Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: In Office Web Application video, Jon Box gets a mention

    In a recent video interview of Chris Bryant on Channel 9, he was showing off his new baby, the Office Web application Technical Preview. Around the 3:30 minute mark, some of my recent uploads to my SkyDrive happen to be timed correctly to get me a mention in the video. Even besides that, this is worth...
  • Blog Post: Inside FedEx QuickShip

    About 18 months ago, FedEx stood onstage with Bill Gates, as they launched FedEx QuickShip. John Mullinax (DPE), Chris Bryant (Microsft GPM, Office), and I teamed up on the evangelism effort, with help from a lot of folks – including some great people at FedEx. FedEx QuickShip is a Outlook 2003/2007...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Findings and Good BBQ

    New Windows Blog Just found a new blog that looks interesting since it's about Windows "7". It's called Engineering Windows 7 . Office Labs At It Again I've mentioned before that Office Labs has some cool projects in the Search Commands and Community Clips . Now there are new prototype projects...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Microsoft Equipt

    Didn't see this one coming, but I think it's interesting. It's a $70 annual subscription for Office Home and Student + Windows Live OneCare + Windows Live tools, and can be installed on 3 machines at home. Microsoft Equipt is $69.99 (U.S.) estimated retail price for a one-year renewable subscription...
  • Blog Post: My Next Few Weeks

    They are going to be some busy ones - but I'm looking forward to them. Metro Mobility Hands-On Lab in Memphis - May 13-15. A 3 day event where we cover the fundamentals of building applications on Windows Mobile. We have a couple of seats left. Contact me directly if you're interested, and please have...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Explained - in paper or digital form

    If you haven't heard, Open XML has created a lot of buzz on it way to becoming a standard. Back at ODC, I was able to bring back a couple of copies of Open XML Explained , a book talking about the specifications (written by Wouter van Vugt ). You can hit the link above to download a copy, or ping me...
  • Blog Post: Scared of the Office Ribbon?

    I don't understand this phenomenon myself, but I hear people bring it up. "Office 2007 is so different looking", or "I can't find my old commands." I'll keep my inside voice quiet here, but let's just say that I don't connect with this perception. The new Ribbon (i.e. fluent UI) is...
  • Blog Post: OBA Resources

    In case you haven't heard, Office Business Applications or OBA's are a hot trend. John and I have blogged about FedEx Quickship and the related activities at ODC2008 , but our teammates are telling us about other customer innovations all around the world. Let me point out some resources in case you want...
  • Blog Post: What To Make from the ODC Keynote

    Today is a culmination of some hard work done across a team of FedEx, Microsoft, and Interknowlogy folks. During the Bill Gates keynote at ODC this morning, David Zanka (SVP, E-commerce, FedEx) announced QuickShip and some other possible FedEx direction. I'll note a few below and also point out how FedEx...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Advanced Bootcamp in Memphis, FEB 18-22

    I'm proud to announce that if you tell them that I referred you via this blog, they will give you a $600 discount on this 5 day real bootcamp. Feb. 18-22, 2008 (5-day ILT course with extended labs) Price: $2,995 Location: New Horizons Memphis 4775 American Way Memphis, TN 38118 Course Description: This...
  • Blog Post: Office: Interactive Developer Map

    Chris Bryant (one of the organizers of the upcoming Office Dev Con ) pointed this out to me the other day, and I wanted others to know about it. If you're looking at OBA development, I'd recommend checking it out. It's a great way to get a look at the object model in a semi-graphical way. From their...
  • Blog Post: interesting reading and activities this week

    Updates to Live Search and Live Maps Check out the maps Updated Live Search for Mobile app XBOX predicted to outsell the Wii. Thanks HALO3. Video: Raikes, Gates Talk UC on CNN For my MAC friends, potential Office 2008 features More on Astoria . I like to show tables , then customers , then the famous...
  • Blog Post: ODC 2008 - coming to San Jose in FEB 2008

    When: February 10-13, 2008 Where: San Jose Convention Center , San Jose, CA Who: 2000 developers and architects who build solutions on the Office platform (Office clients, servers, and services) ODC 2008 will bring together architects, developers, industry technical experts, Microsoft insiders and key...
  • Blog Post: Oops! Who did I just send that email to?

    Have you ever had an experience where you his the SEND button in Outlook and then had a meltdown because you just did a REPLY ALL accidentally (or forgot to remove a large group like ALL_MICROSOFT_EMPLOYEES from the CC). Outlook supports a "defer delivery" rule that allows for a delay in minutes. Got...
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