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The who, what, and why of the Office Blog(s)
NOTE: I'll be updating this page early in January 2011 with information about our newest blogs and bloggers. Stay tuned!
Like you, we’re under pressure to “get the right stuff done right now.” So our first priority at the Office Blog is to help you get the most RIGHT NOW out of Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and the rest of the Office menagerie.
We do that with smart tips that help you do amazing things quickly and efficiently, all the way from getting the right template to executing on a vision that could reinvent the world.
To us, Office is almost like a spouse: Sure, sometimes it really makes us mad, but we love it. We need it. We spend all our time with it. We wouldn’t want to be with any other (productivity suite), because it helps us do things we never would have attempted otherwise. If you feel the same, we’re there for you, to help you get through the worst and achieve the best.
And while we know a lot about what Office can do, we're always amazed at what you do with it. Office has changed the way the world works. But that's happened because Office helps manifest the most powerful force in the world: your ideas. You’re changing the world every day with Office.
Our question is, how? Are you saving time in a smart way? Saving money? Changing minds and lives? Do you need help doing any of those things? This is the place to tell your story and get even more ideas--from us and everyone else who uses the blog. Use the comment fields. We’ll read every comment, respond, and encourage. Join the conversation and we’ll succeed together.
The Office Blog includes the Home Microsoft Office Blog, to which we all contribute, and a growing family of siblings:
Doug hosts the Office Casual and Top Templates video series, and is working on the upcoming advice tome, "I am a Sticky Note in the Digital Age." He finds all his work with video quite ironic since he reviewed movies and sold DVDs for 20 years. You can follow Doug at www.twitter.com/dougthomas.
Crabby Office Lady
While mumbling keyboard shortcuts under her breath, the Crabby Office Lady dispenses advice of all kinds with pluck and patience. Crabby's a swivel chair guru-an Office expert with a hard edge and a soft heart. She's looking at the big picture...and you're in it. You can follow her at www.twitter.com/MSFTCrabby.
David doesn't think you'll actually read his bio, so he didn't write one. Nevertheless, he wrote this thing (whatever it is) in the third person so that he wouldn't come off as vain. He also loves to contradict himself. (Okay. Not really.) He is an aspiring cartoonist, but by "cartoonist" he means, "someone who doesn't have to do real work." You can follow David at www.twitter.com/Salaguinto.
By night, Joannie is a poet-- but by day she's Word Woman. (Really, one of her colleagues calls her that.) Her goal: to help you use Word to be more creative, more innovative, more likely to change the world. Joannie also hosts the video series A Writer's Guide to Microsoft Office. Follow Joannie at www.twitter.com/joannieks"www.twitter.com/joannieks.
Michael C. Oldenburg
A wiz with many Office apps and Windows, Michael's focus here is all things OneNote. After 20 years in the software biz he's still committed to helping people learn (and enjoy) what their computers can do. He also tracks technology news, collects the latest gadgets, and helps save the universe again and again (well, the video game version thereof).
Holly is the managing editor for the blog (i.e., cat herder). Besides sharing the mysteries of Office, she unearths tidbits about how and why we work, think, and create in the ingenious ways we do. Her alter ego as a painter, poet, and dancer taught her that nothing boosts productivity like a zydeco two-step or a splash of color. You can follow Holly at www.twitter.com/HollyThomas.
Chances are, somebody has created a template or image that will help you get your work done a lot faster. Nancy's mission is to connect you with that perfect template or whatever else it is you need to shine. Outside the office (and Office), she's an avid participant in her adopted sport of curling. When the ice is melted, she works on lowering her golf handicap. Which she tracks in Excel. You can follow Nancy at www.twitter.com/Officegal.
Office in Education team
Jennifer, Michael, Tami, Matt, and Deb are determined to make life a little easier for educators and students everywhere, from pre-school to postdoc. OneNote fans will recognize Michael from his popular Microsoft OneNote blog. The rest of us joined the Office crew after writing for the Microsoft Education Products Group (proud parents of Microsoft Encarta, Microsoft Mathematics, Office Add-ins for students and teachers, and other gifted offspring). So go ahead. Ask them about using Office in education. No need to raise your hands.