Mark Bower

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  • Blog Post: Better Intranet Navigation: Statistically Improbable Phrases

    On Amazon.com today, I noticed a feature that David Weinberger mentions in his book, but I don't think is yet available on Amazon's UK site. Books for which they have electronic access to the text have been scanned and effectively auto-tagged. These tags then become navigational aids to allow you to...
  • Blog Post: Knowledge Network for SharePoint 2007

    Announced yesterday at the CEO Summit, Knowledge Network is a free download for Office SharePoint Server 2007. This starts to answer a question I have had from customers many times over the past few years who want to better way to find experts within their organisation. One that springs to mind immediately...
  • Blog Post: Farewell Office 12, it was nice knowing you

    Hello Office 2007! Branding, packaging and US pricing for the next release of Office were all announced this morning. All the information you could ever want is right here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/feb06/02-15OfficeMoreOptionsPR.mspx
  • Blog Post: OfficeLive

    This is one to keep an eye on. www.officelive.com Aimed at the small business market this is the Information Worker group's first foray into online services and will be based sqaurely around SharePoint v3. Keep an eye on the OfficeLive site to see how the offerings evolve.
  • Blog Post: Office 12 XML File Formats begin standardization process

    BetaNews reports: International technology standards organization Ecma International voted Thursday to approve the creation of a technical committee to begin looking into standardization of Microsoft Office's Open XML document format. The effort has been backed by Apple, Intel and Toshiba. The...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Mobile

    A week or so back Chris Pratley let the cat out of the bag on OneNote Mobile. This is a version of OneNote that runs on a Windows Mobile phone and will ship with OneNote 12 next year. What does it do? OneNote Mobile enables you to: Capture and review multimedia notes on your phone, which...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 Beta 1 is out

    Overnight Office 12 Beta participants recieved notification that Beta 1 is available for download. I got my copy installed a few days ago and so far I am impressed with the quality compared to the last public DF4 build. This is much more stable and performance is way better. As an indication of the confidence...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 XML features available in all editions

    Woohoo! This is great news. Many times I have spoken to ISVs and SIs wanting to build Office 2003 XML integration solutions for the small business market or the education market who were disappointed that the arbitrary XML, Smart Document and VSTO technologies are only available in Office 2003 Professional...
  • Blog Post: Learning the Office 12 UI

    I have seen a few posts over on channel9 and a other lists discussing the difficulty of learning a new UI paradigm. I have had Office 12 installed for about 2 weeks now so I thought I would post my experience of starting to use it. I don't work in Office product development. I am a consultant and...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 Preview website updated

    The Office 12 Preview website has now been updated with more information on yesterday's PDC announcements. Good news is that the site now also has an RSS feed: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/rss.xml
  • Blog Post: Jensen Harris is blogging

    Jensen is a PM on the Office 12 UX team. His blog will be focussed on the new UI for Office 12. Check it out. http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2005/09/12/464350.aspx
  • Blog Post: Office 12 Screenshots - Part II

    More Office 12 UI screenshots and info... This is Excel 12. Assuming you are familiar with the basics of the Ribbon from my last post , this screenshot is notable for a couple of reasons. First you can see an example of the new look charts. Secondly, take a look at the button labelled IGX Graphic...
  • Blog Post: PDC Keynote Webcast

    How have you been getting on with the PDC keynote webcast? I have been having real trouble getting a reliable connection. Pictures are lagging way behind the sound, that is when there is any sound. I guess there must be an awful lot of people trying to watch. I just managed to catch the very end of...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 Ribbon Screenshots

    Get ready for a surprise… Today saw the launch of the brand spanking new user interface for Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint: the Office 12 Ribbon. Before I go any further I have to say that this is very early pre-release stuff. In fact this is the first time the Office group have showcased...
  • Blog Post: Just how important is SharePoint to Microsoft?

    In this morning's keynote session Steven Sinofsky told how BillG has personally taken the role of Lead PM on the Windows SharePoint Services v3 User Experience team. If you are in any doubt about how strategically important this product is to Microsoft, that should give you some clue. And if you don...
  • Blog Post: Registered and ready to go...TechReady1

    Arrived in Seattle late last night after a marathon 21 hour journey. There are just too many people headed into Seattle this weekend - all the good flights are full. There were a couple of plus points to the journey. We got fabulous views of the glaciers of southern Greenland as we came across the...
  • Blog Post: Office 12: Sneak Peak at Developer Enhancements

    The PDC session abstracts have been published, and although they are written in a fairly oblique way (very deliberately I suspect) they still provide an early taster of the fun to come for developers with Office 12. Forms Server Creating Browser-Based InfoPath Forms...hosting the server form control...
  • Blog Post: Host InfoPath in a Custom Application

    PDC Session abstracts published this week provide good news for many ISVs and partners I have spoken to over the past year or so. The abstract for a session on InfoPath 12 includes this snippet: " integrate InfoPath forms into your own application by hosting InfoPath as an ActiveX or WinForm control...
  • Blog Post: Office 12: First Look at 'Forms Server' Technology

    Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Chris Capossela demonstrated a Forms Server technology designed to make XML forms available through the web browser. Information Week reports that: In what he termed the first public viewing of Office 12, Chris Capossela, corporate vice president...
  • Blog Post: Write Outlook addins with VSTO

    If you were watching the TechEd keynote today you'd have seen BJ Holtgrewe and Steve Ballmer announce that Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005 will also add suport for creating Outlook add-ins! I don't normally like snipping from other folks blogs, but Paul Stubbs has summarised all the info so well...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 Preview website available

    The Office 12 Preview website has just gone live. Go see www.microsoft.com/office/preview . Currently it has details from the Office XML file format announcement of last week, plus the ability to register for future updates and access to the Beta version when it becomes available.
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Announcements at TechEd USA

    Today is day 1 for TechEd Orlando. I hear that their could be some new announcements for Office developers in keynote session this week. Stay tuned...I'll post information here as soon as it is available.
  • Blog Post: New XML File Formats for Office 12

    As a number of bloggers have already picked up, yesterday we made a significant announcement about Office 12. Word, Excel and PowerPoint will get new default file formats based on XML. The extensions will change from .DOC, .XLS, .PPT to .DOCX, .XLSX, .PPTX. The new file format is actually enclosed...
  • Blog Post: BillG sets the direction for Information Worker platform

    In his latest Executive email Thursday BillG set out Microsoft's vision for the Information Worker space. If you want a broad idea of the direction that the Microsoft Office product set is likely to take in the future then here it is. These were the key items Gates called out: Personal Productivity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires Groove Networks

    Microsoft on Thursday said it will acquire Groove Networks and make Groove's founder, Ray Ozzie , chief technology officer at the software giant. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Microsoft said it will incorporate Groove's collaboration software into its Office line of desktop productivity...
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