go ahead, mac my day

a Macintosh girl in a Microsoft world

September, 2009

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    an admission

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    Okay, I admit it. I haven't installed Snow Leopard yet, not on my main computer. I know, I know, I'm a bad Mac girl. I know. It's running on my second box in my office, but not on the computer that I use for everything all the time.

    Do I have to turn in my fangirl card if I don't have it installed within the first week of release? :(

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    Office 2008 Business Edition available today

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    Today, we have released Office:Mac 2008 Business Edition. Business Edition will join its little brother Home and Student Edition on store shelves worldwide.

    Business Edition packages together Office 2008 SP2, Entourage for Web Services, Document Connection for Mac, lots of new templates and clip art, and some awesome lynda.com training. For more details about the release, my colleague Pat posted something to Mac Mojo today: The MacBU Means Business (Edition)!

    If you haven't yet upgraded to Office 2008, Business Edition is a great reason to do so. You can buy it at your friendly local Apple store, online at Amazon, or digital download from us.

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    the case for Entourage:Mac on Snow Leopard

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    I've been completely heads-down on working on Outlook:Mac recently, but this article from John C. Welch writing for Macworld caught my eye: the case for Entourage on Snow Leopard.

    There's lots of detail in there, but the conclusion is what warms my heart:

    Entourage is the clear winner

    Booyah, baby! And just wait until Outlook:Mac hits the shelves with its all-Cocoa interface, faster database that's Time Machine friendly, and IRM support. There's also [redacted], [redacted], and (my personal favourite) [redacted] support too. You ain't seen nothin' yet. :D

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    women needed for Outlook:Mac study

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    As I work on my next Outlook:Mac study, I've noticed a trend: all of the people who have agreed to come in for it are men. I could use some fellow women to come in and participate in a usability study as well.

    To recap: Outlook is coming to the Mac, and my team is conducting a usability study the week of October 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area (Mountain View, to be specific). I need some ladies who meet the following criteria:

    • use a Mac for work purposes
    • connect to an Exchange account
    • use mail for work purposes several times per week
    • use the calendar for work purposes several times per week

    If you meet these criteria, are in the Bay Area, and are available the week of October 12, please contact me with your name, email address, and phone number. I'll pass your information along to my recruiting assistant, who will call or email you to ask you a few additional questions and hopefully get you scheduled to come in. If you do participate in my study, don't forget that you'll have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so the only thing that you'll be able to tell other people is that yes, you have seen an early version of Outlook:Mac.

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    want to see Outlook:Mac?

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    As we announced a few weeks ago, Outlook is coming to the Mac. I've had a few requests to post more details about this. I'm not quite ready to do that now, but I can offer up one way for you to see what Outlook:Mac might look like.

    My team is conducting usability studies of Outlook:Mac. My next study will take place in Mountain View, California, during the week of October 12. For this study, I need users who meet the following criteria:

    • use a Mac for work purposes
    • connect to an Exchange account
    • use mail for work purposes several times per week
    • use the calendar for work purposes several times per week

    If you meet these criteria, are in the Bay Area, and are available the week of October 12, please contact me with your name, email address, and phone number. I'll pass your information along to my recruiting assistant, who will call or email you to ask you a few additional questions and hopefully get you scheduled to come in. If you do participate in my study, don't forget that you'll have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so the only thing that you'll be able to tell other people is that yes, you have seen an early version of Outlook:Mac.

    If you don't meet these criteria, aren't in the Bay Area, or won't be available that week, don't worry about being left out. My team will have other upcoming opportunities for you to participate in Outlook:Mac usability studies. The majority of these will be either in the Bay Area or Puget Sound, and you can sign up to participate in usability studies to get into our database of potential participants. When you fill out that form, tell us what mail application you're currently using, and make sure you tell us if you use Exchange too!

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    Q&A: what hardware do you use when testing Office:Mac?

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    I noticed this question go by on Twitter yesterday, and thought that it was interesting:

    just curious. when u test out office for mac do u use imacs or mac pros?

    (That was via @ZackTheHack.)

    Yes. :) We've got plenty of hardware around these hallways, and it's all used to test Office:Mac in one way or another.

    A couple of years ago, David Weiss gave us a tour of Microsoft's Mac lab. That's only one of our Mac labs. David showed you around the lab in Redmond, but we've got another one that's similarly outfitted here in Mountain View, California. And, of course, since the hardware in those pictures is now a couple of years old, a fair amount of it has been rotated out. Whenever a new piece of hardware comes out, you can find at least one of them in our labs. For example, the PowerPoint team cares deeply about new laptops, since so many PowerPoint presentations are driven by laptops.

    The other thing is that we dogfood heavily. The whole team is working on the next version of Office:Mac, which will hit store shelves in time for the holiday season next year. As we're coding it up, we're using these pre-alpha applications for our day-to-day work as much as possible.

    On top of all of the Macs that we've got, there's also plenty of printers and scanners too. After all, it won't do if you put a lot of work into getting your résumé looking just right in Word, but then it doesn't look as good when you print it out. So our hardware testing isn't just limited to our Macs.

    It would be interesting to do a census of all of our Mac hardware. There's definitely well over 1000 Macs, but I wonder how big the number really is.

    For the twitter-enabled amongst you, you can follow me here.

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