Mark Bower

Random thoughts on Collaborative Apps, Social Software and SharePoint in the Enterprise

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    Problems installing SQL 2005 April CTP

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    I hit a showstopper installing the SQL Server 2005 April CTP. I think the problem may have been related to having an instance of SQL Server 2000 already installed on the box. Mauro had the answer though. Thanks Mauro. I’m now subscribed! ...
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    BillG sets the direction for Information Worker platform

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    In his latest Executive email Thursday BillG set out Microsoft's vision for the Information Worker space. If you want a broad idea of the direction that the Microsoft Office product set is likely to take in the future then here it is. These were the key...
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    New SharePoint blogger on the block

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    Please welcome my buddy and sometime room-mate Michael O'Donovan to the blogosphere. Michael is posting on SharePoint, Commerce Server and Content Management Server. http://blogs.msdn.com/modonovan/default.aspx
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    Windows Desktop Search RTW

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    Windows Desktop Search has been Released to Web: http://toolbar.msn.com/ The Beta version, then branded as MSN Desktop Search, shipped around Dec of last year. New in this version you will see the Preview Pane, much like the one in Outlook, and an...
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    Task oriented Windows

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    Interesting discussion on Ryan Dawson's blog around a task-oriented UI for Windows. http://www.longhornblogs.com/rdawson/archive/2005/05/12/14064.aspx
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    BBC makes it content available to developers free of charge

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    This is an interesting move by the BBC. It is opening up its content and providing APIs free-of-charge to enable developers to create non-commercial applications. “backstage.bbc.co.uk attempts to encourage and support those who have provided most...
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    Is Windows Too Complex for Structured Task Workers?

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    A number of my customers have recently presented me with an interesting question. Some CIOs and architects I have been talking to have latched onto the web part capabilities in SPS and are envisioning a solution for structured task workers that makes...
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    Fabrikam Learning Platform available for pre-order

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    The documentation has been available on MSDN for around 6 months now, but at long last the Office System Fabrikam Learning Platform itself is available for pre-order. The DVDs are currently in production and should be shipping soon. Here's the official...
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    Office 2003 PIAs now available as a Reditributable Package

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    The Office 2003 licence said that the Primary Interop Assemblies that ship with Office were not redistributable. That changes now with the release of a redist package you can use in your setup programs. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 - coming to a download site near you!

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    Good news! Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and the SQL Server April CTP are on their way. The Beta 2 build is currently being prepped to go live on MSDN subscriber downloads. If you have been desperately waiting for these bits (and I know I have) then your...
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    Microsoft Acquires Groove Networks

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    Microsoft on Thursday said it will acquire Groove Networks and make Groove's founder, Ray Ozzie , chief technology officer at the software giant. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Microsoft said it will incorporate Groove's collaboration software...
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    Quick Tip: Learning the Office Object Model

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    This is an old one, but still a good one. Want to do something programmatically in Word/Excel etc. and don't know how to? Simply hit Tools/Macro/Record to start recording a new macro. Perform the action through the UI, and stop the recording. Then you...
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    New Project

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    Been a bit quiet of late as I have been working on a couple of 3 week proof-of-concept projects. These are very intensive and leave little time for anything else. With those projects now out of the way I am moving onto 6 month project where our technology...
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    Word 2003 XML SDK Download available

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    Title says it all really. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ca83cb4f-8dee-41a3-9c25-dd889aea781c&displaylang=en
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    Gates and Sinofsky spill the beans on the future of InfoPath

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    Just been watching more of the BillG keynote from the Office Dev Con. The second part of the session is a QnA with Bill and Steven Sinofsky. Bill and Steven made some interesting comments about the future of InfoPath. Asked by an audience member about...
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    At last…an integrated web/email/NNTP discussion platform!

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    Rob Howard’s recent post on the future of Community Server Forums (formerly ASP.NET Forums) ties in nicely with my main gripe about discussion lists (http://blogs.msdn.com/bowerm/archive/2005/01/11/350750.aspx). In Rob’s case his team are planning to implement NNTP access to their fora. Rob also reports plans for list-serv integration too. This is way cool and well overdue!...
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    Office 12 to include Workflow Capabilities

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    After the first murmurings around Exchange 12 , a little more Office 12 info is starting to eek out. InfoWorld reports BillG's speech at the Office Dev Con last week in which he announced Office 12 is to include built-in workflow capabilities. Of course...
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    Blogmap

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    This is neat. Chandu Thota has updated his blogmap project to provide a resource where you can search for blogs by geographic location of the author. If you own a blog simply add your details to the web site and get a map on your blog like the one on...
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    MSDN 'Nuggets'

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    I remember having a chat with Joel Semeniuk last Autumn around the usefulness (or not) of webcasts. My contention was that they are great for little snippets of information - particularly highly visual demos, but the longer webcasts just pass me by. The good news (for me at least) is that I am not the only person to have thought....
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    Threading, Responsive UIs and the End of the Free Lunch

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    Deciding Between Snchronous and Asynchronous Programming Models...
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    MSDN Magazine Office Special

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    The February MSDN Magazine is devoted in large part to Office development. John Durant write on creating Research Pane services to search IM logs. Alok Mehta writes on intregrating data into Excel from Web Services Maxim Karpov and Eric Schoonover discuss...
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    Choosing Between Smart Client and Thin Client Architectures

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    Great new article from David Hill in the MS Architect's Journal on choosing between smart client and thin client architecture. Also discusses the advantaged of using the MS Office applications as a smart client host to your solutions. http://msdn.microsoft...
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    Early news on Exchange 12 features

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    Looks like our execs have started talking about some of the features planned for Exchange 12: http://news.com.com/Next+Exchange+to+combine+e-mail%2C+voice+mail/2100-1012_3-5542542.html
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    Wrapping-up the chat on SharePoint Discussion Lists

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    Thanks for all the great comments over the past week or around SharePoint discussion lists. The Program Manager for Discussion Lists in WSS v.next was has told me that the majority of the issues you raised will be addressed in the next version. Looking...
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    SharePoint discussion lists: What's needed to make them work?

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    I posted my theory yesterday on why SharePoint discussion lists aren't used more. The votes are in and it looks like I am out-gunned on this one with most folks blaming poor feature set for low take-up......
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