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Humanizing PowerPoint

Cliff Atkinson inspires me every time he writes about how to use PowerPoint to engage rather than lecture to audiences. While PowerPoint is, for too many people, one of the things that is broken in their work, it doesn't have to be.

February 16, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Dropping Outlook from Office: smart or dumb?

There have been some heated reactions to the announcement today that Office 2007 will drop Outlook in favor of OneNote in the Home and Student Edition. The two schools of thought are polarized as to whether home and education users need, want, or use Outlook as much more than an e-mail program. Or is this is simply a move by Microsoft to cut down on small business use of the Student and Teacher Edition. My take?

February 16, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Office Live: bring out the trolls

There's nothing like a big announcement from Microsoft to start what my friend Ed Bott charitably calls "OS food fights". Yesterday's soft launch of Office Live is a classic example of how good ideas can go right off the rails when marketing messes around with customers' and prospects' closely held perceptions and competitors overreact out of fear, loathing, or a false sense of blood in the water.

February 16, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Fixing what's broken at work is the challenge

I had a very enjoyable chat with the post-grad class at UNM I wrote about yesterday. Over the course of two and a half hours of very engaging give and take, one thing became clear. Everyone in the conversation admitted that many of the fundamental tools we use to to communicate and collaborate are broken. When the conversation turned to how we go about fixing them, things got interesting.

February 14, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Is Work Broken?

Tonight, I'm speaking to a post-grad class at the University of New Mexico. The course is being taught by my friend Dr. Bob Grassberger, a man who knows more about knowledge management in his little finger than I'll probably ever learn. His Ph.D. candidates are spending the semester exploring "Building the High-Performance Workforce in the Global Economy".

February 14, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Microsoft putting a push on RIM's Blackberry

The Associated Press reports that Microsoft will announce a new push e-mail service for mobile devices at the 3GSM phone show in Barcelona, Spain today. This is, of course, terrible news for embattled RIM whose Blackberry devices have been a coporate standard for this service.

February 13, 2006 by Marc Orchant


What does mobile productivity look like?

In our most recent podcast, James and I were talking about the new Ultra Mobile PCs announced recently by Microsoft and Intel and it turned into a conversation about how mobile computing looks for different people. The way we use mobile devices is changing all the time.

February 12, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Fear mongering in the name of privacy

If you want your private data to remain private, here's a piece of friendly advice - don't use the Internet. Don't use web-based e-mail, instant messaging, net telephony, file sharing, or any other service that might record a transcript of your activities, interest, and conversations.

February 9, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Gmail chat breathes new life into Google Talk

I've always liked the word "moribund" and up until the past couple of days, it was a perfect adjective to describe Google Talk. I've had a hard time getting friends and associates interested in using Google's IM client - most claimed they saw nothing there that made them interested in switching.

February 8, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Wondering what is up with Google and Dell

Wall Street seems to hate the notion of Google paying Dell one billion dollars (cue the Dr. Evil music) to include something Google-ish on its PCs. Henry Blodgett thinks Google will scare off increasingly skittish Google-vestors if it appears the cool kids now have to buy distribution.

February 7, 2006 by Marc Orchant