This week kicks off a six-part series on location in New Orleans and will cover the enhancements around touch and immersive experiences in the new Office. Jeremy Chapman is joined by Tal Krzypow and Tim Bakke to show Office experiences across screens of all sizes – from phones to large panel displays. Along the way, they’ll expose some lesser known touch features in PowerPoint, take a tour of the GeoFlow Preview for Excel and show off the capabilities of the 82″ Perceptive Pixel (PPI) display.
Jeremy: This week we are coming to you from TechEd New Orleans and taking the Garage Series on the road. We’ve also infused the local culture and backdrop as we put Office to the test. In the coming weeks, you’ll see real time co-authoring using Office Web Apps, we’ll test if Office can keep me productive in the Bayou and we’ll take a different spin on a provisioning race – online versus offline. But this week, we discuss using Office with touch.
Tal: Devices take on increasingly more form factors, sizes and input methods. Accordingly, Office keeps evolving across the desktop applications, web apps, Apps for Windows 8 and across other platforms to deliver the best experience anywhere. Yoni demonstrated some of the touch capabilities in the Garage Series Live in April, but we decided to go a bit deeper under the hood in this episode. The combination of Windows 8 investments in touch APIs and hit targeting, together with Office investments in fluid and intuitive touch experience, unlocks new experiences and scenarios. Whether you are using the new OneNote for Windows 8 and the radial menu, or the Outlook Web App on a touch screen, even simple actions like scrolling feel that they were built for touch, with a surface that sticks to your fingers, and a fluid motion throughout.
Jeremy: So it was great to welcome you as co-host Tal, from the Office product team in to show off some of the existing and new capabilities that can leverage touch, like Trigger Animation, Merge Shapes to create touchable icons as well as the new Slide Navigator and Slide Zoom. Watch the show for some awesome recipes that Tal found using local delicacies.
A question we hear a lot is how the Perceptive Pixel (PPI) display we use on the Garage Series compares to other large screen input devices. So we brought in Tim Bakke from the PPI team to talk about the capabilities of the device and show how it can be used to visualize 3D renderings, the GeoFlow Preview for Excel, the OneNote App for Windows 8 and the new PowerPoint.
Next week we’ll return from New Orleans as we show the upcoming capabilities in Office Web Apps and test whether a local blues band can write song in real time using different devices, browsers and even the Word desktop application offline.
See you then!
Jeremy and Tal
About the Garage Series hosts:
By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Tal started his way at Microsoft as the PowerPoint and Graphics product planner. Today he serves as the technical product marketing manager for Word and PowerPoint. Tal’s persistence with PowerPoint through various roles is by no mere chance. A design passionate, Tal enjoys designing messages, stories and visuals. Among his creations are a collection of over 200 icons in PowerPoint, and his very own hand-made PC messenger bag.