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The video below was made with the Trustworthy Computing Team at Microsoft. As we learned, there is a debate brewing in the world of software security.  It's a debate about how to report problems that are discovered in software - what the industry calls "vulnerabilities". I'll let the video speak for itself on covering the issues. For this post though, I want to talk about the use and power of visual metaphors, which was a big challenge for this project.  Here's a question for you: how do you... Continue Reading

Custom Video: SharePoint in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on August 16, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Custom Video

Categories: Custom Video, Explanation, microsoft, ourwork


While licensing our videos is still the focus of our business, we have taken on a few custom projects this summer. The first to be published is a video we were hired to produce called "SharePoint in Plain English," about Microsoft's enterprise collaboration tool. The focus of the video is to introduce Sharepoint and illustrate the old way (project info exists on multiple computers) vs. new way (project info lives in SharePoint). Updated: Microsoft has made this video available for download so... Continue Reading

Client Video: Windows

Posted by: leelefever on November 18, 2008- 4:00pm


Categories: client work, Explanation, microsoft, ourwork, paperworks, plainenglish


Common Craft was hired by Microsoft to help explain the new Windows  We were so excited to work with a local organization on a project that highlights a new direction for the company. Share this video with this code:

Microsoft is Serious About Blogging

Posted by: leelefever on September 28, 2005- 5:00pm


Categories: blogs, business, microsoft, ourwork


Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with the folks at Microsoft, like Bill Reid, Korby Parnell and Jonathan Grudin, to learn more about blogging at Microsoft for a related project at the company. Here are some of my broad observations: Microsoft is serious about blogging. They have support from the very top and the biggest reason for the support is the increasing value of transparency and putting a human face on Microsoft. See this video of Steve Ballmer.   The demand comes from... Continue Reading

Microsoft Blog Project

Posted by: leelefever on August 31, 2005- 5:00pm


Categories: blog, business, microsoft, ourwork


I’m just starting a new project that should be really interesting. I’m working with Bill Reid’s group at Microsoft, which does IT Solutions. Like so many other teams at the company, they are interested in using blogs as a way to support and connect more personally with customers. When we first started talking about the project, it was about using blogs as a feedback loop, where the blogs would facilitate customer feedback that could be used to improve products, in this case, IT... Continue Reading

Microsoft and Sun- Together at Last

Posted by: leelefever on April 1, 2004- 4:00pm


Categories: business, microsoft, news


Microsoft and Sun Microsystems Enter Broad Cooperation Agreement; Settle Outstanding Litigation Am I in some kind of time warp? Is it April Fools day again? This is a pretty amazing announcement. Via: Scoble

NetScan's Graphical Analysis of Newsgroups

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2003- 4:00pm


Categories: cooltools, microsoft


A while back I wrote about Marc Smith, Sociologist at Microsoft Research who is studying Usenet Newsgroups. I met and saw a presentation by Marc recently and I've been keeping up with NetScan- the tool they use to analyze newsgroups. I've been impressed with some of the ways they are graphically representing the growth and activity of the newsgroups over time. The screenshot below came from this TreeMap. It looks incredibly complex, but once you read the key, and view the whole thing, it... Continue Reading

Bill Gates Says Email Not Dead.

Posted by: leelefever on October 15, 2003- 5:00pm


Categories: email, microsoft, spam


Informatics: Gates foretells death of spam Ok, he didn't say those exact words, but he's a believer that technology will eventually beat spammers. He recently spoke at ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva. He called on anonymity to be removed from internet protocols like SMTP, because it allows spammers to mimic other users, and suggested that passwords could be replaced by smart cards and biometric technologies. "We have to know who is accessing the network. By being able to identify who the... Continue Reading

WebEx vs. Microsoft

Posted by: leelefever on September 17, 2003- 5:00pm


Categories: microsoft


Tech Biz: Microsoft's next target: WebEx - Sep. 17, 2003 It will be really interesting to watch the competition between Microsoft- who has just release "Live Event" and WebEx. Live Event is basically a repackaged version of Placeware, which was WebEx's biggest competition. Both of these are Web Conferencing platforms. about Web Conferencing: Web Conferences allow people to hold real-time meetings using a website. Usually, web conference attendees are sit at their computers, interact via a... Continue Reading