Introduction to Office 2010 Click-to-Run

Beginning with the introduction of Office 2010, Microsoft is introducing a new delivery mechanism for Office, called Click-to-Run. This technology enables a user to only download parts of the software that the need, rather then install everything at once.

As a part of the release of the Office 2010 Beta, you can download and try out Office 2010 Home and Business edition using the Click-to-Run technology. Click here to download Office 2010 Home and Business Edition.

The way that Click-to-Run works is that a user downloads a small file (2MB in size). This file contains information about the product to be installed, and creates shortcuts, sets file associations, etc. When an application in the suite is launched, it downloads certain parts of the software to allow them to be functional, and then downloads new features the first time they are launched.

Below are some screenshots of the Click-to-Run experience.

Want to try Google Chrome OS?

If you want to try out Google Chrome OS, I’ve compiled a build, code is current as of Friday the 20th. To test out Chrome OS, you’ll need either one of the VMware products (Player, Workstation, Server) or Sun VirtualBox. I recommend Sun VirtualBox, as I have not had much luck with getting networking to work with VMware Workstation on my PC or Fusion on my Mac.

You can download the build by clicking here. (766.8MB VMDK file, Right-Click and use Save Target / Link as to download)

A couple tips:

  • This is very early pre-release code not meant for production use. You may experience some bugs. Feel free to go to http://code.google.com/p/chromium-os/issues/list and report anything that you find.
  • If you are unable to get networking to work, or you feel uncomfortable using your personal information (I promise that I did not and do not include any malicious code in this build. It’s not my way of doing things), I have enabled a local user account. To use it, type “chromeuser” for the username and then leave the password field blank.
  • If for any reason you need / want to play with the Terminal (available by pressing Control-Alt-T) and you need to use sudo, the password is pass@word1

Below are directions on how to configure Sun VirtualBox (Downloadable from http://www.virtualbox.org)

1. Open Sun VirtualBox, and click New

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2. Click Next

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3. Give a name to the Virtual Machine, and Select Linux for the Operating System, and Ubuntu for the Version, then click Next

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4. Drag the slider to 512 MB, and click Next

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5. Select Use and Existing Virtual Disk, and click the folder symbol to the right of the drop-down menu

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6. Click Add, and then browse to the location that you saved the Chrome OS VMDK file.

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7. After reviewing the details, and making sure everything is correct, then click Finish.

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Once you’ve created the virtual machine, you can then click the start button and begin to play with Chrome OS.

The New Kid on the Block: Google Chrome OS – Photo Gallery

On Thursday, November 19th, Google opened up Chrome OS to the world. Currently there are no official downloads, however, Tom On Tech has downloaded and compiled the source and produced a Virtual Disk file for use with either VMWare or VirtualBox (personal preference for Chrome OS).

If you’d like to try out Chromium OS*, click here to download. (766.8MB download – use right-click Save Link As to save the file)

A review will posted soon, but for now, here are some early screenshots from Chrome OS for your enjoyment.

*Official builds are called Chrome OS, unofficial or dev builds are called Chromium OS.

Beta Release: Microsoft Office 2010

Yesterday at the 2009 Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft announced the release of the beta of Microsoft Office 2010.

Office 2010 Beta Logo
Office 2010 Beta Logo
Yesterday at the 2009 Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft announced the release of the beta of Microsoft Office 2010.
 
Released are beta versions of the following products:
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  • Microsoft Office Visio 2010
  • Microsoft Office Project 2010

All are available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010

Office 2010 brings a refreshed and consistent look and feel across all applications. Also new are refreshed icons for the Office 2010 suite.

Icon_Word_web Icon_PowerPoint_web icon_Outlook_web Icon_excel_web Icon_access_web Icon_OneNote_web Icon_publisher_web

I’ve been playing with the beta for a few days now, and I’ll be providing my thoughts as well as reviewing each component of the Office 2010 suite right here on Tom on Tech.

I encourage everybody to download and try out the new Office 2010 beta, and if you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to email me (tom@removethis.tomontech.com), send me comments on Twitter (@tomontech), or leave comments here.

First Impressions: Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 Home Server

Lenovo IdeaCentre D400
Lenovo IdeaCentre D400

Thanks to our fine friends at Lenovo, Tom on Tech has been able to get an IdeaCentre D400 for review. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be providing my thoughts as I use the server in my everyday computing. To provide some background on the IdeaCentre D400, here are some specs and other details about the server.

Lenovo ships two versions of the D400. Here’s how it breaks out.

Model Number Processor Processor Speed Memory Hard Drive
3013-1AU Intel Atom 230 1.6 GHz 1GB 1TB (single drive)
3013-1BU Intel Atom 230 1.6 GHz 1GB 2TB (2 1TB drives)

 As you can see, both models are the same, with the only exception being the total storage space.

From the information that has been provided to me, the server does support 2GB of RAM maximum, however, I’ve read in the manual that opening the unit will void the warranty. I’ve asked Lenovo about this, and I will let everybody know what I am told.

With the IdeaCentre D400, setup was very straight forward. In the box was a quick setup poster, which not only included hardware setup, but initial server software setup (with screenshots!). While the screenshots on the poster are a bit small, I do like that they are included on the poster.

After installing the Windows Home Server Connector, Lenovo provides a utility that they call EasyAccess. After installing the utility, items are placed on the right-click menu that will allow you to right click on a file, and move that file to a shared folder on your Windows Home Server.

To see what, if any, extra software was preloaded on the IdeaCentre D400, I launched the Console, and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. The only things that are preloaded are Lights-Out (from MVP Martin Rothschink), Lenovo’s custom tab, and FireFly Media Server (designed to stream music from the server to iTunes).

So far I’m impressed with Lenovo’s offering. I’ll be testing this server for awhile, so look for more hands-on information over the course of the next few weeks.

Are you a student?

If you answered yes, then have I got a deal for you.

Microsoft is offering students either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional for $29.99.

This offer ends January 3rd, 2010.

To be eligible for this offer, you must either have a .EDU email address, or be a student at a qualifying institution.

To check eligibility go to: http://windows7.digitalriver.com/store/mswpus/en_US/DisplayHomePage

For more offers for students visit http://www.win741.com or http://www.microsoft.com/student

Engineering Windows 8…coming soon to a blog near you?

Interesting find that a friend of mine let me know about. Apparently, somebody at Microsoft has reserved the blog “e8” on MSDN blogs.

When browsing to http://blogs.msdn.com/e8 , there is no content, and the title is <TBD>. I’ve included a picture below.

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Does this mean that Microsoft is already going to start the discussion about Windows 8, or are they just holding on to this for a later date and time? Only time will tell.