Joe Friend

Designing software and loving it.

May, 2006

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    Blogging from Word 2007

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    Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right? Blogging is all about communicating with words (and pictures, too). So, why not use Word to write your blog posts? Stop, don't jump to the end of this post to push the comment button yet. I'm not an idiot...
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    Word Blog HTML Quality

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    Every post you make as a blogger can be a huge learning experience. In Friday's post on the new Word 2007 blog post authoring feature I made a fairly modest claim that the HTML emitted by the feature would be better than the standard HTML from previous...
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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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    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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    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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    Word 2007: sneak peak

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    I returned to Microsoft (after a 7 year hiatus) in late 2003 just as the Office 2007 effort was getting under way. Landing on the Word team, where I'd spent a couple years in the mid 90s, was pretty exciting for me. After being away from Microsoft for...
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    How do they find the time?

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    I'm amazed by some bloggers ability to write tons of blog posts. Jensen , Dave , Brian , and all the other Microsoft Office bloggers are doing an incredible job writing interesting content for their blogs. Blogging was definitely much easier when I was...
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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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    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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    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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    Sign up for Beta 2 now

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    If you haven't already, now is a great time to sign up for Beta 2 of Office 2007. Just go to the Office 2007 Preview site and click on the Register Now button. You should get notified as soon as Beta 2 is available for download.
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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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