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Blogging from Word 2007

Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right? Blogging is all about communicating with words (and pictures, too). So, why not use Word to write your blog posts?

Stop, don't jump to the end of this post to push the comment button yet. I'm not an idiot. I'm not endorsing you commit HTML suicide. If you've ever written a post in Word 2003 or before and then copied and pasted the text into your web browser you know what I'm talking about. Sure you can do it, but you have to run one of those HTML clean up tools so that your posts don't look mangled. Even then the HTML is not tight and clean, right?

Well no more. We've been working late into the nights and very late into our development schedule for Word 2007 and we have a special goody for all you bloggers in Beta 2 of Office 2007. That's right blog post authoring from Word. This is a very late breaking feature and is definitely beta software. That said, I hope that everyone is pleasantly surprised with where we are going with this feature.

Why bother?

When I write a blog post using my blog providers web-based editor I miss some of the familiar Word features that I've come to rely on, specifically background spelling (those little red squiggles) and autocorrect. These features keep me from making stupid mistakes. Also, I simply want to use the tool that I use for most of my other writing tasks.

Word experience authoring post blog

Targeted user experience

Click on the picture above to see the a larger version of the image. Notice that the new user interface has been scoped to include the feature you most likely will need when authoring a blog post. We've gone from seven tabs on the ribbon to just two! The Home tab has been replaced with a Blog Post tab. We've add some special commands that you will need to manage your blog service accounts and publish your posts. We even added strikethrough to the basic text group since bloggers like using it so much.

Click on the images below to see the full tabs.

Blog Post tab Blog Insert tab

Publishing clean HTML to your blog

That's right. No more verbose Word HTML. The goal for this feature is not pure fidelity, but the right fidelity for your blog. The HTML for this post was created by Word. Go ahead, click View, Source in your browser and look at the HTML starting with "Word is a great tool..." We really are going pretty basic here. Bold become <strong>, Italic becomes <em>, Heading 1 become <h1>, Quotes become <blockquote> and on it goes. There are definitely kinks in Beta 2. For example we are encoding smart quotes incorrectly so I had to turn off that feature in Word, but the goal is to output just what is needed to make your blog post clean and readable (code and rendered HTML).

Pictures

When you set up your blog you can specify an upload site and Word will take care of uploading any pictures that you insert in the blog post. Also, we'll automatically generate & upload PNGs for the Office graphics (charts, diagrams, etc.) that you insert in your post.

In Beta 2 we have basic FTP support. We hope to add support for metaweblog API picture handling, SharePoint picture libraries, and one or two others. While we have a limited ability to add many more providers to this late breaking feature, the feature is extensible and other providers can insure that their systems work with Word even after Office 2007 ships.

Getting started

You can start a new blog by simply going to the File icon, New dialog and selecting "New Blog Post." Or, if you want to start your post from an existing document go to the File icon and select Publish and Blog.

File Publish Blog

Setting up your blog

This is pretty standard stuff if you've ever used one of the many blog post authoring applications. In Beta 2 we support MSN Spaces, SharePoint 2007 (of course), Blogger, and Community Server (which is used for blogs.msdn.com). You can also set up a custom account with services that support the metaweblog API or the ATOM API. All the blog providers seems to interpret these APIs a bit different so there kinks we're still working out. But the basics should work in Beta 2. We hope to add a few more services to the list before we ship. The Word blog authoring feature is extensible and we will publish information so that blog providers can insure that their systems work with Word.

Create New Account Dialog

More info coming…

We're excited about getting into more details about this feature, but I'm calling it a night now.

 PS. A little honesty
Did I mention that this was beta software and we were running hot? For complete transparency I need to admit a couple things. I had to make a few hand tweaks to my post due to bugs (I'm sure our developer would blame it on user error). I had to upload and hand code the pictures because I had problems with my FTP site. And, I had to hand change the items with the CODE tag since we didn't map the Word code style correctly. You too can help find a report bugs with this feature once beta 2 is available. More on that later.

Whew! That feels better. Now I can sleep soundly.

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006 2:42 AM by Jfriend
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Comments

Pranav ... Blogging said:

Hey so I guess it’s the time to share a few things. In my previous post http://blogs.msdn.com/pranavwagh/archive/2006/05/09/594070.aspx...
# May 12, 2006 6:15 AM

Erno de Weerd said:

# May 12, 2006 6:32 AM

Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog said:

Over on the Word blog Joe Friend has broken the news about the new blogging support we've added to Word...
# May 12, 2006 6:38 AM

Tiernans Comms Closet said:

So, a few days ago I posted that I was blogging from somewhere, but couldn’t say where. Well, that “where”...
# May 12, 2006 6:39 AM

Sandeep Singh Rawat said:

It’s a great feature that I’m trying to test from within Word 2007. Now I don’t need to go to the blogging...
# May 12, 2006 6:50 AM

Mark Bower said:

Just announced – a new feature in Office Word 2007 Beta 2 to enable you to publish direct to your blog....
# May 12, 2006 7:55 AM

Eric Denekamp said:

tis is the coolest thing i heard regarding Office 2007
# May 12, 2006 8:11 AM

AdamB said:

Great job with this! I'd love to see more small additions to Word on a going forward basis through officeupdate.com or whatever. Little features like blog support/rss/opml/cool tech of the day are usually pretty easy to add (Dave Winer seems to hack them out pretty quickly) and shows that you guys are staying relevant.
# May 12, 2006 9:13 AM

ahmeds said:

Is this exposed through Outlook. Can i blog offline and sync
# May 12, 2006 10:04 AM

Step said:

Great!  I'm going to like this a lot more than using the "blogger" plug-in.  (Especially since I probably won't stay on Blogger.)  

I hope we can also just publish to a folder, for those who run their own server.  
# May 12, 2006 10:30 AM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

Joe Friend has finally made it public that there will be built in blog functionality&amp;nbsp;in Word 2007!&amp;nbsp;I...
# May 12, 2006 10:44 AM

Brad Wilson - The .NET Guy said:

# May 12, 2006 10:46 AM

Shane Perran said:

That is fantastic.  I know a lot of hardcore bloggers that do their posts in word anyways just to ensure they have a handle on spelling, grammar etc.
# May 12, 2006 10:48 AM

Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life said:

# May 12, 2006 10:55 AM

James O'Neill's blog said:

This post,  and the last one were made from Word 2007 Beta. I don’t mean typed and spell checked in word,...
# May 12, 2006 11:06 AM

Alex Barnett blog said:

Joe Friend has some interesting news re: Word 2007. You'll be able to author blog posts using it and...
# May 12, 2006 11:36 AM

Fred said:

Okay Joe, looks like you've had a good reason for *not* blogging about Word 2007 <g> for a few months. Congratulations to you and the Word team.  :)

Of course now that *you* have the new tool you'll be able to keep on with the daily 'new' or 'improved' in Word feature previews for the rest of us out here?

In your screenshot for WordBlog UI I didn't see an 'exit' or close button.  As you've removed the other Ribbon tabs (not quite sure I'm understanding why that was done rather than using some 'contextual' tabs as Jensen shows for things like working on pictures) is this a 'view' in Word, or an outside applet, or ???

# May 12, 2006 11:47 AM

Heath Stewart said:

FTP? Who uses FTP anymore? It would be great if this feature supported WebDAV as FrontPage does.
# May 12, 2006 12:50 PM

Christophe Lauer said:

# May 12, 2006 1:16 PM

search.subscribe.share said:

My friend and colleague Joe Friend over in Word 2007 land (actually just upstairs from my office) has...
# May 12, 2006 1:22 PM

GottaBeMobile.com said:

# May 12, 2006 1:28 PM

Kirk Allen Evans' Blog said:

I installed Office 2007 Beta 2 today. I was reluctant to install previous versions of Office 2007 because...
# May 12, 2006 2:14 PM

doncampbell's Weblog said:

Dare writes about Blogging from Word 2007.&amp;nbsp; This is in Beta 2 which will be available externally...
# May 12, 2006 2:49 PM

doncampbell said:

I just tried this - awesome.  Thank Joe.
-Don
# May 12, 2006 2:52 PM

Community Server Daily News said:







News Section fluidity continues.&amp;nbsp; Today we're adding &quot;Mods and Add-ins&quot; to highlight...
# May 12, 2006 3:31 PM

Greg Hines said:

The feature looks like a great addition to Word 2007 but as a Web developer I'm still concerned about the HTML output. Element names in all the tags are in uppercase letters and some attribute values are not encapsulated in quotation marks. It would be great if there was an XHTML-compatibility option where all element and attribute names were lowercase, attribute values always had quotation marks around them, and empty elements like img have tags that close with a / at the end.

And while I'm dreaming, I might as well throw this out there: it would be nice if you could create a text style in Word (say, a derivative of Heading 2 that's red) and have it output to a particular--and configurable--element type (say, h2) and class name (say, red_heading). That way people with customized blog themes could make sure the content fit into their existing templates.

That aside, I'm extremely happy to see this kind of effort. I'm particularly excited with the fact that I could use Word to post to a WordPress or MovableType blog. Keep up the excellent work!
# May 12, 2006 4:11 PM

Joseph R. Jones said:

This kicks some serious butt... I can't wait to try it out.

  --- JRJ
# May 12, 2006 4:12 PM

PixelSlave said:

I noticed a couple things:

1) Tags are written in upper case.

2) Some attributes are not enclosed in quotes -- ex, the "File Publish Blog" img tag's border attribute.

3) Any chance you guys can make the output XML friendly so that the HTML fragment can be inserted into a XHTML validated template. Of course, it will be even better if the output is XHTML friendly, not just XML friendly!
# May 12, 2006 4:14 PM

Laura said:

That's great, but what's up with the upper-case and font tags like these?
<P><FONT size=2><EM><STRONG>
# May 12, 2006 4:17 PM

The Mit's Blog said:

R&#233;cemment , Pierre demandait avec raison un bon outil pour blogger directement en asynchrone, voir mieux...
# May 12, 2006 4:34 PM

SeeSunshine said:

Fantastic tool, which makes lucky to select MSN space as my primary blog site
# May 12, 2006 4:56 PM

Heath Stewart said:

It would also be nice to see support for categories to pass through the metablog API for new posts, as well as to change categories when opening and editing existing posts.
# May 12, 2006 5:11 PM

DeveloperZen.com said:

# May 12, 2006 5:20 PM

Heath Stewart's Blog said:

I’ve been using primarily Microsoft FrontPage 2003 to author blogs because, like many people, even the...
# May 12, 2006 5:34 PM

PuntoRete said:

# May 12, 2006 5:36 PM

iNDi Business Solutions said:

A developer on the Microsoft Word Team today announced blogging features directly from the next version of Microsoft Word.
The biggest benefits of blogging from Word will be:

A user interface most people are familiar and comfortable with.
Built-in spell
# May 12, 2006 5:38 PM

Roland said:

XML or XHTML Friendliness aside, you are aware that neither your html nor your CSS passes validation, right ? now this could be due to the way blogs.msdn.com might be set-up - I wouldn't know, I haven't been following at all frequently and I also realize that suggesting something is probably just gonna add to an already insane schedule... So... good luck.
# May 12, 2006 6:18 PM

cyber_rigger said:

BFD



Here's blogging with emacs.

http://billstclair.com/blogmax/



:^)
# May 12, 2006 6:32 PM

DoImatter said:

If your generated HTML, XML, CSS, XHTML doesn't pass validation you're just wasting everyone's time.

It's not hard to do it right and it's long past the time for Microsoft to obey web standards. There are more blogging tools and users than there ever will be Word 2007 Blog users. If you don't correct the HTML persistence layer to standards compliance you will be setting up your users to be living in a virtual ghetto when your product actually ships. You'll notice that I'm writing this comment from Firefox, having arrived at your site from Reddit. You really think I'm gonna switch to IE 7.0 no matter what it offers? So that I can pay $300 dollar for the priviledge of using office and create bloggs that don't play well with everyone else?

The other question. Why not just create a rich text box plugin for the browser that permits word like layout and editing, but persists its contents to standards compliant markup? Everyone would use that. Heck you could even define the interfaces to work in a JVM or the .NET runtime making it cross platform from day 1. I mean we're talking text layout here, very hard in the eighties, still a challenge in the 90's, but a solved problem in the first decade of the new milleniim. Do I really need a 30MB app to write in a textbox?

Blogging is about server side forms generation to manage entry input, coupled with meta data designed into the structure of the form and recorded in a database or pseudo data base layer via the form submission, leading finally to the automatic layout generation from database to browser presentation.

Other than the entry into the text boxes in the browser what does Word have to do with blogging? Are you trying to do HTML page layout from the document view?  Why does that make any sense? The whole point of the document view is to see the layout as it will be on the printed page! A blog is not a printed page. You want to do blog entry as a WYSWG, then you need add a form builder to Word, and integrate it with the browser where it will actually be viewed. Sure blog entries can be printed but that's secondary from being on the web page.

As usual Microsoft is putting lipstick on a pig instead of actually rethinking the problem. How can you guys even think this will pass muster? It's not like you're stupid. The MS interview process is very stringent.

Look the browser client area is the new default for all application window client areas. and like it or not standards compliant markup is your persistence layer, and I don't mean buy your own comittee and call it a standard's body compliance. That's where you have to start. You've got enough cash in the bank. Scrap office 2007 start over, do it right. Otherwise with crappy half thought feaures like these you are just locking in problems for millions of people for the next 5 years.
# May 12, 2006 6:54 PM

rasx said:

I built a liitle tool for Office Word 2003 users to Blog via cutting and pasting "Clean XHTML" from Word into their tool of choice:

http://songhaysystem.com/document.php?doc=40

You can also save to a file.
# May 12, 2006 6:55 PM

kt.cl said:

# May 12, 2006 7:00 PM

l.m.orchard said:

Joe said, "If you've ever written a post in Word 2003 or before and then copied and pasted the text into your web browser you know what I'm talking about."

I have no idea what you're talking about, actually.  :)  No offense.  Word is the last tool I'd think to reach for when blogging.  

This development probably won't change my mind - but on the other hand, DoIMatter said, "Blogging is about server side forms generation to manage entry input..."

It's been years since the last time I actually used a browser-based form on a regular basis to post a blog entry.  I've used ecto, MarsEdit, Radio Userland, vim, and the OPML Editor at various points to post and manage blog content.  Using the actual browser-based UI is reserved for whatever weird things my desktop client can't do on whatever blog platform I happen to be using.

And, as for... "When I write a blog post using my blog providers web-based editor I miss some of the familiar Word features that I've come to rely on, specifically background spelling (those little red squiggles) and autocorrect."  I get quite a bit of this on OS X already, in standard text areas - both in the browser, and in the desktop clients.  Reaching for Word for this task strikes me like firing up a printing press to sketch out a post-it or a refrigerator-bound note.

So.. what am I getting at?  For whatever my opinion's worth, I'm intrigued.  Further desktop integration via blog APIs, good.  All the machinery that is Word, not so good.  And I'm not all that impressed by the HTML output.  If anything, I'm looking for a more nimble app with cleaner output.

But, I've not yet personally experienced all the UI changes made for Word 2007, so I may be pleasantly surprised yet...
# May 12, 2006 7:20 PM

Tony said:

Awesome feature.  This really needs to find its way into OneNote 2007.  I'd love to be able to blog a note, set of pages, or an entire section with a single click.
# May 12, 2006 7:27 PM

A blog to the tune of James said:

So this is my first post from Word 2007.  This is a godsend for me.  I often create many grammatical...
# May 12, 2006 8:12 PM

Tom Servo said:

If you create a new blog post in Word, save it as DOCX, if you reopen it, will Word open it as blog post or as full blown document? The latter way would be unhandy. Word should remember the type of document, but also allow a way to switch between full document and blogging mode.
# May 12, 2006 9:50 PM

Sid said:

Will the blogging tool support tagging and/or technorati?
# May 12, 2006 10:09 PM

UMPC Buzz said:

UMPC users have now been provided with one more reason to blog on their UMPC. Word 2007 and OneNote 2007...
# May 12, 2006 10:10 PM

Bloggliv » Blogga med Word 2007 said:

# May 13, 2006 1:45 AM

Cisir said:

It 's wonderful!
My Blog-http://ccsquare.com is OK?
# May 13, 2006 2:14 AM

Vince said:

We need WebDAV support!
# May 13, 2006 2:33 AM

- ScoRpio - said:

Please, include a API from Word Press blog system. Is a excellent bloging system. Please !! My blog powered WP !http://scorpio.blogdon.net :)
# May 13, 2006 2:45 AM

Peter Sefton said:

I think  that outputting clean HTML (if it's as XHTML-like as possible) is a great idea. You hint at using styles - so why not supply word with a decent set of styles that map to HTML and then let the HTML exporter use them?

I wrote more on my blog: http://ptsefton.com/blog/2006/05/13/beyond_blogging%3A_style-driven__html_export_from_2007._please.
# May 13, 2006 4:15 AM

Peter Sefton said:

Brian, I'm not sure how much you have to do with the upper levels of Word, but I think that the most promising part of Joe's post was his mention of mapping styles (h1) to elements in HTML. If you shipped  a devent set of styles in Word then HTML export could work well on the other hand, if the export code has to try to map all the freedom of Word's formatting to HTML then it's always going to be a messy compromise.

I wrote about this here: http://ptsefton.com/blog/2006/05/13/beyond_blogging%3A_style-driven__html_export_from_2007._please.
# May 13, 2006 4:35 AM

Demson | 夏花 said:

Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right? Blogging is all about communicating with words (and pictures, too). So, why not use Word to write your blog posts?

从 MSDN 这篇文章中可以看到即将发布的 Office 2007 中 Word 组件将支持 blog 的撰写,word 对于我来说,基本上算个超级高级的文本编辑器,所以一般情况下,记事本对我来说,已经非常不错,最多搭配一个..
# May 13, 2006 7:15 AM

Samo said:

So much money and they can't hire one decent GUI designer.
# May 13, 2006 7:23 AM

STEFANO DEMILIANI WeBlog said:

# May 13, 2006 8:13 AM

bkchung's WebLog said:

퍼블리싱 기능을 사용해 워드 2007 베타 2에서 직접 블로그에 포스팅할 수 있는 기능이 있다기에 사용해봅니다. Jan 말대로 다른 직원들도 열심히 블로깅을 했군요. Metaweblog...
# May 13, 2006 9:33 AM

J-O's blog said:

Ramlade &#246;ver en artikel i veckan som handlade om Word 2007 beta 2 och en ny funktion d&#228;r f&#246;r att publicera...
# May 13, 2006 10:20 AM

stss.be said:

Microsoft has revealed a surprising new feature for Word 2007: built-in blog publishing. The big surprise is this: the HTML that is generated is actually not that bad. 'Joe Friend, a lead program manager (Microsoft's term for a person who creates the
# May 13, 2006 10:55 AM

Blogus Maximus said:

# May 13, 2006 11:40 AM

Jesse said:

i really hope you add more blogs, to appeal to the younger public/bloggers, blogs such as xanga/livejournal, its be helpful.
# May 13, 2006 12:11 PM

Ken Nakata said:

Sounds awesome!  Although it's still an early concept, I'm hoping that accessibility features in Word documents be carried over to the blog in HTML.  For instance,  alternative text in Word images will become alt attributes to <IMG> tags or that data tables will use <TH> tags where appropriate.  Otherwise, it will mean a fair amount of cleanup for bloggers.
# May 13, 2006 12:19 PM

????????? » ???word??????? said:

# May 13, 2006 12:26 PM

bao said:

Could you lowercase the tags? That would help with XHTML compliance.
# May 13, 2006 1:03 PM

Luis_DG's Blog said:

# May 13, 2006 1:09 PM

Dao said:

> We even added strikethrough to the basic text group since
> bloggers like using it so much.

<span style="text-decoration: line-through;">?
It's <del>.
# May 13, 2006 1:23 PM

Dao said:

And "bao" is right, please produce code that's ready to be sent as XHTML. Hence no uppercase tags. And your paragraphs are neither looking good (<P> <H3>Targeted user experience </H3> <P></P> ...).
# May 13, 2006 1:28 PM

Joe said:

Word 2007 isn't even out yet and already we have a developer going on about how it can produce HTML that is very slightly less rubbish than the last version of Word.

Visual Studio 2005 deals with XSLT, XML, HTML/XHTML and CSS perfectly - so why can't other Microsoft applications?

# May 13, 2006 1:56 PM

zomg said:

bloat...
# May 13, 2006 1:59 PM

rude slashdot bore said:

I cried hot tears when I noticed [tedious and irrelevant quibble with the HTML generated by Word2003].

Change it immediately.
# May 13, 2006 4:08 PM

James Clarke said:

I really hope you get metaweblog working for images rather than ftp..  If so, looks like i'll be ditching blogjet
# May 13, 2006 4:39 PM

UMPC Buzz said:

UMPC users have now been provided with one more reason to blog on their UMPC. Word 2007 and OneNote 2007...
# May 13, 2006 6:24 PM

Garry Nutting said:

Well, it *would* be a nice feature ... but, please, catch up with the times and use XHTML-compliant code - else it could be a show-stopper.

And, please give us an API to work with so we can use this feature with our CMS/CMF tools that won't be natively supported by this addition.
# May 13, 2006 6:45 PM

stilgar said:

According to the w3c validation service, this page counts 258 errors. To be fair, it's mainly one type of error (id attributes can't start with an underscore). The underscore isn't the only problem though, the ids themselves are pretty ugly too (they make gcc's c++ name mangling look pretty...):

&lt;a id="_ctl0____ctl0____ctl1___Comments___Comments__ctl85_NameLink" title= ...

Not the most effective way to convince us that generating HTML with Word is the way to go.
# May 13, 2006 6:59 PM

Matt W's Windows Workflow Place said:

I’m pleased to find out that Word 2007 produced this!  More details available here.
# May 14, 2006 2:06 AM

Shantanu Ghosh said:

Check out RocketPost, www.anconia.com/rocketpost. It's Word-like but has a lot more blog-specific features.
# May 14, 2006 8:37 AM

Brain Burps said:


Will this relegate Blogjet off to my D drive as archived software? Highly likely if Joe Friend&amp;rsquo;s...
# May 14, 2006 9:37 AM

TechBlog said:

I am not going to make a &quot;mother of all linkfests&quot; joke, but it is Mother's Day (Hi, mom!) and this is a linkfest. You can do the math . . . &amp;#149; Sunbelt Blog's Alex Eckelberry ventures into IRC...
# May 14, 2006 11:13 AM

Alex Halavais » (MS) Word Blogs? said:

# May 14, 2006 11:47 AM

Mark Harrison said:

Mark Harrison linked
# May 14, 2006 1:07 PM

YENİ MİKROSOFT WORD 2007 said:

YÜKLEMEK İÇİN
# May 14, 2006 2:24 PM

YENİ MİKROSOFT WORD 2007 said:

YÜKLEMEK İÇİN
# May 14, 2006 2:24 PM

Ernst Kuschke said:

A cool feature of Word 2007!
# May 14, 2006 4:55 PM

Byru said:

Great news ;] Thanks for this info. Made my day better - somehow ;P
# May 14, 2006 7:12 PM

kaevans said:

Stilgar -
  Word 2007 is not producing those attributes.  The blog software, Community Server, is producing those attributes.  If you want to see what Word 2007 produces, look for the content within the HTML div with the CSS class "postcontent".  
  Not the most effective way to try to discount a kickass feature of Word 2007.
# May 14, 2006 7:36 PM

Chris Johnson said:

I read here: http://blogs.msdn.com/joe_friend/archive/2006/05/12/595963.aspx about the new Blog posting...
# May 14, 2006 9:19 PM

Kit Kai's Tech Blog said:

Just came across this post made my Joe Friend. Might not be a compelling reason for enterprises to upgrade...
# May 14, 2006 11:12 PM

::Wendy:: said:

I'm not technically oriented so I don't know if any of the comments answer my question already which is

will it work with .php blog posts?

Please.
If not,  why not.
I'd love to use word as my main blog editor but I found MSN Spaces way to constricting (editting categories,  organising and autoposting drafts,  searching my postings etc).  Blogger was also not as powerful as Word Press which I'm happily using - except the post editting is rather poor for a none-coder.  It's good enough.    
# May 14, 2006 11:38 PM

My Blog said:

# May 15, 2006 12:56 AM

Matt said:

Hi Joe,
sounds interesting, but please forgive me for dismissing the most part of this post. I've heard this promise of 'good' HTML from MS for a long time (Office 97??). The code on this page is better, but have you tried to validate it? If it doesn't check out then I might as well be acusing you for trying to make the internet MS-conform. MS should have the responsibility to be compatible.
Interesting thing about the squiggly lines. Does that mean Vista still won't have built in spell checking?? That was one of the biggest reasons for me to also use a Mac btw.
I really do admire the work you do. But please, please! Please remember that Office is just that, Office! Requiring more than 512MB to run Word and Excel at the same time on a P4 is just plain rediculous! I would rather you focus on trimming Office down than adding more half-baked features that hardly get used anyway. Just look at how your teacher's kid uses Word. I rest my case.
Greetings!!!
Matt
# May 15, 2006 2:05 AM

PCMAG » The new Microsoft Word ‘07 said:

# May 15, 2006 3:39 AM

Ahmed Salijee said:

# May 15, 2006 3:57 AM

Weiran said:

At last Word recognises semantics in its HTML output! Might I offer a few improvements to it:

- Use lowercase tag names, that's required in the XHTML spec.
- Use quotes for attribute values, e.g. border="1", also required in the XHTML spec.
- Changing the font size can be achieved by a font-size style attribute in a span element, rather than using font tags, which ruin the semantics of the code.

All in all though, a great start!
# May 15, 2006 7:10 AM

David Russell said:

Will Word support the custom items in my blog's web interface, such as Technorati tagging? No. Will Word support non-Microsoft blogging platforms? No. In other words this isn't a blogging tool, but a promotional vehicle for your unpopular blogging service.
# May 15, 2006 9:53 AM

zeineku.de » Blog.doc? said:

# May 15, 2006 10:14 AM

Brian Hampson - My Life and Things I Find Interesting said:

Soon you'll be able to use Word 2007 as your blogging tool.&amp;nbsp; It creates CLEAN HTML that doesn't...
# May 15, 2006 12:37 PM

JWiese's WebLog said:

Wow, this is a great new feature. If you haven't heard about this yet check out the blog posts below....
# May 15, 2006 3:20 PM

מחשבות מתוך מיקרוסופט said:

מעניין אם זה עובד.
וורד 2007 תומך בבלוגים  וגם בעריכה של פוסטים קיימים.
# May 15, 2006 3:49 PM

The Blog of Homer said:

Alright!  Finally!  This is what I have been waiting for.  I’ve always hated having to use a 3rd party...
# May 15, 2006 4:25 PM

Damien Caro's Blog said:

Je viens d&#233;couvrir la fonctionnalit&#233; et c'est tout simplement GENIAL !
J'adore le fait de pouvoir &#233;crire...
# May 15, 2006 6:38 PM

-:[web caboodle]:- said:

# May 15, 2006 9:16 PM

-:[web caboodle]:- said:

# May 15, 2006 9:27 PM

SiliconBeat said:

Skype announces free calls within the U.S. and Canada to any landline or mobile number -- Wow, this is a big deal. Yep, even calls outside of Skype's network -- via its so-called SkypeOut service -- are free. Can anyone tell us why we shouldn't turn
# May 15, 2006 11:23 PM

Long.// Serendipity. said:

# May 16, 2006 12:28 AM

Programy i Aktualnoci said:

Tak, to moliwe. Na &lt;a href=&quot;http://blogs.msdn.com/joe_friend/archive/2006/05/12/595963.aspx&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;blogu Joe Frienda&lt;/a&gt;, gwnego programisty pracujcego nad Microsoft Word, mona przeczyta o tej funkcjonalnoci.&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Friend
# May 16, 2006 3:57 AM

Programy i Aktualnoci said:


Tak, to moliwe. Na &lt;a href=&quot;http://blogs.msdn.com/joe_friend/archive/2006/05/12/595963.aspx&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;blogu Joe Frienda&lt;/a&gt;, gwnego programisty pracujcego nad Microsoft Word, mona przeczyta o tej funkcjonalnoci.&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Friend
# May 16, 2006 3:58 AM

.: Daniel Melanchthon :. said:

Die aktuelle Beta-Version des&amp;nbsp;Internet Explorer 7 kann man schon seit l&#228;ngerer Zeit als RSS-Reader...
# May 16, 2006 5:18 AM

Jensen Harris: An Office User Interface Blog said:

Today I wanted to mention two cool Office 2007 features that you might not have heard much about.
SmartArt...
# May 16, 2006 10:01 AM

Eric D. Burdo said:

A couple of requests then.

1) Make sure the HTML validates.  I checked the source for this post, and it still has a pile of errors in it (empty tags, invalid values, etc).

2) Make sure you can post to multiple blogs.  Both mass publishing (one article to X blogs) and ability to switch blogs (easily and cleanly).
# May 16, 2006 12:07 PM

Office Client Resources said:

[Via Joe Friend] Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right? Blogging is all about communicating with...
# May 16, 2006 12:40 PM

Hubert Daubmeier said:

What would be nice to have is if I could use this feature to load an existing document and it would produce clean HTML output. Not just for blogging purposes, which I am not using.  But simply have the ability to take an existing document and say "gimme clean html". Something that Office HTML Filter 2 - and unfortunately broke with Office 2003.  
# May 16, 2006 1:00 PM

Joe Friend: Microsoft Office Word said:

Every post you make as a blogger can be a huge learning experience. In Friday's post on the new Word...
# May 16, 2006 1:58 PM

Troy said:

I'm excited about the possibilities here.  What a great idea.

As a GUI designer, I have one nit: move the Publish group to the far right of the ribbon.  It's going to be the last thing I do, once my blog entry is written.  I don't think it should displace the Clipboard, Font, and other groups - leave these groups in their standard location.
# May 16, 2006 3:20 PM

Kim Siever said:

That code is much better. I look forward to the rest of the changes (e.g. eliminating empty tags, lowercase tags).
# May 16, 2006 3:58 PM

Rod Trent at myITforum.com said:

If you&amp;rsquo;ve spent any time on the MS blogs over the past few days, you&amp;rsquo;ve probably read several...
# May 16, 2006 9:34 PM

>Benjami< said:

Hmm, god layout.
I love that!
god work from Denmark!!
# May 17, 2006 12:48 AM

Ian Nelson said:

Just a few things to point out:Cool new Office 2007 feature: Blog directly from Word or OneNote.Annoyingly,...
# May 17, 2006 3:51 AM

Ian Nelson said:

Just a few things to point out:Cool new Office 2007 feature: Blog directly from Word or OneNote.Annoyingly,...
# May 17, 2006 1:44 PM

Community Server Daily News said:








Joe Friend, the guy who started the Blogging from Word 2007 whirlwind, posts a follow-up...
# May 17, 2006 3:10 PM

Louie Martinez said:

They should add some MySpace support on this . That is where the money is .
# May 17, 2006 3:26 PM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

There is a new article that will be in the June MSDN magazine that shows how to work with a Word document's...
# May 17, 2006 5:03 PM

Microsoft Excel 2007 (nee Excel 12) said:

Short post tonight.&amp;nbsp; Several of my recent posts have been written in Word.&amp;nbsp; The beta2 version...
# May 18, 2006 1:08 AM

aRdho said:

nice!! :) im waiting for Word 2007!! :D
# May 18, 2006 5:48 AM

Presse-citron said:

Il y a une chose qui m'a toujours un peu frustr dans la rdaction de billets pour ce blog (et les autres) : les diteurs de texte prsents nativement dans Dotclear et dans Wordpress (pour ce dernier je parle de la version 1.5, la version 2.0...
# May 18, 2006 7:59 AM

Eric said:

Thanks for posting such a detailed account of the new features of word 2007.  I am looking forward to seeing the new menu systems in action, and from the videos I have seen so far - it looks amazing.
# May 18, 2006 8:08 AM

mexrghl@mail.com said:

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# May 18, 2006 10:23 AM

N. Venkatraman said:

It is a great idea. Logical evolution of what we expect people to do be with word processing.
# May 18, 2006 12:37 PM

[MSFT-BE] Arlindo's Blog - IT Pro Evangelist said:


I am busy preparing the Belgian Technet Evening where I will give an overview of Exchange 2007. There...
# May 18, 2006 1:41 PM

Eric Golpe said:

GrEaT FeAtUrE !!   I tHiNk I sHoUlD mEnTiOn ThAt By DeFaUlT tHe ReNdErEd HtMl TaGs ShOuLd Be lowercase So ThAt It WiLl Be XhTmL CoMpLiAnT aNd NoT aNnOyInG lIkE tHiS cOmMeNt. :)

Oh yeah, support for 360.yahoo.com would be nice too.
# May 19, 2006 11:27 PM

什么东东? said:

功能强大,我们根本用不了那么多哦
# May 22, 2006 12:25 AM

A Potato said:

"Blah XHTML validation BLAH."

Hi, it's a beta. How about, I don't know, a "thankyou for considering our idea in the first place?" LIGHTEN UP COMMENTERS.
# May 22, 2006 1:04 PM

Dan Bartels said:

This morning, Microsoft has released the official Vista Beta 2 (build 5384)&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;to both connect...
# May 23, 2006 2:03 PM

Rich Mercer's Blog said:


Microsoft has today made available for download the Beta&amp;nbsp;2 version of
both Windows Vista and Office...
# May 23, 2006 4:27 PM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

Today we have a guest writer to discuss the HTML output that we have in the new blogging functionality...
# May 23, 2006 9:14 PM

James Clarke said:

Joe.. just downloaded office 2007 beta 2, tried the feature and it is nearly awesome :-)  The showstopper for me is that categories don't work with metaweblogapi.  I use categories to put posts into channels; without them posts are invisible on my site.  Also, re picture handling metaweblog support for picture upload would be great..  Make sure that you take the URL contained in the struct returned by metaWeblog.newMediaObject and substitute that in the markup (unlike some bad implementations which don't do this).  Otherwise, keep up the great great work!!
# May 24, 2006 5:10 AM

James Clarke said:

Joe.. one more thing.. seems that the open existing feature isn't working correctly with the metaweblogapi..  The existing posts are listed correctly but clicking OK doesn't return the corresponding post from the site correctly..  However, blogging in Word is the coolest feature of office2007 so far and will result in me using Word every day from now on
# May 24, 2006 5:24 AM

CHRIS said:

cAN YOU HELP ME, i CANNOT ACTIVATE MY WORD 2007M ITS TELLING ME IT CANNOT LOCATE MY IE CONNECTION
# May 24, 2006 9:06 AM

CS Information Japan Blog said:

Microsoft Office Word 2007 Beta2からは、文書を直接ブログに発行できるようになっています。
http://blogs.msdn.com/joe_friend/archive/2006/05/12/595963.aspx...
# May 24, 2006 12:19 PM

Dreamchaser said:

I am experimeting this feature as I post the comment, though my post says "This post was republished to Dreamchaser's Blog at 10:16:39 PM 5/24/2006" I could'nt see them on my blog yet. Am I right, I am using wordpress and provided my xmlrpc.php setting well, but still no luck.

Probably I should visit around some tech forums to make myself clear about this issue.

Cheers to Microsoft team for coming up with such exclusive feature.

Regards,
Dreamchaser
# May 24, 2006 12:50 PM

mohamed tomy said:


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# May 24, 2006 1:23 PM

Tom Edwards said:

Well, here's what I got:

&lt;p&rt;This is me testing integrated blog posting from Microsoft Word 2007. You are unlikely to be seeing this, as I’ll be marking it as private almost immediately after posting it.
&lt;/p&rt;&lt;p&rt;And now, some HTML.
&lt;/p&rt;&lt;ul&rt;&lt;li&rt;&lt;div&rt;A nice little UL
&lt;/div&rt;&lt;/li&rt;&lt;li&rt;&lt;div&rt;With some extra bullets
&lt;/div&rt;&lt;/li&rt;&lt;/ul&rt;&lt;ul&rt;&lt;li&rt;&lt;div&rt;And a sub-list
&lt;/div&rt;&lt;/li&rt;&lt;/ul&rt;&lt;span style="color:red"&rt;&lt;p&rt;Coloured text
&lt;/p&rt;&lt;p&rt;&lt;span style="background-color:yellow"&rt;Highlighted, coloured text&lt;/span&rt;
&lt;/p&rt;&lt;/span&rt;&lt;p&rt;&lt;code&amp;gt;Testing HTML in the doc&amp;lt;/code&gt;
&lt;/p&rt;&lt;p&rt;That will do for now!&lt;/p&rt;

It could be worse I suppose...
# May 24, 2006 3:33 PM

Einsidler said:

The blog help file has a mistake in it, the Livejournal Atom url.

I couldn't get it to work with the help file's url (http://www.livejournal.com/interface/xmlrpc.
) to work, so I checked the <a href=http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=218>Livejournal FAQ</a> and it said to use http://www.livejournal.com/interface/atom

I hope this helps anyone reading this page who has the same problem.
# May 25, 2006 6:34 AM

Jfriend said:

Thanks for the note on LiveJournal. I'll forward it on to our tester and if that works for us we can make the change to the help file.
# May 25, 2006 12:39 PM

Walsall Schools said:

The next version of Word, out 2007, has bloging features.
# May 25, 2006 6:23 PM

Howard van Rooijen's Blog said:

I’ve spent most of today installing Vista Beta 2 on my new Dell XPS system. Having only really played...
# May 27, 2006 7:37 PM

greg hughes - dot - net said:

# May 28, 2006 11:01 AM

le blog de groupe Reflect said:

Ils se passe de plus en plus de choses sur le web alors autant faire profiter tout le monde de ce qui a retenu mon attention derni&#232;rement....
# May 29, 2006 4:06 AM

Ton Stegeman - SharePoint 2007 weblog said:

This is a short post, to test the “Publish to blog” feature in Word 2007. After you finished writing...
# May 31, 2006 5:35 PM

Alexander Jimenez..!!! said:

&amp;nbsp;Microsoft da un paso m&#225;s en su apuesta por los weblogs despu&#233;s de MSN Spaces e integra en la pr&#243;xima...
# May 31, 2006 9:03 PM

K. Scott Allen said:

One of the features in Word 2007 Beta 2 is the ability to author blog posts. Joe Friend announced the...
# June 7, 2006 12:14 AM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

This is the third post by Zeyad Rajabi who owns the XHTML output from Word's new blogging feature. In...
# June 8, 2006 8:52 AM

Simon Phillips said:

Even though the OneNote UI has a context-menu entry called Blog this and a File/Send To/Blog menu
...
# June 8, 2006 11:29 AM

The Boiler Room - Mark Kruger, SharePoint MVP said:

Download SharePoint Beta2:

Important Documentation Prior to SharePoint Beta 2 Installation
Get...
# June 9, 2006 11:12 AM

playground blog said:

Here's an encouraging titbit that demonstrates that community server's growth is
set to continue.&amp;nbsp;...
# June 12, 2006 5:28 AM

fime | Word kann bloggen! said:

# June 19, 2006 5:51 PM

frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger said:

Oh, I didn’t mention this before. All my posts are now coming directly from Word 2007, thanks to it’s...
# June 20, 2006 11:30 PM

OffBeatMammal said:

Wow! With the other goodies in Office12 it seems it's now possible to produce clean HTML and push it directly to a Blog post.

While it's not 100% just yet it's a very exciting direction - all the good spelling and layout tools from Word but publis
# June 23, 2006 7:13 AM

Relevant to You? said:

Some searchs failed to discover the correct URL for the MetaWeblogAPI
on blogs.msdn.com easily, hence...
# June 24, 2006 10:25 AM

Stingray: a blog for salty Christians said:

Take Microsoft Office 2007 for an online&amp;nbsp;test drive. You need IE 6 or higher and a Citrix plugin that will automatically be installed. I had seen photos of the new ribbon user interface but wasn&amp;#8217;t sure that I liked it. After using it,
# June 29, 2006 1:49 PM

Office Pioneer said:

Word 2007 now gives you the opportunity to publish a blog directly from a document. Writing to a blog...
# July 6, 2006 11:17 AM

John Dyer's MissingHref said:

Although it’s pretty
old
news, it’s still fun to me: This post is coming from Word 2007.
# July 11, 2006 9:59 PM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

This is the fourth post by Zeyad Rajabi who owns the XHTML output from Word's new blogging feature. In...
# July 12, 2006 12:39 PM

Peck's Blog said:

So, this is my first blog post from Word 2007. I followed Joe’s instructions (recommended to me by Howard)...
# July 20, 2006 9:30 AM

Christophe Lauer, Blog Edition said:

Blogueurs, blogueuses :&amp;nbsp;Si vous utilisez Word pour composer vos billets - en particulier pour la...
# July 22, 2006 8:54 AM

Patrick Altman said:

Now this will be cool &amp;ndash; blogging support built right into Word 2007.  &amp;nbsp;
# July 23, 2006 9:01 PM

Dave Cooper said:

Ok, everyone who said to themselves when they read that the blogger.com users could now blog directly...
# July 28, 2006 9:34 AM

Dave Cooper said:

Ok, everyone who said to themselves when they read that the blogger.com users could now blog directly
# July 28, 2006 5:46 PM

Tom Servo's Blog said:

# August 13, 2006 4:07 PM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

This is the fifth post by Zeyad Rajabi who owns the XHTML output from Word's new blogging feature. In...
# August 14, 2006 10:51 PM

Gianpaolo's blog said:

I installed Office 2007 beta 2 today… I’ve primarily been playing with Outlook 2007 and PowerPoint 2007…...
# August 15, 2006 7:04 PM

Read/WriteWeb said:

Written by Ebrahim Ezzy and edited by Richard MacManus. Ebrahim runs a search engine called Qube - which is a webified desktop app. Richard's Note: In many ways Ebrahim's conclusions in this article contradict my own views, but I think...
# September 7, 2006 6:44 AM

TipTalk: from Microsoft At Home & At Work said:

I’ve been using Word 2007 for a couple of months. And no, I don’t have to just because I work at Microsoft....
# September 12, 2006 2:32 PM

TipTalk: from Microsoft At Home & At Work said:

I’ve been using Word 2007 for a couple of months. And no, I don’t have to just because I work at Microsoft....
# September 12, 2006 2:58 PM

Patrick Long's Blog said:

I am sure there a better things to do be doing at 9:30pm on a Friday but Martin did suggest I try it.
# September 22, 2006 4:56 PM

The Microsoft Office Word Team's Blog said:

In an effort to live up to this blog's 'All things Microsoft Office Word...' subtitle, here are some...
# September 26, 2006 6:44 PM

Relevant to You? said:

Some searchs failed to discover the correct URL for the MetaWeblogAPI

on blogs.msdn.com easily, hence

# October 14, 2006 2:25 PM

Peter's Gekko said:

I used to write my blogposts in Frontpage. As a non-native speaker I do need the spell and grammar check

# November 13, 2006 8:22 AM

nSilverBullet said:

I have realised that it is very difficult for me to write blog entries entirely on-line. Apart from my FreeTextBox problem (it won't load) which forces me to enter...

# November 22, 2006 6:09 AM

Daily News Faq List said:

Joe Friend, the guy who started the Blogging from Word 2007 whirlwind, posts a follow-up on technical

# November 22, 2006 12:03 PM

Daily News Faq List said:

Hold the phone and stop the presses! More cowbell! I need MORE COWBELL! News from Joe Friend on MSDN

# November 22, 2006 12:03 PM

Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog said:

Over on the Word blog Joe Friend has broken the news about the new blogging support we've added to Word

# December 4, 2006 2:29 AM
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