SharePoint Powers Social Applications; Office 2013 Info for CIOs; More Free Microsoft eBooks

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Microsoft SharePoint Powers Social Applications (CMSWire)
In the world of Social Enterprise vendors, everyone wants to be a “platform.” Subsequently, it’s rare to hear an ISV talk about the platform it uses to create a social application other than its own. And yet, Microsoft SharePoint often comes up in discussions of all sorts of Social Enterprise applications. Several companies are using the sharing, collaboration and workflow capabilities of Microsoft SharePoint to provide the basic underpinnings of their social applications.

Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Outlook.com (PCWorld)
Microsoft on Tuesday rebooted Hotmail as Outlook.com, serving notice that the former is headed toward retirement and that the latter is the new face of the company's 15-year-old online email effort. By the end of Tuesday, Microsoft boasted that 1 million people had signed up for the new service. Was it because of the integration with SkyDrive and Office Web apps? The new UI? Or just curiosity? Who knows. But what we do know is that there are lots of questions about Outlook.com. Here are the answers to some of the most pressing.

Why Microsoft Really Bought Yammer (ComputerWorld)
Microsoft's purchase of Yammer is probably as much about Yammer's marketing model as it is about social networking prowess. Microsoft's social networking capabilities are perceived as weak—and the aim of its recent $1.2 billion purchase of enterprise social networking firm Yammer is to put this right. But what may also lie behind the acquisition is Microsoft's desire to get its hands on Yammer's expertise with the "freemium" software model and the viral, member-get-member way of attracting new customers.

Microsoft Office 2013: 10 Things CIOs Should Know (CIOInsight)
Microsoft recently announced Office 2013, the next generation of its venerable Office suite of productivity tools. It's expected to launch this fall to coincide with the availability of the new Windows 8 operating system, which launches October 26. For CIOs, this fall is going to be an extremely busy time. Not only will you be analyzing Windows 8 to see if it's the right fit for your office, but you'll also need to determine the value of Office 2013. Will it be ready for your company computers the first day it's made available or should you hold off until there's a compelling reason to bring it on? The choice is yours. In order to help you make that choice, however, we've decided to take a look at Office 2013 and highlight some of the key features that will aid you in the decision process. Office 2013 looks to be a fine offering for enterprise customers. But it also has some quirks. Here's what you need to know.

Microsoft Blames Last Week's Azure Outage on a Configuration Error (PC Advisor)
A system configuration mistake caused the outage that affected Windows Azure customers in western Europe last week, according to Microsoft. As a result, the Microsoft public cloud application hosting and development platform was unavailable for about two and a half hours on Thursday. Microsoft didn't say how many customers were impacted.

Has the Cloud De-mystified IT Services? (PRLog)
It is not another technology fad and, if handled correctly, can add significant value to business. Access to virtual services and next generation technology, with minimal cost, and the ability to set up infrastructure with little or no hassle, are major benefits.

Windows 8 Deserves a Chance (BetaNews)
When I set up my first Windows 8 system back when Microsoft released the Developer Preview, I was somewhat irritated by the removal of core operating system features like the Start menu that I had been using for over a decade in different versions of Windows. Even more alien was the new startpage that Microsoft had added to the operating system which felt like a new interface that had nothing to do with the desktop and the way Windows used to be.

Is Surface Microsoft's Confession that Windows 8 Isn't Really Cut Out for Tablets? (Ars Technica)
If any device were built for Windows 8, it's Surface. Surface is the standard bearer for Windows 8. It's the benchmark that Microsoft hopes will inspire the OEMs to produce a range of highly desirable Windows devices. It's the machine against which all other Windows 8 machines will be compared. And it's the machine that Microsoft said it had designed explicitly for Windows 8.

Another Large Collection of Free Microsoft eBooks and Resource Kits for You, Including: SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Office 365, Duet 2.0, Azure, Cloud, Windows Phone, Lync, Dynamics CRM, and More. (Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog)
Last week, I put up my Large Collection of Free Microsoft eBooks post (60+ eBooks) here on the blog and the response and feedback I am receiving about it is incredibly positive about how much you liked it. Because of this, I thought I would put up this follow-up post which includes even more free Microsoft eBooks available to you for download. Just like with the last list I published here for you, if you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

 

Around the Blogosphere
Visual Guide to Upgrading a SharePoint 2010 Shared Services Farm to SharePoint 2013 (Wictor Wilén - SharePoint MCA, MCM and MVP)
SharePoint 2010 introduced the Service Application concept and that architecture model also includes the possibility to publish and consume service applications between farms. For instance you could have the Managed Metadata service application in one of your farms and use it in another farm. There are several interesting and valid scenarios for this and some of them include having dedicated Shared Services farms, that is a farm that’s only hosting service applications and not any content applications. If you have one of these farms, or farms that publishes or consumes service applications you are facing an interesting upgrade scenario when looking at SharePoint 2013. In this Visual Guide I’ll try to go through all the required steps for a successful upgrade to SharePoint 2013.

How to Create a Claims Web Application with PowerShell in SharePoint 2013 (and 2010) (Todd Klindt's SharePoint Admin Blog)
It’s been a tough pill to swallow, but like my friend Wictor Wilen put it, Claims is the new black. Keeping that in mind, I’ve decided to embrace Claims and pretend like I’ve liked it all along. I put my newfound love of Claims to the test this week when I was building out a shiny new SharePoint 2013 farm. Since I’ll be doing this a lot I decided that I should use my BFF PowerShell to script as much as I could. This included creating my Web Applications.

New and Improved SharePoint Designer 2013 – Now with 100% less Designer! (Elumenotion)
It took a couple of weeks for people to really notice the most significant change in SharePoint Designer 2013 – the visual design views are removed. All that remains is code view!

SharePoint 2013 - The New and Improved Team Site! (EndUserSharePoint)
The team site always receives a new look and feel with every new release of SharePoint. This is no different for SharePoint 2013:

 

Around Bamboo Nation
This Week in Bamboo (July 22nd, 2012 - July 28th, 2012) (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Have you checked out the latest release of our Discussion Board Plus R1.5?  At Bamboo this week, a major release of Discussion Board Plus R1.5 was released to the storefront.  At the same time, we were very busy fixing bugs and rolling out patches for the following products: Bamboo Visual Indicator Column, Calendar Plus Web Part, Rating Column, Poll Web Part, and Password Change Web Part.  For details about Discussion Board Plus R1.5, please see the release announcement blogs from our Product Manager, and see below for a complete list of this week’s releases.

 

SharePoint Job Listings*
SharePoint Architect / Admin - Fremont, CA
Leading Microsoft Gold Partner in NorCal is again in growth mode and looking for talented Microsoft SharePoint Architects / Admins who have strong skills deploying SharePoint solutions into client environments. Great opportunity to work on exciting projects and bleeding edge technology while being a part of an environment that values keeping it's engineers up-to-date with the latest technology before their competitors have a chance to see it.

.NET SharePoint Developer - Dayton, OH
Our company is an information technology services company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. We deliver technical solutions supporting complex organizational objectives while solving business-driven challenges. We emphasize on functional needs, project executing, and the delivery of quality cost saving solutions to our clients. Our clients and expertise span across commercial, government, and non-profit sectors.

 

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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Posted Aug 06 2012, 07:45 AM by Chris Dooley

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As Marketing Manager for Bamboo Solutions, Chris Dooley is responsible for overseeing all marketing efforts made towards identifying, creating, and evaluating strategies to promote the services and products offered by the company. He brings more than eight years of marketing experience to his position, with a strong focus on social media marketing stemming from his time of employment with America Online prior to Bamboo Solutions. During his time with AOL as a Senior Program Manager, Chris was responsible for creating the advertising processes for AOL Messaging and Social Media and co- founded AOL’s ComicsAlliance. In his role as Marketing Manager for Bamboo Solutions, he continues to carry out his extensive knowledge of social media marketing by establishing the need for the company’s products and services worldwide through emphasizing and initiating global marketing efforts. Chris studied Programming at Georgia Perimeter College.

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