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Ten Years at Microsoft
Ten years ago today I swallowed the red pill. Prior to joining Microsoft, I was an independent contractor. I worked for a few companies before the dot-bomb hit in 2001, and I was forced to seek shelter with a few different companies full-time. I decided in 2004 that I would go work with Microsoft...
1 Mar 2014
Create the Best App for Office 2013 in 5 Minutes
6 May 2013
Moving From Heroes to Mentors
In July 2010, I switched roles from Developer Platform Evangelism to become a Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint . My role in DPE was amazing as it afforded me time for activities that I love, like participating in user groups, speaking at conferences, writing blogs, and sometimes posting videos...
4 Feb 2012
Control Access to SharePoint Designer
You will often want to control who has access to use SharePoint Designer on your site. There are a number of ways to control who has permission, you will need to determine the combination that applies to your intended use of the site and your governance policy. Determine Your Information Architecture...
11 Jul 2011
What is a Dedicated Support Engineer?
For the past 7 years, I worked in Developer Platform Evangelism to talk to customers about the latest and greatest technologies that Microsoft would soon be releasing, and worked to gain early adopters of the technologies. This was a very fun job, but I desired a change. This past July, I...
24 Mar 2011
One Punch for So or Right, Two Punches for Ask
I received an email from a reader who posted an article on the use of “so” at the beginning of sentences, “ Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread (Actually ..... the Other "SO") ”. She included a link to an article I wrote back in 2004, " The Red Pill Affects Your Speech Patterns ". ...
27 Jul 2010
My New Job – Now With More SharePoint
For years, I have blogged about having the coolest job at Microsoft as an Architect Evangelist. That job’s still pretty cool, but I found one that fits me even better: I am now a Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint. You can read a little more about being a Premier Field Engineer online...
20 Jul 2010
Outlook Social Connector for Facebook
The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook is now available! I’ll admit, I am a huge Facebook fan. I have come to use it more than any other social network. That’s why I was excited to see the Outlook Social Connector for Facebook announced. I installed it,...
13 Jul 2010
I Am on the Thirsty Developer Podcast!
I had a great time talking with Dave Bost and Clark Sell on the Thirsty Developer Podcast about “When Not to Use SharePoint” . While I hate to hear my own voice (I am just overly self-critical), this was a fun interview because I got to talk about a ton of SharePoint resources. Of course...
1 Mar 2010
Presence in SharePoint 2010
One of the cool new features of SharePoint 2010 is the integration with Exchange 2010 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2. If your list has a field of type Person, hovering over it will provide the following popup. Click on the status icon (I call it the Skittle) and the display provides more...
28 Jan 2010
Bytes by MSDN
Looks like there is a really cool interview series called Bytes by MSDN where interviews with community influentials were taped at TechEd, each will talk about their recommended must-have resources. The interviews will be posted between now and Labor Day. Bytes by MSDN Schedule June 11 Scott...
12 Jun 2009
Should Evangelists Be Forced to Unit Test During Their Demos?
Last year, my friend DonXML issued a challenge to me: No more Console.WriteLine demos , from now on replace those demos with unit tests. Jim Holmes posted about his desire to see more focus on unit testing from the evangelists as well. Don and Jim: I’ve tried, I really have. I haven’t been successful...
30 Apr 2009
Working with the Common Feed Store in Windows
I have been trying to find a way to write an addin or utility to make the RSS support in Outlook suck a little less . Outlook has support for OPML import, but it flattens the hierarchy in the OMPL file. For instance, here’s a very small sample of my OPML. <? xml version ="1...
28 Mar 2009
Microsoft Marketing is on a Tear!
I’m the first to recognize that it’s easy to complain, but harder to give props. Today, I am giving props to the folks who started taking marketing at Microsoft seriously. I have complained both often and loudly about Microsoft’s marketing. From the “Office Dinosaurs” to “People Ready”, our...
23 Mar 2009
Welcome Eric Hoffman
Eric Hoffman, a great guy from AOL has joined our team and is starting up a blog… watch this space… http://blogs.msdn.com/erichoffman .
11 Mar 2009
Verizon Wireless Goodness
Just got this email from a coworker. Had no idea this was available, I’ll certainly leverage the Friends and Family feature, especially for the conference calling number that we use within Microsoft… that will save me some minutes per month, absolutely. I don’t know if anyone else has discovered...
11 Mar 2009
The ROI of Software Made Simple
Josh Holmes has a great post about going the the mattresses to prove ROI for your application. His post, “ Moving From Cost center to Strategic Partner ”, is well-written and is dead on the money. During my interview process at Microsoft, my interviews focused predominantly on two themes: how do...
16 Feb 2009
Cool Mobile App: Microsoft Tag
Just found out about Microsoft Tag from Jeff Blankenburg’s blog . Microsoft Tag is a cool technology that can link the physical world to the online world. It runs on multiple phone platforms and only uses the camera in your cell phone. Simply snap a picture of the tag, and people are...
8 Feb 2009
More Community Love for Windows 7
Love to see the great reactions to the Windows 7 beta . I have been running the beta for about a month as my primary machine, and it seems incredibly stable given its beta status. I LOVE the new taskbar, the window preview is even nicer than Vista’s (and I was pretty jazzed about that feature...
2 Feb 2009
PhotoSynth on CNN.com
Sticking with my stance of not talking politics on a technical blog , I only offer the following as a cool use of technology: CNN.com has a PhotoSynth of Obama's swearing in ceremony .
20 Jan 2009
Opening on Our Team - PSA
We have a really cool opening on our team at Microsoft - Platform Strategy Advisor . The PSA role is a great mix for someone with both business and technical acumen. The mission of the PSA is to demonstrate the business value of new innovative Microsoft platform technologies and to show Microsoft’s...
20 Oct 2008
Control PowerPoint Slide Shows with Windows Mobile
Rob Cameron on my team posted a very cool and geeky tidbit that shows how you can control PowerPoint slide shows with Windows Mobile . This just might give me a reason to start using PowerPoint in my presentations more frequently.
9 Oct 2008
Vista and Zune Underrated at PCWorld
Interesting to see someone besides Microsoft employees calling out Vista and Zune as underrated. http://www.pcworld.com/article/151402/the_10_most_overrated_products.html Even more interesting to see multiple Apple products called out as overrated.
5 Oct 2008
Transitioning Customers to .NET
Every once in awhile, the obvious jumps up at me. It happened today when thinking about how to get developers and architects to adopt .NET. The answer: you don't. Wha? Simple. Don't try to convince them to use .NET. If I start a conversation with a VB6 developer who is holding onto COM until it is pried...
19 Sep 2008
Free Silverlight and WPF Workshop in NYC 9/3/2008
Next week, my teammate Michael Scherotter will be holding a free half-day mini-workshop at the Microsoft office on 6th Avenue to teach people about building Silverlight and WPF applications with Expression Studio and Visual Studio. Since we work with Media and Communications companies, there will be...
29 Aug 2008
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