Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 15 March 2003, Vol 6 No. 8

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Distributes Office Beta 2
w   Windows XP Updates
w   Recommended Book: Windows XP Tips & Techniques
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition $16.99!

Microsoft Distributes Office Beta 2

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Microsoft Office System Microsoft began distributing a half-million copies of the beta 2 version of the new Microsoft Office System (previously known as Office 2003) to customers and partners worldwide. The Microsoft® Office System is a set of programs, servers and services designed to better connect people with each other and their organizations, information and business processes, to transform information into business impact.

"Today's work force is geographically dispersed, information-hungry and constantly striving to be more effective and efficient," said Joe Eschbach, corporate vice president of the Information Worker Product Marketing Group at Microsoft. "The applications in the Microsoft Office System are central to addressing these problems, and by offering them all together, we are giving customers the opportunity to experience firsthand how deploying the Microsoft Office System can improve communication and collaboration across enterprises -- small and large."

The Microsoft Office System applications available in beta 2 today for evaluation are these:

  • Microsoft Office 2003 The core suite includes Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 messaging and collaboration client, Microsoft Office Word 2003 document authoring application, Microsoft Office Excel 2003 spreadsheet and Microsoft Office Access 2003 database.
  • Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Web site decelopment tools.
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 streamlines the process of gathering information by allowing users to create and complete dynamic forms and submit them to the XML-enabled systems and business processes that need the information.
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 capture notes electronically on a laptop, desktop or Tablet PC and work more naturally to organize and search those notes.
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 presentation tool, with improved e-mail support, and Web authoring/posting features.
  • Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server "2.0" Facilitates end-to-end collaboration by enabling aggregation, organization and searching for people, teams and information.
  • Other Office System Products not included in the beta 2 kit, but fundamental to the Microsoft Office System, are Microsoft Project and Visio®. Both products are on a different development and release cycle and will be available later this summer, after the other Microsoft Office system products are released.

Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 Microsoft Office System products are scheduled for release in mid-2003. Pricing and availability are unavailable at this time.

Companies and information workers interested in trying the Microsoft Office system can learn more on the Microsoft Office Preview Web site.

You can still order the Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 ($19.95 US S&H as long as stocks last) on the Microsoft Web site.

Windows XP Updates

Windows XP Patch: Some Application Compatability Fixes Stop Working After You Install the 328310 Update

This update addresses the "Some Application Compatability Fixes Stop Working After You Install the 328310 Update" issue in Windows XP. Download now to update Application Compatability Fixes. For more information about this issue, read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 814995.

P.S. the so called 328310 Update, is a sucurity fix issued last December.

Download Patch:

  Recommended Book: Windows XP Tips & Techniques

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Slooooow shutdown - Windows XP
Battery discharge - Hardware
IE 6 Repair - Internet Explorer
What does OEM mean?? - General Discussions
Bad sectors - Hardware

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.

Added: MS PocketPC 2002 Phone Edition -- Part 1

Updated: LinkStash - ver 1.5


Added: Microsoft Windows to Include Support for iSCSI
Added: Win a Tablet PC!
Added: Microsoft Office System Released to a Half-Million Beta 2 Testers

Windows XP

Added: Plus! Digital Media Edition Now Available at Nearly 8,000 Stores Nationwide
Added: Remove Microsoft Java Virtual Machine and Install Sun Java
Added: Windows XP Patch: Some Application Compatability Fixes Stop Working After You Install the 328310 Update


MS PocketPC 2002 Phone Edition

Part 1: GPRS phone, Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer - all on the palm of your hand.

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Win a Tablet PC!

Microsoft is giving away a Tablet PC a day in a new sweepstakes called "Choose Your Own Tablet PC Sweepstakes". Not only do you have a chance to win a Tablet PC every day from March 3 through March 31, you also get to choose which Tablet PC you want, should you win!

Enter "Choose Your Own Tablet PC Sweepstakes"
Windows XP Tip: Remove Microsoft Java Virtual Machine and Install Sun Java™

Although court cases are still draggin on, Microsoft has removed its Java Virtual Machine (JVM) from the Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). Recently Microsoft released Service Pack 1a, which is the same as SP1, but then without the Java VM.

You might want to remove Microsoft's JVM, since it will no longer be supported by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Windows to Include Support for iSCSI

Microsoft announced it will deliver Internet SCSI (iSCSI) support for Windows® client and server environments in June. Microsoft's iSCSI software driver will be provided via Web download at no charge for Microsoft Windows 2000 client and server versions, Windows XP client, and the forthcoming Windows Server 2003 family of products.

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Windows XP Documentation Update Can Help You Understand How to Make Your Computer More Secure

A documentation update is available from Microsoft to help you to understand how to configure your Windows XP-based computer to make it more secure. You can use this information to make your computer more secure when you are using the Internet or you are sharing files with other people.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 327405
Plus! Digital Media Edition Now Available at Nearly 8,000 Stores Nationwide

This week Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the retail version of Plus! Digital Media Edition (DME), the ultimate photo, music and movie enhancement pack for Windows® XP. It is available at nearly 8,000 stores nationwide, representing over 70 percent of major retailers where software is sold.

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Windows 2000 Patch: Cannot Install Driver Updates from the Windows Update Web Site

This update addresses the "Offered driver may not install using Windows Update" issue in Windows 2000, and is discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 814033.

Get Patch
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