For some time I have been meaning to post about SharePoint Workspace 2010. This application was introduced as part of Office 2010, though it is partly based on the older Office Groove software. Its purpose is to allow users to work with documents stored on SharePoint servers even when they are offline. I regard this
…continue reading SharePoint Workspace 2010 – what a mess
Microsoft’s controversial Office Open XML format, now officially called just Open XML*, has an embarrassing bug in its Office 2010 and/or Office 2007 implementation, as reported by Dennis O’Reilly on Cnet.
In a nutshell: if you save a document from Word 2010 using the default .docx format, and send it to a user with Word
…continue reading Microsoft Open XML embarrassment: spaces go missing between words
Microsoft released quarterly results yesterday:
Quarter ending December 31 2010 vs quarter ending December 31 2009, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 5054 -2139 3251 -2166 Server and Tools 4390 412 1776 312 Online 691 112 -543 -80 Business (Office) 5126 612 3965 1018 Entertainment and devices 3698 1317 679 314
…continue reading Server and Tools shine in Microsoft results – so why is Bob Muglia leaving?
I’m in the habit of summarising Microsoft’s financial results in a simple table. Here is how it looks for the recently announced figures.
Quarter ending September 30 2010 vs quarter ending September 30 2009, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 4785 1905 3323 1840 Server and Tools 3959 409 1630 393
…continue reading The cloud permeates Microsoft’s business more than we may realise
Microsoft Office 2010 launches today. I’ve been using the product since for some months, in beta and final form, and written a fair amount on the subject. Is it worth upgrading? There’s no simple answer. If you spend a lot of time working in Office, then even a small tweak might be worth the upgrade
…continue reading Office 2010: the SharePoint factor
I spoke to Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of the Office Business Platform, who runs the SharePoint engineering group. I asked him to clarify something has puzzled me: the licensing for Office Web Apps. From a technical point of view, Office Web Apps is an add-on for SharePoint; it does not require the paid-for SharePoint
…continue reading Linux users will need a Microsoft Office license to use Office Web Apps
With Office 2010 about to launch, it’s fun to look back at earlier Office launches, especially some of the features which were hyped as breakthroughs at the time, only to be dropped or hidden a couple of versions later. Here are six which come to mind.
Smart Tags were the big new feature
…continue reading Six abandoned features from the history of Microsoft Office
I’ve come across what looks like a bug in Word 2010. I generally do not send documents in the new Word .docx format, because it can cause problems for the recipient; I prefer to use the old .doc format. I’m also averse to the multi-colour default style set in Word, and generally change it to
…continue reading Word 2010 ugly font in .doc format
I’ve been reviewing Office and SharePoint 2010, and trying out Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, so I thought I would put the two together with a small experiment.
I borrowed a document from Microsoft’s press materials for Office 2010. Perhaps surprisingly, they are in .doc format, not the Open XML .docx that was introduced in Office 2007.
…continue reading Office Web Apps better then Open Office for .docx on Linux
I’ve been trying out Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, as provided for the release version of SharePoint 2010. The cross platform story is uneven, whether across Mac/Windows/Linux, or across different browsers, or even across different versions of Windows and Office. So far it does mostly work though, even if there are problems with certain tasks like
…continue reading Microsoft – make up your mind about Moonlight