December, 2006

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About This Blog

Hello! Welcome to the official weblog for the Office for Mac team at Microsoft (a.k.a the Macintosh Business Unit, or simply MacBU). Our team is focused exclusively on developing software for the Macintosh platform. Our main product is, of course, Microsoft Office for Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage and Messenger for Mac. We also create the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac, a free product available on our website.

We decided to create a team blog because we wanted to offer a broad range of voices and perspectives across MacBU. Bloggers on this site include developers, testers, user assistance, product managers, usability engineers, product marketers, and our General Manager. We have bloggers from both our Redmond, WA and Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley) campuses. Some of us are experienced bloggers whom you may have been reading for years; others are newbies, blogging for the very first time as part of this team.

Want to get to know us better? When someone makes a post, you can click on the author’s name to view his/her profile to get more info about who we are as individuals and as a team.

One thing we all share: We are excited about communicating with the Mac community via our blog in an informative and more informal way. We’ll blog on a variety of topics (some technical, some not) that interest us and we hope will interest you. From time to time, we will also invite guest bloggers to give you another perspective about our software and the people behind it.

Thanks for taking the time to check us out. We hope you find our blog interesting and enjoyable, and that it helps us get to know each other a little better. And if you happen to attend Macworld in San Francisco next year, there’s a good chance you will meet many of us there! J

-         The Office for Mac blog team




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  • Mac Mojo

    Choosing Passwords

    There's an old joke about two hunters who come face-to-face with a bear. The bear charges them, at which point they start running for their lives. While running, one of the hunters says, "Why are we running? We're never going to outrun this bear!" And...
  • Mac Mojo

    Bay Area Mac users needed again!

    You responded in droves when we last asked for usability test participants!  We have another usability study that Bay Area Mac users will be interested in. We’re doing another usability test of new features in both Entourage and PowerPoint. We need users...
  • Mac Mojo

    And we're back!

    Thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of people, I'm happy to let you all know that the new Mac Office updaters are now available. You can download them for Office 2004 and for Office v. X (and the Office 2004 updater should be available via Microsoft...
  • Mac Mojo

    Now you see it, now you don't.

    By now you've probably seen the news about the Mac Office updates that went live on MacTopia for a few hours this past Tuesday. Things were a little crazy here on Wednesday and Thursday working out what happened and how we should resolve the problem....
  • Mac Mojo

    Converters Coming! Free and (Fairly) Fast.

    There's been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning ( ; CrunchGear ) about file format converters and Office for Mac. Because some of these stories seem designed more to inflame than inform, I want to reiterate our previously reported...
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