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  • Blog Post: 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (SP1)

    Just a heads up for those that use our demo VM sets that we produce. We just released a new version 2010-10.  In a nutshell here are the big changes over the 2010-7 VM set we published previously: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Office and SharePoint SP1' s Lync 2010 (Client and Server) Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Send an unsung hero to SPC…

    unsung hero Part of Speech:    n Definition:    a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution We have 10 full SharePoint Conference 2011 (SPC) passes (valued at $1,199.00!!! each) to give to deserving individuals who would like to attend SPC 2011 and who are prepared...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: “Headless” Authentication with SharePoint Online and the Client Side Object Model

    This is a continuation from my last post:  Authentication with SharePoint Online and the Client Side Object Model Part 1 tackled how to authenticate and get data from SharePoint Online (SPO) in a client application like a Windows application.  This included popping up a browser in a dialog...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 SDK – Now with more SharePoint Online!

    Our fantastic documentation team released an update to the SharePoint SDK today that includes a raft of important things for prospective SharePoint Online developers. In particular is the SharePoint Online General Reference topic. Additionally the SDK is now marked up with “Available in SharePoint Online...
  • Blog Post: Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 Publishing Sites

    Want to learn how to build an internet facing web site on SharePoint 2010? A newly released Whitepaper from Andrew Connell and Randy Drisgill provides and end to end, step by step walk through of how to go about planning, designing and implementing your project. This is a fantastic resource for everyone...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SharePoint Easy Setup for Developers

    Starting today developers can download a new set of pre-packaged tools that help developers easily get started with SharePoint 2010 development by automating the provisioning of a developer workstation using Windows 7, SharePoint & associated tools. Written in Windows PowerShell these scripts will...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Connections, Las Vegas & SharePint Community Event

    If you have ever been to a SharePoint event in the past, then you will know that one of the highlights is usually the SharePint.  It’s a great way to mix and mingle with fellow like minded folk & glitterati of the SharePoint world.  It’s a guaranteed good time :) For the SharePoint Connections...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Sideshow

    The new SharePoint Sideshow is up live on Channel 9.   The first show is up and live with Paul and Donavan talking you through what they are planning for the show and some of the first things to get you started. The SharePoint Sideshow is about all things around SharePoint and Office development...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Connections, Las Vegas Nov 1-4

    I will be presenting 2 sessions at the up coming SharePoint Connections in Las Vegas, Nov 1-4. HMS01: Crash Course in SharePoint 2010 Development HMS10: Overview of Enterprise Content Management in SharePoint 2010 The Microsoft SharePoint team will also have a booth in the exhibitor space where we will...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint development environments, my guidance

    At most conferences or events I get cornered by at least two or three people wanting my opinion on how to best set up their development environments.  Questions like: Should I have all my developers on one shared SharePoint server? Should I virtualize? What spec PCs should I buy our developers?...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, ADO.Net Data Services and Silverlight 4 data binding example

    I presented recently at an internal Microsoft conference here in Seattle & showed a simple OData/ADO.Net data services & Silverlight 4 data binding example. It is very rudimentary, but shows how simple it is to get up and running binding Silverlight controls to data coming from SharePoint. ...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Demo and Eval VM (RTM edition)

    Happy to announce we have published our new RTM Hyper-V Virtual Machine.  It contains all the goodies you have come to love & a few new ones, including SQL 2008 R2 & Windows Server 2008 R2. Because we have moved to Windows server 2008 R2 … there are some gotchas with evaluation periods etc...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010, Office 2010 and Profile Pictures

    As many of you will know SharePoint & Office make heavy use of your profile pictures to personalize the experience.  For example, here is my profile photo in my My Site. I get to set up this stuff up quite often in demo environments & so i thought i would post about the process for doing...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010 North America and the Office and SharePoint Track

    If you were wondering if you should come to TechEd this year wonder no more.  Planning is well underway for TechEd North America 2010 for the Office and SharePoint track (OSP) and it is looking great. Right now we are almost finished figuring out what sessions we are going to have.  Yep that...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Beta Virtual Machine available

    (Long time no post … sorry! we have been really busy!) Last week we released a new SharePoint 2010 Beta Virtual Machine.  ( GET IT HERE ) This VM contains a bunch of pre-configured products including SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, SQL, Exchange, Office Communications Server & Visual Studio +...
  • Blog Post: Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

    We just went live with a brand new HUGE! two part whitepaper on branding SharePoint 2007 Publishing Sites. This is an awesome resource for getting up to speed on how to build cutting edge internet facing websites on SharePoint 2007. We take you step by step through the process all the way from the...
  • Blog Post: How we demo…

    I get a bunch of questions at events etc… on how our team do demos. I don't mean the content of the demos, i mean the actual setup and execution. You might think this is a simple question to answer, but it is more complex than you think. First up there is no single answer to this, but it basically...
  • Blog Post: VS 2010 and SharePoint

    Soma posted on the new SharePoint and Visual Studio integration coming in the next release of Visual Studio.  http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2009/02/19/sharepoint-tools-support-in-visual-studio.aspx This is something I have been working on with the developer division and it is very cool...
  • Blog Post: Demoing SharePoint… how do you do it?

    Ivory Tower (Redmond) to all earth bound SharePoint peeps.  I need some info on your l33t SharePoint skillz. I am doing some research into how you, as SharePoint evangelists, demo SharePoint to others.  This could be as part of a sales pitch or just a regular Thu night demo to the SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Conference 2009 announced

    Vegas, SharePoint & loads of great content & people … do i need to say any more? http://www.mssharepointconference.com/ Early bird registration is open now.  Best conference out there for under a grand USD.
  • Blog Post: New job

    No I haven’t been laid off from Microsoft … and hope I don't any time soon :) I changed roles this past week.  I have joined the world famous (in SharePoint circles anyway) Technical Product Management team run by Arpan Shah .  This is the team that notable folks such as Joel Olsen , Mike Fitzmaurice...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint Ramp Up Training available

    If you are a new to SharePoint development then this series of training might be helpful.  Part 2 just went live.
  • Blog Post: Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint v1.3

    As you might have seen on the SharePoint Team Blog we released the Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint v1.3 . This is really designed to address a number of pressing needs our users have with v1.2. Namely: - x64 support - Command line build support There...
  • Blog Post: BB13: SharePoint 2007 Creating SharePoint Applications with Visual Studio -- Sample Code

    Here are the code samples I demonstrated in my PDC Session last week as promised. You can watch the recorded session here: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/BB13/   (Silverlight streaming Video & slides + demo side by side) Please read the “Contoso Sample Setup.rtf” file for setup instructions...
  • Blog Post: UPDATED: Building a simple ASP.Net page based SharePoint application in Visual Studio with the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 1.2 with Visual Studio 2008

    I have had a lot of feedback from people via email and comments that they really like the blog post I did about ASP.Net applications in SharePoint. However,  there were a few “bugs” with that post, so I have decided to redo it with those fixed.  This post builds the same example but with: Visual...
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