Microsoft Office 2019 now available for Windows and Mac

The desktop version of Microsoft Office 2019 is now available for Windows and Mac. This non-cloud based product has different options from the cloud subscription versions of Microsoft Office 365 and generally has fewer features than Office 365.

A list of frequently asked questions about Office 2019 may be found here.

Excel XLSX files and Word DOCX files are Zip files of XML data

Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint create files in Open XML formats by default.   The file extensions for OpenXML format include XLSX (Excel), DOCX (Word), and PPTX (PowerPoint).

Files with names that end with “.xlsx” ,”.docx” or “.pptx” can be renamed to “.zip”.  These ZIP files can be uncompressed to reveal multiple files and folders.

Information on how to read the contents of the Open XML format for Microsoft Office may be found at docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/open-xml/understanding-the-open-xml-file-formats.

Microsoft Office Online browser extension for Edge and Google Chrome browsers

The Microsoft Office Online browser extension for Edge and Google Chrome browsers allows you to open and create files for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway in your browser without needing Office installed.

This free extension is available from Microsoft Store and Chrome Web Store.

A list of Microsoft products no longer supported in 2018

Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
  • Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
  • Windows 10 Mobile – November 2015 release
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
  • Windows Web Server 2008

A full list can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018.

Microsoft releases updated set of free Technology e-Books

Microsoft has released an updated set of free Technology e-Books on various subjects.  The full list can be found here.

    Book topics include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Windows 10 and Windows Server
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Studio
  • Power BI
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Azure
  • PowerShell
  • SharePoint