Microsoft has released Compatibility Pack 4 for Microsoft Office. What’s this mean? If you are running an older version of Office (2000, 2003, XP), and you try to open a newer XML based 2007 or 2010 document (.docx, .xlsx, etc.), it will give you an error. With this pack, you will be able to open the newer documents.
By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint . The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see 924074.
2 Million downloads for the Office 2010 beta? This sounds like Windows 7 all over again! Like the article says, Microsoft Office is an industry standard. Sure, there are alternatives, but there are also a lot of downsides. The alternatives are good for a beginning user, a high school student doing basic word processing or spreadsheet work. But, if you do much more, you’re almost out of luck with VBA and other Microsoft Office features. Time will tell if the alternatives will catch up. I’ve checked out some of the others, and they have some VBA compatibility, but not 100%. Not to mention the other 1000 features that MS Office has that the others don’t (I just threw that number out there. It may be closer to 6).
As if the battles of the MP3/Video/Everything else portable device (MP3 player, to most!) weren’t enough, Microsoft and HP are set to reveal a new tablet PC to go head to head with Apple’s upcoming tablet PC. I’m sure that there will soon be a battle of the apps, as I think that the majority of iPod Touch’s and iPhone’s think they are the major reason for owning the device. My wife owns an iPod Touch (I don’t claim that bastard stepchild!), and there are times when I’ll pick it up and play with the apps or Digg for Microsoft stories! 😉
According to leaked details at that time, the Microsoft Courier is a tablet built like a notebook, with a two screen setup and a stylus, made for saving and sharing content and
The same Windows God Mode that was available in Windows Vista, which has been know for the past year and a half, has been proven to work in Windows 7. You may have noticed all the Diggs and news stories out there today posting the news, so I thought I’d put up an update. We weren’t the first to know about this, and credit goes to some Microsoft engineer that brought the tweak to light.
Windows Vista, as well as Windows 7, has included a “Master Control Panel”. Problem is that it’s not enabled by default. Here is how to gain access to all your Control Panel items, and their child options, and put the icon on your desktop or your Start Menu.
While some of these are pure opinion as to if they are actually “issues” that need fixed, some of them are pretty valid issues that need to be resolved. eWeek has posted what they feel are 10 issues that Microsoft still has to resolve with Windows 7 or the next edition of Windows.
Windows 7 is a vast improvement over Windows Vista. Some might even say Windows 7 is what Vista should have been from the beginning. It has an improved task bar. It features a host of new security features that have helped reduce exploits. And Windows XP Mode has helped address some of the compatibility issues that arose when Vista first hit store shelves.
I’ve got a few things done today. The forums are live, with a few various topics available. I will be adding more as time goes on. If you have any suggestions for any, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I also fixed the registration problem. You can now register an account here and get it activated through email. Once you log in, you will be logged in site wide, including the forums. If you have any problems, or encounter an errors, please let me know.
I also have a few contests planned in the coming weeks for forum members. A lot of freebies coming, and some of the more premium items will have a minimum post count requirement, or you get more entries for more posts. I haven’t quite worked out the details as of yet, but I am working on it!
Have fun, enjoy your stay, and thank you for your support!
While I am a big fan of Windows Mobile (but, I also use an iPod Touch and enjoy it’s interface; I have also played with a Google Android OS and enjoy it as well), it’s interface and general usability really hasn’t changed in the past decade. I’m using an older Dell Axim x50V and love it (I also have a MotoQ 9c and hate it! No touch screen…). It does everything I need it to do, it’s fast (faster than some brand new smartphones running the same OS), reliable, and just an awesome little PocketPC with Windows Mobile 6.1. It had Windows Mobile 2003 on it, and then 2005, then 6.0 and finally 6.1. With all the upgrades, I got small improvements, but nothing spectacular. Let’s hope that 2010-2011 brings Windows Mobile 7.0 with some major changes to the interface. I love the Windows look, but I haven’t gained anything really….
10 years ago, you could buy the HP Jornada 548 with a color screen, which let you listen to MP3s, surf the web, check your email, and keep a calendar. It had a touchscreen. It ran Windows. It was awesome.
I saw this page on Hubpages, and thought it was a very interesting topic. I’ve had people ask me questions regarding this same situation many times. Upgrading to Windows 7 can have a few caveats. Going to 64 bit from a 32 bit OS can be pretty rough at times, and your options are limited. This is a good read before you go venturing on your upgrade.
The questions on most peoples minds are: Will I lose all my files if I install Windows 7? Will I be able to install Windows 7 on my current machine? Will I be able to use all my old Programs on Windows 7? The answer to all those questions depends on many factors and it can be daunting for the average computer user
. The most important two things are for you to take a look at the capabilities of your computer and the type of operating system you are currently running before you attempt to do anything. Once you know those two things, you are ready to begin.
Well, the time is upon us where we call it the end of the year, and in this case, the end of a decade. I wish all our readers a great and prosperous 2010.
What are your new year resolutions? Mine is to add more resources to this site: more videos, more FAQ’s, new forums, and more frequent updates on the front page. That, and to finish my CCNP (Cisco certification) as well as my MCITP in Windows Server 2008.
Happy New Year everyone! Be safe, and watch out on those roads, some people don’t drive that well on holidays!