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  • Blog Post: relaxed, funny, and quirky

    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:...
  • Blog Post: 20 years of Rick!

    Today is an auspicious day, for it is Rick Schaut 's 20th anniversary with Microsoft. He's been working on Word:Mac the whole time (well, we might occasionally let him look at some code that's shared across Office:Mac). Rick, you're one of my favourite people here in MacBU, and I can't tell you how...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft employees are the most social media-savvy in the world

    I saw a tweet from @Microsoft which tells us that Microsoft tops social media use survey . The NetProspex Social Report lists the top 50 most social corporations in America (top 5: us, eBay, Amazon, Disney, and Google) and the Twitter 20 (top 5: us, Raytheon, Analog Devices, Disney, Kodak). I'd...
  • Blog Post: on working the show floor at Macworld Expo

    John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote about the Macworld Expo prelude yesterday, and how the absence of Apple will impact it. As he rightfully points out, there's a lot of content at the show that doesn't come from Apple themselves. There's lots of other companies there that have things to share, and...
  • Blog Post: help us make Mactopia better

    Want to help us make Mactopia better? We're conducting in-person interviews at Macworld 2010 . In exchange for an hour of your time at the show, you'll get $100. If you're interested in participating, please fill out this questionnaire . Speaking of participating, I still need corporate Messenger...
  • Blog Post: Mac Office loves you

    There's some new goodness from us, just in time for Macworld Expo . We've got a new website Mac Office loves you . We've also got a Office:Mac page on Facebook and a spiffy new twitter page too. Speaking of Macworld Expo, I'll be there giving a talk about administering Macs in Exchange . Come and...
  • Blog Post: job opening: user experience manager in the Macintosh Business Unit

    My team, the User Experience team in the Macintosh Business Unit, is looking for a User Experience Manager. The UX manager oversees UX research (including me!), UX design, and user assistance for all applications (present and future) in the Macintosh Business Unit. There's a whole job description...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: don't usability studies violate your NDA?

    In response to my blog post offering up a sneak peak of Outlook:Mac via a usability study , I got a question via twitter: does that violate your NDA? i understood that MS had strict NDA to not show off upcoming software. Sure I'd love to see it. Show me what you've got! :) If it violated...
  • Blog Post: year in review

    If the boss can write a retrospective , so can I. :) 2009 has been an Entourage-filled year for me. At Macworld 2009 in January, we announced Entourage for Web Services . While EWS didn't get a lot of UI touches, I still got to make some UX improvements , especially with regards to perceived performance...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: challenges of developing Office:Mac

    Another one from the open question thread: What are the main challenges with working on a new version of Office? Rewriting legacy code? Integrating changes made by the Win Office team? Having a limited number of engineers to implement changes? Those are all certainly on the list of challenges that my...
  • Blog Post: the big boss reviews 2009

    Eric Wilfrid, the general manager of MacBU, has posted over at Mac Mojo his year-end round-up: 2009 in review . For those of you who were looking for an update about Messenger:Mac, his post includes that.
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Office:Mac and "Mac-like"

    I got this question via the open question thread : Would you say that the MacBU is focused on delivering a "Mac-like" Office experience? I would say that we're focused on delivering the best productivity applications for the Mac. There's no great definition for "Mac-like". Apple's...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I submit bugs for Office:Mac?

    I got this question via email: I am writing you because I have been unable to find a suitable channel into Microsoft for reporting bugs in Microsoft Office mac. Should you experience a crash and the Microsoft crash reporter comes up, please click the "send to Microsoft" button. We analyse...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: how do I become a beta tester for Microsoft's Mac applications?

    From the open question thread comes this question: How do you get into testing Microsoft-Mac software, I have beta tested many Windows programs and was even in the "Butterfly" program. Well, you're ahead of me, since I have no idea what the Butterfly program is. :) There are two flavours...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: are you going to stop making Mac apps?

    Inspired by the open question thread , someone emailed me this one: your 5-year agreement with apple expires soon, and ive heard that you'll stop making mac apps when it expires, is this true? This rumour, like so many others in Apple circles, is a perennial favourite. It pops up pretty frequently...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: What kind of computers do you use in MacBU and Microsoft?

    In response to my open question thread , I got this question: do they force you to use PCs ? if yes what kind of machine do you have ? and what kind of Macs also ? and if not, what about MS employees outside the MacBU ? can they choose to use a Mac (with Entourage of course :-) ) ? ...
  • Blog Post: days where I love what I do

    Some days bring you better news than others. I just got two pieces of really good news. It means I've got a lot of work cut out for me in the upcoming months, but damn if it ain't cool. :D Before you ask: sorry, can't tell you what it is right now, but I will share the second I can. I think it's...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: what hardware do you use when testing Office:Mac?

    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...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Do participants in your usability studies have to be in the San Francisco or Puget Sound areas?

    In my overzealousness in killing off trackback spam (grrr), I accidentally deleted a comment asking about participating in usability studies. I was asked: Do they absolutely HAVE to be in the Bay area? I'd be glad to help, and have signed up for usability studies, but I'm not in the Bay area. ...
  • Blog Post: Mac users still needed!

    My team here in MacBU is still in need of Mac mail/calendar/contacts users. For full details of what I need, read this post and email the address contained in there. Edited on 6/17/2009 at 6pm: I now have all of the participants that I need for this study. You can still sign up to be notified about future...
  • Blog Post: Mac email, calendar, and address book users needed for usability study in San Francisco Bay Area

    My team is in need of Mac users who meet all of the following criteria: use their Mac at work for at least 20 hours per week use an email application on their Mac (such as Entourage, Mail, webmail, ... ) use a calendar application on their Mac (such as Entourage, iCal, or a web-based calendar) use an...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: other MacBU blogs

    Another question today ... Do any of your colleagues in the Mac BU have additional blogs that I haven't come across? Well, I can't speak to what blogs you've come across already, so let's do a list of them. Mac Mojo is the official blog of MacBU. Everyone here in MacBU is pretty heads...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I get into a MacBU private beta?

    I've been getting several variations on this question lately: I've heard that Microsoft is doing a private beta instead of a public one. How do I get into it? There are two ways to get into one of our private betas [1]. First, if you work for a large company, talk to your Microsoft account...
  • Blog Post: San Francisco Bay Area Mac users needed

    I've just mapped out my research schedule for the next few months, and I've come to a conclusion: I need more Mac users. In particular, I need Mac users who live in the Bay Area, and who are at least one of the following types of users: PowerPoint users who use PowerPoint in a business setting...
  • Blog Post: pretending to work

    I was out last week, so I missed it when this first came out. The guy who did the ' Again and Again ' video has done it again: he's pretending to work with Office:Mac.
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