As is the case with all major Microsoft products, the release of Office 2010 brought with it a collection of content designed to help users get an insight into the latest iteration of the productivity suite. An illustrative example in this regard is the Office 2010 User Resources set of downloads, a massive package of documents focused on the successor of Office 2010.

With the Office 2010 User Resources, customers can access free of charge documentation containing overviews, product guides, getting started docs, and lists with new features not just for Office 2010 but for all the components of the productivity suite.

“Microsoft Office 2010 offers rich and powerful new ways to deliver your best work in the office, from home, or on the go across different devices. Experience the enhanced Ribbon and new Microsoft Office Backstage view to help you quickly find the commands and tools you need to create and finalize your work easier and faster. More »

Microsoft plans to plug no less than 34 security holes in Windows, office and Internet Explorer come June 8th, 2010. The move is part of the company’s monthly patch cycle scheduled for release on patch-Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month.

There will be a total of 10 security bulletins as a part of the June update release, three of which carry the maximum severity rating of Critical, meaning that they are designed to patch vulnerabilities, which, in the eventuality of a successful exploit could allow attackers to perform remote code execution on a vulnerable system.

“Six of the bulletins affect Windows; of those, two carry a Critical severity rating and four are rated Important. Two bulletins, both with a severity rating of Important, affect Microsoft Office. One bulletin, again with a severity rating of Important, affects both Windows and Office. More »

Microsoft released Office 2010 to manufacturing on April 15th, and is already allowing MSDN and TechNet subscribers to grab the RTM bits. At the same time, the Redmond company made available for download an extensive collection of resources, designed to help customers get an insight into all the components of the productivity suite.

The Office 2010 product guides are currently available at no charge via the Microsoft Download Center. According to Microsoft, the guides “provide an overview of what’s new in your favorite Microsoft Office programs and a deeper look at benefits across all Office 2010 programs, as well as Office Web Apps and Office Mobile 2010.”

There are no less than 12 guides available for download in both .PDF and .XPS formats, focusing on such Office 2010 components as Access, Excel, InfoPath, Office Mobile, Office Web Apps, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint, Word and also the entire suite. MSDN and TechNet subscribers can already download the RTM development milestone of Office 2010, and turn to the guides in order to get additional information on the product. More »

Microsoft is gearing up for an important stage in the testing of its first major update to the latest iteration of the Windows client. The Redmond company traditionally releases the first Service Pack for a new Windows OS approximately one year after the platform was finalized, and is currently cooking SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. A third-party report indicates that the software giant has started preparing Windows 7 copies for the delivery of the first external testing development milestone of Windows 7 SP1.

According to WithinWindows, Microsoft is following the same strategy for Windows 7 as for previous Beta service pack rollouts outside of Redmond. In this regard, the company began enabling a check within Windows 7 operating systems, which would qualify the respective versions as candidates for testing the SP1 Beta. The process involves refreshes served through Windows Update in order to add a registry key as well as an associated value which will permit members in the Windows 7 SP1 Beta testing pool to download the new bits.

Here is the Key added to Windows 7 RTM machines: More »

In 2009 Microsoft kicked PowerShell up a notch to the next level, a move which coincided with the release of the latest iteration of the Windows client, Windows 7. In this context, July 22nd marked the release to manufacturing of PowerShell 2.0, while October 22nd was synonymous with the general availability, as the new Windows command-line shell ships included by default into Windows Vista’s successor. Now developers can also access the Windows PowerShell 2.0 software development kit (SDK) which is designed to bring to the table not only sample code, but also reference assemblies that enable the creation of applications with Windows PowerShell at the core.

“This SDK contains reference assemblies and samples that demonstrates how to use the Windows PowerShell 2.0 APIs to build a rich set of applications. In this package, you will find sample code which shows how to use the new PowerShell class, how to write cmdlets that supports eventing, transactions and jobs. In addition, there are examples of host applications that connect to remote computers using individual runspaces and runspace pools. This SDK also includes modified Windows PowerShell 1.0 samples using the modified and improved Windows PowerShell 2.0 APIs,” Microsoft revealed. More »