Okay, admittedly there have been numerous problems with the intitial release of SR-3, but the good news is the folks at Lexis are working hard to get SR-3a out as quickly as possible. I don’t know anything for certain, but there’s hope we could see something by the end of next week. I’ll keep you posted as I find out more.
Microsoft’s upcoming iteration of Office, Office 14, looks like it will have some interesting features – most prominently, the ability to operate in a browser. Though this new option was likely pushed by Google’s product, Google Apps, it does pose some interesting options for attorneys. For example, one of the reasons many firms have moved to Word from WordPerfect is to make communication with clients and other firms easier. Now, with the ability to view Word documents in a browser, the Word vs. Word Perfect issue still in debate for many law firms would be even easier to make. Certainly, it doesn’t address some of the other reasons firms utilize WordPerfect, but it does put another chink in the WordPerfect armor. Possibly the more interesting issue, however, is how word processing in a browser will change the way attorneys communicate with clients and other attorneys. Rest assured I’ll be posting more thoughts about that as we find out more about Office 14’s capabilities.
Okay, whether you’re a fan of Vista or one of Vista’s many critics, a little news about Microsoft’s next operating system is interesting reading. The new operating system will be simply named “Windows 7″ and it appears Microsoft has listened to the complaints users have pounded them with about Vista.
In short, a quick look at Windows 7 shows some expected and some unexpected changes. Here’s a quick list of some of the features of the new operating system:
• The Windows sidebar is gone, but the gadgets can still be accessed
• The Windows security center is gone (thank God!!!) though some features have been incorporated into the maintenance section of the control panel
• A function that allows greater Bluetooth functionality
• A “Sticky Notes” feature that allows you to place a sticky note anywhere on the desktop.
• Greater performance analysis tools
• The use of ribbons which were introduced in Office 2007
It is also expected that Windows 7 will be faster to boot and be more compatible with software and peripherals at launch.
Ultimately, only time will tell, but if early indicators are any sign, it appears as though Microsoft is working to eliminate some of the issues associated with Vista.
Check out the full article from Cnet here complete with some screenshots.