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

  • MSFT Partner Bot for your Messenger Contacts

    Here is a little project that I've been desperate to tell you all about! I am very pleased to announce that the PartnerBot is now live. Partner Bot is your Instant Messenger 'data digger', which quickly retrieves partner-related information and shows...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Forget the iPhone, this is the interesting announcement from Macworld Expo

    Ok, so maybe the title is a little unfair. The iPhone does look quite cool and sounds like (no pun intended) it has some cool features such as the 'Pinch' feature that you can use to zoom into a webpage. One concern is how thin the device appears to be...
  • Causing a Security Splash - but is it good to have Microsoft and the word 'bundling' in the same sentence?

    Our OneCare offering is getting some positive press coverage at present. It looks as though our venture into this market is welcomed by consumers given the chart position held in the US market. I have to admit that I'm looking forward to getting my parents...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The new way to work

    I've been sitting writing some of the content for our upcoming Exchange, Vista and Office road show (more dates tba) and it suddenly struck me how much these new products have already changed the way that I work. I know that a lot of people have seen...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Back Blogging after a break, now where do I start?

    OK, what with travelling about a bit and a splash of holiday time my blog has been seriously neglected and now there is so much to talk about I don't know where to start. It's a good thing that Live Writer doesn't have a self blogging capability like...
  • Has it really been that long?

    Well here we are in 2007 and I've just noticed how long it's been since I last posted. I'd just like to point out for the benefit of my manager that this was due to my complete dedication to ramping up for our Business Evolution Roadshow that we undertook...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • 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/