Microsoft shows new database technology at MIX – Information Week article

Interesting article that speculates about a potential “SQL Server Live” offering from Microsoft. “In a session called “Accessing Data Services in the Cloud,” Microsoft announced a programming model and related hosted service referred to as Project Astoria. Astoria is a set of downloadable bits built on top of a part of a Microsoft data access…

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Office 2003 SP3 article on CNET

My friend Josh Edwards is quoted by CNET talking about SP3. Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 will be focused on security, said Joshua Edwards, a technical product manager for Office at Microsoft. “We’re trying to take what we learned from building Office 2007 and bring as much as we can to Office 2003,” Edwards…

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Show your best work as a best practice in a Microsoft Case study

The marketing team is always looking for examples of people realizing their potential through best practices with Office System software. When we find people with best practices we write about it at www.microsoft.com/casestudies. For you as a developer, it gets high visibility with the potential of getting more business thanks to this free advertisement. Your…

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Seattle PI article "Microsoft Office 2007 sales twice that of previous version"

These quotes are nice to see. I’m also hearing from online communities an dramatic increase in posts on the new version. Microsoft Office 2007 sales twice that of previous version Microsoft Corp.’s new Office 2007 software produced almost twice the revenue of the previous version in its first month of corporate availability, according to market…

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InfoWorld article – "Microsoft: Office training fears overblown"

This is a good interview with Chris Capossela, VP for Office Marketing. http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/01/31/HNofficetrainingfears_1.html This quote does reflect what we have seen in the Access world. Although, you can argue that the Access change is even more dramatic as we changed the nav pane, introduced tabs, revamped getting started, and introduced layout mode for WYSIWYG form/report…

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The New York Times "Purging Bloat to Fashion Sleek Software"

NY Times has an good article about the new Office redesign. Nearly these articles are turning out really positive… Nice to see.  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/technology/18pogue.html?ex=1169874000&en=46b182d68b8d6444&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVERNEWS “Eventually, however, Microsoft Office developed a reputation for bloat and complexity. It was fully grown: tall, hairy and toothy. “So what did Microsoft do then? It began shrinking Microsoft Office. In fact,…

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The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year – Office 2007 Tops PC Worlds List!

When we started talking about the ribbon everyone knew it was a huge bet. It is nice to get some props! Here is what they have to say: “Innovation? Microsoft? Yes, we were surprised, too, but the Redmond giant’s latest upgrade of the world’s most popular productivity suite introduces several new features that revolutionize how…

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Wall Street Journal’s (Walt Mossberg) take on the ribbon

Walt Mossberg an often critical voice about Microsoft products has published his review of the ribbon in the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116786111022966326-mRGBGB2hIZH7SbdbE2Bg7YVHTDE_20070202.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top There is also a video of his recap http://online.wsj.com/public/page/8_0004.html. He didn’t cover anything about Access but had some nice things to say about Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Here are a few interesting quotes:…

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History of Microsoft vocabulary tag cloud

Todd Bishop from the The Seattle PI recently put together an interesting series of cloud tags with 64 of the most commonly used words in key Microsoft-related speeches, interviews, internal e-mails and other documents from the past three decade. http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/tags/ I particularly like the October 2005: Ray Ozzie Memo, “The Internet Services Disruption.” cloud. He…

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Feedback from a customer about Access 2007

Here is some feedback I received yesterday from a customer.  It is nice to see people appreciate the visual improvements.   Overall we are happy with Access 2000 and everything worked (or we had developed workarounds for certain behaviors). However, we looked to Access 2007 for the following features.   Newer look and feel more like…

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