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  • Blog Post: Sydney Business Technology User Group – This Wednesday night

    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 to be ready to take advantage of the technologies...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Decision Support System?

    I did some wiki-reading on advances in decision support systems (Cognitive Science is a personal interest of mine. It is like psychology or artificial intelligence with the hardware abstracted). It struck me that these systems are in use by another name… Consider this excerpt: A properly-designed DSS...
  • Blog Post: Things floating around my head this week…

    Should this be three posts? Probably – but here are some things that have caught my eye lately… Go Green with Visio Visio is one of the great workhorses of the Office System. Visio is to the IT crowd what PowerPoint is to the business crowd – a great way to represent and communicate information. (cue...
  • Blog Post: Confluence 2.9 - now with extra Office Support

    Those cool (well, for java guys) dudes at Atlassian have beefed up their Office support in Confluence, their enterprise wiki system. From their press release: Confluence users can now edit wiki pages directly from Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint, via an exclusive new plugin called Office Connector...
  • Blog Post: Why Outlook 2007 rocks for RSS

    Rules! I like to have any case studies or blog posts that interest me on hand to fwd to other people. However, Some RSS feeds (and some bloggers) post way too frequently for me to follow everything. The problem can be solved by rules!
  • Blog Post: 3 Office System Whitepapers you need to know

    For all you collabronauts out there, whether you are architecting, developing, maintaining or consuming information - it these three whitepapers should be a required text and on hand for any snappy business cases you need to put together. Collaborative content creation with the 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: What is an Office Business Application?

    Is it a macro? A sharepoint customisation? A mashup? What is important, in my mind, is that the user is shielded from the complexity (or lack of it) in the process and the application can just stay out of their way so they can do their job and keep using the tools they are familiar with, whether that...
  • Blog Post: He Should be using a Tablet PC...

      EXTRALIFE - Web comic
  • Blog Post: braindump...

    I haven't blogged for a while, so I will just stream out what is front of mind lately... Seattle is smaller than I imagined. It reminded me of Adelaide, but with less good wine. Its bizarre to think that Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon.com and Microsoft are all headquartered in a little city. IE8 to support...
  • Blog Post: The Web 2.0 Office Suite?

    Interesting article on microsoft watch regarding usage of web based office suites. Microsoft Watch - Web Services & Browser - R.I.P.: The Web 2.0 Office Suite While, who knows what would happen if that sizable chunk of uninformed people heard of the survey - my guess would be that the 0.2% might...
  • Blog Post: Email abuse

    An actual conversation overheard on the local Exchange Server (only the names have been changed to protect the innocent):   From: Smart-a$$ Australian  Sent: Thursday, 17 January 2008 12:58 PM To: PIFEM Practitioners Subject: RE: STOP REPLY ALL Hahaha, I am so blogging this! From: Jim Sent...
  • Blog Post: Better Email Management with Outlook 2007

    Losing to Information Overload? Thinking about declaring email bankruptcy? Ian Palangio, Business Productivity Specialist @ Microsoft Australia, has prepared a OneNote 2007 notebook about email management - Pay it Forward Email Management This book outlines a suggested way to help you manage your email...
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