SharePoint Daily for December 10, 2008

Chris Dooley is out for the week at MindSharp's Power End-User training. Vienna is filling in.

Top News Stories
Microsoft Office to Debut Online (BBC News)
In 2009 web versions of Word, Excel and other programs in the Microsoft Office suite plus Exchange and Sharepoint will go online. Users will be able to get at the programs via a web browser rather than install them on a PC.

Microsoft fixes 28 flaws; 6 are critical (CNET News)
Microsoft on Tuesday released its December 2008 security bulletin. The "critical" bulletins affect Windows GDI, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Windows Search. The "important" updates affect SharePoint and Windows Media Components. Microsoft is including within each bulletin an "exploitability index" to help system administrators prioritize the patches. All Microsoft security patches for both Windows and Office software are available via Microsoft Update or via the individual bulletins detailed below.

Microsoft's New Open Source Web CMS (CMS Wire)
Yes, Microsoft has SharePoint. And it's the most talked about and controversial content management system out there today. Everyone seems to have it. Many actually use it. But having SharePoint isn't enough. The company has just announced an open source web content managment platform (or blogging engine depending on how you slice these things) called Oxite. This new bundle of .NET code may be designed to take on the likes of WordPress, but will it do more than create a small sputter?

Microsoft’s BizSpark Program, In First 30 Days, Reaches Thousands of Startups, Developers (Xconomy)
It’s been a whirlwind month for Cliff Reeves. The Microsoft general manager just got back from Eastern Europe and China, where he was promoting the debut of BizSpark, Microsoft’s new outreach program for startups. The program offers free software, development tools, and technical support to early-stage startups worldwide, with the goal of helping local software economies—as well as getting Microsoft technology into the hands of the best young developers out there.

Around the Blogosphere
European Best Practices SharePoint Conference Announced (Bob Fox's SharePoint Blog)
For those of you that have heard about the success of the US Based SharePoint Best Practices SharePoint Conference I have good news.  It is coming to the UK in April. Steve Smith has announced the European Best Practices SharePoint Conference to be held April 6-8 in London.

Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite - SharePoint Workflow templates disappeared (ML's Chatter)
Just recently I installed Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite on the same VPC that I had Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2005 installed on.  I was really excited about getting to use it until I noticed that the VSTO for Office 2007 wasn't displaying any templates.

64-Bit PDF iFilter Now Available from Adobe (WorkerThread)
Excellent news, picked up via From the Field, Adobe have released a proper 64-bit iFilter 9 in response to customer requests, complete with instructions for setup on SharePoint Server 2007, Exchange and SQL Server.  You can download the installer here, as well as various instruction documents.

Powershell output capturing and text wrapping: strange quirks... solved! (Serge van den Oever)
To capture (transcript) all output of a Powershell script, and control the way textwrapping is done, use the following approach from for exmaple a batch file or your Powershell code:

A few comments on the Microsoft Dynamics 5.0 sneak peek (Mads Nissen)
Simon Hutson wrote about the new features of CRM 5.0 and was forced to remove it again. Fortunately Stefano Demiliani posted it too, and now the content is reblogged all over:) The release time for CRM 5.0 is indicated to be late 2009, or 2010. From the looks of it I would guess 2010 with the changes they're making, and with an indicated tighter relation to Sharepoint it's not unlikely that the release of these two products will go hand-in-hand.

Case Study - KM and Training Repository for a Global Bank - Part 1 (
This case study will discuss the introduction of Microsoft SharePoint as a knowledge management and training repository for a Global bank in a financial services customer facing line of business. Direct groups supported include staff in North America, but due to the nature of the industry users also include teams in Europe and India in particular.

Around Bamboo Nation
SharePoint Site Usage Reports: Site Requests and Site Users Pages (SharePoint Blank)
After reviewing the Site usage summary metrics that I outlined yesterday, did you find yourself thinking, "well, that's some great site usage data, but what else have you got?"  For starters, how about metrics on Site requests and Site Users? I mentioned yesterday that the default page in the experience is the Site usage summary, but that summary data is by no means the limit of the usage metrics available to you.  In the left rail of the Site usage reports area, you'll notice a navigational module which is your key to the SharePoint metrics kingdom...

Microsoft Updates
Demo: Streamline Business Processes with Forms and Workflows (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS))
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides many features that can help you integrate and streamline your business processes. You can use the InfoPath Forms Services server technology in Office SharePoint Server 2007 to create browser-based forms and gather data from organizations that do not use Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007. People in those organizations can complete forms in a Web browser or HTML-enabled mobile device. Workflows automatically move documents or items through a sequence of actions or tasks related to a business process. Workflows can streamline the cost of coordinating common business processes, such as project approval or document review, by managing and tracking the tasks involved with those processes.

Introduction to InfoPath Forms Services (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS))
InfoPath Forms Services is a server technology built on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 as an ASP.NET version 2.0 application. It enables users to fill out Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 forms by using a Web browser instead of, or in addition to, the Office InfoPath 2007 client program. This allows wider access to forms than was possible with previous versions of Microsoft Office InfoPath. In addition, InfoPath Forms Services provides a central location to store and manage form templates for your organization.

Add a Digital Signature to a Browser-enabled Form (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS))
A digital signature is the electronic equivalent of your handwritten signature on a check, credit-card charge slip, or contract, but it’s even better than a written signature. When you add a digital signature to a Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 form, the signature is invalidated if the information is changed by anyone but you.

SharePoint Events
December 8, Zaventem , Belgium, Belux Information Worker User Group
December 9, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
December 9, Online, EndUser SharePoint: The Image Rotator Web Part Demo
December 9, Tampa, Florida, TOGA User Group Meeting
December 10, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
December 10, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
December 10, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 10, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 10, Online, EndUser SharePoint: Quote of the Day Web Part Demo
December 10, San Diego, California, Southern California SharePoint User Group
December 11, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
December 11, San Francisco, California, San Francisco SharePoint Users Group
December 11, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
December 15, Amman, Jordan, Jordan SharePoint User Group
December 16, New York, New York, Leveraging SharePoint and the Microsoft Business Productivity Infrastructure – Programs, Products, and Prizes!
December 17, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
December 17, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 17, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 18, Online, What's New from Bamboo
December 18, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky SharePoint Users Group
December 18, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
December 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
December 30, Online, What's New from Bamboo

January 7, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
January 7, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
January 14, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Webinar
January 14, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Administration Webinar
January 15, Online, What's New from Bamboo
January 21, New York, New York, 2009 IMAGINE Event -- SharePoint in the Real World
January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

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