Lawrence Liu's Report from the Inside

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October, 2005

  • Jakob Nielson likes the "WYGIWYS" UI of Office "12"

    To me, Jakob is the leading guru of software usability, and I’ve been following his writings for many, many years now. So, it warms my heart that he’s quite positive about the new UI in Office “12.” Here are some choice excerpts from his recent post:...
  • PDC2005 recorded sessions are now available for FREE!

    Well, at least for the next 6 months or so. Still, this is an unprecedented offer! More info on Mike Swanson’s blog . Click here to see the SharePoint related sessions that I recommended about a month ago.
  • Web 2.0 this and that -- blah, blah, blah...

    I’ve been mildly amused by all the recent rantings about “Web 2.0” in the blogosphere. Many people, whose opinions I respect, don’t like the term (and Richard MacManus has a good summary) while a few, like Alex Barnett , still do. My own take on what...
  • Don't wait for Office "12" -- deploy SharePoint now!

    I had another EBC session today during which I presented and discussed the investment areas in the Office “12” versions of SharePoint products and technologies. The customer was extremely excited about the new features and improvements but was disappointed...
  • My first “all-hands” meeting

    Yesterday’s all-hands meeting of the IWPMG (that’s Information Worker Product Management Group) was my first, and I was particularly impressed by Chris Capossela , who heads our organization. Chris reviewed our FY06 business objectives and Q1 scorecard...
  • My first EBC presentation

    My buddy, Munish Agarwal, asked me to sit in on an EBC (that’s Executive Briefing Center ) session this past Tuesday, October 4th, for which the topic was “Office System Futures.” I’ve organized and attended numerous EBC customer briefings over the years...
  • Microsoft execs are people, too

    True story. This morning in the restroom, as I walked over to the paper towel dispenser after washing my hands, I noticed a few (most likely used) pieces of paper towel on the floor. Then, before I got there, someone reached down, picked them up, and...
  • Crash: no, not my machine; actually, it's an excellent movie

    I couldn’t sleep (as usual), so I decided to stay up and catch up on some blog reading and maybe watch a movie. I happened to have Crash from Blockbluster , so I thought I would check it out in “Fast Watch” mode – you know, with my thumb on the Fast Forward...
  • A very busy week!

    Wow! What a busy week I’ve had! And a week of many firsts for me. I organized my first cross-group meeting in my new role to go over my work plan for the Office “12” Servers and WSS “v3” Overview slidedeck that hundreds of Microsoft Technology Specialist...