Q&A: how do I make Entourage:Mac my default mail application?

Via email, I was asked: How do I set Entourage to be my default mail application? There are two ways to do this: In Entourage 2008 or Entourage for Web Services, open up the Preferences. In General, click the “Set Entourage to be my default e-mail client” button. In Apple Mail, open up the Preferences,…


Q&A: when is the next version of Office:Mac coming out?

I keep on getting variants of this question in email: When is the next version of Office coming out? As we announced at Macworld Expo this year, Office:Mac 2011 is coming out at the end of 2010, in time for your holiday shopping pleasure. I don’t have an exact date to share yet, look for…

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Microsoft employees are the most social media-savvy in the world

I saw a tweet from @Microsoft which tells us that Microsoft tops social media use survey. The NetProspex Social Report lists the top 50 most social corporations in America (top 5: us, eBay, Amazon, Disney, and Google) and the Twitter 20 (top 5: us, Raytheon, Analog Devices, Disney, Kodak). I’d be remiss if I didn’t…


Q&A: what Macs do you have?

Got this one via email: what macs do you have? Here in my office, I’ve got two Macs. One is a MacBook Pro with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and 2 GB of RAM. It’s pre-unibody, and now that the new MacBook Pros are out with the higher-resolution screens, I’m thinking that it’s time…


"getting hired by Microsoft sounds pretty sweet"

I noticed a blog post over at Forbes today: getting hired by Microsoft sounds pretty sweet. He lists our awesome health insurance, membership at local health clubs, and the commuter buses that are available for our Puget Sound employees. He’s right: the benefits are pretty sweet. My health insurance is so far beyond awesome that…

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cross-platform collaboration with Office:Mac 2011

One of my colleagues did an interview with Tech Night Owl about Office:Mac 2011 and Messenger:Mac. There’s lots of good stuff in there — cross-platform collaboration, using the Office Web Apps on your Mac, how to co-author documents, audio/video suport in Messenger:Mac, and Outlook. You can download this episode of the podcast here.

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Exchange 2010 SP1 is on its way

My colleagues over on the Exchange team are hard at work on the first Service Pack for Exchange 2010. They’ve shared some details in their blog post Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1, which includes some details about Outlook Web Access (OWA). There’s been plenty of work that’s gone into OWA. There’s…


beta testing vs usability testing

I said in an earlier post that usability testing is not beta testing. The line between beta and usability can get blurred when someone like 37 Signals tells you that you should test in the wild instead of doing a usability study. Here’s what they say about it: Formal usability testing is too stiff. Lab…

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