Update on Office 2008 progress!

Last Wednesday was our general “ZBB” target for the Office 2008 project, a major milestone on the road to release and something we’ve been pushing hard for over the past several months. We saw some fantastic surging by the development team to clear out backlogged product issues late into Wednesday night. Thursday, we sat down…

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Silverlight Excitement

Are you excited about Silverlight? I am. In case you haven’t heard, Silverlight is a new rich internet application platform developed by Microsoft with support on both Windows and Macintosh systems. It’s pretty awesome. The Silverlight demos presented during the Mix 07 conference keynote were simply out of this world, and featured the cross-platform experience…

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Get converted

As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year. This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking in our ten year history as an independent team.  We are developing the…

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Converters Coming! Free and (Fairly) Fast.

There’s been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning (apcstart.com; 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…

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Living complexity

Brad’s Carl Sagan-style post on code size stirs up some familiar questions about complexity management here at MacBU. With every release of Office, we remove, rewrite and add new code. Often we can remove significant amounts of code without losing functionality – say, remove use of a custom HTML renderer when the OS offers a…

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It's all in the numbers ...

A friend of mine and I were shooting the … breeze (freaking ‘G’ ratings for blogs) and he was asking me when the next version of Office was coming out.  Now being the wise Microsoft spin doctor that I am, and having spent numerous hours being brainwashed by marketing, p.r. and some guys in black…

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Closet space, the final frontier

The last event of C4 was a visit to Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, with a special behind the scenes (and beneath the stairs) tour of the computer room that runs the video conferencing room and the CyberSpace classroom.  Well, “room” is charitable.  “Closet” would be better.  “Crawlspace”, “pit” or “graduate student living arrangement” would also work.Contrary…

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Checking out and checking in

C4 is over and I’m back in Seattle, which means these last two posts will be Almost Live-blogging C4.I get about 60 emails every day from a robot. Well, not a robot that moves around, but our version control system — the server that manages our project’s source code.  Every time someone checks in a…

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Film at Eleven

It’s Olof again, liveblogging from C4.John Gruber took us on a tour of Apple User Interface last night, and talked about consistency and uniformity.  But he really got the thought provokage started with the observation   “Designing an app is like directing a movie.”There is a building wave of people thinking of software in cinematic terms. …

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C4 is Teh Bomb

Hi – I’m Olof.  I guess I’m the first “guest blogger” on MacMojo.  I’m a developer on the Mac Office team, and for the weekend, I’m in Chicago at C4.I have a really strong sense of what C4 is going to be like, even though I’ve never been to one before.  In fact this is…

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