He said OWA for Exch2003 was the first AJAX app. First AJAX app for Microsoft or from anyone?
I think he said OWA for Exchange 2000, not 2003. I remember it was already quite good, and that was waaaay before everybody started talking about AJAX.
OWA for Exchange 2000 literally was the grand-daddy of AJAX. AJAX leverages the XmlHttp object for communication with the server "in the background". The XmlHttp object in IE was developed primarily for OWA.
A few articles MSDN later and a team I worked on started using it for internal corporate web applications. The Soap wizard & web behavior shipped and things became simple. Skip forward a few years, an XMLHttp implementation goes into Firefox/Mozilla and Google
picks up the stick and runs with it.
There's guys on the team I used to work with that regularly deconstruct the gmail / gmap code. The Google developers seem to have learnt a lot tricks to really push the performance.
C9'es will obviously ask what about this .. what about that...
woo hoo I'm in.
So Excel 12 then...
Is it faster? My users are starting to get twin 64bit machines. Can Excel take advantage of these? Will you ship a 64bit version of Office?
Does the IV Columns, 65,000 odd rows limit change? Can I get more on a sheet?
Since VB6 has been retired, what are you going to do with VBA? VBA.net?
Are we going to get better intergration with .net? I don't think VSTO for 2005 cuts the mustard for my purposes. It's still very Smart Document centric. I want to expose my .net code via a nice library/contract/interface/whatever right in to a Cell. And
that's any cell, in any sheet, when my library is loaded. That's all.
Obscurely, but important to me ... love the zoom feature. Don't need to see pages - just one big sheet. Do need to be able to adjust the zoom for all sheets in a workbook in one go.
Love the Formulas tab, gotta be much easier to find formulas you previously didn't know about. Can I easily intergrate my own libraries in there (+ meta-help-data)?
We've taken a lot of the Auto/Pop-up features out.
Great we all hate them in my little firm. Even things like the Office clipboard that remembers the last 24 items you copied to it. It leaps out at you to tell you what it's done, thieving a fifth of the screen real-estate, and generaly annoys the hell out of
you. I really appreciate the sentiment, it means well, but god it's bloody annoying. My users constantly find themselves fighting the army of auto-formatting rules as well.
Lastly, and I appreciate not really your fault at all, but please please can you make Excel more reliable when working with Bloomberg AddIn software? Trust me we do whine to B-berg about it , but if MS phoned them up ans said "hello, you appear to be causing
a lot of our users pain" it might provide a helping hand.
Cool. I never realised how powerful that little serach box is. When I was poking around beta 1 for the first time I met the new control panel for the first time and thought. o - cr*p where is eeverything these days. Didn't realise I could just search for