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Words of Wisdom as a Service (WoWaaS) from Alistair Speirs, Technology Specialist for Online Services @ Microsoft Australia.
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    Office 2007 Service Pack 2 is in the wild

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    There are plenty of good posts on this: Gray Knowlton’s post goes into a lot of interesting detail about some of the under the covers changes and the Office Sustained Engineering team blog is a font of knowledge. What is most interesting to me in SP2...
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    Sydney Business Technology User Group – This Wednesday night

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    Come and see me talk about some of the new developments in the world of Office! This session will be a pretty high level walkthrough of some of the Office Labs research, the direction the Office team is going and what users and organisations can do now...
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    Working in a Blended World

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    I came across a really interesting whitepaper today, talking about the rapid changes taking place in the workforce. Read it for yourself here: http://www.microsoft.com/business/peopleready/en-us/default.aspx?ng=insights&ct=articles&id=1 Some of...
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    Windows washer

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    Interesting article from AP on the design process behind Windows 7, and how many of the ideas were pollinated from the Office 2007 development process. Much like the ribbon, development of the Windows 7 interface was informed through data gathered by...
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    Save as… mp3?

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    DAISY, the Digital Accessible Information SYstem, is the world's most widely used assistive technology for reading. The DAISY Standard (officially ANSI/NISO z39.86 Specifications for the Digital Talking Book) has improved the reading experience for people...
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    Bending the Ribbon to your will…

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    There are some great resources to help smooth over the transition to Office 2007 and a very popular tool is the Get Started add-ins for Office: Word: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F587370C-FDAE-4EDE-B528-AC58031A5DFF&displaylang...
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    The Myth of Simplicity

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    It is tempting to suggest that, on average we use perhaps 10% of the functionality in Office. If we use so little, can we get by on a simpler application set for our needs? To answer this question, we rely on the Customer Experience Improvement Program...
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