Yikes, November. Good time for an end-of-the-year resolution: more
diligent blogging. Yessiree, I popped the clutch on this blog and I
think I've got it rolling again.
I'm having one of those spells where you know the universe hates
you, or at least, its machinery does: I have a failing main circuit
breaker, so my power keeps cutting off on this chilly morning. My phone
lines are out, thanks to some careless excavation up the road. (And
yes, I use a dial-up modem because that's the price of living out in
the wilderness.) So I'm battery-driven and offline as I write this,
although if you're reading it, the situation must have improved. I even
have a leaking water supply valve, but so far that doesn't seem to be
affecting my ability to use a computer or connect to the Internet. Giveit time though.
And speaking of leaks (great, great segue): Microsoft's Office team
has apparently sprung a leak of its own. A prerelease version of Office
12 has surfaced, although it's reportedly so shaky that it's probably a
good idea to observe it from a distance rather than compromise your
system by attempting to run it. The latest issue of Office Watch
reports that the version is available on 'various 'underground' but
commonly used Internet services like warez sites and peer-to-peer
sharing services.' That issue offers an excellent overview of what'sdiscernable so far from this early release. Check the OW archives for a helpful series of articles previewing Office 12 features, too.Other resources of note:
- This photo gallery offers a look at Office 12 features.
- The article Office 12 makeover takes on 'feature creep'
discusses what to expect from Office 12 (is it just me, or does the
idea of fighting feature creep with more feature creep sound a littlelike homeopathy?)
- See what other TechRepublic members are saying about the aforementioned article.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.