OfficeRocker!

Strange thinking about Microsoft Office

July, 2006

Blog - About

About Office Rocker!

Thanks for stopping by at my blog.  I'm Darren Strange, the UK product manager for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.  We are launching the 2007 release in January 2007 together with Windows Vista and in the run up to that I'll be talking about what's new and why it is significant in the evolution of Microsoft Office.

A bit about me then. My job has two parts to it - an evangelist for the product and a project manager for the launch project.  The evangelist part means I do lots of presentations on Office and am the lead spokesperson in the UK on Information Worker matters.  I work with customers, partners, analysts and press to better understand the opportunities for Office and help people to understand and get value from it.  The project management part is running a pretty complex, multi-workstream project which covers each segment, audience and department involved in the launch.  I take a special interest in the rapid deployment customers and in the press and analyst outreach. 

Wherever possible, we are using the 2007 release to run the project using SharePoint Server, Groove, Project Server, InfoPath, Excel and PowerPoint in our project office processes.  This means I am hopefully "walking the talk" as we march towards launch.

My background is in Microsoft Consulting Services where I started as an Exchange consultant back in 1997 and later got to manage the collaboration team and then the solutions practice.  This comprised of three consulting teams; collaboration, Internet business and SQL & Business Intelligence.  Before that I worked for KPMG Management Consulting for 4 years which my first job out of university.  Last year I passed my PMI and this year my CIM professional diploma.  I won't be doing any more exams for a while now..

Anyway, do let me know what you think, add comments and let's discuss.  That's the fun of blogging afterall.

  • OfficeRocker!

    Death by PowerPoint - Giving better presentations

    • 22 Comments
    Take yourself back to that day in the mid eighties, in some smokey, Silicon Valley room where some developers were coming up with the ideas for a new application to help people do presentations. I don't think on the blackboard of brainstormed thoughts...
  • OfficeRocker!

    Go SharePoint and good things happen

    • 8 Comments
    Yesterday's presentations were to two groups of sales managers from Computacenter to whom I attempted to convey something of the Office System in 40 minutes. I'm not sure I got it across all that effectively. It is pretty hard to get through the 15 desktop...
  • OfficeRocker!

    File compatibility - the office babelfish

    • 0 Comments
    As more people install the beta of Office, there are more documents out there in the new file format . Hang on.. Changing the file formats???!!? Are you mad?? But before I start on that, lets revise what have we done and what were the reasons why we...
  • OfficeRocker!

    Office opens up to ODF

    • 5 Comments
    Big news today was that we've decided to fund an open source project to build translation tools between the new 2007 file format, OpenXML and the OpenOffice standard Open Document Format. This will enable customers to read and write to ODF from Word,...
  • OfficeRocker!

    Thoughts on the beta life of Vista and 2007 release

    • 4 Comments
    Perhaps a bit of a random post today but I am thick into the beta lifestyle now. I'm currently running Windows Vista build 5472 (the latest public refresh) and Office build 4228 which is a post beta 2 interim build (beta 2 was 4017) . So time for an update...
  • OfficeRocker!

    OneNote the new blog tool

    • 7 Comments
    I just love OneNote. I did hint at this a while back but in my current Office build , 4228, this is all working really well so I thought I'd walk you through it. As James Governor said when I showed him, " It struck me, when he showed me blog publishing...
Page 1 of 1 (6 items)