James Akrigg .:. Out of Office

  • Geek Gland Training : Archery

    Are you on target to having the right skills to develop the next generation solutions built on the new Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007? Would you like to get ready? Would you? Really? I've been asked about developing skills by ISV partners...
  • Tomorrow: Make History by Blogging

    Could you make history while blogging? Well you could if you take part in perhaps the worlds biggest blog called 'One Day in History' . For one day only ( 17th October 2006 ) you will be able to post your blog entry for that day. The idea being to capture...
  • Why Blogging is like going to the Gym!!

    It's been a busy time with Exchange 2007, Windows Vista and Office 2007 now complete.  The roadshow last week took me to five UK cities in as many days, it was fun and we met lots of great partners, but it left little time to go to the Gym or post to...
  • Are you running Windows Vista?

    I ask all Microsoft Partners this one question. "Are you running Windows Vista?". Why do I ask this question? I ask this question to better understand why our leading advisors to UK business on IT are not themselves gaining all the benefits from our latest...
  • I have SharePoint 2007, but am I managing it correctly?

    I had the pleasure of presenting at a couple of events last week that covered Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 . One of the most common questions was from customers who had installed SharePoint to evaluate it, but were not sure if it was setup...
  • 2.0 + 4 = 3.0??? .NET Framework confusion

    I have had a few conversations recently about developers not looking at .NET Framework 3.0 as they believe it is a completely new version of the .NET Framework. Well that is not strictly true and perhaps the version of the framework has confused a few...
  • It's Official: The 'blue monster' cartoon becomes ART!!

    I've just been catching up with the 'Geek in Disguise' blog over at Clayton Central and I was interested to read the post on Hugh MacLeod wanting to be hired by Microsoft . The fact that the cartoon is generating so much interest and so many varied views...
  • I don't believe in Coincidence but for £25,000 I could change my mind!

    WOW! This is a very clever idea and the fact that it's running in association with the XBOX 360 is very cool. As I mentioned in a previous post I'm not very well informed when it comes to sport. Normally Fantasy Leagues revolve around sport, mainly Football...
  • Missing in Action

    I am missing a few blog posts from the last couple of weeks, but on the plus side I have been in the thick of the action. I posted some time ago information about a tour we were about to undertake to meet partners across the UK to show Exchange, Vista...
  • A Welcome Return!

    It's been a while, but I'm back to show the ' big love ' (thanks Hugh for the inspiration) FYI: love as in L ive O ffice V ista and E xchange . Now I could start by giving a long list of excuses for not blogging including, UK Wide Tour of Exchange, Vista...
  • SharePoint Fab Forty Templates are now Ready!

    All forty SharePoint Services 3.0 Appliaction templates can now be downloaded. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5807b5ef-57a1-47cb-8666-78c1363f127d&DisplayLang=en These are great to help show how SharePoint can be used...
  • Microsoft : Serious about Search

    Today Microsoft announced that it has agreed to acquire Medstory who provides search services for health information. The first thing to note about this approach to search is that it has a very clear context (health information) which aids in much greater...
  • Hey! Great tips!!

    Are you getting the most from your recent upgrade to the 2007 Microsoft Office System ? It's a good question to ask. Are you using this latest release in exactly the same way you have used previous version of Office? Would you like to change and get more...
  • Ultimate Laptop but does it run Windows Vista Ultimate?

    I have been catching up on my blog reading and came across this post "Million dollar laptop coming from UK Luxury firm Luvaglio?" on the engadget site. The specification looks like the ultimate in bling, but no mention of it running the ideal operating...
  • Eyes Wide Open XML

    I've just read the post on Steve's blog about the whole Open XML debate and the issue about choice. I have always been a firm believer that having choice in our industry drives innovation in companies and keeps them honest and open to there customers...
  • Help! I need somebody..

    It's great to see we continue to listen and improve our benefits to Microsoft Partners . I often hear from partners that business is busy and they are growing at great speed, but finding skilled resource is very challenging. Well this may help at peak...
  • Help! Not Just Anybody...

    A new generation of Microsoft Certifications covering Technology, Professional and Architect roles are now published from the UK Learning site . The Technology Specialist certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish...
  • It's a new day, it's a new Office!

    If you have yet to look at Microsoft Office 2007 then now is the time. My team and I have been busy up and down the country meeting partners of Microsoft and customers listening to what they like most about Office 2007 and let me tell you there is a lot...
  • MIX07 Challenges Vegas Rule Number 1

    The number one rule in Vegas 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas' will never be the same again. The irony of blogger's from around the world getting together to talk about life as a blogger and early impressions of all that is MIX07 was very interesting...
  • The Katmai is out of the bag! SQL Server Futures Announced!

    First see the Jeff Raikes Business Intelligence keynote then get key information from the following resources. 1) Read the Press Release 2) Get the Data Sheet 3) Head over the SQL Futures site Data will never be the same again.... James Akrigg
  • Step out from the cold and into Microsoft Enterprise Search

    I have had a technical focus for sometime on Microsoft Search technologies going back in time starting with Index Server, then onto Site Server and now working with the 3rd release of our SharePoint Search technologies. The basic principle of being...
  • It's good to be back...

    After a long time away from my blog I have decided to return to the blogsphere.  Why return and why now? I hear you ask.. Well there are a couple of things. 1) I was recently asked about blogging by a close friend who was looking for ways to express...
  • Microsoft Technologies - Today > Tomorrow > Futures Pt.1

    I had an idea following the recent regional partner events to publish information on my presentation in a slightly different way.  I know I can talk at a fast pace when there is so much information I wish to share and my passion for technology exudes...
  • Microsoft Technologies - Today > Tomorrow > Futures Pt.2

    So here we are with the next part of the presentation... .: Presentation notes :. Looking at where we have come from and where we are today is a good place to start when beginning to think about changes for the future.  John C Maxwell wrote a book...
  • Microsoft Technologies - Today > Tomorrow > Futures Pt.3

      .: Presentation notes :. The turning point in user experiences with software is here.  The transition from text based user interfaces to graphical user interfaces has been long and challenging.  The Net Gen is far more aware of what makes...