Choosing Passwords

There’s an old joke about two hunters who come face-to-face with a bear.  The bear charges them, at which point they start running for their lives.  While running, one of the hunters says, “Why are we running?  We’re never going to outrun this bear!”  And the other says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. …


Bay Area Mac users needed again!

You responded in droves when we last asked for usability test participants!  We have another usability study that Bay Area Mac users will be interested in. We’re doing another usability test of new features in both Entourage and PowerPoint. We need users who use Entourage at least once per week and PowerPoint once per month….


And we’re back!

Thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of people, I’m happy to let you all know that the new Mac Office updaters are now available. You can download them for Office 2004 and for Office v. X (and the Office 2004 updater should be available via Microsoft AutoUpdate as well).  These updates can be applied…


Now you see it, now you don’t.

By now you’ve probably seen the news about the Mac Office updates that went live on MacTopia for a few hours this past Tuesday.  Things were a little crazy here on Wednesday and Thursday working out what happened and how we should resolve the problem.  Since I’m the development lead for our Sustained Engineering meta-team,…


Converters Coming! Free and (Fairly) Fast.

There’s been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning (; CrunchGear) about file format converters and Office for Mac. Because some of these stories seem designed more to inflame than inform, I want to reiterate our previously reported intention to provide free converters, clarify our timing for their release, and also give some direction on…