The difference between Vista and Office

One of the challenges in retail is when customers buy a PC with Windows on it and think they also have Microsoft Office.  They get home all excited to write their first letter on Word and find to their dismay that it isn’t installed.  From their point of view, they bought a PC with Microsoft…


Office Live Small Business has >1M subscribers

Following on from my Office Live demo at the NCVO event, Tim Kimber sent me this today which is worth sharing I thought:   Microsoft Office Live Small Business has reached a pivotal milestone: In less than two years since its November 2006 commercial debut, the online service that helps entrepreneurs take, promote and manage…


Officelive for charities

Last Tuesday I was running a workshop at the joint Microsoft and NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) on "getting the most from online communities". Mainly I wanted to show people what can be done either free of charge or for very little money using the latest offerings from OfficeLive. See my interview with Tim…


Microsoft Store launches in the UK

  The Microsoft Store launches today.  This is limited to the UK and Germany – not even the US have this yet. Have a look at This is the first time Microsoft has made our products available to the customer to buy online direct from us. This is quite a radical move that allows…


Microsoft support for ISO Open XML

seems to be a good deal of chatter recently about our support for the modified version of Open XML that resulted from the rigorous ratification process.  The best summary of the story I found is over on Oliver Bell’s blog here so I won’t retype it here. I guess people do just expect Microsoft to…


Officelabs and the search tab for Office 2007

Every day on the blogsphere (I hate that word) I see one topic of discussion come up a lot.  I have talked about it often too – how to make the transition to the new UI.  There is good debate to be had about why we needed to make this switch from the traditional menus…


last few days for university students and staff to get Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95

In case you missed the nearly unbelievable promotion we have running for uni students and teachers at you only have till Weds night this week to take advantage of it before it closes.  If you are a student, tell your friends, this is a great offer.  Some people got worried about whether this was…


Random catch up 22nd Feb

Skydrive comes out of beta Beta is over for and the new version increases the storage by 4Gb to 5Gb! I use this to put my presentations in on the right column on the blog – easy to imbed the link with the icon Interoperability announcements there is a lot to read about here….


How to run Office 2007 on Windows XP

It is still worth pointing out to everyone that Office 2007 is designed to run on Windows XP sp2 and above.  So if you just this, welcome and let me assure you.. You don’t need to have Windows Vista to run it.  From a spec perspective, in general if your PC can run Office…


The crazy world of Open XML

With the ballot resolution later this month, the temperature is high around the issues on Open XML.  On our side we believe that Open XML is solving a different problem to ODF and so we supported it through fast track.  IBM and others have decided to see this as a "war on standards" – mad…