I spent a while doing my monthly deep dive into what's hot and what's just been released.  Here are my favorite topics, and tools.  Enjoy!   -- Susan

Hot Topics - Daylight Saving Time Changes

US and Canadian Daylight Saving Time occurs March 9: DST now begins on the second Sunday of March (in 2008, March 9), several weeks earlier than in years prior to 2007. DST will end later than usual, on the first Sunday of November (in 2008, November 2). This results in a new DST period that is approximately three to four weeks longer than in previous years. Generally, customers should have applied and updated their client and server systems previously with the 2007 DST and TZ updates, and continued to install cumulative updates as released (such as the 2008 Cumulative Time Zone Update for Windows has as noted in KB article 942763). Please review the page linked above, and the list of impacted Microsoft products at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/dst_prodlist to determine if any mitigation is needed.

 

Hot Topics - Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation to Promote Open Identity Management on the Web

The OpenID Foundation today announced that Google (Nasdaq:GOOG), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Verisign (Nasdaq:VRSN) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) have joined as its first corporate board members. With these companies’ deep expertise in Internet and security technology, the OpenID Foundation strengthens the industrywide effort to empower users with portable Web identities, or OpenIDs. This effort helps ensure the evolution of an open and interoperable Internet that helps people take control of how their personal information is used online and helps online businesses attract and retain more users by simplifying and securing the management of digital identities. The OpenID Foundation was formed in June 2007 to support and promote the technology developed by the OpenID community. Members include individuals, students, nonprofits, startups and industry giants that have come together to develop and promote open identity management on the Web. For more information, see http://openid.net/foundation and http://openid.net/

 

Cool Tools - I just love!

Office Add-in: Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office This add-in enables you to embed Creative Commons licenses directly into Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents

 

Communications Server 2007 Visio stencil The Office Communications Server 2007 Visio stencil contains icons for Office Communications Server 2007 server roles and components.

 

Groove 2007 Tool Template: Time Tracker Enables professional services firms, consultants, and other mobile employees to record their billable time in Microsoft Office Groove 2007.


SharePoint Templates: Preformatted document libraries for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 Add preformatted document libraries to your Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site. Each library is configured with a Microsoft Office Word 2007 template that generates a new document and binds data in the library with data in the body of each document.


Portfolio Server 2007 SP1 Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 helps your organization realize its potential by identifying, selecting, managing, and delivering portfolios that align with your strategic priorities


Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Training Portal Edition and Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Training Standalone Edition The Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Training Editions provide step-by-step through SharePoint Designer features using easy to understand videos.


Microsoft Visual Basic Power Packs 3.0

Microsoft Visual Basic Power Packs 3.0 includes a new DataRepeater control and updated versions of the three previously released Visual Basic Power Packs, Line and Shape controls, the PrintForm Component and the Printer Compatibility Library. All are now included in a single assembly.  The new DataRepeater control allows you use standard Windows Forms controls to display rows of your data in a scrollable container giving you more flexibility and customization than standard grid controls. The Line and Shape controls are a set of three graphical controls that enable you to draw lines, ovals, and rectangles on forms and containers at design time making it much easier to enhance the look of your user interface. The Printer Compatibility Library allows projects that used the Printer and Printers Collection in Visual Basic 6.0 to be upgraded without having to re-write your printing logic.  See also Microsoft Visual Basic Power Packs 3.0 Readme.htm