Why Windows 7 Tablets Will Flop; IE Drops Below 50% Browser Share; Social Networks as Gov 2.0 Tools

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Ballmer Talks Up the Cloud in European Tour (Microsoft Certified Professional)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer went to Europe this week to help sell the Internet cloud, a key Microsoft business area. As part of his talks, Ballmer announced in his Stockholm, Sweden talk on Monday that Microsoft plans to release a beta of its cloud-based Dynamics CRM service next week. He also said that a market release of Windows Intune, currently at beta 2 release, will be announced next week in Europe. Likely Ballmer means another test release of Intune, as Microsoft said last month that Windows Intune would “be generally available in 2011.”

Windows 7 Tablets Will Flop: 10 Reasons Why (eWeek)
Microsoft is planning to hold a Windows Phone 7 launch event next week to show off a new slate of smartphones from its partners. The event should be quite important for Microsoft as it will be an essential first step in its plans to reinvigorate its mobile division. But reports are swirling that Microsoft could also show off some Windows 7 tablets at the event. There’s no word on how much time Microsoft will spend on that nor how many products it will show off, but a discussion on Windows 7 tablets seems like a logical addition to its event.

Microsoft Claims Big Cloud Customer Gains (InformationWeek)
Microsoft announced a baker’s dozen customer wins for its cloud computing services on Monday, including several deals involving tens of thousands of seats. The company also released impressive-sounding stats, but good luck piecing them together into a complete picture of cloud progress. The latest, big-picture stat that Microsoft reports is that 40 million individual customers are now using its cloud-based solutions. The confusion could begin here, as Microsoft offers various ad-supported and otherwise free “cloud” services, including Hotmail, versions of Office Web Apps and Live@edu. But Microsoft assures me the 40-million figure means paid seats using the Business Productivity Online Suite (or BPOS, which includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communications Online services), Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, Exchange Hosted Services, or Dynamics CRM Online.

As IE8 Begins To Fall, IE Finally Drops Below 50 Percent Browser Share (TechCrunch)
It was just two years ago that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser controlled 67 percent of the worldwide market, according to data from web analytics company StatCounter. It has been all downhill from there. According to the latest data from the company, last month, September 2010, marked the first time IE fell below the 50 percent share mark in the past decade. Of course, this data only counts what StatCounter collects, but they claim that it’s a huge dataset worldwide — billions of visits from millions of sites. And the trend is clear: two years ago, two-thirds of those people were browsing the web with IE, now less than half of them are.

Motorola Co-CEO Open to Microsoft Software Despite Suit (Wall Street Journal)
The head of Motorola Inc.’s mobile-phone business said he is open to developing devices that run Microsoft Corp.’s new mobile operating system, despite the patent-infringement lawsuits the software giant recently filed against his company. The comments by Motorola co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha were his company’s first detailed remarks on the lawsuits filed by Microsoft at the International Trade Commission and federal court in Seattle.

Social Networks are Most Popular Gov 2.0 Tool, Survey Says (Federal Computer Week)
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are the most commonly used Gov 2.0 tools for government agencies, according to a new survey from Hewlett-Packard. HP surveyed 103 executives and contractors from federal, state and local government agencies about their Gov. 2.0 efforts, which are generally described as government applications of Web 2.0 technologies.

Around the Blogosphere
Configuring Extranet Access for PerformancePoint Services 2010 (To the SharePoint)
Do you have users that need access to your data, but aren’t in your intranet? A new white paper, Configuring extranet access for PerformancePoint Services 2010, describes architectural considerations for deploying PerformancePoint Services in an extranet environment. The paper provides a detailed walkthrough of the recommended architecture that uses Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) server as a reverse-proxy server, the Kerberos protocol for authentication of service and user accounts, and Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Server Analysis Services as back-end data systems.

Getting Started with jQuery Templates and SharePoint 2010 (Jan Tielens’ Bloggings)
Yesterday evening Scott Guthrie announced that Microsoft’s contributions to the jQuery Javascript library were accepted as Official jQuery plugins. One of those contributions is the jQuery Template plugin that allows you to do (up to a certain level) something like data binding similar to the approach we know from Silverlight. The idea is to create a template (think HTML snippet with elements bound to data properties) and data bind that template with an array of objects. You can find the API documentation over here, or you can check out Boris Moore’s excellent Getting Started guide.

iPads in Business…Scenarios, Use Cases, and SharePoint (PMP Insights)
Use of iPads in the business world is relatively new and somewhat bleeding edge. Generally, there are a few use case scenarios you might consider. One is for salespeople in the field who want to access slides or documents, or perhaps deliver a presentation to a customer or demo something on a web site. Another is for executives on business trips who don’t need full laptops and might use iPads to access their e-mail, calendars or presentations and documents.  Or perhaps you have a monthly Board of Directors meeting and are looking to move away from paper and digitize the meetings, notes, and documentation to ensure accurate record keeping.  iPads and SharePoint might provide a good solution.   Apple does provide some profiles of a few business use case examples:

The SharePoint50: Top Microsoft Executives (EndUserSharePoint)
This week we continue rolling out The SharePoint50 Project by announcing the names of the Top Executives at Microsoft who people listen to when considering purchasing SharePoint. I would venture to guess that you will know some of these through of the visibility they have because of their position at Microsoft, but some you won’t. Take you best guess before clicking through to read the bios. 

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Senior technical role in development and support of large, complex system applications, or of several small applications. Requires minimum direction. Builds and manages internal and external relationships to gain buy-in and maximize results. Demonstrates strong technical leadership and ability to mentor others. Coordinates work of other technical team members. Demonstrates an understanding of key business drivers and ensures technical solutions deliver business value in line with the company objectives. Able to lead a team for technical projects or project lead components of a larger project. Provides leadership and guidance throughout WSI to leverage technology industry best practices.

SharePoint Architect – Peoria, IL
The Senior SharePoint Architect is responsible for the overall SharePoint strategy and development tasks at our customer’s site. The SharePoint Architect will work closely with their customers to create internal and external facing collaboration websites in SharePoint 2007 and 2010, including defining the hardware and software requirements, setting up the MOSS environment and leading the development team. This position will require a strong knowledge of the .Net Framework and SharePoint development and the ability to mentor others in SharePoint development and implementation techniques.

Microsoft Updates
An access violation occurs when you perform a complex custom query on an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site or a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site (Microsoft Support)
Consider the following scenario. You perform certain kinds of complex custom queries on a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site or a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site. These custom queries cause the search service to restart unexpectedly. The search service takes several minutes to restart. In this scenario, search results are not available or are available with bad performance.

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