Give Microsoft A Piece of Your Mind: Office 2010 Tech Preview, Vine, Telemetry Service
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jul 2009
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is asking all of you out there to provide your feedback on various products. One of these products the company wants you to share your opinion upon is Office 2010, which has been officially launched as a Technical Preview. In this regard, Office 2010 Technical Preview comes with a handy new feature called Send-a-Smile.

“Using Office 2010, have something you want to tell Office? Maybe you're having trouble finding something in the UI or have a specific suggestion on how we can improve a feature. Or, maybe there's something you love and you want to make sure we know about it so that we keep it in the product. The best tool to use to give us feedback on the Office 2010 (Technical Preview) is called Send-a-Smile,” explained the Microsoft Office product development group.

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When you install Office 2010, the Send-a-smile feature is automatically installed as well. In the notifications are of the taskbar, near the clock, you will notice to smiley-like icons – one looks like a happy face :-) and the other like a sad face :-(. If you click on the happy icon (for positive comments) or on the unhappy icon (for other, not so happy comments, will launch the Send-a-Smile Tool (image at the bottom of the article). In it you can type your comment or even attach a picture depicting your problem. You can also provide a valid email and the Office team will contact you if necessary. All the comments will go to a Microsoft database where they will be reviewed.

Moving on, the development team behind Vine, Microsoft’s societal networking app, is asking for your input as well. Microsoft Vine has been launched as a Beta late this April and during that time the notification system has been tested by many – and some of them have been kind enough to share their thoughts on Vine with Microsoft.

“Just over two months have passed since we shipped the Microsoft Vine beta. During that time, we have received thousands of questions, ideas and suggestions. We’ve been inspired by your stories and, equally important, your feedback is helping us make Vine even better. In the near future, we’ll publish a blog post with details about the priorities for our next release. Your input is very important in helping us to determine those priorities,” explained the Microsoft Vine team.

Last but not least, Microsoft is asking Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Beta 3 testers to join the Microsoft Telemetry Service and help the Redmond-based company enhance the protection delivered by the its products.

“Facing cybercrime, threatened by multiple network threats with never sufficient mitigations, how many times did you wonder: “I wish that there was something extra I can do”? One thing you can do is to join the Microsoft Telemetry Service. By joining the Microsoft Telemetry Service you will have direct impact on the quality of our protection technologies and will assist us to better protect both your organization and the community. Forefront TMG Telemetry Reporting supports both Malware Protection and Network Inspection System, (NIS) detection reporting. You can join Microsoft Telemetry Service with a basic or an advanced membership,” explained Moshe Golan, Senior Program Manager, Forefront, GAPA.




Tags: Microsoft, Office 2010 Technical Preview, Vine, Societal Networking, Forefront, Microsoft Telemetry
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