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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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    Hello from Paris Expo!

    Amanda Lefebvre and I are here at Paris Expo - we're just ready to go over to the show floor now for the first time,and today we'll be talking to folks from Macworld UK, MacUser, MacFormat, ZDNet France and some other French outlets too, not to mention...
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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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    evolution at work

    Software evolves. Let's talk about the evolution of the user experience for Office 2008 for Mac....
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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Come and get it! RDC for Mac v2 beta

    RDC v2 beta is here!...
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    Happy 20th PowerPoint!

    Wow, PowerPoint is 20 years old. All of us on the PowerPoint team have been heads down working on the new version of PowerPoint and the PowerPoint Beta Converter so we totally missed this huge milestone. By the way, the PowerPoint Beta converter is now...
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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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    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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    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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    All our work under the hood in Office 2008 has yielded a lot of smaller benefits that won't make any bullet lists on the back of the box. Random observation of the day – according to Activity Monitor, the (highly pre-release) build of Word 2008 running...
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    power to the programmers

    title of this post comes from the WWDC t-shirts...
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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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    Silverlight Excitement

    Are you excited about Silverlight? I am. In case you haven't heard, Silverlight is a new rich internet application platform developed by Microsoft with support on both Windows and Macintosh systems. It's pretty awesome. The Silverlight demos presented...
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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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    a love letter to Entourage

    I <3 Entourage!...
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    Simonyi on a Picnic

    As most of you likely already know, Charles Simonyi is in space , and, as has been widely reported, Simonyi worked on Word. What many of you likely don't know is that the first version of Word that Simonyi worked on was Mac Word 1. Richard Brodie did...
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    MacTech’s Mac Office VBA to AppleScript Transition Guide

    Mac natives inside and outside of MacBU have provided their efforts and expertise to produce a guidebook to help you navigate the transition from VBA to AppleScript....
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    Spring cleaning

    Spring is here and I don't know where the time has gone... So apologies for not posting earlier! A short post today to tackle some questions I have heard and hopefully get your thoughts on these issues. To localize or not to localize Will Mac Office...
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    ship it!

    Software is never really done. Feature creep always lurks, waiting to trap the unwary team....
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    2007 Global MVP Summit

    Starting this Wednesday and Thursday we will have our Global MVP Summit! What is this you ask? Glad you did. Let me tell you about it. First the acronym: MVP stands for Most Valuable Professional. Our MacBU MVPs are a small group of people that both...
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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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