Capture your whiteboard doodles on OneNote

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.03.2014 at 20:44

Office Lens is here.

From the product blog:

Office Lens is an app that’s like having a scanner in your pocket. You can use it to take pictures of things like business cards, restaurant menus, notes on whiteboards or blackboards — anything you want to keep on hand. But unlike loose sticky notes, business cards or sketches on lunch napkins, you won’t lose track of your ideas when you capture them with Office Lens. Even things like children’s artwork is fair game. Snap a picture of that one-of-a-kind card your child made and it’ll be at your fingertips whenever you’d like to see it.

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures readable. Weird angles are straightened, shadows are cleaned up and the images are automatically synced to OneNote, so you can get to them on all your devices.

When your picture includes printed text, such as a poster or business card, OneNote on a PC can recognize the text with optical character recognition (OCR) so you can search for words in the image — and you can edit the text, or copy and paste it into apps like email and documents.

Office Lens has three modes, or settings, that help make your captures look their best:

  • With Whiteboard mode, glare and shadows disappear.
  • With Document mode, text is clear and easy to read.
  • With Photo mode, you can take pictures of people and scenery.

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Office 365 launched

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.06.2011 at 05:22

Office 365 has finally launched!

imageOffice 365 brings you familiar Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity tools delivered through the cloud. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents, and calendars. It includes business-class security and is backed by Microsoft. Whether you are a small business or multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans designed to fit your organization’s unique needs.

Check out the Office365 website and sign up for a trial to find out more!

User productivity you can count on:

  • Virtually anywhere-access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device (including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android phones, Symbian phones, and BlackBerry).

  • Office 365 works with the software your users already know and use like Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.

Office 365 takes the worry out of IT:

  • An easy-to-use administration console allows IT administrators to stay in control of user accounts, access rights, and organization-wide deployment.

  • Office 365 is a hosted online service within best-of-breed data centers that have received SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certification.

  • Your security and privacy are paramount. Visit the Trust Center for detailed security, privacy, and compliance information for Office 365.

  • You can count on Microsoft, an industry leader in productivity, for reliability. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.

SharePoint Server 2010 needs 64-bit SQL Server

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.05.2009 at 15:51

64 bitSharePoint Server 2010 will require a 64-bit edition of SQL Server – more specifically either SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008.

SharePoint Server 2010 will not support Internet Explorer 6. Users will have to use Internet Explorer 7 or above. However, non-Microsoft  browsers such as FireFox 3.x (on Windows & non-Windows platform) and Safari 3.x (on non-Windows platform) will be supported.

The Office 2010 beta will be available in July, but SharePoint Server 2010 beta will not be made available at that time.

Enterprise Search in Office 2010 has been improved, with Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Fast Search & Transfer.

This information was revealed during the TechEd conference.

Office 2007 Service Pack 2 released

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.05.2009 at 10:34

Office 2007 SP2 was released just a few days ago. Some of the significant improvements are:

Office 2007 SP2 benefits :

  • Speeds up Outlook with Startup, Shutdown, Folder view and switch, and more!
  • Improves Outlook performance with using the MS Word editor (default editor)
  • Outlook Search reliability – Improves search reliability when you use SP2 with Windows Desktop Search 4 ( .
  • Improves the method by which Excel prints graphical content, especially when it prints to PCL printers
  • Improves SharePoint sync functionality with OneNote. This helps reduce the load on SharePoint servers, and it helps produce fewer sync errors.
  • Provides faster file resaves with PowerPoint
  • Improves image quality after files are saved in the .jpeg, .png, and .gif formats.

You can download Office 2007 SP2 from the Microsoft Download Center or get it installed via Windows Update.

Why there is no ‘Office 13’

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.11.2008 at 06:10

Elevator with no 13th floor - Wikimedia The current version of Microsoft Office is Office 2007, also known as ‘Office 12’, based on the version number. That would make it more likely that the next version of Office should be code-named Office 13.

But it is not so. The next version of Office has been code-named ‘Office 14’ instead. Microsoft has skipped version 13, simply because 13 is an ‘unlucky number’!

"…but that’s is an unlucky number so we’re going to skip Office 13 and call the next one Office 14" says Jensen Harris, Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Office User Experience Team and the man behind the "ribbon" interface of Office 2007, which has attracted mixed feelings from users.

Maybe it’s Triskaidekaphobia! Smile

Some may argue that the world’s largest software company shouldn’t be worried about seemingly ridiculous superstitions. However, if one looks at the bigger picture, there may be customers who believe in these things, and may show reluctance at the very mention of upgrading to something that’s called Office 13!

Some of the new features that users can expect in Office 14 (based on publicly available information):

  • Office in the cloud: The next version of Microsoft Office will include applications (Word, Excel, etc) that can be worked off a web browser/over the Internet, instead of having the need to install thick apps on PC’s. (Software plus services initiative)
  • Ribbon interface may be extended to all Office applications. (Currently Outlook main interface, Publisher 2007, etc do not make use of the ribbon interface)

Software + Services: MS Office apps on web browsers. What next?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.10.2008 at 08:35

Microsoft has announced that the next version of Microsoft Office will include applications that can be worked off a web browser. Microsoft is said to have confirmed that these applications will work on non-Microsoft web browsers like Safari and Firefox.

This initiative is consistent with Microsoft’s "Software + Services" vision. Software plus Services is Microsoft’s take on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market.

From Wikipedia:

Software as a service (SaaS, typically pronounced ‘sass’) is a model of software deployment where an application is hosted as a service provided to customers across the Internet. By eliminating the need to install and run the application on the customer’s own computer, SaaS alleviates the customer’s burden of software maintenance, ongoing operation, and support.

With Microsoft services like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and CRM 4.0, organizations big and small now have more choices in how they access and manage enterprise-class software – from entirely Web-based, to entirely on-premise solutions, and anywhere in between.

Having a variety of solutions to choose from gives customers the mobility and flexibility they need to meet constantly evolving business needs. To meet this demand, Microsoft is heading towards a hybrid strategy of "Software plus Services", the goal of which is to empower customers and partners with richer applications, more choices, and greater opportunity through a combination of on-premise software, partner-hosted software, and Microsoft-hosted software.

The web-based Office applications will be light-weight versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. These apps can be accessed anywhere using a web browser from a PC or via a downloadable application on a mobile phone.

Comparing attributes of objects in Active Directory

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.07.2008 at 10:15

This is more a Microsoft Word tip rather than an Active Directory tip. In essence, it shows one of the many methods to compare values of all attributes of two different objects in Active Directory, or of the same object in a "before-after" comparison scenario – to track changes.

In this example, we will try to do a before-after analysis of a single user object to track changes that have happened to the attributes of the same user object.

First, I dump the LDF file for the user that I want to track changes for, before I make the changes using the LDIFDE tool.

LDIFDE -f user_before.ldf -d "CN=User Jones,OU=Test Users,DC=Domain,DC=local

Then, I make the changes to the attributes. In this case, I am moving the user’s mailbox from an Exchange 2003 server to an Exchange 2007 mailbox server.

Once again, I dump the LDF for the same user after I’ve done the operation.

LDIFDE -f user_after.ldf -d "CN=User Jones,OU=Test Users,DC=Domain,DC=local

Now I have two LDF files, which I want to compare. Microsoft Word has a pretty cool compare feature that shows you what exactly has changed in red. Also, you get to see both the files in two small windows and the changes in a separate window, and they all scroll together!

Simply open (or paste) the two files in Microsoft Word as separate documents. Then, open up the Review toolbar tab, and choose the Compare option.


Here’s a screenshot.

Subscribe to this blog from Outlook 2007

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.09.2007 at 08:38

How to subscribe to an RSS feed in Outlook 2007

If you have installed Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, you’ve probably seen the (mysterious-looking) ‘RSS Feeds’ item in your mailbox tree. Let’s see how to put this to good use.

I’m going to show you how you can subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed using Outlook 2007.

  1. Right click on RSS feeds in the left pane and choose Add a New RSS Feed. Type  and click Add.
  2. On the warning message, choose Advanced. Review the settings and click OK. Then click Yes.
  3. In a few moments, the “Technically Speaking” folder under RSS feeds folder will contain all posts from this blog.

    You can also receive Windows Live Alerts or Twitter alerts every time I make a new post.
    I would rather love for you to visit my blog via browser though. Keeps the hits alive ;-). Enjoy!

“How to make a PDF” for Dummies

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.07.2007 at 16:34

How do you convert a Word document or Excel sheet to PDF?

“Easy” I hear you say. “Just install that Adobe thingy and you will get the option in Word.”

Not necessarily. With Office 2007, just download and install the Microsoft “Save As PDF” plug-in (for free) and then point to Save As… PDF or XPS.