Away This Week

Sorry to my faithful few that I haven’t posted this week.  It’s because I’m in Redmond learning a whole bunch of things that I can’t tell you about 🙂 – really.

All I can say is that I am pleased with what I have seen and heard and I think we will all be happy when O2010 ships.  Then all we have to do is get our companies or clients to go to it.

Talk soon.


About Biggus Dickus

Dick is a consultant in London, ON Canada who specializes in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office Development.
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2 Responses to Away This Week

  1. Harlan Grove says:

    Getting companies to move to it . . .

    Where I work, 80% of users use 20% of Word and PowerPoint features, and my impression is the other 20% of users use even fewer features. No compelling reason to upgrade those.

    We’re a Lotus Notes shop, so Outlook is a nonissue.

    Then there’s Excel. First, we’re a Business Objects shop, so BI, to the extent it’s done, isn’t done in Excel except as a final formatting step.

    From an IT/IS perspective, what would the company WANT Excel users doing with Excel 14 that those users can’t do with Excel 11 (2003)? Exploiting the bigger worksheet grid? No. Writing longer, more complex formulas? No, at least not until Excel comes with a MUCH BETTER (not just MUCH BIGGER) formula editor. Using XML file formats? Not really since few to no users have other tools to make use of XML, and saving XLS files onto compressed drives results in similar actual disk usage. Use the ribbon? No because it’s correctly seen as a major training issue.

    The only compelling features in Excel 12 were tables and the IFERROR function. For the few, the very few, the XLL changes, especially the increased limits, may be very compelling, but not for 99.99% of business users. Microsoft would need to have done a lot more with tables and structured referencing and large worksheet navigation to make Excel 14 a must-buy.

  2. sam says:

    I hope you learnt “secrets” about the Gemini “BI”….I am really hoping that the “actual” product is far superior to what is current available…

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