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Good Question: Should Microsoft Buy Yahoo?

Posted by wholeenchilada on February 4, 2008

Good post on the Microsoft/Yahoo deal from Tech and Biz Buzz: Good Question: Should Microsoft Buy Yahoo?. here’s a brief clip:

Eckel starts with a great line “I read somewhere that over half of acquisitions fail. I think the percentage may much higher than half. ” I think he’s right about the percentage being higher, but maybe it just sounds right. The article proceeds to outline two past big-name acquisitions like “Borland buys Ashton-Tate” and “HP buys Compaq”, and then tackles the current potential big buy – “Microsoft might buy Yahoo”..

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Did Ya Know? Microsoft to Force IE7 Update on February 12th

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

A post over at Slashdot caught my attention: Microsoft to Force IE7 Update on February 12th:

“InfoWorld is reporting that on February 12th, Microsoft will roll out Internet Explorer 7 through Windows Server Update Services to all systems – regardless of whether or not the update had been requested previously. The piece also mentions ways to prevent the update from occurring, for sysadmins who do not want to use IE7 on their systems. Microsoft claims that the decision was made due to ‘security concerns’.”

After a quick check of the InfoWorld Article Microsoft warns businesses of impending autoupdate to IE7, it does appear that an Internet Explorer update to version 7 will be forced down IE users throats. Luckily the article provides info on how to work around the auto-update for sys admins and I bet the average user isn’t even aware of the coming changes or how it might affect them. This interesting stat shows that IE6 still has a decent user base, more than I’d have guessed:

More than one in every three people still relies on IE6, according to data gathered by Web metrics vendor Net Applications. During December 2007, IE6 accounted for 35 percent of the browsers that visited the 40,000-some sites monitored by the company.

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Microsoft Word has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to Scan Images to Text?

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 10, 2008

Yep, that’s what this post via lifehacker shares: Microsoft Office Tip: Scan Images to Text in Microsoft Word. Though a quick read of the comments (at both posts referenced) will tell you there are better OCR programs out there, ABBYY getting the most mentions, I think the MS Word option might be useful to those who only occasionally need to scan documents and translate to text.

Tech help site Of Zen and Computing describes how to use Microsoft Office to do Optical Character Recognition (OCR)—that is, recognize text inside digital images (like scanned documents). The Microsoft Document Imaging application comes with Microsoft Office (who knew?) and can grok text from TIFF images.

Here’s one positive comment on the feature from  MARKSMAN7328 :

This was great for my Chemistry class. Just scan in the book pages and convert to a Word document for quick and easy notes. (I don’t own the chemistry book so I can’t highlight the real pages or write in it.) It is pretty good at recognizing characters (although you will want to proofread). It had trouble reading subscripts in chemical formulas, but it was easy to just paste the formula as an image in the word document. This was also great for copying graphs and pictures from my book into my notes since I had the page scanned in already anyway

And another useful comment from Rob on the Of Zen and Computing post:

This works although I had to scan the document from within MODI. Once I did that it created the word document far more quickly that my other OCR program. I won’t be using that again. Thanks for the tip.

Most of the rest of the comments at both posts either mention problems using the feature, question it’s viability and usefulness or offer alternative OCR solutions. I still think this feature might be useful. If you don’t have Microsoft Office Document Imaging on your PC, check out the OZAC comments for additional help.

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An Early Look at Office Live Workspace (Beta) w/screenshots

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 8, 2008

Interested in Office Live but wondering when it will actually become useful? Check out this post from lifehacker- Early Look at Office Live Workspace Beta:

Let’s just get it out of the way—Office Live is, at the moment, only worth your time if you prefer to edit words, spreadsheets and other documents in Microsoft’s Office products. Google Docs, Zoho and most any other online office suite gives you more freedom and functionality on the web, but Office Live’s value proposition is its semi-seamless integration with desktop Office apps. But if you’re one of the many, many people who spend a lot of time inside Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, Office Live can be a set-and-forget way to back up, share, and (kind of) collaborate on documents. I spent some time looking around the beta version and brought back a few screenshots to share, after the jump

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Windows Vista labeled the #1 most disappointing product of 2007

Posted by wholeenchilada on December 19, 2007

From a post over at Slashdot:

vista“No surprise here, but to complete its humiliation, PC Magazine has declared that Windows Vista is the most disappointing product of 2007. Quoting: ‘Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?… No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there’s something deeply wrong with the universe.'”

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Read more from the PC World article, quoted in the above clip:

The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007,140583-page,5-c,techindustrytrends/article.html

It’s not that Vista is awful. The integrated security and parental controls are nice, and the Aero interface is as whizzy as it gets. Searching and wireless networking are much faster and easier than under XP.

It’s just that Vista isn’t all that good. Many of the innovations the operating system was supposed to bring–like more efficient file and communications systems–got tossed overboard as Microsoft struggled to get the OS out the door, some three years after it was first promised. Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP.

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Talking about Lessons learned from Vista

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 27, 2007

download squad has a post with some info on “lessons learned” from what they refer to as “Vista’s underwhelming debut”

The amount of significant changes to the core OS were blamed for many of Vista’s delays, as well as many of the compatibility problems with existing products. While Microsoft doesn’t regret making these changes to Vista (well, so they say), they are not making changes on that scale with Windows 7. When it comes to addressing release issues, Microsoft has made the decision to be less transparent about release schedules, only making information available when the date is actually feasible. Right now, Microsoft is aiming to launch Windows 7 sometime in 2010 (or 2011 or 2012…this is still Microsoft).

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Some interesting points but nothing a lot of folks haven’t already discussed on the Vista front:

Tags: Vista, Windows, Operating Systems, OS, Windows Vista, Technology, Vista Mistakes, Windows 7, Vista Reviews, Vista Sucks

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Tech Update: Microsoft planning a Flickr clone

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 13, 2007

From an article at CNet News comes this interesting info: Report: Microsoft planning a Flickr clone. Of course, this information is based on a job ad but hey, if it’s on the internet (especially in a blog) it must be true, right?

“This feature team is building a next-generation photo and video sharing service that will compete with Flickr, SmugMug and other photo web solutions today. This is a ‘v1’ opportunity,” the ad said. And video will be a part of the effort, too: “This role will work across the new Windows Live division with teams like Spaces, SkyDrive, Messenger and Hotmail to construct a winning strategy for Microsoft in photo and video sharing.”

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Interesting that Microsoft is looking at adding Flickr-ish services to it’s to the Windows Live  offering. WL was hyped a few years ago but has seemingly faded into oblivion. I know folks who use some of the desktop widgets but other than Windows Live Spaces, I don’t know how much use Windows Live actually gets. It will be fun to see if the some Flickrishness can help MS get back into the the online game.

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