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    Use the TechNet Virtual Lab to familiarize yourself with deploying Live Communications Server 2005. Topics include: deploying in a single forest, single domain topology, enabling federation, enabling remote access, and deploying the Live Communications Server archiving service.
  • Blog Post: Upcoming events

    My colleague, Korby Parnell , recently decided to withdraw from speaking on the “Microsoft Blogs: Pioneering Corporate Transparency” panel discussion that’s been scheduled for the upcoming Business Blogging Summit conference on Oct. 25-27 in Seattle, WA. I’m very honored that Korby recommended me as...
  • Blog Post: Why Ray Ozzie "totally gets it" on collaboration

    From Ray Ozzie's interview yesterday with Microsoft PressPass re: the Groove acquisition, I've excerpted my favorite parts below. The emphases are mine. PressPass: Why is collaboration becoming so important in today's business world? Ozzie: The nature of work is fundamentally changing for today's information...
  • Blog Post: 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, which contains a technical overview of the feature...
  • Blog Post: Integrated Communications with Microsoft Office Communicator 2005

    I see that a couple of MSofties ( Eileen and Mayur ) have excitedly blogged about Microsoft's new "OC" application that was announced as part of the Real-Time Collaboration launch event that I attended on March 8th. Although its IM features will be best in class, the real value add is in the integrated...
  • Blog Post: Don't wait for Office "12" -- deploy SharePoint now!

    I had another EBC session today during which I presented and discussed the investment areas in the Office “12” versions of SharePoint products and technologies. The customer was extremely excited about the new features and improvements but was disappointed in having to wait about a year for the new versions...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 - Web-based and free!

    Looks like every enterprise server product group at Microsoft is trying to provide self-paced, hands-on labs via the TechNet Virtual Lab . Now, the SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Virtual Lab is finally available, and -- quoting from its home page -- "it will teach you how to set up the portal, organize...
  • Blog Post: 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 with the right people. I deal with this by using SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: 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: PC Magazine: Microsoft Office 12 Beta 1: Extreme...
  • Blog Post: My first “all-hands” meeting

    Yesterday’s all-hands meeting of the IWPMG (that’s Information Worker Product Management Group) was my first, and I was particularly impressed by Chris Capossela , who heads our organization. Chris reviewed our FY06 business objectives and Q1 scorecard in a very succinct and straightforward way (i.e...
  • Blog Post: 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 versions of SharePoint Products and Technologies...
  • Blog Post: 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 these challenges using technology, as we encounter...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft buys Groove Networks; Ray Ozzie becomes MS CTO!

    The announcement today may not be a huge surprise to some people , but I'm certainly glad that this deal has finally happened because I've been hoping that it would ever since I first used Groove for team collaboration a few years ago. The main concern I had back then was that Groove was just focused...
  • Blog Post: 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 for potentially millions of people to leverage. I...
  • Blog Post: Attention all SharePoint Developers!

    If you are (or want to be) developing solutions for SharePoint, don't pass go, don't collect $200, and immediately read Mike Fitzmaurice 's blog . Better yet, subscribe to it in your favorite RSS aggregator by right-clicking here . Mike is Microsoft's self-professed Developer Evangelist for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 video of the SharePoint GPMs .. and me

    The C9 video of the SharePoint Group Program Managers that I mentioned in my previous post is now online at http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=196522 . Although I’m sure that you’d enjoy the entire 55 minute video, here are some timestops for you to jump around within the video in case you...
  • Blog Post: Forrester Report on Collaboration Trends 2005: Microsoft emerges as an early collaboration platform leader.

    Forrester Research originally published its Trends 2005: Collaboration analyst report in December, 2004, which provided a succinct and objective assessment of the key trends in collaboration as the technology “enters the realm of the strategic.” Two of the nine trends identified in the report are excerpted...
  • Blog Post: Finally transferring to “Corporate”

    Wow, it’s been almost 5 months since my last post here, and how quickly the time has gone by! In May, as I was trying to focus on closing a couple of large deals, I also started to pursue career opportunities in Redmond . While working in the “field” (consulting and technical sales) at Microsoft for...
  • Blog Post: LL's "Top 10" favorite features of SharePoint "v.Next"

    I see that Arpan has just listed his Top 10. Well, here are mine: A "Global" Template that is applied/provisioned before any other template, and a Feature Framework that provides modularity for “additive” templates OOB document review/approval workflow with support for digital signatures...
  • Blog Post: Calling all SharePoint developers .. again!

    Building SharePoint Web Parts? Then this post (excerpted below) from Dino Esposito is a must read: WebParts: From SharePoint to ASP.NET 2.0 In the Windows world, SharePoint products and technologies simplify and support various forms of collaboration between partners within a company or an organization...
  • Blog Post: I'm finally back!

    It's been over 4 months since my previous blog entry, and I've received e-mails from several readers nudging me to write again. I really appreciate the support, and now that I'm finally 100% back in work mode, I'm very excited about posting here much more often from now on. If you're curious about what...