Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for coming to the event on May 6th and thank you for waiting patiently for these questions while I was on vacation.  So without any more delay, here are the questions from the launch event in Cincinnati on May 6th.

Sorry for the repost of these questions, but as some of you have noticed the good ole blog has been upgraded, and this post did not make it.  It is also okay because my friend Gordon point out one of my answers was not the right link.

Q:Where can I find more information on virtualizing SharePoint?
A:
There is a great series from our peers across the pond:  http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2009/04/06/Series-on-virtualizing-SharePoint.aspx

Q: How can I send SMS text messages with Outlook 2010?
A:
Yes, and it is built in.  With Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Office Mobile Service (OMS) or a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 account, you can send and receive text messages (SMS). But beyond just sending and receiving text messages, you can also configure Outlook to send notifications to your mobile device as a text message.  You can learn more about OMS here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/outlook/archive/2008/04/07/introducing-smsofficer.aspx 

For example, you can receive an alert on your mobile device that an important e-mail message has arrived — you can even have the e-mail message forwarded as a text message. You can also have Outlook calendar summaries sent to your mobile device.

There are two ways to use text messaging with Outlook 2010.

  • Use an Exchange Server 2010 account to connect to a Windows Mobile device running Windows Mobile 6.5

Exchange Server configuration

  • Or subscribe to a third-party Short Message Service (SMS) provider using OMS

Third-party configuration

Q: Where can I learn more about Project Server?
A:
This is not a product we covered during the launch but I wanted to make sure you got to the right resources: http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/project-server-2010.aspx

Q: Where can I learn more about Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit (MAP)?
A:
MAP is a great free tool and you can learn more and download the tool here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx

Q: Where can I find more about SharePoint Foundation?
A:
SharePoint Foundation is the next generation of Windows SharePoint Services, and you learn about it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee263910.aspx#tab=1

Q: What is Office Web Applications (OWA)?
A:
It is the ability to have office applications work inside your browser. You can learn more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee855124.aspx

Q: How can SkyDrive work with Office 2010?
A:
Yes, you will be able to save and work directly with SkyDrive take a look here: http://www.windowslive.com/Connect/Post/65ec5712-8e4a-4a62-9eb0-01f0f7b285bc

Q: Can you use Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit (MAP) over a VPN?
A:
Yes you can, however it will be slow.