After the intense interest in OOXML vs ODF during last year’s ISO document standardisation wars, I’m surprised that the inclusion of OpenDocument support in the newly-released Office 2007 SP2 has attracted so little attention. Well, not really surprised. The general public doesn’t care much about document formats as such, just that the documents they send
…continue reading OpenDocument comes to Microsoft Word and Excel
The poor performance of Outlook 2007 has driven many users to Google for solutions, and a good proportion arrive at this blog, which is why there are nearly 200 comments to this post.
Microsoft says it has fixed the problems with Office 2007 Service Pack 2 – though this comment disagrees. Personally I’ve not installed
…continue reading Microsoft’s Outlook 2007 SP2 speed report
Windows 7 will be on sale pre-installed from 23rd October 2009, according to plausible leaks. So much for “when it’s ready.” You heard it from me first though: on 29th October 2008 I posted that Windows 7 may be less than a year away.
The OEM vendors need at least a couple of months to
…continue reading Windows 7: on sale pre-installed from October 2009
Roger Jennings shares his frustration that after nearly two years in beta, Information Card management for Windows Live still does not work reliably.
I’ve tried this before, but since switching to 64-bit Vista I’ve not used CardSpace. I had another look.
My first experience was poor. I headed to the card management page, entered the
…continue reading Signing into Windows Live with CardSpace
It’s so easy. Install your virus or worm on a USB memory stick, set it to run automatically via AutoRun. An obvious security risk, and I’m surprised that Microsoft hasn’t already disabled the feature by default in a security update or service pack for XP or Vista.
The company is finally paying attention:
…continue reading Microsoft disabling USB AutoRun in Windows 7 RC
A new feature in Windows 7 has been announced as part of the Release Candidate rollout. Called XP Mode (XPM), it lets users run applications in a virtual instance of Windows XP itself, for excellent compatibility. Although not part of the retail Windows 7, XPM will be a free download or may be installed at
…continue reading New in Windows 7 RC: Windows XP Mode, Remote Media Streaming
I still love Ubuntu, but it’s hard to find much to enthuse about in the latest release, 9.04 also known as Jaunty Jackalope. As this post observes, most of the changes are under the hood, so users will not notice much difference from the previous release, Intrepid Ibex or 8.10. Well, there’s faster start-up, and
…continue reading Ubuntu 9.04 not so jaunty