January 29th, 2007


Watch me present

I'm doing a Webcast for Microsoft tomorrow, taking a look at Exchange, Vista and Office (which to avoid running out of breath the 'softies have taken to calling EVO). To attend - it's in LiveMeeting - you have to subscribe to the letter and sign up for the meeting. www.microsoft.com/uk/business/insights/ has some of my articles on what the new releases mean for business:
Windows Vista for mid-size business
Office 2007: software you'll recognise, productivity you won't
Outlook and Exchange: all-in-one communication

In the interests of full disclosure (and given some recent discussions), I'll say I am being paid for the Webcast because i am, after all A Business - but they know they're paying for my time, not my opinion. There are issues with all software and I already have a list of complaints and requests for the next version of Outlook and OneNote, and a few ideas for PowerPoint and I still want the Excel clipboard to work like the clipboard in every other application... but I can also honestly say that the new Office makes me more productive and if you can take advantage of the backend servers, your business can get a lot more out of it than a lone worker like me can. I want Exchange 2007 as soon as we can install it (for one reason I can't yet talk about and for several reasons that I can, but then it's sbisson who'll get to beat that into shape. I don't think Vista is a panacea - and I think we should have had what it delivers two years ago, and would have had it if more people could tell the difference between an alpha and a Flash presentation. I haven't had time to upgrade my laptop (we've been travelling and my mother isn't well) but a dozen times a day I do things and think 'that would be easier in Vista'. Will I be criticising Microsoft in the Webcast? No. Will I be mentioning areas where there are issues to be aware of? Of course.

And I have to say I love the bio line that the editor has given me. "Mary Branscombe has been reviewing hardware and software since computers ran on elastic bands and good luck".

This is why I'd rather write on a tablet PC

When we met Anil Dash of Six Apart the other day, I was taking notes using the keyboard rather than with the pen. And I meant to write down 'blogging is our bread and butter'. But in the speed of typing, it came out as something much mroe appropriate to LiveJournal: 'blogging is our Brad and utter'.