The wonder that is the Microsoft Office system

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  • Blog Post: I'm Back

    I've been having one of those times recently when you know you have to do something (e.g. blogging) but you put it off for a couple of days, then a couple more, then push it to the end of the week, then the next and before you know it a couple of months have passed. Not good. Rather than start writing...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Partners!!!!

    The Partner Readiness Team is pleased to announce the release of the BPIO University - Partner Sales Readiness Workshop . The first delivery for this course starts on the 22 nd January so please sign up as soon as possible. The Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University -...
  • Blog Post: Over Half a Million in 2 Days!

    WORD around the water cooler is that we had approximately 500 000 downloads of 2007 Office Beta 2 in the first 2 days of public availability and I’m guessing that the OUTLOOK is that we will have many more. This has apparently taken some people by surprise but it’s not really that surprising to me since...
  • Blog Post: Get ‘in the know’ with Office SharePoint 2007 and WSS 3.0

    For those of you out there that like to get stuck in and get your hands dirty (come on, own up, you know who you are ) there are a number of new online trainings available. Details of these trainings can be found in this blog post from the SharePoint Product Group .
  • Blog Post: 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 90 minute allocation allows more than enough time...
  • Blog Post: Westy on Collaboration, Xbox in a box and his ‘love’ of Notes

    Hello, I’m back from the Big Apple. So much for having a relaxing holiday, I spent the entire week running around various New York ‘must see’ sites and getting dragged into numerous shops. Anyway, the latest instalment of PTS-TV has made its way onto our screens; John Westworth talking about collaboration...
  • Blog Post: All the Beta 2s are here!

    Today at WinHEC , Bill Gates announced the immediate availability of the 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2 and Windows Vista Beta 2 and Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 2. Time update my email signature....
  • Blog Post: 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 2007 Microsoft Office system and not Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to boot Acrobat out of Office

    Well there goes one part of my 2007 Office demo! Acrobat is booted out of Office . I used to get cheers when I first started to show the ‘Save as PDF or XPS’. This is really a shame that we have had to cut this capability from Office as I believe that this was quite high up on the customer’s request...
  • Blog Post: Business Evolution - We're coming to show you!

    I did think about putting this post as Oooohhh Pretty Mk2!!!!!!!!!! The registration page for the Exchange Server 2007, Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 system road show. Our new registration page is now live . Events are filling up fast so register as soon as possible. More dates are to be announced...
  • Blog Post: 20 of the Fantastic 40

    They're here!!! (Well some of them are anyway.) A number of partners have been asking me recently about when the new SharePoint 3.0 templates will be available. The ggod news is that 20 of the fantastic 40 are available for download now! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/wssapps...
  • Blog Post: 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 all my colleagues use the cool calendar overlapping...
  • Blog Post: 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 through the MOSS 2007/WSS v3 hands on labs and reporting...
  • Blog Post: First a slap...then some Protection

    Soooooo......long time no blog posting. Bad blogger. Slap on the wrist. Anyway I’d like to make a few excuses for lack of posting but there isn’t really anything that excuses my behaviour although I did have a very busy time for most of last week (and a bit of the previous week) preparing for and then...
  • Blog Post: Register 'Reads' for Office SharePoint Server 2007

    The Register has compiled a list of suggested reading on MOSS. I can't endorse any particular book but the Register has provided a brief overview of each title. http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2007/06/20/register_books_june/
  • Blog Post: Blogging directly from Word 2007

    After a slightly stalled and start with a lack of immediate entries after blog creation here we go.... Blogging directly from Word 2007! As you may or may not know Beta 2 of 2007 Office is (almost) upon us. One of the coolest knew things is the ability to post to a blog directly from Word 2007. ...
  • Blog Post: Office takes over MSN UK

    This was really cool when they did it a few weeks ago. Have a look at the UK MSN page tomorrow to see the effect of 'Live Preview' and other things 2007 Microsoft Office flavoured. News, Music, Movies, Money, Cars, Travel, Games and more from MSN UK
  • Blog Post: 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 Server 2007 ) . There is also a flash based demo...
  • Blog Post: Anyone for a Test Drive?

    For those of you who want to experience Microsoft Office 2007 but aren’t too sure about installing the Beta 2 then how about a free, browser-based test drive? The real-time test drive does not require product installation or download—it's the fastest way to try out 2007 Microsoft Office system programs...
  • Blog Post: New York, New York

    Well folks, I’m off for a bit of a break but I’ll be leaving the ‘Get Your Groove On’ workspace in the very capable hands of Jo Carpenter . Keep signing up and spreading the word about my little experiment. Already there are some great discussions going on between e.g. two Microsoft Partners of a Groove...
  • Blog Post: Have you got your Groove on? No? Well I want to help.

    When I started work at Microsoft I was lucky in that 8 other people started on the very same day which gave me a ready-made group of friends for the new boy from up-north. I think that it says something about Microsoft and the people that are employed here that they basically put 9 strangers in a room...
  • Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Action

    They came from TVP. A fearless group of Technology Specialists. They had trained in secret for months. They had the tools, they had the skills and now they had the technology. Their mission? To take Exchange Server 2007, Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system to the UK Partner community. E.V...
  • Blog Post: 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 product teams, the change in performance and stability...
  • Blog Post: Ooooohhh Pretty!!!!!!!

    If you haven't been reading any of the UK PTS blogs (which now of course includes the legend that is James Akrigg with his views on his Geek Gland amongst other things) then you will have missed the news about the new Exchange, Vista and Office microsite for Partners complete with 'AERO like' glass effect...
  • Blog Post: 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 our upcoming foray into this area with the release...