Azure Kicks Butt; No Plug-ins on Windows on ARM; Apple will Never Beat Microsoft Enterprise

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Top News Stories
Office 15 Public Beta Due This Summer (ComputerWorld)
Microsoft has kicked off a “technical preview” of the next version of its Office suite and promised that a public beta will ship this summer. The move is a repeat of the route Microsoft took with Office 2010, which was distributed to a select group of testers as a technical preview in July 2010.

Quality as an Afterthought (AIIM)
One of the most common software development paths is the waterfall: requirements specification, design, construction, testing (validation), integration, and maintenance.  Today it’s largely presented as a flawed model, as “there is work left to stabilize the release such as resolving conflicts in component integration, executing detailed tests, and performing a successful deployment of the software to appropriate platforms.”

Don’t Look Now but Microsoft Azure is a Kick-butt Cloud (GigaOM)
Microsoft’s ambitious Windows Azure cloud is many things — it’s a full-fledged platform as a service (PaaS) for developers. But beneath all that, it is also a huge pool of foundational compute and storage infrastructure for rent. And that infrastructure layer is fine indeed, according to Andres Rodriquez, CEO of Nasuni, a Natick, Mass. startup that specializes in managing business customers’ storage securely in whatever public cloud best suits their needs. He’s checked out all the public clouds and his conclusion? “Microsoft has a kick-ass cloud.”

Windows 8 on Tablets Explained by Microsoft (CNET)
Microsoft has spilled the beans on just how Windows 8 will run on mobile devices with ARM chips in them. In short: pretty much like your PC. ARM processors have a simpler architecture than traditional PC processors so they can operate at much lower power, making them more suitable for tablets and phones. We’ve known for a while now that the latest version of its desktop operating system will have a version compatible with touchscreen gadgets, but now Microsoft’s own Steven Sinofsky has explained over at the MSDN blog more about the experience we’ll be getting.

Preston Gralla: Apple will Never Unseat Microsoft in the Enterprise (ComputerWorld)
Apple is riding high these days, not just in the consumer market with the iPhone and iPad, but increasingly in the corporate market as well. Some people envision the day when Apple will challenge Microsoft in the enterprise. That will never happen. In early January, Forrester Research came out with an eye-popping prediction: In 2012, enterprises will spend 58% more on Apple hardware than they did in 2011 — an estimated $19 billion. And by 2013, that figure will hit $28 billion, Forrester added.

Microsoft: No Plug-ins Allowed on Windows on ARM (CNET)
s we Microsoft watchers continue to parse the 8,600-word post on Windows on ARM (WOA) that posted on February 10 on the “Building Windows 8″ blog, more new questions are arising. The latest: What are developers and customers who rely on browser plug-ins to do if they want ARM-based Windows 8 tablets and PCs?

Google’s Privacy Blowback Helps Microsoft Gain Mindshare (Forbes)
Google has been facing increased scrutiny from Internet users around the world after it changed its privacy policies for its different services to a single unified privacy policy, which allows it to access user information across its services and it to personalize its services for them. This criticism follows complaints surrounding Google’s Search Plus Your World update, which personalized search results for every users in a bid to boost the usage of its Google Plus social service. Microsoft, Google’s rival, stands to gain the most from Google’s several privacy missteps, as it tries to highlight Google’s flaws and attract users to its own offerings like Bing, Hotmail and Office 365.

Around the Blogosphere
Streamlining Multiple SharePoint Farm Installs – AutoSPInputMap (ITPro)
If you are in the business of installing and configuring SharePoint Server 2010 and haven’t been living under a rock, and aren’t one of those consultants who do things the slow and complicated way in order to charge the customer more (if so, insert Dodo analogy here), then you probably are either using the breathtakingly brilliant AutoSPInstaller or are intentionally not (being too cool for school, like the Todd Klindts of this world).

Create a Microblog for SharePoint 2010 (Me & My SharePoint Designer)
This post is about how to create a Microblog with SharePoint Designer 2010 and the use of DVWPs, CSS and jQuery. A Microblog can be used for quick communication with team members in short sentences at the Intranet. This example works just like a SharePoint blog site, posts and comments are stored in separate lists that are linked by a lookup and team members can add posts and anyone can reply to posts. This Microblog is a basic no code solution and if you are looking for more advanced social features like hash tagging, direct messages, document uploading or integration of my site you should check out tools like NewsGator or Yammer among more. If you are looking for a basic comment function, maybe the OTB web part Note board could be an option. But let’s look into how you can use the DWVP for a Microblog.

Modifying Views of a List View Web Part in a Sandboxed Solution (Waldek Mastykarz)
In my recent article I showed you how to declaratively provision List View Web Parts to pages from within a Sandboxed Solution. Since the default view is often not what you want and creating a List Definition just to get the right view for the List View Web Part is way too much overhead, what is the easiest approach to modify a view of a List View Web Part in a Sandboxed Solution?

Does the World Really Need “Official” Apps? (Fear and Loathing)
The “buzz” exploded a few days ago with this site. “Official” application requests for Windows Phone 7, vendors and services that don’t have a presence (an official one anyway) on the Microsoft phone platform. I have to ask though, do we really need an “official” app?


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The SharePoint Architect is responsible for the development of technical specifications through analysis of functional and business requirements, coordinating the high and low level design effort on projects impacting our SharePoint environment, providing guidance and mentoring on technical issues, helping to define and document development standards and providing architectural oversight on projects to ensure that systems conform to AmeriCredit’s architectural standards. This employee has contact with other Company departments.


Microsoft Updates
Requirements for Developing SharePoint Solutions (MSDN)
You must install the following prerequisites on the system before you can use the SharePoint solution development tools included in Visual Studio 2010:


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