Office Pioneer

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

Office Pioneer

  • First impressions in 10.2 seconds

    After much anticipation, Beta 2 has arrived and is now publicly available. Anyone can visit the Preview site (this is the UK link), download the programs and take the 2007 Microsoft Office system out for a spin. So, first impressions... If, as with...
  • 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...
  • Beta 2 Technical Refresh has landed

    OK, so we've been a bit quiet recently, but my excuse for the last week is that I updated my system and been running Beta 2 Technical Refresh, which I wasn't allowed to talk about until today. And as we've spent the last week in the office getting far...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • *That's* a button?

    An embarrassing confession. I'd spent the morning working on a Word document, and beyond being mildly irritated that the blank document opened up at 10% (why does it do this??), it was all going well. Feeling very pleased with myself, I went to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • "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...