Saturday, 29 August 2009

Office 2010 - Suites

Microsoft Office 2010 - Packaging

Office Professional Plus (Volume licensing only)

  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Microsoft Communicator
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft InfoPath 2010
  • Microsoft Office Web applications
  • Microsoft OneNote2010 (New to Office)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Includes Business Contact Manager)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 (New to Office)
  • Microsoft Word 2010

Office Professional 2010

  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft OneNote 2010 (New to Office)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010
  • Microsoft Word 2010

Office Home & Business 2010 (New)

  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft OneNote 2010
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Word 2010

Office Standard 2010 (Volume licensing only)

  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft Office Web applications
  • Microsoft OneNote 2010 (New to Office)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010 (New to Office)
  • Microsoft Word 2010

Office Home & Student 2010 (Non-commercial license)

  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft OneNote 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Word 2010

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Microsoft Office

A brief chronology of Microsoft Office applications


After the release of Multi-Tool Word the first version of Microsoft Word 1.0 for MS-DOS was released.


Microsoft Word 1.0 and Microsoft Excel for the Mac and also Word 2.0 for MS-DOS are released.


Microsoft Word 3.0 for the Mac and Word 3.0 for MS-DOS are released.


Microsoft buys Forethought, the original company behind PowerPoint.


Microsoft launches PowerPoint 2.0 for the Mac.


Office 1.0 for the Mac is launched It includes Word 4.0, Excel 2.2 and PowerPoint 2.01.


PowerPoint 2.0 for Windows is announced. Office 1.0 for Windows is available and includes Excel 2.0, Word 2.1 and PowerPoint 2.0.


Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Excel for Windows 3.0.


Office 3.0 for Windows is available and includes Microsoft PowerPoint 3.0 in combination with Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0 and Microsoft Excel 4.0.


Office 4.0 for Windows ships with updated versions of Excel and Word.


Office 4.3 Professional for Windows is available, featuring Access 2.0.


Office 95 is the first complete package of 32-bit applications available for Windows 95.


Exchange Server 4.0 is released. This is the original version of Exchange Server and was introduced as an upgrade from Microsoft Mail.


Microsoft Outlook 97 and Exchange Server 5.0 are available.


Office 98 the Mac Edition includes Word 98, Excel 98, PowerPoint 98 and Outlook Express.


Access 2000 and Microsoft Office 2000 are launched.


Exchange 2000 Server is released.


Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2001 and Microsoft Office XP are released.


Microsoft launches Office 2003, with Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Microsoft Office OneNote and InfoPath have been added the Office line-up. Exchange Server 2003 is released.


Microsoft buys Groove.


Exchange Server 2007 is released.


Microsoft Office 2007 is released, including Office SharePoint Server 2007.


Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Office Live Workspace beta.


Live@edu services become known as Outlook Live while Exchange 2010 and Office 2010 are launched respectively as Beta and Technical Preview.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

PowerPoint - Adding video

Add video

Details in a later post.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Windows 7 - The Movie

The best way to take a look at Windows 7 is to actually see it. Although my video making skills could best be described as ‘crap’, adding a bit of music to it does show a slight improvement on earlier attempts.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Windows 7 - Versions

From Home Basic to Ultimate

Windows 7 will be available in six versions, in reality for most users it will be a choice of two and those with any sense just one. My reasoning being that Home Premium is the version that offers the best deal and the pricier Ultimate offers so few extras that buying Home Premium and, if you wish, manually add the missing extras; namely BitLocker Drive Encryption.

The six Windows 7 versions are:

  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows Home Basic

Home Basic is not intended for Microsoft’s main markets therefore it will only be available in countries that come under the underdeveloped category.

Windows 7 Starter

At the bottom end of the Windows 7 spectrum that will be available is Windows 7 Starter, which, to my knowledge will be pre-installed on Netbooks and appear on some low-end computers.

What you get is the basic Windows 7 interface minus the good bits. The ‘good bits’ being the Aero and preview effects which will be covered in detail later. It does include such features as the Action Center, Windows Search, Windows Firewall, Windows Media Player (not Windows Media Center), Windows Gadgets and the usual games and accessories (Paint, WordPad Etc.). Unless you buy a Netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed you can place it safely on the ‘don’t touch with a barge-pole’ list. The unnecessary restrictions on things like changing the desktop image and the absence of the visual effects make it unattractive.

Windows 7 Home Premium

Have a good look at Windows Home Premium because for the next few years this is what you are going to be using. I will cover the features included with Windows 7 Home Premium and other versions in the next post.

Windows 7 Professional

If you need to handle up to 192 gigabytes of ram (in 64 bit version) as opposed to 16 gigabytes and you also need a virtual PC that runs Window XP (licensed version of Windows XP service pack 3 included) for the remaining compatibility issues that will linger, then Windows 7 Professional is for you. Network backup and EFS (Encrypting File System) support are also included.

Windows 7 Enterprise

Like Windows 7 Home Basic there is not much to be said about a product that will not be available. Windows 7 Enterprise contains all the features of Windows 7 Ultimate but is aimed at Microsoft’s corporate customers and is not available for purchase by individuals.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Top of the range is Windows 7 Ultimate which will contain all Windows 7 components, including BitLocker Drive Encryption is the choice for someone who has to have everything. Unfortunately for those who have to have everything is that the ‘everything’ not included in Windows 7 Home Premium can be downloaded from third party software makers.

Try them all

When you buy a Windows 7 disc (any version) and try to install it, it will install the version you bought, obvious really. But if you like playing around with things like that then you will discover that all versions are contained on the disc. To access the other versions and try the 30 day trials for them you need to rip the disc and delete the ei.cfg file. After creating an ISO image (minus the deleted file) and burning it to a new disc the next time you insert the disc there will be a ‘Select the operating system you want to install’ screen showing all versions except Windows 7 Enterprise.