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On the topic of Microsoft's OOXML file format, Angus has an interesting question:

How is OOXML a standard when even Microsoft's own Office suite does not yet fully support it?
-Angus

In the wake of the WSUS glitch that Microsoft eventually fixed, Doug asked readers whether they value a patch's stability more than its speed. Most of you went with the former:

Stability, of course. Does it matter if a hacker brings down your server or a Microsoft patch does it for them? If the data isn't available, it's useless.
-LouAnne

With patches, as with medical interventions, the primary guidance lies in the injunction: "First, do no harm."
-Fred

I will take stability over speed.
-Mark

The stability is more important. Their newest version of Explorer has now locked me and others from accessing a file we need to do our job. I am the administrator for the file but don't have access to the file.

They sent a fix to the problem a year ago, but it still hasn't fixed the problem. To access any file I need, I have go to Explorer to retrieve any of the my documents. If I try "save as" or change the drive in the program, all the files I have in that program freeze and I lose data. Which also means I can't repair my Access database as it means I have be able to select a drive.
-Ruth

Here are some of your responses to our recent question about what you'd like to see in the pages of Redmond magazine:

Since my world is centered around Dynamics GP, I would like to see more about the Dynamics product line and Great Plains in particular and the blending of that world with the Microsoft stack.
-Ronald

I find the most useful types of articles are overviews of new Microsoft products, where an article of two to 10 pages describes a new product, explains what hardware and software is required, walks you through a basic installation, and mentions common configuration mistakes.

The second most useful article to me are those describing methods of automating common network management tasks, whether this be through scripting or a Microsoft or third-party management product. Finally, I would really like to see a series of articles on how to secure various Microsoft products -- how to secure an IIS installation, how to secure a SQL installation, etc. I realise space is limited, so I'm just talking about a two-page article with bullet points and an overview, rather than an in-depth "War and Peace"-type article."
-Mark

Finally, Brad minces some of our words:

In your newsletter you state: "Say what you will about the folks in Redmond, I've never seen them all erratic and unpredictable. In fact, every time I've seen the company act erratic, it was part of a greater plan."

OK, you've never seen Microsoft be erratic and unpredictable, but every time it was part of a greater plan? If you've never seen them be erratic, there is no "every time"!
-Brad

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Posted by Doug Barney on July 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM