Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

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. 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".
Tags: articles, events, microsoft, microsoft office, office 2007

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