Office in Education

Following up on yesterdays post, I just want to add that there is also a set of cool customizations available for Word, Excel and PowerPoint to make them more useful for students and teachers.  Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office provides templates and toolbars for Office products plus academic tutorials from education publishers.  Templates include everything…

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Highlights of 18 months of blogging

I’ve been blogging for 18 months now and as I was looking through the stats yesterday I thought I’d share with you my most popular posts. What’s in a name? The Information Worker, The Knowledge Worker and The Structured Task Worker Customizing SharePoint Context Menus InfoPath 2003 Form Viewer Sample Application Office 12 Ribbon Screenshots…

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Want to be a Microsoft Consultant?

We are looking for an experienced SharePoint/CMS consultant to come and join our team based out of Reading, UK.  The official job description is below.  This is a really exciting time to join Microsoft as we are just starting to ramp up for the Office 12 launch next year.  If you think you fit the bill send…

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Office 2003 SP2 Available for Download

Anytime now Service Pack 2 for Office 2003 should be available for download.  Key enhancements include:  ·         Improved Security – SP2 includes an enhancement to Outlook to help prevent “Phishing.” Outlook has also improved the handling of “Junk” email. Junk messages are now rendered as plain text, preventing HTML information from being viewed inadvertently. Links are…

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Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate Available for Download

Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate is now available for download from the MSDN subscriber download site.  The build is compatible with the September CTP of SQL Server.  Both of these builds will be handed out to PDC attendees in the keynote session later today. You will note there is no number associated with this release…

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Now that’s what I call customer service

[No Office/Dev content in this post, so look away now if you are not interested] On my way back from Seattle I was caught up in the chaos at Heathrow last weekend.  Strike action caused all British Airways flights to be cancelled for around 36hrs, including mine into London.  By the time I heard about…

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New Download: Redaction tool for Word 2003

Redaction is the careful editing of a document to remove confidential information.The Microsoft Office Word 2003 Redaction Add-in makes it easy for you to mark sections of a document for redaction. You can then redact the document so that the sections you specified are blacked out. You can either print the redacted document or use…

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Registered and ready to go…TechReady1

Arrived in Seattle late last night after a marathon 21 hour journey.  There are just too many people headed into Seattle this weekend – all the good flights are full.  There were a couple of plus points to the journey.  We got fabulous views of the glaciers of southern Greenland as we came across the…

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Tesla: Desktop Tagging and Collaboration

Korby Parnell writes that videos of the presentations from the 2nd annual Microsoft Social Computing Symposium are online.  Anyone interested in collab topics would do well to take a look at these.  One that caught my eye is a session from Microsoft Research: “Tesla and Tagging for the desktop”.  This is a take on the…

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Problems installing SQL 2005 April CTP

I hit a showstopper installing the SQL Server 2005 April CTP.  I think the problem may have been related to having an instance of SQL Server 2000 already installed on the box.  During setup I got the following error message. “SQL Server Setup could not connect to the database service for server configuration. The error…

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