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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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    Bay Area Mac users needed

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    we need PowerPoint:Mac and Entourage:Mac users to particpate in an upcoming usability study...
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    A day in my life at the macbu ...

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    Fair warning, this is not a description of a typical programmer’s day. I am not a typical programmer, in fact my wife constantly reminds me that my sanity is also questionable, but I do love my job and I live quite far from it … oh and I don’t have...
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    Sweet Sixteen

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    Just a quick update: Recently we got our blog stats for our first month on the net as the Official MacBU Team blog. The results? Of the 3,500 blogs on MSDN, Mac Mojo came in as the 16th most viewed blog! Not bad for a beginning Mac blog at Microsoft....
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    trash talkin'

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    Charity and cheesecake come together in the annual MacBU bake auction....
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    Productivity Links

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    I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about links, but I couldn't come up with a really good set to put together. Then I was reading Paul Stamatiou's excellent post, How To: Cultivate That Killer Idea , and it made me think about the great...
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    Office Delay? Ya Don't Say.

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    No, seriously, you don't say (or shouldn't), because it isn't true. Over the last few days, some Mac sites have been reporting that the Universal Binary version of Office for Mac (officially unnamed, but currently code-named Office 12) has been delayed...
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    Mac Office Updates

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    Today we released update 11.3.0 for Office 2004 for Mac. You can get this update through Microsoft AutoUpdate or you can download it from the Mactopia site. You can trigger the update yourself by clicking Check for Update from the Help menu of your favorite...
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    Trouble signing in with Messenger for Mac 6.0?

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    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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    Mac Office Resource Links

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    Ever have one of those really busy weeks where you can't even remember what you did at the end of the week? I'm having one of those. Not complaining though, we've got a lot of interesting stuff we're doing at work, unfortunately not too much I can...
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    Incremental mojo

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    Hello, another introduction for you – my name is Geoff Price, and I’m the Product Unit Manager for MacBU in Redmond. This is MS speak for saying I have responsibility for the core engineering teams here (development, testing, program management and user...
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    of babies and bathwater

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    What do we mean when we say that we went back to the drawing board?...
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    Site funkiness - thanks for your patience

    FYI - last night the servers that host all 3,500 MSDN blogs (including ours) were upgraded to a new version. Unfortunately, during the migration our site's customized 'look and feel' reverted to one of the default skins - pretty ugly! We also apologize...
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    Messenger Links

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    So the big news from MacBU this week was the release of Messenger for Mac 6 . This was an important release for us because it was our first actual application that was shipped as a universal binary. For those keeping track, we previously shipped shipped...
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    On the power of a small team -or- Why MacBU testing rocks

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    Geez, now I have to follow up David's awesomely funny entry about the food alias with my dry post on testing. One of the first classes I took after starting here was called “Testing at Microsoft for New SDETs.” This class was full of about 25 people...
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    MBUSWAT

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    Hello! My name is David Weiss and I'm the Automation Test Lead in MacBU, which means that I build stuff to help us test our code better. It's a great job. I could give you a detailed introduction , but I've kinda already done that. I could talk about...
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    Messenger: haves and hA/Ve nots

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    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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    Let's go way back

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    It's Schwieb again, this time with a look back deep into MacBU history. No, not any public history -- I'll talking about my own history in MacBU. Brad Post's blog entries about tracking down gnarly bugs made me remember a particular problem I worked on...
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    Weekend Links

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    OK, I'll have to just admit that Friday is usually a bad day for me to blog. I end up taking care of the kids until 11:30 at night and so I've been missing that midnight deadline that I set for myself in doing my links post. I'm not going to change...
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    Behind the scenes: meeting the press

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    Late last week, Sheridan and I had the opportunity to meet with some reporters from Australia, Japan and Canada. They were in town for a big press briefing that our Hardware team hosted to show off all of the cool new devices that are coming out this...
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    Are You an Office Original?

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    We have a section on our Mactopia website called “ Office Originals ” all about the cool, fun, inspiring, amazing things people do with Office for Mac, and meeting Originals is one of the best parts of my job. I can wax pretty poetic about Office myself...
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    Friday Links: Podcasts

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    The big link that I saw come into the mac mojo blog this week came from Xbox Live's Major Nelson . The Major is a friend of mine and one of the things I noticed when I visited his office for the first time was a sweet Power Mac G5 rig. If you've never...
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    Friday Links, on Saturday!

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    It's been quite a week for us at MacBU, especially for such a short one. There's a lot of buzz about the blogs here at work and I think the engineers are really feeling the energy that comes from talking directly to users of the products that we build...
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    Timidly going where I’ve never gone before…

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    Have you read Robert Scoble and Shel Israel ’s book “ naked conversations ”?  In the first chapter,  they talk about the two sides of communication  in companies today:  the bloggers and the folks whose job it is to reduce risk and control the corporate...
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    another way to give us feedback

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    Sign up for MacBU usability tests and help us shape the future of our products....
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    Great Expectations

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    (Sorry, Charles.) Hiya folks! I'm Erik Schwiebert , one of the development leads here in the MacBU. I wanted to jump in here quickly to set some expectations based on some of the comments I've seen here about our team blog. A number of people...
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