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What I did at the weekend

Friday evening I got access to the Office 2010 Technical Preview release code, and fired up the FTP engines. Just under 2GB later it was sat on my hard disk, where I installed it on my main Windows 7 test machine. By the end of the evening we'd done one clean install, and one upgrade install (just to see if it worked).

Over the weekend I:

(a) baked a lemon/peach polenta cake with marypcb.
(b) made a red chicken thai curry for friends whow were coming round for dinner (again with marypcb).
(c) introduced those friends to The Middleman and Jennifer Crusie.
(d) reviewed Office 2010 and wrote two articles on it, for different audiences, coming in at around 5500 words - plus 22 different screenshots.

I think I got to bed at about 4 am this morning, before getting up to finish the screenshots and captions and take part in a call with a Microsoft spokesperson.

You can check out my words at ZDNet UK here:

Microsoft, like Apple, has one customer. Apple's is Steve Jobs, while Microsoft's is the Microsoft Corporation — all 70,000 or so of it. Once you realise this, it explains much of the thinking behind Office 2010. It's a suite of tools that primarily addresses Microsoft's own organisational problems — and we're lucky that most of those problems are the same as for any other business, from the smallest to the largest.

Codenamed 'Office 14' (Microsoft skipped neatly over the unlucky number 13), Office 2010 has been some time in the making prior to this public Technical Preview. There have been some snippets of information over the last year or so (among them its final name) but Microsoft has managed to achieve almost Apple-like levels of secrecy. One fact that's been known for a while is that this is the first 64-bit version of Office, part of Microsoft's transition to the current generation of processor architectures.

Read more.

I also put together a hefty image gallery for the site, drilling down into many of the most interesting features.

The other piece was another first look piece, this time for IT Pro:

Microsoft is using its World Wide Partner Conference to finally publicly unveil Office 2010, in the shape of its first public technical preview.

We’ve been playing with it for a few days now, and it’s clear that, while there are plenty of excellent new features, this is an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, release.

The Office 2010 technical preview isn’t going to be widely distributed. If you weren’t at TechEd US or the World Wide Partner conference, you’re unlikely to get access – though there is a waiting list sign-up at Office2010themovie.com. You’ll need SharePoint 2010 to get the most from Office 2010, but it won’t be available until after October.

Read more

There's more to write on the subject - we've got commissions from magazines to fulfil too.

But now, I think, it's time for an earlier night.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
a lemon/peach polenta cake
You are welcome to duplicate this at our house, you know...
Jul. 15th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Re: a lemon/peach polenta cake
Same here, especially if it's gluten-free.
Jul. 14th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
"Microsoft, like Apple, has one customer. Apple's is Steve Jobs, while Microsoft's is the Microsoft Corporation — all 70,000 or so of it."

We always used to say that the fundamental errors in how MS Project worked, specifically the way it seemed to ignore best practice for tracking projects, explained why every release from the company was very late. Even now the assumptions it makes on how things should be done mean you have to fiddle it a bit to track really accurately.
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