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Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is here

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

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Office 2010 BETA is Available NOW!!!

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is released to public today. With this release of Office 2010 Beta, it marks the end of the Technical Preview program. Thanks to all who have participated in the Technical Preview program. You can DOWNLOAD it at http://office.com/beta.

What’s New in Office 2010 Beta?

Top 10 Benefits of Office 2010 Beta

1 Express your ideas more visually
Office 2010 opens up a world of design options to help you give life to your ideas. The new and improved picture formatting tools such as color saturation and artistic effects let you transform your document visuals into a work of art. Combined with a wide range of new pre-built Office themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts, Office 2010 gives you more ways to make your ideas stick.

2 Accomplish more when working together
Brainstorm ideas, provide better version control, and meet deadlines faster when you work in groups. The co-authoring experience for Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft® Excel Web App and Microsoft OneNote shared notebooks let you work on a file with several people at once – even from different locations.2

3 Enjoy the familiar Office experience from more locations and more devices
With Office 2010, you can get things done more easily, from more locations and more devices. Using a smartphone or virtually any computer with an Internet connection, you can work when and where you want to work.

Microsoft Office Web Apps
Extend your Office 2010 experience to the Web. Store your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files online and then access, view, edit, and share content through the web.

Microsoft Office Mobile 2010
Stay current and respond quickly using enhanced mobile versions of Office 2010 applications, specifically suited to your Windows Mobile-based smartphone.

4 Create powerful data insights and visuals
Track and highlight important trends with new data analysis and visualization features in Excel 2010. The new Sparklines feature delivers a clear and compact visual representation of your data with small charts within worksheet cells. Filter and segment your PivotTable data in multiple layers using Slicers to spend more time analyzing and less time formatting.

5 Deliver compelling presentations
Captivate your audience with personalized videos in your presentation. Insert and customize videos directly in PowerPoint 2010—trim, add fades and effects, or bookmark key points in the video to call attention to selected scenes. Videos you insert are now embedded by default, relieving you from managing and sending additional video files.

6 Manage large volumes of email with ease
Compress your long email threads into a few conversations that can be categorized, filed, ignored, or cleaned up. The new Quick Steps feature let you perform multi-command tasks, such as reply and delete an email in a single click, saving you time and in-box space.

7 Store and track all your ideas and notes in one place
Get the ultimate digital notebook for tracking, organizing, and sharing your text, picture, video and audio notes with OneNote 2010. New features such as version tracking, automatic highlighting, and Linked Notes give you more control over your notes so you’re always on top of where your ideas came from and the latest changes when working in teams.

8 Get your message out instantly
Broadcast your PowerPoint presentation to a remote audience, whether or not they have PowerPoint installed.5 The new Broadcast Slide Show feature allows you to share your presentation through a web browser quickly without additional set up.

9 Get things done faster and easier
Microsoft Office Backstage™ view replaces the traditional File menu to give you a centralized space for all of your file management tasks, such as the ability to save, share, print, and publish. The enhanced Ribbon across Office 2010 applications lets you access commands quickly and customize tabs to personalize the experience to your work style.

10 Access work across devices and platforms
Enjoy the freedom of using Office 2010 from more locations on more devices. When you use Microsoft® Office 2010, you’re getting the familiar and intuitive Office experience across PCs, Smartphones, and Web browsers on the go.

 

Categories: Microsoft Office

Notification of comments for Windows Live Spaces blog?

November 14, 2009 3 comments

If you ever used Windows Live Calendar, you will probably notice that you will receive email notifications for an event that is around the corner (provided you have set the reminder). This reminder email was sent automatically according to the time how long before the event starts. These type of notifications is important because it reminds you about an event that is happening.

Now, since I’ve been using Windows Live Services blog for quite some time already, I was wondering if there is any form of notifications email informing us that somebody over the Internet had dropped a comment on one of our blog post? Personally, I find this feature quite important as it is important for the blog owner to communicate with his/her blog viewers. As far as I know currently, for you to know if there is anybody ever dropped any comments on your blog post, you have to manually click on the Recent Comments link to see it for yourself. However, with our busy life going on everyday, it is quite impossible for us to be clicking on that link every time particularly on blogs that have high number of visitors.

So, if you know about any way of getting this type of comments email notifications for Windows Live Spaces blog, please do share with us.

 

Categories: Uncategorized

Windows 7 – Add internet search to Start menu

November 8, 2009 2 comments

Windows Search is a powerful search tool to help you locate your files easily. So, will it be better that you can also search the Internet directly from the search bar in the Start menu. Here’s how to do it.

First, go to Start ant type gpedit.msc in the search box. Then click on the program in the result pane to run the program.

Under the Local Computer Policy, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

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On the right pane under Setting, double click on Add Search Internet link to Start Menu

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Select Enable and click OK

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Now, you can search from the Start Menu and notice there is a Search the Internet link under See more results.

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Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Change desktop icon settings

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Desktop icons enables us to open folders or run an application easier & faster. However, there are some “special icons” that we can show or hide it. These icons are Computer, User’s Files, Network, and Recycle Bin. By default, only the Recycle Bin desktop icon are enabled in Windows 7. However, some of us might still need to use the other desktop icons. So, you can just easily enable them.

Control_Panel-Appearance_And_Personalization-Personalization-Change_Desktop_IconsStep 1:

Go to Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization > Personalization (or you can just Right-click on the Desktop and click Personalize).

Step 2:

On the top-left corner, click on the Change Desktop Icons link.

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Step 3:

Now You can choose the icons that you want to see on your Desktop by just checking on the check box next to the name of the icon. 

Finally, click OK or Apply to see the icons on your Desktop immediately.

 

 

 

Categories: Windows 7

Windows Live Writer “must have” plug-in

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

There are lots of cool plug-ins for Windows Live Writer available to download and use. However, this plug-in was one of the coolest plug-in I’ve found so far. You’ll love it more if you use Windows Live Writer & Twitter.

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Let me introduce you to Twitter Notify. From its name, you’ll probably be guessing that it’s some plug-in that links to Twitter. Yes! You are right. What is does is that whenever you publish a post via Windows Live Writer, it will help you to send a Tweet announcing that you have added a post. It uses the TinyURL service to shorten the link to your post.

Furthermore, it also allows you to customize the Tweet message format. You can change it in the Options menu. If you have installed it, you can find this plug-in under Tools > Options > Plug-ins tab. For those of you who haven’t get this cool plug-in, what are you waiting for? Download it now.

 

Categories: Uncategorized

Windows 7 – Make Windows Live Messenger minimizes to System Tray

November 4, 2009 14 comments

If you’ve used Windows Live Messenger on Windows 7, you’ll probably notice that Windows Live Messenger minimizes to the taskbar instead of the system tray like in Windows XP & Windows Vista. So, the Windows Live Messenger icon always appears on the taskbar. However, there is a way that you can force Windows Live Messenger to minimize to the system tray like in Windows XP & Windows Vista.

To do this, you just have to do a little tweak with the compatibility settings for Windows Live Messenger in your Windows 7. This will make Windows Live Messenger to behave like in the previous version of Windows. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Make sure Windows Live Messenger is closed.

Step 2: Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Live then Right-click on Windows Live Messenger and select Properties

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Step 3: In the Compatibility tab, check Run the program in compatibility mode and select Windows Vista. Then click OK

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Now, try running the application and then minimize it. It will minimize to the System Tray.

Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Configure Disk Defragmenter schedule

November 3, 2009 1 comment

Defragmenting your computer’s disk is one of the way to prevent your computer from running slowly due to large percent fragmented disk. Therefore, you can schedule the Disk Defragmenter to defragment your disk while you are not using your PC. By default, the Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7 is configured to run once a week on every Wednesday at 1am. If you are always awake during that time, you might want to change it to some other time. To change it,

Step 1: Open the Disk Defragmenter. You can either search for Disk Defragmenter in the search bar in the Start menu OR Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter

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Step 2: Click Configure Schedule then select your preferred schedule (frequency, day, time, and disk to defragment) and hit OK

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Categories: Windows 7