Office Pioneer

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

July, 2006

  • How to keep to your 200MB Mailbox size limit

    Anyone who knows me will know that my constant annoyance about Outlook is the 200MB limit set by IT on my mailbox. Now, I know that this is supposed to help us stay compliant to data storage laws and only keep the documents that we really need.... But...
  • What does Create Document Workspace mean in Office?

    If you are unfamiliar with a Microsoft product called SharePoint Services then it is unlikely that you will know about the functionality that is available with the ‘Create Document Workspace’ feature included in Office. The Create Document Workspace...
  • Embarrassing way to prove a point

    I was so pleased with my earlier post - and with how easy it made creating customised tables - that I was merrily boasting about it to my colleague and fellow blogger, Darren Strange. But then Darren pointed out that this feature isn't exactly new...
  • Draw tables the way you want them - just like on paper

    I have to admit, I can't take credit for this tip - I was reading an internal newsletter this morning when the the title, "Create custom tables with total flexibility in seconds", caught my eye. I read through the instructions (below) but it wasn't...
  • My first real bug bear

    I've just found my first real grumble with the 2007 release. I'm working after a day of presentations and I'm absolutely drained. My stomach is grumbling and I've got some friends waiting to go out for dinner - to say I'm impatient to be done with...
  • Office Pioneers go absent without leave

    Well, ok, we do have leave, but it probably feels like we've gone AWOL recently. It's frightening how quickly you can fall out of a habit - all it took was one week of holiday (Charlene) and an especially hectic week at work (Gill) and we'd lost our discipline...
  • Now all I have to worry about is my shoe getting glued to the floor!!

    Last year, on my graduate training programme, I went on a Presentation Skills training course, and what is the one piece of information that I remember from those 5 days.... breathe lots, it will take away the bright red face and the strange high pitched...
  • Blog Direct from Word 2007

    Word 2007 now provides the opportunity to publish a blog directly from a document. Writing to a blog can be unreliable if you type directly into a blog post. Issues can often arise with work being lost if the browser times out or if the window is accidently...
  • Taken forgranted already

    It's incredible how quickly you can get used to a great new feature - and start to resent the limitations, rather than appreciating having it at all! Take contextual spelling . Today I was writing the sentence, "I need to be able to provide complementary...
  • Office 2007 hits the news-stands

    If you were wanting to take a look at the Beta 2, but hadn't got round to downloading it, you can now get it free with several PC magazines published this month. In addition to the beta software, many of the magazines are also including feature articles...