Mail merge bug with Tablet PC

If like me you are doing your Christmas card labels at the moment and you use a tablet PC then watch out for this bug. You run the mail merge wizard from Outlook (or Word) but when you update labels, it only puts the address block on the first two and last two label boxes…


Great new blog – Gray matter

Some blogs you wait a long time for and here is one.  Gray Knowlton, Group product manager in Office has started a blog.  Gray is a top guy, funny, very smart and with lots of good perspectives to share.  He is working on Office Open XML, the new open file format used in Microsoft Office,…


sp1 update further clarification

further to my original post on sp1 and the update post, here is the official word from the microsoft update team on it all.  A further complication appears to have arisen because those using Vista sp1 RC are receiving the update automatically as part of the beta which was apparently in the notes.


More detail about sp1

Responding to comments from yesterday and providing additional clarification. Windows update service schedule. Microsoft Update and ‘Check for updates’ on the Office download tab page both use the same detection logic.  This however is a PULL mechanisms where the client initiates the process by visiting the webpage. Automatic Updates uses the same detection logic, also…


Office 2007 sp1 ready for download today

Today sp1 ships. hurray. It’s not up there yet but should be later today.  Also the kb articles for each patch don’t seem to be live at this moment but should also appear later on today.  Looking down the list of fixes, here are some that caught my eye (read the whitepaper for the full…


Office Live Workspace beta out today

Before you get too excited, this is only launching in the US however this is still an important milestone as it means the functionality is public.  If you preregistered for Office Live Workspace in the US you will be able to start using the service today.  I have been using it for a month or…


Apparently, I’m a work of art

..which is better than a piece of work so I’ll go with it.  I’d like to aspire to being a SmartArt but that may take time.  Still, today I am officially on the front page of the UK Office Online site as the official UK blog and to put my picture there, they had to…


Xbox 360s for Open XML solutions

While I’m talking about developers, it looks like the UK developer team are giving away Xbox 360s to partners that have Office Open XML solutions.  Surely every open xml developer already has an Xbox 360? Anyway if you have or are thinking about building a solution on Office Open XML, here is the link.


Office Developer Conference 2008

Microsoft Office system is a platform.  This is the conference (it’s in California, 10th-13th Feb 2008) where we really get into the detail about how to develop solutions on it.  Really good speakers (including one of the last times to hear Bill Gates) and the opportunity to get your questions answered and feedback to us. …


Microsoft, we like you in your Dad jumper, just get off the dance floor

We thought we’d reach out to students with the incredible offer that became If you are not familiar with it – for anyone with a email address, you can get the Ultimate version of Microsoft Office (yes the one that normally costs £650 or so) for £38.95.  Let me say that again: Got…