SharePoint Online 2013 Details, Office 15 Preview; IE10 Metro Skeptics

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Details Begin to Leak on Microsoft SharePoint Online 2013 (ZDNet)
When Microsoft officials announced in late January that the private technology preview for Office 15 was kicking off, they said the plan was to launch the new versions of Office client, Office servers and Office in the cloud (a k a Office 365) simultaneously. There have been a few leaks about Office 15 client and at least one of the Office 15 servers, but nothing on the next major Office 365 release (SharePoint Online 15, Exchange Online 15 and Lync Online 15). Until now…

Responsive Design for SharePoint Websites (CMSWire)
The argument to provide multi-device and multi-channel support for your website is compelling. Three years ago, desktops made up around 90% of the devices we used to connect to the internet. That percentage has now dropped to around 50%, solely due to the number of smartphones and tablets contented to the internet — a trend that it’s fair to assume will continue to grow.

Psst ... hey ... yeah you. You social engineers getting certified in Business Facebook applications! Remember what-you-see-is-what-you-get? Probably not unless reinventing yourself for a living is measured in decades. For you digital natives I'm describing how dinosaurs like me once crawled out of our darkened caves of DOS. Back in the late eighties the notion that our interfaces would actually reflect our dot matrix print-outs was an epiphany (that's where our documents were all headed back then, right?)

Microsoft Office 15 Preview (Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows)
Forget the rumors. Here's what it's really like to use the Office 15 Technical Preview, which Microsoft recently made available only to a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreement. I was able to get my hands on a copy, and while it's not exactly ready for prime time--a more stable and functional public is due this summer--there are intriguing hints here for the future.

IE 10's Metro Experience Draws Skeptics (RedmondMag)
Microsoft on Tuesday described features and concepts behind its Internet Explorer 10 browsers for Windows 8, but public reactions seemed mixed. IE 10, which is currently available with the Windows 8 consumer preview, is actually two browsers. One is designed for a classic "desktop" user interface and the other for a "Metro-style" experience. Windows 8 users can switch between using these two IE 10 browsers or they can use browsers made by other companies when those browsers are ready. However, Windows 8 users won't be able to run something like IE 9 because Windows 8 won't support earlier IE versions, according to Microsoft's IE 10 FAQ.

Windows Phone: The Passionless Platform (ZDNet)
This week I’ve spent a lot of time in phone stores playing with Windows Phone devices. This effort has reinforced my impressions of Windows Phone: it’s a solid smartphone platform with lots to offer. I like playing with Windows Phones, but something keeps nagging at the back of my mind that it could be better. I couldn’t put my finger on what bothered me for a while, but after careful thought I realized that Windows Phone just doesn’t excite me like other smartphone platforms.


Around the Blogosphere
List Form Fields–Show/Hide For Certain People: Part 1 (Laura Rogers @WonderLaura)
Three years ago, I wrote a blog post called Displaying SharePoint Fields by Permission Level.  This one has the highest amount of hits, but it is an imperfect solution.  One of the most common questions that was asked was to see if there's a way to show or hide fields in an ASPX form based on who the logged in user is, as opposed to according to permission level.

To RBS or Not to RBS? Hmm...What was the Question...? (A SharePoint Story) (ITPro)
There are a lot of different stories and opinions about RBS usage scenarios. To make it even more interesting here is mine. Decisions about RBS deployment are not initially about SharePoint capacity or performance, but about MONEY.  What I mean by this is cost effectiveness, company income, partner income, bonus or whatever.

Authentication Error in InfoPath Form Services in SharePoint 2010 (SharePointDevWiki)
The following errors occurred for me while InfoPath form services was trying to access a user profile service. My profile connections are stored in a udx file. The following query failed: User Profile (User: domain\user, Form Name: Template, IP: , Connection Target: http://server/sites/capex/DataConnectionsLibrary/userprofile.udcx, Request: http://server/sites/capex/SitePages/Home.aspx, Form ID: urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:infopath:list:-AutoGen-2011-02-21T05:15:34:497Z Type: DataAdapterException, Exception Message: The remote server returned an error: (500) Internal Server Error. Server was unable to process request. ---> Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation. The remote server returned an error: (500) Internal Server Error.)


Around Bamboo Nation
SharePoint 2010 My Alert Links: A Tip for URL Management (The Bamboo Team Blog)
I learned something today that I wanted to pass along. Here at Bamboo, all day-to-day communication and collaboration occurs through SharePoint (check out my comically titled post, Who Would Have Thought that Eating your own Dog Food Could Taste so Good?), and I happened to notice a certain behavior of the out-of-the-box SharePoint Alerts feature that got me scratching my head.  What I noticed was that some of the alerts I received in Outlook contained the internal URL of our SharePoint site, while other alerts (different alert jobs, by the way) used the external site URL. This behavior affects not just the hyperlinks, but the images as well. After doing some digging around (couldn't find a relevant setting anywhere!), I began to wonder if the alert URL is based on how you're logged in at that time of the alert's creation.  So I logged in to one of my lists that was sending the alerts with the internal URL, deleted the Alert job, and created a new alert while logged in using the External URL.  And guess what? It worked! This also further improved the loading speed of my alerts in Outlook with the combination of adding entries into my Credential Manager.


SharePoint Job Listings*
Senior SharePoint Administrator/Engineer - Washington, DC
The SharePoint Administrator is responsible for ensuring optimal use of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) product to address the needs and challenges of the business while providing mentoring and guidance - Supporting existing MOSS applications - Working on projects to migrate or replace existing application. Experience in building Collaboration solutions using Microsoft SharePoint Server (MOSS) specifically using out-of-the-box SharePoint. Must have practical working experience using SharePoint 2007. Interaction with government client in regarding requirements, design, and construction of a SharePoint solution. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of business both verbally and in writing. Effective use of the data view web part (DVWP), content editor web part, content query web part, data form web part, navigation customization, and some branding customization. The candidate will develop, configure and customize MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2007 sites with SharePoint Designer. They will design and develop master pages and page layout for branding, 508 and customization purposes. They will also conduct requirement gathering and analysis.

SharePoint Developer/Consultant - Bridgeville, PA
The Microsoft SharePoint consultant will work on projects in a lead architect capacity. The ideal candidate will be expected to work directly with clients in project planning, requirements gathering and the authoring of technical documentation. Ability to lead technical implementations through to completion is a critical requirement of this position. The candidate must have a strong work ethic, and ability to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment. Flexibility to travel up to 25% of the time is required.


Microsoft Updates
External Storage of Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in SharePoint Foundation (MSDN)
The Help topics in this section describe how to use the special external binary large object (BLOB) store provider (EBS Provider) interface, ISPExternalBinaryProvider, to allow you to store BLOB data in a data store that is external to the SharePoint content database. Topics in this section discuss the rationale for storing BLOB data externally, the architecture of the EBS Provider, and implementation of the EBS Provider in front-end Web applications for SharePoint Foundation.


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