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  • Blog Post: How My Team Uses Office 365 Video to Share Meeting Recordings

    One of the Office 365 capabilities that my team at Microsoft heavily leverages is Office 365 Video (O365 Video). O365 Video enables organizations to share and playback video recordings from a variety of devices. O365 Video is backed by SharePoint Online and Azure Media Services and provides an easy to...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business Management and Control Ignite Session Resource Links

    <May 8, 2015 – Added new section below with links to my session slides, recording, and PowerShell demo scripts.> Below is a rough outline and some of the resources that I will be referring to as part of my “SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business Management and Control” session and demonstrations...
  • Blog Post: How Office Delve is Changing the Way My Team Works Together

    One of the questions that my customers and partners often ask me is “how does Microsoft use Office 365 internally?” Over the course of my next few posts, I am going to discuss topics related to how my team uses Office 365 capabilities and how it impacts our daily work. One of the Office 365 capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date – Best of SharePoint Conference Returning to Boston!

    The Best of SharePoint Conference will be returning to the Microsoft office in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. More details will be shared soon on the call for sponsors and speaker selection process. Please join our Microsoft Northeast SharePoint Community Yammer network to keep up to date...
  • Blog Post: My First Prediction for the New Year: Why Access Services Will Be a Big Hit in 2010

    As we prepare to close out 2009 it is normal for people to start looking forward and make predictions about things in 2010. Here at Microsoft, 2010 will be another huge release year for us with new versions of SharePoint, Office, Visio and Project scheduled to be released in the first half of 2010. ...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010? Consider Starting with SharePoint Online …

    First, I’d like to start by apologizing for not posting to this blog recently. My wife and I had twin girls about 6 weeks ago and I have been out of the office thanks to Microsoft’s VERY generous Infant Care Leave (ICL) policy that allowed me to stay home and help the family get settled in. I’ve also...
  • Blog Post: See you at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas!

    It’s hard to believe, but the SharePoint Conference is less than 7 weeks away! The conference is being held in Las Vegas from October 19-22. This will be THE place to hear and see all about SharePoint 2010. I will be attending the SharePoint Conference and will be involved in a few things, including...
  • Blog Post: Presenting on SharePoint, Office and Visual Studio 2010 Development in Boston on April 29th

    Cross posting the event details that Jim O’Neil recently announced on his blog. The Boston launch event for Visual Studio, SharePoint and Office 2010 will take place on Thursday, April 29th, at the Westin Copley Place , with two tracks.  One, focused on developers, will cover application lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Integration Road Show

    One of the topics that I speak frequently about is using SharePoint as an application development platform. Often building solutions on top of SharePoint requires integration with external systems, people, data and processes. Microsoft is running a series of events targeted at Enterprise Architects and...
  • Blog Post: How Office 2007 Helps Protect Your Information

    One of the primary business concerns that I hear from my customers is: “How do we keep our information and documents safe?” Since so much of what we all do is collaborating and sharing information with others via Microsoft Office, today’s post summarizes some of the top ways that the Office 2007 system...
  • Blog Post: Essential SharePoint 2013 Book Published!

    Scott Jamison , Sue Hanley , and I are very excited that our “ Essential SharePoint 2013 ” book is now available and we will be having a special book signing event tomorrow (Tuesday, August 13, 2013) evening at SPTechCon Boston . This edition of the book is packed with nearly 800 pages of SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Office, SharePoint, Visio and Project 2010 News …

    Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, major announcements were made regarding Office, SharePoint, Project and Visio 2010. Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone...
  • Blog Post: Excel 2007 – Your Business Intelligence Client Solution

    Many of my customers are evaluating business intelligence (BI) solutions. There are often many business drivers behind this trend including the need for analysis, reporting, planning and forecasting. Prior to the release of Excel 2007 many customers would purchase a variety of different BI tools each...
  • Blog Post: Love OneNote? Prove it!

    Many of my customers and partners comment about how much they love OneNote . OneNote is a great tool for organizing notes; brainstorming; collaborating; and (most importantly) finding information. For those of you that simply cannot live without OneNote (such as me!) you’ll be glad to know that we recently...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP2 Released

    Office 2007 service pack 2 has been released today and is available for download . Some of the features being incorporated into SP2 are integrated support for saving to PDF, XPS and ODF file formats - all of which previously required separate free downloads. There are also some bug fixes and performance...
  • Blog Post: Customizing SharePoint–Most Times the Quickest Way is Not Always the Best Way

    With many customers and partners migrating to SharePoint 2010, one of the topics I get asked about regularly is making “safe” customizations to SharePoint and thinking about upgrades and migrations – both now and in the future. While the answer is often “it depends” there are some general guidelines...
  • Blog Post: Register for SharePoint Saturday Boston - Saturday, April 9, 2011

    Registration is now open for our 4 th SharePoint Saturday Boston , which will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Microsoft Jones Road office in Waltham, MA. The speaker and session lists have been published as well. This time, I will be presenting a session on Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: Why...
  • Blog Post: Show me the proof!

    When I meet with customers to discuss how they can use the Microsoft Office 2007 System to have a real impact on their business, I am frequently asked for proof and examples of other customers that are doing this in the real world. Having spent 14 years as a Microsoft enterprise customer myself (working...
  • 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: SharePoint Connections Boston Slides

    I’ve just posted the slides that I presented at the SharePoint Connections Boston event this week. These include the slides that I presented on Monday morning during the SharePoint 2010 Development Bootcamp with Bob German and the Migrating SharePoint 2007 Solutions to SharePoint 2010 breakout session...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath – Going Green, Saving Money and Accelerating Development

    Prior to joining Microsoft last year, I worked for more than 14 years as a Microsoft customer primarily in IT architect, development and technical management roles for large companies. Most of my recent work was related to building custom applications and forms on top of ASP.NET One area that I did...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Driving SharePoint 2010 End User Adoption–My Slides from SharePoint Saturday Boston

    SharePoint Saturday Boston was held this past weekend. It was another amazing event with over 300 people in attendance. It continues to inspire and amaze me that we have so many customers and partners committed and passionate to SharePoint. Think about all of the personal time and effort that was given...
  • Blog Post: New look, new focus …

    I recently changed roles here at Microsoft and decided it was time to put a fresh coat of paint on the blog. While I will continue to work with Northeast Enterprise customers in a technical pre sales role, my focus will be shifting from the Microsoft Office client to the SharePoint platform. This change...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: Why and How to Get It Done–SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire Recap and Slides

    This past Saturday, we had our 1st SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire . Over 150 people attended this event and there were more than 35 sessions delivered . It was an amazing event and we are grateful for all of our event sponsors that made this event possible and free of charge for attendees. Edgewater...