Impressive effects in PowerPoint

Not too long ago, I joined the PowerPoint team. Thought I spend most of my time working on a related project, I do spend a lot of time working with PowerPoint itself, and I’m constantly amazed at the things that people do with PowerPoint. Recently, on the PowerPoint blog, Ric posted an entry about a…

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Weather alert

Something’s going on the interwebs. I think it might be hell freezing over. That’s really cool! I wonder who is working on that stuff.

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The job of program management

In a detailed post over on E7 about the Win7 design process comes this: With regard to where ideas come from, what we like to say is that the job of program management is not to have all the great ideas but to make sure all the great ideas are ultimately picked. The best program…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 7 – Stop and Refresh buttons

Move stop-and-refresh back to where they were in IE6 This was going to be my first post in this series, but the Vista Team blog stole my thunder with a much more detailed post covering lots of the chrome customizations, so I left it for last. 🙂 Be sure to check it out the Vista…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 6 – Authenticated RSS

  Authenticated RSS Feeds When we first released the Windows RSS platform a number of people asked us about authenticated feeds. As I said in those posts, it was a hard cut for IE7, but I’m really happy to see that it’s here for IE8 🙂 To set up an authenticated feed, just subscribe to…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 5 – Tab duplication

Clone your current place One of the nice things about the “New Window” (Ctrl-N) feature dating back to early releases of IE, is that it always duplicates the current open window, as well as all of its state – in particular, the window’s history. When the “New Tab” feature was created back in IE7, I…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 4 – OmniBox™

Use your address bar for searching A little-known fact is that IE has always had a combination address-bar/search box (this goes back to at least IE6). Well, to be fair, I thought this was fairly well-known until reviewers starting going nuts over the Omnibox™. If you enter a single word with no spaces, IE has…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 3 – Feed Search

Searching the future This morning I wanted to find out where I read about that “Skymarket” initiative. Off to IE, type in “skymarket” and it shows me not just Long Zheng’s original post, which I had read but also Joe Wilcox’s commentary, which I hadn’t read yet. What happens is that IE is searching across…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 2 – Formatted View Source

Formatted View Source You don’t have to be a pro developer to love this one. Since the very beginning, IE has relied on the built-in Notepad editor to show page source. Notepad, it should be noted is not a source viewer. In IE8, for the first time, the IE team itself took on ownership of…

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Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part I – Search Quick Pick

IE8 has a lot of big new features (see the IE blog for more of that), but what I like about it is the small things. This is the first in a short series of my favorites little features that I haven’t seen mentioned much (or at all) elsewhere: Search Engine Quick Pick I am…

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