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Microsoft Office XP nearing end of life

Microsoft wants you to know that if you are still using Office XP, get ready, because it is nearing its end of life very soon. Microsoft plans on ending support for Office XP in July of 2011.

Microsoft shuts down Office Genuine Advantage

Microsoft's Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program is no more. OGA was used by Microsoft to validate Microsoft Office to permit downloads of non-critical updates and add-ons. Ed Bott reports that Microsoft quietly retired the service late last week with little notice. Microsoft mentioned the retirement on December 17, 2010 in KB Article 917999:

    The Office Genuine Advantage (“OGA”) program has been retired. For more information about the benefits of genuine Office, please visit the following website:

    Benefits of genuine Office

Although OGA has been shut down, this does not affect Windows and Office activation and Windows Genuine Advantage is still required for the validation of many downloads from the Microsoft Download Center.

Microsoft Office "Anti-Bulletin"

Bob Fruth: In November 2010, Microsoft released the first Security Bulletin (MS10-079) against an Office 2010 component, in this case Microsoft Word. Approximately 6 months had elapsed since Office 2010 launched in May and while it's good for such a widely used product to be available for so long without any reported issues, we were naturally disappointed to release the first bulletin affecting Office 2010. The issue was part of a group of 32 issues reported to us by an external researcher. All of the issues were located in file parsing code, primarily in the code used for reading Word document files (.doc extension). It is worth noting that only one of these issues affected Word 2010. In that case, the specific issue wasn't actually reported against Word 2010 but it is standard practice for us to test all supported versions of products and this was how we determined that Word 2010 was affected...

USDA making the move to Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this morning announced that it has chosen Microsoft to host things like e-mail, instant messaging, and collaboration through the software giant's Business Productivity Online Suite.

As part of the deal, which covers 120,000 employees, the USDA will move from its own on-premises systems to Microsoft's Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online. That migration will be completed in four weeks, and will put the USDA's cloud hardware in a secured facility that Microsoft says will be in compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations...

Office + Facebook = Easily share your ideas and documents with friends

Starting today, from Facebook you can view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents via Office Web Apps with just one click. Visit the Facebook blog for full details.

Takeshi Numoto: As shared in Facebook's announcement, Facebook's new messaging platform integrates the Office Web Apps to enable Facebook users to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with just one click. As you know, Office helps you create stunning documents that bring your ideas to life. Now you can easily share those ideas with your friends and family on Facebook.  I'm really excited about being able to make it even easier for people to use Office to access and share information across different devices, networks and platforms. With the Office Web Apps on Facebook, you have even more ways to express yourself with Office and easily share your thoughts with people that are important to you...

Microsoft Announces Office 365

Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next generation in cloud productivity that brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 makes it easier for millions more organizations to get and use Microsoft’s award-winning business productivity solutions via the cloud. With Office 365, people can work together more easily from anywhere on virtually any device, while collaborating with others inside and outside their organization in a simple and highly secure way. As part of today’s news, Microsoft is also opening a limited beta program for Office 365 in 13 countries and regions.

Mossberg reviews, recommends Office for Mac 2011

After reviewing Microsoft's upcoming Office for Mac 2011, which now includes Outlook, Walt Mossberg concluded that it was "by far the best Mac version of the suite" and recommended it to users.

The newest version of Microsoft's office suite is faster and better, although it is missing a few minor features from the Windows version, Mossberg said in his review for the Wall Street Journal. Office for Mac 2011 is due out Oct. 26...