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  • Blog Post: Random catch up 22nd Feb

    Skydrive comes out of beta Beta is over for http://skydrive.live.com and the new version increases the storage by 4Gb to 5Gb! I use this to put my presentations in on the right column on the blog - easy to imbed the link with the icon Interoperability announcements there is a lot to read about...
  • Blog Post: Acquisition of FAST - what the analysts said

    In a $1.2bn purchase, Microsoft is offering to acquire the Norwegian enterprise search company Fast Search and Transfer (FAST).  This is being reviewed as a very positive move by the industry analysts as it more or less completes our end to end search offerings.  From free search all the way...
  • Blog Post: Can you all update your sections of the document and email it back to me?

    Professional life teaches you to make adjustments to your normal mode of working at times.  Sometimes you have to adapt your style and consciously do things differently.  If you've ever worked in a big blue chip, you will be familiar with this kind of coaching.  If you tend to fly off...
  • Blog Post: WSS 3.0 will be a separate download

    We announced today that we're pulling the WSS 3.0 bits out of Windows Server 2008 RC1 onward. No real change here, it will still be available free as a download and no change to the licensing but WSS won't be on the Server media any more. Not exactly sure why we've done this but I think it may have to...
  • Blog Post: Training on SharePoint and InfoPath

    I've decided to blog smaller items a bit more often as they occur to me so here's a question I answered today which might help others - where can I get some training on SharePoint and InfoPath? Good place to start is the online training at office online Try http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/training...
  • Blog Post: Davis Langdon MOSS 2007 story

    Construction consultants at Davis Langdon are renowned for delivering high-profile, high-value projects. They are involved in a number of well-known projects such as the London Olympics in 2012. The company’s United Kingdom operation provides consultancy advice on thousands of projects—each involving...
  • Blog Post: Random roundup 20th August 2007

    sorry been a busy week but here's the wheat without the chaff - frankly I was bored by most of the stuff in my inbox this week but there a few glimmers here: Office 2007 sp1 has gone out to beta testers. Seems to be stable and does make things feel a bit pacier apparently. I have downloaded it but haven...
  • Blog Post: It's not what you know, it's who you know

    It's the first week of the new financial year at Microsoft, typically the time when we all get our new objectives, people move jobs and when the music stops, we try to remap the landscape. Every coffee shop on campus is jammed with people chatting and every calendar filled with clandestine "catch up...
  • Blog Post: Office Live - Live interview

    As Office Live comes out of beta, I thought it would be good to catch up on the latest news. Today I'm joined by Mr Office Live himself - Tim Kimber to tell us more: Hi Tim, perhaps you'd like to introduce yourself and what you do? I'm the Office Live Business & Marketing lead for Microsoft UK. Office...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Protect and manage content

    I must confess I was a bit hungover when I recorded this one so I do suggest you run it speeded up (ctrl-shift-G) to cut down my pause for thought gaps. This really is a very important topic so I apologise for not sounding more exuberant while demoing it. In this blogcast I cover a bit more of the security...
  • Blog Post: Better decisions faster: Blogcast demo

    Continuing my series of blogcast demos, this week I am talking about business intelligence , showing how customers can derive more value from their data and turn information into insight. Things I cover in this demo: Report Center in SharePoint Server Webparts in SharePoint Server Excel services, publishing...
  • Blog Post: Project Collaboration demo blogcast

    Here is my latest demonstration: project collaboration . What I'm showing is the common scenario of a few people just wanting to work together on a project and get more from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and some of the desktop applications. I go through: Creating a team workspace Using simple...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: my launch demo

    For the launch of Exchange Server 2007, Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, I put together this demo and have been hawking it round pretty much every event since (well that's just good reuse right?). This demo required a fair amount of stuff installed on the virtual PC including Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Kingston University: the future's bright with 2007 Office

    It was my pleasure to get to know Ian McNeice from Kingston University over the last few months. Ian is a very passionate visionary in academic IT and was one of our early adopters. He kindly agreed to an IM interview about how they are using SharePoint Server 2007 and other Microsoft technologies to...
  • Blog Post: Fighting the second law of thermodynamics

    T-13 days An understanding of physics, I always maintain, is a useful foundation for living. It helps to understand why launching a product can feel like an uphill struggle. The reason is that the entropy always increases. Put another way, the natural order of things is to descend into ever greater degrees...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Tagging in the 2007 Office authoring experience

    Renewing my commitment to recording the demos that I find myself doing frequently, I've recorded this one about tagging. We used to talk about metadata as the term for this - that is data about data - but I've noticed that people now refer to it as tagging, what with the rise in "folksonomies" such as...
  • Blog Post: Blogging tools OneNote and SharePoint Server 2007

    Blogging tools are all over the news today with the release of the new Microsoft blogging tool, Microsoft Windows Live Writer which is now in beta. The tool is really great. I am really impressed by it. You just put in the URL to your blog and does the rest. The editor seems to create a WYSIWYG post...
  • Blog Post: Go SharePoint and good things happen

    Yesterday's presentations were to two groups of sales managers from Computacenter to whom I attempted to convey something of the Office System in 40 minutes. I'm not sure I got it across all that effectively. It is pretty hard to get through the 15 desktop applications and 6 servers in a short pitch...
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