Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Office 2010 - default file format ballot OOXML or ODF

Something I missed in the Office 2010 beta’s – apparently Office will ask you for the default file format you want to use - Office Open XML format or OpenDocuments Format - the first time that you open it.

This is apparently part of an agreement of Microsoft to commit to more interoperable applications. In Office 2007 Microsoft supported ODF through a separate Sourceforge project but now you get it built in. In september 2008 Belgian government decided to standardize on ODF – so know they can use ODF and still use Office 2010.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Outlook 2010 is pretty smart …

I used to work with the Outlook Hotmail Connector for Hotmail during the beta tests of Outlook 2010 but I decided to remove all beta components – but one way or another Outlook seemed to remember that I used to have a connection using the Outlook Hotmail connector and provided me with guidance directly in my Outlook user interface

I'm just wondering if the version which was installed (14.0.4760.1000) is the final release.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Office 2010 64-bit or 32-bit that’s the question…

I now have to decide whether to install the 64-bit edition of Office 2010 or the 32-bit edition. There’s some guidance available on Technet – 64-bit editions of Office 2010

The recommendations for which edition of Office 2010 to install are as follows:

  • If users in your organization depend on existing extensions to Office, such as ActiveX controls, third-party add-ins, in-house solutions built on previous versions of Office, or 32-bit versions of programs that interface directly with Office, we recommend that you install 32-bit Office 2010 (the default installation) on computers that are running both 32-bit and 64-bit supported Windows operating systems.
  • If some users in your organization are Excel expert users who work with Excel spreadsheets that are larger than 2 gigabytes (GB), they can install the 64-bit edition of Office 2010. In addition, if you have in-house solution developers, we recommend that those developers have access to the 64-bit edition of Office 2010 so that they can test and update your in-house solutions on the 64-bit edition of Office 2010.

Since I’m using both SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2007 (which relies on some ActiveX controls) I will probably go for 32-bit.

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