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  • Blog Post: Public Beta Released for SharePoint, Office, Visio and Project 2010

    Today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft announced the release of the public beta of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and Office Web Apps for business customers.  You can now download the beta at www.microsoft.com/2010 More details on what is...
  • Blog Post: The (Hidden) Power of SharePoint Content Types

    During my 4+ years working at Microsoft I have had the privilege to work with many of the largest SharePoint enterprise customers based in the Northeast. One of the consistent topics that we end up discussing is SharePoint content types . One of the interesting observations is that so many customers...
  • Blog Post: Office Business Applications (OBAs) and the Boston Celtics ...

    I'm still recovering this morning from watching and celebrating the Boston Celtics winning their 17th NBA World Championship last night. It's hard to believe that just last year they were at the bottom of the league. Before the trades and work to assemble the new "Big 3" (Pierce, Garnett and Allen) people...
  • Blog Post: OBA Resources on MSDN

    I just returned from the Microsoft Global Exchange (MGX) sessions in Atlanta and was blown away by all of the great things that Microsoft is doing. More news on that soon ... I will be going to TechReady soon to get a deeper dive on some of the technologies, including Office Business Applications...
  • Blog Post: Office Business Applications - Business Analyst Webcast

    Jim O'Neil has reported on his blog that Steve Fox, a Microsoft Technical Evangelist specializing in Microsoft Office and Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO), will be hosting a Live Meeting session this Friday, June 20th, at 12 noon (ET). This is an introductory level session targeted for folks...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 End User Training Resources

    One question that customers frequently ask is: how do we most efficiently ramp up new users on Microsoft Office 2007? With the release of Office 2007, we introduced the new Fluent User Interface which makes Office much more usable and enables users to easily find and use features that had been "buried...
  • 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: So that's why Office 2007 looks different!

    If you're like me, the new Office 2007 UI took a little while to get used to. Studies show that the average person takes up to 3 weeks to become fully proficient in Office 2007. Most of us are creatures of habit and are resistant to change. So why the heck did Microsoft change the Office UI in the...
  • 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: 2007 Microsoft Office System Tips and Tricks Live Meeting

    Tips and Tricks for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Get the most out of Office 2007! You’re invited to attend a Live Meeting presentation on January 13, 2009. Learn about timesaving features to help you in your day-to-day work. Suitable for beginner, intermediate, or advanced users. Everyone will...
  • Blog Post: Got SAP and SharePoint 2010? Connect them with Duet.

    Last week, I had the opportunity to work the Microsoft booth at the SAP Boston event. There was a lot of discussion during the event about Duet Enterprise which is a product that is jointly developed by Microsoft and SAP to connect SAP to SharePoint and Office. Duet is a great example of how SharePoint...
  • 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: Best of SharePoint Conference Slides Posted

    Thanks again to the 200+ customers that joined Microsoft and our partners at the Northeast Best of SharePoint Conference which was held in our Waltham, MA office on Monday, February 1. As promised, all slides presented have been posted on SkyDrive . I am looking forward to seeing many of you again...
  • 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: New Role …

    I am happy to announce that I have recently accepted a new position within Microsoft. I will still be working with enterprise customers and partners based here in the Northeast but my focus will be shifting to Office 365 . So, why am I making this move now? Here are the top 5 reasons: On March 4, 2010...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Public Beta Released

    Today Microsoft announced Exchange 2010, and released the Public Beta for download. The Exchange 2010 home page describes the new features, and links to business value information, video demonstrations, etc.: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010 The Exchange 2010 page on TechNet has system requirements...
  • 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: New E2E Sales Forecast OBA Released

    The E2E Sales Forecast OBA walks you through a salesperson creating and submitting a quarterly sales forecast. Using a customized Excel template (built using VS 2008/VSTO), our salesperson has the ability to navigate to the team Sales Forecast portal (SharePoint portal), invoke a custom Excel sales forecast...
  • 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: Looking for free live Office 2007 tips & tricks training?

    One of our training partners, New Horizons, is delivering a series of FREE Office 2007 Tips & Tricks seminars designed to help you find the latest and most helpful pointers for the Microsoft Office programs you use every day. Whether you are new to the 2007 Microsoft Office System or ready to use...
  • 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: March 26 - Microsoft Northeast SharePoint Seminar

    This Thursday, March 26, I will be presenting at the Microsoft Northeast SharePoint seminar. Registration information and the full event details are below. I will be presenting on the subject of “SharePoint & Office Better Together”. The purpose of my talk is to discuss what “better together” really...