Office 12: It’s Not Just UI


There are a number of other Microsoft Office employee blogs you can check out if you’re interested in learning more about Office 12.

Here are a few of them to get you started:

  • Steven Sinofsky’s Microsoft TechTalk.  Steven is the Senior Vice President of Office and his blog is primarily focused on issues relating to helping college grads make an informed decision about what it’s like to work at Microsoft and the kind of impact new hires and interns have around Office.  Yet, Steven also finds time to write about some of the current decisions we’ve made in Office 12, always flavored with historical information about what Office has learned from past successes and mistakes.  His September 12 entry talks in-depth about some of the history behind the Office Assistant (“Clippy”) as well as the Office 12 new UI.
     
  • Brian Jones: Office XML Formats:  I guess Brian’s blog is kind of the ying to this blog’s yang.  One of the other big advances in Office 12 is the new XML-based file format, and Brian’s blog is a great starting point to learn both the “why” and the “what” of the change.
     
  • Chris Pratley: A OneNote WebLog:  Chris is an accomplished and experienced product designer who runs the program management team that oversees Word and OneNote.  Chris has been posting since midway through the OneNote 2003 product cycle and has just started posting information about the next version, OneNote 12.
     
  • David Gainer: Microsoft Excel 12 Blog:  David leads the Excel program management team, and he has started a blog in which his team will let you know what’s coming in Excel 12.  First announcement: more rows and columns!
     
  • Owen Braun: Another OneNote Blog:  Owen was instrumental in shaping the first two versions of OneNote; I’m sure his blog will be interesting!
     
  • PJ Hough: Windows SharePoint Services:  PJ’s SharePoint blog is just getting started and includes some nice information about the upcoming WSS “v.3”, especially its support of blogs, wikis, and RSS.
     
  • Rob Mauceri: FrontPage Blog:  Rob is the Group Program Manager of Microsoft FrontPage.  He started blogging about FrontPage 12 this week.
     
  • Dieter Zirkler: ProjBlog: This blog covers Microsoft Project and the Project Server.  Dieter manages the Project program management team.
     
  • Erik Rucker: Access Blog: This blog details the new features in Access 12 and discusses general Access issues.
     
  • Joe Friend: Word – Designing Software and Loving It: Joe has been one of the leaders behind Word 12 and one of the people on the Word team with whom we have worked the most.

As more Office blogs come online, I’ll keep you updated.

Comments (13)

  1. Andre says:

    Office Access and Publisher seem to be very shy teams. Why didn’t someone from the Access team just group up Dave Gainer to form one blog about bother products. I always see a tight relation and integration between both products.

  2. Step says:

    I would LOVE to hear from the Access team!

  3. jensenh says:

    I just verified with them–an Access blog is coming. Stay tuned.

  4. Andre says:

    Just found the Office FrontPage 12 Blog:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/rmauceri/

    Here is Office Project 12 Blog too:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/dieterz

  5. jensenh says:

    Thanks, Andre! I added those two, don’t know how I missed them!

  6. TC says:

    Re. Access, Andrew Miller has one already: http://blogs.msdn.com/andrewrmiller/ but he doesn’t use it much. Hint! Hint!

  7. smarty pants says:

    "yin" and yang.

  8. Mark says:

    Is there a blog to discuss the new automation object models for Office 12?

  9. TC says:

    Um, Mark, are you saying that the automation model has changed? I have a large MS Access app which automates Word to within an inch of its life. Are you referring to new features (within the automation model) or changes to existing ones?

  10. Toby Getsch says:

    The Access 12 Blog just went live today.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/access/

  11. ray says:

    Is there an Outlook 12 blog?

  12. Which blog deals with accessibility issues? The particular accessibility issue I’m concerned with is how people create (or fail to create) Office documents which turn into accessible Web pages or PDF files.

  13. Charles says:

    Which reminds me, I’d rather use additional monitor resolution at some point to display the same information in the same monitor dimensions with greater physical sharpness than to squeeze more stuff into the UI.

    That is, I’d see exactly the same thing on a 1600 x 1200 screen as I would see on a 800 x 600 screen, except it would be twice (4 times?) as sharp.

    But nobody seems to be going that way.