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Snow can’t stop Unified Comms

OMG apparently there are reports of frozen water falling FROM THE SKY!! and landing ON THE GROUND!!...

Author: dstrange Date: 02/02/2009

How to stop blogging and how to start again

I started the OfficeRocker blog to share our news as we built up to the launch of Office 2007. ...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/28/2009

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 07/09/2008

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 07/03/2008

Officelive for charities

Last Tuesday I was running a workshop at the joint Microsoft and NCVO (National Council for...

Author: dstrange Date: 06/19/2008

Microsoft Store launches in the UK

  The Microsoft Store launches today.  This is limited to the UK and Germany - not even...

Author: dstrange Date: 06/02/2008

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 04/29/2008

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 04/28/2008

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 04/28/2008

Random catch up 22nd Feb

Skydrive comes out of beta Beta is over for and the new version increases...

Author: dstrange Date: 02/22/2008

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 02/06/2008

making capitalism work for the poor

Good interview on cnn with Bill Gates about how he says we need to "tweak" capitalism to...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/28/2008

3 new Office Live customer stories - training, the Algarve and premium fresh cocktails..

Three stories about small businesses using Office Live to get their businesses up and running. ...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/22/2008

New Excel MVP and user group

Good to see the Excel User Group site that is run by the new MVP for Excel, Nick Hodge. 

Author: dstrange Date: 01/22/2008

Office quiz - answers

Ian has posted the answers to his Office quiz - some of them are not quite right IMHO :-)

Author: dstrange Date: 01/22/2008

Random roundup of Office news 18th Jan 2008

Office Quiz I'm liking Ian Moulster's quiz on Office 2007.  How many can you get - even I...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/18/2008

OneNote power toys

nice little summary of OneNote powertoys that the guys in the OneNote testing team have written over...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/18/2008

Burton group analyst house strongly comes out in support of Office Open XML

The Burton Group, a respected AR firm targeting the enterprise technologist, has published...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/14/2008

Microsoft admits we were draconian and fixes it

Did you see the flurry of interest in this issue with Office 2003 sp3? Essentially sp3 blocks...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/11/2008

Acquisition of FAST - what the analysts said

In a $1.2bn purchase, Microsoft is offering to acquire the Norwegian enterprise search company Fast...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/10/2008

Can you all update your sections of the document and email it back to me?

Professional life teaches you to make adjustments to your normal mode of working at times. ...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/10/2008

I found a better way to manage my email

goodness knows its about time.  I get between 50 and 200 emails a day depending on what's going...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/03/2008

Random roundup post Christmas

Hope you had a great Christmas and happy New Year.  I certainly did not work during the break...

Author: dstrange Date: 01/02/2008

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/19/2007

Great new blog - Gray matter

Some blogs you wait a long time for and here is one.  Gray Knowlton, Group product manager in...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/18/2007

sp1 update further clarification

further to my original post on sp1 and the update post, here is the official word from the microsoft...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/14/2007

More detail about sp1

Responding to comments from yesterday and providing additional clarification. Windows update service...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/12/2007

Office Live Workspace beta out today

Before you get too excited, this is only launching in the US however this is still an important...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/10/2007

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/07/2007

Office Developer Conference 2008

Microsoft Office system is a platform.  This is the conference (it's in California, 10th-13th...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/07/2007

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...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/05/2007

Edit history removes deniability excuse

Interesting piece in the register today.  Wendy Alexander, the Scottish labour chief has to...

Author: dstrange Date: 12/03/2007

Office 2007 file formats on Windows Mobile 6

At last, the Office mobile 6.1 update is here that lets us use the new file formats (open and edit...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/30/2007

Microsoft Robotics Studio and PCs that get up from the desk

ZMP of Japan have released a robot built using Microsoft Robotics Studio.  I liked this quote...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/30/2007

The pretty and portable HP 2710p

My new laptop from HP has been my live machine now for a few days and I have to say I'm liking it a...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/29/2007

Intelligencia for Office 2007 uses Open XML

I've spoken about IT Workplace before.  If you are interested in seeing an Office Business...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/26/2007

Working on more than one PC

Back from holiday now - hence the lack of blogging for a few weeks. I've been fantasising about...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/26/2007

The Jelly effect and the top 10 most used PowerPoint commands

I really enjoyed having a beer with Andy Bounds last night. Andy is an inspirational communications...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/02/2007

Outlook image download security - RSS and email

Jason Lawrence emailed me about this yesterday: In Outlook 2007, image security in emails is turned...

Author: dstrange Date: 11/01/2007

Making a blog better

A lot has happened since I wrote my first post on OfficeRocker! two years ago. I started blogging in...

Author: dstrange Date: 10/30/2007

WSS 3.0 will be a separate download

We announced today that we're pulling the WSS 3.0 bits out of Windows Server 2008 RC1 onward. No...

Author: dstrange Date: 10/30/2007

Office tips gadget available

Quite a nice new gadget to help you get more from Office 2007.

Author: dstrange Date: 10/29/2007

Hampshire police bring out the big gun

Good idea to advertise on the back of buses. Shame about the position of the exhaust pipe.

Author: dstrange Date: 10/26/2007

Google don't use their own stuff - so why should you?

This amused me today from a friend of mine who noticed this. A job application on the Google website...

Author: dstrange Date: 10/25/2007

RSS feeds in Outlook 2007

Good little article on how to augment the RSS feeds capability of Outlook 2007 using search folders...

Author: dstrange Date: 10/24/2007