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Microsoft admits we were draconian and fixes it
Did you see the flurry of interest in this issue with Office 2003 sp3? Essentially sp3 blocks certain *very* old file formats for security reasons and this understandably got some people annoyed. The error which was not a bug was "You are attempting to open a file that was created in an earlier...
11 Jan 2008
Great new blog - Gray matter
Some blogs you wait a long time for and here is one. Gray Knowlton , Group product manager in Office has started a blog. Gray is a top guy, funny, very smart and with lots of good perspectives to share. He is working on Office Open XML, the new open file format used in Microsoft Office...
18 Dec 2007
Office 2007 file formats on Windows Mobile 6
At last, the Office mobile 6.1 update is here that lets us use the new file formats (open and edit xlsx and docx and just view pptx) on Windows Mobile devices. It works on windows pocket pc 5 and windows mobile 6. Download here . Jason aka mr mobile, has all the detail and this time managed...
30 Nov 2007
Random roundup.. June 5th 2007
"Open battle will boost compatibility" writes the Guardian computer editor, Jack Schofield in a computer weekly article . Open XML will never win over ODF proponents: nothing would. However, the new formats are more open, more accessible and more standardised than the old binary ones. Pragmatists, at...
5 Jun 2007
Why you should care about Open Standards
Everyone seems to think that caring about standards is someone else's job but that is just the technical equivalent of political apathy. The debate over the ISO ratification of document formats might sound a dense subject for the mere mortal but make no mistake, it will affect you eventually. This week...
5 Apr 2007
February top customer support calls on Office
Every month I get a report from support which tells me what the most common support issues are with my product. Now that the 2007 release is out, we are starting to get some more support calls and a few issues come up regularly and are therefore worth a post I thought. Office 2007 over terminal services...
19 Mar 2007
Open XML reaches final draft
To quote Brian Jones : As I already mentioned, in the last face to face meeting in Trondheim, Norway we unanimously voted to approve the final draft of the Office Open XML spec as ready to submit to the Ecma General Assembly. The GA will then review the draft and in December there will be a vote...
11 Oct 2006
Lost in translation
Chris Capossela (head of the Information Worker business group) was over in the UK today and I got to join him in a couple of his briefings. Chris is a very impressive spokesperson and I learnt a lot listening to him handle questions. We got into some really good debates and I thought one of the discussions...
25 Sep 2006
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