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  • Blog Post: Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: Why and How to Get It Done–SharePoint Saturday Boston Recap and Slides

    This past Saturday, we had our 4th SharePoint Saturday Boston . Over 250 people attended this event and there were 35 sessions delivered . It was once again an amazing event and we are grateful for all of our event sponsors that make this event possible and free of charge for attendees. ThirdM and Grace...
  • Blog Post: Northeast SharePoint Saturday and User Group Updates

    Building upon the tremendously successful SharePoint Saturday Boston and MA SharePoint user groups, we continue to work with our Partners and the Northeast Developer & Platform Evangelists ( Chris Bowen , Jim O’Neil and Dan Stolts ) to provide more SharePoint related community events. Below...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint 2010 Content for Business Users!

    Getting your users excited and ready for SharePoint 2010 doesn’t have to be challenging! Visit www.iusesharepoint.com to help you get started. Content for Users: 10 Humorous Webisodes 10 Corresponding How-To Videos 45 Quick Reference Cards 25 Tips and Tricks Real User Stories Content to Drive Adoption...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010

    <May 2010 - Updating with SharePoint RTM links.> Since the beta for SharePoint 2010 was publicly released in November 2009 there has been a lot of interest and activity by our customers and partners testing and planning for SharePoint 2010. About 90% of my activities these days is directly related...
  • Blog Post: June 26 - Office 2007 Deployment Hands On Lab in Waltham, MA Office

    On Friday, June 26, 2009 from 8:30am – 4:00pm, I will be leading another 1 day technical hands-on lab related to Office 2007 deployment. The event will be held at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451 Space is limited and attendance is restricted to Northeast enterprise...
  • Blog Post: March 20 - Office 2007 Deployment Hands On Lab in Waltham, MA Office

    On Friday, March 20, 2009 from 8:30am – 4:00pm, I will be leading another 1 day technical hands-on lab related to Office 2007 deployment. The event will be held at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451 Space is limited and attendance is restricted to Northeast enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Deployment Resources

    We have just launched another set of free resources to help our customers with deploying Office 2007. The Office 2007 Deployment Workspace, which was created jointly by Kelley Burke and Bo Mings (who are both Microsoft Office Client Technology Specialist peers of mine in the US), has been uploaded to...
  • Blog Post: Analyst Reports - Office 2007

    Since Office 2007 was launched, a number of analysts have written about Office 2007, customer plans and end user adoption. Here are links to a few studies and reports that you may want to check out: 2007 Survey: Office 2007 Off to a Fast Start with Users (Gartner, April 30, 2008) This research...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Desktop Deployment Labcasts

    Join Microsoft's two-part Desktop Deployment: Planning, Deploying, and Managing Office 2007 Labcast to learn about new tools and technologies to deploy the 2007 Microsoft® Office system. During these sessions, you will receive practical technical information and proven techniques to help simplify your...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP2 to Release on April 28, 2009

    The Office Sustained Engineering team has just released the official date for shipping Office 2007 SP2. This will be released to the web for download on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. More details on what is being addressed in SP2 can be found here on their blog post. Also, just a reminder that mainstream...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Deployment Hands On Lab in Waltham, MA Office

    On Friday, February 20, 2009 from 8:30am – 4:00pm, I will be leading a 1 day technical hands-on lab related to Office 2007 deployment. This is an event that we are scheduled to offer once per month from February – June 2009. The event will be held at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 Mainstream Support Ending in April 2009

    Mainstream support for Microsoft Office 2003 is scheduled to end on April 14, 2009. Extended support for the 2003 release will be available until January 14, 2014. The Office 2003 Frequently Asked Questions and Support Lifecycle pages have more details regarding Office 2003 support plans and options...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP2 Details Announced

    Details have recently been published and released here regarding service pack 2 for Office 2007. The current expected release date for this is sometime between February and April 2009. Some of the features being incorporated into SP2 are integrated support for saving to PDF, XPS and ODF file formats...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs - Office 2007

    Did you know that the Microsoft TechNet site offers a whole set of FREE technical virtual labs that you can access whenever you want? There are some great sessions offered regarding Office 2007 deployment and migration. You can access these resources here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb499670...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Value, Integration, Deployment and Training Slides

    Thanks again to all of the customers that joined us at our Office 2007 events in New York & New England during the past 2 weeks to hear more about: The business & technical value of Office 2007 How the Office Client integrates with the Office system server products: SharePoint, Exchange...
  • Blog Post: April 24 - Office 2007 Deployment Hands On Lab in Waltham, MA Office

    On Friday, April 24, 2009 from 8:30am – 4:00pm, I will be leading another 1 day technical hands-on lab related to Office 2007 deployment. The event will be held at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451 Space is limited and attendance is restricted to Northeast enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Resources from BrainStorm

    A partner of ours, BrainStorm , has worked with the Microsoft team in Redmond to summarize some of our best practices and links to resources to help with deploying and training on Office 2007. You need to complete a free registration at BrainStorm's site in order to access the material, but it is worth...
  • Blog Post: Want to get Office Enterprise 2007 for $9.95?

    We recently rolled out changes to the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) that may enable you to download Office Enterprise 2007 for your home personal use for just $9.95! Details can be found on the Home Use site . Not familiar with the Home Use Program? Home Use is just one of the many Software Assurance...
  • Blog Post: Free Office, SharePoint and Windows training resources for your Intranet

    We have recently released the Productivity Hub as a free download . A number of my customers have been beta testing this Hub over the past few months and it has received great feedback and helped to accelerate the deployment, adoption and training for Office and SharePoint 2007. The Hub is a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Office Shop Has Launched …

    THE OFFICE SHOP has LAUNCHED! This is a one stop shop for all of your “Office” needs. Posters, Pens, Hats, T-shirts, Tips & Tricks Documents, just to name a few. The site has both orderable and FREE downloadable materials to help our customers and partners with generating internal excitement around...
  • Blog Post: Slides from Driving End User Adoption for SharePoint 2010 SharePoint Saturday Hartford Presentation

    Thanks again to everyone that attended the “ driving end user adoption for SharePoint 2010 ” session that I presented at SharePoint Saturday in Hartford, CT this past weekend. As requested, the slides that I presented are linked to below. Most of the speakers will be posting there slides shortly and...
  • Blog Post: Presenting on driving end user adoption for SharePoint 2010 at SharePoint Saturday Boston on 9/25

    Registration is now open for SharePoint Saturday Boston . SharePoint Saturday is a free Microsoft partner led community event that will be held in the Microsoft Jones Road office in Waltham, MA on Saturday, September 25. SharePoint Saturday features many speakers from Microsoft partners, customers and...
  • Blog Post: Slides from “How To Drive End User Adoption For SharePoint 2010” Axceler Webinar Presentation

    Thanks again to everyone that attended the “ How To Drive End User Adoption For SharePoint 2010 ” session that I presented on the Axceler sponsored webinar earlier today. As requested, the slides that I presented are linked to below. 3/11/11 Update Based on some additional requests, here are direct links...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 Performance Updates Released

    Performance updates for Outlook 2007 were recently released. You can read more about these updates and download them here . Please note that these updates, as well as a number of other items, will also be included in Office 2007 SP2. More information on SP2 can be found here .
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: Register for the Technical Preview Program and Get More Info …

    Earlier this week Microsoft made some important Office 2010 announcements during our annual TechEd conference . One of the announcements was that Microsoft will have an invitation only Technical Preview Program for Office 2010 . This program is scheduled to launch in July 2009 and will offer selected...