back soon…

Thanks to everyone for their great feedback on our recently-announced RSS integration!  It’s great to see this level of interest and support from the community. I’m on vacation this week but will be addressing your questions and comments in my next post when I get back right after the holidays. Have a great New Years!

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RSS Aggregation – Part 1: The Partnership

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is meant to provide users with an easy way to monitor multiple sources of news, blogs, and other content which has headline-style delimitations and is updated frequently.  It is an open, publicly-defined and developed format based on standard XML and hosted by the publishers’ web servers.  A user ‘subscribes’ to an…

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Instant Search – Part 3: The New User Interface

All of the user research and testing data was carefully applied to the design of the new Outlook 12 Search experience.  The goal was to stay true to the tenets mentioned earlier: simplicity, speed, and always being available.  The key to the new search experience is the ever-present Search Pane that sits at the top…

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RSS icon goodness

Some of you may have seen this on the IE team blog and should be as excited as I am… http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam/archive/2005/12/14/503778.aspx Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows RSS Platform have now officially adopted the orange RSS icon that the FireFox browser uses, and are doing so with the full support of the Mozilla team.  This is…

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Technorati links added

I’ve used Technorati as a general blog resource (as far as searching and subscribing to blogs) on the net, and have now added the Technorati links to my blog.  You’ll see them on the right side, and they will let you see who in the Technorati network is currently linking to my blog (currently a…

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@ the conference…

So Syndicate 2005 is under way and it seems pretty cool so far.  I’m sitting in the keynote listening to Scott Anderson from Hewlett Packard discuss how blogging works at HP and am really looking forward to some of sessons later today.  We’ve got Outlook 12 and Internet Explorer 7 running at the Microsoft booth,…

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Instant Search Object Model Extensibility

My fellow PM Ryan Gregg has a great blog about our new Outlook Object Model and all of the cool features you can tap into using our extensiblity architecture.  One of those cool features is Search, and he has written an excellent post thats a primer on using Search’s full content engine through the Object…

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Instant Search – Part 2: The Find Timeline & Scoping

Our research and usability studies helped us determine where the bottlenecks where in the current search process for our users, and helped us focus our new design on a few key tenets.  The first and most important is that of availability, where Outlook 12’s Search functionality is always available in all modules with a deterministic…

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Instant Search – Part 1: Information Overload

Over the next several posts I’m going to focus on explaining some of the methedology, user research, and design models that drove our implementation of Instant Search in Outlook 12.  I’m going to start by briefly discussing the concept of information overload and some of the basic user scenarios we thought about, and in the next…

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Syndicate 2005

I’ll be attending Syndicate 2005 next week in San Francisco.  It will be my first time attending the conference, and I’ll be heading down with folks from the IE and Live.com teams. From their site: Themed “Transforming the Way Businesses Do Business”, Syndicāte is a two-and-a-half day, business and technology conference providing awareness, clarity, education and strategic business opportunities…

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