On Hiatus

Due to the holidays here in the United States and elsewhere, many people are taking time off of work, away from their computers, and away from blogs. I am no exception, and my blog will be on hiatus for two weeks.  If you’re new to the blog and looking for reading material in the meantime,…

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I Am Your Density

A comment we’ve heard again and again about the Office 12 interface after people use it or see it demoed live is: “wow, it’s so much better than I imagined just by seeing the screenshots.”  Several people made that comment to me once again after my talk at PARC Tuesday night, and I wanted to…

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BayCHI Event Last Night

A big thanks to everyone who came to hear me speak last night at the BayCHI monthly program at PARC.  I enjoyed meeting so many of you in person and hearing your feedback and ideas.  Thanks especially to Rashmi, Deanna, Suzanne, Steve, and everyone else from BayCHI who made me feel welcome and helped manage…

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Speaking in Palo Alto Tonight

Tonight I’ll be in Palo Alto, CA, speaking at the monthly meeting of BayCHI in PARC’s George E. Pake Auditorium. I’ll be discussing the ideas behind the redesign of Office and showing demos of Office 12 Beta 1. The full description of the talk is reproduced at the bottom of this post. It’s exciting for…

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Math On Demand (Office 12 Coolness, Part 4)

Here’s a neat time-saver in Excel 12.  Let’s say that you have some numbers somewhere in the Excel grid, in this case monthly sales figures for the branches of a store: Sales data in the Excel grid Now, let’s say I wanted to quickly find out the average or total sales for some or all…

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Fast At Any Speed

One of the major engineering feats associated with shipping Office is making sure it runs fast enough.  This effort, which we classify under the broad heading of “performance” includes responsiveness (how quickly a button responds when you click it), throughput (how fast Excel can recalculate a spreadsheet), and “perceived” performance (do the fade out of…

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Know Your ABC’s (Office 12 Coolness, Part 3)

One of the features I always wished Word had was the ability to alphabetize a list of words.  I always copied my words into Excel, fixed them up one per row, sorted them there, and then pasted back into Word.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Word has had this feature since version 2.0!…

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New Fonts For Documents

Last month, I introduced Segoe UI, the new user interface font for Office 12 and Windows Vista. Of course, you spend most of your time in Office not looking at the user interface, but working with documents.  Times New Roman has been Word’s default font since Word 6.0 introduced support for TrueType fonts.  Although there…

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For Trembling Hands (Office 12 Coolness, Part 2)

Last week I started a new series of some of my favorite new features in Office 12.  If you’re curious what criteria I’m using to select them, read Part 1. Today’s episode: You’re standing up on stage in front of a thousand people who have come to watch you talk.  The house dims, and the…

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Breaking the Code

I received a mail this weekend responding to my Friday post on Super Tooltips asking a simple question: “It seems like you introduce every new feature in Office 12 with a code name.  Why not use the ‘real’ name?” The short answer is: “Because we don’t have ‘real’ names yet.” Where do code names come…

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