Experience the Microsoft Office System

Discover all that you can have, be, and do — with the Microsoft Office System at this new website.  It includes trial software, tips & tricks, webcasts and training on how to be more productive.


How do you measure productivity?

Most of us are struggling to deal with all the information we have to work with for our jobs and lives.  We live high-bandwidth lifestyles.  So how can we be more productive?   The Information Work Productivity Council (IWPC) [http://www.iwproductivity.org] is an independent group of companies and academics that have joined together to study the…


Microsoft Renovates Office Suite as a Web Service

Referring to the Microsoft Office System that shipped in October of last year, this article from E-Commerce Times is a short and interesting read.  It captures some of the vision around the Office System within Microsoft.  I especially like this BillG quote: “Office defines business productivity,” Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, told financial analysts in July….


What’s interesting about Office 2003 SP1?

Office 2003 SP1 was released on July 27, 2004.   You can download it here. In addition to bug fixes, SP1 delivers advances in several key areas:      Greater support for InfoPath.  Easier and faster for developers to create InfoPath based solutions with more support using managed code, digital signatures and enhanced form sharing via e-mail….


Microsoft buys Lookout

I first read about Lookout in Omar’s post, Outlook is a platform.  I use it everyday to search my Outlook 2003 inbox, calendar and contacts.  Microsoft just announced today they bought Lookout: http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/040716/tech_microsoft_search_1.html “Lookout is a small software add-on to Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail, contacts and scheduling program that allows users to bypass the search tools…


Ray Ozzie has a vision for Information Workers

This eWeek interview with Ray Ozzie, the creator of Lotus Notes and more recently Groove Networks is an interesting read. In it, he talks about the new version of Groove, v3 which features integration that enables work styles “between Microsoft Office and the file system.“  From the article: “Anybody who wants to understand where the future…


What’s new for the Tablet PC in XP SP2?

This video tour by Peter Loforte, GM of the Tablet PC team is well worth the 10-minutes: https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=7603 I’ve found that these enhancements have made it much more possible to use a “slate” Tablet PC like the Motion M1400.  Before this I could only use a convertible like the Toshiba Portege 3500 because I felt…


Visual Studio Tools for Office

Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) 2.0 is now in beta!   Of course VSTO 1.0 has been out for some time now and is available here.    What’s great about VSTO is that it allows developers a way to extend Office applications with managed code using Visual Studio .Net.   VSTO 2.0 works with…


Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework (IBF) RTMs

The Information Bridge Framework (IBF) “provides a framework for connecting disparate sources of enterprise information from back-end systems like ERP and CRM to Office 2003 Professional applications via web services and WinForms.”   It just RTM’ed and is available for download.   Marc Orchant has an Interview with Microsoft’s Michael Kiselman about the IBF on…