[Update: I think we finally have a definitive answer. See this follow-up post.]
Frank Shaw is Executive Vice President and Worldwide Account Director of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Frank is President of Microsoft Accounts, Worldwide and has been a leader in the successful effort to help Microsoft forge great relationships with bloggers.
On Thursday, I wrote Frank an e-mail asking for confirmation of a report I read on another blog. He got back to me within minutes confirming that the report was true. I posted an entry here noting that bloggers like me are now free to write about the client applications in Office 12.
But hold the phone! It seems that not everyone at Microsoft got the memo. Earlier today, Patrick Schmid posted a comment on that item, throwing some cold water on my report:
An official MS post in the beta 1 newsgroups classified the above statement as rumor. The NDA has not been lifted. It is still in effect.
I can neither confirm nor deny that such a newsgroup post exists. If I did, it would be a violation of the NDA. I’ve sent an e-mail to Frank and to a spokesperson for the beta program, asking if they can please agree on a policy statement that everyone at Microsoft can stand behind.
In the meantime, I’ll hold off posting any of my thoughts on the Office 12 beta.
Frustrating, isn’t it?