Office 12 NDA news

Why do I read so many feeds? To catch stuff like this (Ed Bott is hearing conflicting information and isn’t sure what to do). There’s some confusion going around about the Office 12 NDA. So, I checked with the folks who know over on Office 12. Here’s the deal:

Press (which include bloggers) are allowed to write about client apps – specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Visio, Project, OneNote and InfoPath. Products still under NDA include Groove and all our server products.

MVPs might be getting other rules, but here’s the person in charge: Sandhya Thodla. Anyone else trying to make NDA rules up should be sent to Sandhya. If you aren’t clear on any of this, please ask Sandhya before writing about Office 12.
Is that clear enough?

By the way, Frank Shaw is president of Waggener Edstrom in charge of the Microsoft account. Translation: if he says something is OK, it’s OK.

UPDATE: February 7, 2006: It turns out that this isn’t quite the case. There are different NDAs given to different groups. Sorry for the confusion, but I need to be a little bit clearer about the Office 12 beta program. If you’re an MVP, in the Technical Beta or on the TAP program you’ll need to comply with the EULA of Beta1, which maintains confidentiality except in cases where the information is already public. If you’re a blogger and want to talk about Office 12 and you’re already on the beta, we recommend you learn what’s public and what’s not BEFORE you disclose anything new.

Track your comments, no matter where you make them

Let’s say you track 10 blogs and you regularly post comments on all 10 blogs. Isn’t it a pain in the behind that you have to go around to each of the 10 blogs to participate in the comments?

Well, minutes ago Laurent Haug showed us a service, CoComment, that tracks your comments in one place. This is awesome. Here’s a picture of Laurent showing this to us.

This service is going to be VERY popular with bloggers. Problem is it’s in a closed beta right now. We’re all begging Laurent to get us access.

Hey, TechCrunch, this one is for you. Straight from the Swiss Chalet!

Have some blog payola

The Valleywag figured us out. We’re controlling bloggers just by flying them to Redmond. Your mind is under our control. (Insert evil laugh here). Oh, sorry, got a little out of control. Blame it on the payola I just got. Hanging out here with about 10 geeks. I’m well pickled. Sat in the hot tub for more than an hour. My fingers are all wrinkly.

Anyway, I’m under Laurent’s mind control. Oh, now Euan Semple, who works for the BBC is trying to control my mind (he’s sitting on the floor right in front of me and writes a blog titled “the obvious”). Resist! Resist! There is no way I’m gonna do the “four things” thing. No way. No how. Heh.

At least not until someone gives me some of that blog payola!! Heck, I even had to carry my own bag into this shindig. Heh. And while sitting in a hot tub in the moonlight with five other geeks is a spiritual experience you still gotta run across the snow back to the house. Damn that’s cold.

Hello from the wifi hot tub

We’re not quite in it yet, but will be in a few minutes. Here Pierre Devos is warming up the hot tub. That should be an experience. Five geeks all sitting in a tub. Sorry, we have a pact: no photos. 🙂

The skiing here is awesome. I’m so out of shape, though. Here’s a picture down the slope at Villars where Laurent Haug took me to.

I hear the founder of IKEA lives directly beneath these slopes. I can see why. Stunning natural beauty. That’s Geneva in the background under the blanket of fog.

Oh, and the chalet we’re staying in? It’s 400 years old and has a weblog built into the house. Seriously. There’s a timber that has writings on it going back hundreds of years in a reverse-chronilogical format. No RSS feed, though. 🙂

Thanks to Pierre (a friend of Laurent’s) for inviting us up to his Chalet. Sometimes I get to have remarkable experiences. Today is one of those days. Thanks to both Laurent and Pierre! The view off of his porch is stunning.