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Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly owns Mike Kelly Consulting LLC, a technology consultancy based on Bainbridge Island, Washington.  He previously worked for fifteen years at Microsoft, ending as Partner Group Program Manager of the Consulting team within Microsoft's Engineering Excellence group.  This team investigates new software development practices and works directly with Microsoft product teams to improve their engineering efficiency and product quality.   Before joining Engineering Excellence in 2006, Mike worked for twelve years as a developer, development manager and group program manager on the Microsoft Office team.  He has written articles for MSDN Magazine and spoken at numerous industry conferences including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Professional Development Conference (PDC), and USENIX.  Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Mike worked as a senior engineer at AT&T; on enterprise content management systems at Odesta Systems (now OpenText); and as a database systems consultant.  He received a BS in Computer Science in 1980 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  Mike lives with his wife, Lisa Romasco, and his two sons, Kyle and Evan, on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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    REGISTRY_ERROR blue screen error while installing Windows XP

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    I have an old Dell Dimension 2350 sitting around and when I learned that the head of our kids' school, West Sound Academy , didn't have a computer at home, I offered to give her this one. She was thrilled. I had used the computer as an experimental box...
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    Showing a Checkmark in Excel

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    I had a problem that was surprisingly not easy to do in Excel, and since it seems like a pretty common thing, I thought I'd provide a note here on how to do this. Problem: With Excel 2007, you want to display a "checkmark" or a "red x" in a column...
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    Visual Studio 2008 "Orcas" Beta 2 and Silverlight

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    OK, have passed one hurdle in getting Scott Guthrie's Silverlight samples to work with VS 2008 Beta 2. The trick suggested by Samsp on the Asp.Net forums is to change the version numbers for the assemblies in the web.config to 3.5 from 2.0. That did the...
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    Playing with VSTS 2008 Beta 2 and SilverLight 1.1

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    I've started playing around a bit with Visual Studio Team System Beta 2 release with SilverLight 1.1 Alpha release. I used Scott Guthrie's SilverLight v1.1 samples . Haven't gotten this to run yet - I keep running into some sort of configuration error...
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    Troubleshooting a Local Network

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    I just spent a few hours on the phone with my friend Mike Loftin diagnosing problems with his local-area network (LAN). Mike had recently bought a new machine with Vista installed and wanted to get it working wirelessly on his local network at home. His...
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    Problem installing "Form Fill" add-in for Windows Live Toolbar

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    I like the Windows Live Toolbar , but one thing I miss from its predecessor, the Desktop Search Toolbar is auto form fill. This allows you to capture stuff like your email address, mailing address, etc. in a password-protected file on your local machine...
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    Adobe Reader 8 and Vista Install Issue

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    Good post on resolving a problem I also had with installing Adobe Reader 8 on Vista. There seem to be many symptoms to this problem and the root cause is that Adobe has tried to apparently make the setup too smart and it ends up getting tricked up by...
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    Setting up a new computer

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    Yes, even those of us at Microsoft sometimes struggle to set up our new computers at home. Read on for my story... I bought a new Dell Dimension E520 for my son for Christmas. So Christmas Eve, after he was in bed, I dragged the Dell box out of its...
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    IE Detectives

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    Great post on using his tool, Microsoft Fiddler , to track down a web site issue by my friend and colleague, Eric Lawrence.
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    Desktop Search Saved me $20

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    I recently bought PartitionMagic , a tool for divvying up my hard drive so that I could have multiple OS's installed. I want to have a partition where I can install a test vesion of Vista and Office while still having a "guaranteed safe" partition with...
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    Check out our beta Office Online site!

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    With the release of Office 2007 Beta 2 , we've got an Office Online beta site. It's accessible to anyone with Office 2007 Beta 2 installed on their machine, and is being actively updated as we find and fix bugs in preparation for the launch of Office...
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    Technorati

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    I'm setting this blog up to be tracked by my Technorati Profile
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    Super Tooltips

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    JensenH has written some about a new entry point for help - Super Tooltips . In general, we're trying to rethink the idea of help. I often hear from people that "help isn't helpful" or "I can never find what I need in help." I've written earlier about...
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    Learning to Love C#

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    At heart, I'm a programmer. I've been a programmer for 30 years; my first programs were persisted (a word I don't believe we had then) to punched paper tape, and I remember how a magnetic tape system called DECtape changed our lives. Although it isn't...
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    Office Version Numbers

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    Good posting on Jensen's New UI Blog on how to decode Office version numbers.
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    Help Viewer and Programmability Help

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    One of the questions I've heard is about help for the object models Office programs expose. In particular, some users are very interested in object model or developer help; some end-users would only be confused by this, since they don't understand Visual...
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    More about the Help Viewer

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    I have some preliminary screen shots of the "Office 12" help viewer. Remember that this is all pre-beta and so may change some, but it is all working today and indicates our direction in "Office 12". A lot of this is in response to customer feedback on...
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    Office 12 and Assistance

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    We've started unveiling some of the features in the new upcoming version of Office, code-named "Office 12". One of the big ones from my team is a new help interface for Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. We introduced in Office...
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    Offline and Online

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    The Bet is the ‘Net. That’s a common slogan in my group. What it means is that we’re increasingly moving from offline content delivery to online content delivery. We’re increasingly betting that most Office users are either frequently- or always-connected...
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    Office Online and "Content Watson"

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    Hmmm... it's been a while since I've been here, hasn't it.. Guess I've been busy... One of the things my team does is the Office Online site. Now that's probably a bit arrogant, because the reality is that there are hundreds of people who "do" the Office...
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    MVP Summit Feedback

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    I'm Mike Kelly, Group Program Manager for Office Assistance - you probably know my team best as the team that manages http://office.microsoft.com . We also do all the assistance features for Microsoft Office - yup, we're the team that gave you Clippy...
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