Mike Fried's Blog

A semi-weekly collection of tips, tricks, and details about PowerPoint and Development.

Some opinions on the computer industry

First of all, a disclaimer: These words are the opinion of Mike Fried, a software engineer and...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 05/04/2008

A shoutout to a good blog.

I have been reading I.M. Wright's writings for a while now, and just recently received an email...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 05/03/2008

Milestones, Cuts, and what you aren't going to ship.

At Microsoft, there is a mantra repeated often by people who have been at the company a long time:...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 10/23/2007

The hardest part of writing successful software

The hardest part of writing successful software is legacy. Once your software succeeds, you now have...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 01/08/2007

Good stuff in many blogs all around

I was recently looking around at some good old blog posts and some of their comments by other...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 12/28/2006

Future thoughts

First of all, I want to wish everyone happy holidays. I also want to give a shoutout to my...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 12/18/2006

Creating a Custom Task Pane in PowerPoint 2007

To start off a series of blog posts, I'm going to talk about creating a Custom Task Pane using...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 11/01/2006

On account of not posting for a while...

One of the reasons I started this blog was to address what I felt are the needs of the Office...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 09/29/2006

PowerPoint Table Styles XML (Part 2)

This time we will look at the table style portion of PresentationML in the Office Open XML Format...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 09/20/2006

No post today

My life has been a little extra busy this week and I've had no time to blog.

Author: Mike Fried Date: 09/13/2006

PowerPoint Table Styles XML (Part 1)

One of the coolest parts of the new tables feature in PowerPoint is that you can style tables. The...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 09/06/2006

Happy Labor Day Weekend

I joined Microsoft the day after Labor Day (September 4th) in 2001. For those of you reading this...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 09/02/2006

The Selection and Visibility Pane (Part 2 - Using the Task Pane)

Today we will look at how you use the Selection and Visibility Pane to edit the contents of a...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 08/30/2006

The Selection and Visibility Pane (Part 1 - Design)

The Selection and Visibility Pane (called "Selection Pane" for short) is a new feature in Office...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 08/26/2006

Topics for future posts

Here are some topics which I intend to discuss in the future in one or more posts. When these topics...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 08/23/2006

First things first...

This is my first post to my blog. Before I get into the details that I came here to write, I wanted...

Author: Mike Fried Date: 08/19/2006