Office Pioneer

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

October, 2006

  • Save changes? What changes??

    Under Beta 2 (or at least B2TR), Outlook has apparently developed a severe case of saving paranoia. Almost everything I open - and contacts in particular - seems to think it's been changed. So when I go to close the item in question, I get prompted to...
  • Reaching the Pioneers

    Forgot to let you know, if you do have any Beta hints, tips or stories about how it is changing the way you do things, please drop an email to atworkuk@microsoft.com to reach Gill and me :-)
  • Can't see it for looking....

    Whilst reading Bad Language , I came across this really good reminder of something that I totally take for granted in Beta. Word Count in Word 2007 - now appears constantly at the bottom of your Word window This reminded me of an instance in the office...
  • More search triumphs

    This is not really related to the 2007 release. In fact, it's more of a nod to my Vista team mates. I'm sitting in a training course, trying to plan out my answer to an assignment that I have to complete. The assignment is related to my work and I know...
  • Undoing my work, one step at a time

    This is a B2TR bug-bear of mine (I can't remember whether or not it was a problem in plain B2). I'm typing away, powering through some work, and then I need to make a change. Say, I think of a word that better expresses what I'm trying to convey. So I...
  • Outlook Search At LAST!!!

    I think I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I am a compulsive "filer" in the filer versus piler debate. I don't tend to have a busy desktop or an inbox with 2000 messages, my desktop and inbox only really have emails and documents that I am...
  • The joys of a known issue

    Beta software inevitably has bugs. That's part of the "deal" and a part that I'm usually pretty happy with. More often than not there's a workaround or the bug isn't such a big deal and you can cope. But not since the very early days of Beta 1 (long...