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  • Blog Post: New York Times positive review of Office Live Small Business

    Finally, the floodgates have opened, the embargo has been lifted and I'm free to start blabbing about the latest release of Office Live Small Business. My apologies for the long silence. I'll be working on a few topics in coming days, so stay tuned. In the meantime, start out with this juicy review...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our new tech evangelist

    Hey folks, we've had a little bit of transition on the Office Live developer platform team. Our pals Rohit and Don both moved into new positions, but fortunately we have a new mega-star evangelist on Office Live now, Rob Barker. Check out his blog . He is currently working on a services track for...
  • Blog Post: Live ID goodies for Office Live developers

    Our friends over in the Windows Live ID team have been hard at work lately and have snuck a couple innovations out there without me even noticing it. I know there are some Office Live folks who watch my blog for important developments and this definitely ranks up there. So without further ado... (and...
  • Blog Post: Lack of blogging...

    Just wanted to drop a line out here to let people know what's up. We're busily working on enhancements for Office Live as you might have guessed, and with the summertime and a kitchen remodel keeping me busy or outdoors, I haven't had much chance to post anything. As you might also guess, we can't really...
  • Blog Post: Flash charts for Office Live business applications

    Charting is one area that we've wanted to see improve in Office Live. Fortunately, since enough of our platform is opened up, developers can take it upon themselves to do some charting work if they need it for their customers. Darren Johnstone has a blog that covers the work he is doing with Office...
  • Blog Post: TalentSpring.com debuts, panacea for those hiring woes?

    I caught up with a former coworker of mine who left Microsoft to do a startup last fall. His company, TalentSpring.com has finally come out of "stealth mode" where their patent applications are filed and they start doing the PR announcements. If you haven't heard of them yet, TalentSpring are another...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to develop solutions for Office Live

    Our platform team has a couple training sessions coming up in the next few weeks that some of you may be interested in participating in. Don Campbell posted more information on his blog , but the short version is that we have 2 sessions, one in Boston June 5th and the other in Silicon Valley on June...
  • Blog Post: Mind Map of Office Live

    Our esteemed colleague from the Developer Platform Evangelism team, Don Campbell created what he calls a mind map of Office Live . It's a really neat way to visualize all the pieces that make up the Office Live Application Platform... from the technology itself to the dev guide and forums and blogs that...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Map + Office Live Contacts mashup

    Just as we were preparing to write a blog post on our team blog about a new code sample, we got scooped by microsoft-watch.com ! Joe Wilcox must have been keeping an eye on the download center and noticed the new Office Live Contact Map sample is now available. The sample mashes up the address information...
  • Blog Post: Office Live vNext

    It feels like the build-up to a big holiday around here. Everyone is frantically preparing the final touches on the new version of Office Live, due out very soon. If you already have an Office Live 1.0 Beta subscription, you've probably received a notice that you will be migrated to the new version....
  • Blog Post: Blogging break

    I've been taking a little break from blogging about Office Live topics in the last couple weeks. Not that there's not a lot going on, there is. That's probably the main reason I haven't been posting much because there's so much going on so quickly and things are still gelling, so my thoughts haven't...
  • Blog Post: MacGyver issue of Wired

    I made the mistake of trying to read through the current issue of Wired Magazine this AM. It has Stephen Colbert on the cover, so I figured there must be something interesting in it, right? Wrong. The vast majority of this month's issue is a bizarre 'how to' guide for a bunch of things that I have...
  • Blog Post: What is Office Live... interview on Channel 9

    Quick post to point you to a video interview the Office Live team just did with Channel 9 . Here's the direct link to the video . Check it out, especially if you want some high-level explanations of what Office Live is and where we think it will go in the near term. Also, check out Mike Gannotti's...
  • Blog Post: WPC Day 2 - the Big Dig

    Day 2 in lovely Boston brought some shocking news. Several panels from the ceiling of one of the “Big Dig” connector tunnels had fallen the previous evening, crushing some unsuspecting motorists and killing one of the victims. This huge project has been going on for a long time… something like 15 years...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Gadgets SDK goodness

    Keeping with the SDK theme I seem to be on in the last few weeks, this one just came across my desk. Windows Live Gadgets SDK has been released. Here's a link to their blog post announcing it, right here on MSDN! This stuff is cool. There is the cross-compatability between the Windows Vista Sidebar...
  • Blog Post: Excel 2007

    Just a quick shout out for a great blog site with lots of useful information. The Excel team has a nice blog on MSDN covering all of the new features in Excel 2007. David Gainer must be a machine, because he writes a ton of posts. Kudos guys, and thanks for the helpful info. http://blogs.msdn.com...
  • Blog Post: Developing solutions for Office Live

    I figured it's about time that I give an actual purpose behind my blogging here on MSDN. Seems like a smart thing to do, right? As you can probably tell from some of my recent posts, I'm working on the Solution Developer Platform portion of Office Live's next release. We're migrating Office Live from...
  • Blog Post: Official Office Live Blog is Live

    The Microsoft Office Live team has finally entered the blogosphere with their very own team blog. Check it out: http://spaces.msn.com/OfficeLiveBlog/ Now when you are looking for official news or musings about Microsoft Office Live, that's the place to go. Also, post your comments and suggestions...
  • Blog Post: Blogging adventures on MSDN

    A year ago, I scoffed at blogging as screaming into the wind . That was when I first tried out MSN Spaces . I was on the Messenger team and felt pressure to try out the new service since we have friends on that team. I posted a random thought here or there for a few months. Then I had a vacation...
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