Onward and Upward

This is my last post on my Microsoft blog.  I’ve had a great 4.5 years here at Microsoft.  Met some amazing people, and played with some cool technology.  Now I’m moving on to do my own thing.  I’ll be blogging about Office 2.0, Web 2.0, and all kinds of technology in general over at my…


New Look for Office Live Developer Portal

The entire Office Developer Portal on MSDN has been redesigned, including the Office Live section.  The result is a nice clean look, with less navigation required to get were you’re going.  The excellent MSDN team is constantly coming up with improvements to the content and the site.


PopFly, Silverlight and Office Live

Microsoft disclosed  Popfly today, as the “fun, easy way to build and share mashups, gadgets, Web pages, and applications.”  We will be showing it off at Maker Faire this weekend.  Mary Jo Foley and TechCrunch have some nice coverage of Popfly as well. Popfly – which is based on Silverlight – consists of two parts: 1)…


The Small Business Marketplace

Do you know who employs 98% of the entire workforce worldwide? Do you know which market has 3 million businesses in the US alone which drives $14 Billion?  Did you also know that only 49% of these businesses had a web site in 2005, even though two-thirds of them in the US have high-speed Internet connectivity? …


Presentation to Mountain View Chamber of Commerce – Vista, Office and Office Live

On Wednesday May 9 at 4:00 my colleague Ben Riga and I will be doing a keynote presentation to the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce called Microsoft for Small Business: Ready to Grow When You Are. We will demo Windows Vista, the new Office 2007 user interface, and Office Live.  No PowerPoints here, only demos….


Office Live @ Mix07

Well Mix07 was a blast.  My colleague Rohit Puri and I did a session on Office Live for Designers and Developers.  We had 70-80 people in the audience and got a lot of questions.  We did our Northwind Inn demo, which shows many of the ways you can customize and extend Office Live like:   Customizing the…


Tips and Tricks for Using JavaScript on Your Office Live Public Site

I’m working on an Office Live end-to-end demonstration called Northwind Inn for the Mix07 Conference with my colleague, Rohit Puri.  During the demo I wanted to add some JavaScript code to pre-fill form field elements as part of the demo.  You know, the magic roll-over that pre-fills all the form fields for you so you don’t have…


Office Live at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco

I’m looking forward to the upcoming Web 2.0 Expo – I’ll be speaking on a panel called SMBx: The Revolution Of The SMB Application Marketplace with my friends from Etelos, Google, and Zoho.  The moderator will be Joel Dreyfuss from Red Herring whom I haven’t met yet but I’m looking forward to it. Despite the title,…


Office Live Visual Mindmap

What is Office Live?  What does it mean for web-savvy developers?  Here is my attempt to bring things together in one of my favorite ways – a mindmap.    Simply put, Office Live is a set of web-based services for small businesses to manage their business online.  It consists of a public facing web site for their…


Here’s a good idea: Excel Services for Office Live

My friend Steve Hansen from Office Zealot posted a very interesting scenario for how Office Live could leverage Excel Services.  Almost everybody in a small or medium business uses spreadsheets, right?  Well allowing them to easily publish those spreadsheets to the Office Live service and have them rendered in the browser would be a powerful capability.