Joe Friend

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  • Blog Post: Feedback on Office 2007

    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 about the product. Don't worry you can "Send a...
  • Blog Post: Working on problems

    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 has been expanded, so downloading shouldn't be...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Beta 2 now available

    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 & TechNet subscribers. Broader availability will...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for Beta 2 now

    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.
  • Blog Post: Word 2007: sneak peak

    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 so long (I left the world of software and move to...
  • Blog Post: How do they find the time?

    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 overseas and lived on what Indonesians call " rubber...
  • Blog Post: What more can you add to a Microsoft Word?

    This is a common question for all of the Microsoft Office applications, but particularly so for Word. It's a close relative to the question, "Aren't you finished with Word yet?" Recently one of my nephews visited from Oklahoma. After seeing the Microsoft Visitor Center and playing with the Xboxes...
  • Blog Post: Beta 1 Ships...

    Okay, okay. Office 12 beta 1 shipped. I’ve procrastinated as long as possible, but now I’ve really got to start sharing about all the amazing stuff we’ve done in Word 12. So, without futher ado I will start posting. Really. You’ll see stuff soon. I promise. Seriously, I’m not kidding. ;-)
  • Blog Post: Subscribe to Office 12 Preview News

    The Office 12 Preview Site now has an RSS feed that you can subscribe to so that you can get the latest and greatest news. Here's more info on how to use the Office 12 RSS feed .
  • Blog Post: Office 12 goes public

    Well, the news is out. If you watched the PDC keynote this morning you know that Office 12 is a huge leap for us. Chris did a great job demoing the new user experience (of course, I wish he spent more time on Word). Here are some great places to look for additional info: Julie Larson-Green: Diving...
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