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Microsoft Office 2010 – What to expect from it??

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After the debacle of Vista and the acceptance of Windows 7, Microsoft corp is all geared up to release its next product – Office 2010, in June this year.

Office 2007 which was the previous office suite release had opened to mixed reviews. With the launch of Office 2010, Microsoft hope to achieve wide acceptance from all users worldwide. So, lets take a look at what we can expect from Office 2010 suite.

Office 2010 comes with Excel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher and also some advanced applications like Access, Sharepoint, Visio & Groove. The ribbon menu that was first introduced in Office 2007 finds a place in 2010 as well. However, Microsoft provides you with an option to hide the ribbon menu if you find it annoying.

Office 2010 allows you to save your documents on to a cloud & hence access data from any system. The good news is that you can edit documents even on your Macbook.
Windows Skydrive which facilitates this provides a storage of 25 GB.

One feature that i really find useful is the introduction of “Quick Steps” in Outlook 2010. Office allows you to define a series of quick steps that should be performed in succession. For ex, If you want to add a mail that you just sent to an archive, you can define a “Send+Archive” step that is automatically performed every time you send a mail.

With Office 2010, you don’t have to worry about creating PDF documents either. An in-built PDF writer helps you do that. This is good news as we don’t have to spend extra bucks on a PDF writer.

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PowerPoint 2010 now allows you to edit videos before adding them in your presentation. So, you can now tweak your videos to give that “professional” look without having to depend on a 3rd party tool. You can also easily embed videos from the Internet into your presentation by merely pasting the emded code. You also have the option of converting your powerpoint presentation into a video & share it on the net.

Office also comes with a built-in screen capture tool that allows you to take screenshots of any application that is currently open. This allows for easy insertion of the snapshot into your documents or mail.

The good news is that Office 2010 has a real-time buddy list integrated with it. This allows you to view who is currently online & also shows you related information that you may have exchanged with them.

On the whole, Office 2010 suite definitely looks promising. But we all know Microsoft too well…don’t we?? I feel its better to wait for the final product before we arrive on a final decision.

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Download IE9. Microsoft Releases IE9 platform preview

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Microsoft seem to be quite busy these day. After continues criticism for ie6,ie7,ie8 they will be, in a few months gonna come out with IE9. They couldn’t wait till their development team could come up with a proper build so the team decided to showcase the platform preview to the masses,

Well you can download the platform preview from

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/info/ThankYou/Default.html

IE9

If you are expecting to start browsing in IE9 . Forget it . Its just a  rudimentary platform preview and  it doesn’t even have navigation :).

What IE9 promises

  • Best html5 rendering
  • hardware accelerated performance
  • Better java engine

The IE9 claims to have the best java processing engine. It is said to use Chakra engine to process the java code.Not only that the team claim to use different core of a processor if your computer has to process the page.Thus making it faster that others.

We all have seen sites which shows what html5 can offer.The question now is which browser is gonna render is faster. IE9 according to IE9 is gonna render the page faster than any other browser.

Well wat can i say ?? I have downloaded the preview and seen it .Its nice but its kinda slow.Well not sure if the release build gonna be any better but will sure wait for it. Will i stop using firefox or chrome ??? Hmmm i don think so . and btw opera has one of the best html 5 rendering capabilities.

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5 More Notepad Tricks

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Notepad Tricks

I had written an article on Notepad Tricks and many people requested me to write more of these tricks. So here are 5 more tricks for Notepad, and this time its only .bat files which means all tricks are done using command prompt.

I’ll start the numbering from 11 so that you may know exactly how many tricks I’ve put up on the overall…

11. Make Colorful Command Prompt

Type the following in notepad:

@ echo off
echo:
echo ……………………………
echo Press 1 for green, 2 for red or 3 for blue, or 4 for exit
echo ……………………………
set /p m=Type 1, 2, or 3, or 4, and press enter:
echo:
if %m%==1 goto 1
if %m%==2 goto 2
if %m%==3 goto 3
if %m%==4 goto 4
:1
color 0a
echo This is the green
goto 4
:2
color 04
echo This is the red
goto 4
:3
color 06
echo This is the blue
goto 4
:4
Pause
goto end
:end

Save it as color.bat
Open the .bat file and select your number 1,2 or 3 for the colors.. or 4 for exit.. It will print a specific text in a desired color…

You can change the bold text to your choice.

Here are the color combination’s in Command Prompt:
0 = Black
1 = Blue
2 = Green
3 = Aqua
4 = Red
5 = Purple
6 = Yellow
7 = White
8 = Gray
9 = Light Blue
A = Light Green
B = Light Aqua
C = Light Red
D = Light Purple
E = Light Yellow
F = Bright White

Type the background color followed by the text color. For example, if you want a black background and green text then type the color as 02 …..

12. Notepad Diagrams

Lets see this example:

@ echo off
echo:
echo ……………………………
echo Press 1 for windows, 2 for apple or 3 for exit
echo ……………………………
set /p m=Type 1, 2, or 3, and press enter:
echo:
if %m%==1 goto 1
if %m%==2 goto 2
if %m%==3 goto 3
:1
echo _______________*******________________________
echo _____________***********______________________
echo ___________**************_____________________
echo __________****************____________________
echo __________****************___**__________**___
echo _________****************___****************__
echo ________*****************___***************___
echo _______*****************___****************___
echo _______***___________**___****************____
echo __________________________***************_____
echo ________***********________*************______
echo _____****************_______**********________
echo _____****************___**_____________*______
echo ____****************___****************_______
echo ____****************___***************________
echo ___*****************__****************________
echo ___**___________**___****************_________
echo _____________________****************_________
echo ______________________**************__________
echo ________________________*********_____________
echo _________________________*******______________
echo:
echo:
goto 3
:2
echo ______________________________________________
echo ______________________________________________
echo _____________________________**_______________
echo ___________________________***________________
echo _________________________****_________________
echo _________________________***__________________
echo ______________________________________________
echo ________________****________*****_____________
echo ____________************************__________
echo __________*************************___________
echo _________*************************____________
echo _________*************************____________
echo _________************************_____________
echo _________*************************____________
echo __________************************____________
echo ___________************************___________
echo ___________***************************________
echo ____________*************************_________
echo _____________***********************__________
echo _______________*******************____________
echo _________________***_________****_____________
echo ______________________________________________
echo:
echo:
goto 3
:3
Pause
goto end
:end

This will print Windows logo if chosen as 1, Apple logo if chosen as 2, and exit if chosen as 3.

In this manner you can make any Diagram you want with notepad. If you want a transparent notepad to outline a picture then you may try Glass Notepad. I used this to quickly sketch on the logos and make this.

13. Start your programs faster

Normally when you try to start a program such as firefox, then it goes through some levels.. But you may be wanting to start some programs such as, check windows firewall or registry editor.. These files are located in System32 folder and opening them manually is a headache.

Here is a simple way to make your own portable program starter:

@ echo off
echo Use this to open your programs faster
echo:
echo Select 1 for notepad, 2 for firewall options, 3 for registry editor… Select 4 to exit…
set /p m=Type 1, 2, or 3, and press enter:
echo:
if %m%==1 goto 1
if %m%==2 goto 2
if %m%==3 goto 3
if %m%==4 goto exit
:1
start %windir%\System32\Notepad
goto exit
:2
start %windir%\System32\WF.msc
goto exit
:3
start %windir%\System32\regedt32.exe
goto exit
:exit

Try it and replace the values in bold to your choice…

14. Check your internet Details

Advanced users can check their ip configuration whenever they want. This is really helpful for people who try to mask their IP many times or people who have a dynamic IP.

Open notepad and type the following:

@echo off
ipconfig
PAUSE

Save this file as IPconfig.bat and run the file whenever you want to test your internet configuration…

15. Clear your DNS cache

Lets say that you have visited a web site and you don’t want anyone else to know what site you’ve visited. A few things are, clearing all your web browser temporary files, clearing thumbnails, etc. But did you know that this data is stored on your Internet Server as well ? This means if you’re using Airtel Broadband, then they’ll keep track of what you’ve seen and save it for future use.

Clean up all history

To check what files are stored, just check your dns using the following code in notepad:
@echo off
ipconfig/displaydns
PAUSE

Save the file in notepad as CheckDNS.bat and run the file.

You will get a very very huge list.

To clear this, just clear your dns using this simple code in notepad:
@echo off
ipconfig/flushdns
PAUSE

Save the file as clearDNS.bat and run the file.

This will clear your DNS cache completely.

Try them out and tell us how you liked it……

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How to create a theme in Windows 7

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Do you know that you can create awesome themes in Windows 7 which can be shared between PCs running on Windows 7, I don’t know if it works on Vista but I guess it won’t…

You can add Wallpapers, Windows Color, Sounds & Screen savers too.

HOW TO CREATE A THEME:

  1. Make a new folder anywhere and copy all the wallpapers you want in your theme. Also add the screen saver file in that too.
  2. Switch to Windows 7 theme as selecting other will add the wallpapers to the existing theme.
  3. Right click all the wallpapers and click set as Desktop Background.
  4. Now go to desktop and then personalise.
  5. Click on Unsaved theme.
  6. Change the options below in the footer as your wish.
  7. Also click on screen saver and select the screen saver you want to add to them. NOTE: You need to have that screen saver installed on the PC.
  8. Now when all done and you are satisfied with the theme.
  9. Now right click that theme and save it with a nice title.
  10. Then Click Save theme for sharing.
  11. And you are done. Send that theme to your friends or use for backup. 🙂

Please post in comments if any error is there. Remember I am a Human.
🙁

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Is This Microsoft’s New Strategy?

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Today while checking my Inbox I found out that I received a mail from our life partner Microsoft.

The mail was actually for the Windows 7 RC(Release Candidate) i.e. Windows 7 Beta users. And what microsoft gave the warning made me give WTF expression.

Check out what Microsoft wrote in that letter.

It’s time to upgrade from the Windows 7 Release Candidate

While most people who tested Windows 7 have now moved to the final version, some are still running the Release Candidate. If you haven’t moved yet, it’s time to replace the RC.

Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Your work will not be saved during the shutdown.

The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010. Your PC running the Windows 7 RC will continue shutting down every two hours and your files won’t be saved during shutdown. In addition, your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You’ll also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. That means your PC may no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads requiring genuine Windows validation.

To avoid interruption, please reinstall a prior version of Windows or move to Windows 7. In either case, you’ll need to do a custom (clean) install to replace the RC. As with any clean installation, you’ll need to back up your data then reinstall your applications and restore the data. For more details about replacing the RC, see the Knowledge Base article KB 971767. For more information, visit the Window 7 Forum.

Thanks again for helping us test Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Team

I wanna ask Microsoft what the hell type of strategy is that. Shutting down PC every 2 Hours. I guess the RC users need to keep a stopwatch on the couch.

And to Microsoft: Guys get a life. No one is noob enough to stick on RC. All have downloaded the cracked version from The Pirate Bay. 🙂

Well next time come up with something new. 😐

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The new “wow” from Microsoft – Windows Mobile 7

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No, I’m definitely not talking about the king size disaster called Windows Vista. Nor is this post about the recent Windows 7. Surprise folks! Its Windows Mobile 7 – Microsoft’s latest offering. And yes! It looks like the folks at Microsoft finally got it right this time! If initial reports are to be believed, Windows Mobile 7 is a one of the most promising products from the software giants and it leaves its predecessor, Windows Mobile leap years behind it.

First things first. The best part of Windows Mobile 7 is its stunning user interface. This isn’t like anything you’ve seen before. The screen is packed with big, bright & colorful tiles that give a crisp appearance. Wow, this would make the iPhone’s UI look demure. So much for the UI. The next piece of information would make your jaws drop. Windows Mobile 7 support Xbox!!! yeah…you read it right!! A PHONE that has Xbox.All you gamers can jump in joy 🙂 Windows Mobile 7 also supports Zune for music, videos & other multimedia. Bing & Bing maps are the default search engine & maps supported and IE is the default browser.

In short, Microsoft seems to have corrected all their previous errors in one stroke. Windows Mobile 7 seems to be the only one which can prove to be a serious competitor to Apple’s iPhone. But what are the flaws in this latest entrant to the market? Early reviews are suggesting that the phone’s support for applications is minimal but is expected to climb up before the official release.

But personally, I didn’t like one thing about the product. Its the name! 😀 C’mon folks! You pour millions of dollars into developing a world-class product, probably the only product with the potential to dethrone the iPhone and you just call it “Windows Mobile 7” ?? 🙁

So, In conclusion, Microsoft has finally got something right, that too in a long long time. And it had just added a whole new dimension to the ongoing mobile wars.What would be their rival’s response to this??? We’ll just have to wait and watch!

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Microsoft Set to release update for WAT

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Well before starting this post let me tell something.

“The Following Article Is Not For People Suffering With Heart Problems as Reading Below May result in Heart Attack”

Now Lets Begin…

A microsoft official Jow Williams blogged about the yet to come update which would improve Windows Activation Technology in Windows 7 which has been cracked by hackers and already a millions of pirated copies have been pirated.

Well Microsoft must be facing huge losses from it so it decided to update this technology.

Now the bad news begins. Microsoft is planning to release the update soon and those already running the pirated copies may face its attack. The update will be for all versions of Windows 7 but Ultimate, Home Premium, Business versions will be given more importance first as they are the ones which are mostly cracked.

It will be available online at www.microsoft.com/genuine beginning February 16 and on the Microsoft Download Center beginning February 17. Later this month, the update will also be offered through Windows Update as an ‘Important’ update.

But you can avoid it as it is not important means you can choose if you want to install or not.

Also the guy mentioned that the update will not disclose any of your personal information.

Lets see till how much can Microsoft rely on that. Ultimately someone or the other will find a way to crack it. 🙂

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Alan Wake now sleeping on PC

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Microsoft kicked off the rumors that started that the hit X-BOX Game Alan Wake will be coming soon to PC.

This was a bad day for gamers who were eagerly waiting for this game.

Microsoft Spokesperson said in his blog.

“Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen. We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience “Alan Wake” was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive. Both Microsoft and Remedy have long histories in PC game development. This decision was about matching this specific game to the right platform.” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Well we have to deal with it! Another reason to hate Microsoft is here!

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Google Chrome leaping ahead of Safari

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Latest news which would upset Apple and would actually bother Microsoft too. The news is that Google chrome which launched nearly a year ago is on a hit. It actually got ahead of Apple Safari which was in the race from a long time.

Our old Microsoft Internet Explorer is still on 1st. Thanks to the windows users who are using the default shipped browser.

The Mozilla Firefox is 2nd which is favorite of millions of people. The most secure and the fastest browser in the world. I guess the 80% of the guys reading this article will be using the same browser.

Here comes the new competitor in this race. All new Google Chrome. There is going to be a new revolution here. As it has been a big achievement in short time.

What has changed:

1. Microsoft Internet Explorer: This will make clear why Microsoft. Share in November 2009 was 63.62% and now loosing few points it goes to 62.69% in January 2009 Oops 2010, Well what astonished me most was that January hasn’t even begin. A straight 1% drop in 1 month is too much. My advice to Microsoft , even if you are ahead at least try to do something new. Just Look at this graph:


2. Firefox: Well some point drop for Mozilla Firefox too. Share in November 2009 was 24.72% and in January 2010 is 24.61%. I think Mozilla can deal with it. The new Mozilla release can fix it .

3. Google Chrome: Do I even need to write here. Got in 3rd place after few months of release. That’s a big achievement. So lets pray that it gains more popularity (I know Google will do that like the way it is advertising it.)

The Browser Graph located at : http://goo.gl/caSo

Market Share can be found here: http://goo.gl/wMuJ

<img src=”http://www.chaaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/stats2.png” alt=”” title=”Graph 2″ width=”120″ height=”105″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-2106″ />

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