Off the Upgrade Treadmill
I agree with Jeff James in his editorial, "Is the Microsoft Upgrade Treadmill Broken?" (October 2009, InstantDoc ID 102730). We still run Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows XP on every computer in our organization. The new budget year just rolled around, and we'll be ordering new PCs with XP. Microsoft needs to stop trying so hard to be Goliath.
Most people recognize that the Apple iPhone is the greatest thing since sliced bread. So, leave it alone! Instead of trying to compete against the iPhone, Microsoft should consider creating tools that professionals and hobbyists can use to build better apps for it.
It's silly that Microsoft has spent so much time and effort working on a search engine when there are already some great ones out there. My users use Microsoft Word as an electronic typewriter. They don’t need 99 percent of the bells and whistles of Word 2007. The same goes for Microsoft Excel. I don’t need Office 2010, I don’t need Windows Vista or Windows 7, and I certainly don’t need Bing.
Active Directory Merger Advice
I enjoyed Eric B. Rux’s article, “Plan and Execute an Active Directory Merger, Part 1” (October 2009, InstantDoc ID 102596). We're currently in the middle of a time-consuming merger process, and we've discovered that it requires much work and planning. One lesson we've learned is that any domain with Exchange Server 2007 can't be renamed, and any server product under Microsoft System Center umbrella must be completely reinstalled in the new domain.
Eric B. Rux’s tremendously helpful AD-merger article was very timely for me. My site-to-site VPN is almost ready, and I’ll be working on the migration soon, so I'm anxiously awaiting Eric’s next article on the topic.
We’re glad to hear readers found Eric’s article useful. Part 2 appears in December issue.
The Tyranny of My
I'd like to thank Paul Thurrott for his continued vigilance to inform the world about all things Microsoft. I've been reading about his experience with Windows 7 for months. One of the best things about Windows Vista was its removal of the word "My" from OS-created and -maintained folders. It is with great sadness that I report, after installing Windows 7, that the Tyranny of My has returned: My Computer, My Data Sources, My Documents, My Drawings, My eBooks, My Faxes, My iBases, My Keyboard, My Mail, My Monitor, My Mouse, My Music, My Network, My Notebooks, My Pictures, My Projects, My Scans, My Sessions, My Songs, My Stuff, My Templates. So much for the alphabet—let's just file everything under "My"!
I work with about 50 computers, but none of them are mine! They're company computers; they don't belong to the people who use them. I use three programs that repeatedly create the folder My Sessions. It's frustrating to see this terminology back in the OS. Now we'll have to wait at least another three years before we can dream about it going away again.
Goodbye Windows Mobile, Hello Palm Pre!
I read Paul Thurrott's Short Takes article “Despite Pre, Palm Financials Still in Dumpster” (InstantDoc ID 102829). One Palm Pre feature that I haven't seen anywhere else is its ability to meld two (or more) email/calendar accounts into one view. I can display two separate Microsoft Exchange Server accounts (different domains). I’m a consultant with my own corporate Exchange account and a customer account, soI find this feature incredibly useful. Other smart phones give me only one exchange account; the other must be IMAP or POP. For this feature alone, I'm seriously thinking about moving from Windows Mobile to the Pre! I would be sorry to see Palm collapse after such a brilliant offering!