Before I write anything today, let me thank you for all of the kind birthday wishes on Thursday. The big day came and went and, surprisingly, I'm still standing.
I don't say this enough, but thank you for coming back and reading what I write week after week. Your readership and comments make writing worthwhile. It's funny to see my name crop up from time to time as "professional blogger" or "Office evangelist" because blogging for me is extra-curricular and not part of any of my official work objectives or commitments. I write from home, after normal working hours--so it wouldn't be worth it to me to spend my time writing unless there was someone out there reading. So: thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here's something cool I stumbled on last week: you can try out Office 2007 Beta 2 without downloading or installing it. Using your web browser and a small Citrix add-in, you can log onto a remote desktop running Office 2007 to poke around and play with it.
I didn't write about it last week because I was having problems getting it to work. I'm not sure if the servers were overloaded or if it was just a snafu getting it set up, but I tried Friday and again today and it seems to work now, so I thought I'd let you know.
A couple of things to note as you're playing around with the trial:
As you might expect, there are other issues inherent in running Windows software in a web browser; for instance, performance on more graphics-intensive features will be dependent on the speed of your network connection.
All those caveats aside, this is a great way to play around with Office 2007 Beta 2 if you don't have a spare machine on which to install it.