Feed icons

So, a little while ago, Jane Kim, who works with me on the IE RSS team, posted to the RSS team blog about the feed icon we’d be adopting in IE7. Shortly afterward, Michael Affronti from the Outlook 12 team posted that they’d be adopting the same icon. I wasn’t sure what the response would be…

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Steven Sinofsky on PM

Office head honcho Steven Sinofsky posted last week about Program Management. Whew — and I thought my post was long. Related to a discussion I had in SF last week with some colleagues, here’s his list of some of the qualities that make a great PM:  Strong interest in what computing can do — a great interest…

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Outlook 12 Instant Search

Michael Affronti is blogging about lots of interesting things. He’s the Program Manager for, among other things, RSS Aggregation in Outlook 12. His early posts include a good one on “Instant Search.” I’m dogfooding Office 12 and that feature is used at least 15 times a day. No more hunting for that elusive email. Just…

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Syndicate Conference – San Francisco 2005

As I just posted to the RSS team blog, I’m going to be down in San Francisco from tomorrow, at the Syndicate Conference. Looking forward to talking to everyone there. 

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Chris Pratley on Program Management

An oldie but a goodie: http://blogs.msdn.com/chris_pratley/archive/2004/02/09/70474.aspx  The best bits (in one paragraph, but split out for emphasis – bold is mine): […] one way to describe PMs is that they not only “pick up and run with the ball, they go find the ball”. That really defines the difference between “knowing what to do and…

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Why can’t consumer electronics companies learn how to name their products?

I just played with the Phillips HDD6630 that a co-worker got recently. Damn, that thing is cool. I want one. Well, I’m going to wait. I’ve been burned many many times by MP3 players. I’m currently on my fourth, having gone through the Rio S30 (died), two Rio Forges (both died), a Creative MuVo Micro N200 (gym player), and an…

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office file formats… pondering

Tim Bray made a couple of interesting posts on the Office XML and ODF debate that’s going on. He’s right that the Atom reference from Dare and co. is a red herring. Except that the Atom/RSS experience is worth noting in one regard: the basic design of Atom and RSS (do the basics and do everything…

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One of my favorite blogs…

… is Jensen Harris’. He’s been blogging steadily on the changes in the UI in Office 12. I’ve been running the Beta for a few weeks now and I’m sold (mostly). I’m primarily a Word and Outlook user, and the new UI really works well in both those apps (admittedly, Outlook itself doesn’t have the…

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Reflections on Program Management at Microsoft

  Lots of changes in my work life in the past year months. About 10 months ago, I joined the IE team to work on IE features. It was pretty similar to what I was doing back in Networking. However, back in January, I started the long progression of moving slowly from working on IE…

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