What’s New in Office 2007- Article List

On one of our internal Microsoft discussion lists someone asked for a feature comparison between Office 2003 and Office 2007. One of our great support engineers sent a tidy list of articles that while not doing the direct comparisons do give great overviews of what’s new in each. I thought this would be useful to…

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Estimating Project Work and Rock Rivalries

Let’s get honest: it routinely feels like a shot in the dark. Here’s the scenario: Someone in management is legitimately trying to organize resources and push some projects forward. He or she may be pitching the project to an executive or at least someone who has the red-light/green-light control switch. So, you are being asked,…

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Product and Corporate Odds and Ends

I’m cleaning up my inbox, and I have a whole mess of odds and ends (some just product announcements) that I don’t know what to do with, so I am going to just dump them in one post and put it out of my mind. Here they are in no particular order: MSBee on CodePlex.com:…

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Outlook 2007 and the NavigationModule

I feel empathy for the person who is tackling Outlook development for the first time. Thanks to a number of things, including the advent of a solid Outlook managed developer tools story in VSTO 2005, that number is growing. Nevertheless, the overall corpus of material for Outlook development is pretty big. Kind of reminds me of…

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Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition Beta: the Polar Shift

(I’m missing my friend, Chris Kunicki, and his sure-footed instincts about Office development. He’s beening pursuing philanthropic interests full-time and will be for as long as I can tell, so he’s no longer a direct part of the Office dev community. However, as a nod to him, I tried to write today’s entry as if it…

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Time/Resources/Features

Being a PM at Microsoft boils down to being a project manager. Some PMs are really technical while others are very design focused. But, the bottom line is that we are all tasked with delivering software features that will make customers happy and thus sell. Sometimes, our releases are more feature-driven. This means that what drives…

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Assemblies and Public Key Tokens

I’m working on a SharePoint v3 workflow project using the out-of-the-box (OOB) techniques. In order to install the workflow, you need to know the public key token for the signed assembly that you add to the Global Assembly Cache (GAC). To get this, I have been installling the assembly into the GAC and then looking…

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First Look at Windows Vista Part 2

Alright, so my upgrade went well. That’s cool. Here are random likes and dislikes: Start Menu I like the new start menu. I usually install a TON of applications. The old Windows XP style start menu would cascade out across my screen and then back again. All of this took a lot of time. Exploring…

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First Look at Windows Vista

Well, I am back to blogging after emerging from a vortex here at work over the past five months. Read more about it (and cats) in this post on my personal blog. Recently, my skip-level manager asked every program manager (PM) in my group to install Windows Vista. I did, and I thought I would…

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