SharePoint Server 2010 Beta Review; Standardizing Online Collaboration Tools; Bye Bye Browser?

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Review: SharePoint Server 2010 Beta Pulls It All Together (ComputerWorld)
Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2010 is a significant improvement over SharePoint 07, providing IT execs with multiple ways to streamline their infrastructure and cut costs. Based on our hands-on testing of the public beta of SharePoint Server 2010, which was officially released today, this product allows IT departments to run applications such as enterprise search, content management, collaboration and business intelligence on a single platform.

Ten Things You Need to Know About SharePoint Server 2010 (NetworkWorld)
Microsoft's SharePoint Server is one of those wildly popular products that defies categorization. Microsoft claims SharePoint Server is the fastest growing product in company history, which is saying a lot. But it's not easy to pin down, since SharePoint focuses on six diverse areas: collaboration, portal, search, enterprise content management (ECM), business process management and business intelligence. Based on our hands-on testing of the beta version of SharePoint Server 2010, here are 10 things you need to know.

Online Collaboration Gets Standardized (the Gov Monitor)
Software packages that interoperate while providing online users with an overview of their colleagues’ work may finally threaten the dominance of email as the world’s premier collaboration tool. One of the biggest barriers to effective online group working has been the need for everyone to work on the same software package. Often many in the group have to acquire and learn new software. That complicates the creation of online work groups and slows collaboration.

Cisco Ruffles Feathers with New Collaboration Tools (CNET)
Cisco Systems is once again stepping on its partners' toes and taking on new rivals as it adds new capabilities to its suite of unified communications products and services. On Monday, the company will announce several new and enhanced software tools for instant messaging, e-mail, social networking, videoconferencing, document and video sharing. Some of these new products will compete directly with similar products offered by Cisco partners, Microsoft and IBM.

Will Microsoft Become the General Motors of Software? (CNNMoney)
The more I learn about the current situation in software, the more Microsoft’s position seems to mirror General Motors’ position in the auto industry a few decades ago. Like Microsoft (MSFT) today, GM was an icon in its industry, held a quasi-monopoly, produced eye-popping profits and was often distracted by antitrust lawsuits. When a company experiences this kind of environment over a couple of decades, it eventually loses its competitiveness. Of course, Microsoft would vigorously deny any such comparison. The top executives in Redmond, Wash., claim to be on top of the trends in the industry. They are confident they can develop all the software they will need to be competitive.

The Search Market Created Microsoft's Worst Enemy (CIO)
Throughout its history, Microsoft has earned a reputation for tenacity when entering markets created, and initially dominated, by innovative startups. Competitors and observers have jeered when Microsoft put out a first basic product that didn't come close to matching the market leader's. But Microsoft has a history of stubbornly staying the course, refining its wares, investing in development, until gradually the products become strong enough to push out the competition.

Microsoft Puts More Azure Cloud Plumbing in Place (ZDNet)
Microsoft is continuing to lay the groundwork for the commercial version of its Azure cloud environment, rolling out a new content delivery network (CDN) capability, as well as the November update to its Azure developer services. On November 5, Microsoft delivered the November Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its Service Bus and Access Control Service — both of which are feature-complete. Those two elements are known as .Net Services. (Workflow services, queuing and routers also originally were set to be part of the first .Net Services release, but the team decided to pull those components in order to sync with Microsoft’s .Net 4.0 release, due out in March, 2010.)

Windows 7 Planning Tools Ease the Upgrade Process (The Washington Post)
Businesses planning a move to Windows 7 need a more rigorous planning and assessment tool than the consumer-grade Upgrade Advisor. The early success of the operating system notwithstanding, you need to do some due diligence up front to determine if the existing hardware and software you rely on will work with the new operating system. If you only have a handful of systems to assess the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor should do the trick. For larger deployments, the more appropriate tool is the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0--or MAP.

Bye Bye Browser? (ZDNet)
What’s the future of the web? On one side there’s Flash and Silverlight and the rich internet applications world, which is working on ways of taking the web outside the browser and onto the desktop, where it “lights up” applications and plugs them into a connected world of APIs and services. On the other is the HTML5 working group, and their vision of a browser that can do, well, pretty much anything. With HTML 5 there won’t be any need for applications – it’ll all be web pages running on super-speedy JavaScript engines and with CSS for look and feel.

Microsoft Trumps Google, Yahoo in Total Time Spent Online (eWeek)
ComScore Nov. 6 said some 27 billion hours were spent on the Internet by 1.2 billion worldwide Internet users in September 2009. Microsoft Websites led the way, but 70 percent of the time spent on its sites was through Windows Live Messenger. Google came in at No. 2, with 9.3 percent of the minutes (2.5 billion hours). Yahoo was third with 6.3 percent of the minutes, or 1.7 billion hours, but dropped by 14 percent from its September 2008 share of almost 2 billion hours. Facebook nabbed the fourth spot, with 5 percent of the minutes, or 1.4 billion hours.

 

Around the Blogosphere
Document Management in SharePoint 2010 (Shared Points for SharePoint)
SharePoint 2010 has extended its Document Management (and Records Management) capabilities considerably. I have looked into the new capabilities and will give you a quick overview about some of them. This post explains the following functionality:

BCS Overview Demo Video (Microsoft Business Connectivity Services Team Blog)
In this three-part video Brad Stevenson goes through a high-level overview out-of-the-box functionality provided by Business Connectivity Services. You’ll be able to observe:

SharePoint 2010 Channel 9 Interviews (Arpan Shah's Blog)
I wanted to share recent Channel 9 interviews that Tom Rizzo & I did during SharePoint Conference week. Enjoy! Here’s my interview. In this interview, Kirk Evans & I discuss web content management and using SharePoint 2010 for public facing internet sites. We even touch upon Azure and talk about some of the news during SharePoint Conference week. (Just click play)

New SharePoint Server 2010 (Beta) Content (To the SharePoint)
The SharePoint IT Pro content team is proud to announce the launching of our new SharePoint Server 2010 (Beta) Tech Center and our related set of Technical Articles. In addition, we have launched the SharePoint Foundation 2010 (Beta) Tech Center and its related Technical Articles.  We will keep this content up to date with timely information to help you design, build, and deploy SharePoint sites and solutions. We have launched these sites with an initial set of Beta content and we will add lots of additional content throughout the Beta and on through the product release.

Click-to-Run: Delivering Office in the 21st Century (Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering)
If you’re the type of person who likes to test-drive the latest and greatest software (or you’re the type of person who reads an Office Engineering blog…), then you’re probably familiar with the pain that can be part of trying out new software for the first time. My name is Paul Barr, Lead Program Manager for the Click-to-Run team in Office 2010, and we’ve built Click-to-Run with you in mind. What follows is a more in-depth post on the technology introduced in the New Ways to Try and Buy Microsoft Office 2010 announcement.

Microblogging as a Business Tool (Veronique's SharePoint)
Social networking is all the rage and you ignore the business benefits at your peril. There is still a lot of nervousness in business leveraging social networking tools, but with the right research and application and you can gain enormous benefit from these tools.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
Guest Blog by FiveSix Consulting's Tamara Austerlade: SharePoint in Higher Education (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Higher education is different. It has a culture that recognizes as positives what many companies would find dysfunctional. Consensus-based decision making, lack of standardization, and a penchant for analysis over action encourages collaboration and discovery, but can make it difficult to be effective.  Throw in byzantine funding models and political intrigue that made Henry Kissinger "long for the simplicity of the Middle East", and you begin to get a sense for the complexity of the environment.

Microsoft SVP Chris Capossela Presents the 3 Pillars for Office 2010 (SharePoint 2010)
Day two of the Airlift began with a keynote from Chris Capossela, SVP, Information Worker Product Management Group.  Revealing the three pillars for 2010 as being user experience, IT choice (i.e., cost savings, on premise, online service), and business platform (i.e., SharePoint), Chris explained that these three pillars will be the focus of marketing initiatives and whitepapers explicating the buying proposition for 2010.

 

SharePoint Job Listings**
SharePoint Manager - Atlanta, GA
We are currently looking for SharePoint Architects to work in our Enterprise Solutions organization. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 5 years of experience and must be comfortable working with clients. Architects must have a minimum of 5 years experience in the design and hands-on development of solutions using SharePoint Services and/or SharePoint Portal. Must be able to install, configure, and troubleshoot any issue with the technology. The person in this role must be able to work closely with clients in order to translate their needs and create technical solutions.

SharePoint Consultant - Dallas, TX
The SharePoint Consultant will plan and execute detailed tasks on projects related to implementing and extending MOSS solutions for clients. You will be responsible for customer interactions, understanding the client's business and will participate in full life cycle development.

 

Microsoft Updates
Description of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver-x-none.msp): September 30, 2009 (Microsoft)
This article describes the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 issue that is fixed in the hotfix package that is dated September 30, 2009.

 

Bamboo Partner Events*
November 10, New York, New York, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions - DataLan
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November 16, Long Island, NY, InterLab 2009 - Innovative-e
November 18, Online, Advanced Topics in SharePoint - Business Process Automation and Workflow Design - DataLan
November 19, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Financial Services Firms - DataLan
November 19, Sacramento, California, SharePoint - Key Features - Kiefer Consulting Inc.

December 3, New York, New York, SharePoint Winter Expo 2009 - DataLan
December 9, Online, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management - DataLan
December 10, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites - DataLan

January 14, Online, Boost Business Results with SharePoint - StreamLogic

SharePoint Events**
November 10, New York, New York, SharePoint – A Platform for Business Solutions
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November 17, Online, Bamboo SharePoint Project Management Central Webinar
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November 19, Online, Breakthroughs in SharePoint for Financial Services Firms
November 19, Sacramento, California, SharePoint - Key Features
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December 3, Online, Bamboo 101 - Calendar Plus Web Part Webinar
December 3, New York, New York, SharePoint Winter Expo 2009
December 5, Washington, DC, SharePoint Saturday
December 9, Online, SharePoint for Enterprise Content Management
December 10, Online, Bamboo 101 - Chart Plus Web Part Webinar
December 10, Iselin, New Jersey, SharePoint for Intranets, Extranets, and Public Websites
December 12, Kansas City, Kansas, SharePoint Saturday

January 9, Virginia Beach, Virginia, SharePoint Saturday
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Posted Nov 09 2009, 07:33 AM by SharePoint Daily

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