Microsoft News - Thanksgiving Week Edition [Updated]

Microsoft News - Thanksgiving Week Edition [Updated]

.NET Framework Fans, This One's for You

Various versions of .NET Framework are the underpinnings of many recent Microsoft and third-party Windows applications. Yesterday Microsoft rolled out the .NET Framework Service Pack 1 for Windows XP (and Windows Server 2003), and yes, it's also available for x64 users. Despite the name, this 23MB (x86) or 46MB (x64) download is actually a full replacement for the original .NET Framework 2.0. It is also necessary for .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5. And speaking of .NET Framework 3.0, its Service Pack 1 is also available now. It weighs in at a relatively svelt 2.4MB.

Downloads for Microsoft Office, Old and New

Microsoft Office 2007's default file formats are XML-based, annoying the daylights out of users of older Microsoft Office users when Office 2007 users forget to select a legacy file format when saving. [Updated 11-21-07] Earlier versions of Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack enable users of Office 2000, XP, or 2003 to work with Microsoft's version of XML files. Now, with the popularity of Open Office XML file formats, Microsoft has added support for those formats to Office 2007.  So whether you're interchanging files with users of Office 2007 or OpenOffice, you no longer need to tell those users to use "Save As" to select a legacy file format: just download the latest Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to get support for OpenOffice XML files as well as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 files. This 27MB download enables users of Office 2003, Office XP, and Office 2000 to open and save using the new file formats supported by Office 2007, as well as enabling Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view Office 2007 and OpenOffice XML files. [End Update]

Before you install it, be sure you've installed all of the updates for your version of Office. See Microsoft Knowledge Base article 924074 for links and more information. If you use a complex script language (or a right-to-left language such as Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Farsi, Hindi, Tamil, or Malayam) with Word 2002 or Word 2000, you also need to read Microsoft KB article 925451 for to see how to enable support for Word 2007 documents with these features.

Word 2007 users no longer need to switch over to Excel 2007 to perform math or graphing. Instead, they can use the Microsoft Math add-in, a 2.4MB download available in .msi (Windows Installer) format. It requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, so you might want to install .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 discussed previously.

Windows OneCare 2.0 Firewall Fix Is Here

If you're having problems installing upgrades or enabling the firewall in Windows OneCare version 2.0, grab this 781KB fix right away. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as you will need to reconfigure custom program and port settings after installing the update, and most Windows XP users will need to rerun the repair tool after running it the first time and restarting their systems.

Happy Thanksgiving (and don't buy all the tech goodies on Friday - save me a few).


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There is a problem with the News artical art work of the (cover picture).

"Open XML" is not "Office Open XML" (OOXML)


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Thanks for the update.

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I updated the artwork and the article to clarify file format support in the new Compatibility Pack. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading.
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