Even More SharePoint 2010 News; SPC09 Day 3; Windows 7 Hits the Street

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Microsoft SharePoint VP hails ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Software Platform (InfoWorld)
Microsoft this week rolled out the red carpet for the upcoming SharePoint 2010 collaboration platform. This release offers tight integration with the Visual Studio 2010 platform and a host of other functions such as offline support. SharePoint Server 2010 goes into a beta release next month. This week’s Microsoft SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas sold out, attracting 7,400 persons. During the conference, InfoWorld editor at large Paul Krill talked with Jeff Teper, Microsoft corporate vice president of SharePoint Server, about the new release and its relationship to the open source movement, as well as other aspects of the platform.

Q&A: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On SharePoint 2010 (InformationWeek)
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the company’s 2009 SharePoint conference in Las Vegas to talk up new directions and new features of SharePoint 2010, including more opportunities for end users to develop applications in SharePoint, the use of SharePoint as a customer-facing Web front end, and a continued push to deliver SharePoint as a service.

Platform Theme Emerges with SharePoint 2010 (NetworkWorld)
SharePoint is evolving beyond its server application role to become a full-fledged platform that could provide IT and developers alike with a powerful Internet tool while giving Microsoft new leverage against operating system foes, according to end users, analysts and partners.

SharePoint Pioneer Looks Back on the Beginning, Scouts the Future (NetworkWorld)
Everyone knows him as “SharePoint Joel,” the first-ever SharePoint administrator for Microsoft’s IT department. Joel Oleson is now a senior product architect for Quest Software but he has fond memories of his days working with a project that would grow to become SharePoint. And humble beginnings they were, with a server running under a desk and a data center manager who wanted nothing to do with the code running on his environment.

Office 2010 Web Apps Technical Preview Access Expanded (Softpedia)
Microsoft is opening up access to the Cloud-based components of the Office 2010 System. September 17th, marked the second Technical Preview development milestone associated with Office 2010. However, this time around Microsoft was not introducing a new testing build of the productivity suite, but unveiling to a limited pool of testers the Could components associated with Office 2010. In mid-September 2009, the software giant launched the Office Web Apps Technical Preview.

Enterprise Search From A Collaborative View: Google, Box.net and Microsoft SharePoint (Read Write Enterprise)
Wikis, micro-blogs and collaboration technologies get a lot of attention for their use in the enterprise but one need remains constant. Search. Who wins the search battle will come home with a lot of prizes and big wins in the enterprise. Search may even prove to be a differentiation for companies that are choosing collaboration platforms.

Microsoft’s Bing Adds Twitter Search (Update: Google will too) (The Washington Post)
Bing, Microsoft’s surprisingly useful search engine, launched a new option focused on Twitter today. Bing’s addition–described at length on the site’s blog–aims to help users sift through the stream of posts constantly bubbling up on the popular “micro-blogging” site. Unlike Twitter’s own search feature, it parses both the text of a tweet and any links, and it displays the domain names of pages linked to with condensed links. But don’t expect to use Bing’s latest tool to dig up your first tweet; by design, it only indexes the past seven days’ worth of Twittering.

Hope for the Federal Cloud? (Internet News)
On the technology front, one of the more ambitious undertakings of the Obama administration has been the promise to migrate the federal government’s sprawling computing infrastructure to the cloud. Here at the AlwaysOn DC conference, a panel of private-sector technologists knee-deep in the effort praised the administration for its effort while also noting how daunting the challenge will be.

Windows 7 Hits the Market (CNET)
Although the official U.S. launch event is still some hours away, Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system has hit the market, going on sale in a number of countries across the globe. Executives from Microsoft have fanned out to celebrate the launch of the company’s core product upon which the rest of Redmond’s empire has been built. The software giant is counting on favorable reviews and new features to help Windows rebuilt its image in the face of a disappointing response to Windows Vista.

Twenty-Three Years of Wacky Windows Launches (PC World)
Later today in New York City, Microsoft will be hosting its Windows 7 launch event. I won’t be there, but I have a good excuse: I decided to stay home in San Francisco and go to the last day of the Web 2.0 Summit to see Tim Berners-Lee speak. I hope everyone who makes the trek has a good time, but I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that nothing transpires that leaves me kicking myself for not attending. (Microsoft plans to stream the event live starting at 11am EDT, so those of us who aren’t there can check in on the festivities.)

Around the Blogosphere
Please Backup SharePoint – A Bang From Behind (Andy Dale SharePoint Blog)
Last Friday, whilst I was parked admiring the pleasant views of Evesham and eating my slightly limp ham sandwich, I was startled by a sudden unexpected bang to my rear. A lady of ‘advancing years’ had unfortunately clipped the back of the car and within minutes we were exchanging insurance details and assessing the damage. As the lady was fully insured there was no need to panic as everything was covered, but I started thinking what if she had been one of those many UNINSURED drivers?

SharePoint Conference 2009: Day 3 (AskSharePoint.com )
Today started with a very good session on Governance.  This session was not only applicable to SharePoint 2010, but also to MOSS 2007.

SharePoint 2010 – New Shared Services (SharePoint Team)
With SharePoint 2010 around the corner, I thought I’d provide a brief overview of the NEW Shared Service model. That is, how the Shared Service Provider (SSP) from SharePoint 2007 has fundamentally changed for SharePoint 2010. So, what’s this “Service” thing you’re on about?

SharePoint 2010 Data View Web Part Enhancements (SharePoint Solutions Team Blog)
At the SharePoint Conference today I sat in on a session titled “Creating Data-Centric Composite Applications Using SharePoint Designer 2010”.  This session was presented by Dustin Miller and he did a good job with it.  But, due to the title of the session I was somewhat surprised when it became apparent that it was all about the new version of the venerable Data View Web Part (DVWP).  I guess when Microsoft uses the new lingo “composites” you can’t always assume that it is referring to a new feature of SharePoint 2010.

SharePoint: A View to a Kill (End User SharePoint)
SharePoint can be a nagging fellow, especially if you begin to stray from any “out of the box” solution. The crux of the problem is usually that you are asked to go out of the box to create columns, content types and views. A wide range of SharePoint experts will always say, “If you can do without coding or SharePoint Designer you are saving yourself possible headaches down the road.”

SPC: Better Together Collaboration with SharePoint 2010, Office 2010 & More (SharePoint 2010)
I wrapped up day three of the SPC with Microsoft SharePoint Technical Product Manager Dave Pae’s Better Together session.  Dave began his session with a brief review of SharePoint 2007 investments to lay the foundation before he moved on to 2010 investments.  Dave stated that his goal was to provide a tour of SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 integration, and he delivered on that promise in spades.

SharePoint 2010 Rock Band integration (The Bamboo Team Blog)
It has been “a lot” of music here at SPC 09 read Steve’s review of “Hip to be Square”. Tonight there was a Rock Band competition. Overall it was fun but the remaining impression for me is that Joel Oleson is really a Rock Star . His rendition of Journeys “Anything You Want It” really impressed me (seriously). Here are some photos of the performance, sorry for the bad quality. For whatever reason he choose Neil Schons hair. [;)]

SPC: Customizing Enterprise Wikis in SharePoint 2010 with Gail Jacoby & Ted Pattison (SharePoint 2010)
Opting for back-to-back sessions on customization this morning, I followed Heather Solomon’s excellent session on customizing and branding My Sites with an equally informative session on customizing enterprise wikis presented by Gail Jacoby and Ted Pattison.  In his informal introductory remarks, Ted asked “how many fans of SharePoint Designer (SPD) do we have here?”  With a reasonably satisfactory response from the crowd, Ted went on to state as a goal for the session to have “you leave here today thinking you don’t even need Visual Studio.”

SPC: Customizing & Branding My Sites in SharePoint 2010 with Heather Solomon (SharePoint 2010)
SharePoint branding rock star Heather Solomon triumphed over a series of unfortunate display problems with her demo to deliver a superb session on customizing and branding My Sites in SharePoint 2010.  After a brief high-level overview of the changes to My Sites in 2010 (contrary to what appears to be the Microsoft party line, Heather refers to the Profile as just one component of a user’s My Site), and acknowledgment of the importance of the social features embedded throughout 2010, Heather dived straight into the customizing and branding the My Site in 2010.

SharePoint Job Listings**
SharePoint Administrator/Information Systems Analyst – Daytona Beach, FL
The SharePoint Administrator/Information Systems Analyst will have the opportunity to work on strategic projects that will help drive the company forward. This position is a partnership with business and process owners to identify and refine reporting and analysis requirements. With the assistance of key stakeholders the SharePoint Administrator/IS Analyst will use the identified requirements to help design and implement a custom and productive enterprise wide reporting infrastructure.

SharePoint Administrator – Los Angeles, CA
SharePoint Administrator needed for a major company located in the downtown Los Angeles area.  The SharePoint Administrator is responsible for the planning, design, installation, configuration, and maintenance of the Enterprise-wide Windows SharePoint Server environment.  Qualified candidate will work with various departments and groups to define, create and manage their sites as well as the development of site templates.  The Administrator will work closely with the Supervisor of Enterprise Messaging to develop a strategy for optimal use and integration of SharePoint and other collaborative tools within the firm.

Microsoft Updates
Emails Generated By SharePoint Workflows Contain Invalid Hyperlinks (Microsoft)
Emails generated by workflows contain invalid hyperlinks for any resource that exists within the same web application.

Bamboo Partner Events*
October 22, Waltham, Massachusetts, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions – DataLan
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management – DataLan

November 4, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, and Biotech – DataLan
November 10, New York, New York, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions – DataLan
November 12, New York, New York, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites – DataLan
November 18, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint – Business Process Automation and Workflow Design – DataLan
November 19, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Financial Services Firms – DataLan
November 19, Sacramento, California, SharePoint – Key Features – Kiefer Consulting Inc.

December 3, New York, New York, SharePoint Winter Expo 2009 – DataLan
December 9, Online, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management – DataLan
December 10, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites – DataLan

SharePoint Events**
October 19-22, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Conference 2009
October 22, Waltham, Massachusetts, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions
October 26, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
October 28, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
October 28, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
October 28, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
October 28, Online, Project Management Using SharePoint Webinar
October 29, Online, Project Management Using SharePoint Webinar
October 29, Online, ‘What’s New from Bamboo?’ Webinar
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
October 31, Cape Town, South Africa, SharePoint Saturday

November 4, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, and Biotech
November 7, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, SharePoint Saturday
November 7, Raleigh, North Carolina, SharePoint Saturday
November 7, Redmond, Washington, SharePoint Saturday
November 10, New York, New York, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions
November 12, New York, New York, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites
November 14, Cleveland, Ohio, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, Melbourne, Australia, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, San Antonio, Texas, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, Tampa, Florida, SharePoint Saturday
November 16-17, Stockholm, Sweden, SharePoint & Exchange Forum 2009
November 18, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint – Business Process Automation and Workflow Design
November 19, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Financial Services Firms
November 19, Sacramento, California, SharePoint – Key Features
November 21, Birmingham, Alabama, SharePoint Saturday
November 21, Phoenix, Arizona, SharePoint Saturday
November 21, Richmond, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday

December 3, New York, New York, SharePoint Winter Expo 2009
December 9, Online, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
December 10, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites
December 12, Kansas City, Kansas, SharePoint Saturday

January 9, Virginia Beach, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday

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