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Microsoft puts its big guns on display

Microsoft has announced its software trifecta by releasing Beta 2 builds of Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and Office 2007 System at this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC). Copies of Beta 2 builds of Windows Vista and Longhorn Server are available to developers and IT professionals with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions or to members of Technology Adoption Program (TAP) and the TechBeta program. The general public can, however, download Beta 2 copies of 2007 Microsoft Office system immediately.

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates remarked “The release of these three betas is a significant milestone for Microsoft and a major step toward delivering the platforms that will drive the next decade of computing. The combination of these innovative platform technologies and the new hardware and software being developed by our partners will make PCs and other devices more powerful, more useful and more intelligent for businesses today and into the future.”

Microsoft's software programs have seen some rough seas in past months. The public release of Windows Vista was pushed back to from 2H 06 to January of 2007. On top of that Office 2007 was also delayed to coincide with the launch of Windows Vista.

But while the shipping versions of those powerhouse offerings from Microsoft won't be available until early next year, at least consumers get to play with feature complete builds today in the case of Office 2007 -- the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) will launch in the coming weeks.

For those of you who'd like to read more about Microsoft's latest software offerings, you can read Paul Thurrott's reviews of Office 2007 Beta 2 and Windows Vista Beta 2.

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RE: Compatibility
By thegpfury on 5/24/2006 11:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
It seems to run ok alongside office 2000. However, it requires that you uninstall previous versions of outlook.

RE: Compatibility
By KraftyOne on 5/24/2006 11:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
Is the new version of Outlook good/stable?

RE: Compatibility
By TomZ on 5/24/2006 2:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
Seems good to me, so far. It picked up all my old Outlook 2003 settings without any problems.

Only problems I am seeing so far are:

(1) Can't activate the product - getting a message that it could not locate the Internet connection

(2) Adobe Acrobat plug-in that installs into Outlook is crashing (haven't investigated this one yet)

Anybody else seeing these issues?

RE: Compatibility
By thegpfury on 5/24/2006 4:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
I managed to activate yesterday. However, I can't get sharepoint to activate yet..

As for acrobat, haven't tried it yet.

Only problem I've run into is trying to get my emails to work. 100webspace (which is my host) has some weird email settings.

RE: Compatibility
By KraftyOne on 5/24/2006 5:03:52 PM , Rating: 2
I have acrobat, but no buttons on the toolbar. They used to crash Outlook 2003 though, so I wouldn't be suprised if they don't work in 2007 either.

I can't get mine to Activate either. Hopefully this is something they will fix soon. Is there a way to report it to them?

RE: Compatibility
By KraftyOne on 5/24/2006 5:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
Correction - just keep trying at different times. I just got mine to activate.

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