Chris Pratley - Microsoft Corporation
Group Program Manager, Microsoft Word
Chris is responsible for all International and language-related features in Microsoft Office. This includes Microsoft's overall globalization strategy for the Office suite. Currently he is hard at work crafting his part of the feature set for the successor to Office2000, which should break new ground in Unicode support.
In the past, as Far East Program Manager for Word, he was responsible for the design of Asian versions of Microsoft Word, including Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. In particular, he designed features specific to those markets, organized the effort to ship each release, and was responsible for the overall usability and success of the product. Prior to Word, he worked as the Far East Program Manager for Microsoft Excel.
Before joining Microsoft in 1994, he lived in Japan for three years working for Seiko Epson Corporation as an international technical liaison for software development. He reads and writes Japanese and speaks it fluently.
In 1991 he received a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Chris was born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Canada, and also speaks French when no native speakers are around to hear him.
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