Office Pioneer

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

Office Pioneer

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A picture is worth a thousand words - especially in OneNote

    As I've probably said before, I'm a big fan of OneNote and rely on it to keep all my meeting notes, project ideas and random jottings in one place. As a result I've got a vast array of notes made up of all sorts of types of content: my handwriting, typed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • NOT missing in action... floating toolbars

    Working with Beta 2, all my attention tends to be focused on what's new and how it's changing - and usually improving - the way I work. What's harder to spot is the stuff that's gone away, particularly when it's been seamlessly replaced with a new...
  • 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...
  • 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 :-)
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • 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...
  • Say goodbye to Beta 2; say hello to the 2007 release

    I know, I know, as bloggers we've really fallen off the wagon. I could bore you with my excuses but I don't want to test your patience any further! This is however the last official post of the Office Pioneers. From today, the 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...