SharePoint Daily for March 23, 2009

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Steve Ballmer Maps Microsoft’s Cloud-y Future (The New York Times)
Look at the picture above. It’s an original Steve Ballmer created before my eyes on the wall of a conference room here at The Times. Simple, isn’t it? Well, that’s the point that Mr. Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, was trying to make when he drew it. I was talking to him about Microsoft’s plans to offer companies cloud computing services — software that will run on Microsoft’s new network of big data centers. As I learned about the Azure system, Microsoft’s new cloud operating system, I started to wonder if it is overly complex. I asked if Microsoft was risking taking on too much, as it did with Longhorn, the operating system rewrite that led to the ill-fated Windows Vista.

Building Distributed Applications With .NET Services (MSDN Magazine)
At the 2008 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced an ambitious new cloud computing strategy that will unfold over the next few years. The Microsoft cloud platform—officially known as the Azure Services Platform—makes it easy for .NET developers to move their applications (or portions thereof) to the cloud using the same tools and APIs they're already familiar with.

Microsoft IE 8 Launch ‘Underwhelms’ – StatCounter Analysis (Earth Times)
There has been limited take up to date of Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 8 according to research by StatCounter which provides free website traffic statistics. According to StatCounter Global Stats global usage in the first day of launch (March 19) was 1.39%. This is just above its previous day’s market penetration of 1.33%. The new browser has been in public beta testing for about a year. By 20th March 17:00 GMT IE 8 market share had risen to 1.56%.

IE 8 Lacks Speed, Community (CNET)
As CNET's Ina Fried reports, Microsoft is trying to downplay Internet Explorer 8's performance deficiencies, arguing that "in most cases, the difference could literally be measured by a blink of an eye." I guess that it depends on who's blinking. Walt Mossberg, the noted personal-technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, rebuked IE 8's performance in an All Things Digital post, noting that in his tests, the new version of the Microsoft browser was slower than Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, and Google's Chrome. All of them. Considerably slower, in many cases.

Attention: Everybody. Your Browser is Insecure. Deal With It. (Technologizer)
Yesterday’s most significant browser-related event wasn’t the release of Internet Explorer 8–it was the upshot of day one of the Pwn2Own browser-hacking contest at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The competition offered cash and hardware incentives to attendees who could exploit zero-day vulnerabilities in Chrome, Firefox, IE 8, and Safari.

Windows 7 Guest Mode Creates Bomb-Proof Accounts (Life Hacker)
Microsoft made a few quiet but great changes to its kid-proofing SteadyState tool for Windows 7, changing the name to Guest Mode and trimming it into a dead-simple way to protect your PC from anyone's error-prone fingers.

Next Office Version to Ship in 32-bit and 64-bit Versions (ZDNet)
You learn the most interesting things when you poke around in some of the arcane files that are included with Windows 7 beta releases. In the most recent build of Windows 7 that I’ve been able to examine, I’ve confirmed that Microsoft plans to release its next version of Office in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. That’s a detail that my colleague Mary Jo Foley didn’t discover in her December 2008 rundown of what we know about Office 14.

 

Around the Blogosphere
IE 8.0 Quick Observation for SharePoint (Reza Alirezaei)
In case you didn’t hear it in mix09 keynote, IE 8.0 was RTMed today (Download). According to the benchmarks ,IE 8.0 is without any doubt, the best IE ever and we all know that there is no better browser to view SharePoint sites in than IE! First off, a big “Thank You” to the IE team for their fabulous efforts to improve IE 8.0 with regards to standards based compliance. That’s the first obvious thing that comes to my mind. Work with it a little bit and you know what I am talking about!

Why I Don’t Use OpenWeb() (SharePoint Automation)
This has come up in various conversations recently so I figured I’d write up a short post about it.  When trying to obtain an SPWeb object there are a couple of different options available using members of an SPSite instance.  The first, and more common, is the OpenWeb() method and the second is using the AllWebs[] property collection.  Here’s the problem I have with OpenWeb() (specifically the overload that takes no arguments) – consider the following code:

SharePoint and the Three Bears: Getting Your Deployment Just Right (Network World)
Planning is the key to a successful SharePoint implementation.  Here are three of the more challenging “bears” that you will encounter as you deploy your solution and some suggestion for how to get them “just right.”

Getting Started with Excel Services: Part 2 (End User SharePoint)
It is time for the second post in the Excel Services Series.  This post will focus on utilizing the Excel Web Access Web Part (EWA). The EWA web part allows you to display the Excel workbook on one of your SharePoint pages.  You can choose to show the entire workbook setting a limitation on the number of rows and columns to display or a single named item.  A named item will include charts, tables, pivot tables, pivot charts, etc.

SharePoint/Office Integration with Firefox (Mauro Cardarelli)
A while back I wrote a post on browser compatibility with SharePoint ( see here for details).  Obviously, there are functional shortcomings with non-Internet Explorer browsers.  Recently, I got an email from a reader pointing me to a new project on Codeplex on SharePoint/Office integration with Firefox.  I downloaded it and it is actually pretty slick.  Honestly, I have not come across much demand for such functionality as most internal SharePoint applications allow IT to enforce consistent (IE) browser usage.  That said, there is a possible play here for extranet use.  Here are the details.

Using Third Party Tools in SharePoint (SharePoint Magazine)
I have worked with SharePoint as a framework since its first full scale release in 2001. Since then I have witnessed the steady growth in third party tools to provide either enhancements to weaker functionality provided ‘out of the box’ (OOTB) by SharePoint, or new features to complement existing core functionality.

SharePoint Performance and Increasing Storage Density (The SharePoint Mad Scientist)
Major hardware vendors are selling 300GB 10K SAS 2.5 inch form factor drives now for use in their enterprise class DAS systems. This allows you to make incredibly dense storage subsystems. For example, HP’s MSA 70 can host 25 2.5inch spindles in 2U’s. At 300GB per spindle that’s over 7.2TB of raw storage for the SQL servers in your SharePoint farm, but beware. Don’t forget about performance. The drives capacity has little to do with performance and what you need to realize is that 2.5inch disk provides the same 150-170 IOPS (IO’s per second) regardless of the capacity it provides.

Free Webcast: "How to Build a Project Management Dashboard with SharePoint" (Dux Sy)
As you already know, SharePoint provides an empowering collaborative framework to enhance project management processes, team collaboration, and information management. The ability to deliver relevant project reports on key metrics such as schedule, budget, and performance can greatly contribute to project success.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
Do My Bamboo Products Work with IE8? (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Another day, another new browser to support   Microsoft will officially release Internet Explorer 8 today at noon.  We have been actively testing our products and Web sites against the beta versions of IE8.  So far things look pretty good, but it's fair to say that there will likely be a few more issues once we get a look at the final build.  We are aware of a significant problem with the Bamboo installer and IE8.  Once we get that final build, we'll be testing and issuing patches and updates as necessary. Stay tuned to the Bamboo Team Blog for updates on our progress.

 

Microsoft Updates
When you crawl file shares that are accessed through a domain-based Distributed File System (DFS) in SharePoint Server 2007, you experience poor performance (KBAlertz - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article)You access some file shares through a domain-based Distributed File System (DFS). When you crawl the file shares in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you experience poor performance.

You cannot limit the People Picker on the site-collection level to find only users in a specific organization unit (OU) in a trusted domain in a SharePoint site (KBAlertz - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article)
You want to limit the People Picker control on the site-collection level to find users in a specific organization unit (OU) in a trusted domain. However, you cannot use the stsadm -o setsiteuseraccountdirectorypath command to work with OUs from a trusted domain. You can use the stsadm -o setsiteuseraccountdirectorypath command only when the OU is from the same domain where the Microsoft Office SharePoint Sever (MOSS) 2007 farm is installed.

If you search the text in the AboutMe managed property in a SharePoint Server 2007 site, no results are returned (KBAlertz - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article)
If you search the text in the AboutMe managed property in a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, no results are returned. For example, you enter the following search: AboutMe:veterinary. This search does not display results for users whose AboutMe description is "veterinary" or "I worked as a veterinary until last year."

 

Bamboo Partner Events*
March 22-24, Baltimore, Maryland, SharePoint.Org Conference - Innovative-e, Dux Sy
March 28, Tulsa, Oklahoma, SharePoint Saturday - B & R Business Solutions
March 31, Online, Introduction to Building & Buying SharePoint Web Parts - IMPACT Management

April 2, Online, Tips & Tricks for Building & Buying SharePoint Web Parts - IMPACT Management
April 6-8, London, England, SharePoint Best Practices Conference - Combined Knowledge
April 6-8, Montreal, Quebec, SharePoint Summit 2009 - Alcero, Innovative-e, Dux Sy
April 9, Online, Project Management 2.0 Using SharePoint 2007 - InterDyn AKA
April 10, Online, How to Build a Project Management Dashboard with SharePoint - Innovative-e, Dux Sy
April 18, Atlanta, Georgia, SharePoint Saturday  - B & R Business Solutions
April 23, Online, Free Webinar: Web Based Business Analytics in SharePoint: Dash Boarding and Report Writing From GP to SharePoint - InterDyn AKA

May 2, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday - B & R Business Solutions, Innovative-e, Dux Sy
May 4, New York, New York, PMI New York City - Innovative-e, Dux Sy
May 7, Online, Unleash the Collective Power Within a Media / Advertising / Publishing Company with SharePoint 2007 - InterDyn AKA

 

SharePoint Events**
March 22-24, Baltimore, Maryland, SharePoint.Org Conference
March 23, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Community
March 23, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association User Group
March 24, Online, Excel and SharePoint: I Didn't Know You Could Do That!
March 24, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
March 25, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
March 25, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
March 25, Online, Excel and SharePoint: I Didn't Know You Could Do That!
March 25, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
March 25, Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
March 26, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
March 26, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
March 26, Glen Allen, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
March 27, Online, The Basics of Content Types in SharePoint 2007
March 28, Tulsa, Oklahoma, SharePoint Saturday
March 30, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint User Group Joint Meeting
March 31, Online, The Fundamentals of Blogs and Wikis in SharePoint 2007

April 1, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar - AM
April 1, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar - PM
April 1, Asheville, North Carolina, Western North Carolina SharePoint User Group
April 2, Online, Building Bullet-Proof Security for SharePoint Portals
April 2, Leawood, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
April 3, Online, Random Solutions with the Content Editor Web Part
April 6-7, St. Louis, Missouri, Midwest SharePoint Conference
April 6-8, London, England, SharePoint Best Practices Conference
April 6-8, Montreal, Quebec, SharePoint Summit 2009
April 7, Online, Word and SharePoint: I Didn't Know You Could Do That!
April 7, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group April Meetup
April 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
April 8, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
April 8, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
April 9, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
April 9, Online, Project Management 2.0 Using SharePoint 2007
April 9, Online, Mind Manager Templates for SharePoint Site Planning
April 10, Online, EUSP Solutions: Color Code a SharePoint Calendar
April 10, Online, How to Build a Project Management Dashboard with SharePoint
April 14, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
April 15, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar - AM
April 15, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar - PM
April 15, Indiana, SharePoint Users of Indiana
April 18, Atlanta, Georgia, SharePoint Saturday
April 18, St. Louis, Missouri, MOSS Camp
April 22, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
April 22, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
April 23, Online, 'What's New from Bamboo?' Webinar Series
April 23, Online, Free Webinar: Web Based Business Analytics in SharePoint: Dash Boarding and Report Writing From GP to SharePoint
April 29, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar - AM
April 29, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar - PM
April 30, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group

May 2, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday
May 4, New York, New York, PMI New York City
May 6, Dallas, Texas, SharePoint TechFest 2009
May 7, Online, Unleash the Collective Power Within a Media / Advertising / Publishing Company with SharePoint 2007

June 22-24, Boston, Massachusetts, SPTechCon
June 26-27, Dulles, Virginia, Regional SharePoint Users Conference 2009

October 19-22, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Conference 2009

* If you are a Bamboo Partner please contact Janet Goda (janet.goda@bamboosolutions.com) to have your event included in the Bamboo Partner Events.

** Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event in our SharePoint Events listings.

 

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Posted Mar 23 2009, 08:10 AM by SharePoint Daily

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