SharePoint as a Content Organizer; Slow Adoption for Cloud-based Productivity Apps; IE10 Benchmarks

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SharePoint Capability of Managing Content and the Content Organizer (AIIM)
A SharePoint capability to look at is managing ‘content’.  ‘Content’ is used here as a shortened form of “enterprise content and records management” which is often referred to by the acronym “ECRM”.  Enterprise content and records management covers a wide variety of types of content and content management.  These include document management, digital asset management, web content management, and records management.  Despite the different forms of content, and their many different uses, the management of content – no matter what its type – is substantially similar.  As a general rule, content exists to serve a particular purpose, and goes through a definable lifecycle as it is created, put to use, and then disposed of.

SharePoint 2013: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (CMSWire)
The public beta of SharePoint 2013 is now available for download. Like everyone, we found lots of interesting things in this new version. Here are a few of our favorite things.

Internet Explorer 10: Analysed and Benchmarked (ITProPortal)
Windows 8's browser, Internet Explorer 10, leads a double life. You can run it in Metro, and it can also be run in the traditional Windows desktop view. Underneath, however, both use the same rendering engine. This engine has been considerably improved, in terms of both its speed and support for new web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. Maybe even more significantly, IE10 isn't just the browser for Windows 8, it actually becomes the underlying engine which powers Metro style applications that use HTML5 and JavaScript. When you realise that, it becomes clear that Internet Explorer 10 is a crucial piece of the Windows 8 puzzle.

SMBs Slow to Adopt Cloud-based Productivity Applications (ZDNet)
More than 60 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are using or plan to use cloud-based file sharing services, but only 20 percent are considering the cloud for applications such as spreadsheets, word processors, presentation creation and other productivity applications. That's one of the key findings of a new survey by Spiceworks, an IT professional social network, that was sponsored by high-tech vendor EMC. The Spiceworks research reflects the options of 323 users across North American and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Microsoft Sizes Up Its Competitors for 2013 (ZDNet)
Reading a company’s annual 10-K report can lead to unexpected insights. But comparing the contents of this year’s report to that of the previous year is even more useful. That’s how I was able to spot some of the trends I highlighted yesterday in my post, “Microsoft's radical new business plan is hidden in plain sight.” For this follow-up, I’ll share some of my tricks of the trade and let you follow along as I use Microsoft’s own software and services to analyze the contents of its SEC filings.

There's Hope for Windows Phone: European Sales Jump in July (ComputerWorld)
Windows Phone has gotten a much-needed piece of good news: European sales have been up by 24% in July, likely driven by the success of the Nokia Lumia 610 and 900 smartphones. True, that's starting from a small installed base, but at this point, Microsoft will take any piece of good news about the platform it can get.

Microsoft's Radical New Business Plan is Hidden in Plain Sight (ZDNet)
Every publicly held corporation whose stock trades in the United States is required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to file a detailed annual report (Form 10-K) at the end of its fiscal year. Call me weird, but I love reading 10-Ks. I especially love reading the parts that make corporate lawyers and executives squirm, because they’re required to divulge details they would never discuss with journalists. And although there’s a fair amount of boilerplate and yadda yadda, there’s also a lot of substance buried in these reports.


Around the Blogosphere
Why We Need a SharePoint 2013 Marketplace (SharePointDevWiki)
I’ve been working in SharePoint now since SharePoint 2003 and am a 3 time SharePoint MVP. I eat, live, sleep this stuff. When I found out that there would be a marketplace in SharePoint I immediately thought “opportunity”…and to be honest “SharePoint Fart App”. In all seriousness this is an amazing opportunity to get Microsoft ISV Partners exposure to SharePoint users both in Multi-Tenant environments like Office 365 and in Full-Control environments. I expect the usual suspects to be a part of this and it’s great to see Kodak and Pingar already in the SharePoint marketplace with apps from AvePoint, GimmalSoft, Lightning Tools, Nintex “coming soon”.

Enabling Office Web Apps Preview Editing with SharePoint 2013 Preview Licensing (
As you may be aware there are a veritable ton of cool new capabilities in the latest release of Office Web Apps Preview. It really is a killer piece of tech. This post walks you through how to configure Office Web Apps editing in your SharePoint farm, which is not as “automatic” as you may imagine. We’ll also take a look at an interesting new capability in SharePoint 2013 Preview for license enforcement.

SharePoint Taxonomy Site Collection Internals (ITPro)
People sometimes run into Managed Metadata Taxonomy fields that show hash signs, semi-colons, numbers; what gives? What you are seeing, for example in a datasheet view, is a reflection of the internal representation of Taxonomy fields in SharePoint, which admittedly is a bit quirky to show users. It’s our call as solution designers whether to recommend or even expose Datasheet view for end-users.

Sharing - Simplified (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
One of the reasons I love working for Microsoft is the pervasive culture of giving. Everyone I know here is involved in some non-profit volunteering activities.  I too do work for a non-profit, managing a group of volunteers in India who provide education and primary health care to underprivileged kids. We regularly exchange a lot of information: photos, videos, budget documents, receipts and legal stuff. We collaborate on presentations, edit videos and create hand-outs. Currently, all this is done by email, and as you can imagine, it’s a mess. Our stuff is scattered. It’s common to lose updates from people and versions get out of control quickly.


Around Bamboo Nation
Announcing the Release of Discussion Board Plus for SharePoint R1.5 (The Bamboo Team Blog)
If you're close to my age (or older), you can probably recall taking a class in college that was so hard you had to tape the daily lecture so you could listen to it over and over in order to accurately capture the information in your notes. Professors can probably recall how students would frequently place their cassette recorders on the front desk or podium to record the lectures. (Remember, there were no magical iPhones at the time to record lectures on video.) I vividly recall having to do just that in my college Physiology class.

How to Automatically Receive Updates from Topics and Threads with Discussion Board Plus 1.5 (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Most of us have participated in different online communities, and know from experience that there are times when we really need to get reliable answers fast. Consequently, we'd like to be able to get those answers, and potential updates to those answers, without having to log back into the site, right? In the upcoming release of Discussion Board Plus, R1.5, Bamboo will provide exactly that functionality.


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You will provide professional consulting services on major enterprise initiatives utilizing the Microsoft Framework including web services, enterprise portals and mobile applications. You will build management, technical and planning skills by participating in large projects. You will improve your abilities to think creatively, design solutions, and interact with customers. You will contribute to our vast repository of intellectual property as we employ Microsoft technologies to create a dramatically more personal, integrated computing experience.


Microsoft Updates
New SharePoint Technical Content (SharePoint IT Pro Blog)
These are indeed exciting times for the Microsoft Office Division as a whole, and definitely for those of us who work on the technical content. First off, we hope you like the refreshed look and feel of this blog. Look for more design evolutions as time goes on, and of course, lots of SharePoint IT pro content! Check out the TechNet home page and feature package that launched today. They cover top-level IT professional content for new Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Project and even include an Editor’s note by yours truly.


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