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  • 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 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: Form Conversion

    One of the nice features of InfoPath is the ability to convert existing Word or Excel forms into InfoPath forms, potentially saving you a lot of time. When you load up InfoPath Designer 2010, you are first presented with the options of all the form templates you can design. One is labelled Convert Existing...
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 3: 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 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: Office 2010 beta is here!

    It’s time to have a play. The public beta has launched and now you can get hold of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. You can download it from and try out some of the new features such as: · Conversation threading in Outlook · Improved rules management in InfoPath · The...
  • 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: 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: InfoPath in the Real World - Web Seminars

    This is the first of an ongoing series showing how InfoPath has been used in real-life situations. No matter how good the sales pitch is, there’s nothing like knowing that a product has actually helped organisations out. This first example is one that is pretty close to me. Microsoft have a lot of...
  • Blog Post: It's not piracy - it's the Ultimate Steal

    If you're a UK higher education student or staff member, you can get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for the ridiculously cheap price of £38.95 - if you buy before 30th June 2009. Just go to The Ultimate Steal , register with your academic email address and buy online.
  • Blog Post: Office Mini 4: Remove Photo Background

    This video continues my series of mini demos highlighting some features of Office 2010 you may not be aware of. This video shows how to quickly remove the background from an image. If you have any suggestions for features to include in this series, please leave me a comment.
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Workflows

    SharePoint has two levels of workflow capabilities. With Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you get the ability to create your own custom workflows either with code or using SharePoint Designer’s workflow wizard. With Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 standard, you get that ability still, but you...
  • Blog Post: Office in the Clouds

    A version of Office Web Apps is now available to SkyDrive users for free! If you log into your SkyDrive, you’ll now see a little section informing you that you can create new Office documents with the familiar client logos. Clicking on one of these takes you to a new page to name your...
  • Blog Post: Better with Office - Workspaces

    Continuing this series of blog posts, I’m going to talk about document workspaces. The idea behind these is that sometimes a document needs multiple people working together on it. A document workspace is a site in SharePoint that can be used for collaboration. The standard template for this site includes...