Office Pioneer

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

August, 2006

  • Bug bear fixed (aka the beta rollercoster)

    Another from Chris... One of the things that we're very good at doing at Microsoft is testing our own products - we call it "eating our own dog food" and it leads to a fairly rollercoaster like experience. Darren Strange has a great post about...
  • Build your own galleries

    Another one from Chris R.... One of the core ideas behind the new user interface is that people like to see what they're gong to get before they actually get it. This makes perfect sense to me - it's much easier to look at a picture and see it' what...
  • Share your calendar with your wife (but only if you want to)

    As you can probably tell from the title, this is not my blog posting :-) bringing the Office Pioneer blog to you today from Chris Rothwell : Hello - I'm your supply-blogger while Gill takes a well earned holiday, I'll be posting a few things that that...
  • Charlene McKellar signing off...

    ... from my email. Now, a process that has become much easier, thanks to the improved "signature" feature in Outlook. I can't really remember how you switched between Outlook signatures manually in previous versions, but I do remember that it was too...
  • What does RSS (Really Simple Syndication) mean in Outlook 2007?

    RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ and it enables users to have easy access to track and monitor information feeds such as news reports, web logs, forecasts and a whole variety of different services. RSS delivers this information is an XML (Extensible...
  • Where has options gone?

    Earlier this week I ran into a colleague who has been using Beta 2 for quite some time now. "I'm really loving the product," she said. "But there's one thing I can't suss out that's really embarrassing - where has 'options' gone?" This type of conversation...
  • "How cute are the dogs?"

    .... or "Have a look at all the hard work I've done this year"... Just two of the ways that you can use the Photo Album functionality in PowerPoint 2007. Gill and I discovered this nifty little addition to PowerPoint when we were having a look through...
  • PowerPoint drops the ball

    I've been really impressed with PowerPoint 2007 and have blogged here at length about just how much time I've been saving - and how much more professional it makes me look! So when I received an email over the weekend pointing out some serious problems...
  • What's the opposite of "It's a poor workman who blames his tools"?

    Regardless of all the fabulous innovation that you can find in PowerPoint 2007 - easier slide transition and animation , Smart Art Graphics , the more intuitive user interface, the much improved presenter view and the great, professional looking new backgrounds...
  • Screen Clipping From OneNote

    I’m aware that we have mentioned screen clippings once very briefly already in this blog but I just wanted to highlight again how easy it is when you have Office OneNote to save any image from anywhere on your monitor into your notes. All you have...
  • Drag Queen Heaven

    I blogged back in June about how the new To-Do Bar in Outlook had transformed my working life and I'm pleased to say that my good habits are still (well, mostly) in place. One feature that helps a great deal with this is the ability to drag and drop...