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  • Blog Post: Not Gone

    It's been a while since I last wrote in this space. Many of you have been kind enough to send me e-mail sometime in the last few months, making sure that I was OK and wondering if I was planning to write here anymore. Was I abducted by aliens? Put into witness protection? Muzzled for something I said...
  • Blog Post: Where Have I Gone?

    I know in my last post I said that I'd be gone for a few days… and now those few days have stretched into a few weeks. One of the reasons I've been off the blog for a while is that we've been extremely busy putting the final touches on Office 2007. Now is the time when every bug needs to be tracked...
  • Blog Post: Turning 30

    Today is my 30th birthday. Ten years ago--with college to finish, legal drinking still in my future, and no idea what I was going to do with my life--30 seemed like a remote, hazy, unfathomably distant milestone. The whole world of possibilities was still ahead of me. If you had asked me on the eve...
  • Blog Post: The World's Longest Escalator!

    It's been a long time since I wrote off-topic, but I have 30 minutes to kill in Copenhagen airport, so here's a quick weekend send-off. This week I've been in London on business. I had a few minutes free on my way to a meeting on Wednesday, so I decided to take in some of the historic London sites...
  • Blog Post: Having Activation Problems?

    Many people have reported here on the blog or through e-mail that they are having problems activating their copy of Office 2007 Beta 2. I’m really sorry this isn’t working well, but that’s kind of to be expected with beta software sometimes. The activation servers are just slammed with people trying...
  • Blog Post: The Suggestion Box

    This week I'm out of town on a bicostal business trip (currently overlooking Union Square in San Francisco) and unfortunately I won't be able to post any more articles this week. So instead I want to take the opportunity to ask you: what would you like to see me write about? What questions would you...
  • Blog Post: I'm Like Dave Barry Except Not Funny or Famous

    It has been said that nothing is as boring as blogging about blogging. Which makes this article among the most boring I've ever written. Even just typing "boring" three times made me yawn. ( Are yawns contagious? ) Anyway, when people start blogs, particularly technology- or politics-related blogs...
  • Blog Post: A Note From the Author

    I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, but after six months of relatively civil discourse, a few people have decided to flood the blog with obscene and otherwise off-topic comments. I had to remove over sixty comments just yesterday. Although I reserve the right to delete or edit any comment for any...
  • Blog Post: What software do you love?

    Today marks the start of February, the " month of love ." In commemoration, I want to ask you a question: What software do you love, and why? Some members of the high-tech illuminati start and end their discussions of design in terms of RAZR phones, iPods, and other cool gadgets. That's clearly...
  • Blog Post: On Hiatus

    Due to the holidays here in the United States and elsewhere, many people are taking time off of work, away from their computers, and away from blogs. I am no exception, and my blog will be on hiatus for two weeks. If you're new to the blog and looking for reading material in the meantime, I...
  • Blog Post: Breaking the Code

    I received a mail this weekend responding to my Friday post on Super Tooltips asking a simple question: "It seems like you introduce every new feature in Office 12 with a code name. Why not use the 'real' name?" The short answer is: "Because we don't have 'real' names yet." Where do...
  • Blog Post: The Best Outlook Feature Ever

    Here's an Outlook party trick suitable for cruise ships, family reunions, and kids birthday parties. Up until now this secret trick has been known only to Outlook insiders--a kind of "secret handshake" passed through the generations of Outlook team members. Every few years ago someone files a bug...
  • Blog Post: Thanksgiving on a Wednesday

    Thursday and Friday are Microsoft holidays, so the next new post will be on Monday. In the meantime, here's a "holiday" treat for you. Thanksgiving in the United States is a holiday that always occurs on Thursday. However, one year Microsoft moved it to Wednesday. How? Read on. Growing...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Up Appearances

    Before I start today, a special note: if you haven't done so yet, you might want to read yesterday's entry . We shipped Office 12 Beta 1 (yea!) and I pulled together a set of articles designed to jumpstart your knowledge of the Ribbon, contextual tabs, galleries, and the rest of the Office...
  • Blog Post: Decoding Office Build Numbers

    Open the About dialog box in any Office program. Near the top, you'll find the build number of the program you're using. If you are using Office 2003, you'll probably see something like 11.5608.5606. If you are using Office 12, you might see something like 12.0.3417.1005. In earlier versions...
  • Blog Post: Odds and Ends

    Taking a few minutes to tie up some lose ends and highlight some opportunities... On the Word command usage contest : As of the first 32 comments, no one has guessed the top five most-used commands in Microsoft Word correctly yet. Not only has no one guessed them in order--no one has...
  • Blog Post: Happy Pretend Halloween

    I attended college for the first time when I was three years old. The College of Wooster Nursery School , that is. One of the best features of nursery school was that they went to great lengths not to leave anyone out of activities. Probably the most fun regular event was the celebration of birthdays...
  • Blog Post: Mommy, I Made a Microsoft!

    My earliest memory of Microsoft: I was 4 years old in the fall of 1980 when my dad brought home the first computer either of us had likely ever seen in person: a TRS-80 Color Computer I , brought home straight from Radio Shack. Loaded up with 4K of RAM, my father was ready to enter the computer age...
  • Blog Post: The Wild, Wonderful Dvorak Keyboard

    Tomorrow, I'm going to introduce the keyboard model for the Office 12 user interface. But before I do that, I would feel remiss starting the conversation about keyboards without introducing my unappreciated friend, the Dvorak keyboard. I'm a Dvorak typist. Nearly every word I've typed over...
  • Blog Post: I Hate Money

    (Note: I didn't intend to publish this entry for a few weeks, but due to a mistake on my part it ended up in the RSS feed for a lot of people yesterday. As a result, I'll just post it now. My apologies if you see it twice in your RSS client.) OK, hold on. First thing: if any of my managers are reading...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on the Microsoft Company Meeting

    Today was the Microsoft Company Meeting at Safeco Field in downtown Seattle. Last year instead of the traditional "everyone takes a school bus to the stadium" meeting, they tried a webcast so that we could "watch from the convenience of our desk." I didn't watch it and I don't think most people...
  • Blog Post: My Schedule at PDC

    I had a blast presenting today at PDC. Thanks so much for all you I met in person for the kind words and feedback! I'm very much enjoying the glut of blog entries and press articles about the announcment of new UI. As expected, there are many opinions abound about what we're doing, how we've done...
  • Blog Post: Hello world!

    (Isn't that how you're supposed to start anything computer-related?) My name is Jensen Harris and I work on the Microsoft Office "user experience" team. Our team is responsible for the overall interaction and visual design of the programs that ship in Office. Although we work very closely with...
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