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WOW, writing the above headline made me wonder how far software has come from the time you bought it from guys with coat and suit, to online, to free and now to rental. And what better product to signify this, other than MS Office. I read in news that Microsoft India has announced MS Office 2007 in Prepaid model – which for me essentially resembles a rental/subscription model, as software always has been prepaid in the true sense. May be MS didn’t want to use either subscription or rental words, they probably want to embrace, extend and change the game.…

Many times you might have got stuck not being able to open a Word/Excel/PowerPoint file because MS Office is not available on that machine. Though OpenOffice/Office Suites in Linux can open MS Office documents, it doesn’t work perfectly with all documents. Microsoft has for long provided for free, viewers for these formats. These viewers can be downloaded from Microsoft.com website and allow you to open, view and print the documents without requiring you to have full-blown (paid) MS Office in the machine. The viewers now support the new Office 2007 formats as well, with the additional requirement being to download…

One of the common things you want to do after you created all your content slides in a presentation is to put an Agenda slide or TOC (Table of Contents) slide. This was easy using the Summary Slide button in Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 as shown below. For reasons best known to Microsoft, this feature to have a summary slide automatically generated is not available in PowerPoint 2007. This MS Knowledge base article confirms this behaviour, and it suggests a tedious manual process of copyring each slide title and pasting it to create a summary slide :-) If anyone from Microsoft is…

Microsoft Performance Point Server (PPS) by Abhishek Srivatsa (Microsoft India): I had little understanding on this product, so decided to start with this. The session gave me some overview on the product and on how it helps to collect and model data with its built-in tools. It uses SQL Server 2005 Enterprise for its own Meta-Data and Cubes, but the actual data can come from any source (RDBMS). End users can enter data easily through Excel and don’t need InfoPath (it is not supported now). PPS needs WSS or Sharepoint to run. Currently the workflow it uses is different but…

The first session I was in a Silverlight with .NET framework session that was interesting. The ability to use Scriptable attribute in .net to expose a function from .NET and have it called in JavaScript or respond to a JavaScript event in browser was cool and opens great possibilities in client side coding. They have also exposed HTML DOM inside the .NET code. Next I went to a  Session by Don Box – pretty much everything went over my head, partly due to the reason I went in after 15 minutes of the talk starting. For the last session of Mix ’07 I decided…