June, 2009

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    How to get a Watson bucket on Windows 7


    I have a series of posts on how to get Watson crash buckets for Windows XP and Windows Vista so I thought I would update this for Windows 7.

    If you see a crash dialog like this:

    Please hit "Check online” which will send us anonymous data about the crash so we can track it down and fix it for you.

    If you are beta testing and we ask for a Watson crash bucket number you will want to get it by going to the Start menu and typing “problem reports” and then you will see an item “View all problem reports” like this:


    Once the dialog comes up find the crash for OneNote for when this occurred, and double-click to open that problem report.  You will see a dialog like the following (this is from my earlier Vista post):

    We are interested in the Bucket ID that you see on the bottom of this screen.  So please send this to us if we ask for more details regarding a crash.  Thank you much!

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    Vote for OneNote = )


    Vote for your favorite!  Lifehacker: Battle of the Desktop Note-Taking Apps: OneNote vs Evernote.

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    Sign up to try Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview


    I am sure many of you saw Office 2010 the Movie (http://www.office2010themovie.com/) where they are showing a short trailer promoting the upcoming Office 2010 Technical Preview.  On that site you can also sign up to be a customer who can beta test the technical preview.  When this came out I was super jazzed about this and then today I found out another way that people can get part of the technical preview! So I had to share with all of you.

    There is another Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview program which is focused on consumers, students and home users.  If you are one of these people and would like to try out the Office 2010 Technical Preview please go here: http://connect.microsoft.com/office/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=3304&InvitationID=C2R-HKRJ-CMDH.

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    Dwayne Smith: Unum's two million dollar man


    Recently I found that Unum, a Fortune 500 company that provides long term and short term disability, group life and long term care insurance for more than 100,000 companies, uses OneNote 2007!  Looks like they save over $2 million by switching to OneNote by going to a paperless system.  In the economic conditions companies are always looking to save money and get the most of out of their IT investments (wow I didn’t mean to sound like a marketing person). 

    Anyhow so I got access to an article written about Unum’s story and man behind it all: Dwayne Smith.


    Dwayne Smith: Unum's two million dollar man

    Monday, May 4, 2009

    When Group Underwriting Consultant Dwayne Smith heard about a project focused on moving the new prospect workflow in Underwriting to a paperless system, he thought about the way he keeps all his volunteer work organized and paperless. And his idea saved Unum $2 million.

    “In my volunteer work as a board member, officer and chair of several committees with a couple of nonprofit groups, I had been using Microsoft OneNote 2007 on my laptop as an organizational tool to keep my board and committee work and other projects organized so that information was easily available right at my fingertips," said Smith.

    Microsoft OneNote 2007 is a digital notebook that delivers the flexibility to gather and organize text, files, email and more in a digital notebook right on your computer.

    “Thinking OneNote would be a great option to allow Underwriting to go paperless, I developed a prototype using a real case and presented this to Tim Arnold and his team as a workable option,” Smith said.

    Arnold, vice president, Regional Underwriting, agreed to assemble a pilot team with employees from Chattanooga,Portland and Worcester to test the software as well as user acceptance, and it passed with flying colors.

    Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback from the users, Underwriting management decided this was the option to pursue for the paperless initiative. Full implementation has been taking place during the month of March, rolling out the application and new process to the Underwriting organization and its support areas.

    “Dwayne has been instrumental in the initial success we've experienced with the implementation of OneNote,” said Smith's manager, Assistant Vice President Bob Berry.

    Using OneNote in Underwriting is providing efficiency gains, cost reductions and also facilitates support of the corporate environmental initiative.

    “Thanks to Unum's support of employee volunteerism in the community, there are great ideas and improvements coming back to our company to help us with efficiency gains, workflow improvements and a new way to help save the environment,” said Smith. “I think it is great to see Unum's investment in our communities coming back around in full circle to benefit our employees, customers and the company.”

    -- By Amanda Carmichael

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    Office 2010 for Developers: Office Developer Conference moving to SharePoint Conference 2009


    I wanted to pass on something I heard from Gray Knowlton, who runs the Office Developer communications, that the Office Developer Conference is moving to the SharePoint Conference, details here: Office 2010 for Developers: Office Developer Conference moving to SharePoint Conference 2009.  If you are developer working with Office this would be interesting for you.  Now I just wonder if I could get a ticket to Vegas as well to see all of the cool stuff at the conference (& for In n Out Burger).

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