Cloud Smaller than Server Business; Windows on the iPad; RIP: Flash Mobile?

SharePoint Daily LogoThis new Google News Advanced Search is going to take some getting used to. I still haven't found the right options to select to get the search results that it produced by default yesterday. ::sigh::  - Dooley

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Windows Azure Camps (Microsoft)
Windows Azure Developer Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.

Microsoft: Cloud 'Much Smaller' Than Server Business (RedmondMag)
An executive at Microsoft's Server and Tools Division offered some perspectives on Microsoft's cloud vision on Monday. Charles Di Bona, general manager of Microsoft Server and Tools, claimed that Microsoft is the only company that offers public cloud, private cloud and hybrid solutions to its potential customers. He spoke in San Francisco at the CLSA Asia USA Forum for investors.

Can Windows Play Well on the iPad? (CIO)
All those iPads racing into the enterprise must maneuver around a tricky corner: getting Windows desktop apps to run on iPads without wrecking the user experience. Sure, Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, can render entire Windows desktops and their apps on the iPad—but not always well. The problem, of course, is that Windows desktop apps were never meant to run on a 10-inch touchscreen tablet with no mouse and physical keyboard (even less so with a 3.5-inch touchscreen iPhone). Yet workers need these apps to do their jobs.

Barnes & Noble Urges U.S. to Probe Microsoft on Patents (Bloomberg)
Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) asked U.S. regulators to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) seeks to monopolize the mobile-device market by demanding patent royalties on electronics running on Google Inc.’s Android operating system. “Microsoft is embarking on a campaign of asserting trivial and outmoded patents against manufacturers of Android devices,” Barnes & Noble said in an Oct. 17 letter to Gene Kimmelman, the Justice Department’s chief counsel for competition policy. “Microsoft is attempting to raise its rivals’ costs in order to drive out competition and to deter innovation in mobile devices.”

Exclusive: Adobe Ceases Development on Mobile Browser Flash, Refocuses Efforts on HTML5 (ZDNet)
Sources close to Adobe that have been briefed on the company’s future development plans have revealed this forthcoming announcement to ZDNet: Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Mozilla Ships Firefox 8, Adds Twitter Search and Patches 8 Bugs (ComputerWorld)
Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 8, adding Twitter search to the browser and patching eight vulnerabilities. Since Mozilla kicked off its every-six-week upgrade cycle last summer, each new Firefox has had relatively few visible changes. That held true yesterday. Firefox 8's most notable addition was Twitter as a choice in Firefox's search bar, letting users look up topics, hashtags and usernames on the micro-blogging service. Twitter search is currently available only in the English, Japanese, Portuguese and Slovenian editions of Firefox.

 

Around the Blogosphere
October 2011 CU for SharePoint 2007 has Been Re-released (Stefan Goßner)
In an earlier post I outlined problems when installing October 2011 CU for SharePoint 2007 on top of Service Pack 3. Meanwhile October 2011 CU for SharePoint 2007 has been rereleased. If you are going to download October 2011 CU for SharePoint 2007 now you will not have problems when trying to install the fix on top of Service Pack 3.

SharePoint Adopted Faster Than Any Other Application I’ve Ever Seen! (SharePoint and Assessment Blog)
Thought leader interview with Ed Kelty, CIO of Rio Salado College in Arizona, USA. Ed, who are Rio Salado College and what is your role? Rio Salado College is the largest online public community college in the nation with nearly 47,000 students online with a total of nearly 70,000 students. I’m the CIO and Vice President of Information Services at Rio Salado College. I oversee all aspects of technology in this institution.

Geographical SharePoint Redundancy (Social-Point)
Working for Rackspace I have had the ability to architect some truly BIG SharePoint farms.  One thing to realize along the way is that a lot of people lead with the need for very large, very geographically dispersed farms – but the reality is that not many companies have the appetite for the financial and complexity bill that comes with such a farm.  So I thought I start a series on “Geographically Dispersed SharePoint Farms” to help demystify when such a farm is warranted and the options that exist along the way.

SharePoint Branding to Brand or Not to Brand Now That is a Question (SharePointEduTech)
Over the last week I have been following a conversation on twitter started by Kerri Abraham about the value of branding your SharePoint site internally. We have completed many SharePoint branding exercises and generally speaking all of our clients like the consistent feel of their brand carried through from the website onto the internal SharePoint gateway. We have found that this mirroring of branding helps to encourage adoption of the platform from the end-user perspective as they see the same consistent brand externally and internally marrying the two into one coherent experience.

What Can Katy Perrry Teach Us About End User Satisfaction (AIIM)
I recently was speaking with a SharePoint user who told me one of the biggest challenges she faces with her deployment is that users don't want to use the system, and they prefer their old ways. Now, in my office, typically I don't have a choice when it comes to what systems are used and how work gets done. "Do you want me to juggle chainsaws, sing Katy Perry songs and integrate this new cloud project management tool?" Sure boss, if that is what's required.

 

Around Bamboo Nation
Must-see Video: 'SharePoint Spokesperson Audition' Starring Luke Perry, Carmen Electra, Alan Thicke & Florence Henderson (The Bamboo Team Blog)
I owe you an apology.  If you read my post last month on Jared Spataro's SPC 2011 keynote, you may recall that I described a video that was shown to attendees at the SharePoint Conference, the setup of which involved Jared and his Microsoft colleagues Kurt DelBene and Jeff Teper in Hollywood "auditioning" name actors and actresses for the role of official spokesperson at the 2011 SPC.  In that post, I promised to embed the video itself once it was made public.

 

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SharePoint Administrator\Developer - McLean, VA
Project Management Professional (PMP), CMMi, ITIL v 3.0, PMBOK, ISO certifications preferred. Additional Information: The SharePoint Developer will work directly with the client and other team members designing, developing, troubleshooting, debugging, and implementing a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 site collection. The selected candidate will participate in the planning and design of SharePoint sites; maintaining and providing ongoing design support; and assisting with site reviews to ensure operation in accordance with client policies and procedures.

SharePoint Developer/Architect - Pleasanton, CA
The right candidate will possess excellent technical, communication, and people skills. We are looking for a candidate with a blend of development, administration, and user support experience in respect to MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0. The position will be supporting an enterprise wide SharePoint environment across many regions. Understanding of the role of governance and best practices is a must.

 

Microsoft Updates
Configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Search for External Content Types (Part 1 of 2) (MSDN)
Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) enable users to easily include external data as results for the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 search capabilities. Learn to configure external content types for SharePoint Server search indexing and options for configuring SharePoint Server search results.

 

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Posted Nov 09 2011, 07:56 AM by Chris Dooley

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