MS Office Beta Notes

This is a side-blog where I intend to keep all of my notes from Beta testing new versions of Office. This will keep them all in one place for future reference. I started this with Office 2003, and am bringing it back for the 2007 version. This is not an official Microsoft site, this is just the ramblings of one IT guy.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Definitive Office 2007 Review

Yes, this ActiveWin review is so in-depth, I haven't even been able to get all the way through it yet. Take a look, let me know what you think of it.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Learn about using Office 2007

The Microsoft Office 2007 Learning Portal would be the first place to start learning how to use the next version of Office, wouldn't it?

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Free Accounting Software

I saw when reading my feeds that Microsoft announced today that they are putting out Office Accounting Express Version for free download today. You can get it, or read more about it here. Looks like it integrates nicely with Office 2007, and at that price, it may make quite a dent in the market share currently held by other small business accounting software. Obviously, it doesn't do as much as the Professional version, but it might prove to be pretty useful for the home business crowd.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Junk Mail Reporting

Looks like Microsoft, finally, has released a tool to report spam that gets past the Outlook junk mail filter. Easily, this is one of the features that has been missing since Outlook 2003 first introduced us to the junk mail filter. It's nice that they're releasing it now, before Outlook 2007 comes out, it would have been nicer to have this included in 2007.

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Friday, October 20, 2006


Had the same affect as getting Office 2003 patches on my laptop, after getting the update to the release version of IE7 and rebooting, Office 2007 beta, specifically Outlook needed to reconfigure itself.

Just goes to show how much IE really is integrated with everything!

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Patch Tuesday

Because of the issues Microsoft seems to be having with the update servers, it was Thursday before I got my Patch Tuesday patches for my laptop. Included in the various patches were some patches for Office 2003, which I have installed (except for Outlook) alongside my beta 2007 install. Lo and behold, after installing the patches and restarting, I opened a spreadsheet that I needed to enter some information in and it opened in Excel 2003. Apparently the patches reset my defaults. I had to go open a 2007 application and wait about 10 minutes for a configuration wizard to run before things got back to normal.

So, don't be surprised after getting patched if you need to run this configuration when first opening any 2007 applications.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

The end is near

Yes, the end of the beta. Office 2007 is due to be released to manufacturing soon.

More importantly, for those of you might be interested in getting a beta look at it before it's released to the public, you only have until Oct. 25th before the preview site is gone for good, along with the downloads. According to that article the beta's will expire March 15, 2007. However, I should note that the licensing agreement on my install still says it will expire Feb. 1. Guess I'll find out the truth then, huh?

I'll still be writing more about what I'm finding in 2007 over the next few months, provided I find more free time!

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