TAG: Microsoft Office

The Looming Office 2013 Pricing Debacle

As many of you know, all desktop client versions of Microsoft Office 2013 are going to see a price increase. Some of them, quite significantly so. With Office 2013 currently being released to manufacturing (RTM) and on track for a first quarter release date – many are wondering how much Office 2013 is going to cost, how high the increases are going to be and why Microsoft is raising prices on an already “cash cow” line of business. Since many business users still rely on the desktop Office application, they can’t (or won’t) move to the online Office 365 offering. I look at recent developments in a commonly used version of Office, in what’s shaping up to be a mess.

The EASY Way To Move Microsoft Office 2011 License Between Apple Macs

MacOffice01So, you have a new Mac with OSX and you’re excited to use it. But, you don’t have Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 installed on the new computer. You can find the installation disk, but how do you move the license? Believe it or not, it is actually possible to transfer Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac’s license from one machine to another – and it’s just a matter of copying a few files. So far this process has worked on every computer I have tested it on, please let me know (in the comments) if this works for you too. I’ll take you through the dead simple step-by-step process of how to do this.

2 MAJOR Things Microsoft Must Change In Its Flagship Products

Microsoft is a dominant player in two major software markets: Operating Systems (Windows) and Productivity Software (Office). This dominance, however, is being threatened on a number of fronts. Windows Vista was a major misstep for Microsoft and without Windows 7’s success, Mac and Linux derivatives would be gaining faster. With the changing market (resurgence of the Tablet), touch screens, and cloud computing – you can feel the prevailing interest in Windows slipping.

Another of Microsoft’s bread & butter applications is the Office System line of productivity applications. This suite of Office applications includes Word, Excel, and Outlook. Office System has been under constant attack by free alternatives like Google’s Apps (in the cloud) and free suites like OpenOffice. I have even made the case for a free Outlook 2010 last year, but as we all know – this hasn’t happened.

Microsoft needs to add two major features to these two products right now to reverse current trends. First, Windows profiles need to be re-fitted to a 100% cloud-based model. Second, the entire Office System package (or a previous version) needs to become free, and comply with the cloud model. I’ll explain both points in more detail.

Looking At Microsoft’s “Getting started With Microsoft Office 2010” Document

You might have heard of the mammoth  257 page document Microsoft recently released entitled “Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010” (download as .doc here, view online here). The document covers quite alot of information regarding the newest version of Office versioned at 2010. Microsoft is very good at hiding useful information in a mountain of pages. Since I took a good look at this, I thought I would relay some of the more interesting details about this document.

Recovering data from Outlook OST files

Outlook07-LogoOne sort of Voodoo reserved for IT guys is the recovery of certain types of mail data. Outlook keeps mail data in two types of files – the PST (Personal Storage) file and the OST (Offline Storage) file. If you look to Microsoft for the “Official” word on getting mail data out of the OST file, you’ll be met with “not possible” or “not supported” or some version of those words. In the world of IT, when you need to get at user’s mail data – “not possible” is not going to cut it. Here’s how you can get some (or all) the mail data out of OST files.

First Impressions – Office 2010 Starter

Gone from OEM and newly installed computers is the “ugly-duckling” Microsoft Works application. Enter it’s replacement – Office 2010 Starter Edition. The Starter Edition of Office is intended to be installed on New and OEM computers and is ad-supported. This copy of Office is intended for free use and only includes limited-feature copies of Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010. It will run only on Vista SP1 and Windows – with no support for Windows XP.

See My complete Office Starter 2010 Edition Gallery here

How To Limit or Disable PST Use in Outlook (03, 07) with Group Policy

Microsoft Outlook 2007 LogoIt might seem somewhat difficult to find the information you’re looking for on restricting Personal Folder Storage file (PST) usage in Outlook – if that information also relates to using the Group Policy editor to achieve this – even worse. The Group Policy (especially in a Active Directory domain) is great for controlling certain settings for Windows or user applications. One particular situation the group policy is great for is to control some of the Office 2003/2007 settings that you might not want the user to mess with. Users often have the habit of just saying yes to questions like “Do you want to Autoarchive?” and then looking confounded when they can’t find important email messages.