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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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    Office 2008 Coming January 2008

    We announced today that Office 2008 for Mac will be released to manufacturing (“RTM”) this December, which will allow for retail availability in the US in mid-January (planning for Macworld), and allow us to deliver Office 2008 to our volume license customers...
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    Office 2008 for Mac: BFD!

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    It's About Time

    During the planning and development of Entourage 2008, I’ve had a chance to meet with many Mac Exchange users and administrators to discuss the direction of Exchange in Entourage. I’ve read the comments, suggestions, and constructive criticism from a...
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    On being a Macintosh girl at Microsoft

    Two great tastes that taste great together....
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    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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    A Chat about Messenger

    Hi, my name is Anav and I work on the Messenger for Mac product in Mac BU. I follow the blog and newsgroup comments out there and I know there are questions on the status of Messenger for Mac, and more specifically the status of Audio/Video (AV) support...
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    evolution at work

    Software evolves. Let's talk about the evolution of the user experience for Office 2008 for Mac....
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    Messenger: haves and hA/Ve nots

    By now, some of you have heard the news. Today we launched Messenger for Mac 6.0, our first Universal application! It includes some exciting things, like federation with Yahoo, the ability to show “what I’m listening to” on my iTunes and a spell checker...
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    Office 2008 Enterprise Series: OOF Coming to Entourage

    I travel a lot. I'm in and out of our Seattle and Mountain View offices on a regular basis and spend way too much time sitting on the airplane. One of the most frustrating things about using Entourage 2004 is that every time I travel, I have no easy way...
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    Office 2008 Hits RTM

    Here’s the latest official word – Office 2008 for Mac has Released to Manufacturing (RTM)! We’re very pleased to announce that the product team has signed off, and our final build has left the building and is en route to manufacturing sites abroad...
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    Birthday Gift for MacBU

    Yesterday, as I walked from the dark parking garage to begin my day of work, I remembered that we were celebrating MacBU's 10th anniversary! The clouds were thinning and I looked around to see if perchance, the cloudy weather would abate, even a little...
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    Coming soon

    I am happy to say that the week of July 30th we will be releasing a beta of our latest Remote Desktop Connection client (and it's a universal binary - I have seen a number of folks ask about that), along with Beta 2 of our file format converters. This...
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    Wait, wait, I'm here

    My first blog post, while written by yours truly, wasn't posted by yours truly - my marketing team created an account for me and posted the blog entry so we could make sure it happened in a timely way during the frenzy of my first day. With the initial...
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    a love letter to Entourage

    I <3 Entourage!...
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    Hello from the new General Manager of the Macintosh Business Unit - Craig Eisler

    Hi folks, Wow! I can’t believe I’m actually here - General Manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit. I would not have guessed this is where I would’ve landed when I rejoined Microsoft. But after looking at several great options over the course...
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    The story so far...

    It's been a busy couple of days for me, but I've had a chance to catch up on the 68 comments responding to my late Friday post. I'd like to call out a couple of comments that made my evening last night when I wrote this – one was where Nick Caraway grants...
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    Office 2008 for Mac Sneak Peek Kick-Off

    At the beginning of August I told you that we'd start communicating more about Office 2008 in September. Well, it's September, and I am back here on Mac Mojo to kick-off the next wave of information on Office 2008. We know that there are many Mac Mojo...
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    Office 2008 Enterprise series: Office 2008 Deployment

    Installation is something that the average user doesn’t have to spend too much time thinking about. They pop in the cd/dvd, go through a few screens (most often just clicking the continue button without making any changes) and more often than not things...
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    There's a new cat in town

    + Click here to enlarge Apple’s newest version of Mac OS X , called Leopard, was released into the wild at 6pm local time on October 26 th . I’ve seen a number of people asking about how compatible Mac Office is with Leopard, and I thought I’d chime...
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    Welcome to the New Office 2008 User Experience

    With each release of Office we are offered the opportunity to introduce feature improvements and exciting new innovations. One area that I am really excited about is our next generation Office 2008 User Experience. For those already familiar with existing...
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    Get converted

    As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year. This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking...
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    Announcing Art of Office

    The MacBU is excited to announce a new user-generated community site, Art of Office . Art of Office is a place for people to submit artistic and/or useful content made using Office applications (Word, Excel, or PowerPoint). Whether it’s creating pixel...
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    To Do or Not To Do... That is the Question

    That really is the quintessential question and it’s one that people have to answer multiple times each day. The ability to quickly mark items for follow-up, to have easily accessible ToDo lists and to have clear and useful views into deliverables is essential...
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    Trouble signing in with Messenger for Mac 6.0?

    Ah, weekends. Time off, down time from thinking about bugs. Well, not if you’re Rebecca, one of our star Messenger testers. Starting on Friday night, September 29, Rebecca was casually checking out the Messenger Newsgroup. (Hopefully this was after...
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    Update on Office 2008 progress!

    Last Wednesday was our general “ZBB” target for the Office 2008 project, a major milestone on the road to release and something we’ve been pushing hard for over the past several months. We saw some fantastic surging by the development team to clear out...
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