-line options to change some of the parameters that Setup uses to install Office, such as display settings and default values for Setup properties.

View: Setup Command-line Options


office    Upgrading to Outlook 2003 from Previous Versions (Sep 20)

With the upcoming release of Microsoft Office it’s good to know what happens when you upgrade your Outlook from previous versions. The article is an old release and marked as BETA but it still applies.

View: Upgrading to Outlook 2003 from Previous Versions


info    New Hotmail coming up! (Sep 20)

There is a demo of the new Hotmail. It displays some new features which are mainly anti-spam related. Hotmail will look a lot more to Outlook Web Access as well. To check out the demo make sure you are logged on to Hotmail first.

Logon to Hotmail
View:
MSN Hotmail demo


office    Office Live Meeting 2003 review (Sep 20)

As mentioned at the beginning of this week Microsoft launched into web conferencing with Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Office Live Meeting 2003 is essentially a Web conferencing service that allows you to hold meetings over the Internet, such as team meetings, sales calls, training sessions and customer demonstrations. Office Live Meeting 2003 also allows you to access the desktop of other PCs using the service. There is no need to install servers in order to share content and applications with other people.

Read: Full article at Bios
View:
Live Meeting website
View:
Live Meeting demo
Read:
Press release at Microsoft


other    PDF Converter Released (Sep 20)

Forgot to mention this last week as the mail ended up in my spam folder :-S. The PDF converter will let you text based pdf-files convert to Microsoft Office Word documents. This can be very handy if you don’t have or lost the original document. Actually there is no need to save the original document at all as the conversion is very smoothly. This way you won’t have to check if the pdf-file is the same version as your original doc-file and edit the wrong doc-file by mistake.

ScanSoft PDF-converter


update    Latest Patch? (Sep 19)

An update on the virus that pretends it is the latest patch from Microsoft is spreading. The mail is starting to look pretty good and can easily fool people who don’t realize that patches from Microsoft are never spread by e-mail. Make sure you are running the latest virus definitions by visiting the website of your virus scan developer.

Read about the virus on Symantec
Screenshot of the E-mail


office    Toshiba to Preinstall Microsoft Office OneNote on All of Its New Portable PCs Worldwide (Sep 17)

Today at WPC Expo 2003 in Tokyo, Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. announced an agreement to deliver Microsoft® Office OneNote (TM) 2003 preinstalled on all new Toshiba laptops and Tablet PCs worldwide. OneNote 2003, the new digital note-taking program from Microsoft, will be available to customers preinstalled on Toshiba portable computers when the Microsoft Office System is launched Oct. 21, 2003, in New York.

Read the press release


other    What’s New in Exchange Server 2003 (Sep 16)

It’s not a complete overview of all the new functionality but this article discusses the most important new administrative and security features in Exchange 2003.

Read the article


office    PowerPoint Templates Pack and PowerPoint 2003 Viewer (Sep 16)

This download is a collection of background and design templates included with PowerPoint 4.0 and later versions. Strangely enough they made 3 separate packs for it of just a couple MB’s in size while they just released rollup packages for Exchange documentation of tools (see below). There is also a new PowerPoint viewer which can deal with PowerPoint 2003 files.

Download: Template Pack 1
Download: Template Pack 2
Download: Template Pack 3
Download: PowerPoint 2003 Viewer


other    Exchange 2000 – Technical White Papers (All) (Sep 16)

This download contains all the Exchange 2000 Server white papers through August 7, 2003.

View: whitepaper overview
Download: all whitepapers


other    Exchange 2003: All Exchange Tools and Updates (Sep 16)

This package contains all the Exchange tools and updates bundled together in a single download.

View: tools and updates in the package
Download: all Exchange tools and updates


office    Microsoft launches into Web conferencing (Sep 15)

And the Office family grew with yet another product: Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Participants log into a central Web site, where they can then concurrently view a presentation, exchange notes or ask questions through chat software, and collaboratively edit documents. A number of companies use it for remote training seminars.

Read the article at CNET


info    Could we really have had a cool Clippy? (Sep 13)

In an animated video to promote PDC we hear some interesting “facts” about the characters who are now in the Halo videogame. The video is about two squads, red and blue, in heavy combat when all of a sudden one wants to leave as he has to go to PDC (Professional Developers Conference 2003) in Los Angeles. So they stop their war and talk about their life at Microsoft. Pretty funny video with the introduction (or actually replacement) of a very cool Clippy!

Download: Red vs. Blue PDC Video
View: Professional Developers Conference 2003 website


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Archive 1

other    Extra games for MSN6 (Sep 13)

For the people addicted to the MSN6 games mess.be has developed some custom games. Next to the default games from MSN you’ll have; Chess, Nine Men’s Morris, Reversi, Sea Battle and Yahtzee as extra games available from the Launch Site button. You need to have your MSN6 closed before you apply the patch.

Download patch from mess.be here
Main mess.be games site


office    Office 2003 official comes early! (Sep 12)

It doesn’t happen too often but sometimes Microsoft releases something ahead of schedule (well, their latest schedule then). As of Monday, September 15 Microsoft Office 2003 can be downloaded from MSDN for those with Select, Enterprise Agreement and MSDN subscriptions. The retail release is still scheduled for October 21.

Read it at CNET


office    Office 2003 leaks (Sep 11)

I guess someone lost his job today at Microsoft. The question is whether he lost it before or after he leaked Office 2003. From the screenshots posted everything looks quite the same as after the Technical Refresh. Anyway, see the new build numbers by clicking the link below.

Screenshots at ExtremeXP


update    Security update for Windows (Sep 10)

This patch is rated critical so run Windows Update immediately! Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME are not effected. There is also a tool available which enables you to scan your network for unpatched computers. It will also scan for computers that doesn’t have the “Blaster” patch installed.

Bulletin: MS03-039: A Buffer Overrun in RPCSS May Allow Code Execution (824146)
Scan tool: KB 824146 Scanner for MS03-026 and MS03-039 Patches

Run Windows Update


office    Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit Tools (Sep 10)

As we are approaching the release of Office 2003 the Resource Kit Tools are already there to get you ready for deployment.

Download: Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit Tools


office    Finally it’s here! Access 2.0 Service Pack (Sep 10)

Well, better late then never right? Some info on the file;

Publish date: September 9 2003
Signature date: September 3 2003
EULA date: July 17 2003
Last Knowledge Base review date: April 23 2003
Executable date: May 1 1995
Oldest file in the executable: September 20 1994

So we are about 9 years later… will this be the final release? (talking about “Extended Support Phase”)

Download it for your archive here


other    Exchange documentation (Sep 10)

Microsoft added some new Exchange documentation.

Exchange Server 2003 Administration Guide
Exchange 2003 Deployment Guide
Working with Store Permissions in Microsoft Exchange 2000 and 2003


office    Office Professional Edition 2003 Tour (Sep 9)

With the launch of Office 2003 coming up it’s good to know what new feature’s it brings and how it can help you at home and in your organisation. A quick tour shows you how Office 2003 is safer and more effective than ever.

Take the tour


other    Telnet as an Alternative to OWA (Sep 9)

Don’t like the new Outlook Web Access interface? Well I doubt it but if you really want to go back to basics with your interface you might want to try to connect to Exchange by using good old Hyper Terminal or Telnet.

Read the article


office    Download the Microsoft Office Online Preview Demo (Sep 8)

This download contains a video demo of the new Microsoft Office Online website. It’s pretty funny to see that the web address in the video still says http://officebeta.microsoft.com. Anyway check out the new site and download this demo to see where you can find everything.

New Microsoft Office Online website: http://office.microsoft.com
Microsoft Office Online Demo for WMP9, 300kbps
Microsoft Office Online Demo other formats


about    I gave my site a facelift (Sep 5)

Hope you like it!


other    MSN 6.1 Beta hits the web (Sep 5)

To download directly from Microsoft press here


update    4 Security updates for Office came out today (Sep 4)

Bulletin: MS03-035: Flaw in Microsoft Word Could Enable Macros to Run Automatically (827653)
Bulletin: MS03-036:Buffer Overrun in WordPerfect Converter Could Allow Code Execution (827103)
Bulletin: MS03-037:Flaw in Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Arbitrary Code Execution (822715)
Bulletin: MS03-038:Unchecked buffer in Microsoft Access Snapshot Viewer Could Allow Code Execution (827104)

Run Office Update


howto    Added content

How To section: Using command line switches


faq   Added content

FAQ section: About mailboxes, addresses and aliases