Microsoft Talks with News Corp., Office 2010 Shows the Cloud Will Dominate, Everything You Need to Know About Chrome OS

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Microsoft, News Corp. In Early Talks on Web Deal (The Wall Street Journal)
News Corp. has held discussions with Microsoft Corp. about a partnership that could result in News Corp. removing its newspaper content from Google Inc.’s search engine while continuing to feature it on Microsoft’s online properties, according to people familiar with the matter.  The talks are still at a very early stage and may not result in a deal, according to these people. Among the most thorny issues, one of these people said, are the terms under which Microsoft would compensate News Corp., if at all, to feature its news content, which ranges from The Wall Street Journal to the Sun of the U.K.

Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure (ZDNet)
Microsoft launched Windows Azure, its cloud-based services offering at the recent Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, described Windows Azure and SQL Azure as core elements of the company’s cloud services strategy. Now that the dust has settled a bit, it’s time to look at this announcement a bit more closely. 

Chrome OS And The Microsoft Squeeze (TechCrunch.com)
Now that we’ve all actually seen Chrome OS, the immediate reaction that most are jumping to is that it won’t be killing Windows anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt Microsoft, and apply long-term pressure to the dominant OS. In fact, Google’s positioning for Chrome OS reads like a page out of Apple’s playbook, only the opposite.

Windows 7 Sales “Fantastic” Says Ballmer (ITProPortal)
Microsoft’s outspoken CEO Steve Ballmer was at his enthusiastic best as he spoke on Windows 7 sales and claimed that the company’s latest operating system upgrade has been outshining the sales of any of other flavours of Windows, including its not-so-popular Vista, by a significant margin.  In Microsoft’s annual Professional Developers conference, Ballmer tried to instill confidence in its shareholders by hailing the sales of Windows 7, which according to him, were ahead of its predecessor Windows Vista sales by a ratio of 2-to-1.

Microsoft’s Week: Azure and Office 2010 Show the Cloud Will Dominate (eWEEK.com)
Microsoft rolled out the beta of Office 2010 and other productivity software, and made some key announcements about its Windows Azure cloud platform, during the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles this week. Even as Microsoft moves to embrace the cloud, the release of Google Chrome OS to open source for developers on Nov. 19 suggests that Redmond may eventually have to think even further about the cloud–and ways it could potentially move parts of its Windows franchise from the desktop to the Web. Microsoft offered a first glimpse of much of its future this week, using its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles as a high-profile platform for the release of the beta versions of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office Mobile 2010 and Office Web Apps for businesses. Many of the keynote addresses at the conference also dealt with Azure, Microsoft’s major foray into the cloud.

Google Chrome OS: Everything You Need to Know (Reuters.com)
Unless you live in a cave, don’t care at all about technology or have been distracted by Sarah Palin’s publicity tour, you’ve probably heard that Google showed its Linux-based Chrome operating system to the world yesterday. Google, a company born and bred on the Web, has a mighty challenge ahead of it getting into the PC business. Aware of this, Google does not have grand ambitions to take over PCs with Chrome. It’s a browser and cloud-based OS for netbooks designed to be fast, simple and secure. Chrome will not support hard drives, only solid-state storage, and it will only run Web-based applications. There will be no desktop-type software programs allowed.

Around the Blogosphere
Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Public Beta (Microsoft Business Connectivity Services Team Blog)
The BCS team is excited to announce the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 public betas are available for download from www.microsoft.com/2010. Now for the first time anyone can download and test drive the new capabilities Business Connectivity Services has to offer. So go ahead and download it now, try it out and tell us what you think about it.

Step-by-Step: Provisioning the Web Analytics Service Application on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta (Bill Baer)
Prerequisites: Usage and Health Data Collection and the Session State Service Application have been provisioned on the farm. Provisioning the Web Analytics Service Application. Open SharePoint 2010 Central Administration. Select Manage service applications under Application Management. Select New | Web Analytics Service Application on the ribbon user interface.

SharePoint 2010 Setup – Hurry up and Wait Edition (Fear and Loathing)
By now, everyone and his brother are downloading and installing the SharePoint 2010 beta onto their Windows 7 and Vista boxes. Why not? I mean, for the longest time we were stuck with having to spin up a Windows 2003 or 2008 server so now accessibility is here and we can genuinely put it on our machines without hackish workarounds. Of course why you would install a server application on a desktop OS is beyond this blog post and for a discussion over beers at SharePint.

Deconstruct the SharePoint Interface (End User SharePoint)
Heather Solomon is the acknowledged “Queen of Theme” in the SharePoint world. Her site, SharePoint Design, does for SharePoint interface designers what EndUserSharePoint.com does for Power Users. SharePoint Design is filled with tips, tricks, traps and help in decyphering the underlying HTML and CSS driving the SharePoint interface.

Visual Web Parts in SharePoint 2010 Cannot be Sandboxed (Wictor Wilén)
Visual Web Parts are a nice addition for SharePoint 2010 developers. A Visual Web Part is essentially SmartPart revisited and is one of the project types of the new SharePoint extensions for Visual Studio 2010. Sandboxing is one of the most interesting features of SharePoint 2010, especially for large scale implementations and hosting providers. The Sandboxing feature, or User Code Solution, allows you to easily upload a SharePoint feature into your farm into a special controlled environment – called a Sandbox. These Sandboxed features can be controlled by the SharePoint administrators so that they do not consume to much resources and automatically disable them if the exceed their limits. Sandboxed solutions also have severe security restrictions – you cannot access all objects or resources that you would like.

SharePoint Blank in a SharePoint 2010 World (SharePoint Blank)
Before I go any further, I should apologize for my longer than intended absence from SharePoint Blank.  You see, the thing is that SharePoint 2010 ate my homework.  No, actually, a better and more truthful explanation would be that I was eaten by the monster of SharePoint 2010.  Which is not to say that SharePoint 2010 is (or will be) a monster.  Unless we’re talking “monster” in the sense of “monster hit,” in which case, yes, I do genuinely believe that SharePoint 2010 is going to be a monster.

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SharePoint Administrator – Nashville, TN
Kforce is looking for a SharePoint Administrator. This is a permanent direct hire opportunity for our Nashville, TN client. This role is a SharePoint Administrator with complementary .NET development responsibilities. The candidate would be responsible for installation, design, development, and support of the information portals and content management systems based on the Microsoft SharePoint software (MOSS 2007). This role is engaged with the customer’s business strategy and operations to ensure that the technology solutions effectively support the business requirements. Essential functions include installation and support of the SharePoint environment. This will include the setup, configuration, design, development, and implementation and support of the company’s main intranet portal, with both content management and collaboration tools.

Microsoft Updates
The Windows SharePoint Services Search service does not start when the fully qualified domain names of the server are used to configure a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 single server installation (Microsoft Support)
The Windows SharePoint Services Search service does not start when the fully qualified domain names of the server are used to configure a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 single server installation. In this scenario, you receive the following error message: Could not access the Search service configuration database.

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