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  • 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: Additional 2007 Microsoft Office System Tips and Tricks Live Meetings Scheduled February – June 2009

    Tips and Tricks for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Get the most out of Office 2007! You’re invited to attend a Live Meeting. Learn about timesaving features to help you in your day-to-day work. Suitable for beginner or intermediate users. Everyone will learn something! The Ribbon The Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Looking for more Office 2007 tips & tricks?

    Here is a link to some great Office 2007 tips & tricks recordings: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/webcasts/HA102584511033.aspx These include a number of different webcasts, podcasts and video tips.
  • 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: Happy Birthday Microsoft Word!

    Did you know that Microsoft Word has turned 25 years old? Perhaps we should all send a birthday card to Clippy, if we can find him. I hear that Clippy has assumed a new identity and is relaxing somewhere in a secret location! ;-) But I digress ... PC World has published an article that takes a stroll...
  • 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: SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast Tour Coming to Boston April 25-27

    I’ll be presenting at the SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast tour in Boston April 25-27. Get your team up to speed for developing, deploying and administering SharePoint 2010 sites and get on the path to success. Enter "SP100" and get $100 off registration ! BONUS: The first 100 people to...
  • 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: 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: 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: Upcoming SharePoint Speaking Engagements for November

    Over the next 2 weeks I have many SharePoint related speaking engagements scheduled … in addition to my regular meetings and work with customers and partners. The 4 events below are all open to the public …and are at no charge! Hope you can attend some of these. Thursday, November 11 – Rochester New...
  • 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: 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: Essential SharePoint 2010 … Coming Soon

    Yesterday I received an updated copy of the cover of the “Essential SharePoint 2010” book, for which I have been a contributing author. I am extremely proud of the fact that the lead authors, Scott Jamison , Mauro Cardarelli and Susan Hanley , have added myself and Donal Conlon to the cover! This is...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: “Learning Snacks” for SharePoint 2010 Now Available

    Want to quickly learn about SharePoint 2010 products in preparation of the new Beta release? Try these new “Learning Snacks”; bite-sized online readiness courses provided by Microsoft Learning, on the following subjects: Developing Solutions with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Microsoft SharePoint 2010 enables...