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.

The wonder that is the Microsoft Office system

  • 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...
  • Blogging at last!

    Hello one and all. I thought that is was about time that I joined in with this blogging malarkey and started 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...
  • Rebuilding Microsoft?

    An interesting Friday read . I think rebuilding is a bit strong as I wasn't aware that we had collapsed. Perhaps remodelling would have been a better term to use?
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bill Gates to become the worlds richest part-time worker

    Today Bill Gates announced that he will shift his focus to working full-time for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and part-time for Microsoft from July 2008. Chairman and Senior Technology Advisor of Microsoft as a part-time gig. Better than a...
  • 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...
  • And the Oscar for Best Short Film on a Technology Subject goes to...

    There’s nothing like a bit of self promotion so here goes... As you may or may not know, the UK PTS team have been trying a few new approaches to spreading the Microsoft word to as many of our partners and customers as possible. One of the vehicles...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Want to ramp up for 2007?

    I’ve been getting quite a few questions recently asking about various aspects of the 2007 release of SharePoint Technologies and as a result decided that it would be a good idea to compile a list of resources, a bit of a one stop shop, as a starting point...