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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter11 Sep. 1999, Vol 2 No. 36

 Microsoft to take Office Online

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Last week Microsoft announced plans that it is going to make Office applications available over the Web.

This comes shortly after an earlier announcement by Sun Microsystems Inc., which announced plans to make office applications from the Star Division available (for free) on the Web.

It was just two weeks ago that Sun announced its acquisition of Star Division Corp., a developer of office productivity applications (Star Office).

According to sources, Microsoft had been planning this move for the past few months, and the move is not merely a reaction to Sun's announcement.

No details about a timetable were disclosed, or whether the service would be offered for free.

Some people see this as the future for office software but others are more cautious. The Internet itself is not reliable enough as an infrastructure. Lots of people still remember the recent MCI outage - what will office workers do if they can't use their applications for 3 days?

InfiniSource, Inc. launches software division:
Rose City Software

InfiniSource, Inc. has launched its new software division Rose City Software, featuring new releases of some of its award-winning programs... popular applications like TweakDUN, DU Meter and ClipCache, all updated within the past several weeks.

Rose City's newest release is version 2.5 of ClipCachePlus, released during the second week of September. Developed by Xrayz Software in collaboration with Rose City Software, this important upgrade to the widely acclaimed Windows® Utility adds a whole new scope to clipboard enhancement with some extraordinary text cleanup features...

  • one-click removal of annoying ">>>>" from email
  • one-click removal of whitespace and large gaps from text copied from webtables
  • one-click removal of linebreaks
  • case change, powerful search and replace capabilities
  • one-click stripping of HTML tags
  • merge clips to create lists

ClipCachePlus is an invaluable aid to word processing, email, and web surfing. Like David matching wits with Goliath, this modestly priced utility offers infinitely more powerful features than the widely touted "Enhanced Windows® ClipBoard" offered by Microsoft's Office 2000. Yet ClipCachePlus is intuitive and easy to master. ClipCachePlus is available as fully functional 30 day trialware and is very reasonably priced at just $19.95.

The release of ClipCachePlus is one more indication that Rose City Software is committed to serving the Internet Community with useful, inexpensive, downloadable shareware.
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Last week's question was about Microsoft's products security. Here are the results:

What do you think of Microsoft's products security?

  • Poor 59%
  • Same as other software 30%
  • Good 10%

  • 78% are concerned about these "Issues"
  • 21% are not

This week's QuickPoll: What is your Year 2000 (Y2K) situation? Participate in the QuickPoll... you'll find it on the Windows 98 Tips home page.

WhatCpuIs v1.01 (Beta 1)
WhatCpuIs is a utility to display the type of microprocessor in your PC. Simply use WhatCpuIs to find out the type of microprocessor, without opening your computer.

Download [496KB]
Web site

Windows 98 Tip
Using ScanReg

Another of those enhancements which makes using Windows 98 more user friendly is the ScanReg Registry Checker.

Each day, after a successful boot, a backup copy of your registry is created (containing the System.dat, User.dat, System.ini and Win.ini files).


DU Meter... the best data flow monitor available

What Are Windows 95/98 Fatal Exception Errors
See this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article for information on these cryptic errors.

Microsoft Year 2000 Product Analyzer 2.0
Version 2.0 of the Microsoft Year 2000 Product Analyzer is now available along with localized versions.

The Microsoft Year 2000 Product Analyzer scans a computerís hard drive, looking for core Microsoft software and generates a report with year 2000-information.


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Malformed Telnet Argument" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in the Telnet client that ships as part of Microsoft® Windows® 95 and 98. The vulnerability could allow arbitrary code to be executed on the user's computer.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

More information

  BBS 's

These topics are from recent discussions on the Windows-Help.NET Support BBS:

Computer takes too long to start up

"I have been wondering something for a while now. When I first turn on my computer, it takes over 5 minutes to start Windows 98. During this time, it isn't thinking or loading things, just sitting there waiting for some reason. It's a P2 400 with 128MB of RAM. When I first bought the computer, it started in less than a minute, how can I fix the problem and why does it do what it does?"
Thread continues here.

Easiest way to convert FAT to NTFS please

Mistakenly installed NT server on a FAT partition... What's the quickest way to make it into NTFS? I'm told that the convert command needs to be on a different disk/partition to the OS ?
Thread continues here.

  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Updated: Web Design Resources
Updated: Specialized Search Engines
Updated: FTP Search
Added: Microsoft Security: Patch Available for "Malformed Telnet Argument" Vulnerability
Added: Rose City Software division of InfiniSource launched
Updated: Rose City Software launches new version 2.5 of the award winning utility ClipCache


Windows 95
Updated: Increasing Performance

Windows 98
Updated: Improving Performance
Updated: Windows 98 Second Edition Update doesn't update Internet Explorer 5
Added: No information displayed in MSINFO
Added: Running 100MHz FSB with VIA or MVP4 Chip

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