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Does Microsoft Hate Open Source Software?


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Josh represented Microsoft during OpenCamp recently. People were quite confused as to why Microsoft would be interested in Open Source products. While Windows and Linux may be competitors, much of the Open Source applications are not. They run really well in Windows.

The IIS team is making sure that open source software runs better on Windows than it does on Linux. Microsoft is very supportive of the people making these applications, and attends a lot of conferences to help them in every way they can.

To anyone who feels that Microsoft hates Open Source, Josh asks them to take a new look at the Redmond team. They compete hard where they have a product that may be similar, such as the operating system and Microsoft Office. However, when it comes to everything else – keep your eyes open and let Microsoft work with you to make the best application you can produce.

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What’s Better Than Microsoft PowerPoint?


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Did you ever know how most presentations suck? It’s bad enough that people doing them tend to suck, as well. It’s not their fault, though. Most of the presentation software is just not that good. A good presentation shows pictures, and don’t have much text. The worst ones to watch are where the speaker just reads every word from the slides! They drive me nuts! What do you use to create presentations? Tell me you aren’t using desktop software! Adobe has thrown their hat into the ring. They have a basic, online office suite and a new presentation software!

Acrobat Presentations is excellent. You have tons of options. Best of all, of course, is the ability using an online platform gives you to easily collaborate with others. When you create a presentation with desktop software, it’s very difficult to allow multiple people to work together on it. Using Presentations, it’s a simple process.

Presentations is a better way to create, edit, and share presentations with others online. Built on the Adobe Flash platform, Presentations looks and behaves like a desktop presentation application – but operates inside a web browser.

It’s free, and cross-platform. There’s no reason to not try it!

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Office Compatibility


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – A YouTube regular is having problems with Microsoft Office. He has a new laptop running Vista, and Office 07. Documents he saves on his home laptop will not open on his college computer, because the college runs an older version of Office.

The number one thing I can recommend is to download the free Office Compatibility Pack. A compatibility pack is available to make sure that you can open and save Office Open XML Formats in earlier versions of Microsoft Office.

Another option available to you is to save your files differently. If you’re just doing Word documents, be sure to save them as RTF (or Rich Text Format) files. This allows a wider variety of compatibility, and will let you open your documents in older versions of Word. Of course, this won’t save special formatting and things. It will save your font, bolding, etc.

Have you thought of using something like Open Office or Google Docs? Both are free programs, and very easy to use. You’ll have a lot more flexibility on opening, saving and editing your documents and presentations from anywhere, using any computer.

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