Posts tagged: Microsoft

Windows 7 Pre-Order Offer

Windows 7 will be released on October 22, 2009. For early adopters, Microsoft is offering a special pre-order offer: Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49 or a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99. That’s roughly half off the retail prices that will be charged when the OS hits the shelves.  This offer applies to anyone currently running a genuine (legal) version of Windows XP or Vista of any type for the prices listed.  This means that you do not have to have Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.  Any upgrade path is supported.If you are interested in this offer, take a look at the Windows 7 Pre-Order Offer page and follow the instructions.  There is a list of retailers at the bottom of the page that are participating in this promotion.  Personally, I would recommend purchasing from amazon.com or newegg.com as they are online only stores and do not charge sales tax.  Every little bit helps.

Please make sure you read the FAQ and also note that there is a three copy limit for each version.  I doubt that will be a problem for most of us.  This offer expires on July 11th, 2009 or when supplies run out.

Windows Server 2008 launch event

Today I didn’t go into the office.  Today I went to the Wan Chai Convention and Expo Centre to attend the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 launch event.   I’d like to say it was fun.  I’d like to, but I can’t.  Oddly enough, going to a product event here in Hong Kong is not much different than going to a public festival.  It’s crowded and people will push past you to get to what you are trying to get to no matter what.

Add to this that the break-out sessions that I wanted to attend were all either full or in Cantonese only and it wasn’t all that great.  I really only wanted the free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate NFR and the little 3 Kingdoms figurines that they were giving away and I gotta say that it just wasn’t worth it to me to stay till the very end to try and get those.

But of course it was a Microsoft event and there were tons of vendors on hand to deplete my business card stash and add me to their mailing and call lists: all in the name of shwag.  Granted the shwag wasn’t as good as some events I’ve heard about, but it wasn’t bad.
Here’s a picture of the official Microsoft  Shwag Bag.
The official Microsoft Shwag Bag
It’s a pretty nice messenger bag with a compartment for holding a notebook computer smaller than mine.

Here’s the crap… I mean shwag… that I dumped out  of it after I got home.
Contents of the Shwag Bag
Which consisted of leaflets and folders from over a dozen companies that I could care less about, 4 spiral notepads, 3 post-it note bundles, a wireless mouse (no batteries), an inflatable drink float shaped like a tiny inflatable chair, a Swiss-Army like pocket knife, numerous CDs and DVDs with things on them I will never install, a couple of pens, 2 monitor wipey things, and a nice booklet of all the updates in Vista SP1: completely in Chinese.

I’m sure I missed a few things but who cares really.  It’s all crap and will almost all eventually end up in the trash just like usual.  It may take me a while but that’s the ultimate end for shwag.

Microsoft Office problem

I am writing this post, not to get help, but to give help. I came across a problem with Microsoft Outlook today and when I searched and searched for the answers, I found the only ones who gave them were asking for up to $13USD per month to get them. This my friends is highway robbery and I will not stand for it. So, since I spent my time figuring this out myself, I will give you the situation, trial-and-error and eventual solution that I came up with. Free of charge.

We received a new Dell Optiplex 745SFF computer recently and I decided to set it up with all the newest programs since it was the newest PC we had. I installed Internet Explorer 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 on this and explained that the file extensions were different in this version of Office. I then got a call a day later asking for the Microsoft Proofing Tools for the Chinese translator. Unfortunately the version of Office 2007 I received does not have this and so I had to revert back to Office 2003. I fully uninstalled Office 2007, rebooted and installed Office 2003 followed by the Office 2003 Proofing Tools. This is when I found the error.

In Outlook 2003 the user would try and Reply to All and get the following error:
The messaging interface has returned an unknown error. If the problem persists, please restart Outlook.

Reply and Forward worked just fine. This only affected Reply to All. Needless to say that restarting Outlook had no effect on the problem. I uninstalled Office 2003, restarted and installed once more. I noticed that when I went to setup the Outlook profile that it was already setup from before. And when I went in and tried Reply to All, it still gave the same error. I remembered that the Outlook profile was the same one that was created in Outlook 2007 so I deleted the profile and created a new one. Once I did that the problem went away.

Now I have done this same thing many times just using Office 2003, but this was the first time that Office 2007 was involved. This seems to be an issue with removing Office 2007 and installing the older 2003 version. This is also probably why I had such a hard time finding a simple answer to this problem without blackmail.

Hopefully someone else will find this information useful. If so, leave a comment and let me know.

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