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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP1 is Out - GoodBye Outlook Problems

    My colleague James O'Neill beat me to this one.  SP1 for Office is finally here, and none the sooner as I was ready to destroy my laptop and beat it with a sledgehammer because of the stability issues with Outlook. Funny story, a lot of the bad rap that Vista has been getting has actually been due...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • Blog Post: The Only Office 2007 SP2 Blog Post You Need to Read

    Credit goes to Gray Knowlton for writing this very comprehensive post on the service pack release.  Notable features include: ODF 1.1 support Saving in PDF and XPS File Format Converter Improved Outlook Performance (back ported from Outlook 14) Better Smart Art Rendering Performance Download Office...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 RTM Released to TechNet Plus and MSDN Subscribers!

    I won't get into this whole SP1 mine field as I think there has been enough back and forth on the blogs.  The interesting blogs I've read have been Mike Nash's Windows Vista blog that has been showered with customer feedback to some of our popular evangelists in the field like Keith Combs . The...
  • Blog Post: 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 of the few remaining “Trojan horses,”...
  • Blog Post: How To: Create a Vista SP1 Image Using ImageX.exe and WIM Files

    My colleague James O'Neill has a really simple step by step blog post on how to use the new deployment tools that come with Vista to create an SP1 Vista image.  He makes it sound so easy!  * it actually is*  The coolest part of the entire image creation process was that it was done completely...
  • Blog Post: 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 Microsoft are insecure and do not satisfy new attack...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC1, ForeFront and System Center Demo Kit, SQL 2008 November CTP, and Service Pack Blocker Tool

    Thursday was a busy day at Microsoft.  RC1 for Longhorn is now out and available for download.  To read up on some analysis about the update, check out James O'Neill's post . Going over to the other side of the "pond," Keith Combs mentions some good news around virtual machine VHDs...
  • Blog Post: All You Need To Know About Vista SP1

      TechNet Resource for Windows Vista SP1  
  • Blog Post: Death to the Start Menu – Part I

    So I have been playing around with Vista SP1 RC and so far it has been a much more enjoyable experience from a usability perspective. The number UAC prompts are down, network performance regarding file sharing is now what it should have been at release time and stability is much better. I always thought...