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  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying SharePoint

    One of the greatest things that don't happen at most corporate IT departments is giving back to the community and communicating best practices. Microsoft is one of the few companies that invest heavily in IT R&D so that it is an active partner in solving the business's problems and is able to create...
  • Blog Post: Hosted Microsoft Services on the Cheap? Yes Please!

    There has never been a better time for hosted business software!  Software available today isn’t the same stuff that was offered by vendors ten years ago.  In fact, the notion that hosted software lacks in customization and integration are things of the past.  Microsoft’s latest foray...
  • Blog Post: Documentum and FileNet Connectors for SharePoint Released

      The links went live on May 23rd: - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for EMC Documentum - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for IBM FileNet We also have tutorial videos set up – you can view them at: - ESIC2008 for DCTM tutorial : - ESIC2008 for FileNet tutorial :  ...
  • Blog Post: February Live Webcasts from Microsoft

    TechNet Webcast: Network Considerations for Deploying Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300) Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time Desmond Lee, Senior Consultant, Winworkers Switzerland http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439126&Culture=en-US...
  • Blog Post: Index PDFs Lightning Fast with Foxit's PDF iFilter

    iFilters are like plugins for search products that extend the functionality of the indexing service.  Windows Indexing Service, MSN Desktop Search, Internet Information Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), Site Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and all other products...
  • Blog Post: Wildcard Search in MOSS 2007 and MSS 2008

    I know a few of you who attended my presentation on Search Server 2008 had questions regarding wildcard search capabilities. Sammy Jankis sums up SharePoint's wildcard search functionality pretty well. After reading his article if you find that you want a more robust solution, Mondosoft 's Ontollica...
  • Blog Post: Improve SharePoint Developement Methodology with Microsoft Patterns & Practices

    Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the release of: Developing SharePoint Applications Guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your LOB systems In this e-mail: | Customer Value | What’s in Developing SharePoint Applications | Goals | Getting Started | Videos...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Patterns & Practices Guidance for November

    This guidance helps architects and developers design, build, test, deploy, and upgrade SharePoint intranet applications. A reference implementation that is named the Contoso Training Management application demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and deployment challenges. This guidance...
  • Blog Post: What’s New In SharePoint 2010

    There is a lot of noise in the SharePoint world post SharePoint Conference 2009 and PDC.  I’m getting hammered for requests regarding briefings and overviews of the product so I thought I should just make my slides available.  Check it out!   Share Point 2010 Product Overview BETA View...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with Error Code 1603 for .NET 3.5 Deployments

    This blog post has some tips.  If you produce a verbose log file during the .NET 3.5 update, it would help in debugging the situation.  I have to state that for this issue, it would be best if you contact Microsoft Support through whatever support channels you typically use.  Until then...
  • Blog Post: London TechNet Event Presentation and Resources

    Thank you all who attended the London TechNet event, Beyond SharePoint: Advanced Solutions in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Search. Please follow this link to download the attached PDF of my presentation around Microsoft Search Server 2008.  Please send me any questions you might have around...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

    Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti , the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it's like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.   Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • Blog Post: The Only Office 2007 SP2 Blog Post You Need to Read

    Credit goes to Gray Knowlton for writing this very comprehensive post on the service pack release.  Notable features include: ODF 1.1 support Saving in PDF and XPS File Format Converter Improved Outlook Performance (back ported from Outlook 14) Better Smart Art Rendering Performance Download Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – View, Edit, and Collaborate Anytime Anywhere with SharePoint Workspace

    Pilot SharePoint Workspace! Ever open your computer, ready to work from home, and realize you forgot to download that one crucial SharePoint document? Work on any teams where emailing version after version of a document takes up half of everyone’s inbox? Try out SharePoint Workspace 2010—it’s the new...
  • Blog Post: Saving Loads of Money With Groove

    During the London roadshow, a gentleman came up to me and asked about a solution to allow CAD designers to synchronize jobs across two branch offices. Basically his problem was that the ADSL connection between the offices was too slow to easily transfer large CAD files back and forth. Another problem...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Conference Day 1 – Keynote Bullet Points

    What a conference! 7400+ Attendees 150+ Breakout sessions, Hands On Labs, and Chalk Talks 7.5 Miles of Cat5 cable…ironically for the wifi connection The biggest party the Mandalay Bay has ever had! Excellent Bullet Points from Keynote session SharePoint Conference has started stronger than any conference...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Drops SharePoint Designer Price – Free as in Beer

    The SharePoint Team blog has detailed a great new announcement organizations looking to customize SharePoint deployments!  In a letter to SharePoint customers, the team stated: In response to this feedback, we are implementing a number of changes to promote and facilitate even more customization...
  • Blog Post: Interview on Open Source & Collaboration with Craig Murphy and Andy Westgarth

    Listen to the podcast where I get asked about my views on Microsoft’s collaboration story and commitment to the open source community.  This was a fantastic experience done late last March at the Windows Server 2008 launch.  If you listen, watch out for my “good save” when making references...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Conference Day 2 – IT Pro Overview of 2010

    While I’m really busy tweeting live at this conference, I read a great overview for IT Pros who are interested in SharePoint 2010.  I’m doing more of a dev focus for this conference so if you’re interested, follow me on Twitter @tarpara  See Natalya's post.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft = Facebook for the Enterprise

    A good friend of mine always used to mock me because I worked for Microsoft. Actually most of my friends did because for the last few years, Microsoft hasn't been on the bleeding-edge of "cool." Of course I never took them seriously because they were all non-technical business majors and investment bankers...
  • Blog Post: When Having OneNote Is Not A Good Idea

    Technorati Tags: Microsoft , OneNote , Office , Tips , SharePoint , Backup Since coming to Microsoft from academia, one of greatest products that no one in academia knows about is OneNote. I'm sure I'll be getting emails for the product teams saying how I'm an ignorant fool and that Microsoft has...
  • Blog Post: Documentum and FileNet Connector Testers Needed

    For those of you who have deployed or planning to deploy SharePoint Search or Search Server 2008 AND you are waiting for interoperability with Documentum or FileNet, please send me an email. We are looking for candidates who would be willing to provide feedback around: · Checking that installation...
  • Blog Post: Spend A Day with SQL Server and SharePoint Experts

    Spend a Day with the Experts: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint Date: Wednesday, 27th May Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (breakfast and registration begin at 8:00 a.m.) Location: Microsoft Office, Victoria, London We invite you to this full day seminar featuring SQL Server and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Register for SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas

    Microsoft is delighted to announce the SharePoint Conference 2009 - the premier worldwide conference dedicated to SharePoint and related technologies. There’s an exciting mix in the plans for this year. This year’s conference will be looking towards the future with a broad array of deep content centered...