For the past week or so I’ve had my head down building the outlines for Windows Vista Inside Out and Special Edition Using Office 12. Experience has taught me that the only way to write an excellent book about a new version of Office or Windows is to live with it – “dogfooding,” as the ‘Softies say. So, for the next nine months or so, I’ll be living not just in Beta Land but in Double Beta Land.
Running a beta over a beta? Am I crazy? Well, yes. What’s going to make life here even crazier is that the nondisclosure agreements associated with both programs are very different. The Windows Vista team says I can write about and show screen shots of anything in the product. The Office team says I’m skating on thin ice just telling you that I’m in the Office 12 beta program. I can work around that restriction by limiting my posts to things I read on other, publicly available sites, but still … I wish the Office team would relax those rules.
So, expect to read lots of stuff about Windows Vista in the coming months, and a lot less about Office.