Another Win Office Blogger


The list of Win Office 12 bloggers is growing. The latest addition is Will Kennedy, who is the general manager of the Outlook team.

Will’s a former Word developer. Before that, Will was an intern on the Mac Word 5.0 project. Back in those days, we would occasionally “name” some of our testing releases–an effect carried out by changing the string that was used for new untitled documents in the debugging build. When you started up Word, the window title for a new, untitled document might, for example, be “FearAndLoathing1” (for the Fear and Loathing release) instead of “Document1”.

When Will’s internship was finished, we did a WillKennedy release, and, for a week, new, untitled documents would come up with “WillKennedy1” for the window title. As far as I know, Will’s the only person to have had a testing release of Mac Word named after him.

Stop by, and say, “Hi” to Will. While you’re at it, tell him how many customer accolades he’d receive if he went back to working on Mac Word.

 

Rick

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Comments (5)

  1. Jonathan says:

    I bet this practice wouldn’t fly nowadays – management would be too afraid of forgetting this thing in before release.

  2. Rick Schaut says:

    Today, we just change the jpg that’s used for the background in the debug splash screen.

  3. Paul Berkowitz says:

    On the other hand, there were several beta builds of Entourage (maybe every Office Mac app?) whose splash screen indicated that they were "licensed to [some MacBU tester]". I recall Dave Marandino "owned" Entourage like this for virtually an entire pre-release cycle. There were some rather cryptic names as well…

  4. WillKennedy says:

    Hey, Rick! Don’t forget that the Will Kennedy testing release of Mac Word 5.0 even had an icon of my face as the app icon.

    I’ve still got the build on a 3.5" floppy. It’s a keeper.

  5. Kevin says:

    Hello Rick,

    I’ve got three risque questions:

    1. Will Office 12 work on the Intel Mac?

    2. Will anything not work in Office 12 on x86?

    3. Is it going to be in Universal Binary?