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  • Blog Post: 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 case. System requirements are posted here: http...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on Interoperability: “Significant, Strategic Change”

    Today is a very important day in the history of Microsoft; it's a moment with which I am very happy to be associated. If you didn't see the big news , you can read about it here . But if you just want to skip to the "What does this mean for Office and File Formats?" part, read on. To recap what was...
  • Blog Post: 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 an eye on ".next" is as important as any other...
  • Blog Post: “Interoperability” = Solutions?

    You don't have to look hard to see the impact that Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 (aka MOSS) are having. A very real impact that 2007 is having is with Office Business Applications ( http://www.microsoft.com/oba ). With OBA's, customers have the ability to connect Office to Line of Business applications...
  • Blog Post: File size reduction for Open XML

    I spend a lot of time working on the adoption of the Open XML Formats, For IT organizations, it can be a daunting task to migrate document formats in Office, and it the benefits are not always immediately obvious. Microsoft spent a fair bit of time on tools / guidance to make the introduction of Open...
  • Blog Post: 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, which is relevant to the Office client products...
  • Blog Post: 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 back-to-back, instead of being mixed up in the...
  • Blog Post: 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 now; I've seen how hard the work is. I am always...
  • Blog Post: Friday Afternoon Fun

    Yesterday was a big day, filled with lots of goodness on openness and interoperability . Today I thought I'd share some stuff that is a little different than my normal focus, but very interesting nonetheless. I realized last night (thanks to a not-so-gentle reminder from my wife) that I haven't gone...
  • Blog Post: 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 Bojsen discusses (refutes) the idea that Open...