SharePoint Daily for July 31, 2008

By Chris DooleyNo Comments

I’d like to take a minute to bring to your attention a particularly time-sensitive item. Today at noon (EST), SharePoint MVP Bob Mixon will be hosting a FREE webinar called Findability: Tools and Technology Alone is not the Answer. Today’s webinar is the first in a six-part series focusing on various SharePoint challenges. I have seen a little of what will be discussed, and think that all attendees will find the series to be very informative. Register fast as space is filling up quickly.

Top News Stories
Microsoft External Research Release Five New Tools to Students (ZDNet)
5 new tools have been created by Microsoft External Research, revealed at the Faculty Summit. Although some of these won’t be released as yet, they will be available soon – at the very latest autumn/fall later this year.These tools aimed at those in higher education and are designed to assist in research, authoring, or publishing; aimed at students and staff to create better work using existing Microsoft products, like Windows and Office 2007.

Desperately Seeking Enterprise Search (InfoWorld)
There’s a new search player in town that’s taking on the king of the mountain that is Google as well as the other big search engines, Yahoo and MSN. It’s called Cuil, pronounced “cool,” and it’s a Gaelic word for knowledge. Cuil’s strategy appears to be offering an even sparser entry point than Google delivers. (The black background takes me by surprise every single time … and I’m not comfortable with it.)

Software FX readies SharePoint, WPF Products (SD Times)
Component maker Software FX will release a bevy of new products before the end of the year, targeting Java, SharePoint and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Microsoft Exchange Online Beta Performs Well (eWeek)
Microsoft’s hosted Exchange offering is easy to configure, maintain and use, but it’s tied too tightly into Windows. In one of the most substantial incarnations of its software-plus-services model to date, Microsoft is preparing to throw its hat into an already-crowded ring of hosted Exchange providers.

Tzunami Announces a New Version of Tzunami Deployer for Sharepoint 2003 Migration (MarketWatch)
Tzunami Inc., the pioneers and one of the leading providers of content migration technologies announced today the release of the latest version of its Tzunami Deployer for SharePoint 2003 Migration.

Around the Blogosphere
Get Thee to a SharePoint User Group! (Paul Galvin’s SharePoint Space)
In the last two weeks, I attended the New Jersey SharePoint user group and the newly formed New York SharePoint Developers user group (as opposed to the more established New York SharePoint user group).

Using SharePoint to Avoid a Costly Corporate Re-Organization (Mark Schneider)
A large corporation stood on the verge of a costly and politically dangerous re-organization.  With a dozen independent HR departments representing as many subsidiaries, there was no good way to streamline HR information across the entire enterprise.  It seemed necessary to merge all the HR departments into one HR “shared service,” but this would be an organizational nightmare.

Our new site goes live – focusing on Agile SharePoint Development (21apps)
We have been working hard over the past few weeks to bring our site up to date. It started life as a simple Blogger site and has seen a few minor tweaks and changes over the past 18 months but we had found our needs have moved beyond what a pure blog can offer.

So *That’s* What a List View Web Part Is (Mike Walsh’s WSS and more)
There was recently a forum message giving the address of a Microsoft article on connecting web parts which I checked out before marking that reply as an Answer. While I was checking it ( out, I noticed a link to an article on List View web part. (Bill English Blog)
I want to encourage everyone to add Mark Schneider’s blog to your list of blogs to read. Mark has some pretty good ideas about governance and taxonomies for SharePoint. Please find his blog at

BlueThread and K2 for SharePoint 3 part Video Series (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
Microsoft Partners BlueThread and K2 have come together to in partnership to offer clients one of the most compelling solutions around application delivery on the SharePoint platform to date. While I was in Tampa I had the opportunity to see a number of applications they have delivered and it got me very excited. Here was a powerful solution that is exactly what so many of my own customers have called for.

Press Releases
Comodo Adds Two Factor (TF) Authentication Support For Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access And Sharepoint Applications (TechWhack)
Comodo, a global leader in Identity and Trust Assurance Management solutions, announced that it has extended its Two Factor Authentication solution so that now it supports Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access and SharePoint server applications, two of the most widely used email and collaboration platforms on the market today.

SharePoint Events
August 5, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group August Meetup
August 6, New York, NY, NYC Sharepoint User Group
August 7, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
August 7, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
August 7, Arlington, VA, The SharePoint Users Group
August 13, Jordan, Jordan SharePoint User Group
August 14, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
August 19, Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas, DFW SharePoint community
August 20, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
August 21, Columbus, Ohio, COSPUG Meeting
August 21, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
August 21, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore SharePoint Users Group
August 25-29, Sydney, Australia, SharePoint August Training Summit
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
August 27, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
August 27, Melbourne, Australia, MOSSIG

September 4, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 20/21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10

October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.

Microsoft Knowledge Base
You receive alerts for every file that is uploaded to a document library in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or in SharePoint Server 2007, although you set up alerts by using a filter for the custom view (KBAlertz)
Although you set up alerts by using a filter for the custom view on a SharePoint document library in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you receive alerts for every file that is uploaded to the document library. You expect to receive alerts for only the files that match the filter criteria.

You cannot change the master page that is associated with a specific page layout in SharePoint Designer 2007 (KBAlertz)
In Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, you try to change the master page that is associated with a specific page layout. To do this, you try to click Master Page on the Format menu. However, the commands on the Format menu are unavailable. Therefore, you cannot change the master page that is associated with a specific page layout.

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