VT's Blog

The Blog of Viral Tarpara A Smart 27 year old's thoughts on Windows, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, and Productivity

January, 2008

  • MacWorld - Office: Mac 2008 Excel

    Excel is an application that most people identify with in someway.  It is such a versatile application.  The new 2008 version refines the application for the SMB and home-use market with innovative features.  Below is a preview of some...
  • Enterprise Document Security with MOICE – Part I

    Last year was a big year for Office documents. Office 2007 was launched, Office Open XML became an ECMA standard, and the security group for Office released a major service pack for Office 2003. Last year was also a big year for hackers who found one...
  • Really Interesting Zune Hack

    I recently had the opportunity to play around with the new Zunes at Best Buy while attending MacWorld.  I was definitely impressed with how much the Zune team has accomplished in a year *sorry I doubted you J *.  The biggest improvement, in...
  • All You Need To Know About Vista SP1

      TechNet Resource for Windows Vista SP1  
  • I Love The Passion, But Seriously, What An Idiot

    This has got to be the most absurd comment about Windows or Linux I've ever read.  Clearly the commenter holds Microsoft in high regard.  I just wish he wasn't so completely retarded misinformed. "You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying...
  • MacWorld - Office: Mac 2008 Word

    To continue with a deeper analysis of Office for Mac 2008, I'd like to share with you some thoughts on the enhancements made to each individual app.  I don't think any review can fully grasp how much of a joy it is to use the new product, hopefully...
  • MacWorld - Introducing Office: Mac 2008

    The Story Office 2008 is the first application from Microsoft that is released as a Universal binary meaning people don't have to worry about waiting to convert to all Intel Macs.  It will work on G4s, G5s and Intel CPUs.  Another big deal about...
  • MacWorld 2008 - Day At The Office

      Welcome from MacWorld 2008.  Today is a big day!  Today is the day that Microsoft will show off Office 2008 for Mac!  I will be here all day and all week covering and speaking with interesting people on the "other side of the...
  • Live at BETT 2008 - Day 2

    On the first day, people were very excited about hearing from the various schools that were presenting their experiences using Microsoft technology. Day number two has been even more memorable with literally thousands of people visiting and communicating...
  • How To: Use Google Calendar With Outlook

    Before joining the workforce, I never ever used calendaring software.  I didn't have a smartphone, and PDAs without internet access were a horrible value proposition for me.  I think life would have been a little different if I had Google Calendar...
  • Live At BETT 2008 - Day 1

    Hello Everyone, For the next three days I will be talking with customers at the Microsoft booth. For those that do not know what BETT is, it is the largest Education-focused tradeshow in the UK. There are a lot of exciting technologies on showcase...
  • Impressive 3G Performance With Orange

    I'm currently doing some late night crunching on my machine for work.  Since I have Windows Mobile 6 device with 3G capabilities, I make use of the "internet sharing" features often.  Here in London, I was particularly amazed with...
  • Office 2003 SP3 - The Facts and Fiction

    What turned out to be a relatively simple security service pack for an end-of-life version of Office has turned into an all out blood-rage instigated by individuals who's resumes would lead us to believe they expound technical competence and experience...
  • The Virtualization Mentality

    Virtualization this past year has boomed.  The VMWare conference, where Microsoft had an amazing presence, had over 10,000 attendees.  10,000!  This is no small feat by any length.  Virtualization is the seen by many as the holy grail...
  • Did You Know: Vista Also Has A 'Run' Command?

    While I continue to write part 2 of " Death to the Start Menu ," I wanted to give a few more tips around Vista because with the holiday shopping season, I couldn't tell you how many corrections and demos I had to give around Vista.  I never...
  • Online Office 2007 Training Resources

    During an internal discussion involving a secret plugin, an email was sent out basically giving a laundry list of training material for Office 2007.  Thanks Jessica for sending out this email! I particularly like the printable article and spreadsheets...
  • Office 2003 SP3 Legacy File Formats Disabled

    This is a public service announcement that by installing Office 2003 SP3, the ability to open and save older legacy file formats will be blocked. The reason for this decision is strictly for security reasons. Some older file formats including some from...