Saturday, August 29, 2009

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Released

Also new is the Office 2010 Technical Preview. We’ve been testing this as well to understand the impact it will have on our clients when it’s released in the next few months.

Most notable is the inclusion of the Office ribbon or “fluent” user interface in Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, SharePoint Designer and Visio. All of the applications have undergone refinement and we are finding the changes useful and well thought out. We especially appreciate the updates in Outlook 2010.

More on Office 2010 in the coming weeks.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode

One of the interesting features in Windows 7 is the new Virtual PC and companion XP Mode products. Microsoft posted release candidates of both these products in early August.

Virtual PC has been around for quite some time, however this new version has a number of interesting features that take advantage of the new processor virtualization capabilities.

What’s very new is the companion Windows XP Mode add that’s also been released. Microsoft has provided a fully licensed version of XP Pro that runs only with the new Virtual PC. By using XP Mode , it’s possible to run legacy line of business apps on Windows 7. Even better, the app appears in the start menu and runs in a window instead of the usual “desktop within a desktop” that’s confused many users in the past. Clicking on the start menu shortcut runs the app in a virtual XP session without revealing all the compatibility “gymnastics” going on behind the scenes.

We’ve been testing this mode for the past week and there’s some great parts about it and some not so great things. The not so great could be due to the fact that it’s still not released or because we’re not completely knowledgeable about it. We’ll fill you in as we learn more about our experiences with it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Windows 7 RTM released to Microsoft Certified Partners as well as TechNet and MSDN subscribers

On 8/6/2009, Microsoft released Windows 7 for testing by TechNet and MSDN members. Just like Windows XP and Vista, there are many versions released for different markets. Also like XP and Vista, 32 and 64-bit versions were released.

Microsoft is encouraging adoption of the 64-bit version as it works with more memory and is much more secure. We’re working with 64-bit Windows 7 and have found only a few issues with certain scanners and printers. Since the OS hasn’t been released to the general public there’s still time for the vendors to address this.

There’s quite a lot to like about this version; it’s very fast and solid and eliminates the odd Explorer quirks in Vista. We’ll be posting about our experiences over the next several weeks.

Inbound Faxes Not Routing To SharePoint

Sometimes we overlook simple things thinking there’s a highly technical issue causing a problem.

Last week, we saw errors in a SBS daily report indicating inbound faxes were not routed properly to SharePoint. After checking three or four possibilities, it turned out the problem was due to a missing destination folder. As soon as the SharePoint folder was restored, the problem was resolved.

A quick change of permissions will prevent this from recurring.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Vista PCs Can’t Create, Edit or Forward Emails in Outlook Web Access 2003

Found the fix here. MS changed the editing technology in OWA from an ActiveX control to iFrame.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Critical Windows Vulnerability

Microsoft published a Security Advisory this week and asked all of its partners to help their clients update their machines as soon as possible.

The advisory, published here, details an issue with the Active Template Library used by developers. If the vulnerability is maliciously leveraged, users of Internet Explorer could be affected by having their system security breached.

If your PC is not managed by your service provider, just run Windows Update and install the updates offered for your PC. If that’s not appropriate for some reason, apply the patch individually using the download from Microsoft.