Office 2010: New Product, New Blog

Since we signed off on Office 2007 in October 2006, we’ve been hard at work on the next version, Office 2010. As successful has Office 2007 has been, it represented but a first step in our journey towards rethinking the user experience of Office. Office 2010 will be, in many ways, the culmination of the…

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Table of Contents

Here’s a categorized Table of Contents to help you discover posts you might find interesting or relevant. If you’re new here, I’d recommend that you start reading at the top. Why a New UI for Office 2007? The Why of the New UI (Part 1) Ye Olde Museum Of Office Past (Why the UI, Part…

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The Story of the Ribbon

I was reading through commentary from people who attended last week’s MIX conference in Las Vegas. Running across Miguel de Icaza’s kind words reminded me that I hadn’t posted a follow-up about my MIX talk yet. Last week, I presented a session at MIX called “The Story of the Ribbon.” I talked a bit about…

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Let’s MIX it up!

Just a short note to let you know that I’ll be presenting a new session during MIX in Las Vegas on Friday, March 7 at 10:00 entitled “The Story of the Ribbon.” In this session, I’m going to present the story of the Ribbon–the customer problems that we were aiming to solve by designing a…

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Not Gone

It’s been a while since I last wrote in this space. Many of you have been kind enough to send me e-mail sometime in the last few months, making sure that I was OK and wondering if I was planning to write here anymore. Was I abducted by aliens? Put into witness protection? Muzzled for something…

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Using RibbonX with C++ and ATL

Today’s Guest Writer: Eric Faller Eric is a Software Design Engineer on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Another source of frequently-asked RibbonX questions is around the complexity of writing an add-in in C++. Compared to the ease of use of C# or VB.NET, C++ requires a much…

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Windows, Office, and Exchange Business Launch

Today is the official business launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system, and Exchange Server 2007. This means that as of today, businesses can get these products and start deploying them within their organization. The consumer launch is scheduled for January 30—that’s when you’ll be able to go into retail stores and buy shrink-wrapped…

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RibbonX Image FAQ

Today I’m delighted to present a new guest writer to the blog: Eric Faller, Software Design Engineer on the Office User Experience Team. Eric is one of the developers on our team who helped to design and implement RibbonX, the user interface extensibility model for Office developers. Today’s Guest Writer: Eric Faller Some of the…

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Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

For the last year or so, one of the questions I’ve been asked again and again has been: “Can I use the new Office user interface in my own product?” On one hand, it’s an immensely satisfying question to hear, because it means that others in the industry believe in the value of what we’ve…

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Developer Resources for Office 2007 RTM

Now that we’ve released Office 2007 to manufacturing, developers can get started modifying their solutions so that they’re ready to test with the released version of Office. Final versions of the RibbonX schema and Control ID list will be published on MSDN soon, but that can take a while—so I’ll continue to publish developer resources…

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