Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Now available for download .. and on Windows Update

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides customers with the latest updates to the 2007 Office suite (the products that are affected by this update are listed below).

Also check out: . Description of 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007 SP2 and Download the 2007 Office Service Pack 2 Changes.xlsx package now

7 Tips to Get the Most Out of MS Word

Well every day is a school day .. Found this and am amazed at a couple of the tips!


Many of us writerly types spend a lot of time in Microsoft Word, and I even know a few Web designers who like to use it and Microsoft Excel for doing simple site prototyping work. Whether you’re sentenced to use Word all day by a dictatorial IT department, or it’s simply your word processor of choice, you can save time and have more options by mastering a few easy shortcuts.

You gave gotta check this KB out .. it rocks! 

New OneNote 2007 PowerToys

I LOVE OneNote .. I use it all the time as my one shop note taker and with a tablet pc it is even better .. now look we have some new powertoys!


Word Count. We get asked by some people to be able to know how many words are on a page for articles and essays and so on. here you go.

Send to OneNote (from the file explorer/shell). Ever looked at a file in My Documents or elsewhere and thought, “I want to push that into OneNote so I can add it to my project, make some comments about it, etc? Now you can.

Export Outlook Notes to OneNote. Lots of people use Outlook’s Notes feature to keep track of little scraps of info

It looks like Dan is the man with the tools, so check out his blog

Office 2003 with Office 2007 file types

Forgot that I Blogged this a while back, but what is cool is that I have just tried to open a docx in Word 2003 and it actually prompts me to download:

[Microsoft Offic Word]
This file was created by a newer version of Microsoft Word.  Do you want to download a compatibility pack so that you can work with this file?
[OK] [Cancel]

How does it know?  An update must have been applied or it’s in the docx.  Anyway it takes you to the download ( page to get the update … that is cool!

DST 2007: MSIT Guidance Published

Ohhh.  With the steady flow of DST information is starting to trickle down to more manageable levels.  MSIT has finally release some additional DST 2007 Guidance.

·         MSIT DST Assessment Checklist (5 page PDF)

·         MSIT DST Enterprise Response Plan (22 page PDF)

·         MSIT DST Patching Overview (1 page PDF flowchart)

·         MSIT DST Exchange TZ Update Tool Guidance (5 page PDF)

·         MSIT DST Outlook TZ Update Package Guidance (4 page PDF)

Support WebCast: DST 2007 Exchange Communication

You can download this WebCast now for “offline” viewing.

Go here ( stick in you name and then download the 4mb WMV file.

 It would be a great idea if MS made the available automatically via an RSS feed

Humm, can’t sync the wmv to my Zune! .. says that it cannot convert the file to the format required by my Zune Device  .. wonder why!

Virtual Machine for Microsoft Exchange Calendar Update Tool

Cool, shame it wasn’t out a bit earlier!


The Exchange Calendar Update Tool enables administrators to update, using the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft® Office Outlook®, multiple user mailboxes, thereby avoiding the challenges involved with broadly deploying the Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool to all end-users.

Shame the download link doesn’t work ! so I can’t tell you what the virtual machine has in it

Time Zone Data Update Tool

Do you know what, some time it plays to read a KB!  I am sure you have checked out  Under “Why the Time Zone Data Update Tool is required”  It says …

Calendar items are created in Outlook by using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) format. UTC is an international standard 24-hour timekeeping system. Time zone information for Outlook is obtained from the Windows operating system in which the calendar items are created and is obtained at the time that the calendar items are created.

For example, an 8:00 A.M. appointment on March 1, 2007 in Redmond, Washington is stored in Outlook as UTC 4:00 P.M. In this case, DST has not yet started, and Redmond time is eight hours behind UTC.

When an update is applied to the Windows operating system to accommodate the new DST definitions, the computer’s local time is changed to the extended DST time. However, the UTC is not adjusted when the local time on the computer is adjusted. Therefore, calendar items that are added to Outlook during the extended DST period are off by one hour. 

So by the sounds of it, you only need to use the tool on server that are in the affected time zone

Outlook DST2007 Tool

Okay so I have an Exchange 2003 Virtual Server image and I thought I would see what the deal was.

So I created a reoccuring meeting request over the time change period.  Then Installed the Windows 2003 Patch with no problem. Next was the Exchange 2003 Patch.  That wanted me to close down w3wp.exe, MMC and MOMHost.  Interesting as the MMC wasn’t running :-|  I chose continue and the patch installed and wanted a reboot!

So next was the outlook tool.  It’s a mere 8.27mb in size, and you see how large the installed files are below.  It looks like a universal binary file that contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the tool in one package. Once you install the exe it drops two files into the folder below:

It will then run tzmove.exe and you get this:


If you click on the Icon in the bar on the top left you can select the about screen:

Choose the options you want and then click OK.  You will see the progress screen:

In my case it didn’t make any changes.  Don’t know why? and you get this dialog

It does have a command line too,  KB 931667 was updated on the 28th Jan 2007.  About 3/4 of the way down you see: Command-line parameter options.

On the downloadable package you have 3 switches

/extract, /quite and /?.  I suspect /quite will be the most used one.  It will do a silent install and run, and drops a log file in to %temp%.  It actually looks like it always generates a log file, even if you use the GUI!  The /extract switch extract the file to an MSI

Once you have installed the update, you have two switches to use.  /ONLYRECURRING and /MAXAPPTS.  Check KB 931667  for what they do, but it seems that the initiate the GUI.

Have a play and let me know how you get on


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