Monday, November 6, 2006


Today it was announced that the 2007 Office System has been released to manufacturing!

It's a pretty exciting day for me. I have, after all, spent nearly 10% of my life working on it. In June of 2004, I joined Microsoft working on Microsoft Office FrontPage 12, and when that product ceased to exist, Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, to which pretty much everything I did for FrontPage was ported. It's a pretty great little app, and I got to be a part of it.

In the reasonably near future, I'll talk a little more about what I did. But for now, I'm content to know that I played a small part in building what's got to be the biggest suite of business software in the world.

Oh, and I skipped work today—they gave us three days off to relax, which is lovely, because the office probably smells like liquor and mildew after the celebration on Friday. It looked like a proverbial frat house. The carpet was so warped from buckets of water being thrown around that it was sticking up four inches from the ground in places. There was standing water in the kitchens and bathrooms. There were bottles and cups everywhere. There were extremely drunk people sitting down in the hallways singing and playing guitar. There was a man in a bright orange kilt directing traffic. It was... weird.

I do not envy the cleaning crew.


Derrick Stolee said...

You're such a brand whore.

Swid said...

I really do hope there are pictures of this event.

Travis said...

I didn't take my camera; I had several beverages dumped and sprayed onto me over the course of several hours. But, others were foolish enough to bring theirs, so I'm gonna try to track down some pics.

Anonymous said...

Travis, it's a shame you didn't make it onto the party bus. Now THAT was some crazy-ass shit.