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  • Blog Post: Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011: Which Band Should Perform?

    As you all know the SharePoint Conference last year in Las Vegas was a great show (here are links to broadcasts of several of our sessions ). I followed the show with a ticket to see U2’s 360 concert (unlike any other spectacle in rock-and-roll). Since then, I’ve often been asked, “Is there going to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 General Availability

    So, I was at TechEd 2010 talking a lot about Office 2010 solutions development last week and love was in the air…mostly because I gave out hundreds of t-shirts with our www.iheartmacros.com URL on them. I would say to people coming to our kiosk, “This shirt loves you” and hand them a shirt. But, I digress...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Programmability Delivers for Consultant’s Customers

    I’ve talked with with many dozens of customers here at TechEd 2010 about Office 2010 and shown them a lot of demos at the kiosk. As they arrive I hand them a www.iheartmacros.com t-shirt (hugely popular, btw). Very often the response is: “This is great. I actually do love macros and VBA”...
  • Blog Post: New Office VBA site launch on MSDN

    MSDN now features a special site (also accessible via www.iheartmacros.com ) dedicated to Microsoft Office VBA - an important part of the Office 2010 value. The site presents a clear path for technically savvy users to begin learning how to customize the Office applications to meet their needs...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010: Platform for Innovation

    There's a great new article by Michael Desmond in Visual Studio Magazine called " Office Alignment: Why Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are poised to unleash a new wave of developer innovation ". Read it and you'll get Michael's always engaging insight into the new products investments in this release...
  • Blog Post: Keeping It Real With Microsoft Office: Asking Questions About Solution Design

    I just finished a whirlwind swing through Amsterdam, The Hague, Antwerp, and finally Vienna Austria. I've already blogged about the first three cities, but this last one is the focus of this post. I went to Vienna mainly to meet with some customers in order to provide guidance around Office solutions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevDays 2010 Day 2

    I delivered a session today that describes what's new in Office 2010 for solution developers. It's a session that I have evolved over the past year. My core demos have also evolved, and I'm pleased with the impact they make. The session was well attended, and I was pleased to see plenty of enthusiasm...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevDays 2010 Day #1

    It's been an eventful day here at Microsoft DevDays 2010, and the show hasn't even officially started! First item of business is to get to a hotel for rest and get some great food-not necessarily in that order. My flight was as good as one can expect- the guy next to me, Jim Anderson, was affable but...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Sessions from SharePoint Conference 2009 Now Live

    Readers of the blog know that SharePoint Conference 2009 had some pretty memorable highlights . Now, we're excited to announce that five key Office developer sessions are now freely viewable online. Here's the list of sessions: What's New in Office 2010 for Developers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Developer Video Shoot

    I just felt like doing a different kind of post today. I spent some time on camera yesterday as part of video you'll see when Microsoft Office 2010 launches. I didn't get as much make-up applied on this video, so I'm worried I'll look as tired as I felt. There's a lot that goes into preparing marketing...
  • Blog Post: Social Networking and Workplace Productivity

    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace-these are common social networking sites/services that are on the tip of the tongue nowadays. Beyond their relative novelty, they've brought fresh attention to long-standing questions and engendered new ones. Recently, Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President of Office...
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