More on the Open XML to DAISY Translator

Some things are just good no matter how you look at them. Managing macro-size products can be strange sometimes, because you lose perspective on individuals. Product managers spend a lot of time (at least the good ones do) trying to connect with people to get a tactile “feel” for what their product does, how it…

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Regarding Brian Jones’ blog on Binary Document Formats

Brian is in a unique position of being a TC-45 member and Microsoft employee, and his post really illustrates how much work has to go into the Ecma efforts around ISO standardization. I’ve been in the trenches with Brian on file formats for quite a while now; I’ve seen how hard the work is. I…

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What does 2008 look like?

I don’t have the type of job where I distill global economic indicators into sound bites and loose predictions, but I do spend cycles trying to understand what people are going to be thinking about in the future. For any software product manager, keeping an eye on “.next” is as important as any other part…

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Compatibility pack for Open XML: 20 Million downloads and counting

The first compatibility pack for Open XML was released in November of 2006. This add-in for Office XP and 2003 (which also works with Office 2000 in some cases) enables users to open, edit and save Open XML files using prior releases of Office. The compatibility pack is designed to ease the pain of introducing…

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File size reduction for Open XML

I spend a lot of time working on the adoption of the Open XML Formats, For IT organizations, it can be a daunting task to migrate document formats in Office, and it the benefits are not always immediately obvious. Microsoft spent a fair bit of time on tools / guidance to make the introduction of…

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Welcome to my blog

Greetings,  I’ve created this blog to discuss topics related to Microsoft Office. I’m a Group Product Manager of the Office technical product management team. I’ll use this blog to discuss important topics, upcoming releases, Open XML, interoperability and other issues. I’m excited to share this information with you, I’ll look forward to adding insight as…

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