Be Wary of SharePoint Killers; Latest Office 2010 Build Leaked; Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7

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Be Wary of Self-described SharePoint Killers (CMS Watch)
As any product gains in popularity, especially if it's seen as dominant, you tend to see more and more news about alternatives that inevitably get dubbed "killers." The news media and the product's competitors are continually trying to best the dominant solution and predict a product's demise. We can see this clearly with the iPhone and, as Seth Gottlieb pointed out, "who isn't working on a SharePoint killer?" But in many cases, these "killers" are only hopefuls with virtually no evidence they could harm a fly.

Book Review: Building Web Applications with SharePoint Designer 2007 (IT Wire)
Microsoft SharePoint has become the ubiquitous intranet solution for many a corporation, ousting former mainstays like Lotus Domino. Yet, leveraging its capabilities to full potential remains outside the hands of many an administrator or user. Here’s where SharePoint Designer comes in, and consequently this handy Microsoft Press tutorial and guide.

Office 2010: What Microsoft Will and Won't Say (ZDNet)
A new build of Office 2010 — more recent than the Community Technology Preview (CTP) Microsoft delivered in July to a select group of testers — allegedly has leaked. (But as of this posting, not yet leaked to the Web.)

New Office 2010 Build Leaks (Neowin)
A new build of Office 2010 has surfaced around the Web, identifying itself as "Microsoft Office 2010 Build 4417". The build is not a huge difference but offers small improvements and more stability over the previously leaked Mondo builds which were plagued with problems.

Project Riviera - Windows Azure Code Samples (SOA World Magazine)
Project Riviera is a comprehensive code sample to demonstrate how to develop multi-tenant highly-scalable line-of-business application on Windows Azure Platform. This sample is developed by Global Partner Architecture Team in Developer & Platform Evangelism group at Microsoft in collaboration with Cumulux (a Cloud ISV partner). Riviera uses Customer Loyalty Management scenario for illustration purpose but many building blocks are applicable to range of line-of-business applications.

Windows 7: The Most Accessible Windows Yet? (IT Pro)
Windows 7 will be with us in just a few weeks and it's generally accepted that the new operating system is good news for end users and IT departments, whether they opted for Vista or not. However, the latest Windows could also bring benefits for some more specific groups of IT users: people with visual or hearing impairments, those with impaired mobility, or those with dyslexia, cognitive impairments or learning difficulties.

OS Deathmatch: Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7 (Computer World)
It's the best of times if you're a lover of operating systems, with the nearly simultaneous release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" (available right now) and Microsoft's Windows 7 (available Oct. 22). This leads to the inevitable debate: Which is the better operating system, Windows 7 or Snow Leopard? To help determine that, I've put both operating systems through their paces, selected categories for a head-to-head competition, and then chosen a winner in each category. And at the end, I summarize the scorecard.

UPDATE: Sony In Tie Up With Google Over Chrome Browser On PCs (The Wall Street Journal)
Sony Corp. said Tuesday that all of its Vaio-brand PCs sold in the U.S. are using Google Inc.'s Chrome as their default Web browser, in a tie up that could help the search engine giant challenge Microsoft Corp.'s dominant Internet Explorer. "Our decision to carry Chrome is based not only on the browser's quality and functions, but also on our relationship with Google," a spokesman for the Japanese electronics conglomerate said.

Connected Interview: Tim Heuer of Microsoft Silverlight (Connected Internet)
Two weeks ago I wrote an article that caused a bit of a stir. A blog article inspired by my own came from none other than Tim Heuer, a program manager for Microsoft’s Silverlight project. It’s one thing to get a negative reaction from the other side when you are attacking something, but I could tell right away that this wasn’t the case in this instance. I had put my name to an article where my sources of information were either dated or incorrect.

Multiple Standards Could Spoil Cloud Computing (Internet Evolution)
Everybody’s getting into cloud computing, often whether they have anything rational to contribute or not. Now, everybody seems to want to get into cloud standards as well. Frankly, I think that too many standards are worse than no standards at all, because these efforts can stifle innovation and even implementation. In the case of cloud computing, there’s also the big question of whether standards being pushed for private clouds will end up contaminating the successful Internet model of cloud computing.

 

Around the Blogosphere
Creating Mailing Lists for SharePoint Sites and Blogs [No Code Required] – Part 1: Creating a Secured Backend (End User SharePoint)
Guest Author: Ayman El-Hattab. This multi-part series of posts is intended to help you create mailing lists for your SharePoint sites or blogs without writing a single line of .NET Code. In the introductory article, I listed the project initiatives, requirements, and objectives. If you have not read it yet, I would encourage you to do that first.

Best Practices Conference 2009 – A Streaming Success! (Ferrara Data Consulting)
The last couple of months have been chock full of conferences, SharePints, streaming media events, SharePoint 2010 teasers, and of course the massive preparations for fantasy football! The icing on the cake for me was the recently-ended Best Practices Conference 2009 (BPC) in Washington, DC. As SharePoint 2010 creeps closer towards public disclosure, this was the last conference before the proverbial SharePoint mecca, SharePoint Conference 2009 in Vegas (SPC09). Although the BPC is not new, it was certainly a different experience for all who attended, especially those who were not able to make it.

Ask and Thou Shalt Receive - Well Sometimes! (Manage Projects on SharePoint)
Many moons ago when we delivered the first Gantt chart in SharePoint, that crossed multiple lists and sites, our customers were well pleased.  Then we focused on many other cool new features - like graphs, charts, KPI's, Microsoft Project integration, new templates, etc..  In all the new reporting features we added very flexible configuration options that were sadly not passed along to the Gantt chart reports.  The Gantt chart became the child that got left behind - not willingly - but resources got spent elsewhere. More recently many of our customers have been asking for a newer fresher, more Microsoft Project like Gantt chart for pmPoint, with all the flexibility of pmPoint reporting.

Microsoft Office Backstage (Part 4 - The Help Tab) (Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering)
Hi, my name is Justin S. Davis, and I am a Program Manager on the Office Product Lifecycle Engineering Excellence (PLEX) team.  Clay, Jon, and Marina from the Office User Experience team have already introduced you to the Microsoft Office Backstage View.  The Backstage provides a first-class surface for a wealth of document information and operations that had been obscured by levels of user interface.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
Twitter Functionality as a Web Part for SharePoint? (SharePoint Blank)
If you're reading this blog, I'm going to assume that you're familiar with (or have at least heard of) Twitter, the microblogging product which has grown into a genuine phenomenon over the past couple of years.  What you may not be familiar with, however, is Yammer, a similar product which has positioned itself as providing microblogging for the enterprise.

Big Bob Bamboo's Wonderful World of Web Parts (The Bamboo Team Blog)
One of the most important things I learned in high school was not to bother raising your hand when you wanted to say something. After all, if you blurted out something intelligent, the teacher was going to be happy regardless, and if you blurted out something stupid, it was a lot easier to pretend you didn't actually say it once you realized how stupid it was. By the time I was seventeen, most of my classes involved people shouting over each other.

Announcing the Release of Task Master R1.5 (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Based on your feedback on R1.0, Task Master is an extremely useful tool for the creation and management of changes to your task schedule. Since our recursive development model requires continual improvement, however, we began work on enhancements and new features for this popular product as soon as we shipped the initial release. In the just released R1.5, the following new functionality has been added:

 

SharePoint Job Listings**
Sr. SharePoint Application Engineer - Reston, Virginia
This engineering role is expected to provide expertise, support and maintenance for the Microsoft SharePoint infrastructure. Requiring customer interaction via consultation and administration to meet the needs of the business. Critical thinking and technical skills are also needed to provide the organization with the most viable technical solutions possible to support the business' needs around the current infrastructure and operations tools.

SharePoint Sever Architect and Developer, TS/SCI w/FS Poly JN - Herndon, Virginia
We are looking for a Expert SharePoint Sever Architect and Developer to be a part of a dedicated team of professionals working on a common computing environment and a robust and scalable messaging and collaboration infrastructure for thousands of computer users at hundreds of sites throughout the client’s organization.  This includes all users at headquarters and in the foreign and domestic field operations.  As such, it is a large infrastructure engineering and consolidation effort focused on aligning enterprise IT to the agency’s mission objectives.  The challenge in executing this is that the program must operate in a highly secure environment, must offer high availability, and must support a globally collaborative infrastructure.

 

Microsoft Updates
You cannot upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 after you install Office SharePoint Server 2007 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 (Microsoft)
You cannot upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 after you install Office SharePoint Server 2007 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008.

SharePoint Server 2007 training courses (Microsoft Training)
A roadmap to SharePoint Server 2007 training:

 

Bamboo Partner Events*
September 16, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Managing Look and Feel Webinar - DataLan
September 17, New York, New York, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
September 24, Online, SharePoint for Project Management Webinar - DataLan
September 30, Online, InnovaOPN - SharePoint-based Innovation Management Software Webinar - DataLan

October 1, Malvern, Pennsylvania, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
October 2, Sydney, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase - nSynergy
October 6, Melbourne, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase - nSynergy
October 8, New York, New York, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management - DataLan
October 14, Canberra, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase - nSynergy
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
October 21, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Basic Business Intelligence and Reporting Webinar - DataLan
October 22, Waltham, Massachusetts, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management - DataLan

 

SharePoint Events**
September 1, Boston, Massachusetts, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 1, Boston, Massachusetts, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 2, Victoria, BC, Canada, Victoria SharePoint Users Group
September 12, New York, New York, SharePoint Saturday
September 16, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Managing Look and Feel Webinar
September 17, New York, New York, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
September 21-25, Chicago, Illinois, SharePoint Branding Bootcamp
September 21-24, Germany, ShareConnect
September 22, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 22, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 23, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 23, New York City, New York, Bamboo Solutions SharePoint Project Management Workshop
September 24, Online, SharePoint for Project Management Webinar
September 30, Online, InnovaOPN - SharePoint-based Innovation Management Software Webinar

October 1, Malvern, Pennsylvania, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
October 2, Sydney, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase
October 6, Melbourne, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase
October 8, New York, New York, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
October 14, Canberra, Australia, nSynergy SharePoint Showcase
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
October 19-22, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Conference 2009
October 21, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Basic Business Intelligence and Reporting Webinar
October 22, Waltham, Massachusetts, SharePoint - A Platform for Business Solutions
October 29, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management

November 7, Raleigh, North Carolina, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, San Antonio, Texas, SharePoint Saturday
November 14, Tampa, Florida, SharePoint Saturday
November 21, Birmingham, Alabama, SharePoint Saturday
November 21, Phoenix, Arizona, SharePoint Saturday

December 12, Kansas City, Kansas, SharePoint Saturday

January 9, Virginia Beach, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday

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

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Posted Sep 01 2009, 07:35 AM by SharePoint Daily

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