Office 2010 kills Visual Studio 2008

microsoft-office2010My movie induced optimism for Office 2010 was quickly shattered this week after trying out the beta on my box. Having followed the best practice of uninstalling Office 2007 and rebooting before installing the beta, I was not prepared for the days of frustration that would ensue. After several hang dumps and a few days of futzing around, it was discovered that installing Office 2010 corrupts the Visual Studio Web Authoring Component. A quick search of Google also confirmed that this was a recurring issue with others as well. Martin Hinshelwood suggests repairing the installation. However with the prolific use of Visual Studio 2008 internally, I fail to understand how such glaring fault was allowed to slip through for a public beta. My suggestion is to uninstall Office 2010, go back to Office 2007 and wait for the next beta. This is a milestone that is obviously too early to be public.

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Windows 7 is now in stores

Windows 7Back in July, general availability for Windows 7 was announced to be forthcoming on October 22nd. The great Windows team led by Steven Sinofsky have delivered on that promise. Windows 7 is now in stores. All editions are now available for purchase from any and all reputable vendors. Be sure to check out the Windows 7 editions comparative on Wikipedia to see which edition is best suited to your needs. Savings of over $200 are available when you purchase the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack as well. The never ending list of great features and improvements make this one version of Windows you do not want to miss out on.