A Real Windows 8 Office: Coming Eventually

Windows 8.1 codename “blue”.


Officially, the big news from Microsoft’s BUILD conference in San Francisco is the release of a preview version of Windows 8. But I’m at least as interested in another nugget from the show: Microsoft is (briefly) showing off a version of PowerPoint which uses the new Windows 8 interface and saying it plans to have new-style Word, Excel and PowerPoint versions ready some time in 2014.

As ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley reports:

Delivering the Gemini Office applications months after Windows 8.1 is released seems to me more like something the old Microsoft rather than the new, more nimble Microsoft, would do. If Microsoft officials are not simply underpromising and actually planning to “overdeliver” by getting these apps into the Windows Store in 2013, the Office team won’t have these new apps ready in time for holiday 2013 — which may or may not matter in the grand, selling scheme.

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How to Be Nice to Tourists: A New Manual for Snooty Parisians



Updated June 24, 12:24 p.m. EST

Are the French finally feeling the pinch of their struggling economy and embracing the concept that “it pays to be nice”? Tourism offices in Paris–a city notorious for being unwelcoming to foreigners–are hoping to avoid losing visitors to friendlier destinations by distributing a handbook on being more courteous, reports Reuters

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Titled, “Do you speak Touriste?”, the small pamphlet provides specialized advice for retailers, hotels, restaurants, and taxi drivers on how to be more welcoming to Paris’ visitors–half of whom are coming from outside of France. Friendly responses to common scenarios are demonstrated in eight languages, including Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

The guide also offers suggestions to help locals better understand how visitors from various countries prefer to be addressed. “The British like to be called by their first names,” the guide explains, while Italians should be shaken by…

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The best slides from the closing arguments in the Apple ebooks case


Apple(s aapl) and the Justice Department made closing arguments in the ebook pricing case Thursday. Apple argued that a ruling against it would lead to a “chilling” effect on commerce and content markets in the U.S., while the DOJ said this is a straightforward antitrust suit and compared Apple and publishers to Saudi Arabian oil cartels.

While we wait for Judge Denise Cote’s verdict — which could take weeks or months — here’s a peek at some of the funniest and/or most interesting slides from the closing arguments.

Apple wins on graphics and iOS imagery

Apple made a calendar to show the dates and times of its calls with publishers. Apple argues that the breaks between the calls show that it wasn’t acting as a behind-the-scenes “ringmaster.”

calendar dates

Apple took apart some of the slides from the DOJ’s opening argument, in which the DOJ mentioned a “spiderweb” of calls between Apple…

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IE crashing on site

Tried to hit this site just now:




Internet Explorer crashed. That’s the technical explanation. But In laymen’s terms Internet Explorer hit a piece of code it didn’t like and threw an exception of some kind and Internet Explorer caught it and the Windows 8 error reporting or WER (Windows Error Reporting) took over and threw up the message:

Error message:

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has stopped working.

A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

Debug and Close program buttons appear at the bottom of the message box.

Thankfully when I clicked on Close program it refreshed the page and all is well.

Event Viewer

Checked the MMC snap-in Event Viewer that I’ve pinned to my taskbar.

Application Log
Windows Error Reporting information event ID 1001


The primary application, obviously is Internet Explorer. But I haven’t seen this nvwgf2um.dll file before.


Searched on this file using Bing and found these:



Not much. So I searched my hard drive by opening Windows Explorer (File Explorer), selected the Local Disk (C) drive, and in the box on the upper right typed pasted nvwgf2um.dll

Windows Explorer

Waited about a minute… Had to expand the file path column:


Finally finished:




File description: NVIDIA D3D10 Driver, Version 311.50