Office 12 XML File Formats begin standardization process

BetaNews reports: International technology standards organization Ecma International voted Thursday to approve the creation of a technical committee to begin looking into standardization of Microsoft Office’s Open XML document format. The effort has been backed by Apple, Intel and Toshiba. The vote to create the committee would have been unanimous, however OpenDocument supporter IBM voted…

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Adding intellisense support for Office 2003 development

This download appeared on MSDN a couple of months back: Intellisense files for Visual Studio Tools for Office.  Despite the title of the download these files can be used in any .NET Office System development regardless of whether you are using VSTO or not.  The files work in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio…

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OneNote Mobile

A week or so back Chris Pratley let the cat out of the bag on OneNote Mobile. This is a version of OneNote that runs on a Windows Mobile phone and will ship with OneNote 12 next year. What does it do? OneNote Mobile enables you to: Capture and review multimedia notes on your phone,…

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Highlights of 18 months of blogging

I’ve been blogging for 18 months now and as I was looking through the stats yesterday I thought I’d share with you my most popular posts. What’s in a name? The Information Worker, The Knowledge Worker and The Structured Task Worker Customizing SharePoint Context Menus InfoPath 2003 Form Viewer Sample Application Office 12 Ribbon Screenshots…

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Office 12 Beta 1 is out

Overnight Office 12 Beta participants recieved notification that Beta 1 is available for download.  I got my copy installed a few days ago and so far I am impressed with the quality compared to the last public DF4 build.  This is much more stable and performance is way better.  As an indication of the confidence…

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Office 12 for Windows Mobile?

Mary Jo Foley over at Microsoft Watch reports an interesting rumour.  Now I have to say that I work here and I have heard nothing about this so far. Tentatively called “Office 12 for Windows Mobile,” the product will consist of viewers for Word, Excel and PowerPoint (along with some very limited editing capabilities for…

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Want to be a Microsoft Consultant?

We are looking for an experienced SharePoint/CMS consultant to come and join our team based out of Reading, UK.  The official job description is below.  This is a really exciting time to join Microsoft as we are just starting to ramp up for the Office 12 launch next year.  If you think you fit the bill send…

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Office 2003 SP2 Available for Download

Anytime now Service Pack 2 for Office 2003 should be available for download.  Key enhancements include:  ·         Improved Security – SP2 includes an enhancement to Outlook to help prevent “Phishing.” Outlook has also improved the handling of “Junk” email. Junk messages are now rendered as plain text, preventing HTML information from being viewed inadvertently. Links are…

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Office 12 XML features available in all editions

Woohoo! This is great news.  Many times I have spoken to ISVs and SIs wanting to build Office 2003 XML integration solutions for the small business market or the education market who were disappointed that the arbitrary XML, Smart Document and VSTO technologies are only available in Office 2003 Professional Edition or standalone versions.  Those with the…

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Learning the Office 12 UI

I have seen a few posts over on channel9 and a other lists discussing the difficulty of learning a new UI paradigm.  I have had Office 12 installed for about 2 weeks now so I thought I would post my experience of starting to use it.   I don’t work in Office product development.  I…

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