Office Pioneer is our story of living and working with the 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2.
We've installed Beta 2 and we're using it all the time at work. We're experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly... there are plenty of "that's cool" moments, as well as a fair few "what's happened to..." frustrations (I'm embarrassed to say how long it took me to fully figure out the new Save As).
What is the Beta 2?Beta 2 is the test version of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The Beta program is a way to get lots of feedback around the products before they're completely finished.
How can I get Beta 2?Simple: just visit the Office Preview Site. You need to fill out a short form and then it's all yours!
Why doesn't it always work properly?Well, that's the thing about Beta software. On the one hand, you're getting the latest version available, completely free; but on the other hand, it is still being tested and there are glitches to be ironed out.
If you're using the Beta, then make sure you download "Send a Smile". This nifty program lets you send your feedback direct to the product team in Redmond so you can tell them exactly what you think!
I've got a problem...As explained above, this is part and parcel of the Beta "experience" - but you're not entirely on your own. There's the new version of Office Online (which you get to by pressing F1) and there's a link on the Preview site to the newsgroups where you can ask questions (NB: this is a US site).
Who are we?Gill Le Fevre and Charlene McKellar: we work in the business marketing division of Microsoft UK and a lot of our work involves talking about Microsoft products (and Office in particular) to people who use it in their day-to-day jobs (otherwise known as "Information Workers").
We really hate jargon :-)