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  • Blog Post: Insight Into FAST Search and SharePoint Roadmap

    The roadmap for SharePoint Search and FAST enterprise search integration got an update today. In summary: FAST Search for SharePoint is a new search server adding FAST ESP capabilities into Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server (SharePoint "14") ESP for SharePoint is high-end search for...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & Office 2007 Launch (Part 1)

    One of the great things about the Demo Showcase is the Office 2007 content it contains. One of the scenarios let's you assume the role of Julia, the HR Manager at Contoso who needs to publish a HR newsletter on a regular basis. Now, to me, Julia looks more like someone who spends hours and hours in front...
  • Blog Post: Exchange/Vista/Office Roadshow

    The time has come to for the Exchange/Vista/Office (EVO) Microsoft Partner Roadshow! The Road to Sell? In preparation for Microsoft’s largest ever technology release, the UK will be hosting a Partner Roadshow to help provide an understanding of various opportunities surrounding Exchange, Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: IT's ShOwTime! Chris Caposella on 2007 Office System

    In a nutshell, this is about the best overview you will currently find out theree on the new 2007 Microsoft Office system. The session covers innovations in the client-side user interface and XML-based file formats, as well as investments in new SharePoint server-based capabilities around workflow, content...
  • Blog Post: Exchange/Vista/Office Microsite

    I can clearly now the pane has gone, I can see all objects I need today... The Microsoft UK partner team have developed an interesting interactive site with a fantastic end user visual experience. The Microsite embraces the ‘AERO glass’ design from Vista and is being continually updated with information...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, Customisation and Sample Master Pages

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows how to apply the sample custom master pages available on Office Online to Windows SharePoint Services team sites. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Customisation This recording is based on the Demo Showcase virtual images, a resource readily available...
  • Blog Post: The EVOlution Tour...Day 2, London Kensington Odeon

    Surprisingly, I was second up today, my roommate Steve Marsh ding the honours and allowing me an extra ten minutes in bed by taking to the shower first... On for day 2 of the Business EVOlution Tour 2006 ! Everyone piled on the tour bus in time for 7:30, my phone call to the recent recruits from the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and 64 bit (x64) Development

    I've been struggling to develop anything on my 64bit Windows Server 2008 box for a while now, mainly due to lack of support for this on 64 bit.  The Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services version 1.3 addresses my needs :) You can download from here and more details on the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Add-in - Save as PDF or XPS

    It is possible to create both PDF and XPS files from the Microsoft 2007 Office System. Also, it enables you to send these files as email directly from each of the eight supported applications. The download works with the following Microsoft Office Programs: Microsoft Office Access 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2008 SMB Edition

    The Demo Showcase 2008 SMB Edition is now available for download. This is a set of 4 comprehensive click through demonstrations designed for partners featuring 12 different Microsoft technologies working together to resolve business needs! Scenarios: Business Productivity Customer Acquisition and Retention...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Microsoft Office System Pricing

    Microsoft have a great 2007 Office System Preview site and on there today, I stumbled across the publicly available information for pricing and licensing. Thought I'd post it as it may be of use to others! There's also a set of Frequently Asked Questions on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 available...
  • Blog Post: Proof-of-concept virus gives insight into OpenOffice.org security failings

    A very interesting article into OpenOffice.org macro virus's. May also help promote understanding around the value of the .docm file format. Proof-of-concept virus gives insight into OpenOffice.org security failings
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Word 2007 and OpenOffice.org 2.2.0 Mail Merge Comparison

    I was reading Hugh’s post and the comments around whether open source software meets shareholder and CEO needs, I love the cartoon that goes with it. George Ou has some interesting stats in this area too. It’s a serious debate and as well as shareholders and CEO’s, there is a need to consider whether...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office for Architects

    With the 2007 Office System, Microsoft Office has evolved beyond a productivity suite into a unified solutions platform that makes enterprise data and processes more accessible and relevant to users. Composed of clients, servers, services, and tools, it provides a single infrastructure for communication...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Microsoft Office System Solution Sales Tool

    Now there are five steps to selling, just download and you will plainly see. Just as software moves on, and forecasts do go wrong, be sure to follow steps 1, 2 and 3 (and 4 and 5 in this case!) This Solution Sales Tool has been designed to help Microsoft solution partners sell Unified Communications...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Workflow in WSS and Office 2007

    So, the whitepaper has finally been published... In summary, this covers the differences between workflow in Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) version 3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 through the use of specific scenarios. It's a pretty good read, particularly useful if you are...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 Extensions for SharePoint - March 2009 CTP Released

    The March 2009 CTP Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint are now available.  You can download them directly from here . Also included in this release are ten new themes for SharePoint built as VSeWSS projects.  You can download them from here . Ciao for now :)
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Accounting 2008 - UK

    Microsoft Office Accounting is an easy to use, comprehensive accounting package that works with other Microsoft Office applications you already know.  Because it works just like Word, Excel and Outlook, it's easy to learn. Anyone wanting to download the free, Office Accounting Express 2008 product...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Search

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server search capabilities including how to search across content including the business data catalog and people.   Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Search This recording is based on the Demo Showcase...
  • Blog Post: If You Know What it is, don't Turn Back

    A great thing happened yesterday...I saw a smorgasbord :) I remember the first time I came across this, on a website at Microsoft. Most people would admit I have a fair handle on grammar but vocabulary...now there's something that's useful, like, mate. Now, every time I read a new word, I hit the Review...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2007 Download

    The Demo Showcase 2007 edition is now available for download to all Microsoft Gold and Certified partners. It's also possible to order the two disc DVD set from the partner portal here . Technologies included in the Demo Showcase 2007 scenarios are: Business Scorecard Manager 2005 Dynamics AX 4.0 Exchange...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 2

    If you feel the need to gain an understanding of what is going to be contained in Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System, the Office Sustained Engineering Team have published a list on their blog.  This covers both Office desktop and server products, including Microsoft Office SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Security in Windows Vista, 2007 Office and Exchange 2007

    "Office 2007 presents a radically different way of working, with employees no longer limited to the desktop and company information being disseminated far more effectively. A new way of working needs a new paradigm for security, and Windows Vista is designed to deliver it. Vista alone includes almost...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, Collaboration and Workflow

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server collaboration capabilities including the out of the box Approval workflow. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Collaboration This recording is based on the Demo Showcase virtual images, a resource readily...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, Business Process & Forms

    Here's a little screencast I've recorded showing a demonstration of some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Forms Services capabilities together with InfoPath forms rendered through a browser and also including simple workflow creation and deployment through SharePoint Designer. Microsoft Office...