We're two days into the public beta 2 of Office 2007, and so far 500,000 people have downloaded the beta. I have to say I'm a bit astounded that we're at a number that high after only two days... it's scary but awesome to think about so many people out there giving it a try.

Anyway, I'm sure if you've started to use the beta that you've got something you want to tell us. Maybe you're having trouble finding something in the new UI. Maybe you have a specific suggestion on how we can improve a feature. Or, maybe there's something you love and you want to make sure we know about it so that we keep it in the product.

The best tool to use to give us feedback on Office 2007 Beta 2 is called Send a Smile. Install the Send a Smile tool and two icons are added to the notifications area of the taskbar over by the clock: a happy face to click when you want to give us positive feedback and a sad face to click when there's something you don’t like.

Send a Smile is the best way to send feedback about Office 2007. Believe it or not, your feedback goes directly to us on the product team--directly to the people responsible for making decisions about the product in every area. In some cases, if you choose to give us your e-mail address (which is optional) we might contact you to follow-up and get more information.

It's important that we hear both what you like and what you don't like. The constructive feedback is incredibly valuable, but I’ve also been involved in decisions in which we've said "no one has really said that they like this new thing, so we should take it out" only to discover that people really did like it once it was already gone. So anytime you have a thought about Office 2007, positive or negative, please let us know using Send a Smile. Thanks for helping us to make Office 2007 a better product.

Download the Send a Smile tool to start sending us Office 2007 Beta 2 feedback now.

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