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InfoPath forms on the cheap….Not really.

I was speaking to a client who has MS Office professional rolled out to its organization and this Office version has the InfoPath client deployed. They were strongly under the impression that they didn’t need the SharePoint Enterprise license, because the forms part had been paid for with their Office purchase.

This is not correct, as once the form is submitted to the server, the SharePoint Enterprise bit needs to take action and capture the submitted form.

Oh the joys of MS licensing.

InfoPath forms on the cheap….Not really.

I was speaking to a client who has MS Office professional rolled out to its organization and this Office version has the InfoPath client deployed. They were strongly under the impression that they didn’t need the SharePoint Enterprise license, because the forms part had been paid for with their Office purchase.

This is not correct, as once the form is submitted to the server, the SharePoint Enterprise bit needs to take action and capture the submitted form.

Oh the joys of MS licensing.

A rather cool feature of Excel 2007

I just found this today. Ever wanted to search in the color of a cell in Excel?
Well this feature is pretty easy.

Confronting the information overload

An article here in the Times on the information overload.

When your inbox is creaking under the weight of emails that you know you just have to read and answer, don’t you sometimes wish that you could stop the clock and give yourself a breather?

Mentions a new feature of Outlook 2007 – Email Prioritizer

Email Prioritizer, it has two main features. The first is like an electronic Do Not Disturb sign. It lets you choose not have any email delivered to your inbox for a specified period of time or until your current meeting ends – as long as it has been scheduled in Outlook.

But it is the second part, the Prioritizer itself, that is more interesting. This rates incoming email messages with between zero and three stars based on a series of rules that you set yourself. For example, it allows you to set how many stars emails from your boss should warrant. If you jump at their every command, you should set it to three. If you think he’s a pompous twit, you can set the priority to zero. You can also set star ratings for your team members, people who you are due to meet in the next few days, people you have emailed recently and emails where you are the only recipient.

Not sure how practical this is going to be, given that it only deals with the part of the problem- The receiver.

For the information overload to be truly resolved, you really need to understand the information and address who is sending it and how it is structured.

Office 2007 SP2 now out

link Speed increase on Outlook with cache mode enabled, and none of the dreaded rebuild messages ..

Apart from that, nothing noticeable!!

Another reason to upgrade to Office 2007.

Another reason to upgrade to Office 2007.

This came up with a client . If you are using the SentTo feature to copy documents to another document library in another domain, Office 2007 needs to be installed on the client’s PC.

The SendTo feature is a great way of pushing documents to other locations.

Office documents open read-only in Internet Explorer

Ever had a situation where the document opens in Read mode, instead of getting prompted?

This is a known issue with Office 2003 and MOSS 2007, the easiest way to fix this is to install any Office 2007 component / to modify the registry keys as outlined in this MS KB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/870853

Has the web become the land of the free?

Just finished reading Chris Anderson’s book The Long Tail, which is not a bad read, however you can probably get the point of the book, by reading the Wikipedia page on it…This will save you $24.99, so I suppose this is free!!!. Chris is also the editor of weird I mean Wired magazine where there was an interesting article on making money on the web with free offerings. Not new in business, in fact this has been done for centuries – disposable razors and cell phones without plans and now it’s web mail, free storage, and word processors.

What the article doesn’t mention is that as items become free or pretty cheap, when they become commoditized and number of people have been saying that Office 2007, is an expensive commodity. Well this is not true. Because people’s expectation rise, with product offering. It’s now not un common for companies to integrate CRM and a Word file to an accounting system, or something integrated. I’d like to see this done with Google apps, without employing an army of coders.

So as more players enter the market, it’s value to the business user is important, not the $2.5 cost of ownership per day.

Also if everyone is using a commodity tool, there’s no way the user or an organization can get an inside edge when competing against their competitors.

Jeff Raikes, ‘godfather of Microsoft Office,’ retiring after 27 years

The man behind MS office retires.

According to security filings in August, Raikes held Microsoft stock worth about $186 million.

According to Chris Swenson, NPD’s director of Software Industry Analysis. “Over two-thirds of the dollar volume growth in the U.S. retail PC software market in 2007 can be attributed to Microsoft Office. that’s a ratio of Office dollar growth to total PC software growth of 67 percent.

Not a bad accomplishment for Jeff.

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