This is my first post to my first blog. I'm trying this out to get a sense of what blogging is like. I'm not naturally someone who writes a diary or otherwise feels the need to communicate except when there's a question or a problem to solve or someone to speak to, so we'll see if I can keep this up. I'm sure if people start contacting me or referring to this blog, that'll keep me going.

A little background on me. I am the Group Program Manager at Microsoft for what we call (this year) Office Authoring Services. That is an umbrella term that covers Word, Publisher, and our newest application: OneNote. As I write this, I can say categorically that I'd prefer to edit text in those three apps any day compared to this troglodytic editing experience in the blogging tool. Maybe that'll happen. I live in Seattle, and have been at Microsoft for 10 years, first on Excel, then 9 years on Word. I started the OneNote effort in late 2000, and have come to manage the design team of program managers for Publisher only recently.

Ok, for this third paragraph I have given up on the blogging tool and have moved to Word where I can remain sane while typing (I’m a heavy autocorrect and background spelling user since I never learned to touch-type. Bam! Now you know a little secret about me)


I think I’ll use this blog to muse about OneNote in particular. It’s new, and seems to have a few fans who are vocal about ways OneNote could go in the future. It’s also the kind of application we can rapidly evolve since it doesn’t have a huge user base yet.


So, that’s it for now. If anyone wants to say hi, please do.

Comments (13)

  1. Joe Friend says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging, oh boss of mine. This should be interesting given the conversations we’ve had. I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Hey Chris, congrats on making the jump!

    Recently, on my blog, someone gave me a heap of "feedback" on OneNote and asked me to pass it onto the product team. If you are interested in taking a look, please see:

  3. Tejas Patel says:

    Ah, first of all Welcome to the Blogging world and I am sure you will be better than 1000’s of more bloggies (even using word) :).

    This was a mere co-incidence that I came across this blog, but I am glad I did, as you allready said, ‘OneNote’ is still new and has a low userbase, but among those userbase, I am one such user that is trying to advertise it whenever I can. I started using it in it’s beta and now I am propogating it’s use in my office. Well now I will keep in touch with this blog as to I can learn more about OneNote and it’s tips and tricks.

    Looking forward to seeing you in action.

  4. Just wanted to add a hello from England. Glad to see you blogging. I use TypePad, which has a pretty nice authoring experience although still no auto-correct or background spelling. I use my time in TypePad to try to remember how to spell, a skill I have begun to forget. Hope to see you on my next visit to Redmond.

  5. Chris,

    This is great to see you blogging. I was just complaining yesterday to a fellow peer in the Office community that we don’t see enough people on the Microsoft Office development team blogging. I actually used your name! Now I am silenced!

    We are going to add you to our list of Bloggers at

    The other Chris,

    Chris Kunicki

  6. Rob Mauceri says:

    If only there was a way to post to your web log directly from Word or OneNote… That would be cool :v) I’m looking forward to seeing how this experiment turns out.

  7. Aloha Chris and welcome to the world of blogging. You’re off to a fine start and I look forward to what you have to say about OneNote in the future.

    I’ve recently started using OneNote and occasionally the Notes feature in my Dell Axim to create Blog text. I can’t post directly, but I can easily "cut & paste" when it’s time to post the text to my blog.


    Ben M. Schorr, MVP-OneNote

  8. Damon Friend says:

    Yeah, I find it a lot better to just type up my entries in Word before going to my blogging tool. Otherwise i always have to think if I’m spelling words right or not and that makes it take longer to do my posts…

  9. THe blogging site/tool I use is LiveJournal and it doesn’t have AutoCorrect but it loads up Word to spell check. Word as a component for other apps would be a sweet thing 😉

    BTW, remember me hounding you about OnNote at the reviewer’s workshop last year? I have to say, I like it a lot these days 😉

  10. kip says:

    Hey Chris glad to see you aboard. I remember your name from the Office 2003 Beta. I’m not a blog technogeek by any means, but if you use Newsgator, an add-in to Outlook, you can download a .text post add-in and then post from within Outlook. Don’t know if that’s what you’re doing now or not….

  11. Thanks for a great blog! I read quite a few blogs by Microsoft employees, and yours is one of the best I’ve found so far (along with Raymond Chen and Eric Lippert).

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