Take OneNote to class!

Here in the hallways at Microsoft, there’s a particular utterance that can be heard with ever-increasing frequency: “Wow—I wish we’d have had something like OneNote back when I was in school…!” I’m one of the many people who feel this way. Aside from laptop computers and the Internet, OneNote is the one innovation that could have changed my…

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It’s that time of year again…

This month’s collection of tips on the Microsoft At Work Web site (shown below) gives a shout-out to one of my previous blog posts, in which I shared some tips about using OneNote for holiday and event planning.   If you missed my original blog post, you can still read it here:  Survive the holidays with OneNote…

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Free download: Office 2007 Help updates (including OneNote!)

When we mention “Help” in the software publishing world, we don’t mean technical support or maintenance (that’s generally called “Support”). Instead, the collective term “Help” refers to the free published content that ships with most commercial or professional software programs. This content can serve as a reference (like the printed manuals that used to be…

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With shared notebooks, collaboration is not just a buzzword

Wikipedia defines “collaboration” as follows: “Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people work together toward an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature — by sharing knowledge, learning, and building consensus.”  Back in the 1980s, IBM may well have dubbed their revolutionary new machines…

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What do you want to see in a OneNote 2007 book?

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by some of my readers if I can recommend any good books about OneNote. In short, the answer is a reluctant “No.” If you do a quick search in Amazon.com’s Books section for “OneNote 2007” (include the quote marks in your search), you’ll see that the results…

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Learning OneNote 2007 right out of the box

In recent weeks, page hit counts for our introductory content about OneNote on Microsoft’s Office Online site have been steadily rising. As the worldwide adoption of Microsoft Office 2007 keeps increasing, so does awareness about OneNote 2007. As much as we in the OneNote user community have already come to rely on this great program…

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Besides Visual Studio, what’s a software engineer’s best friend?

On his blog titled “Progressive Development,” Microsoft software engineer James Waletzky chronicles the adventures of Motley and Maven, two fictional software developers who engage in an ongoing, entertaining dialogue about the best and worst practices of their profession. This week, Motley and Maven discuss developer productivity tools. While one is skeptical, the other points out how…

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Meet Mike Tholfsen, the OneNote Ninja!

  By day, Mike Tholfsen is the Principal Test Manager on the OneNote team here at Microsoft. By night, Mike’s the “OneNote Ninja” and the composer of the now infamous OneNote anthem. For the past year or so, Mike’s been a tireless and passionate advocate for driving OneNote awareness and adoption in education. I’m pleased…

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Office Labs community site makes its debut today

  For the past few months, the Office Labs group at Microsoft has been hard at work, prototyping a number of community-oriented projects. As of today, these projects are no longer shrouded in mystery. Head on over to the Office Labs site to check out what’s available! Office Labs is headed by Chris Pratley, who…

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Meet the “Mini-Me” counterparts of Office 2007

To some of you seasoned road warriors, this will be old news. Alas, I meet people each and every week who are blissfully unaware of a convenient option to take their Office documents and files on the road with them — without lugging around a laptop PC. If, like some of my co-workers and friends, you…

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