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

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  • Blog Post: 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, it had all my important emails that still required...
  • Blog Post: 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 and wondered why it was only available some of...
  • Blog Post: 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 does seem that sometimes we have meetings about the...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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 Mark-up Language) format. XML in its basic...
  • Blog Post: 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 save. Now I like the save prompt, and it's certainly...
  • Blog Post: 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. I used to live and die by my inbox. If you wanted...
  • Blog Post: 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, when you are working on 5-10 Marketing Communications...