Office:Mac 2011 is hitting store shelves in October. In conjunction with our release, my user experience team will conduct multiple research studies about the new applications to track their usage and usability over time. Since I have several big studies coming up, I need a lot of new participants!
For all of my upcoming studies, I need a bunch of participants who are meet all of the following criteria:
If you fit all of these criteria, please email me with the following information:
If you don't meet all of these criteria, don't despair! We conduct studies elsewhere. If you don't meet these criteria, please don't mail me, so that I can focus on getting the participants right now. Instead, you can sign up to participate in usability studies here.
Today, my team has released another video about Office:Mac 2011. This time, it stars one of my absolute favourite people: Kurt Schmucker, our evangelist. Kurt's one of the smartest and nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. So watch the video:
In the video, Kurt shows off sparklines and pivot table improvements in Excel, and our new image editing (the background removal is especially useful!).
There's lots more details about the suite to come in the following weeks as we lead up to our late October launch. My favourites haven't yet been announced, so there's still a lot of awesomeness forthcoming ...
It's been a hugely busy few weeks for me, but I have to pop in to share a couple of things about Office:Mac 2011. It will be available in late October, which is right in line with our earlier statements that we'd be out in time for your holiday shopping pleasure this year. For more details about our versions and pricing, check out our blog post on Mac Mojo.
We've created a video to share some more details about what you'll see in Office:Mac. Starring in the video are members of my team! It's pretty cool to see people with whom I work every day talking about our apps. We'll be sharing more details about Office:Mac 2011 in the upcoming weeks, but this is a nice little taste ...
For those of you who aren't following Mac Mojo, the MacBU team blog, or following us on twitter @officemac, you've been missing out on a chance to win a customised colour Macbook and a copy of Office:Mac 2011 when it's released. We're asking a series of questions in our blog about your usage of Office:Mac. Respond to us on twitter, or post a comment to one of the relevant threads in Mac Mojo, and you're entered into the contest (and make sure you read the rules for the contest while you're there, too!). The latest question is this:
This week we want to hear how Office for Mac helps you regularly stay on task. From the frequent requests that land in your email inbox, to the ongoing projects that you are working to wrap up – Office for Mac helps us stay productive. So for this contest question, we want to know: “What’s on your current Office for Mac to-do list?” Let us know how you are using Office for Mac to get things done!
I'm not eligible to enter the contest, but I'll answer anyway. For me, keeping on top of things is almost exclusively managed through Outlook:Mac.
Make sure that you share your answers at Mac Mojo -- sharing your answer here doesn't enter you into the contest! I don't mind if you comment here too, but if you want the Macbook and Office:Mac 2011, you've got to post in Mac Mojo or respond to @officeformac on Twitter. Now go forth and share your productivity secrets!
(Speaking of twitter, you can follow me here, but be warned that I don't just talk about Office:Mac stuff!)
 Random trivia: that picture of the Macbook was taken in the little nook that I often use as my office when I'm in Redmond. In fact, here's a picture I took of that nook when I was using it on an earlier trip to the mothership this year.
Update Tuesday is here!
The latest and greatest version of Office:Mac 2008 is 12.2.6. It's got security, performance, and stability enhancements across the board. If you're using Entourage for Web Services, the updater for Office:Mac 2008 will also update you to 13.0.6. The Knowledge Base article for the update has all of the details. Office:Mac 2004 is now version 11.6.0, and it's got security improvements. It's got its own Knowledge Base article, too. Both of these updates are roll-up updates, and include all of the previous updates. Since we had revved our update engines we also updated the Open XML File Format Converter to version 1.1.6, with security enhancements. Its Knowledge Base article is here.
All updates are available on the Mactopia download page. You can also go to the Help menu of any Office application and select "Check for Updates".
Summer is always intern season at Microsoft. This year, all nine women in the Brown University CS programme interned at Microsoft. In MacBU, we get lots of interns too, and we got one of those Brown ladies this year. Here's what our Brown intern, Nell Elliott, had to say about her experiences here:
Elliott interviewed with Google and Apple for internships as well, but chose to intern at Microsoft for one major reason — she was able to meet the people she'd be working with in advance. Even if she had met her future coworkers at Apple and Google, she says it would be difficult to think she could enjoy them more than the team she ended up with at Microsoft, the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU).
"I worked on real stuff," Elliott says. "My team treated me like an adult. They took me seriously. It's more like you just started working here than being an intern." She adds her team at Microsoft is relaxed, funny, and quirky, but also clearly dedicated to their work.
Yeah, "quirky" is probably a good word to describe us ...