Microsoft is gearing up to release patches for a record number of security vulnerabilities affecting a range of its products, including the latest iteration of Windows and Office.

The Redmond company will plug almost 50 security holes in Windows and Internet Explorer, as well as in the Office productivity suite and the .NET Framework.

The security bulletins will be released next week, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 as a part of the software giant’s patch cycle.

“This month as part of our predictable security update process we are releasing 16 comprehensive bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities,” revealed Carlene Chmaj, Microsoft Security Response Senior Communications Manager. More »

Now that Microsoft has made Office 2010 RTM available to the public, it falls on customers to make sure that their products are kept up to date.

But the Redmond company is making it extremely simple for end users and businesses that embraced the latest iteration of the Office productivity suite to find the Service Packs and CU updates for Office products.

Hosted on TechNet, the Update Center for Office makes it simple for customers to find the latest Service Pack, latest Public Update, latest Cumulative Update and general guidance for Office 2010.

At the same time, the online resources (Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products) hosted on TechNet are not limited to Office 2010, but in fact cover all Office releases, as long as they are still supported by Microsoft. More »

Microsoft has released a new version of the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) to go along with the latest major iteration of Office, which hit store shelves earlier this year. Microsoft Office Migration Planning Manager 2010 is now up for grabs via the Microsoft Download Center, a resource designed to streamline the transition to Office 2010. According to the Redmond company, the Office Migration Planning Manager 2010 will help IT professionals plan and test for the migration to the successor of Office 2008. The collection of tools is offered by Microsoft free of charge.

“OMPM helps IT Pros discover and assess the compatibility of existing Office documents for conversion from the binary document formats (Office 97-2003: .doc, .xls, etc.) to OpenXML formats (Office 2007 and beyond: .docx, .xlsx, etc.). Additionally, OMPM 2010 adds features that assess macro compatibility with Office 2010 and 64-bit Office compatibility. The toolkit also contains the Office File Converter (OFC), which enables bulk document conversions from binary to OpenXML formats,” revealed Jill Maguire, from the Office team. More »

Over the past weeks, Microsoft has released a number of resources designed to get customers running older versions of its productivity suite such as Office 2003, become easily familiarized with the evolution of the graphical user interface in office 2010. Softpedia readers have already been able to read about and download the Word 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide and the Excel 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide. However, there are additional downloads from Microsoft focused on unraveling the mysteries of the Office 2010 Ribbon/Fluent UI for additional components of the productivity suite.

In addition to Word 2010 and Excel 2010, the following Office 2010 components also have Ribbon UI interactive guides available for download: PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, OneNote 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and InfoPath 2010. There’s quite a gap between the old interface in Office 2003 for example, and the new overhauled UI in Office 2010. The redesign is bound to leave some users perplex, especially customers that know the old Office by heart are guaranteed to at least raise an eyebrow when faced with the new UI. More »

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 »