Wow, it's been over a month since my last post, and yes, I do have an excuse this time. I took a week off around July 4th and was completely "off the grid" (no cell phone, no computer, nothing). I really enjoyed the time off, and so did my family! However, I didn't enjoy having to get through about 1,500 e-mails the following week. Then I had a mad rush to finalize all the planning for TechReady3, which is our semi-annual week long technical training event for our sales and consulting folks. I was the content owner for the 22 SharePoint Server sessions, and I had to deal with speaker and content issues down to the last day prior to the conference kick off on July 24th. I also had to present a session (on what else? "building SharePoint-based community sites with blogs, wikis, RSS, and more" of course!), co-host an evening event for about 200 people (as usual, with Xbox 360 gameplay as a bonus), and run the SharePoint Insiders Summit. Fortunately, everything went well, but I was pretty stressed out. :-) So, blogging has been fairly low on my priority list for the past few weeks.
But now I'm back! And I have the next few weeks to refocus my efforts on the community – in particular, the SharePoint Community Kit and the SharePoint Community Champions program. Progress on the SCK has been slow due to contributors taking summer vacations and/or attending conferences, but we now have a prioritized list of features (which will be posted to the SCK team site very soon) and even a logo (which is going through review by the MS branding and legal folks).
As an aside, I had a productive concall with a Fortune 100 customer this morning, and while they're justifiably disappointed by the basic blog and wiki features in WSS V3 (click here for a quick screencast), they're very excited about the potential of the SCK to provide template-ized and prescriptive community solutions on top of SharePoint. And in addition to the SCK, there is an obviously need for a whitepaper or how-to guide on configuring and customizing SharePoint to support more advanced blog, wiki, and other community oriented requirements, so I have added that as a deliverable on my long list of activities for the next 6 months.
Lastly, I'm using Word 2007 a post Beta 2 build, but this works on Beta 2 as well) to author and post this blog entry as you can see from the screenshot below. I just love the rich text editing functionality in word, specially the background spellchecking!
[Update: Fixed a couple of typos and just saw Eric's update of prioritized features on the SCK team site, so please go review them and provide feedback.]
Good to see you back on. :-)
Welcome back Lawrence and sorry if I contributed to the 1500. =-)
What could be better would be links from an item (list or documents') like "blog this", "wiki this", "tag this", "Discuss This"
I've sort of tried to explain it at http://dotnetjunkies.com/WebLog/stefandemetz/archive/2006/08/17/Sharepoint_MOSS_2007_Collaboration.aspx