Ray Ozzie Leaving Microsoft; Microsoft Spending $500 Million Marketing Windows Phone 7; Poor IE9 Performance

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Microsoft Searching for Bill Gates v3.0 as Ray Ozzie Leaves the Company (Softpedia)
In an unexpected move, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Ray Ozzie announced that he is leaving the company, just a few days after he had started blogging again by posting an article titled “I’m back.” It appears that not only is Ozzie not back, but he’s out of Microsoft altogether. In an email sent to employees, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer explained that there will be a transition period for Ozzie’s departure from the company.

Assessing Ray Ozzie’s Impact at Microsoft (CNET)
Bringing change to Microsoft has been likened to getting an ocean liner to change course. By all accounts though, the company has made several such adjustments. While the changes took time, the key ones can often be traced to a moment in time. Bill Gates’ Internet Tidal Wave memo marked one such course change. The 2005 Internet Services Disruption memo, by exiting Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, was another.

Microsoft Starts Moving More of Its Own Services Onto Windows Azure (ZDNet)
Up until recently, relatively few of Microsoft own products or services were running on the company’s Windows Azure operating system. Some of Live Mesh was on it. The Holm energy-tracking app was an Azure-hosted service. Pieces of its HealthVault solution were on Azure. But Hotmail, CRM Online, the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) of hosted enterprise apps? Nope, nope and nope.

Microsoft To Pay More Than Half A Billion Dollars To Jump-Start Windows Phone 7 (TechCrunch)
Nearly four years after Apple launched the iPhone and two years after Google open-sourced the code for its Android operating system, Microsoft is finally set to re-enter the mobile market this holiday season in a serious way with Windows Phone 7. It is trying to catch up to those more modern smartphones the only way it can — with cold, hard cash.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Poor Performance at Start Due to Add-ons (Softpedia)
Early adopters testing Internet Explorer 9 and running into issues with the starting time of the browser should not rush to blame the next iteration of Internet Explorer. According to Microsoft, some of the add-ons installed for both IE9 and IE8 can negatively impact the starting process of the browser, prolonging it more than normal. “When launching Internet Explorer, you may notice that Internet Explorer takes longer than expected to start,” the company stated.

Umbrella for the Cloud (IDG)
When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it is best to be protected from outside elements that may cause long-term damage. This same philosophy applies to cloud computing which, many may admit it or not, is a potent tool for enterprise computing that is still prone to breakdowns and security threats as any of its predecessors were. When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it is best to be protected from outside elements that may cause long-term damage. This same philosophy applies to cloud computing which, many may admit it or not, is a potent tool for enterprise computing that is still prone to breakdowns and security threats as any of its predecessors were.

The Unsung Heroes of Gov 2.0 (The Huffington Post)
Today is my birthday. As I sit back, reflect on life and take stock of the years, I can’t help but marvel at how far things have come. In the Fall of 2003, I left a corporate job in management with Eastman Kodak Company to work on a Presidential Campaign. I took a 2/3 pay cut and traded in an ocean front view apartment in Miami, Florida for a sleeping bag in a four-person home in Little Rock, Arkansas. You might ask, “Why?” I know my mother definitely did.

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint Design: CSF #1 – Simplify the Storage and Management of Content (Mastering SharePoint with Bob Mixon)
It has been my experience that users may find it difficult to change their habits from using local drives, file shares, e-mail, etc. to new document management technology.  In addition, if this new document management technology is difficult to use, they tend to revert back to what worked for them in the past; i.e. local drives, file shares, e-mail and so on.  It is critical to address these factors early in the planning and design phases of your implementation.

BCS and SharePoint Workspaces Limited to 2000 Items from External List (The SharePoint Farmer’s Almanac)
My client and I fought these issues for about a month all said and done so I figured I would post some of the things we learned along the way to save you a month of your life. [:)] The BCS is limited to 2000 items. True story. Out of the box business connectivity services throttles your connection to 2000 items. Yikes. Makes sense to keep performance in check but for most of my customers this has been an immediate issue. Luckily Microsoft anticipated this and gave us some Windows PowerShell to increase the limit or even turn it off. Luckily the BCS team wrote a post on how to manipulate this and saved me the effort. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bcs/archive/2010/02/16/bcs-powershell-introduction-and-throttle-management.aspx Thanks guys.

SharePoint Governance #1 – Aim for the Sky (Pentalogic SharePoint Blog)
So you’ve got your hands on SharePoint and you’re excited. Some might say we’re biased over here at the Pentalogic blog, but we definitely wouldn’t blame you for itching to deploy this user friendly and incredibly powerful server side software across your whole organization super quickly. But wait a moment! Have you set out who will be in charge of migrating your shared drives to SharePoint, authorising new sites to be created and setting out an information lifecycle to manage your data? What about indexing information so it can be easily searched should you need an answer to be at your fingertips? If any or all of this sounds like a minefield to you, let me assure you that you’re definitely not alone.

Are Blackberries Derailing Your SharePoint Deployment? (End User SharePoint)
I my last post I detailed how the inability for mobile computer (laptop) users to quickly and painlessly access SharePoint content is a real deterrent to getting users to make use of SharePoint resources. It came down to the death grip that end-users have on the usage of email (over all other forms of communication) for relevant information, and how the robustness of the Outlook client reinforces that dependence.

 SPTechCon Boston Kicks Off Wednesday (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Barring a catastrophic weather-related event such as the blizzard in the northeast that caused me to miss SPTechCon in San Francisco back in February, I’ll be Boston-bound for the East Coast edition of SPTechCon tomorrow.  Earlier this year, I wrote about how excited I was to be attending my first SPTechCon and, given that the snowpocalypse kept me from the West Coast edition, that excitement has only redoubled as I look forward to this week’s event in Boston (and, since the focus of the conference is technical, let’s get technical for a moment and admit that technically, the event is in Cambridge).

SharePoint Saturday Chicago (The Bamboo Team Blog)
While many of my colleagues were set up at SharePoint Saturday D.C. this past weekend, I was at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, which was also playing host to a SharePoint Saturday Chicago.  I took the scenic route as I drove north on highway 55 from St. Louis to join in the community event as a Bamboo sponsor.  As many of you know, it takes a team of dedicated community-minded individuals and organizations to pull one of these free events together.  The team led and  assembled by Chris Geier and Kris Wagner did a fabulous job.   What I liked most about their approach was that any funds left over from the sponsorship fees was donated to a few local charitable organizations that are dear to their hearts.  You can read more here, but the effort was a true example of the community spirit surrounding a group of SharePoint professionals who are also working hard to drive fantastic solutions into the market, and saving organizations time and money in the process.

SharePoint 2010 Cookbook: How to Recover Data from an Unattached Content Database (SharePoint 2010)
SharePoint 2010 offers some new backup and restore features for content data. Almost anything can be backed up and restored, from the whole farm to site collections, services, and search indexes. In this article, we will take a look at how to perform recovery from an unattached content database.

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SharePoint Developer – Washington, DC
Protiviti Government Services is currently hiring a SharePoint developer for one of our federal contracts. The skilled SharePoint developer will have 2+ years of experience. The innovative developer will design and create complex solutions utilizing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 or SharePoint 2010, Windows SharePoint Services, Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer as well as various other .NET components. The SharePoint developer will successfully initiate, deliver, implement, and support Microsoft SharePoint installation.

SharePoint Developer – BOHEMIA, NY
The SharePoint Developer will be responsible for supporting and developing a wide range of applications that facilitate an integrated business platform, including the following responsibilities: Developing SharePoint components including web parts, lists, web pages, workflow, infopath forms and back end processing solutions. Developing solutions to integrate with other business applications. Migrating structured and unstructured data and content into SharePoint environments.

Microsoft Updates
Description of the Office updates: October 12, 2010 (Microsoft Support)
On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, Microsoft released the following security and non-security updates. These monthly updates are intended to keep our customers secure and up-to-date. We recommend that you install all updates that apply to you.

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