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The Inside Story on SharePoint Security (Redmond Channel Partner)
Learn how to manage the data governance and compliance risks with Cisco's policy management solution for Microsoft SharePoint in this webcast offered by Cisco, Avanade and the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm.
Microsoft's Ballmer Outlines His Seven Big Bets for 2009 (ZDNet)
For the past few Februaries, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer makes the trek to Wall Street to provide analysts with an annual “Strategic Update” overview, in which he covers the areas where Microsoft plans to invest and why. This year, during his February 24 update, Ballmer was more about circling the wagons than staking out new, far-flung territories Microsoft planned to conquer in the next 10 years.
Ingres, Alfresco Combine To Deliver SharePoint Competitor (InformationWeek)
Hoping to appeal to cost-conscious IT shops, open source developers Ingres and Alfresco have worked in concert to deliver a software appliance that will serve as an alternative to Microsoft's SharePoint. The Icebreaker ECM Appliance, which melds Ingres' database with Alfresco's content management system, works with Linux and will run with good performance on commodity hardware, according to officials from both companies.
Behind Microsoft's Open-source Jitters (CNET)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently struck a deal with the president of the Generalitat de Catalunya in Spain, which had earlier made a commitment to move off Microsoft and other proprietary software to open source, to get free Microsoft touch-screen PCs and other technology. George Orwell might pay "Homage to Catalonia," but why should Microsoft care about a tiny deal in a tiny market?
Visual Studio 2010's New Look Unveiled at VSLive! (RedmondMag)
Microsoft kicked off VSLive! San Francisco 2009 this week with more news about what's planned for Visual Studio 2010. In the keynote on Tuesday, Microsoft General Manager for Visual Studio Jason Zander showcased advances in the new VS 2010 user interface (UI) for the first time to VSLive! attendees.
Microsoft Office 14 Won’t Ship This Year -- Does Anyone Care? (PC World)
It appears that the next version of Microsoft Office won’t ship until next year. That’s the word from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, who’s reporting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street analysts Tuesday that the upcoming Office 14 is slated for a 2010 release. The announcement likely rules out a dual launch of Office 14 and Windows 7, the latter of which is slated to ship later this year, possibly as early as this summer.
Ballmer: No Microsoft Office 14 Until 2010 (ChannelWeb)
Channel partners hoping for a new release of Microsoft Office this year can stop hoping: CEO Steve Ballmer told financial analysts in New York Tuesday that the new release of the vendor's flagship office application suite won't ship until 2010. Microsoft had not set a release date for the next version of the Office suite, but many within the industry had anticipated that it could be out sometime this year.
Apple Releases Safari 4 Beta (The Washington Post)
Apple posted a preview of its next Web browser this morning. The new Safari 4 Beta shows the Cupertino, Calif., company has been working to catch up to competitors -- and to make its browser an easier choice for Windows users. Like the current Safari 3, version 4 is a free download for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 or Windows XP and Vista. (Note that the Windows installer invites you to accept a set of desktop shortcuts, plus Apple's automatic-networking Bonjour software and software-update utility.)
Microsoft Researchers Devise New Browser with Stronger Security (CSO)
Microsoft Corp. researchers are developing a new Web browser that they say could offer a far greater degree of security than Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox or Microsoft's own Internet Explorer. The browser, called Gazelle, relies on a "browser kernel", 5,000 lines of C# code, that helps enforce security rules to prevent malicious access to the PC's underlying operating system, according to a recently published paper (download PDF).
Windows 7: The Compatibility Blame Game (InfoWorld)
How Windows 7's rock star status is helping to erode barriers like pesky software incompatibilities to entry in the corporate world.
Around the Blogosphere
Controlling Single Web Parts with CSS (Heather Solomon)
I often get questions about how can a particular web part be branded separately from all the rest or be branded by type. For example you want every Contacts list to have a green header bar instead of a tan header bar. Or perhaps you want a column of web parts on a page to look different than the main area that contains other web parts. The latter I have always had a solution for, the former I figured out something today. As with everything that I focus on, these are "no custom development" / "no .NET code" solutions. You can usually build whatever customization you need with custom code. If you would like to just rely on CSS however, here you go....
Department of Social and Family Affairs Wins eGovernment Award for Accessible Website (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
The newly redesigned website (built on SharePoint Server 2007) www.welfare.ie has won an eGovernment award for most accessible Government website. The Department of Social and Family Affairs’ winning entry contains comprehensive information on all of the Department’s schemes and services, as well as policy and legislation, in an easy-to-use, consistent and modern design. Website accessibility for all was one of the key considerations in the redevelopment of www.welfare.ie. The site is accessible to people with disabilities and is user friendly for all customers.
Norway: MSDN and TechNet Live – Are You Coming? (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
Have you signed up for MSDN and/or TechNet live in Norway yet?
Customizing the User Experience of SharePoint: Content Type User Interface (Part 4 of 6) (SharePoint Magazine)
After a considerably shorter break, it is time for the fourth part of the “Customizing the User Experience of SharePoint” series. This article is also the second day of SharePoint User Experience week here on SharePoint Magazine. One full week, focusing only on understanding SharePoint architecture from a user experience point of view. Christmas all week long, if you ask me.
Video: BackSeat Driving – “End User” Perspectives (Michael Gannotti)
Sometimes as techies we need to lighten up and put things in perspective. In today’s BackSeat Driving episode Mark Miller talks to 3 “end-users” about their perspectives on SharePoint. If you have ever assumed everyone was up on SharePoint then this is a video to remind us all that we still have a long way to go in educating people about SharePoint and its capabilities. At any rate enjoy and relax… we all need to have a good chuckle at ourselves on occasion.
SharePoint Pod Show (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
SharePoint Pod Show has been around for a little more than half a year. They podcasts on various SharePoint development tools and techniques, and a bit on architecture. Great to have something meaningful to listen to while one commute. Check them out at http://www.sharepointpodshow.com/
Issues from the Field: SharePoint Development Environment Limitations (Jeremy Thake)
There has been some debate on the OzMoss List Serve here in Australia regarding the inability to develop with SharePoint on an XP/Vista machine properly. The reason for this requirement by so many people is because of the controls put in place by organisation dictating that Developers HAVE to use an SOE workstation and typically these are locked down to XP/Vista and only have 2Gb RAM.
The Developers Guide to the Business Data Catalog (Lightning Tools Blog)
Brett Lonsdale & Nick Swan have recently completed the book 'The Developers Guide to the Business Data Catalog'. This BDC Book has been written to help our customers and the community to use BDC to its full potential. Lightning Tools offers Web Parts and tools including BDC Meta Man and BDC Web Man that helps create the Application Definition File and Web Services for BDC. However, before now, there has not been a book which is purely on the BDC.
SharePoint 14 Delayed Until 2010 (Wictor Wilén)
Not that unexpected, but Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the new Office 14 clients and servers (read SharePoint) will not be released during 2009. The products will be “generally available” during 2010.
Around Bamboo Nation
Bamboo Welcomes Cybercom Group to the Partner Advantage Program (The Bamboo Team Blog)
We are excited to announce that Cybercom Group (Sweden) has joined our Partner Advantage Program. Cybercom Group is a high-tech consultancy that offers global sourcing for end-to-end solutions. The Group established itself as a world-class supplier in security, portal solutions, mobile services, and embedded systems. Cybercom will strengthen its customers with end-to-end solutions in which technology and reality meet, with local presence in cooperation with the customer.
Change Your Regional Settings (Windows SharePoint Services)
Every site (both top-level Web sites and subsites) can be customized to use specific regional settings that are used as the default regional settings for all users of your site. Individual users can choose to use the default settings set by the site owner or specify their own personal settings. You can specify the following regional settings:
Introduction to Windows SharePoint Services in International Environments (Windows SharePoint Services)
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides a culture-specific experience that enables site owners to create sites in a specific language and configure the regional settings that are appropriate for those sites. Note that the language that the site uses is determined only during site creation and cannot be changed at a later date. If a server administrator has installed one or more language packs on the server, the site owner or site collection administrator can choose which language to use for the new site, based on the language packs that are currently installed.
February 25, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
February 25, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
February 25, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
February 25, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
February 26, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
February 26, Online, What's New from Bamboo
February 27, Online, Create a Master Calendar in SharePoint
February 27, Online, 7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success
March 3, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
March 4 Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 4, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 6, Online, Become Your Company's SharePoint SuperStar!
March 11, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 11 Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 12, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
March 14, Boston, Massachusetts, SharePoint Saturday
March 18, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 18, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 22-24, Baltimore, Maryland, SharePoint .Org Conference
March 25, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 25, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 26, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
March 28, Tulsa, Oklahoma, SharePoint Saturday
April 1, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
April 1, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
April 6-8, London, England, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
April 6-8, Montreal, Quebec, SharePoint Summit 2009
April 9, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
April 18, Atlanta, Georgia, SharePoint Saturday
April 23, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
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Feb 25 2009, 08:11 AM
Filed under: Microsoft Office 14, SharePoint Security, Windows 7, MSDN, Business Data Catalog, Steve Ballmer, Visual Studio 2010, Bamboo Partner Advantage Program, Microsoft Gazelle, Department of Social and Family Affairs, SharePoint Development Environment, Safari 4, Web Part CSS, Cybercom Group, TechNet Live