Steps to a Great SharePoint Intranet; Office 2013 Pricing; Cloud Computing is a Priority. Really.

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3 Steps to a Great SharePoint Intranet (CMSWire)
SharePoint is great, but not everyone knows how best to use this formidable platform to build the system that they want. Take the humble Intranet. SharePoint is possibly the best tool for the job on the market. Yet you wouldn’t believe the number of poor, deserted, or frankly unusable SharePoint Intranets I’ve seen over the years. How to build a good one? Well that would take a very long article indeed, but here are my 3 tips to set you on the right path.

How to: Use the SharePoint 2013 Search KeywordQuery Class (.NET Developers Journal)
Over the past few versions of SharePoint, I have provided a number of blog posts on how to query search.  Of those, my posts on how to use the KeywordQuery class using KQL are some of the most popular (2010 and 2007).  In continuing that tradition, I am proud to present the “How to” post on using the KeywordQuery class in SharePoint 2013.  The good news: your old KeywordQuery code should still work.  The bad news: the way you did it is marked completely obsolete.  I actually had to dig through quite a bit of documentation to find the right API that wasn’t obsolete.  One thing that always provided confusion was that there were similar classes named KeywordQuery in both Microsoft.Search.Query and Microsoft.Office.Server.Query.  To reduce some of that confusion, the KeywordQuery class in Microsoft.Search.Query is now marked as obsolete.  The new updated class is in Microsoft.Office.Search.Query.  Microsoft may have killed the word Office from the name of the product in 2010, but it’s alive and well in the API.

Microsoft Office 2013: What to Expect on the Pricing Front (ZDNet)
As expected, Microsoft is pricing its next-generation Office 2013 line-up in a way to try to convince users to pay an annual subscription fee — with multiple-device-installation rights as a carrot — instead of buying the Office 2013 software outright. Microsoft is believed to be ready to launch its next-generation Office product within the next few weeks, possibly before the end of January. The newest version of Office — known both as “the new Office” and “Office 2013″ — will be commercially available on that date. In preparation for the launch, Microsoft has been educating its reseller and integrator partners as to what to expect, pricing- and packaging-wise.

A Better Way to Manage Microsoft Office 365? (Talkin’ Cloud)
What if there was a better way for channel partners to manage Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud software suite? Chris Pyle, president and CEO of Champion Solutions Group, thinks he has the answer. It’s called 365 Command, powered by MessageOps. Hosted in Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud, 365 Command offers three core capabilities to channel partners — particularly those that want to wrap managed services around Office 365. Those capabilities include:

CIOs Say Cloud Computing is Really, Truly a Priority This Time (InfoWorld)
In a recent survey of 2,000 CIOs, a Gartner report revealed that the execs’ top tech priorities for 2013 include cloud computing in general, as well as its specific types: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). No surprise there. Of course, every year since 2008 has been deemed the “year of the cloud.” Yes, small cloud projects exist and Amazon Web Services did not get to be a billion-dollar company due to a lack of interest. However, the adoption has been slow if steady. It isn’t exploding, as everyone has predicted for each year.

IE10 for Windows 7 Inches Closer (ZDNet)
Microsoft is getting closer to delivering the final version of its Internet Explorer 10 browser for Windows 7. In a recent private e-mail message to select testers, Microsoft officials said a recently delivered private test build will be the “last pre-RTW (release to Web/final) build of the browser that will be made available through Connect.”

Microsoft’s Stealth Rebound? (MoneyWatch)
For years it has been fashionable to write off Microsoft (MSFT). And certainly the company has made major mistakes, falling behind on the shift to mobile computing. Lately, pundits have noted that adoption of Windows 8 has been slow. Yet despite the bad ink, there are signs that business at the software giant is brisker than many watchers have supposed. In addition, Microsoft is pushing further in some directions that could expand its traditional customer base, positioning the company for faster growth in years to come.


Around the Blogosphere
Using JavaScript / jQuery to Get the Value of the PeopleEditor in SharePoint 2013 (Andrew Connell)
Yesterday I posted how to add forms to your SharePoint 2013 style workflows. That post came from a project I’m doing for someone. One of the more significant changes to workflow in SharePoint 2013 is that you don’t use server side code on the SharePoint box… custom logic is implemented using expressions or by calling a remote web service. With a form, you have to use JavaScript to capture all the values and submit them to the workflow instance using the workflow API in the client side object model (CSOM).

Inconvenient Images By Search in SharePoint 2013 (Waldek Mastykarz)
Content By Search is the new publishing model in SharePoint 2013. And although crawling and retrieving content is straight-forward, what about images? Content By Search in SharePoint 2013: Content By Search, also known as Cross-Site Publishing (XSP), is the new publishing model introduced with SharePoint 2013. In previous versions of SharePoint the physical location of the content determined how it would be published. Although it is still possible in SharePoint 2013 to use the traditional publishing model, the newest version of SharePoint allows us to leverage SharePoint Search for publishing content.

My Notes – Adding a Custom Action Menu Item (SharePoint Development & Ops)
This post is really about documenting a really trivial, and often blogged about, feature within SharePoint: adding custom actions to the Site Actions menu. Why another post? Simply because, for me, the final solution to my particular problem involved the amalgamation of a couple different posts. Six months down the road, this becomes difficult to track down or recreate, so I like to document the entire experience, what worked, what didn’t. If anyone is not clear on a piece of it, let’s discuss in the comments.


Around Bamboo Nation
How to Import a Database into a .BDCM File Using SharePoint Designer 2013 (SharePoint 2013)
SharePoint 2013 adds many new features to Lists. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to import Data from a SQL table into a .bdcm file using SharePoint Designer 2013. As you know, the Business Data Connectivity (BDC) Service enables SharePoint to display business data from back-end server applications, Web services, and databases. This walkthrough shows you how to create a model for the BDC service that returns information about contacts in a sample database.

How to Configure Session Limits and Timeouts on Forefront Unified Access Gateway Server (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) is a reverse proxy and VPN solution that provides a number of new features, including support for more devices, secure remote access to corporate resources for employees, business partners, and vendors on both managed and unmanaged PCs and mobile devices. UAG also offers a combination of connectivity options such as reverse proxy, VPN (especially SSL VPN), Direct Access, and Remote Desktop Services. In this article, I will show you how to configure session limits and timeouts on Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) server using Forefront UAG Management.


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Senior SharePoint Developer – Pasadena, CA
The Senior SharePoint developer will work as part of a development team to architect, develop, test, implement and support custom SharePoint solutions within multiple SharePoint 2010 farms. This role is expected to work with internal and external clients and business analysts to gather, prioritize and analyze requirements. Architect and document technical specifications with a strong understanding of performance, stability and maintainability factors. Perform regular code reviews and work with junior developers to help grow the team. Work with administrative teams where necessary to troubleshoot complex problems with custom solutions.


Microsoft Updates
What is Permissions Inheritance? (Microsoft)
Permissions inheritance allows you to make a permission assignment once, and have that permission apply to all sites, lists, libraries, folders and items that inherit permissions. This default behavior can reduce complexity and the amount of time Administrators and Site Owners spend on security management. By default, SharePoint sites inherit permissions from a parent site. This means that when you assign a user to the Members group, the user’s permissions automatically cascade down through all the sites, lists, libraries, folders and items that inherit the permission level.


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