Posts Tagged ‘office’

Office 2010 RC Isn’t for Everyone

February 4, 2010

It seems that Microsoft’s beta testing of its upcoming update to its office suite, the appropriately named Microsoft Office 2010, is nearing readiness, with word emerging that there’s a Release Candidate (RC) build in the wild… but not everyone’s getting it.

Microsoft’s open beta programs have been working out very well indeed for it lately, with the company’s move to offer Windows 7 to everyone and anyone who wanted to download it resulting in a widely-tested and incredibly well publicised launch for the OS when it did release. Moreover, it meant that many who might otherwise have been hesitant to update had already been running Windows 7 for a while when it launched.



Customer Service Announcement

January 7, 2010

Hey there all, hopefully everone’s doing well today, despite the mountains of snow we seem to have had dumped on us over the last 24 hours or so. I’ve been asked to make an update to let everyone know that due to the unusually heavy snowfall, our customer service has been curtailed a little.

Things were pretty grim for a bit there... staring down the barrel of impomptu office sleepover.

Still, our Pickup Point is operating as normal, and is open from 1100 to 1900 Monday to Friday and 1100 to 1500. If anyone is thinking of travelling out to the Pickup Point, we’d advise checking the conditions of the roads in advance. If you can’t make it out in time to pick up your order, then you can shoot us an email at with the subject header marked “Hold Pick Up Point Order No.” and then your order number.

We’ll make sure that your order is held at our Pickup Point for you. We’re sorry for the difficulty guys. Hopefully we can keep everything running smoothly and the snow will manage to buck predictions and hold off for the next while.

Thanks for your patience guys 🙂

Office 2010 Beta Hits 2 Million Users

January 7, 2010

Microsoft’s upcoming office suite, Office 2010, has jus hit the nice round number of 2 million downloads, making it a fairly massive testing operation.

The word comes from ReadWriteWeb that the open beta of Microsoft’s upcoming OS has managed to attract so much attention that it’s already broken the record set by Office 2007’s open beta program, but it also poses an interesting question, asking just why Microsoft has been so successful in gaining so large a userbase. While they speculate that a lot of it is to do with people being used to Office, and it effectively having a “locked in user base,” there are some other fairly simple reasons.


Microsoft Loses Word Appeal

December 23, 2009

Microsoft has lost its case to appeal the recent injunction that would see its word processor, Microsoft Word, either remove functionality or force the company to stop selling the application.

Word comes via TheRegister of the loss, which puts Microsoft in a particularly awkward position when it comes to its Office suite of applications. Microsoft must now drop XML functionality from Word, courts having ruled twice now that it infringed on patents owned by a software company called i4i. Still, it seems that Microsoft isn’t in quite as dreadful a position as many had imagined.


Smile Everyone – Weekend’s Here

December 11, 2009

Good afternoon all, it’s Friday and the sun is out (even if it is just about to go down), so we’re all cheerful here in the office. It’s our usual Friday afternoon thing to post a quick piece to the blog to see if we can’t get a cheap smile out of our readers in the last couple of hours of work… just in an attempt to lighten the mood really…

Also, it’s Shelton’s birthday today and Rafal’s birthday tomorrow, so we’re all in a good mood here this afternoon 🙂 This one is for Raf and Shelton, happy birthday guys…

So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, we’ll move on to the other bits and pieces that people have sent us in the mail over the course of the week. Earlier on, I said on Twitter that I must be a hero for working through lunch, so someone sent me this and I loved it so much I had to keep it.


Microsoft Planning Office 15

December 10, 2009

With Office 2010 in public beta now, it seems that the majority of work on it is done, still, it’s a little surprising to hear that Microsoft is moving on to Office 15 already.

Of course, the whole thing isn’t entirely unexpected, we had received word very shortly after the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, that the company was already moving on, with staff working away on Windows 8. The big difference is, for now at least, that the word that we could expect to see Windows 8 around 2012 prompted speculation that the manner in which MS releases OS updates would be changing to something a little more incremental… it seems less likely that that’s the case for Office.


Office 2010 Starter Detailed

November 27, 2009

Microsoft’s beta for its upcoming free office suit, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, which is set to effectively replace Microsoft Works, has started up. Testers are starting to talk a bit about what we can expect to see from Office 2010 Starter, and it’s interesting news.

According to the All About Microsoft blog, there are a fair few ways that Microsoft is going to be pushing people towards upgrading from Office 2010 Starter towards a for-pay version of the software, and some are a little more compelling than the advertising. For those not in the know, Office 2010 is free at the point of use, but ad-supported.

Aside from the need to get away from the ads though, it seems Microsoft has given users plenty of reason to want to gravitate away from Office 2010 Starter, not limited to the fact that add-ins and macros aren’t properly supported. Apparently you’ll not be able to create, edit or run macros in Starter, though if a document containing a macro is opened in Starter it’ll remain part of the file.


Facebook to Allow Comments via Email

November 23, 2009

It’s started to look as though Facebook will soon allow its users to comment on other users status updates without the inconvenience of having to actually, y’know, leaving the safety and comfort of their own mail client.

The whole thing is reminiscent of the release of Facebook Lite.

TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook’s latest move has already been rolled out to a very select group of users, having managed to narrow down about four tweets that mention users have noticed that they can already use Facebook’s latest addition. If nothing else, this could well be a godsend for those desperate to keep up to date and in the mix with Facebook from offices where the social networking service has been blocked.


Office 2010 Beta Gets Rolling

November 17, 2009

Microsoft has started rolling out the beta version of its upcoming office suite, Microsoft Office 2010 to members of its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and Technet developer groups.

Microsoft has also launched its Office 2010 beta homepage for anyone looking to get in on the public beta testing of Office 2010. For the moment, the page just says that the public beta will be opening soon and, while it doesn’t offer any more detail than that, we’re told to expect it to open properly over the course of the next week or so.

The idea of having a public beta has always been a nice way for any students out there to get their hands on some software to take notes with, without having to actually shell out any cash for it… without having to go the route, which many users still shy away from, despite it being free.


Microsoft Opening Up Office Web Apps

October 29, 2009

Microosft has announced that its ongoing technical preview of the web-based version of its upcoming Microsoft Office 2010 suite is to be opened up to new users via online application.

Microsoft Office 2010 Logo

Microsoft’s Office 2010 web apps is a suite of web-based applications for those who don’t mind using their office suite in a browser. It includes web-based versions of Word and Excel, though for the moment there seems to be relatively little else. The aims seems to be to make the web-based version of Microsoft Office 2010 available for free to as many users as possible. These kinds of “technical previews” are excellent for both getting the word out and building a bit of buzz around the new suite.