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  • Blog Post: Simple things like copy & paste

    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 are designed and implemented well, they fade into...
  • Blog Post: Ten things I wish everyone knew about Word

    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 how to copy and paste text to re-use the same...
  • Blog Post: The new document look

    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 on the Microsoft Office Word team who focuses on...
  • Blog Post: More Word blog authoring tidbits

    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 that only gets mentioned in the comment stream. So...
  • Blog Post: Word Blog HTML Quality

    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 versions of Word. Well, it is, but I should have...
  • Blog Post: Blogging from Word 2007

    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. I'm not endorsing you commit HTML suicide. If...
  • 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: 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: New Office "12" file format news

    If you haven’t made your way to Brian Jones’ blog, do so immediately. He’s announced some very exciting news Microsoft’s plans to standardize the new Microsoft Open XML formats . Also, Scoble has an interview with Jean Paoli regarding the news. We are so excited about all the opportunities that exist...
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