Usability and Styles

According to Pierre, I’m too ossified to discuss this subject. On the other hand, when Pierre uses the word “usability,” it’s very much like the way Vizzini uses the word “inconceivable” in The Princess Bride, and I’m often moved to quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what…

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Open XML Converters for Mac Office

There’s been a bit of flak about the Office Open XML file format converters for Mac Office.  Sheridan posted an update on MacMojo, and Schwieb weighed in regarding some of the comments that people have made.  There’s quite a bit of speculation gong on, and not a whole lot of information, so I’m going to…

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Dave Luebbert on Channel 9

What was the Ray Gram Memorial Feature that shipped in Apple’s System 7? Who invented the combo box (drop-down edit control)? What was the real downfall of WordPerfect? What was the project code name for Mac Word 5.0, and why? You’ll find answers to these questions and more in this Channel 9 interview of Dave…

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Hitting the Office Links

No, I’m not talking about a swing around the wing. Over the past several weeks, a handful of Office 12 related blogs have started up. While these are dedicated to the work that’s happening in Windows Office, I expect quite a few people who read my blog will be interested in at least some of…

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Abriendo Puertas con XML

When Win Office 2003 shipped, there was a great deal of debate as to the “openness” of Microsoft’s use of XML. The debate resurfaced with the announcement of the new Office 12 XML-based file formats, and it’s been further brought to the fore in recent days with Massachusetts’ recent decision regarding the adoption of “open”…

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Big Dave (Which One?)

Dave Winer provided this link to an article posted by Dave Luebbert. Dave Luebbert was the development manager for Mac Word 5.0, and was my first boss at Microsoft. Dave (L) is an incredible guy. He’s a musician, and a very big fan of Jazz. He’s been working on a music composition program (Song Trellis)…

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The Beginning of the Endian

So the rumors have been true. Apple is moving to Intel processors, which, in some ways, makes sense. At least it does from Apple’s point of view. The Kool-Aid has never really affected their ability to figure out what’s right for Apple regardless of the direction they’ve taken. For users, the transition won’t be all…

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Microsoft Office Open XML Formats

Scoble dropped the hint, and Mary Jo Foley spilled the beans. C|New has also jumped the gun on this. There’s a piece on Channel 9 over here, and it won’t be long before the official press release is here. (I waited more than 10 minutes past the deadline, folks.) Lastly, Brian Jones, PM in the…

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Marketing are Bad

Todd Bishop’s story in yesterday’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer about Professor Sandeep Krishnamurthy’s fisking of Word’s grammar checker is making the rounds. It even got a blurb on NPR’s Morning Edition today. Word’s grammar checker is a by-product of the Natural Language Processing group at Microsoft Research. I’m not an expert in natural language processing. My job…

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Shared Note-taking

Chris Pratley talks aboutOneNote Shared Sessions. A while back, I wrote about the differences between OneNote and Notebook Layout view in Word. Well, this is one of those areas where OneNote shines, and Word doesn’t. Unfortunately, Word’s design doesn’t lend itself to the kind of transacted changes to a document that would make this possible,…

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