Official Tester: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

Yesterday morning when I checked my mails I was pleasantly surprised to see an email from Microsoft, stating that my request to be an Office 2010 Beta tester had been accepted. Yes, surprised because the news of it being previewed to the audience was already out on Monday, and so I had thought that I had been left out, which now is not the case.

Initially all testers were barred from disclosing anything by a NDA or Non-Disclosure Agreement, despite the fact that it was already a public knowledge. But today morning as I logged into Microsoft Connect they had an announcement waiting, which said

The Office 2010 clients have been publicly disclosed and are not under a confidentiality obligation. You are free to talk about the Office 2010 client build as you wish.

Please remember that the builds you have received are for your use only. Please do not share these builds.

So now with permission being granted to openly talk and discuss about it, I’ll be sharing my experience about Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview with all of you, so keep coming back for regular updates.

P.S: I only plan to test the 64-bit version as of now.

UPDATE: Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

New bike: Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si

Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si

Yahoo!, we have a new bike, Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si, and right now I’m feeling on of the top of the world.

The bike with its stunning design, especially the classy rear twin LED tail lamp, a spec-sheet full of goodies:5 speed gear box, digital instrument cluster with analogue tachometer, front disc brake, alloy wheels, etc, makes you fall in love with it instantaneously. The version we bought is in Black-Blue colour (pictured above) with Electric Start and Disc Brakes. I really wanted the Red one, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be available for at least a couple of weeks

It has an excellent pick-up and power delivery and am hoping the fuel mileage come out at least above 65 kmpl. The gearing is a bit short especially for the first gear, where you have to up-shift instantly to second and then third, but this short gearing ratios means that the power delivery is seamless. I’m just lovin it.

A small tip for Bajaj, improve your sales personnel’s technical knowledge, and please produce more colours which the customer wants

VLC 1.0 Released

VLC VLC Media Player, the media player that plays all the media files out of the box has just reached a great milestone of version 1.0.0.

So here’s small quick list of changes

  • Live recording
  • Instant pausing and frame-by-frame support
  • Finer speed controls
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS) and major improvements in many formats
  • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
  • Video scaling in fullscreen
  • RTSP Trickplay support
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • New skin for the skins2 interface

Along with some major bug fixes, for a complete list of changes check out the changelog.

If you are using VLC player then you know its the best and version 1.0.0 is a highly recomeneded update as it will most probably fix the grouse you have had with it, and if you have never used it, then well just download it yourself, to see why millions are such die hard fans of VLC Media Player.

Download: VLC Media Player

I’m back – My first post in 545 days

Its now officially 545 days since my last blog post and I know I should be crucified for not blogging. But well now hopefully I’m back and should start blogging regularly.

I have given my Final Year B.Sc. (I.T.) exam (results awaited) and my PG course in Advance Software Technology only starts on 10-August-2009, so now I should have plenty of time to blog.

You might call them silly reasons, but for the better part of the last One & half year I didn’t have a proper internet connection, all I used was my phones GPRS via proxies and it was really slow (48 kbps) and proxies meant that I had no access to messengers. Plus I didn’t get time as I used to be busy with my college work.

A lot has changed over the last year and half and hopefully that’s what I would be blogging about over the next couple of days, haven’t thought of anything in particular but there are tons of things on which I could write.

Please do leave your valuable suggestions good or bad so that I can improve the blog.

Happy New Year ’08

Well folks I know its a bit late but still, wishing all of you a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year ’08. The reason for this delay is that I have been down with flu topped with an asthma attack for the last 1 week, but now I am much better. One may not say 100% fit but most of my nuts and bolts are up and running, with a few still squeaky

Well the only new year resolution I have made is to not procrastinate. Yes its just one to keep this time around and is a very big one frankly. I have a list of few other things to do, but they are just goals to be met and will only be met if I don’t procrastinate.

Under my to-do list is posting regularly on the blog (and not just disappear for almost half a year, sorry), getting the About Me page which I have been planning for such a long time. But my foremost priority is to complete my college’s IT fest’s Yantrika ’08 website.

I have a year back in review post coming up soon. Sorry can’t commit a date because I have a paper lined up on Monday, then a few more test and then the college fest, but I will surely try my level best to post it ASAP.

P.S.: If you decide to leave a comment and see some strange error messages, then don’t fret your precious comment wont go anywhere it gets saved properly. I am trying to fix it the error as soon as I can. Again I apologize for the inconvenience it may cause.