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  • Blog Post: Can you all update your sections of the document and email it back to me?

    Professional life teaches you to make adjustments to your normal mode of working at times.  Sometimes you have to adapt your style and consciously do things differently.  If you've ever worked in a big blue chip, you will be familiar with this kind of coaching.  If you tend to fly off...
  • Blog Post: Mail merge bug with Tablet PC

    If like me you are doing your Christmas card labels at the moment and you use a tablet PC then watch out for this bug. You run the mail merge wizard from Outlook (or Word) but when you update labels, it only puts the address block on the first two and last two label boxes on each page, leaving the rest...
  • Blog Post: Office Live Workspace beta out today

    Before you get too excited, this is only launching in the US however this is still an important milestone as it means the functionality is public.  If you preregistered for Office Live Workspace in the US you will be able to start using the service today.  I have been using it for a month or...
  • Blog Post: Google don't use their own stuff - so why should you?

    This amused me today from a friend of mine who noticed this. A job application on the Google website for the " Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Google.org - San Francisco " Check out point 3 from the mandatory job qualifications: Requirements : 5-8 years administrative experience in a fast...
  • Blog Post: Training on SharePoint and InfoPath

    I've decided to blog smaller items a bit more often as they occur to me so here's a question I answered today which might help others - where can I get some training on SharePoint and InfoPath? Good place to start is the online training at office online Try http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/training...
  • Blog Post: Excel users can all pivot

    So after the third person in a week stopped me in the corridor while I was walking from the coffee shop to lunch etc. to interrupt me from my clearly very busy and important schedule only to ask me how to do calculations on data in a pivot table, I started thinking, what is it with you people? are you...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Protect and manage content

    I must confess I was a bit hungover when I recorded this one so I do suggest you run it speeded up (ctrl-shift-G) to cut down my pause for thought gaps. This really is a very important topic so I apologise for not sounding more exuberant while demoing it. In this blogcast I cover a bit more of the security...
  • Blog Post: Project Collaboration demo blogcast

    Here is my latest demonstration: project collaboration . What I'm showing is the common scenario of a few people just wanting to work together on a project and get more from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and some of the desktop applications. I go through: Creating a team workspace Using simple...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: my launch demo

    For the launch of Exchange Server 2007, Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, I put together this demo and have been hawking it round pretty much every event since (well that's just good reuse right?). This demo required a fair amount of stuff installed on the virtual PC including Exchange...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Tagging in the 2007 Office authoring experience

    Renewing my commitment to recording the demos that I find myself doing frequently, I've recorded this one about tagging. We used to talk about metadata as the term for this - that is data about data - but I've noticed that people now refer to it as tagging, what with the rise in "folksonomies" such as...
  • Blog Post: First Look: 2007 Microsoft Office system

    I've decided to create a new book review category and tell you what I think of the new books. As I'm given books to review by publishers, I'll write a review. Title: First Look at 2007 Microsoft Office system. Author: Katherine Murray Publisher: MS Press Price: £9.89 What does it cover...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: OneNote 2007

    I've been meaning to record a OneNote 2007 demo for a while so here it is. OneNote 2007 is a very important application now in Office. You will see it is included in both the Home and Student Edition and in the Enterprise Edition . It really is a very sophisticated product with superb integration with...
  • Blog Post: Word counter in Word 2007

    A lot of people, particularly journalists who write articles for a living, ask me whether we can put a word counter into the mini-bar for them. Better than that, we have put a word counter into the Word status bar. This displays the number of words in the document all the time and if you select a block...
  • Blog Post: Hallelujah! beta 1 gets a face lift

    Today the beta 1 technical refresh got released internally and it looks great :-) First impressions New look is nicely polished. This really does look the business now. Its fast. The live previews are stunning. Galleries are more extensive and rich More robust and stable...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Intro to the Office 12 user interface

    Sometimes its better to show than to tell so I thought I'd have a go at recording one of my demos of the new user interface in Office 12. It is recorded with only 16 colours so it will look a lot nicer in real life. I'm attaching the spreadsheet that I used in the excel 12 demo in case you have beta...
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