Using Office 2010, have something you want to tell Office? Maybe you're having trouble finding something in the UI or have a specific suggestion on how we can improve a feature. Or, maybe there's something you love and you want to make sure we know about it so that we keep it in the product. The best tool to use to give us feedback on the Office 2010 (Technical Preview) is called Send-a-Smile.
Hello and welcome to Office 2010! My name is Amanda and I am a Program Manager in Office, on my team we build Feedback tools, including Send-a-Smile. My job is to ensure the Office user has the opportunity to provide feedback (likes and dislikes) about their Office 2010 experience and then route this information to the right people on the Office teams. The teams use this information to make decisions regarding feature designs and to help prioritize bug fixes.
Where can I get Send-a-Smile? Send-a-Smile automatically installs with Office 2010, you’ll see two icons added to the notifications area of the taskbar over by the clock: a Smile to click when you want to give us positive feedback and a Frown to click when there's something you don’t like. On Win7, you may need to go specifically add them to the list of icons you want to see in the taskbar.
Do we actually read the comments? Absolutely! In fact we’ve already taken fixes to the product, which future downloaders of the Office 2010 (Technical Preview) will benefit from. Let me walk you through the process from sending a comment to someone on the Office team reviewing the comment.
How does one submit a comment? As previously noted, the Send-a-Smile tool installs along with the Office 2010 (Technical Preview). After the installation is complete, you will see the Smile and Frown icons in the taskbar.
Clicking on the Smile or Frown will launch the Send-a-Smile tool.
There is a text box to type your comment, and optionally you can include a picture of your screen and your e-mail address (so that we can contact you if necessary.) The screenshot is a really interesting and useful part of the feedback... especially where the UI is concerned. But, of course, you can just send the text if you'd rather. After you click “Submit”, off your feedback goes to Microsoft...
Where does the Smile or Frown go after you click submit and see the envelope fly away? Who reads my Smile or Frown comment?
The comment goes into a database here at Microsoft. Based on the comment text, we automatically group “tag” the comments by team and by feature. This helps get your comment to the appropriate team as quickly as possible.
An internal website has been created specifically for these comments. The Office teams use the website to review all the comments “tagged” to their team and features. While reviewing the comments, the teams have the option to give the comment a status to help categorize and later follow up on specific comments.
This feedback mechanism has already had a big impact on the product. Bugs have been identified and fixed. And of course, the many positive comments we receive help us not to tinker with the things that it seems we've gotten right.
We cannot guarantee that we'll act on every comment (which would be impossible anyway since many of the comments directly contradict other comments), but we can promise that we read them, consider them, and use them to help make decisions about the product.
The long and short of it all this, when you have feedback please click on the Smile and Frown icons...we are listening and love to receive feedback on the Office 2010 (Technical Preview). This is the most direct way for anyone in the world to get their feedback heard by the right person, with none of the barriers usually associated with trying to give feedback to a big company (phone trees, "customer service representatives", etc.)
I'm with debshinder, I'm running Windows 7 Professional 32 bit Version 6.1.7600 with Office 2010 Professional MSO 14.0.4760.1000. There's no "send a smile" anywhere to be found. I found on the web ways of turning it off in the Beta version www.howtogeek.com/.../disable-office-2010-beta-send-a-smile-from-startup but nothing on how to turn it on. I have checked in msconfig and double checked control panel but I have all Office programs installed. Generally I found that most of my queries in help screens end up not finding a solution. I have sorted the vast majority of my questions about Office 2010 from web searches, I have all but given up on Office help content. in older versions of Office, there was a question "was this helpful?" with a way to provide feedback.
Give me back my old Publisher and Word Art from 2007. Publisher is now no more than another version of word and Word Art has been stripped to the bone and sucks.
i tried to use the Clean up conversation in Outlook - lost the whole folder. It DOES NOT go to the Deleted Items folder. It is nowhere to be found.
Office 2010 is the most rubbish piece of software ever created by Microsoft. Text boxes are next to impossible to work with, it lags a lot, it looks horrible and has a terrible layout. You are better off with Office 2007.
cannot sync contacts with itunes because of click to run 2010, between office 2010 and itunes.
please address this issue
801-619-1096 Love Office 2010 EXCEPT ONE MAJOR PROBLEM. I run HUGE Excel worksheets to sort through, clean up and extract data. Granted, my current PC only has 6 Gigabyte of RAM. With changes, the Undo stack fills quickly--like one step. My PC bogs down and the only way to clean the stack is to save, close and reopen. Most of the time, I do not want undo or only need one level. I am sure that some whizbanger softdude guy is still patting himself on the back for figuring out how to have unlimited undo stacks, but for me, it is a NIGHTMARE. Fix this. Please.