Tags: Microsoft Office Thoughts Windows 7
Have you ever seen
the funny "Error "1310: Error writing to file: C:\Config.Msi..."
-message when trying to install an application?
that you have access to that directory." ...
Tags: Microsoft Office Resources Mind Manager
Are you using MindJet's
MindManager for your mind
you ever needed to export your mind map to Microsoft Excel? If so, read
on, I have created a macro which traverse all sub-topics from the currently
selected topic, and create a simple Excel spreadsheet with most data such
a Duration, Start- and Due date etc. including the Topic Notes and a direct
link to the topics in your map!
Tags: Windows 7 Microsoft Office Thoughts
My initial impression
about Windows 7 is that this Windows-version is what Vista should have
been. This is probably the feeling of the programmers in Redmond too, which
operates with the internal version number 6.1 on Windows 7. Windows Vista
has internal version number 6.0 ...
Microsoft is already
pushing Windows 7 very hard, and thus spreading the conception of Vista
being a middle-version. This stirs up the customer base, which is currently
mostly sitting on the fence, watching Microsoft make up their mind about
the Windows future. Here in Norway, many (MANY...) customers still uses
Windows XP, and wisely let others "test" Vista for them. They
probably won't install Vista at all, but waits until Windows 7 is ready
for launch. The lack of Vista-focus and "here we go again with another
new OS"-attitude from Microsoft, gives open source projects like Linux,
Open Office (and off course our own Lotus Symphony!) bigger momentum for
every day Microsoft doesn't deliver a proper OS. Take a look at the latest
distributions of Linux such as Ubuntu for example, and pair that with the
powerful applications in Open Office. Both the functionality and the look
and feel of these packages are now creeping upwards, and making them feasible
candidates for both companies and people. Especially when you look at the
In December 2008
we had a major news-case in Norway, where the Northern Norway Regional
Health Authority (Helse Nord RHF) after a licence-review, had
to pay Microsoft approx. 40 million NOK (around 5.5 mill USD) as a response
for missing licences. Of course Helse Nord has to pay for their actual
licence usage, but it probably shows how easy it is to get lost in the
count of licences, and super expensive it can be to fix it
I bet someone
is the finance department is thinking real hard on whether the functionality
of Open Office and Linux could actually replace Microsoft Windows and Office
in the very near future ...
I can't stop feeling
that Microsoft is loosing on the Office-part, as the functionality and
looks of open source packages comes to par very quickly. An average user
only uses minimal features in Word, Excel and Powerpoint anyway, and the
counterparts in Open Office can clearly fulfill the ordinary users needs.
In the case of Helse Nord, they can obviously save a bunch of money by
having most users on Open Office, while only the most techno-savvy users
continue to use Office. This is even more clear as Microsoft entered the
open source XML world by introducing their document formats as standards.
This forces Microsoft to open up their previously propriotory document
formats to the world, and after a while - who will use locked document
formats when you can just as easy use open formats? So, perhaps Microsoft
got their XML standards approved by slight tricking, but they may not realize
that they at the same time hammers down another nail in the Office-coffin.
Seeing the Office-coffin
in the horizon must make Microsoft think real hard on the remaining OS-part
- at which they haven't decided completely yet My guess is that we
don't have to wait until 2010 to see Windows 7. They have to surface
it sooner than that!