The wonder that is the Microsoft Office system

A place to share my thoughts and findings on all things Microsoft Office and anything else that I've found interesting in the big bad world of technology.

August, 2006

  • No holds barred opinion of a Google Apps

    Here is an interesting response by one of our Partners to the recent announcement by Google offering Apps for your Domain. Obviously it would be foolish to think that the Google support situation won't change and the comparison is a little unbalanced...
  • Pick a browser, any browser, show it to the audience...

    Following on from my previous post on browsers and anti-competitiveness, here is one example of how we are trying to improve customer experience by helping our competitors ensure that their products will work with Vista. http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3...
  • Amusing 'Vista' on Brussels Bureaucrats

    Whilst browsing the news sites I came across this rather amusing view on the recent goings on concerning the EU's views on Microsoft. There are some quotes that definitely made me smile; those that deal with Windows XP version N (the one without a browser...
  • CIOs take note - Unified Messaging saves cash

    I stumbled across an interesting article on how VoIP saves companies money . One of the paragraphs on page 3 specifically calls out unified messaging- the ability to manage voices, email and fax messages from one location. It also goes on to talk about...
  • We're Still Listening but beware of false whispers

    Looks like the rumour mills have been in overdrive over the last few days. The most amusing that I have read is "Microsoft cuts Ribbon in Office 2007" which is incorrect for 2 reasons. First, the ribbon has NOT been cut from the UI and second it's the...
  • Vista RC1 Almost here!!!

    The news is out. Vista RC1 will be soon be available for beta testers ( See article here ). I've been going build mad recently installing various new builds on my machine and, as you may already know I have been playing around with Vista, ne 'Longhorn...
  • More Getting to Grips

    Following on from my last post here is another link to more stuff that can get you up to speed with 2007 Office system . The e-learnings are broken down into training for Home and Office users, Developers and IT Pros. I've not forgotten about going...
  • Forms on the Move

    I was asked recently if our plans for web based Forms capability using the new Office Forms Server 2007 would include the ability to have these forms in mobile devices. The answer is of course yes it does (see no. 10 in the top 10 benefits for using Forms...
  • Dates and Dosh confirmed

    Darren has blogged that we will soon see the 2007 Office release on our price lists which shows how confident we are about the release dates. I recently installed a new build of both Vista and Office and both are performing really well. Hats off to the...
  • Playtime!!!

    The SharePoint team blog is once again sending us in the direction of some online labs. Have a look at Rich Riley’s post . I had a bit of a play around in a couple of the labs yesterday and the performance/response of the hosted VMs is pretty good and...
  • When can you fit me in?

    I'd actually forgotten about this until Sparky D starting raving about it earlier today. In the land of the PTS we quite often get asked about our availability on a certain day/week/month/year/decade. Obviously this is mainly with external parties as...
  • Jet-lag: - a useful way to get ready for your working day!

    As some of you probably know it was TechReady 3 in Seattle last week and 5000+ Microsoft employees of a technical persuasion were in town for the biannual techno love-in. There was lots of cool stuff on show both in the keynotes and breakouts but as this...