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October 18, 2005

Ward Cunningham Leaves Microsoft for Eclipse

Posted by David Hunter at 12:58 PM ET.

Mary Jo Foley and Darryl K. Taft at eWeek:

Microsoft Corp. has lost one of its high-profile hires to an open-source consortium.

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, announced on Monday that Ward Cunningham is leaving Microsoft to join the staff of the open-source tool consortium. Cunningham’s new title is Director of Committer Community Development.

Cunningham, the father of the Wiki concept, joined Microsoft about two years ago. At Microsoft, he was not involved directly in social-networking-software development.

A recent Channel 9 video featured Ward and Sam Gentile discussing wiki history and more.

Filed under Coopetition, Eclipse, Employee Retention, General Business, Technologies, Wikis

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October 2, 2005

Microsoft bloggers reveal Office 12 features

Posted by David Hunter at 8:47 AM ET.

PJ Hough describes Windows SharePoint Services and blogs, wikis, and rss:

Making the channel9 video was fun, and it was over before we knew it. Basically it was as casual and real-time as what you saw. Some of the comments about the video on channel 9 were to the effect that we spent too much time talking about blogs and wikis and not enough time talking about the SharePoint that everyone knows; lists, document libraries, meetings workspaces etc. I am the first one to agree that the video is not representative of the investments that we made, but I’m not quite sure what 20 minute video we could have made that did justice to the work we’ve done over the past couple of years! Before I abandon the topics of blogs and wikis and broaden the discussion to other WSS enhancements, it’s probably worth taking some time to explain *why* we’re adding blogs and wikis to WSS.

The “whys” and some of the “whats” by following the link.

David Gainer reports that Excel 12 will support more rows and columns:

Probably the most common question the Excel team gets from our customers is “when are you going to add more rows/more columns/more rows and more columns”. There are many different scenarios behind these requests. Some customers want to be able to analyze more data than Excel has rows, some customers want to track more daily information than Excel has columns, and other customers want to perform matrix math on large matrices of thousands of elements. There are plenty of other scenarios too. Well, the answer to the question is “in Excel 12.” Specifically, the Excel 12 grid will be 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns. That’s 1,500% more rows and 6,300% more columns than in Excel 2003, and for those of you that are curious, columns now end at XFD instead of IV.

He promises more feature updates in future posts.

Finally, a wealth of OneNote 12 features. Chris Pratley describes a number of new features from table creation to dragging and dropping pages to “Insta-search.” Also Chris ( “OneNote 12 – Working as a team with shared notebooks“) and Owen Braun (“A squadron of notebooks“) describe the new support for multiple OneNote 12 notebooks which can be shared among team members.

(Hat tip: Jensen Harris who rounds up a number of the Microsoft Office 12 bloggers.)

Filed under Blogs, OS - Server, Office, Office 2007, RSS and Atom, Technologies, Wikis, Windows SharePoint Services

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