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  • Blog Post: more details about Office:Mac 2011

    Today, my team released a video showing off more of the upcoming Office:Mac 2011. Watch it to learn more about the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook (one of my favourite features, not only because I worked on it!), broadcast slideshow in PowerPoint (another personal fave), and integration with the Office...
  • Blog Post: Office:Mac 2011 will hit store shelves in October

    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...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint is not the right tool for every job -- and that's perfectly okay

    When I wrote my PowerPoint is not the right tool for every job post last week for Mac Mojo , I knew that it was only a matter of time before someone would read it and crow about it. I just wasn't sure who would be the first. The Apple Core blog at ZDNet didn't disappoint. In their bizarrely-titled PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint is not the right tool for every job

    I've got a post up over at Mac Mojo today: PowerPoint is not the right tool for every job . For my committed readers, I'll tell you that I had a hard time naming this post. Here are the rejected titles: we have met the enemy, and he is bad PowerPoint some problems in the world can't be...
  • Blog Post: the thing I hate the most about my job

    For the most part, I love what I do. But there's one thing that continually drives me crazy about my job. I've been living and breathing the next version of Office:Mac for the past couple of years. I've done mountains of research on it. Since it's coming out in time for your holiday shopping pleasure...
  • 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: a short film in PowerPoint:Mac

    One of our testers, who is infinitely more talented than I am, created a video using PowerPoint. It's really quite cool, and there are some good tips in there for extending your PowerPoint-fu to make better presentations. You can see his video in his Mac Mojo post A Dog's Day: A PowerPoint Short Film...
  • Blog Post: Macworld: five favourite PowerPoint tips

    Tom Negrino wrote a great article for Macworld about five favourite PowerPoint tips . Here's Tom's top five tips (and you really must read the whole article, he's got some great details in there): write an outline of your presentation in Word make objects fly using motion paths turn...
  • Blog Post: Office:Mac 2008 12.2.1 available today

    Today, we released Office:Mac 2008 12.2.1. This release fixes issues where some users were unable to open some of their XML-based files in PowerPoint:Mac and Excel:Mac. This issue was accidentally introduced when we introduced stronger checking of our new XML-based file formats. In short, we were looking...
  • Blog Post: Office:Mac 2008 SP2 available today

    Today, we have released Office:Mac 2008 SP2. What's in it for you? PowerPoint : In a lot of ways, this is the star of SP2 for me. (Of course, it helps that I'm on the PowerPoint team. :) In SP2, we have added two highly-requested features: the ability to create custom path animations and the ability...
  • Blog Post: Guy Kawasaki on PowerPoint

    Today, Guy Kawasaki came to speak at Microsoft. One of the points that amused me the most was his idea that we should sell, and charge more for, a PowerPoint Pro version. That PowerPoint Pro should limit you to 10 slides, and never allow you to use a font smaller than 30. While I fundamentally think...
  • 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: Office 2008 12.1.3 and Office 2004 11.5.2 available now

    This is probably going to get lost in all of the discussion of the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, but just in case you feel like taking a break from all of that, Update Tuesday has delivered new updates to Office 2008 and Office 2004. Office 2008 12.1.3 has suite-wide improvements in performance...
  • Blog Post: questions for you PowerPoint users

    I asked Entourage questions last time, so it's PowerPoint's turn ... Do you use slide themes? If not, why not? Do you use a built-in theme, one that was given to you (say, a theme your company requires you to use), or one that you made yourself? Do you ever tweak a theme? What changes do...
  • Blog Post: 20 years of PowerPoint

    Today's Wall Street Journal features an article titled PowerPoint turns 20 as its creators ponder a dark side to success . I did a quick poll of the PowerPoint:Mac team here today, and between us, we've got boxed copies of all versions of PowerPoint:Mac. The lead program manager has version 1 , I've...
  • Blog Post: thanks!

    I put out a call on this blog last week to help me find some users who are Entourage and PowerPoint users. I had lots of responses, and as of right now, that particular study is filled. I want to thank all of you for reading that post, responding to it if you fit my needs for that study, and forwarding...
  • Blog Post: Bay Area Mac users needed

    Edited to add: This study has now been filled. Thanks for signing up! I know that I’ve asked our readers to participate in our usability studies before. I have a very specific need this time, and I’m hoping that you can help me out. I’ve got an upcoming usability study that covers new features...
  • Blog Post: pretty persuasion

    Apple's got a profile up on their website about a PowerPoint user. It's called Powers of Persuasion . Attorney Mark Lanier uses PowerPoint:Mac, and has lots of great things to say about it. :D . Here's my favourite quote from that article: Lanier soon found that his trusty Mac was valuable...
  • Blog Post: Office:Mac update 11.2.6

    You might have missed it with everything else that's going on in the Apple world this week, but we released Office:Mac 11.2.6 today. It's a security update for some PowerPoint vulnerabilities. It's available via AutoUpdate or for download on Mactopia .
  • Blog Post: a day in the life (part three)

    2pm I sit down with the team from the 9am meeting, and we discuss the recommendations from the usability test. How do these recommendations impact our development and test efforts? We talk about possible solutions to some of the issues that were surfaced during the test and agree on which actions...
  • Blog Post: a day in the life (part two)

    8am First order of business: email. I try to maintain an empty inbox, but I’m convinced that such a goal is unreachable. Instead, I employ the strategy of moving the goalposts and claiming victory: if I don’t have to scroll to see everything in my inbox, it’s close enough for my purposes. Email...
  • Blog Post: a day in the life (part one)

    Someone asked me what my day looks like: what I do, what tools I use to do it. Today is Thursday, 01 June 2006, and this is my day. Is it representative? Hard to say -- my days are almost never repetitive. Today is a bit more meeting-heavy than usual, but my trips to Redmond usually end up having more...
  • Blog Post: Q&A - what do you work on?

    Someone pointed out to me that I haven't admitted which products get my keen insight into the user experience. Currently, I'm MacBU's user experience researcher for the following products: PowerPoint Entourage Virtual PC Remote Desktop Connection I also handle some of the common...
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