Lawrence Liu's Report from the Inside

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Lawrence Liu's Report from the Inside

  • Microsoft "Live Search" and a couple of other very cool things

    At the CEO Summit yesterday, Microsoft’s end-to-end search strategy was announced as “ Live Search ” (which I really like), and three new products were formally announced: Windows Live Search on the Desktop (I’m indifferent about the name): Helps...
  • Update on community activities

    I’ve been extremely busy at work, which is the primary reason why I haven’t posted anything here for almost a whole month, I’m attending the SharePoint Conference this week, and this morning I saw Bill Gates talking excitedly about one of my favorite...
  • My 2nd meeting with Steve Ballmer

    I had my 1st meeting with Steve Ballmer about 12 years ago as a Microsoft customer during an executive briefing session. The way I remember it was that Steve, who at the time was Microsoft’s head of worldwide sales and marketing, came (no, barged) in...
  • What did I just get myself into???

    Speaking of Executive Briefing presentations, I just volunteered to do one for our Unified Communications Group (UCG – the folks who developed Live Communications Server and Office Communicator ) that’s coming up next Monday. I found out right after I...
  • Microsoft Executive Briefing Program is "Briefing Program of the Year"

    Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Program has just been awarded “Briefing Program of the Year“ from the Association of Briefing Program Managers ( ABPM ), an international organization with over 100 Fortune 500 member companies, including IBM, Sun, Cisco...
  • Records Management Team Blog and "customer evidence"

    My work on the SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative continues at a dizzing pace. Earlier this week, I helped launch the Records Management Team Blog , which is a blog about the business challenges we are all facing and the opportunities to address...
  • Bill Gates on his own use of SharePoint

    Here’s an interesting article from Fortune magazine – “ How I Work: Bill Gates ” – in which Bill describes his use of SharePoint (emphasis mine): “…Being flooded with information doesn't mean we have the right information or that we're in touch...
  • Toshiba Tecra M5 is now my primary machine

    The Toshiba Tecra M5 laptops that I had ordered for my team arrived today. Several of us have been very anxious to get these machines because it seems like we’re doing demos of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the 2007 Office client programs to customers...
  • SharePoint Featured Group on GotDotNet CodeGallery

    I’d like to expand on what I wrote in my previous entry re: the GotDotNet CodeGallery , which is a free website run by Microsoft that enables commercial and shared source Developers and IT Pros to create micro-communities within which to engage in the...
  • Gadgets on SharePoint - for real!

    There are still nearly 90 minutes left (in PDT) until April Fool’s Day, but several people have already alerted me to a screenshot at the DashboardSpy, which appears to be a mocked up SharePoint site with some very cool (and useful) looking Gadgets for...
  • 2007 Microsoft Office system preview site goes live!

    Yesterday, the 2007 Microsoft Office system preview site went live at http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview . It’s so gratifying for me to see the deliverables that I had spent a few months working on finally being published on the Web and available...
  • Naming guidelines for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Wow, it’s been almost 2 months since my last blog entry. I’ve just been busier than ever at work and at home -- my family and I finally moved into our permanent home a few weeks ago. Anyway, at work, I had the opportunity to present my SharePoint Community...
  • A best practice for team based blogging

    The SharePoint Team Blog just keeps getting better as the number and technical depth of posts increases. Jon Kauffman’s recent couple of posts is an excellent example of why so many Microsoft blogs have become so popular – they provide an insider’s look...
  • Preparing for the SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative

    Note to self: Remember to read Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint before preparing for my exec review of my SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative in the next few weeks. That’s right, I’ve renamed it from “Development” to “Advancement” because...
  • Introducing the SharePoint Team Blog!

    A couple of other bloggers have already discovered it, but we launched the SharePoint Team Blog in stealth mode this past Monday. The first entry was posted by Kurt Delbene , Corporate VP of the Office Servers product group, and a second entry was just...
  • TechReady 2

    Wow, it’s already been almost a month since my previous blog entry. Time flies when I’m busy and having fun! I took a much needed vacation over Christmas, but when I got back to work after New Year’s, I found myself completely buried with queued up tasks...
  • SharePoint Community Development Initiative

    One of the best parts about my job (actually, it’s all good!) is my responsibility for (both online and offline) community development. Much of what I’ve been doing related to communities over the past few months has been transitioning (from Arpan ),...
  • Concise yet informative whitepaper on Service Pack 2 of WSS2 and SPS2003

    This white paper describes features that are included in Windows SharePoint Services SP2 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 SP2 . It also provides best practices and guidance about how you can architect your solutions considering the current and future...
  • Just finished my first major deliverable!

    I just sent out an internal e-mail announcement to several hundred technical sales people re: the completion of my first major deliverable -- the Microsoft Office “12” SharePoint Servers and Windows SharePoint Services “v3” Technology Briefing slidedeck...
  • Office "12" Beta 1 is done!

    Well, the Office “12” Beta 1 Technology Preview Program has officially started , and 10,000 lucky customers and partners are in the process of downloading the bits from our BetaPlace site. Already, the early press coverage has been very positive: ...
  • Windows Live and Office Live -- my belated blog post

    As if I don’t already have enough things to do for my day job, I routinely keep tabs on what other teams at Microsoft are doing in the area of next generation “ My Web ” apps and services. I didn’t blog about our Windows Live and Office Live announcement...
  • CMS 2002 Service Pack 2 now available for download

    I mentioned last week that I had attended my first “Release Criteria Review and Sign-Off” meeting, but at the time, I couldn’t say for what product. Well, this morning, that product, Content Management Server 2002 Service Pack 2, was released to the Web...
  • Speculating on SharePoint v.Next -- please don't!

    When I recently saw Eli Robillard’s blog entry on “ Speculating on SPS vNext ,” I was compelled to leave the following comment: Please do not assume that everything presented at PDC05 will be "pushed down" to WSS "v3." The fact is that packaging discussions...
  • Another busy but very memorable week

    First, I finally got my own office this past Monday! Next, I spent two days interviewing the SharePoint v.Next Lead Program Managers for input and feedback for the Evaluation Guide(s) that I’m developing. I can now claim that I know more about the...
  • Jakob Nielson likes the "WYGIWYS" UI of Office "12"

    To me, Jakob is the leading guru of software usability, and I’ve been following his writings for many, many years now. So, it warms my heart that he’s quite positive about the new UI in Office “12.” Here are some choice excerpts from his recent post:...