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Migrating to SharePoint 2013 (CMSWire)
So SharePoint 2013 has finally been officially announced. The community is now busy downloading the files, firing up virtual machines and evaluating the product. There is lots to be learnt and all kinds of new features to be discovered. What will certainly be interesting is how quickly businesses migrate to the new platform. From my own personal experience, when SharePoint 2010 was released, many clients chose to stay with the current version for a number of months. Will SharePoint 2013 be any more tempting?
Search in SharePoint 2013 Preview (SYS-CON Media)
As I start writing this post, I know this is going to be one of those posts that covers so much that it is going to be hard to cover it all. The point of this post is to give you a high level idea of everything new and changed in Search with SharePoint 2013 Preview. Search is everywhere in SharePoint now so it is important to understand how it has changed. For example, take a look at this document library utilizing the power of Search.
3 Reasons Business Will Like Office 2013 (InfoWorld)
The big news this week is Microsoft’s launch of the next-gen Office suite preview. However, I don’t believe the new features in Office 2013 are compelling enough to drive massive sales — at least not immediately. Instead, Office 2013 will take root over time, thanks to several factors. For example, on April 8, 2014, support ends for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003, the last version of Office using the old menu structure rather than the new ribbon interface. As more and more companies finally begin to deploy Windows 7, they’re looking to update Office as well. Although many companies will switch to the current Office 2010, those on track for Windows 7, or possibly Windows 8, updates next year may go ahead with Office 2013 at the same time.
Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365: A Deeper Dive (PC Magazine)
With a new version of Microsoft Office now in preview (Microsoft doesn’t say “beta”), longtime Office users can look forward to three major changes to the product, as well as a design refresh and a select few new features in the programs that make up the suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft’s Active Directory in the Cloud: Test Bits Available (ZDNet)
Microsoft has made available to testers the promised Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) bits. WAAD is Microsoft’s project to bring the Active Directory technology in Windows Server to the cloud. Microsoft already is using WAAD to manage and federate identities in Office 365, Windows Intune and Dynamics CRM Online. According to Microsoft, some select third-party developers to provide single sign-on and identity-management for their Azure-hosted applications.
Windows Phone 8 Handsets May Not Land Until November (The Next Web)
According to the well sourced Mary Jo Foley, the next version of Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, will not reach its RTM build until September, and will not become generally available until November. That means that no handsets running Windows Phone 8, or even phones that can run the code, will go on sale until the month before the holidays.
Microsoft Closes Yammer Acquisition (CIO)
Microsoft’s $US1.2 billion acquisition of Yammer has been finalized, less than a month after the companies announced the cash deal. Yammer will become part of Microsoft’s Office Division, which is led by its president, Kurt DelBene. Yammer CEO David Sacks will remain at the helm of the Yammer team. Microsoft has said that it will continue to offer Yammer’s software as a stand-alone product, and that it will also integrate it with its enterprise collaboration products, such as SharePoint, Office and Lync, as well as with its Dynamics business applications. A level of integration already exists between Yammer and SharePoint.
Why All the Consumer Love at Microsoft? It’s the Weak Spot (ZDNet)
Many of Microsoft’s enterprise users — and those of us who love unearthing juicy details about products like System Center, Forefront, and the like — have been bemoaning Microsoft’s increasingly consumer-centric obsessions.
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Search Engine Optimization in SharePoint 2013 (Waldek Mastykarz)
One of the new capabilities of SharePoint 2013 is the native support for Search Engine Optimization of public-facing websites. This article provides an overview of available capabilities as well as some architectural considerations.
SharePoint 2013 Preview REST Offering Extension (SharePointDevWiki)
SharePoint 2013 has extended its REST offering in order to provide the external world an easy and standard way to interact with SharePoint objects. In 2010, Microsoft had already made an important step (compared to 2007) by providing both the Client Object Model (CSOM) and a few REST/oData enabled services such as ListData.svc. With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft pushes way further the REST offering by making it almost as rich as what you can do with the CSOM. By the way, CSOM remains the preferred technique as long as you’re dealing with Microsoft Technologies.
10+ Years of SharePoint Branding Progress (SharePoint Branding & Design)
Since SharePoint was first introduced in 2001 its standard visual design appearance has taken on quite a few different forms over the years. The base core features of document management and collaboration have stayed pretty static but the introduction of publishing and social features has transformed the product into a Swiss Army knife and can be used for many different things. Here is a look at its progress from 2001 all the way through 2013.
SharePoint 2013 is Running on .Net 4 Framework (Serge van den Oever [Macaw])
The new SharePoint is running on the .Net 4 framework, but still using ASP.NET web forms, and not ASP.NET MVC. As far as I can see its running on ASP.NET Web Forms 4.0, although Chris O’Brian (http://www.sharepointnutsandbolts.com/2012/07/sharepoint-2013-my-view-on-whats-new.html) says that ASP.NET Web Forms 4.5 is used.
Never Underestimate the Importance of Estimates in Your Project Plan (The Bottom-Line PM)
So we’ve taken a little side-trip into some necessary project management theory and definitions, but it’s time to get back to working within Project. Where were we? Oh yeah, we’d made our WBS, determined the scheduling (pick start date or finish date) for our project-as-a-whole, and had begun entering individual project tasks into Project (in any order). We have them listed in the Project task list: now what? You’ll remember that, as I was watching Dux’s crash course video about using Project, I grappled a bit with Fixed Duration estimates, Fixed Work estimates, and so forth. And then there was that frolic down Philosophy Lane that I’m not going to rehash now, but if you’ve been reading over the last few weeks, you’ll see what I mean.
User’s Guide to Time Tracking and Management for SharePoint 2010, Part 5: Configuring PM Central for Time Tracking (The Bamboo Team Blog)
In the previous installments of my series on Time Tracking and Management for SharePoint, I have brought up the main benefits and some of the reasons why organizations want to track time and cost. This PM Central R3.5 and Time Tracking Management R1.5 – Better Together as a Solution blog post provides details as to why you may want to couple time management with project management. New versions of both products, Bamboo Project Management Central and Time Tracking Management R1.5 for SharePoint 2010, were recently released. Now that we’ve covered the “Why,” you probably want to better understand the “How,” or, more specifically, “How do I get started?,” so we’ll conclude this series by answering that question in this post.
SharePoint Job Listings*
SharePoint Developer – Ft. Meade MD
Senior SharePoint developer position working as part of a team supporting the architecture, planning, development and deployment of SharePoint 2010 Applications. Interacts with government and Project Management to define and translate requirements into detailed design documents in response to business requirements. Designs, diagnoses and resolves deployment and system issues. Will be responsible for full life-cycle software development, data modeling, and system testing. Understands network authentication. Good technical writing skills and ability to adequately communicate and document all work performed. Participate in all phases of the advanced collaborative systems life cycle beginning with gathering user’s functionality and system requirements, architecture, design, implementation, test, deployment and support phases.
SharePoint Architect – Houston, TX
This role will involve consulting with internal IT staff and business clients to develop solutions that meet business requirements, leverage existing IT solutions and align with Business and IT strategies across all business units and regions. This role will also involve configuring existing platforms for specific customer needs (e.g. SharePoint Sites) as well as providing support by diagnosing and re-solving complex issues with existing solutions. This includes design, architecture, availability, reliability, performance, monitoring and security of the common, global portal solution. Overall this position is charged with providing customer engagement and solution delivery, and is intended for someone who is socially adept, service minded, with strong technical skills and a willingness to learn.
What’s New for Developers in SharePoint 2013 (MSDN)
Learn about new features and functionality in SharePoint 2013 Preview, including the new Cloud App Model, development tools, platform enhancements, mobile apps, and more.
- July 24, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- July 25, Online – Making the Connection Between SharePoint and your Information Security Program
- July 26, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Time Tracking & Management Webinar
- July 26, Online – Business Intelligence & Reporting
- July 26, Online – Webinar: Business Intelligence for SharePoint
- July 28, New York, New York – SharePoint Saturday
- July 28, Louisville, Kentucky – SharePoint Saturday
- August 1, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013
- August 7, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- August 7, Online – Bamboo Knowledge Management Webinar
- August 7, Online – Building Choices: Using Managed Metadata to Create Managed Choice Columns
- August 9, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Workflow Conductor Webinar
- August 9, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Time Tracking & Management Webinar
- August 14, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- August 14, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Community Central Webinar
- August 15, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013 – Establish Governance Today
- August 16, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- August 21, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- August 22-24, Washington, DC – SharePoint Saturday: The Conference
- August 23, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Time Tracking & Management Webinar
- August 28, Online – SharePoint Training Best Practices
- September 8, Branson, Missouri – SharePoint Saturday
- September 12, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013 – Choose Code-Free Customization
- September 22, Manchester, New Hampshire – SharePoint Saturday
- September 22, Redmond, Washington – SharePoint Saturday
- September 25-27, Chicago, Illinois – SharePoint Fest
- September 29, Troy, Michigan – SharePoint Saturday
- October 3, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013 – Perform Inventory and Analysis
- October 3, Bend, Oregon – SharePoint Saturday
- November 7, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013 – Implement Data Externalization
- December 5, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013 – Consolidate Content
- July 23-27, Online – SharePoint 2010 Core Technologies – Mindsharp
- July 24, Online – Project Management Central End User Training – Bamboo Solutions
- July 24-26, Dallas, Texas – Introduction to SharePoint 2010 for Server Administrators – SharePoint Solutions
- July 30-August 2, Atlanta, Georgia – The Great SharePoint Adventure 2010 – Critical Path Training
- July 30-Aug 3, Online – SharePoint 2010 Power End User – Mindsharp
- July 30-Aug 3, Online – SharePoint 2010 Foundation Developer – Mindsharp
- July 30-Aug 3, Atlanta, Georgia – The Great SharePoint Adventure 2010 – Critical Path Training
- August 1-3, Minneapolis, Minnesota – SharePoint Information Architecture – How to Optimize Findability in SharePoint- Earley & Associates
- August 6-10, Dulles, Virginia – Power User 2010 Train the Trainer – SusQtech
- August 7, Online – Workflow Conductor Designer Training – Bamboo Solutions
- August 7-10, Washington, DC – InfoPath 2010/SharePoint 2010 Workflow Deep Dive – SharePoint Solutions
- August 13-16, Dulles, Virginia – SharePoint 2010 Styling & Branding – SusQtech
- August 14-17, Dallas, Texas – Introduction to SharePoint Server 2010 – SharePoint Solutions
- August 21-23, Nashville, Tennessee – Introduction to SharePoint 2010 for Server Administrators – SharePoint Solutions
- August 22, Online – Project Management Central (3.0) Application Administrative Training – Bamboo Solutions
- August 24, Online – Bamboo Select – Bamboo Solutions
- August 28, Online – Project Management Central End User Training – Bamboo Solutions
- August 28-30, Toronto, ON – SharePoint Information Architecture – How to Optimize Findability in SharePoint – Earley & Associates
- August 28-31, Chicago, Illinois – InfoPath 2010/SharePoint 2010 Workflow Deep Dive – SharePoint Solutions
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