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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Doug Ware from Atlanta TechDays

    During the Atlanta TechDays Keith and I had our cameras out and got some great interviews.  During the event, local Developer Evangelist Glen Gordon introduced me to Doug Ware, a member of the Atlanta developer community who specializes in SharePoint.  Doug had just wrapped up presenting a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Search 4.0 Policy and Security Overview

    I wanted to create a quick post to highlight some of the key improvements in Policy and Security for Windows Search 4.0.  We released Windows Search 4.0 for the desktop a few months back, to help get everyone up to speed on the versions, I wanted outline a brief timeline of the different versions...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Faceted Search code v2 released

    One of the great things about working with search is seeing all of the great facets of the product.  One of the more intriguing aspects I have seen is the faceted searching inside of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).  So what is faceted search?  To understand that we have to look...
  • Blog Post: Visual Search check it out on Bing

    Hopefully you have been using Bing a lot lately, if not check out the new visual search beta.  Click on the screenshot to see how it works!
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search, Business Data Catalogs (BDC) and Oracle... oh my

    One of the more fantastic features of SharePoint Server 2007 is the Business Data Catalog (BDC). The BDC is shared service and it will allow you pull data from databases or Web services directly into SharePoint. That is, you can use Business Data Catalog to display data from your SAP, Siebel, or other...
  • Blog Post: Now Open: Take the Bing Challenge and tell us what you think!

    I am excited we just recently launched Bing!  I have been using Live Search for years, and I have not used any other engines, including google.  I really have enjoyed seeing the progress of Search and Bing is a game changer, try it for a week and I bet you will not go back! Try it for a week...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: The Latest Disruptor in Enterprise Search

    I just learned about a recent research paper from Forrester Research, Inc. ( http://www.forrester.com ). The report was released November 6, 2007 under the title “Microsoft: The Latest Disruptor in Enterprise Search” by analyst Ken Poore . Ken Poore examines Microsoft’s newest enterprise search offerings...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Article on Bing and Good Comparison site

    I was surfing around and found an interesting article talking very evenly about Bing Vs. Google.  You can find the article here: Bing, the Imitator, Often Goes Google One Better   The article is right down the middle, and the author has at least looked at the tool.  There is an interesting...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide screencast - Search and Organization Overview Part 1

    I hope you have enjoyed all the screencasts I have recently posted. I would like to welcome you to the last 3 screencasts. These screencasts are broken into three parts and they are all about helping you keep your digital world organized. We live in an age where nearly everything is digital. Documents...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • Blog Post: Simply Amazing, Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

    If you have never scene this talk, I highly recommend it, it is about 10 minutes long and worth every second.  I guarantee it will touch you.  It is an shorter version of a full lecture that he gave, and you can click on his name to learn more and see the full lecture.  Thank you Randy...
  • Blog Post: Attention Ohio Area IT Pros, Register Now for Dayton IT Pro Camp Wed., Jan., 18, 2012

    The Dayton IT Pro Camp is a FREE , daylong Camp for IT Pros featuring Microsoft Cloud Technologies. During the day, we will have presentations on Hyper-V, SharePoint, Office365 and Azure. In addition, we will have a cloud security presentation and presentations from the Vendors who have agreed to support...
  • Blog Post: Interview: How do you think about Search in your Enterprise?

    Welcome to another on the street interview!!!!! While traveling in Ohio a few weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down with James Lakes to talk about search and where does he see it fit in an enterprise. We also talked briefly about Microsoft Search Server, look to this blog next week for some great screencasts...
  • Blog Post: Another Great Search Interview

    I hope everyone has had to change to check out some the recent news around search as well as check out my screencast on Tafiti . I just recently received an email from J. Nicholas Hoover who did another interview with Satya Nadella, Microsoft senior VP. They talked about the search market and where Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: An In-Depth Look at SharePoint Server 2007 Search Technology: Webcast (12-17-2007)

    Good afternoon all my search aficionados!!!! Thank you for attending the search webcast and I hope you found it interesting. We had some great questions from the webcast and I have the answers below. Before I get to those I wanted to share some resources with you: Resources: Webcast resource page: Event...
  • Blog Post: What will the future hold for the Search Engine battle?

    It may not be Google and it even may not even be any search engine that we know of today. I just read a good article on Newsweek by David H. Freedman that talked about the current state of the search engine market. It even took a look into the future to see how engines are changing and even people will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Product Guide screencast - Search Part 3

    Welcome to the last part in the mini 3 part series. This is also happens to be my last Windows Vista Product Guide screencast! Unless you want more, and all you have to do is ask, and I will see what I can do, either drop a comment here or send me an email. So what part did I leave for last, as you can...
  • Blog Post: New Search Federation Articles on MSDN

    Attention all Search enthusiasts and developers. We have published two great papers on search, specifically on search federation! You can check them out below: Creating a Custom Federated Search Web Part with a Credentials UI This article describes how to create federated web parts that collect user...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires FAST

    Hello all of my search junkies, I have a great announcement to share, Microsoft is looking to acquire FAST.  This is an important step that not only shows how Microsoft is investing but also how important Enterprise Search is you and your business.  As with past acquisitions Microsoft will...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Does your company have an Enterprise Search Strategy?

    Good evening all of my search jedi's  :-) I heard a great analyst, Matthew Brown , from Forrester talk about how important it is a to have a strategy and he did a very good job defining the steps to developing the strategy.  There is a great brief summary of the article at documentmedia.com...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Your Digital Identity- Make Sure you have a Web Presence

    This is the last part of the 5 part interview with David Meerman Scott . David shares the critical importance of having a presence on the web, as Social Wendy defines it Your Digital Identity.  Conversation at SXSW with Social Wendy and myself. Part 1 is located here: Interview: Social Marketing...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...