Good day all my User Group folks from Cleveland!  I appologize for the big delay in getting this posted.  Thank you for spending the evening with http://www.gcpcug.org and myself at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  I really had a great time talking about the future of Microsoft products.  I had a great time meeting you, and I hope to come back to your user group next time I am in town, which looks like it will be August 22nd (more detail on a future posting).

I also had the pleasure of meeting Dan Hanson - the Great Lakes Geek; he had a nice post and picture from my visit here: http://www.greatlakesgeek.com/glg/tips.htm

 

You had a lot of great questions and they can be found below, I also thought you would like to get a hold of the betas.  You can download the betas here: 

If you have any more questions, please comment and let me know what you think!

 

Q:  Can you completely get rid of the BCC option in Outlook?

A: The only way I know how to “remove” bcc option is to modify the default Outlook form.  However, a really savvy user could most likely still use it.

 

Q:  How does Windows Desktop Search (WDS) index log files?

A:   Unfortunately there is no built in add-in for functionality for log files.  For a list of the free add-ins take a look here:   http://addins.msn.com/addins_category_desktop.aspx .  One of the great things about WDS is that you can customize the add-ins and make your filters to work with WDS.  For a development guide take a look here: http://addins.msn.com/devguide.aspx

 

Q: What are the system requirements for Microsoft Office 2007?

A: You can find all the requirements here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/beta/sysreq.mspx

 

Q: Can the Office Ribbon be configured to Auto-hide?

A:  You can hide it by double clicking on the current tab to close and click the tab again to expand.  For keyboard users - CTRL+F1 also hides\shows the ribbon

 

Q: Is the assistant kitten gone forever?

A:  Yes, I am sad to say that the office assistant is no more, so we say goodbye to the office kitten.  My buddy Keith is happy: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2006/07/07/440560.aspx 

 

Q: Where can I find information on development for Microsoft Office 2007?

A: I am not sure that the CLR will be in Access, however what I have been able to find is there are several articles being written on the MSDN site for development within Office 2007.  Take a look here for a listing: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms376609.aspx

 

Q: What is the replacement for FrontPage?

A: That really depends on what you are trying to do.  There are two tools, Publisher and SharePoint Designer that have taken over the functionality of FrontPage.  The tool you use depends on your Web site needs. If the goal is to give your business or organization a presence on the Web, use Office Publisher 2007 to create Web sites that are visually consistent with your print publications. Use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 if you need Web site management tools and the ability to make frequent updates, built-in scripting tools for interactive results, professional coding tools, and interactive elements such as search engines. In my personal opinion, Publisher really is the closest replacement.  Check out the FAQ here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/programs/publisher/faq.mspx .