Microsoft tools to help with Office 2010 migration paths

July 21, 2010
A few little nudges to improve Office 2010 adoption
Network World
Robert Mullins shares details about one of several tools available from Microsoft that helps users migrate to Office 2010.

“What MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0) does is take inventory of your present IT environment and determines the readiness those computers for the migration to Office 2010. It is an agentless tool so it doesn’t have to install any components on those computers to analyze them. Instead, it uses technologies already existing in the system, including Windows Management Instrumentation, the Remote Registry Service, Active Directory Domain Services and the Computer Browser Service. The MAP beta was released March 16. The Office 2010 engineering team has posted examples of what the MAP reports look like.”

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Sharp readies colour e-book reader
Register Hardware
Tony Smith writes that Sharp is about to enter the e-book reader market.

“The Japanese company isn’t saying much about what kind of devices it will offer, only that they will display files in the XMDF – ‘ever-eXtending Mobile Document Format’ – files, tweaked to allow video and audio content to be embedded and presented, as well as the text and still that it can handle now.”

New Microsoft Security Essentials beta released
ZD Net
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes shares some new features about Microsoft’s latest Security Essentials beta release.

“So, what’s new? Windows firewall integration: Microsoft Security Essentials setup allows you to turn on Windows Firewall, Enhanced protection from Web-based threats: Microsoft Security Essentials has enhanced integration with Internet Explorer which helps prevent malicious scripts from running and provides improved protection against web based attacks (and) New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities and better performance.”

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