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  • Blog Post: Office 2010: New Product, New Blog

    Since we signed off on Office 2007 in October 2006, we've been hard at work on the next version, Office 2010. As successful has Office 2007 has been, it represented but a first step in our journey towards rethinking the user experience of Office. Office 2010 will be, in many ways, the culmination of...
  • Blog Post: The Story of the Ribbon

    I was reading through commentary from people who attended last week's MIX conference in Las Vegas. Running across Miguel de Icaza's kind words reminded me that I hadn't posted a follow-up about my MIX talk yet. Last week, I presented a session at MIX called "The Story of the Ribbon." I talked a bit...
  • Blog Post: Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

    For the last year or so, one of the questions I've been asked again and again has been: "Can I use the new Office user interface in my own product?" On one hand, it's an immensely satisfying question to hear, because it means that others in the industry believe in the value of what we've built and...
  • Blog Post: The Office 2007 UI Bible

    I've published over 200 posts on this blog since I started it last September. With all of those posts, it can be hard to remember what you've read and what you haven't… and it can be hard for new people to jump in and figure out where to start reading. I've been meaning to sit down and create...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Released to Manufacturing

    I'm proud to announce that last Friday, November 3 at approximately 2:30 PM, we signed off on build 4518.1014 as the 2007 Microsoft Office system and released it to manufacturing. This was followed by a ship party for everyone in Office including a few minutes of speeches, the traditional sounding...
  • Blog Post: Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Now

    This morning, the Beta 2 Technical Refresh of the 2007 Microsoft Office system became available for download. You can download it now from the Microsoft Download Center . (The download link above is the main download link. You also view the list of all available Beta 2 Technical Refresh updates...
  • Blog Post: Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Tomorrow

    This morning, we announced that starting tomorrow (Thursday, Septemeber 14) you'll be able to download the Beta 2 Technical Refresh build of Office 2007 (build 4407.1005). Note: There's a newer post now with the download link . You can keep reading, though, to see a list of what's new in the Technical...
  • Blog Post: Let's Talk About Customization

    One topic that has come up frequently in our private beta newsgroups as well as here in blog comments from time to time is the issue of customization. As with every component of the Office 2007 user interface redesign, we put a lot of thought into how much customization to provide; today I'm going...
  • Blog Post: Where Did That Feature Go?

    No matter how good of a job we did organizing features in the new UI, there's always the chance that you might run into a feature you're having trouble finding for the first time in the new UI. To help with exactly this scenario, we created a few security blankets. One of the coolest ones is a tool...
  • Blog Post: Some of the Best Beta 2 Resources

    So you started downloading Office 2007 Beta 2 yesterday but it hasn’t finished yet. Or you had an error during the download or installing the build. Or maybe you’re not quite ready to take the leap and install beta software yet. No problem! There are a lot of new resources available to give you a...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Office 2007 Beta 2 Today!

    Today’s the big day--I'm so pleased to announce that as of right now, you can download Office 2007 Beta 2 from the Office preview site at http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/ . Click the button marked “Try it!” and enter a few pieces of information, and you’re on your way. I tried it out and was...
  • Blog Post: The Deluge

    Wow! So I take a few days off and open up the suggestion box and boy was I surprised to find over 400 comments! Suffice it to say that it's going to take me a long time to get through all of these. And thanks to everyone who took a minute to drop a kind word or two in as well--I do really appreciate...
  • Blog Post: The Size Of Things

    One of the most discussed aspects of the new Office 2007 UI has been: "Does it take up too much room?" It isn't a straightforward question to answer, above all because to answer it requires a subjective opinion. What seems just right to one person might seem to another person to be too much. So...
  • Blog Post: Video Killed the Screenshot Star

    This morning, new information was published on the Office 2007 Preview web site , including a new video of the UI in action and updated links to sign up to receive information about Beta 2. The build used in the video is a little old (it was shot in early January), but it still looks more or less...
  • Blog Post: Picture This: A New Look For Office

    This morning at the CeBIT conference in Germany, we revealed the new visuals for the Office 2007 user interface. You can see a few screenshots of the new look on the Office 2007 UI Preview Site . If you've got a craving to see even more, I've created a mini-gallery of full-size screenshots from...
  • Blog Post: Tools for the Transition

    A lot of people are involved with helping to produce documentation and tools to help ensure a smooth transition to Office 12 and the new user experience. Although the data indicate that people will be able to be productive even as they first sit down in front of the new product, we want to make sure...
  • Blog Post: The Myth of the Orange Dot

    One thing you might have noticed in Office 12 demos and screenshots is that certain commands in the Ribbon have an orange dot as their icon. People have speculated on what the orange dot represents; guesses have ranged from highlighting features you've used recently to indicating "hot"...
  • Blog Post: I Am Your Density

    A comment we've heard again and again about the Office 12 interface after people use it or see it demoed live is: "wow, it's so much better than I imagined just by seeing the screenshots." Several people made that comment to me once again after my talk at PARC Tuesday night, and I wanted to write...
  • Blog Post: Beta 1-derful: The 'Top 30' List

    As you may have seen , yesterday evening we released Office 12 Beta 1 to our technical beta testers. We finished up build 3417.6 last week and declared it to be Beta 1, followed by a few days of media verification (testing the CDs) and getting it ready for download. As I write, our 10,000...
  • Blog Post: Because You Want To, Not Because You Have To

    You've written an add-in to Microsoft Word. It creates an entry point at the bottom of the Tools menu. "Crikey! There is no Tools menu. Call Sgt. Pepper immediately!" We know there are thousands of add-ins, macros, and other projects that extend Office or use it to host UI. Exactly none of these...
  • Blog Post: Why is it called the Ribbon?

    Because you can never predict what name will end up sticking. Back when my team was working on the UI redesign of Outlook 2003 , one of the areas we were designing was what marketing later named the " Navigation Pane ." But official feature naming happens late in the product cycle (usually after Beta...
  • Blog Post: What programs get the new Office UI?

    A number of programs and services make up what is now called the Microsoft Office System . Not all of them will include the new user interface I've been blogging about in Office 12. The programs which do get the new user interface: Word Excel PowerPoint Outlook (except for the...
  • Blog Post: Office 12: It's Not Just UI

    There are a number of other Microsoft Office employee blogs you can check out if you're interested in learning more about Office 12. Here are a few of them to get you started: Steven Sinofsky's Microsoft TechTalk . Steven is the Senior Vice President of Office and his blog is primarily focused...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusters: The Office 12 New UI

    Although the amount of attention being paid to the new UI in news reports and especially the blogosphere has amazed even us, the quality and depth of the commentary varies widely. (Not surprising, considering very few people will have a build to play with until beta 1.) And, as can be expected with anything...
  • Blog Post: Enter the Ribbon

    One of the core components of the new user experience is something we call the "Ribbon." The Ribbon is a strip across the top of the window that exposes what the program can do. Here's an example of what a Ribbon looks like: (click to enlarge) (Note: If you have only seen screenshots of the...
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