an interview with one of our senior managers

I’m supposed to be working on my Macworld Expo presentation, but instead I’m linking you guys to an interview with Jake Hoelter. Jake is the Product Unit Manager for the half of MacBU that lives at the Silicon Valley Lab. Jake came to us by way of Connectix, which lots of you will remember for…

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an interview with one of our senior Entourage developers

Getting caught up today, I noticed that Microspotting has done an interview with Dan Wittmer, one of our senior Entourage developers. In a Swiss skater on loving Macs and working at Microsoft, Dan talks about skating, surfing before work, and being a Mac guy at Microsoft. Those pictures of Dan are taken in his office…

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Mac Mojo: "how to find your way out from all that email"

I took last week off to visit my family in frigid Michigan for the holidays. (Sorry, I don’t dream of a white Christmas.) Today was my first day back at work, and so I had to dig out from all that email. As I twittered extensively yesterday, getting back here was quite the odyssey. I…

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Messenger:Mac beta with AV coming in 2009

Yesterday, on Mac Mojo, we gave a quick update on the progress of Messenger. Windows Live Messenger has just entered beta (along with several other Windows Live apps). Their beta is important to us because WLM is moving to a new backend for their audio/video support. This new backend is the same one that’s already…

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the five stages of Twitter acceptance

So someone came up with the five stages of Twitter acceptance: denial (“that sounds stupid”), presence (“I’ve got an account now”), dumping (posting links), conversing, and microblogging (publishing useful info and conversing). He followed it up with 9 ways to make Twitter more useful for you, which are more aimed at marketing than at being…

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Steve’s not gonna be there, but I will

Yesterday afternoon, I was working at home, digging through my email and trying to let my background process work on my MWSF presentation. Suddenly, Twitter and my RSS feeds exploded with the news that there’s no Stevenote this year, and Apple won’t be at MWSF2010 (and the subsequent news that Apple cancelled Christmas too). Well,…

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Office 2008 videos now available on iTunes and in the help

A writer’s work is never done. After Office 2008 went out the door, they started collecting data about the help. Based on this feedback, they’ve been continually updating the help, releasing new and updated help topics every month. As part of their efforts to provide help that’s helpful, we’ve now made some short video help…

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Office 12.1.5 and Office 11.5.3 available today

Update Tuesday is here, and today it brings Office 12.1.5 and 11.5.3. Office 12.1.5 is a combo update. You must have Office 12.1.0 or later installed; if you’ve skipped something between 12.1.1 and 12.1.4, this one will get you completely up-to-date. For Office 11.5.3, you must have 11.5.2 installed. For Office 12.1.5, there are security,…

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beer, bowling, and billiards

Last year, for the very first time, we got all of the North American MacBU team together in one place. There were dozens of people who had worked together for years but didn’t have a face to put with the name (or, more likely, the email address). As one of the people who travels between…

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Roz Ho on leadership

Longtime MacBU observers will remember Roz Ho. Roz was our General Manager when I first signed on. She left MacBU a couple of years ago to accept a promotion within the company, and is now the Corporate Vice President for Premium Mobile Experiences. The folks over at Channel 9 have an interview with her about…

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