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    SharePoint 2007 Training

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    One of the questions I got asked frequently at the Worldwide Partner Conference is "How do I/how does my IT team get ramped up on SharePoint technology?" I've outlined 10 steps that you and/or your team can take to ramp up. This is relevent whether...
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    next version

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    I've received several emails asking me what's coming in the next version of our portal technologies. I can assure you that we have a solid plan in place to deliver great technology based on customer and partner feedback. Unfortunately, I can't share that...
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    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

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    This is an original post I wrote using Office 2007 Beta 2 which explains some of the formatting. I'm working with some folks to try and get this posted as an official whitepaper. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is the next generation of Microsoft...
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    Mike Drip's entertaining article on "SharePoint"

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    This blog entry has been rewritten to focus on the content of the article. I came across Mike Drip's article recently that is published on informat.com. I don't feel the content of the article provides constructive feedback or solutions to SharePoint...
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    Why Choose Microsoft for your Portal?

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    Whether you're a business or technical decision maker, it's important to think about what's important to your organization when making a software decision. For most companies, software is an enabler of business. That is to say, your company is probably...
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    Indian Cricket - Great Expectations

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    Today was a sad day for one billion people. It wasn't because of any natural disaster or terrorist crisis. It was because of something much less dramatic – a cricket game. Cricket is a sport played in many commonwealth countries including India, Australia...
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    Microsoft CMS Futures

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    I did a presentation at IT Forum , at Barcelona, on the future of CMS and SPS shortly after the release of CMS SP2 . I wanted to spend some time writing about the next version as well as highlighting great CMS resources for CMS developers and IT administrators...
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    Microsoft Enterprise Search 101: Technology and SKU breakdown

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    I wrote a short article about Microsoft Enterprise Search a little while ago. Now that there have been some recent announcements, I thought I'd provide a short overview of how all the Microsoft search technologies come together. For starters, here...
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    A Personal Note

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    I had a very productive professional week. Angus Logan and I delivered 6 sessions in the span of 4 days in 2 different countries: New Zealand and Australia. We also met several partners and customers and did a press interview. The long flight to the region...
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    Live vs. Google Search

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    Most people I talk to use Google for Internet search. Google returns relevant results fast. Over the last few years, Microsoft has made a ton of progress with Internet search ( http://www.live.com ). In fact, I can now say that Live Search is at least...
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    SharePoint = Platform (and Application)

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    SharePoint technology, in many ways, is a game and category changing technology. Because SharePoint is revolutionary, different people (and sometimes our partners and competitors) view its value in different ways. Unlike commodity and vertical applications...
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    SP2, CMS Future and Workflow partner

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    Quick blog entry: At TechEd 2005, I presented 3 sessions. 2 breakout sessions and 1 cabana talk. It was great to see the excitement around CMS and SharePoint Products and Technologies. In one of my sessions I talked about CMS SP2 and talked about the...
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    Integration with SharePoint Products and Technologies

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    If you have existing investments, you should use them. From an infrastructure standpoint it's always ideal to have one uber repository, one uber solution that solves all your problems. However, that's not always practical. Migration of content takes time...
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    SharePoint and Drupal

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    I was asked recently for a comparison between SharePoint and Drupal so I thought I would share my thoughts. While there is some overlap in web/content management functionality between the two frameworks, there are also some notable differences. SharePoint...
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    Distributed Computing and Enterprise 2.0

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    During my college years, the Internet phenomenon took off. While computer networks was a subject taught at college for many years, it’s not until the 90s that really broad applications emerged. As late as the early 90s, only large private, public &...
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    Web 2.0 in the Enterprise

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    Web 2.0 is a popular term used to describe a number of web applications on the Internet. Terms like Enterprise 2.0 and Office 2.0 have also made their way into mainstream Tech vernacular. As a Technical Decision Maker, as an Architect, as a Business Decision...
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    SharePoint Resources

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    I just spent some time adding links to my blog to some of the SharePoint resources. Take a look on the left hand side. There are a lot of resources, downloads, whitepapers and samples available out there... I'll continue adding more links over time. Here...
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    SharePoint TechEd DVD

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    We're excited to announce that we are going to have a Office SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 DVD in every bag at TechEd! This DVD contains some great resources including a base VPC! Please note: You need .NET Framework 1.1 to autostart the DVD. If you...
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    SharePoint Online Training

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    You can do SharePoint Products and Technologies Hands on Labs online. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/sps2003.mspx This is -absolutely- killer. You can learn about the product without even having to set it up.
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    SharePoint Webcasts

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    Here is a list of SharePoint Webcasts that you can view on-demand. They cover a variety of great topics. You can find a list of web casts at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sppt/webcasts/default.mspx TechNet Webcast: Project 2003: Integration...
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    Using the word SharePoint

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    If you say SharePoint 2003, my respected colleague down the hall from me, Mike Fitzmaurice, won't be very happy. You see, SharePoint 2003 really doesn't make sense; it doesn't mean anything. Tell that to the authors of Microsoft SharePoint 2003 Unleashed...
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    article on indian americans

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    I recently wrote an article that is published at http://www.generationindia.com/current/americandream092004.php . Generation India is a site dedicated to Indian Americans. Let me know what you think of my article. I have only presented a specific and...
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    SharePoint Web Service Example – Grabbing Wiki Content

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    I presented a session at Tech Ready (Microsoft internal conference) yesterday. One of the samples I showed was how information can be consumed from a SharePoint web service and repurposed. The specific example was taking the Wiki content we host internally...
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    SharePoint Search Tool for SharePoint Resources

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    With the number of great SharePoint resources out there, it is sometimes difficult to find the specific resource or content that you need. Michal Gideoni and a partner released a great tool that's built on SharePoint for SharePoint. The concept is very...
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    Live Mesh

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    A good friend of mine, Aakash Kambuj, is a senior developer on the Mesh team. For the last few weeks he has been pressing me to try out the Mesh Technical Preview - something he has been working on for quite some time now. So just a few days ago, I gave...
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