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Microsoft SharePoint Security Concerns Surface (VNUNet)
Most business managers have little visibility into their Microsoft SharePoint environments, and believe that the collaboration tool could put them at risk of data theft, according to new research from enterprise provisioning firm Courion.
We Release SharePoint Report 2009 (CMSWatch)
I’m excited to announce the latest version of our SharePoint research, the SharePoint Report 2009. With this latest edition, we recognize that SharePoint has moved beyond a simple product, and beyond even a platform, to become a vibrant but often beguiling ecosystem of 3rd-party suppliers, consultancies, and integrators. In the report, we evaluate twenty-two SharePoint software partners. The latest edition also identifies best practices for enterprise architectures and governance.
Microsoft Spoiling for a Red Hat Fight With Web Apps on Linux (CNET)
Microsoft is apparently going to support Firefox and Safari with its upcoming Office Web Applications (and, hence, Windows alternatives like Mac OS X and Linux). Yes, those using Internet Explorer and Silverlight will have an enhanced experience, but this is an exceptional step forward for Microsoft, and is smart business for Microsoft.
Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Live Services, Silk Road Project (Redmond Channel Partner)
Microsoft went “Live”-crazy on Thursday, announcing plans to roll out updates to its Windows Live services and Windows Live Essentials offerings, which are aimed at consumer users. On the developer side, Microsoft exec Satya Nadella told PubCon attendees in Las Vegas today about the latest in Live Search developer tools for Web site search optimization.
Google, Microsoft: Beware Blind Spots in the Corporate Cloud (Google Watch)
When you ask programmers who left Microsoft for Google, they will often say Microsoft lacks native Web speakers. Google would have you think that it symbolizes cloud computing par excellence, while Microsoft is plodding.
Lesson 2: Accessing SharePoint Sites (Network World)
In this lesson you will learn about the browsers that are most compatible with SharePoint, learn some tips about configuring IE 7.0 for optimal use with SharePoint, how to create a network location for a SharePoint site, and some tips for quickly navigating to SharePoint sites of interest.
Windows Vista, Office 2007 Planned For 30,000 U.S. Military PCs (Information Week)
It might not be the most popular operating system with civilians, but that’s not stopping the U.S. Department of Defense from embracing Windows Vista. Military IT technicians on Friday will start the process of upgrading about 30,000 personal computers used by Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel on the Korean peninsula from Windows XP to Windows Vista, according to an official military publication.
Watson Sends Partners a Letter on the Economy and Azure (Redmond Channel Partner)
Allison Watson, Microsoft corporate vice president for the Worldwide Partner Group, sent Microsoft Partner Program members a letter via e-mail this morning about the economy and the Azure Services Platform, two topics that are top of mind for the Microsoft channel right now. The text of Watson’s letter is below:
Windows Live Gets More Lively (eWeek)
News Commentary. Early this morning, Microsoft formally unveiled the major deliverables for what has been called Windows Live Wave 3. Microsoft is building on principles first articulated in 2005. In Washington, D.C., I remember meeting several MSN product managers who laid out a simple but profound approach: Connect people to whom they know. Recognizing that most blogs and photo shares wouldn’t be seen by most people, Microsoft started building infrastructure that would extend relationships. The vast Internet might not care about your blog, but your friends or family certainly might.
Windows 7 Features Today with These Hacks (GottaBeMobile)
Maybe you’re getting excited about Windows 7, and maybe you’d like to get in on some of the action. Well, if you’d like to try out a few of the features here’s something to take a look at. Paul Thurrott on The Supersite for Windows Blog has a list of three hacks that will let you in on three features of Windows 7 long before we even seen a public beta.
Around the Blogosphere
Customizing Search Series – Creating the Custom Results Page (SharePoint Magazine)
This is the fifth article within the Customizing Search Series. This article continues to build out the customization of search using a new content source based on the BDC. When we previously setup a custom scope, we left the target search page as the default. Now, we will create a new search results page for the client scope which will then be used to customize the actual rendering of the search results.
SPDisposeCheck tool for SharePoint Developers (Shared Points for SharePoint…)
SPDisposeCheck is a tool for analyzing your code and discover SPWeb objects that haven’t been properly disposed. I have been using it for a while and it has been very useful. Just run it from the command line, providing the assembly to be analyzed as a parameter. Read more at Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog.
Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library Released (Bob Fox’s SharePoint Blog)
Microsoft today released a new tech library for us ITPros you can download it here. See i bet all you guys and gals were thinking they only cared about those pesky developers…. They like us… They really really like us
Understanding Calendar Columns in a SharePoint List Calendar View (SharePoint Solutions Blog)
Last week, one of my students asked me about the Calendar Columns when creating a Calendar View on a SharePoint list. In the particular exercise we were doing, all the columns were set exactly the same. Although this was a good choice for the task at hand, it didn’t demonstrate how the different options show up differently in the monthly, weekly, and daily views. To understand this, you really need to see it with screenshots, so here is an example.
Should You Really Demo SharePoint by Installing (Only) Search Server 2008 Express? (Mike Walsh’s WSS and more)
Search Server 2008 Express is based on SharePoint v3 but to take that fact and draw the conclusion that you should use it when you are showing a company what it is possible to do with SharePoint is in my opinion taking things way too far. The reason for me even mentioning this is that I saw a couple of days ago a blog item from someone who claimed that they had abandoned using WSS 3.0 for proof-of-concepts at prospective SharePoint users but nowadays always used Search Server 2008 Express.
Search Resources – SUGUK and PDC 2008 (Penny Coventry)
I really am getting excited about the amount of information now available about Search and SharePoint. SharePoint Server 2007 was a powerful search engine when it RTM’d back in November 2006, since then Microsoft have purchased FAST; and Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 and SharePoint Server 2008 Express (MSSX) have been released. The extra functionality available in MSS can be introduced into SharePoint Server 2007, when you install the Infrastructure Update.
Who Has Approval Rights on a List or Library? (EndUser SharePoint)
The question of the day comes from Jennifer at Stump the Panel: When Content Approval is enabled for a doc. library or list who is considered the Approver? Is it possible to change the Approver?
Editing Columns in a SharePoint Document Library Redux (SharePoint Blank)
One of the unanticipated effects of Mark Miller’s recent (and much appreciated) plugging of SharePoint Blank over in EndUser SharePoint has been the sharp uptick in the number of questions that I’ve been fielding in the comments section of older blog entries. Unfortunately, quite a few of these questions rolled in over the past few days while I was, far more unfortunately, out of the office due to a death in the family. I’m honored to be asked these types of questions, especially since there’s an implied assumption that I might actually know the answers. Sometimes I do know the answers, but I’m a card-carrying end user whose SharePoint learning is a day-to-day process, so I generally don’t know the answer off the top of my head. I am, however, more than happy to seek out the answer for you, and the fact that doing so also increases my own SharePoint knowledge is the icing on the cake. Thus, I’ll be dedicating the next few days to playing catch-up on my backlog of questions, diligently researching the questions and, to the best of my ability, documenting my findings here.
Error message when you execute common searches in an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site: Turn on more accessible mode Skip to main content Turn off more accessible mode – Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (KBAlertz)
When you execute common searches in an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, you receive the following error message: Turn on more accessible mode Skip to main content Turn off more accessible mode.
MS08-069: Description of the security update for the 2007 Office servers: November 11, 2008 – Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (KBAlertz)
Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-069. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:
November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 15-16, Sydney, Australia, Office DevCon
November 18, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
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November 19, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
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November 20, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
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November 22, Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore SharePoint User Group Code Camp
November 25, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
November 25, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
November 25, Online, The Basics of Content Types in SharePoint 2007
November 26, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
December 2, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
December 2, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
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December 2, San Diego, California, San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting
December 3, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
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December 9, Tampa, Florida, TOGA User Group Meeting
December 10, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
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December 10, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
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December 11, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
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December 18, Online, Bamboo Recent Product Releases
January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon
February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
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