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  • Blog Post: BI Bites 1: Sparklines

    This demo starts a new series of videos showing some of the capabilities of Microsoft's BI stack in bite sized chunks. This video shows how easy it is to add a simple chart to a table by using the new Sparkline feature of Excel 2010.
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 7: Mail Tips

    This video continues my Office Mini demo series with a look at a new feature of Outlook 2010: mail tips If you have any suggestions for features to include in this series, please leave me a comment.
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - introduction

    SharePoint is part of the Microsoft product stack. This doesn’t mean that it’s just another item on a Microsoft price list. What it means is that it’s designed to work with the other products Microsoft produces. In other posts, I’ve talked about using InfoPath and SharePoint together, but that’s not...
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 2: Save to SharePoint

    This video continues my series of mini demos showing features of Office 2010 that you might not know about. In this video, I show how to save an Office document to SharePoint without leaving the client. If there’s a feature you’d like to see demonstrated as part of this series, let me know.
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Metadata

    What is metadata? The simple definition is that it’s data about data. In the case of SharePoint, it’s information about files and documents stored within SharePoint. There are some bits of metadata that are included as standard, such as who created a document, who last edited it, where in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - versioning

    This is the second part in my series of posts about the benefits of combining SharePoint with Office. I’m going to talk about versioning. Versioning is one of the major benefits a document management system has over a file share. A common scenario is for people to have a document stored in a shared...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Menu to Ribbon Guides

    When I upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007, I adapted quickly. There were a few days of confusion but within a week, I was more efficient using the new Ribbon UI. The problem came several weeks later when I wanted to use a macro in Excel. I found myself flicking through the ribbons failing to spot...
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 5: Insert Text

    This Office Mini demo shows a feature that's been around a while but largely unreguarded: insert text. If you've any suggestions for features to include in this series, please leave a comment.
  • Blog Post: Articles and whitepapers

    In the approach to the official launch of SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010, more and more documentation is being released. Articles and white papers are being published on TechNet, MSDN and Microsoft Downloads. If you want to see what’s new, you can go to www.microsoft.com/downloads and sort by the released...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Collaboration

    This is the second in my series of videos showing how SharePoint can be used as a solution to a range of business problems. This demo shows some of the features that are designed to help SharePoint function as a collaboration solution, such as discussion boards, wiki pages, project task lists and more...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 6: Excel Dashboards

    This video continues my series of bite sized Business Intelligence demos. In this demo, I show how to create a dashboard in SharePoint 2010 to display parts of an Excel workbook.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 25: Excel Web App

    This video continues my series of Microsoft Business Intelligence demos. In this demo, I show the Excel Web App, the browser-based version of Excel available through SharePoint and Windows Live. I show some of what you can and can't do in this cloud-based version of Excel. This video is available...
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 3: Office.com Templates

    This video is another mini demo to show features of Office 2010 that you might not be aware of. In this demo, I show how to make use of templates from Office.com to quickly produce new documents. If you have any favourite Office 2010 features or things you'd like to see me show, leave a comment...
  • Blog Post: First Glance: Office 365

    Sometimes, people get excited about strange things. Fortunately, I work in a technology role, so people are understanding when I start bouncing about the fact I’ve got a document from Office 365 opening on my phone. I got access to an Office 365 beta account yesterday and I’ve been playing...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Slide Libraries

    I’m going to finish off this series of Better with Office posts, but there’s more that could be said. If I’ve peaked your interest, I’d suggest reading the Fair, Good, Better, Best whitepaper which goes into more technical information about the integration between SharePoint and Office products. In...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 16: Visio Services

    This video continues my series of bite-sized BI demos. This follows on from the previous BI Bites video, where I showed how to connect a Visio 2010 diagram to data in Excel. In this video, I show how to publish a Visio diagram to SharePoint 2010 using the new Visio Services feature so display the diagram...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Office 2010 Launch Date!

    I've had partners asking me for the release date of SharePoint 2010 since about half-way through last year. We now have a date! Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 will be launched on 12th May 2010. The RTM (Release to Manufacturing) will be in April. There will be a virtual launch...
  • Blog Post: Office Mini: SharePoint Keywords

    This is the first in a set of mini demos showing some of the simple yet powerful things you can do with Microsoft Office 2010. This video shows how to add SharePoint keywords from within an Office document.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 5: Publish to Excel Services

    This video continues my series of demos showing the Microsoft BI offering in bite sized chunks. In this video, I show how to publish items in an Excel workbook to Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 15: Visio Diagrams

    This video continues my series of demos showing Microsoft's Business Intelligence solution in bite sized chunks. This video introduces Visio, part of the Office suite, as a tool for drawing rich diagrams and tying them into live data. This video is available for download from my SkyDrive .
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Document Management

    Continuing my series of videos showing the capabilities of SharePoint as a solution for various business problems. This video shows some of the features relating to document management.
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 8: Conversation View

  • Blog Post: BI Bites 20: Introducing PowerPivot

    In this video in my BI Bites series, I introduce the new in-memory analytics tool from Microsoft: PowerPivot. I show the Excel add-in and the new tab as well as introducing the range of data sources that can be used in a PowerPivot application. This file is available for download from my SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 6: Trim Video

    This video continues my series of demos showing Office 2010 features you might not be aware of. This demo shows how to trim a video in a PowerPoint presentation. If you have any suggestions for features to include in this series, please leave me a comment.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 22: PowerPivot Charts

    This video continues my series of demos showing Microsoft's Business Intelligence offerings in bite-sized chunks. This demo shows a PowerPivot application in Excel 2010 and how to build a pivot chart based on data in a range of sources. This video is available for download from my SkyDrive .