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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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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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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The Office 2007 UI Bible

I’ve published over 200 posts on this blog since I started it last September. With all of those posts, it can be hard to remember what you’ve read and what you haven’t… and it can be hard for new people to jump in and figure out where to start reading. I’ve been meaning to sit…

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Office 2007 Released to Manufacturing

I’m proud to announce that last Friday, November 3 at approximately 2:30 PM, we signed off on build 4518.1014 as the 2007 Microsoft Office system and released it to manufacturing. This was followed by a ship party for everyone in Office including a few minutes of speeches, the traditional sounding of the RTM siren, and…

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Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Now

This morning, the Beta 2 Technical Refresh of the 2007 Microsoft Office system became available for download. You can download it now from the Microsoft Download Center. (The download link above is the main download link. You also view the list of all available Beta 2 Technical Refresh updates for client and server by clicking…

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Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Tomorrow

This morning, we announced that starting tomorrow (Thursday, Septemeber 14) you’ll be able to download the Beta 2 Technical Refresh build of Office 2007 (build 4407.1005). Note: There’s a newer post now with the download link. You can keep reading, though, to see a list of what’s new in the Technical Refresh user interface. I’m travelling…

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Let's Talk About Customization

One topic that has come up frequently in our private beta newsgroups as well as here in blog comments from time to time is the issue of customization. As with every component of the Office 2007 user interface redesign, we put a lot of thought into how much customization to provide; today I’m going to…

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Where Did That Feature Go?

No matter how good of a job we did organizing features in the new UI, there’s always the chance that you might run into a feature you’re having trouble finding for the first time in the new UI. To help with exactly this scenario, we created a few security blankets. One of the coolest ones…

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Some of the Best Beta 2 Resources

So you started downloading Office 2007 Beta 2 yesterday but it hasn’t finished yet. Or you had an error during the download or installing the build. Or maybe you’re not quite ready to take the leap and install beta software yet. No problem! There are a lot of new resources available to give you a…

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