Office Pioneer

What it's really like to be working with the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2

June, 2006

  • OneNote Super Searcher!

    Not to hark on too much about my new found love affair with OneNote... But I am now making even better use of the "Print to OneNote" functionality that was available as a third party add on in 2003. Now, I have a send to OneNote icon on my Internet Explorer...
  • Be Refreshed by The Mini Bar

    The Mini Bar, formerly known as the ‘floatie’ (luckily that got changed) is a new solution to combat the irritating command loops involved in changing simple effects in text documents like font size, type face, font colour etc. In order to view...
  • Cell Blog H

    Splitting tables is a lot easier in the 2007 release than previously was the case. Instead of getting lost in a pile of menu options, now I just click on the Layout tab (one of the specific Table Tools tabs) and choose the "Split table" button. So I like...
  • Helping you get your Groove on...

    Following on from the "Big Groove Debate" as we are calling it, one of our colleagues, a Technology Specialist for Microsoft Office, has blogged about this too. His experience from speaking to customers and Microsoft partners is that you really can...
  • Get into the Groove

    Today, I am inspired to share some love (getting into the Groove-y mood ;-)) about the latest addition to the Microsoft Office system. As the baby of the system, Groove seems to be taking a while to find its place in the well established Office family...
  • Over-protected spreadsheets

    Something, somewhere has changed with protected spreadsheets. In between 2003 and 2007 they decided to get a whole lot tougher. I discovered that this week when I went to paste a bunch of answers into a protected spreadsheet - only to be told that...
  • Getting back time

    This isn't an Office 2007 post, but as I'm sitting at my desk on a Friday afternoon, with a to-do list a mile long, it feels very appropriate. Some great advice on dealing with email
  • Plucking needles from a haystack

    The "Find" function in Word just got a whole lot cleverer. Now, when you go to find a word, you can select the option "Reading highlight" which highlights every occurrence of the search term in your document. Just like this: Simplicity itself...
  • Seeing is believing

    Back to the small but beautifully packaged things in life, well in the Beta. I remember way back in July last year, when someone showed me some early beta code, the one thing I was really excited by was what is called Live Preview. This means that when...
  • Outlook (and Alfred) changed my life

    Currently I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. My inbox has only 5 items in it and while work is very busy, I feel on top of my tasks and I know what I have to do. This might not sound like much of an achievement but for me it's a transformation...
  • My life in a box…

    Topic of the day for me, my new personal organiser, the To Do bar in Outlook . Previous to the 2007 Beta, my Windows Mobile Smartphone seemed to run my life quite nicely for me. It knew where and when I had to be and who I was supposed to be meeting,...
  • Update on "Insert from scanner"

    Well, I've heard back from the PowerPoint team , and they have confirmed that "Insert from scanner" has been removed from PowerPoint 2007. Mark explains: "This was a difficult call, but I think for the best of the product overall. The feature...
  • The Original Office Pioneer transitions to a new role…

    Not strictly about the Beta… but, our ultimate Office Pioneer, Microsoft’s Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Bill Gates, has announced this evening that he will be transitioning within the next two years to a part time role in the company . This...
  • Help!!!

    Back to the theme of finding those lost little functions in the Beta. So, with all the new user interface, the ribbon, and fancy super functional buttons , including the snazzy “Office button”. Sometimes, my mind reverts to complex menu systems and...
  • Now you see it; now you don't...

    I was giving a demo of the 2007 release to some colleagues on Monday and I was asked about the "forward" feature in the calendar. One of the attendees, an exec PA who spends her life sorting out meeting requests, said she couldn't always find this feature...
  • Let's book a meeting to discuss the meeting!

    Apparently in 2005 the average working person spent 5.6 hours in meetings . And in 2006, it seems that this average has gone up to 16 hours per week !! This week, admittedly a fairly busy one, I have 22 hours of meetings to fill my working days. It...
  • Better results faster, unless you're a teacher

    I got an email from one of our newsletter subscribers, Mark, who had been checking out the Beta and was dismayed to find out that the "Insert from scanner" feature had been taken out of PowerPoint. I must admit, I was surprised, because the 2007 release...
  • Sending my Efficiency Rating through the Roof AND Saving the Rainforest ;-)

    As an infrequent user of OneNote 2003, I continue to be amazed at the difference OneNote 2007 is making to my day to day working. Sure the 2003 program was pretty cool with some really practical features and benefits that no other program can provide...
  • The little things in life

    I am a big fan of the mantra (and the book) "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", so a post about the importance of small things might appear somewhat contradictory. But some times the smallest things can make a huge difference to how quickly you can get something...
  • Enjoy it while it lasts….. No more Save PDF - Out of the Box

    Unfortunately one of the coolest features of Beta 2 has now been removed from the final product. The ability to Save as PDF or our own XPS format, the crowd pleaser at product demos, will no longer be included in the final release due to pressure from...
  • Hat wasn’t quiet what I waned too right

    Sorry… that wasn't quite what I wanted to write. One of the drawbacks with the spell-checker in Office 2003 was that it could only check words on an individual basis. So while the title of this post makes no sense whatsoever, each word is correctly...
  • Instant Gratification and Beta 2

    Yes, I have to confess I am the kind of person who can eat a bar of chocolate before dinner and I am quite happy to read the final page of a book before I start at the beginning. So, I am loving all the small and immediate benefits of Beta 2, the things...
  • Paint by Numbers: Back in Fashion and Here to Stay

    Never again will I have to break out in a cold sweat over the words “I’m just sending you over the spreadsheet to review the figures”. This previously meaningless (to me) list of numbers... … can be transformed into this fab chart which shows...
  • Office tongue-twister

    Smart-Art graphics. Try saying that four or five times in a hurry. :-) But, that's not so far from the truth. These graphics are fantastic and will certainly make you look smart when giving your next presentation. (Whether or not you are also a know...