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Is SharePoint 2013 a Product or a Platform? (KMWorld)
My colleague Apoorv Durga pointed me to an interesting paragraph in a Microsoft SharePoint Team blog post entitled The New SharePoint. To quote: Use SharePoint as an out-of-box application whenever possible – We designed the new SharePoint UI to be clean, simple and fast and work great out-of-box. We encourage you not to modify it which could add complexity, performance and upgradeability and to focus your energy on working with users and groups to understand how to use SharePoint to improve productivity and collaboration and identifying and promoting best practices in your organization.
SharePoint 2013: 5 Reasons Why the New App Model Will Make Everyone Happy (CMSWire)
As I’m sure you’ve heard, on Monday Microsoft officially released the public preview for Office and SharePoint 2013. And although the NDA is still in place (super special people only), there’s a wealth of knowledge now in the public domain for consumption. One highly touted new feature of SharePoint 2013 is the new app model that will be referred to as “apps for SharePoint.” Office also got its own version of this called “apps for Office.” Although you’ll eventually see some really cool apps that touch both worlds, this article will touch only on apps for SharePoint. Here’s a link to the current publicly available apps for SharePoint.
Business Critical SharePoint (AIIM)
A potent and meaningful incubation project with the Microsoft SharePoint product management team has achieved critical mass and it is one whose timing could not be better. It is titled the “Business Critical SharePoint Program” and it is intended for Microsoft partners focused on delivering business critical solutions for their clients using SharePoint. Mr. Gideon Bibliowicz presented the formal announcement of the program two weeks ago at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and it was extremely well-received. Bibliowicz had been promoting this concept internally with Microsoft and after presenting it to Senior Director of SharePoint, Jared Spataro, the program was introduced in a limited capacity with a small incubation group of partners.
Effective Enterprise Collaboration Strategy Needs Everyone on the Bus (SearchContentManagement)
Senior managers might be convinced that rolling out a new technology initiative is a good idea, but if affected employees aren’t sold on it, your big plans will never take off. And user buy-in is particularly essential when you’re implementing an enterprise collaboration strategy, since its success depends on the regular use of collaboration tools by employees throughout the organization.
Will Office 2013 Be Ready for Government? (GovWin)
As Microsoft finally began to discuss its upcoming Office 2013 suite, we found ourselves curious to see if it is ready for government’s computing needs. Rather than add more complexity to the already overwhelming rules of government computing, we simplified our criteria into three categories: Price, Cloud and Usability.
Can Office 365 Convince You that Renting Software is a Good Deal? (ZDNet)
Rent or buy? That’s a question that businesses and consumers face all the time. Should you lease a new car or buy it outright? Should you open your new business in someone else’s office space or purchase your own building? Should you own your house or rent? And now, with its just-announced Office 365 subscription plans, Microsoft is adding its flagship productivity software to your list of rent-or-buy decisions.
Developers Lose Interest in Windows Phone, says IDC (Computing)
Interest in the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system among developers has dropped sharply during the year – although there is interest in developing for Windows 8 tablets. Windows 8 features a combined touch screen and desktop interface and is set to be released in October in a launch that will be combined with Windows Phone 8. According to a survey by analyst firm IDC and Appcelerator (PDF), Apple iOS and Android remain the leading operating systems for developers of mobile applications, with interest in both Windows Phone and RIM BlackBerry declining over the past year.
Microsoft Build 2012 Dev Event Slated for October (RedmondMag)
Microsoft’s next Build event, the developer conference for professionals creating Windows 8 applications, is scheduled to take place the week after Windows 8 ships. This year’s conference is slated for October 30 to November 2, at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. The Build event replaced the company’s longstanding Professional Developers Conference, starting in 2011.
Microsoft Overhauls Printing: Aims to Ditch ‘Pray’ Part (CNET)
Microsoft hopes to alleviate one of the oldest PC afflictions known to man: finding and installing printer drivers. Getting drivers to work properly has always been a daunting task for many. A seemingly straightforward procedure can turn ugly in an instant. And while driver installation has generally gotten better with each iteration of Windows, printer manufacturers always seem to find a way to gum up the works.
Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint Revolves Around You (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
I’m kind of obsessed with space. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was growing up. I even went to Space Camp – twice. That’s probably why I think of SharePoint as its own universe. Instead of stars and planets, SharePoint is brimming with sites and documents and lists. In previous versions of SharePoint, we gave each user a place, called My Site, to store personal files and interact with social features. My Site used to be “just another site” – an extra solar system in a galaxy far, far away.
A Quick Note on User Profile Synchronization in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview (harbar.net)
I will be posting an update to my UPS guide for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview in the near future. I had long planned to update it with better writing and more up to date details anyway. However as I’ve already received a bucket load of questions on this already I wanted to post a quick note to hopefully stem the flow a little bit.
Where’s All My Memory in SharePoint 2013 Preview? (Dot Net Mafia)
If you have installed SharePoint 2013 Preview, you might have noticed that pretty much every bit of available memory is being consumed. Where is it all going? Search of course. In my post from last week, I mentioned noderunner.exe. These are the processes that hosts the individual search components and they consume a lot of memory. You’ll have five of them running at any given time. If one is consuming a lot of memory or CPU time, you can kill it but SharePoint will restart the process automatically.
SharePoint 2013 Preview – Sandboxed Solutions: Dead or Not Dead? (Elumenotion)
In my previous post I referred to this MSDN article: Apps for SharePoint compared with SharePoint solutions, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj163114, which says that sandbox solutions are deprecated. That is not the only article that contains the guidance. Build farm solutions in SharePoint 2013, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj163902(v=office.15).aspx, says the same thing.
Introducing Bamboo Nation’s SharePoint 2013 Blog (The Bamboo Team Blog)
It’s my pleasure to announce the arrival of the newest member of the Bamboo Nation family of blogs: our just-launched SharePoint 2013 Blog. The inaugural offering from the new blog is a terrific post by Quang San, providing step-by-step instructions on How to Add an App from the SharePoint Store to Your SharePoint 2013 Site. With the public Beta of Office 2013 now available, in the coming days and weeks, you can expect to see an increasing amount of content being posted to the new blog, and longtime readers of Bamboo Nation wouldn’t be wrong to guess that a veritable avalanche of content will begin appearing in conjunction with November’s Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012.
How to Add an App from the SharePoint Store to Your SharePoint 2013 Site (SharePoint 2013)
Yeah! We’re excited to cheer the birth announcement of what has now been officially named SharePoint 2013. Sure, it’s just a preview version for now, but that baby gives us a first glimpse at the new look and feel of the 2013 platform, and yes, it uses the metro style. SharePoint 2013 brings with it a new feature called “SharePoint Apps,” which are small, easy to use, standalone productivity solutions that address a specific end user need. How can you preview SharePoint 2013? Luckily, Microsoft has made an online trial available for download, Office 365 Preview, which includes SharePoint 2013. In this post, I’ll use the Office 365 Preview to help show you how to add an app from the Microsoft Office Store to your SharePoint site.
SharePoint Job Listings*
Senior SharePoint Developer – Washington, DC
Builds and configures SharePoint websites using web UI and/or SharePoint Designer and follows best practices to develop solutions around the core concepts of business process management, collaboration, business intelligence and enterprise content management. A successful candidate will work with IT and business colleagues across the firm to deliver solutions in a reliable, timely, efficient, and cost effective manner. The SharePoint Developer is a member of the development team reporting to the Manager of Enterprise Applications.
SharePoint Application Developer – Washington, DC
SharePoint Application Developer for a large IT Operations and Maintenance contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Most development is for internal use on our dedicated SharePoint Foundation environment. Applications are used to provide efficiencies to our 400+ person staff. Our infrastructure includes development, staging and production environments. Some development will be on the customer’s SharePoint 2010 Server environment. We use this environment largely to collaborate with our customer and to participate in various workflows.
New SharePoint Technical Content (SharePoint IT Pro Blog)
These are indeed exciting times for the Microsoft Office Division as a whole, and definitely for those of us who work on the technical content. First off, we hope you like the refreshed look and feel of this blog. Look for more design evolutions as time goes on, and of course, lots of SharePoint IT pro content! Check out the TechNet home page and feature package that launched today. They cover top-level IT professional content for new Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Project and even include an Editor’s note by yours truly.
- 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 2, Online – Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
- 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 8, Online - Secure Social Collaboration in the Public Sector
- 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, Cape Town, South Africa – Sharing the Point
- September 8, Cape Town, South Africa – SharePoint Saturday
- September 8, Branson, Missouri – SharePoint Saturday
- September 10, Johannesburg, South Africa – Sharing the Point
- September 12, Kigali, Rwanda – Sharing the Point
- September 12, Online – Five Ways to Prepare for SharePoint 2013 – Choose Code-Free Customization
- September 13, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Sharing the Point
- September 15, Nairobi, Kenya – Sharing the Point
- September 15, Nairobi, Kenya – SharePoint Saturday
- 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 6, Bend, Oregon – SharePoint Saturday
- October 13, Sacramento, California – SharePoint Saturday
- October 27, Cincinnati, Ohio – SharePoint Saturday
- November 3, Bloomington, Minnesota – 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
- December 8, Nottingham, UK – SharePoint Saturday
- 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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