Posts from February 2010.

The Office 2010 Team on Understanding 64-Bit Office

image The Office 2010 team has posted comprehensive information regarding the 64-Bit release of Office, including details on who should install Office 2010 x64:

“If you’re trying to decide between 32-bit and 64-bit Office, you should ask yourself what your needs are. Are you an Excel power user working with huge amounts of data? Do you need to work with file sizes greater than 2 GB? If so, then you would benefit from 64-bit Office being able to utilize more memory. If not, we’re recommending 32-bit Office 2010 as the default installation on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows mainly due to compatibility with existing 32-bit controls, add-ins, and VBA.”

Additional detail:

“Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office are largely indistinguishable, except that 64-bit Office has a much higher memory capacity. As mentioned above, the extra memory capacity comes at the cost of some compatibility with existing extensions to Office, such as 32-bit versions of ActiveX Controls and some 3rd party add-ins, in addition to 32-bit versions of programs that interface directly with Office. New versions of these extensions will need to be obtained, and it will take some time for 64-bit compatible extensions to be made available.

For these reasons, we recommend running 32-bit Office 2010 even on 64-bit Windows operating systems for better compatibility. On 64-bit Windows, more applications and documents may be opened at once, and switching among them will be faster because the machine can have more physical memory for the processes to share. When the 64-bit ecosystem for Office is more mature, you’ll be able to easily migrate to 64-bit Office!”

In the near term, if you want to run ClearContext in Outlook 2010, you should install the 32-bit version of Office 2010.  For information on future ClearContext support for 2010 x64, see this forum post.

How do you use Outlook’s To-Do Bar?

As we continue to work on our Dashboard redesign, we have a couple of questions:

How often do you use the Outlook To-Do Bar?

  • Daily (51%, 52 Votes)
  • Rarely/Never (42%, 43 Votes)
  • Weekly (7%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

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Do you usually leave the Outlook To-Do Bar open or minimized?

  • Open (51%, 51 Votes)
  • Minimized/Closed (49%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

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We’d also like to hear any comments you have about what you find most useful about the To Do Bar, what other information you wish you could see in the To Do Bar, and what other tasks you wish you could accomplish from the To Do Bar.  Please post any thoughts you have in the comments section below, thanks!

Office 2010 Beta Patch

imageFor those of your running Outlook 2010; the Outlook team has posted a patch to fix a message size bug in Outlook 2010.  We haven’t noticed the issue here, but it must be a pretty nasty bug for MSFT to decide to release a patch to pre-release software.  Details and a download here.

New FREE release from ActiveWords!

We’re always on the lookout for other products that also help people increase their productivity. Buzz Bruggeman and the team at ActiveWords aw_logohave released a new version of their product, which allows you to script just about anything in Windows so you can type words to do all sorts of actions with simple keyboard shortcuts.  Their latest release includes a free version that lets you create up to 30 ActiveWords – and you can upgrade to their Plus version to create unlimited words.  Lots of our users have taken advantage of this to create custom shortcuts for ClearContext and other applications.  The ActiveWords/Freemium release is now available for everyone to download and check it out!