James Akrigg .:. Out of Office

  • 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...
  • Playing on a 5 ½ inch pitch...

    I liked this phrase so much I had to share it. The saying 'Playing on a 5 ½ inch pitch' (that's 13.75cm for the more modern measurer) refers to the space between your ears where your brain is located. Now for those that know me you will know that sporting...
  • Today’s Special - ‘The Blog Frog’.

    In a recent article for 'Partner Perspectives' I promised to talk about why I had been blogless for so long. I have to be honest; I started out being a little sceptical about the whole notion of blogging. I had conversations with many people that blog...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Technologies - Today > Tomorrow > Futures Pt.4

    .: Presentation notes :. SharePoint, SharePoint, SharePoint... That's all you would hear me talk about during my first six years at Microsoft.  Now in it's third version it has become the fastest growth product in Microsoft's product history reaching...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Out of Office : Meet my new assistant

    I recently created a demo machine with Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta 2 TR (Technical Refresh) on a server with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and was impressed with the improvements made in the new 'Out of Office' assistant. I had heard that we were making...
  • 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...
  • SharePoint : “There’s no point if you don’t share!”

    I have started to receive feedback via comments on my blog and true to my word I am responding. In my previous post on 'Geek Gland Training' I posted information for training on Office 2007, Exchange 2007 and Windows Vista but I also tagged the post as...
  • Refreshed! Microsoft Office 2007

    The Technical Refresh for Microsoft Office Beta 2 is now available. Get it now http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/beta/getthebeta.mspx If you are currently using Microsoft Office 2003 you can install side-by-side with your existing Office installation...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...