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  • Blog Post: Office 365 ProPlus - Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

    Office 365 ProPlus is a hot topic that I often discuss with my large enterprise customers. This post will summarize responses to some of the frequently asked questions that I receive. Here are the questions that I will be answering: Why should my company use/purchase Office 365 ProPlus? How...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Value, Integration, Deployment and Training Slides

    Thanks again to all of the customers that joined us at our Office 2007 events in New York & New England during the past 2 weeks to hear more about: The business & technical value of Office 2007 How the Office Client integrates with the Office system server products: SharePoint, Exchange...
  • Blog Post: April 24 - Office 2007 Deployment Hands On Lab in Waltham, MA Office

    On Friday, April 24, 2009 from 8:30am – 4:00pm, I will be leading another 1 day technical hands-on lab related to Office 2007 deployment. The event will be held at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451 Space is limited and attendance is restricted to Northeast enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Resources from BrainStorm

    A partner of ours, BrainStorm , has worked with the Microsoft team in Redmond to summarize some of our best practices and links to resources to help with deploying and training on Office 2007. You need to complete a free registration at BrainStorm's site in order to access the material, but it is worth...
  • Blog Post: Want to get Office Enterprise 2007 for $9.95?

    We recently rolled out changes to the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) that may enable you to download Office Enterprise 2007 for your home personal use for just $9.95! Details can be found on the Home Use site . Not familiar with the Home Use Program? Home Use is just one of the many Software Assurance...
  • Blog Post: Seeking your feedback on SharePoint and Office

    While SharePoint and Office 2010 were recently released in April, Microsoft is already hard at work on planning for future versions and updates of these products. I am fortunate to have a number of meetings setup with members of the product development team over the next few weeks to offer feedback and...
  • Blog Post: Free Office, SharePoint and Windows training resources for your Intranet

    We have recently released the Productivity Hub as a free download . A number of my customers have been beta testing this Hub over the past few months and it has received great feedback and helped to accelerate the deployment, adoption and training for Office and SharePoint 2007. The Hub is a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New Horizons Presents: Office 2007 and Vista Tips and Tricks

    New Horizons is delivering a series of FREE Office 2007 and Vista Tips & Tricks seminars designed to help you find the latest and most helpful pointers for the Microsoft Office and Vista programs that you use every day. Whether you are new to the 2007 Microsoft Office System and/or Vista, or you...
  • Blog Post: Office Shop Has Launched …

    THE OFFICE SHOP has LAUNCHED! This is a one stop shop for all of your “Office” needs. Posters, Pens, Hats, T-shirts, Tips & Tricks Documents, just to name a few. The site has both orderable and FREE downloadable materials to help our customers and partners with generating internal excitement around...
  • Blog Post: Slides from My Beyond TechEd Presentations

    Yesterday we wrapped up the 3rd day of our local Beyond TechEd events. Thanks again to all of our customers and partners that joined us in Hartford, CT, Rochester, NY and Waltham, MA. The feedback that we have received was that this event was a great success. During these events I presented on the...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at Beyond TechEd Events ...

    I will be presenting on the topic of "Using Microsoft Office & SharePoint to Enable Business and End User Productivity" at our upcoming Beyond TechEd events. These events will be presented as follows: Thursday, Sept 25th - Hartford, CT - Register for this event: 1032385186 Tuesday, Sept...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Office 2010 Developer Training Courses on Channel 9

    Yesterday, Channel 9 launched two new training courses for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 created by developers for developers. Channel 9 has always been about giving direct access to the engineers and future technologies from Microsoft, and now we’re extending this successful formula to bring you training...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 … The Next Generation of Microsoft Online Services

    Today we announced Office 365 , which we believe will define the future of productivity.  Office 365 is a new cloud service from Microsoft that brings enterprise-grade productivity to everyone – helping professionals and smaller organizations get access to enterprise-grade productivity solutions...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 User Group in Boston Area?

    Many customers and partners have been asking about starting an Office 365 user group and/or having some sort of Office 365 Saturday events (similar to SharePoint Saturday) here in the Northeast. We would cover various Office 365 related topics and include Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer, Lync, and Office...
  • Blog Post: Show me the proof!

    When I meet with customers to discuss how they can use the Microsoft Office 2007 System to have a real impact on their business, I am frequently asked for proof and examples of other customers that are doing this in the real world. Having spent 14 years as a Microsoft enterprise customer myself (working...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath – Going Green, Saving Money and Accelerating Development

    Prior to joining Microsoft last year, I worked for more than 14 years as a Microsoft customer primarily in IT architect, development and technical management roles for large companies. Most of my recent work was related to building custom applications and forms on top of ASP.NET One area that I did...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 Performance Updates Released

    Performance updates for Outlook 2007 were recently released. You can read more about these updates and download them here . Please note that these updates, as well as a number of other items, will also be included in Office 2007 SP2. More information on SP2 can be found here .
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: Register for the Technical Preview Program and Get More Info …

    Earlier this week Microsoft made some important Office 2010 announcements during our annual TechEd conference . One of the announcements was that Microsoft will have an invitation only Technical Preview Program for Office 2010 . This program is scheduled to launch in July 2009 and will offer selected...
  • Blog Post: New Office Blogger ...

    Welcome to Brent Whichel who also recently transitioned into an Office Technical Specialist role here at Microsoft. Brent has launched his blog of useful Office resources which includes a link to my blog. :-) I thought that I would return the favor as Brent has compiled a great list of other Office related...
  • Blog Post: PDC Announcements - Office Web Apps, Azure, Windows 7 and More ...

    Wow - what a week! Earlier this week we made a number of significant announcements at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC). These announcements included Office Web applications, which are light-weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that are designed to be accessed through...
  • Blog Post: OBA Developer Events in NH & CT

    Jim O’Neil will be presenting at events this week during which he’ll be doing some presentations on Office Business Applications (OBAs) geared towards IT developers. Here’s a link to his blog with the details and information on how to register: http://blogs.msdn.com/jimoneil/archive/2008/09/26...
  • Blog Post: Office Customization Tool Best Practices

    For those of you deploying Office 2007 using the Office Customization Tool (OCT), there is a great blog post available from the team that develops and tests the OCT. This is a great resource for learning more about the OCT and reviewing best practices and lessons learned.
  • Blog Post: Office, SharePoint and Exchange 2007 – Better Together

    One of the topics that I frequently present on at conferences is the Office system and why it is “better” to use the Office 2007 client with the 2007 versions of the SharePoint and Exchange server products. The presentation that I use for most of these sessions is a summary of many of the key items...
  • Blog Post: Slides from SharePoint for Internet Sites and Knowledge Management Events

    It’s been a busy past few weeks of customer and partner meetings – as well as speaking at a number of events. Lots of great buzz and excitement around the upcoming launch of SharePoint and Office 2010. As requested, the slides have been posted from the Knowledge Management and SharePoint for Internet...
  • Blog Post: Additional 2007 Microsoft Office System Tips and Tricks Live Meetings Scheduled February – June 2009

    Tips and Tricks for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Get the most out of Office 2007! You’re invited to attend a Live Meeting. Learn about timesaving features to help you in your day-to-day work. Suitable for beginner or intermediate users. Everyone will learn something! The Ribbon The Microsoft...