PJ Hough, Corporate Vice President of Program Management, Microsoft Office Division
Welcome to the Office Next blog. I’m really excited to kick off this conversation and connect you with the engineers who are building future releases of Office—here, they’ll discuss the improvements we make, the designs we choose and the data and feedback that inform our decisions.
Back in January, I announced the technical preview of the next generation of all our Microsoft Office products and services. As we work to bring these new products to you, we do extensive testing within Microsoft and with customers. This testing helps us find and fix problems, and feedback from customers helps us fine tune our products to their work styles. When they use early versions of our products and services on their turf, we learn a ton about how to evolve them to best support the ways people work. This input helps us continue to deliver the best Office experience.
Of course, while I love feedback that lets us improve something, it’s fantastic to hear feedback about things that are already working great. Throughout our technical preview program, I got some comments from our customers worth sharing:
“You guys have made some amazing, amazing changes in this round of Office”
-Susan Driever, mother and PTA board member
“The look and the style of the apps is just so fluid”
-Mike Riess, student
“I love how well it integrates with Windows 8”
-Aaress Lawless, small business owner
I can’t wait to share more about the new Office. In my 18 years at Microsoft, I think this is the most transformational release I’ve worked on!
Stay tuned for more early comments from customers who have enjoyed a sneak peak of some of our new products and services- you’ll be seeing what they have to say on Twitter at @office and via #officepreview. Add this blog to your RSS feeds and be sure to check back here.