Tech-Ed: Day 3; Social Engineering Security Flaws; San Francisco Moves to Microsoft's Cloud

SharePoint Daily LogoThere are just a few more hours to enter for your chance to win a full conference pass to SPTechCon in Boston. John will pick the winner when he returns from TechEd. Today is also the start of SharePoint Fest in Denver. It sounds like things are off to a great start and will only get better as the day goes on.  --Chris

Top News Stories
Microsoft Says Intel's Version of Windows8 'Misleading' (International Business Times)
Intel's version of Microsoft's tablet plan and the revelation of the inability of running older applications in the four versions of Windows8 have put Intel in Microsoft's bad books, said Windows President Steven Sinofsky refuting the rumour. "Intel's statements during yesterday's Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft's plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading." Said Sinofsky.

Should Microsoft Be Losing Sleep Over Chrome OS? (TechNewsWorld)
So Google's Chromebooks finally made their long-awaited debut last week, complete with interesting leasing options for the business, government and educational markets. As Samsung and Acer put the finishing touches on their devices, the question on many tongues now is how these new machines will fit into the already-competitive mobile computing market. Over at ZDNet, in fact, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols went so far as to suggest that Google's new devices are "a Windows killer," and his sentiment has been widely echoed throughout the blogosphere.

Windows 8 Coming in at Least 4 Versions (ITWorld)
Microsoft will make at least four different versions of Windows 8 for devices with ARM processors, but you won't be running older Windows apps on any them, according to an Intel executive. Renee James, Intel's senior vice president and general manager of Software and Services Group, also reaffirmed that Windows running on ARM devices will be focused on tablets and other mobile devices, according to Bloomberg.

Microsoft, San Francisco Unveil Huge Cloud-Services Contract (eWeek)
San Francisco has signed a contract to port 23,000 municipal employees’ email to Microsoft’s cloud. The transition to Microsoft Exchange Online will continue over the next year, and involve employees from around 60 departments and agencies. City executives on a May 18 conference call suggested that the initiative would cost $1.2 million per year, which breaks down to $6 per month per user.

Is the Cloud Green? (SiliconRepublic)
As the debate heats up as to the green credentials of cloud computing, GreenMonk's principal analyst Tom Raftery says the jury is still out. ANN O’DEA reports. Until cloud providers start to publish their energy utilisation numbers, it is difficult to assess just how green cloud computing is, says Tom Raftery, principal analyst for GreenMonk, the energy and sustainability practice of open-source industry analyst firm RedMonk, and co-founder and director of Cork Internet eXchange – a hyper energy-efficient data centre in Cork. Today based in Seville, at GreenMonk Raftery works with some of the biggest companies in the tech world, helping them to understand how the world is changing and how they should respond.

Social Engineering Tops Security Flaw Exploits (eWeek)
Social-engineering attacks in which users are tricked into clicking on a link or downloading malicious programs are far more common than attacks that exploit security vulnerabilities in software, according to Microsoft. One out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows users were later discovered to be malicious, Jeb Haber, programme manager lead of the SmartScreen group working on Internet Explorer at Microsoft, wrote on the IE (Internet Explorer) blog. The browser blocked between two million and five million attacks a day for Internet Explorer 8 and 9 customers who have enabled the SmartScreen filter protection, Microsoft said.


Around the Blogosphere
Something Cloudy This way Comes ... and it has a Silver Lining (To the SharePoint)
Love it or hate it, everyone is talking about it here in Atlanta at TechEd 2011. I've attended several birds-of-a-feather, breakout, and training sessions over the last two days and I've talked with many customers regarding the cloud, the Microsoft Cloud, cloud computing in general, and other cloud computing offerings from competing companies. In the course of these discussions several customer comments have stood out:

SharePoint 2010 Branding & Design: Begin at the Beginning (SharePointlessness)
There are so many blog posts running around in my head at the moment that I am struggling how to start this first one out.  I am simply going to go back to my third grade teacher who once told me, “Just Begin at the Beginning” when I was excited one day to tell her a story. So here goes… SharePoint 2010 Branding and Design is a wondrous world full of new ideas and new challenges. But what does this mean to those of us who design sites to make SharePoint look not like SharePoint? It simply means that we are beginning a new adventure and will learn many lessons along the way.

10 Reasons SharePoint 2010 SP1 Will Rock Your World! (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
Have you heard the news? SharePoint 2010 SP1 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 is on track to be delivered by end of June 2011. Bill Baer gives us the good SharePoint 2010 SP1 details on the SharePoint team blog. Even more details across the Office family on the Office Sustained Engineering blog.

SharePoint – Social Learning Savior? (E-Learning 24/7 Blog)
In today’s corporate world, you cannot toss a rock in any direction without someone mentioning SharePoint as the glorious solution for social learning and in many cases a LMS. They love it, and they want you to know about it. It solves all issues, and for some I surmise it all is all knowing – well for those who watch and read their learners’ posts. But is it all that it is cracked up to be?  The social learning savior or a hero waiting to save the learner in distress? It depends.

SharePoint 2010 - Web Services for Remote Portlets (SharePointDevWiki)
Web Services for Remote Portlets, also known as WSRP, is a standard defined by an OASIS committee which describes how to use SOAP requests to receive fragments of HTML from a remote service. The overview on the OASIS site states: WSRP defines a set of interfaces and related semantics which standardize interactions with components providing user-facing markup, including the processing of user interactions with that markup. This allows applications to consume such components as providing a portion of the overall user application without having to write unique code for interacting with each component.


Around Bamboo Nation
TechEd: 'Creating Custom SharePoint Service Applications 101' with Todd Bleeker (SharePoint 2010)
This afternoon Todd Bleeker opened his TechEd session, Creating Custom SharePoint Service Applications 101 by saying that Service Applications is "probably the most complex topic you can talk about in SharePoint 2010."  Todd went on to say that this session would represent "One of the few times in the last decade I've done a technical presentation [with] no demo," explaining his rationale as "I could probably build one in an hour, but it would kill you."   Thus, Todd chose to focus instead on the fundamentals in his session, explaining that the slide deck, along with source code for a sample service application would soon be posted on his blog.

TechEd: Chris Mayo on 'Developing Collaboration Solutions in the Cloud with Microsoft SharePoint Online' (SharePoint 2010)
Chris Mayo, a Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist for Office 365, focuses on "dealing with building solutions with these products," hence the topic of his TechEd session this afternoon on Developing Collaboration Solutions in the Cloud with Microsoft SharePoint Online.  Explaining that SharePoint Online "is a subset of SharePoint 2010 hosted in the cloud as SaaS [that] ships with Office 365," Chris pointed out that Office 365 is in beta today and that "Our goal is to release in the first half of this year."

This Week in Bamboo (May 8th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011) (The Bamboo Team Blog)
At Bamboo this week, a minor release of Alert Plus Web Part was released with many resolved bugs, new improvements and updated features for both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010.  Please check out our storefront for the latest of Alert Plus Web Part version 3.1 and see below for a complete list of bug fixes, great new features, limitations and known issues about the patch.

TechEd: 'Claims Identity in Microsoft SharePoint 2010' with Paul Schaeflein (SharePoint 2010)
Paul Schaeflein, after learning that there were more developers than expected in the audience for his Claims Identity in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 session this morning at TechEd, remarked with a wry grin, "I was warned, 'Don't launch Visual  Studio in an IT Pro talk,'" and said that he'd be heeding that warning in his demos. Paul explained that with claims-based identity, "Identity is the primary thing that claims bring to the table," providing information that "means we have a user of some type."  Authentication proves you are who you say you are and, while this is not something that SharePoint does, SharePoint is "all about authorization," which determines what you can do once your identity has been established.  In essence, user identity is a set of claims and, as Paul noted, the "primary thing you have to figure out is who do you trust to provide identity?"


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Microsoft Updates
Database Maintenance for SharePoint Server 2010 (TechNet)
This white paper provides information and guidelines for maintaining the databases that host data and configurations for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products. It describes and provides examples of the database maintenance tasks that we recommend when you operate SharePoint 2010 Products.


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