Microsoft's Consumer Brand is Dying; Watch the PDC Online; Afraid of Windows 8?

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Microsoft Sends Out Office and SharePoint 2010 SP1 Invites (Neowin)
Microsoft has sent out invitations to lucky participants for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1. For the lucky ones that actually receive an email about the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 SP1 beta, they will need to complete a survey which will be reviewed before being accepted.

Hey Microsoft, Listen to What Ray Said (CIO)
The announced departure of Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is certainly not good news for Microsoft. But his memo to the troops revealed this week could be the best thing that's ever happened to the company. That is, if the troops listen and act on Ozzie's warnings.

Who's Afraid of Windows 8? (CTOEdge)
When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned at the Gartner Symposium and IT Summit in Orlando last week that Microsoft’s biggest risk was the next version of Windows, he caused a lot of speculation. What, everyone has been wondering, would be in the new Windows 8 that makes it such a big risk? The concern, of course, is that it will be such a huge change from Windows 7 that nobody will buy it.

Microsoft is a Dying Consumer Brand (CNNMoney)
Consumers have turned their backs on Microsoft. A company that once symbolized the future is now living in the past. Microsoft has been late to the game in crucial modern technologies like mobile, search, media, gaming and tablets. It has even fallen behind in Web browsing, a market it once ruled with an iron fist.

Windows Phone 7 from an App Developer's Viewpoint (CMS Wire)
Microsoft's Windows 7 Phone-powered devices are doing a brisk trade, but what do the developers writing the first apps think? The Enterprise 2.0-era world needs data accessible everywhere, at any time and the smartphone is a big part of the solution. Ray Ozzie (Microsoft's recently departed head of software) said that the company must accept the end of the PC and look forward. Windows Phone 7 represents the first major step in this direction for the company and its many partners. On launch day,  we looked at how Microsoft was leveraging the power of Xbox Live, Office and other properties to drive it into the mass and business mobile markets.

PDC 2010 Just Around the Corner but Still No Windows 8, Watch It Online (Softpedia)
This year’s Professional Developer Conference debuts tomorrow, October 28th, 2010, and is a very small event that takes places in Microsoft’s Redmond campus instead of Los Angeles, as developers were used to. PDC 2010 is not only going to span just a couple of days, but it will also allow only a small number of participants to attend in person. Fact is that the conference has been sold out for months now, and only a lucky few are getting to attend.

Intel Spearheads Open Data Alliance For Cloud Users (InformationWeek)
A group of 70 current and potential cloud users has banded together to form the Open Data Center Alliance, a group that will issue a roadmap on cloud interoperability in early 2011. Intel ‘s inside -- as a technical adviser, not a voting member. The participation by Intel is a sign of how uniformly cloud data centers rely on the x86 architecture. Even IBM, manufacturer of the Power series of microprocessors, built its Research Triangle Park cloud on x86 servers.

 

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint and Azure at PDC10 (Owen Allen's Blog)
Tomorrow is the start of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, PDC10. Every SharePoint ISV should have one or two developers or architects in attendance, virtually, if not physically. This edition of PDC is important because much of the focus will be on the Windows Azure platform, and Cloud Computing concepts.  I don’t think there is a bigger question that SharePoint ISVs have, than “What are the Cloud and Azure implications for SharePoint, and for my business?”

October 2010 CU for SharePoint 2007 and 2010 has Been Released Yesterday (Stefan Goßner)
Yesterday the product group released the October 2010 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2007 and 2010 product family. The KB articles are not yet available (as usual it will take a couple more days to get these through the required release process) but the fixes can already be downloaded.

Improve Your Stakeholders “Crapness Calibration™” for SharePoint Information Architecture Success (Clever Workarounds)
Here is my simple, patent pending method to use to help users design good SharePoint sites. It combines two very effective IA methods into one and it's amazing how it turns people from wanting 1990’s era sites complete with horizontal scrolling banners with animated GIF’s into usability and IA gurus within minutes.

What’s Information Architecture & Why is it Important Anyway? (PMP Insights)
In many organizations, SharePoint has emerged as a multi-purpose platform to manage information and automate business processes and activities.  It’s often times easy to rush into building a solution without thinking enough about something called “information architecture” (IA).

Announcing SharePoint Easy Setup for Developers (Chris Johnson)
Starting today developers can download a new set of pre-packaged tools that help developers easily get started with SharePoint 2010 development by automating the provisioning of a developer workstation using Windows 7, SharePoint & associated tools. Written in Windows PowerShell these scripts will install and configure all the pre-requisites & products to get you up and running with SharePoint development.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
Test Drive Your SharePoint Workflow: Simulation Mode (and other Workflow Start Options) in Workflow Conductor 1.5 (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Have you ever wanted to test out your new SharePoint workflow before sending it out into the world? Maybe the workflow is designed to e-mail or assign tasks to a lot of people and you want to make sure everything is going to work as expected. Maybe there's one VIP involved in your workflow who you don't want to bother with "test" e-mails. Maybe the workflow has some built-in delays that you don't have the time or patience to wait for while you're testing things out. Whatever your reason for wanting to simulate workflow functionality before running it for real, Workflow Conductor 1.5 now offers...drum roll, please...Simulation Mode.

 

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.NET/SHAREPOINT ARCHITECT - Raleigh, NC
AT&T is looking for a full-time, permanent .NET / SharePoint software architect to join on Professional Services team within the Hosting and Application Services department. The candidate will be a member of our team which designs, creates, enhances and supports custom web applications and SharePoint sites for our clients, many of which are also hosted by AT&T.

 

Microsoft Updates
SharePoint 2010 Reusable Content Type Issue Changes from SharePoint 2007 (Microsoft Support)
You have upgraded a SharePoint farm from 2007 to 2010 version and within the 2007 environment you were using the Reusable Content Type feature and the Reusable Text option within that to have some HTML which includes OBJECT tags saved as a predefined content type. A couple samples of such HTML is shown below:

 

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