Yes, it's already past the middle of January, which means I'm already slacking on one of my New Year's resolutions: to post blog entries more frequently.  Another resolution is to respond promptly to e-mail, but sadly I'm already behind on that too.  It's just been one of those years (so far).

To start off the year, I'd like to call your attention to some new Office-related downloads.  As you can see, the Office team has been very busy (although the last two items have been around for a while).

Document viewers for the 2007 Office system

Enable users to open, view, and print Excel workbooks, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Visio diagrams without first installing any Office programs.

· Download Excel Viewer

· Download Word Viewer

· Download PowerPoint Viewer

· Download Visio Viewer

2007 Office system Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool version 2.0

This download includes updated Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool OPA files for use with the 2007 Microsoft Office system programs. It also includes an \Admin folder with an updated Office Customization Tool, and ADMX and ADML versions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system Administrative Template files for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. In Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, the ADM files are replaced by ADMX files, which use an XML-based file format to display registry-based policy settings. This download also includes a workbook (Office2007GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings.xls) that provides information about the 2007 Office system Group Policy settings and OPA settings.

· Download 2007 Office system Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool version 2.0

See http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/2aa26c81-d80c-4be4-9114-8ea205ef47f21033.mspx?mfr=true for more information.

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1 (SP1)

The 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1 delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Office suite prior to December of 2007. You can get a more complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1.

· Download The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

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 new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.

· Download Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS 

This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs. Specific features vary by program.

· Download Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS Add-In