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February 12, 2008

YouTube - Rabbit Rescue

Amy Sedaris and some bunnies do some top-notch pimping for Microsoft Office.

September 25, 2007

Bug in Excel 2007 - microsoft.public.excel | Google Groups

Wow — Calculations in Excel 2007 that come to 65,535 get displayed as 100,000. “Oops”

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September 4, 2007

Steven Poole - Goodbye, cruel Word

“Many people agree that revision 5.1a, specifically, was the best version of Word that Microsoft has ever shipped, combining utility and minimalist elegance with reliability. Sadly for me … I “upgraded” to Word 98, and somehow the magic was gone.”

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February 13, 2007


I’ve seen a bunch of links to instructions on how to install the Vista “Upgrade” edition on a PC without an existing Windows partition, something that theoretically shouldn’t be allowed.

I can’t help but feel that this is nothing new—It reminded me of something a friend at Uni was told by Microsoft support 10 years ago.

After a catastrophic PC failure, he was reinstalling software. He had the Office 95 upgrade disc, which required you to insert the installation disk from an earlier version of one of the Office tools to “prove” that you were upgrading. Unfortunately, he’d left all the old disks at his parents’ house.

So, after calling round friends in something of a panic (there was no doubt a paper due) to see if anyone had an old office disk (no-one did), he called up Microsoft support to ask what he could do.

“Oh, when you’re asked to point to an old installation disk,” he was told, “just point it to the Office 95 disk you’re currently installing from. That will work.”

And it did.

November 28, 2006

The Power of Together

Sit through three “webcasts” on “exciting” “new” Microsoft “technology”, and get a free legitimate license for Windows Vista and/or Office 2007.

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July 30, 2006

Windows Vista Speech Recognition Demo Gone Awry - Google Video

“Dear aunt, let’s set so double the killer delete select all”

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July 13, 2006

flow|state: Insert key safely disarmed in Microsoft Word 2007

Hitting the ‘Insert’ key in Word 2007 will no longer enable the inexplicable document-eating mode. It had never occurred to me just how horrendous a usability experience the Insert key could be.

July 6, 2006

ODF Add-in for Word 2007

Microsoft-funded open-source plugin for MS Word 2007 which allows the opening (but not yet saving) of documents in OpenOffice’s Open Document Format.

May 26, 2006

IanG on Tap: Office 12 and the Forthcoming UI Cargo Cults

The impending rumble of Office 2007 UI-a-likes is somewhat terrifying.

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Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats (Beta 2)

Microsoft make good on their promise — This download allows users of Office 2003 to save and open the new zipped-XML file formats.

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Tell Us What You Think About Office 2007 Beta 2

The Office 2007 team have a cool feedback-collection tool for their beta (reminiscent of the old “Report a bug” window heading from the WinXP betas).

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May 23, 2006

2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2: Get the Beta

The first major public release of the next version of Office. Get your grubby hands on the shiny new UI for the first time, and try to imagine how you’re going to explain it to your parents over the phone.

March 9, 2006

Picture This: A New Look For Office

MS unveil their new UI for Office. Curious to see how this works in real life, but the photos look like usability could go either way.

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January 26, 2006

Jensen Harris: An Office User Interface Blog

I’ve really been enjoying this blog, tellings stories about the planned (radically different) UI for the next version of Microsoft Office. It’s been many years since I’ve been anxiously looking forward to getting my hands on a beta copy of *Office*!

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October 28, 2005

Microsoft Office Templates: Crime scenes with shapes

Visio: It’s not just for process flows

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

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