moving to new digs, and open Q&A thread

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, but I’ve finally moved my blogging home from here on the MSDN blogs to my own domain.  This gives me greater flexibility in blogging, not to mention full control over my blogging tools (a pain that I’ve been feeling pretty sharply here on MSDN lately, which you…


RTM, baby!!!!!!!

I’m not often given over to exclamation points, but today is Really Truly Massively awesome because Office:Mac 2011 has hit RTM.   RTM stands for Release To Manufacturing.  Office:Mac 2011 (v14.0.0) is done, and now it’s in the hands of our manufacturing partners.  They’ll start cranking it out, and it’ll be on store shelves at…


more details about Office:Mac 2011

Today, my team released a video showing off more of the upcoming Office:Mac 2011.  Watch it to learn more about the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook (one of my favourite features, not only because I worked on it!), broadcast slideshow in PowerPoint (another personal fave), and integration with the Office Web applications. [View:–i0&feature=player_embedded] For more information…


Office:Mac usability study participants needed for studies beginning in September

Office:Mac 2011 is hitting store shelves in October.  In conjunction with our release, my user experience team will conduct multiple research studies about the new applications to track their usage and usability over time.  Since I have several big studies coming up, I need a lot of new participants! For all of my upcoming studies,…


another taste of Office:Mac 2011

Today, my team has released another video about Office:Mac 2011.  This time, it stars one of my absolute favourite people: Kurt Schmucker, our evangelist.  Kurt’s one of the smartest and nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.  So watch the video: [View:] In the video, Kurt shows off sparklines and pivot table improvements in…


relaxed, funny, and quirky

Summer is always intern season at Microsoft.  This year, all nine women in the Brown University CS programme interned at Microsoft.  In MacBU, we get lots of interns too, and we got one of those Brown ladies this year.  Here’s what our Brown intern, Nell Elliott, had to say about her experiences here: Elliott interviewed…


Office:Mac 2008 (12.2.6) and Office:Mac 2004 (11.6.0) updates available now

Update Tuesday is here!   The latest and greatest version of Office:Mac 2008 is 12.2.6.  It’s got security, performance, and stability enhancements across the board.  If you’re using Entourage for Web Services, the updater for Office:Mac 2008 will also update you to 13.0.6.  The Knowledge Base article for the update has all of the details….


what’s on your Office:Mac to-do list?

For those of you who aren’t following Mac Mojo, the MacBU team blog, or following us on twitter @officemac, you’ve been missing out on a chance to win a customised colour Macbook and a copy of Office:Mac 2011 when it’s released[1].  We’re asking a series of questions in our blog about your usage of Office:Mac.  Respond…


Office:Mac 2011 will hit store shelves in October

It’s been a hugely busy few weeks for me, but I have to pop in to share a couple of things about Office:Mac 2011.  It will be available in late October, which is right in line with our earlier statements that we’d be out in time for your holiday shopping pleasure this year.  For more…


20 years of Rick!

Today is an auspicious day, for it is Rick Schaut’s 20th anniversary with Microsoft.  He’s been working on Word:Mac the whole time (well, we might occasionally let him look at some code that’s shared across Office:Mac).   Rick, you’re one of my favourite people here in MacBU, and I can’t tell you how much I…