SharePoint Daily for January 22, 2009

Top News Stories
Mainsoft Updates MOSS Integrator for Notes 8.5 (CMS Wire)
At the Lotusphere conference this week you may have been among the lucky ones to see a demo of the latest Mainsoft SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes. This latest version includes integration to Lotus Notes 8.5. The SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes is a client-side plug in that extends the functionality of Lotus Notes and Sametime Instant Messaging to include SharePoint document libraries. What's in the latest edition that wasn't in the earlier versions?

Lotus Notes, Microsoft Competition Heats Up (Internet News)
IBM announced at its annual Lotusphere user conference in Orlando, Fla. this week that Notes licenses now total 145 million worldwide. This includes more than 12,000 new organizations that bought their first Notes/Domino licenses over the past 15 months, ending in the third quarter of 2008, according to an IBM statement. Enterprises are replacing their Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) applications with the Notes/Domino platform, IBM claims. However, Microsoft disputes this and claims instead that Notes/Domino users are switching over to its platforms.

Microsoft Offers a Glimpse of Exchange 14 (InfoWorld)
Exchange 2007 was a big hit in the messaging world. The product does require a bit of a learning curve for many admins, what with its new role-based structure and high availability (HA) taking center stage, not to mention the return of the command line with the PowerShell-structured Exchange Management Shell. Nevertheless, the overall response is positive, recently solidified with the addition of a fourth HA solution called Standby Continuous Replication, additional ActiveSync policy control for mobile devices, and a new Public Folder Management Console.

Is Microsoft Improving Its Image? (IT Pro)
The past twelve months have seen some fairly notable goings on inside Microsoft – and not just in the public eye. The most obvious is the departure of Bill Gates from the firm he co-founded. So while the shadow of the man, and his fingerprints, are still evident, the past months have seen Microsoft run by a team not under his stewardship. To the outside, that means Steve Ballmer taking centre stage, but inside, there will inevitably be more changes.

14-hour Batteries, Gaming Graphics and Windows 7 (Tech Radar)
The next generation of netbooks will have a 14 hour battery life, far better graphics and be Windows 7 ready. That's according to MSI's Sales Director Andy Tung, who adds that his company will look to experiment with different screen sizes – although he believes netbooks should "keep things simple." Battery life is a key area that Tung says will certainly improve: "We've tried to fine-tune the battery from three cell (2.5 hours), to six cell (6 hours). That causes some weight problems. By using Intel's Menlow [platform] we're getting 8.5 hours. With SSD it's even better. The flight to Taipei is 14 hours. With Intel Menlow we can achieve that."

Microsoft Delays Vista SP2, Says Report (ComputerWorld)
Microsoft Corp. has delayed Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) by at least a month, and the company will now ship it to manufacturing sometime in May or June, according to a Web site that has accurately predicted Windows release dates in the past., a Malaysian Web site that correctly pegged the release dates for Vista SP1 and XP SP3 in 2008, said that Microsoft will deliver a release candidate -- the final test version -- of Vista SP2 in March, a month later than the site had predicted earlier. Also, Microsoft will send the service pack to manufacturers and out for retail copy duplication at some point in the second quarter of 2009, not in April as originally thought.

Microsoft’s New “Private” Anti-Advertising Browser Turns Out to Be Not That Private (BNET)
ValueClick’s Commission Junction unit, which handles affiliate marketing ad programs on the web, recently produced a report on Microsoft’s new InPrivate Browsing feature on the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE8. ValueClick wanted to know: Will InPrivate Browsing prevent web advertisers — horrors! — from tracking customers? The answer to that question is of desperate importance to internet advertisers because even though Q4 traffic to retail sites was up, actual online sales were down.


Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint Best Practices UK Agenda Now Available (BinaryWave)
The agenda for the UK Best Practices conference is now online. I'm really looking forward to taking the Best Practices format for a spin over the pond. If you're considering any SharePoint-related conferences this year, this is the one to go to. There's just no substitute for real-world solutions presented by experts who have been there, done that.

People Picker Port/Protocol Requirements (Bill Baer)
While working on a deployment this week, the OOB People Picker caught my attention and I realized there was not a great deal of documentation available on its requirements and troubleshooting.  Driving this thinking was the nature of the deployment on which it was to be configured - a cross forest, secured deployment with Web front-end servers in a firewalled perimeter network. Purpose: The People Picker enables an end-user to specify a name or partial name when provisioning a user on a site collection and have the input resolved and validated against a directory source.  (see illustration).  If more than one potential match exists, all related results will be displayed in the dialog.

I’m Writing a SharePoint “14” Book. (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
I have alluded to writing a book in previous interviews and posts.  Now it’s official.  My co-author Mike Watson has posted it on his brand new post Microsoft blog called The SharePoint Mad Scientist.  (He provides details about his new SharePoint lab he just put together as well as other SharePoint deep thoughts.  Good stuff!)

Invitation to the Seamless Teamwork Live Study Group, Online (EndUser SharePoint)
Note from Mark Miller, Founder and Editor of Back in November, I asked the SharePoint End User community if they would be interested in participating in a live, online SharePoint study group. The response was very positive. Around that time, Michael Sampson and I hooked up over his new book, Seamless Teamwork. When I suggested he lead the charge on the first study group, he jumped all over it.

zevenseas Feature Blocker (zevenseas)
After writing the code to block only the publishing feature on the managefeature.aspx page, I was thinking of making it more generic. In such a way that a SharePoint administrator could define in the Central Administration which features are not to be activated or deactivated by the users per web application. So I came up with this:

How To Create a SharePoint Workflow History Event (SharePoint Buzz)
The SharePoint Workflow History maintains a record of each step within a workflow.  Everything from approval activity (approve, denial), updates to a workflow, comments and even workflow errors. Workflow history list is created / deployed when you create or consume an out-of-box workflow or custom workflow. the workflow history list is not viewable in a site’s All Site Content list but you can access it via the document library’s workflow settings.


Around Bamboo Nation
Customizing a SharePoint Library (Part 2): Permissions & Management (SharePoint Blank)
Yesterday I looked at the General Settings options on the Customize page for SharePoint libraries, and today I'm moving on to the next module, Permissions and Management.  As a reminder, I'm using a picture library by way of example, but since the options and behavior are identical in document libraries in almost every case, I will occasionally link to a previous blog entry in which I've already covered a particular topic. As you can see from the image at right, the first customization option here is Delete this picture library.  Unlike most of the customization hyperlinks, clicking this one does not refresh the page, but instead generates an Are you sure? popup from which your only choices are to immediately delete the library or cancel the request.


Microsoft Updates
Demo: Display Data From Multiple Sources in a Single Data View (Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer)
With Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, you can link two or more data sources that contain related data and then create a single Data View that displays data from those linked data sources. In the example in this video, product information is stored in an .xml file named Products.xml. Information about product categories is stored in another .xml file named Categories.xml. The two data sources are related to one another by a field named CategoryID. Watch how you can first link these two data sources and then use that linked data source to create a Data View that displays the products organized by category.

Watch This: Customize a Site (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS))
In this demo I show how to easily customize a site, right from the browser, so that users know where they are at just a glance. The scenario is based on the Adventure Works Marketing team which likes their new site, but wants to make it distinct from other sites within the company.

Watch This: Work With Documents Offline in Outlook (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS))
In this demo, I show how you can connect to a library on a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, browse, edit, and even search the files, all from within Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. Using Outlook 2007 is one way that you can work offline with documents from a SharePoint site. You can also work with files using other programs such as Microsoft Office Word 2007 when you check the files out of a library.


SharePoint Events
January 27, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon
January 28, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
January 28, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
January 28, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
January 28, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
January 29, Online, What's New from Bamboo
January 29, Richmond, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group Meeting

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
February 4, New York, New York, Case Studies in SharePoint Dashboards
February 4, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
February 4, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
February 7, Kansas City, Kansas, SharePoint Saturday
February 11, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
February 11, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
February 12, Online, What's New from Bamboo
February 17, Milan, Italy, SharePoint Administrators Summit
February 19, Falls Church, Virginia, PMI Washington DC - Skyline Luncheon
February 21, New York, New York, SharePoint Saturday
February 26, Online, What's New from Bamboo

March 23, Baltimore, Maryland, SharePoint .Org Conference

April 6-8, London, England, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
April 6-8 Montreal, Quebec, SharePoint Summit 2009

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