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  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #225 – Surveys R Us

    Have you noticed an increase in online surveys asking if you have a few minutes to complete them, when you visit web sites? Do you duck & dive when walking along the street and are confronted by a just-a-little-too-friendly student in high-vis and brandishing a clipboard? Surveys are undoubtedly...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #111 - Sharing PowerPoint in Lync?

    If you're regularly part of a Lync call which involves presenting slides, here's some best practice that everyone should know about. In a nutshell - don't share your whole desktop to show the PowerPoint slides; don't even share PowerPoint as a single program (something that Lync would allow you to do...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint Services v3.0 Application Templates

    I noticed the other day that the first batch of templates have been published for Windows Sharepoint Services v3 - the free team site application that's been upgraded dramatically as part of the Office 2007 release wave. There are some interesting site admin template apps published on the Application...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #65 – SharePoint 2010, a starter for 10

    There are many advantages to SharePoint 2010 if you’re coming from 2007, especially from a usability perspective, and there are a few nice tips to get the best out of it. SharePoint guru Jessica Meats provides a couple and will have more in weeks to come… Update your MySite profile & picture Head...
  • Blog Post: Seadragon begets Silverlight "Deep Zoom"

    There's a headline that might baffle... Seadragon Inc was a Seattle-based software company who had done a load of work on handling vast quantities of imagery and being able to manipulate the data in real-time, on-screen. Microsoft acquired Seadragon and has been beavering away behind the scenes to finesse...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #77 – Saving docs straight to SharePoint

    Here’s a simple tip inspired by Luke Debono , who was asking how he could save directly from within an Office application to our departmental SharePoint site, using Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. Now, if you open a document from a SharePoint site then you might get to view/edit it in a browser...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #11: SharePoint alerts

    Some of us use RSS, many of us use SharePoint, but all of use email. Did you know that you can combine these three great technologies to keep you up to date on what other people are doing? Most areas of SharePoint allow you to request to be alerted when things change – in this picture, for example, we...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #22: Sync SharePoint data into Outlook

    This week’s tip comes from a reader: over to Microsoft UK’s Rob Orwin… In order to help my forecasting, I synchronise the appropriate documents to my Outlook so that when I send and receive they are automatically updated. To do this I simply: 1) Go to the SharePoint site where...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #92 – Take and Share better meeting notes

    Be the scribe OneNote is a great audit tool. When you’re in meetings with customers and partners why not offer to take the notes on your tablet, slate or laptop and then when the meeting is done simply save the notes as a PDF to create a simple, (almost) non editable version of the notes that you can...
  • Blog Post: Live Writer beta 2 releases

    I only really started blogging "properly" when Windows Live Writer (WLW) beta first shipped... it's been a really user-friendly tool for blogging, for a whole load of reasons. The WLW team has just shipped a new beta which has a nice UI polish, some great new features (like inline spell checking) and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches "Online" hosted services

    In an attempt to clarify the whole online software branding, with "Live" being consumer oriented and "Online" being aimed at businesses, Microsoft launched a new service recently, but that may have gone unnoticed (what with other launch events such as PerformancePoint Server for business intelligence...
  • Blog Post: WSS Site Admin Templates now online

    The second wave of releases for the Windows Sharepoint Services v3.0 templates (being referred to as the "Fabulous Forty" in some quarters ... anyone remember the Nifty Fifty?) is now online ... Server Admin Templates Absence Request and Vacation Schedule Management Budgeting and Tracking Multiple Projects...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #101 - Finding files for dialogs

    How many times a month do you have a file (a picture, maybe, or a document) that you want to upload to some website, or attach to an email. and you know where the file is, but then have to navigate through a dialog box to locate it from within the application? I can sometimes think of 2 or 3 such scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #86 – Jump into SharePoint sites

    Following last week’s IE9 “turn websites into apps” tip in ToW#83 , here’s an early Christmas present, showing a couple of nifty ways of working with SharePoint 2010. It’s possible to add SharePoint sites to your taskbar or start menu in exactly the same way as in that tip – open the site up in your...
  • Blog Post: Ferrari powered by Sharepoint

    I noticed that the Sharepoint case study for Ferrari today, posted at the end of July – link here . The case study includes a cool video hosted in a nice Silverlight player – looks really slick and well worth a look, especially if you’re one of the Tifosi or just like Ferrari road cars. On a related...