SharePoint Online Slide Libraries; Cloud Office Suite Shootout; The Dumbening of Technology

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SharePoint Online Makes PowerPoint Slide Libraries Available via Cloud (ZDNet)
SharePoint Online is one of the core services available in Office 365 and it shares many of the same features you find when SharePoint is deployed locally or when purchased by a hosting providers. (If you need a good introduction to “what is SharePoint” here is a very good video.) One of those features is known as a “slide library”. Slide libraries are a really interesting feature which allows you to work with PowerPoint slide decks stored in the cloud in a unique and potentially very useful way. Note that Slide Libraries are not available in the Office 365 for the small business and professionals version of Office 365. So, before you get started, you will need Office Professional Plus or Enterprise to publish to slide library, however, other versions of Office can use a slide library as a source once it is published.

…and If Elected (AIIM)
Now that, according to most news sources, the presidential election has begun, I think it’s appropriate for me to treat a recent news story in a special way. By that I mean that I feel comfortable stringing together what may be unrelated facts in a way that supports my position.  The story I am talking about was published in February in the Hartford Business Journal under the headline “Idle Enfield envelope plant to house documents.” A quick read of the article tells the sad story of how the nearby town will see a facility converted from a manufacturing plant that once employed over 130 people to a records storage facility employing “a handful of workers”. Sadder still, if I put my campaign hat on is the fact that the facility will be storing documents that were born digital.

The Great Ars Cloud Office Suite Shootout (Ars Technica)
As cloud computing gains steam in the enterprise, many IT shops are looking for ways to move stuff out of their own server rooms and into someone else’s. This has given rise to services like Google Apps and Office 365, which offer e-mail, calendaring, and other Web-based services that completely replace not just software running on your company’s servers, but also software running on your company’s desktops.

Court Bans Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Windows 7 from German Market (Insurance Journal)
A court in Mannheim, Germany ruled on Wednesday that Microsoft infringed Motorola Mobility’s patents and ordered Microsoft to remove its Xbox 360 gaming consoles and Windows 7 operating system software from the German market. Judge Holger Kircher said Microsoft breached an agreement with Motorola, which is in the process of being bought by Google, in using certain video-compression software in products including Windows 7 and Xbox.

Microsoft and the Dumbening of Technology (WindowsITPro)
This week, I’ll finish the main writing phase of a book called Windows 8 Secrets. But don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell you anything. Instead, I’m reflecting on an issue that was driven home during the writing of this book, an issue that will dog anyone who supports technology products for a living in the years to come. See, I happen to believe that names are important in technology. Sadly, Microsoft doesn’t agree. And in Windows 8, especially, the software giant is trying move away from giving things specific names. For example, when you type WINDOWS KEY + C in Windows 8, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen on an all-too-rare multi-touch device, a new overlay comes up. Many people, myself included, call this overlay the “Charms bar,” because it contains the Charms (a set of new Windows 8 features) and is, well, a bar of sorts. But it’s not called the Charms bar. Not officially.

 

Around the Blogosphere
Useful Phrases for Fighting SharePoint-Sucks-Syndrome (EndUserSharePoint)
Many organizations face the challenge of good SharePoint adoption due to the battle of fighting the SharePoint-Sucks-Syndrome (not to be confused with Paul Culmsee’s SharePoint Fatigue Syndrome). SharePoint-Sucks-Syndrome is a debilitating illness that includes the lingering misconception that current-day SharePoint is no good, simply because of bad experiences with previous versions (read SharePoint 2003). Most of us know that SharePoint has improved with leaps & bounds over the past few years. But if you have to work among, or consult for, those who are still suffering from the destructive symptoms of this disease, : ) here are some great affirmations and other useful phrases to help people feel better about their SharePoint experience:

Easy Way to Get Relative Path of SharePoint 2010 Site via PowerShell (C5 Insight)
The more I learn and get to know PowerShell, the more I love it.  I am able to perform what used to be time-consuming tasks (many hours or days) in seconds (after you write the script of course).  While writing a script recently to perform some tasks on numerous SharePoint sites (webs to be precise), I was constructing URLs for the sites and using as variables and I needed only part of the URL (the managed path).  After a little poking around, I found a nice easy way to do it.

How to Break a SharePoint List in Less than Minutes (SharePoint (and Project Server) Shenanigans)
My client asked me today the limitation of SharePoint 2010 in terms of number of words per column types, lines and attachments. I found the answers in Microsoft website and also this blog http://sharepointgadget.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/limits-in-sharepoint-2010.html that has a good summary.

Workaround for People Picker Post Back Bug in ASPX pages in SharePoint 2010 (SharePointDevWiki)
The People Picker is a great tool to present and validate data from SharePoint users and, indirectly, the Active Directory and is a valuable asset to any custom ASPX page. The problem is, in all of its implementations across default SharePoint pages, the forms being used only appear on load and then get submitted. This process does only one post back. If you create a form with multiple people pickers like this one:

Customizing a Community Central Site by Changing the Default Logos (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Out-of-the-box, Community Central comes with Bamboo logos in place as the header and footer. Since we recognize that our logo may not be a part of the desired look and feel of your company’s community site, you may replace that content to suit your needs. Following are step-by-step instructions to customize the default logos and text using SharePoint Designer 2010.

 

SharePoint Job Listings*
Cyber SharePoint Designer Job – Annapolis Junction, MD
Work as a SharePoint Designer to design, configure, implement, and deploy custom SP solutions to support business processes using SP 2010 out-of-the-box capabilities and SP Designer 2010. Support deployed SP solutions and workflows and conduct business process engineering and design, including process definition and process improvement activities to address customer needs. Work in a collaborative environment and interact with external support and technical teams to ensure SP development is fully integrated and compliant with the Enterprise framework. Define and plan SP solution releases and create and maintain all SP-related project documentation.

SharePoint/InfoPath Developer – Beaverton, OR
The candidate must have experience in developing SharePoint solutions using both standard configurations as well as SharePoint 2007 Designer. Experience in InfoPath 2007 form development as well as SharePoint 2007 workflow implementation experience is a must.

Support Technician – Reston, VA
Bamboo Solutions is the leading provider of technologies that augment the Microsoft SharePoint platform. We offer more than 70 products providing a broad range of enhanced capabilities for the SharePoint environment. To date, over 8,000 organizations world-wide have chosen to enhance their SharePoint deployment by taking advantage of the functionality and quality that Bamboo products provide. This is a full-time, junior position, reporting to the Manager of Customer Support, with the opportunity to advance as the company grows.

 

Microsoft Updates
Importing SharePoint 2010 Site Definitions in Visual Studio 2010 (MSDN)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 provides a project type that enables you to import a site definition and add code. You can then deploy this site definition to the SharePoint Solutions Gallery and create new sites based on the site definition.

 

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