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Office 365: How Microsoft Does IT (.NET Developers Journal)
In part 2 of this 30 part series we introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you. One of the great Hybrid examples I like to talk about is internally here at Microsoft. Microsoft is an extremely email centric company. Email is beyond a mission critical app for us. As such we spend a lot on our internal Exchange infrastructure. I have been on a beta test program for many years helping our Exchange team test the next version of Exchange before they are released.

Let's Get Metaphysical About Enterprise Collaboration (InformationWeek)
It's a rut that's easy for anyone who evaluates software to fall into: emphasizing how an application looks and operates, instead of how it helps people work together. Software UI design is the first thing we see, and the overwhelming number of SaaS sites and mobile device apps means no one has time to do a comprehensive evaluation of every collaboration tool that sounds interesting--snap judgments are a necessity in this age of information overload. So, let's step back and remember the point of collaboration: to achieve common goals and complete meaningful work--meaning, work that's of higher quality, since it incorporates a greater diversity of thought and opinion (the wisdom of crowds), and that's done faster, with software assistance to speed the collection and assimilation of diverse information sources.

Microsoft Rolls Out Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 (ZDNet)
Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack (SP) 2 is available for download as of December 5. The latest SP includes functionality that is aimed at helping users navigate and manage their cloud-on-premises hybrid environments. The newest SP adds new protection and compliance tooling; additional deployment options; and the return of Outlook Mobile Access (OMA). SP2 also includes a new hybrid configuration wizard, which, as Softpedia explained, can help automate “the setup of a hybrid connection between Exchange Online running in Office 365 and an on-premises Exchange 2010 organization.”

Windows Store Mandates Touch Support, 5 App Installs (SlashGear)
The Windows Store for Windows 8 will mandate touch- and gesture-support for all applications, allow users to install purchased apps on up to five computers simultaneously, and demand apps protect users from “unintentional large data transfers”; however, there won’t be a cooling-off period for accidental downloads. Freshly announced this week, and arriving alongside the Windows 8 beta in February 2012, Microsoft’s app store for the new OS brings with it a new batch of developer documentation for coders keen to get their wares inside. istartedsomething dug through to pick out the best bits.

8 Reasons Why CIOs Shouldn't Race to Windows 8 (CIO)
With Windows XP facing end-of-life and the Windows 8 preview in the public's hands, enterprises are considering a radical move: skipping two versions of Windows. Migration will be a very hot topic in 2012. With any type of strategic IT decision, organizations need to consider many different factors such as resources needed, costs, testing, compatibility, and training. While Windows 8 is loaded with new features, it also deprecates features users have grown accustomed to and it will require extra user training. But before you race to Windows 8, check out these 8 reasons why as a CIO, you shouldn't:

Buying Into the Cloud While Supporting the Past (ZDNet)
The glacial speed at which core W3C standards are formalized and then eventually incorporated into new internet applications controls the pace of change for the enterprise technology on which businesses run. When we compare the fast moving world of ‘consumer’ applications for the individual, whether online or mobile applications, it can often seem to the casual observer that enterprise technologies are still stuck in the last century …and in some ways they are.

Why Cloud Services are a Tempting Target for Attackers (O'Reilly Radar)
The largest cloud providers today are Google, Microsoft, and Amazon; each offering multiple services and platforms for their respective customers. For example, Microsoft Azure, Google Apps, and Amazon EC2 are all hosting and development platforms. Google Docs,, and Microsoft Office 365 all provide basic word processing, spreadsheets and other applications for individuals to use via the web instead of on their individual desktops. Then, of course, there's social networks, online gaming, and video and music sharing services — all of which rely on a hosted environment that can accommodate millions of users interacting from anywhere on earth, yet all connected somewhere in cyberspace. While the benefits are many, both to individuals and to corporations, there are three distinct disadvantages from an individual and national security perspective:


Around the Blogosphere
Simple Fix for SharePoint for Mobile Devices – iPad iPhone Android WP7 (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
SharePoint sometimes makes me a little upset. It's really a design decision that was made likely in 2007 or 2008 for SharePoint 2010's default mobile experience. In my mind if they would have kept the capability for mobile as an alternative and left the default experience alone things would be much better. Instead, by default, an iPad or iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, and even Blackberry… yes essentially all your rich mobile phones have a degraded poor user experience. SharePoint 2010 inherited the mobile interface that was built in SharePoint 2007, and it was improved slightly for publishing sites in SharePoint 2010, and a whole SDK was built for mobile. Was it a waste? Likely. Unfortunately as key as the mobile revolution has been to Intranet and web based applications, unfortunately Microsoft didn't take the opportunity to focus on building interfaces for the rich mobile phones and instead had a lot for the old phone experience. Yes, I'm being a bit harsh, but this is more as a warning that you should pay attention.

SharePoint 2010 and Azure Access Control Services – Part 1 (Liam Cleary [SharePoint MVP])
So SharePoint 2010 is great, and a fantastic platform which everybody is adopting, well most people. They have now come to realize the great power from using SharePoint for internet, intranet, extranet and even as a custom application platform. So to as SharePoint gains adoption, so does the Microsoft Azure Services in the cloud. One of the great additions in the cloud services is the advent of the Access Control Services which connect to SharePoint wonderfully and could be used for offering people access to your SharePoint by using multiple Identity Providers. Obviously there are many reasons for and against offloading your authentication out into the cloud but for now I am just going to focus on the configuration of it. So firstly you will need to actually get an azure account, so head over to and create an account, use the trail for now but get one setup and login to access the Azure Management Portal. So let's begin. From the left panel at the bottom, select the "Service Bus, Access Control & Caching" option.

SharePoint Adoption and Search (AIIM)
Last week, I had the privilege of being on a panel at the Gilbane Conference with Chris McNulty discussing SharePoint Adoption. Our moderator, SharePoint guru Marc Anderson ran the session as a conversation with the audience, and the first question we received was about augmenting SharePoint’s search features with 3rd-party products to improve adoption. The question was from a person working for a search vendor, and I think there was an ulterior motive involved, but I did respond. We have purchased an add-on for SharePoint search, but not so much to improve search. Rather, we purchased the product (BA Insight’s Longitude Search) to improve the user experience. The reason I draw that distinction, is because I really fear the other reason for investing in search tools – the thought that search can save the day when you have a poorly implemented ECM solution.

Categorizing in SharePoint, the Correct Way! (Perspectives on SharePoint)
The list of names is actual data from a production system that my company is working with (no we did not write it, but we need to extract data from it). Carefully take a look at how many variations of spelling (and misspellings). This system has the user entering a location in a textbox and we can obviously see the problems that can occur because the user can enter anything they want.


Around Bamboo Nation
How to Create SharePoint 2010 Publishing Sites Using Site Creation Plus, & How to Show the Publishing Tab (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Unlike SharePoint 2007, in order to surface the Publishing functionality in Share Point 2010, you will first need to activate some site collection features before you'll be able to create a site. Why use publishing sites? Among other reasons, per MSDN, "publishing sites use Publishing Features to provide capabilities to create engaging Web Content Management (WCM) sites." In this walkthrough, I will demonstrate how to create Publishing Sites using Bamboo's Site Creation Plus Web Part.

Why Is SharePoint So Slow? (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Here at Bamboo, we spend a LOT of time in SharePoint -- probably more than is healthy. But that doesn't mean we don't also spend time on the rest of the Internet, updating our fantasy team lineups, reading WordPress sites, and playing with the latest and greatest applications out there on the Web. And if there's one thing that hasn't changed in my four years of using, testing, extending, and working with SharePoint on a daily basis (along with the rest of the Web), it's this : SharePoint is shockingly slow.  And I want to know why.


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Microsoft Updates
Access Multiple SharePoint 2010 Lists by Using LINQ (MSDN)
In this exercise, you develop and deploy a visual Web Part that reads data from three lists by using LINQ queries and displays the results in a grid view control. The Web Part also contains a drop-down control that enables you to select which query is executed. To complete this task, you must do the following: Create a Visual Web Part Project; Generate LINQ to SharePoint Proxy Code; Add Code to Create the SharePoint Controls; Add the LINQ Queries to the Project; Test the Solution.


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