I guess this post should have been titled Office 2010 Timeline, since Microsoft’s recent announcements confirm that the “14th” version of the popular office suite will follow the year-model naming convention.
To put a Visio Guy slant on the press release, I’ve created a Visio timeline that illustrates the dates in Microsoft’s announcements.
Since I spend so much time customizing Visio shapes and writing code to automate the drawing creation and analysis, I thought it might be fun to do some end-user stuff.
So I whipped out Visio’s simple timeline template, which can be found under: File > New > Schedule > Timeline.
This template offers a variety of timeline bar shapes, and a set of markers and interval bars to highlight specific dates and date intervals. The markers attach automatically to the timeline bar, and react to date-changes both for the bar and for the markers.
For the Microsoft Office 2010 launch plans, I ended up with this simple timeline:
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You can see that I used Visio 2007’s Themes feature to nicely format the page, and that both specific dates and time intervals are shown.
I also used braces on the bottom of the timeline to show quarters for the years 2009 and 2010. This was harder than expected, because I had to enter specific dates for each quarter (ie: 2009.04.01 – 2009.07.01) instead of just selecting a quarter from a list.
Also, I couldn’t find an easy way to hide the dates for the quarter. I mean, if I have “Q2”, I don’t need to see the text: 4/1/2009 – 7/1/2009 right below it! So I just sub-selected the dates for each brace and de-emphasized the text color, like this:
You can download the Visio file here: