SharePoint Daily for August 19, 2008

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Top News Stories
SharePoint Technical Conference Announced (SD Times)
It started out as a tool for collaboration. But Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Windows SharePoint Services have moved to the very heart of the enterprise, involving developers, systems administrators and executives alike in the creation and deployment of new business solutions.

An International Success (The Star Online)
Thousands of IT professionals, developers, system architects and technical decision makers attended this year’s Microsoft Tech.Ed South-East Asia show.

Software as a Service Gets a Second Chance (ComputerWeekly)
It’s not often that you get a second chance in IT: a failed technology is about as enticing as fish that’s passed its sell-by date. But software as a service (SaaS) seems to be the exception that proves the rule. This year, the business of providing hosted applications delivered via a web browser to users paying a monthly subscription has begun to take off.

Why Vista is ‘Universally Hated’ and Other Training Truths (DANIWEB)
Microsoft products have always presented a paradox for organizations. On one hand they seem to be universally derided. On the other, they remain the corporate standard. Open source, SaaS/online and other alternatives have had a hard time gaining widespread traction in large organizations. That’s partly because companies would likely rather deal with the devil they know, a de facto standard, rather than something else, and partly due to institutional inertia.

Dell Loses Bid for ‘Cloud Computing’ Trademark (PCWorld)
Dell cannot register “cloud computing” as a trademark because the term is a generic one describing services offered by many companies, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has said in an initial ruling.

Around the Blogosphere
What is a “Best Practice”? (Bill English Blog)
In advance of our Best Practices Conference, Mark Schneider has asked the most obvious and basic question: What is a best practice? In his post, he discusses his answer to this question. It is worth reading before you come to the conference.

The Great Debate: SharePoint Designer vs. Custom Site Definitions (BinaryWave)
I often get asked about the pros and cons of using SharePoint Designer versus custom site definitions for branding purposes. There seems to be a great deal of confusion surrounding this topic so I’ll offer my two cent’s worth in hopes that it clears the air and helps you, the SharePoint developer or administrator, make a more informed decision on which to use and where.

The Sanity Point (SharePoint Blogs)
Welcome to the first installment of my “Share the…” series! With the advent of Microsoft Office 2007, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), integration between client and server is even better than ever. Each article in this series will focus on some way that an Office System client works better with SharePoint. Today I’m going to talk about PowerPoint, and how the new MOSS 2007 Slide Library takes it to the next level.

Who’s Leading the SharePoint Revolution? Rock stars of Course ;) (Bamboo Nation)
Back in March, Bamboo Solutions made a nice splash at the 2008 SharePoint Conference in Seattle with our SharePoint Revolution campaign.  I think people understand that there truly is a revolution in progress.  The social constructs of Web 2.0 are quietly infilitrating the enterprise, changing the way that people work together, providing major gains to the productivity of the average information worker.  The SharePoint platform is one of the primary catalysts of this phenomenon.

SharePoint Development Best Practices – Checklist (Footprint of IT)
Today, I came across a checklist for SharePoint Custom Solution Code Acceptance. I reckon this checklist (modified if necessary) should be part of your test plans if your SharePoint Project needs custom solution bits. Code acceptance checklist outlines best practices for security, session management, validation, sensitive data, exception handling, Web parts, documentation, general software development.

Press Releases
Guidance Software Introduces Groundbreaking Search, Collection, and Processing Capabilities in Latest Release of EnCase(R) eDiscovery (MarketWatch)
Guidance Software Inc. the World Leader in Digital Investigations(TM), today announced groundbreaking in-house eDiscovery processing capabilities, new connectors for leading archiving and content management solutions and a new work-flow driven interface in version 3.1 of its industry-leading EnCase(R) eDiscovery solution.

SharePoint Events
August 19, Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
August 19, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
August 19, Perth, Australia, Perth SharePoint Users Group
August 19, Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas, DFW SharePoint community
August 19, Tallahassee, Florida, Tallahassee SPEED
August 20, Houston, Texas, Houston’s SharePoint User Group
August 20, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
August 20, Indianapolis, Indiana, SharePoint Users of Indiana
August 20, Jordan, Jordan 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 21, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
August 25-29, Sydney, Australia, SharePoint August Training Summit
August 26, San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio SharePoint User Group
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
August 26, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
August 26, Sydney Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
August 27, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
August 27, Melbourne, Australia, MOSSIG
August 27, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington SharePoint User Group
August 28, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Pros
August 28, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland SharePoint User Group

September 1-3, Auckland City, New Zealand, TechEd New Zealand
September 2, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
September 3-5, San Francisco, California, Office2.0 Conference
September 4, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
September 4, Kansas City, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
September 8-9, Stockholm, Sweden, SharePoint & Exchange Forum
September 11, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
September 11, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
September 12, Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane SharePoint Usergroup
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

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

* Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event in our listing.

Microsoft Updates
Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package: June 5, 2008 (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 issues that are fixed in the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package that is dated June 5, 2008.

MS08-043: Description of the security update for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: August 12, 2008 (KBAlertz)
Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-043. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

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