Joe Friend

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    Office Labs goes live

    I haven't posted here for a very long time and I can't honestly promise that I'm going to get any better. That said, I wanted to let everyone know about the new group that I'm working in at Microsoft. After Microsoft Word 2007 shipped, I moved on from...
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    Email is now off

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    I'm now on a new project, so for the time being I'm turning off the ability to contact me via this blog. If you have a question about Word, then please proceed to the official Word team blog and contact them.
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    New Word Team Blog

    We've set up a new Word team blog . If you are interested in all things Word, then this will be the place to hang out. Our PMs have some great posts and cool video demos waiting for you. Please check it out. And for those of you who are wondering if...
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    Help Microsoft Office 2007 ship a better product

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    The Microsoft Word team needs your help! As many of you know, we have changed the look of the default document in Microsoft Word 2007. Today we are interested in collecting insight and perceptions of the new default fonts in Word. Please take our...
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    Academic features: citation & bibliography tools

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    Jennifer Michelstein is a program manager on the Microsoft Office Word team who focuses on academic features. She came to Microsoft after receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. I joined the Word team immediately after graduating...
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    Gnomedex day 2

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    Day 2 seems to be off to a better start than yesterday. Dave Winer talked a little about how users (I hate that term) design successful technology. Nothing astounding, but Dave was hopeful and encouraging. This was unlike Marc Canter and Steve ...
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    Dave Dederer on stage

    You know it is a strange conference when Dave Dederer , non-touring member of Presidents of the United States of America , is on stage just before Senator John Edwards . Dave is talking about how he's no longer in the music business but is now in...
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    Werner Vogels: Network Neutrality

    Werner Vogels is the CTO for Amazon.com. This session is quite interesting. My favorite bit was the following statement (not word for word): There is no network neutrality now. The goal is network neutrality. Many use the term network neutrality when...
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    Senator John Edwards

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    Chris introduced John Edwards by begging the audience to be nice. This could be interesting. The Senator says he came to listen, not to make a speech. So, Marc Canter is taking him up on it. Marc is very focused on cojones today. Marc described himself...
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    Dave Dederer on stage

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    You know it is a strange conference when Dave Dederer , non-touring member of Presidents of the United States of America , is on stage just before Senator John Edwards . Dave is talking about how he's no longer in the music business but is now in...
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    Gnomedex 6.0

    Attending Gnomedex for the second year in a row. Guess that really labels me as a geek.
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    Praise from Mr. Macintosh

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    A nice complement from Guy Kawasaki on the blog feature in Word 2007. I was a pretty hardcore Mac user from 1986 - 1994 and always thought that Guy did an amazing job evangelizing the Mac platform. "And speaking of Microsoft, I tried using Word in Office...
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    Simple things like copy & paste

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    By Stuart J Stuple One of the things that I love about Word 2007 is that many existing features are becoming easier to find and easier to use. The thing I find most challenging about my job and the particular areas in which I work is that if features...
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    XHTML output part 3

    Zeyad has posted more information on the XHTML output from Word's new blog feature: Word XHTML - Mapping styles to semantics . Please read and comment. Thanks.
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    Ten things I wish everyone knew about Word

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    By Stuart J Stuple Mastering Word isn’t about understanding the architecture or the intent of the designers; it’s about finding the features and shortcuts that make your day-to-day job easier. Copy just the formatting Almost everyone knows...
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    Blog post XHTML output part 2

    Zeyad has more details on the XHTML output of the blog feature. His latest post focuses on compliance and styles . Give it a read and add your thoughts via comments.
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    Short hiatus is over

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    I didn't mean to disappear. Last weekend's long break for Memorial Day broke my stride. I had a wonderful weekend by the way. My two older sons took me to the Sasquatch Festival on Sunday as an early Father's Day present. The day before the crowds were...
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    Over 500,000 Served

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    No wonder our servers were having trouble keeping up with capacity. As of this afternoon we've seen over 1/2 million downloads of Office 2007. I'm so psyched! Now let's hope that everyone can get activated.
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    Feedback on Office 2007

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    Have you downloaded Office 2007 yet ? Once you installed Office 2007 don't forget that we'd love to hear your feedback. Sending Feedback We have a great program called "Send a Smile" that provides you the opportunity to tell us what you think...
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    Working on problems

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    Some of you have encountered problems successfully downloading, registering or installing Beta 2. As you know, Microsoft just released two of the biggest betas in our history simultaneously and we've encountered a couple problems. Our download capacity...
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    HTML Output Spec

    As I promised, we are posting details of the HTML output spec for the blog feature and are interested in getting your feedback. We've decided to host this on Brian Jones' blog , since the spec is of interest to his readers as well. Feel free to make your...
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    Office 2007 Beta 2 now available

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    Beta 2 is officially released and is available for download right now. Drop what you're doing and proceed immediately to the 2007 Microsoft Office system preview site to get your copy. Have fun! FYI, Windows Vista Beta 2 is also available for MSDN &...
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    The new document look

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    The Word team is lucky to have a whole host of very talented people working on it. This is the first of many guest posts where you'll be getting details on the features from the mouths of the feature designers. Stuart J Stuple is a program manager...
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    Is Your PC Vista Ready?

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    I've been running Vista on my work desktop PC for several weeks now. I've got to admit that I'm enjoying it. Will your PC be able to run Vista? Check out the new Vista Upgrade Advisor that will evaluate your PC for you. If you've been ignoring all the...
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    More Word blog authoring tidbits

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    In general, I prefer to sit back and watch the comments come in and respond to them in future blog posts. This means that some folks have to learn a little about delayed gratification. However, no one needs to worry about missing important information...
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