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Gray Matter

Gray Knowlton's blog on Microsoft Office

January, 2008

  • Does Office 2007 work on Windows XP? Yes, it does.

    Yes, Office 2007 is fully supported when used with Windows XP. This question is one I'd heard a few times in the past week; there is a lingering perception that Vista is required to use the 2007 versions of the products. Rest assured, this is not the...
  • Regarding Brian Jones’ blog on Binary Document Formats

    Brian is in a unique position of being a TC-45 member and Microsoft employee, and his post really illustrates how much work has to go into the Ecma efforts around ISO standardization. I've been in the trenches with Brian on file formats for quite a while...
  • Speaking of odd contradictions…

    Today is just one of those days where you see a lof of strangeness , I guess. Not trying to pick a fight here, but I can't help but point out the apparent contrast between this: http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/?p=1145 "That means that other...
  • NOOOXML says: “Down with XML”

    I was recently pointed to a presentation about Open XML that raised my curiosity. It found its way to me because it included my picture, but the content is what's on my mind. I take the Open XML discussion pretty seriously; I've had very interesting and...
  • “Notes” from the Open XML Battlefront: IBM vs. IBM, part 2

    Stephen McGibbon pointed me toward an interesting development for the IBM products announced at Lotusphere: "But IBM will support Open XML, which is the current document format in Office 2007, in its Lotus collaboration and portal products. IBM already...
  • More on the Open XML to DAISY Translator

    Some things are just good no matter how you look at them. Managing macro-size products can be strange sometimes, because you lose perspective on individuals. Product managers spend a lot of time (at least the good ones do) trying to connect with people...
  • What does 2008 look like?

    I don't have the type of job where I distill global economic indicators into sound bites and loose predictions, but I do spend cycles trying to understand what people are going to be thinking about in the future. For any software product manager, keeping...
  • Virtualization Progress

    http://www.microsoft.com/MAP http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization Microsoft has announced a Solution Accelerator for Virtualization in advance of the Windows Server 2008 launch. This solution accelerator includes material on Application Virtualization...
  • Gearing up for TechEd U.S. 2008

    If you hadn't thought about it yet, it may be time to plan for TechEd 2008 in Orlando . I believe that early registrations are open now. A big change for this year's event is the separation of developer content from IT-Pro focused content. These now occur...
  • Useful Open XML Information for January 30th

    Every day I run across a great deal of useful data for Open XML, so I thought I'd share some of that: David Overton recaps the KB articles that describe how to get Open XML documents indexed using various Microsoft server platforms: Jasper Hedegaard...