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    Well, after more than a year of tinkering with different blog options mainly for non-work related content, I have finally decided to create my work blog here. Since this is my first real blog entry, I'd like to provide a quick (or perhaps no-so-quick) description of myself, my job, and why I started...
  • Blog Post: 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 Advancement Initiative to my General Manager...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft execs are people, too

    True story. This morning in the restroom, as I walked over to the paper towel dispenser after washing my hands, I noticed a few (most likely used) pieces of paper towel on the floor. Then, before I got there, someone reached down, picked them up, and threw them in the wastebasket. Normally, I wouldn...
  • Blog Post: 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 posted this morning by Jeff Teper, General Manager...
  • Blog Post: 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 feedback driven development of applications, specifications...
  • 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: Important blog updates

    Some of you might have noticed that the layout and color scheme for my blog have changed significantly over the weekend. Thanks to Ken Levy's custom CSS , my blog is now a bit easier to read, I hope. But the more important (though visually subtle) change that I made was to my blog’s subtitle to which...
  • Blog Post: 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: Compared with earlier interaction paradigms...
  • 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: 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 next version of our SharePoint Products and Technologies...
  • Blog Post: 3 things I discovered after falling asleep in front of my computer (again)

    I’ve often joked with my colleagues and the SharePoint MVPs that my most productive working hours are 9 PM to 5 AM rather than during the normal 9 AM to 5 PM work day when I’m jumping back and forth between meetings, phone calls, e-mail threads, dropping my kids off at school, and taking them to their...
  • Blog Post: 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 had volunteered that Steve Ballmer (yes, my CEO)...
  • Blog Post: 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 into how products that will be used by millions...
  • Blog Post: A very busy week!

    Wow! What a busy week I’ve had! And a week of many firsts for me. I organized my first cross-group meeting in my new role to go over my work plan for the Office “12” Servers and WSS “v3” Overview slidedeck that hundreds of Microsoft Technology Specialist will be presenting to their customers in...
  • Blog Post: Crash: no, not my machine; actually, it's an excellent movie

    I couldn’t sleep (as usual), so I decided to stay up and catch up on some blog reading and maybe watch a movie. I happened to have Crash from Blockbluster , so I thought I would check it out in “Fast Watch” mode – you know, with my thumb on the Fast Forward button to skip over boring scenes. Well, what...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 this and that -- blah, blah, blah...

    I’ve been mildly amused by all the recent rantings about “Web 2.0” in the blogosphere. Many people, whose opinions I respect, don’t like the term (and Richard MacManus has a good summary) while a few, like Alex Barnett , still do. My own take on what’s going on with the Web right now is that it has finally...
  • Blog Post: 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 have not been finalized, so I'd hate to...
  • 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: I created the first official 2007 Office system Beta 2 Golden Disc!

    And Bill Gates gave it along with the Golden Discs for Windows Vista Beta 2 and Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 2 to Alan Nunns of Chevron on stage during his keynote session at WinHEC last Tuesday while I was watching the live Webcast at home. It was surreal! The picture (see below) of Bill and Alan...
  • Blog Post: 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, Dell, Oracle, HP and Apple. Wow, I had no idea that...