April, 2010

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    Project 2010 Professional/Standard and Project Server 2010 are ready for download on MSFT Volume Licensing

    Happy Friday and download :) Yes MSDN/TechNet is next…

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/

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    Use Project 2010 Timeline to Create PowerPoint Agenda Slides

    While the tip of the day on my 2010 countdown widget is User-Controlled scheduling, another Project 2010 killer is the new timeline feature (see this post from more information: Project 2010: Introducing the Timeline View

    Recently I have been using to produce PowerPoint agenda slides and I’m very proud of it :)
    Take the MPP below this post (yes its in the new Project 2010 format) and modify tasks names and more importantly their duration to emphasize how much each section will take during your presentation; cut and paste in PowerPoint; further massage data and look and feel if desired and VOILA!

    PS: add some PowerPoint 2010 new animations and you will look like a star!
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    Project 2010 (aka Project 14), 14 days before liftoff and beyond

    While we are about less than 14 days before Microsoft Project 2010 liftoff according to my Countdown to 2010 Event widget.

    While Brian Smith is doing a fruit salad (see Project Server 2010- Things to note, and avoid, as you start the 2010 journey…); always love the writing style and humor :) (I would add to his list: IE 7 or IE 8 ONLY are required for PWA, not to mention Excel 2007 or above to create sexy looking Excel Services dashboard, etc…), and helping all our early adopters; I wanted to take a few minutes break and share some quick thoughts before this major milestone.
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    First as you can guess while the product team has been busy working on the next version (yes after 2010) specially since the product is now RTM (yes it’s not available everywhere yet but it will soon be (we all have been waiting for about 3.5 years, so a few more days/weeks is insignificant correct?) so Patience <- with the voice of Yoda speaking to Luke), the Project Marketing team which I’m a proud member of has been busy preparing for launch. Since I arrived as a Technical Product Manager in Redmond in September 2007 (so after the Project 2007 launch), this is my first product launch and it has a very exciting time but also extremely busy as you can all imagine. It’s great to see initiatives we have been working on for the past several months/years come to life; hard to share how good I feel about May 12th but trust me I will have a glass of Champagne to celebrate it! Microsoft Project 2010 Rocket
    Secondly, Jan and I have also been actively planning next steps and what are the big bets we want to achieve in terms of technical readiness in the next fiscal year (starts July 1, 2010 in the Microsoft world), so our ask to all of you whether your are a customer/partner/MVP… and based on what you have seen so far with respect to Project 2010 technical readiness (webcasts, events, content on MSDN and TechNet, Ignite, Technical Adoption Programs, etc…) do you have suggestions/ideas on what we should be doing this next fiscal? (please send me an email directly if you have my info or use this blog Email link and put FY11 Planning in the email subject).
    Don’t get me wrong, we have put together an exciting plan so far, but we are always open to suggestion, feedback, and great ideas on how to drive Project 2010 adoption everywhere (yes we have budget!)!

    PS: I made the “Alpha” rocket last week end for my son, and it took off on and on like a rocket :) A perfect 2010 sign!
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    Microsoft Project 2007 April 2010 Cumulative Update is Here!

    [cross post from Project Admin Blog:  @April 2010 Cumulative Update (CU) for Project Server 2007, Office SharePoint Server 2007, WSS and Project 2007 now available!]

    and two more weeks before the 2010 launch :)

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    Microsoft Project Server 2010 Availability on MSDN and TechNet Subscribers Download, it’s coming!

    Following this recent announcement Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 RTM are available for download to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers, I have seen a lot of requests for our favorite product: Microsoft Project Server 2010, when will it become available for download on MSDN/TechNet (as well as when will Fast Search Server for SharePoint, Search Server or Groove Server be available as well)?? To optimize server distribution capacity, the plan was to make them available on May 12th during our Virtual Launch Day: http://www.the2010event.com but due to the overwhelming excitement about getting it sooner, I have been working hard to move the day earlier and hopefully next week you will be very happy!

    Please note that the 2010 bits started to become available yesterday on Microsoft Volume License Service Center (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/Default.aspx).

    In the meantime setup your SharePoint Server 2010 farm and install Project Professional 2010!

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    Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 RTM are available for download to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers

    My favorite picture today :) Yes you need to be either a MSDN or TechNet paid subscriber to access these. Yes Project Server 2010 is missing, stay tune for more information, in the meantime start deploying SharePoint Server 2010, Office Professional 2010 and Project Professional 2010 in your favorite language. Last but not least please read the MSDN/TechNet Software Use Rights prior to any install.

    Available languages (more info here)

    • Arabic
    • Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional)
    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Russian
    • Spanish

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx

    And please note Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (ex Windows SharePoint Services V3, free version of SP) is here.

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    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is RTM

    [cross post @Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is RTM]

    Exciting times at Microsoft, after Visual Studio 2010 and Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010, Project Server 2010, SQL 2008 R2 is RTM (press release: Microsoft Kicks Off Worldwide Launch of SQL Server 2008 R2).

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    ANNOUNCING Microsoft Project Server 2010 Demand Management Webcast Series - Mark your Calendars!

    We are happy to announce the upcoming Microsoft Project Server 2010  Demand Management four webcast series targeted at end users during May 2010. These webcasts will introduce the concepts of Demand Management; explain the framework for the project/program phases of plan, manage, and close, and explain how to integrate information paths and strategic objectives; and provide use-case examples that showcase the enterprise-wide benefits Demand Management feature in Microsoft Project Server 2010. On the same topic, the following whitepaper produced by Advisicon will be published in May: Microsoft Project Server 2010  - A look at Demand Management, A whitepaper for stakeholders in a program ecosystem.

    Please register and mark your calendars!

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    Title Date/Time Description Presenter
    Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 1 of 4): Overview Tuesday, May 04, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) This is the first webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we highlight the new Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. Topics we cover include how demand management in Project Server 2010: · Offers positive business impacts for multiple departments. · Enhances strategic visibility into portfolios, programs, and projects across the enterprise. · Benefits governance control processes by allowing for multiple lifecycle styles, creation of a central repository for project/program documents and data, and more streamlined capabilities for collecting project data. Tim Cermak, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Advisicon, Inc.
    Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 2 of 4): Create and Select Phases Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) This is the second webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we outline the framework for the project/program phases of create and select, and we explain how to integrate information paths and strategic objectives within the Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. Topics we cover include cost, corporate benefit and strategic impact, organizational approach, utilization of necessary resources, risk assessment, defining conditions leading to project/program selection by outlining the business drivers, strategic priorities, scenarios, impact standards, and assumption/constraint analysis. Tim Runcie, President, MVP, Advisicon, Inc.
    Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 3 of 4): Plan, Manage, and Close Phases Monday, May 17, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) This is the third webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we outline the framework for the project/program phases of plan, manage, and close, and we explain how to integrate information paths and strategic objectives within the Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. Topics we cover include: defining project structure of phases, identifying milestones and dependencies, development of resource management policies, monitoring actual values in comparison with planned values and forecasts, integrated change control processes, status reporting, issue/risk management progress, obtaining appropriate sign-offs, and completion and archiving of project documents forming organization assets. Tim Cermak, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Advisicon, Inc.
    Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 4 of 4): Test the Theory and Review Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) This is the fourth webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we provide use-case examples that showcase the enterprise-wide benefits of the Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. We also cover best practices for integration, implementation, and execution of demand management. Tim Cermak, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Advisicon, Inc.

    You need to register for the free of charge webcast by clicking the link; then you get emailed a link to sign on and participate in the web cast on its date and time (please note only the first two webcast are available for registration at this stage). Each TechNet webcast is recorded for later viewing which should be through the same registration URL.

    For Microsoft Project 2010 resources check out this post: Microsoft Project 2010 - Preparing for Launch in 30 Days

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    Pre-order Microsoft Project Professional 2010

    Now that Office 2010, Project 2010, and SharePoint 2001 have RTM’ed (Microsoft Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Have RTM) time to pre-order your favorite desktop application :)

    Microsoft Project 2010

    http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Project-Professional-2010/product/E3656F7C

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    Microsoft Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Have RTM

    Following the broad Office 2010 announcement: Office 2010 Reaches RTM! yes Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 have RTM’ed (along with Office, SharePoint and Visio)! Signup for our virtual launch event in less than a month on May 12th. For information here: Microsoft Project 2010 Resources and Content – April 2010

    RTM (Release to Manufacturing) is the final engineering milestone of our product development cycle, and is a significant achievement for all of us. We could not have reached this point without the participation of more than 450 customers and partners who have all worked with us on early deployment and testing of the products. The feedback that we've received from you has helped deliver a set of products we are very excited about.

    Important Dates and Product Availability Information!

    Eligible Volume Licensing Customers with active Software Assurance (SA), will be able to download the English products via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. Customers without SA will be able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft partners starting May 1. You can expect to see Office 2010 in retail stores in June, and can pre-order Office 2010 at http://store.microsoft.com/OfficePreorder today to receive Office when it ships in June.

    Join us for the Virtual Launch Event - May 12th

    As announced earlier, we will officially launch Office 2010 on May 12 in New York City with a keynote from Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft's Business Division. Customers, Partners and individuals around the globe can participate in a virtual launch by going to http://www.the2010event.com. The virtual launch will include product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives. Several early adopter stories from the TAP programs will be highlighted during the event.

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