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Tell Us Once - Review
Tell Us Once (TUO) is the award-winning, cross-government programme that lets people inform central government and local authorities just once of a birth or death. By March 2012 it will be in service in over 95% of councils in England, Scotland and Wales. It has provided a permanent solution to the long-standing and frustrating issue of people having to notify the government multiple times. Several years ago, research showed that people had to make up to 44 contacts when reporting a death to government ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:55 PM

Thought: Office Apps for iPad
Maybe it’s time for Microsoft to think forward rather than simply denounce a product such as the iPad. A forward thinking Microsoft would embrace the iPad as an opportunity. Whatever we think the iPad will be big, very big. So guys get those Office Apps ready and onto it. Everything Apple have iWorks Apps that can read and write Office files. Do it and do it better than Everything Apple ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 7:43 PM

Office 2010 Tips
Office 2010: Turn Office Clipboard On/Off Office 2010: Change Default Calendar Appointment Reminder Time Outlook 2010: Backup/Export Data Outlook 2010: Turn Mail Notification Sound On/Off Outlook 2010: Enable AutoArchive Outlook 2010: Disable Outlook Today Startup Page Outlook 2010: Set Email Signature Outlook 2010: Add Personal Folder (.PST) File Outlook 2010: Set Out of Office Message Outlook 2010: Enable BCC Field Outlook 2010: Recall Email Message Outlook 2010: Prevent Email Forwarding Outlook ......

Posted On Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:01 AM

More 64 bit Dev fun…
Sorry, not cracked the problems listed at the end of my last 64 bit dev blog. But added a new one. My BizTalk project required the reading of data from an Excel spreadsheet – don’t ask…. Now previously I have used: the Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider. This allows you to treat the spread sheet as any normal data source. See sample below 1: string strConn = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLE... + "Data Source=E:\\DEMO\\FileLocs\\... + "Extended Properties=Excel 12.0;"; 2: DataSet ds ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:39 PM

Lets go develop on 64 bit!
Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:19 PM

SharePoint 2010 – Readiness Check
Assess Your Readiness to Upgrade to SharePoint 2010 Today Did you know that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 includes the addition of a "preupgradecheck" in stsadmin? It will assess your general readiness for upgrading to SharePoint 2010, provide feedback, and include best practices recommendations. Why wait? Get all the details on SP2 and run your preupgradecheck today! SharePoint 2010 - Bamboo Nation ......

Posted On Monday, July 27, 2009 1:42 AM

10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 | 10 Things |
Host: Jody Gilbert, Senior Editor 10 things Career Collaboration IT management Network administration Programming and development Project management Security Shortcuts Support Tips Web design Contact 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 With the release of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, details are finally starting to roll in. Deb Shinder highlights some of the features she thinks might make the new version worth the upgrade 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 Technorati ......

Posted On Sunday, July 26, 2009 7:06 PM

Groove becomes SharePoint Workspace 2010
The next version of Groove is getting a new name; the successor to Microsoft Office Groove 2007 will be SharePoint Workspace 2010. Microsoft claims that this is a natural progression since Groove is to SharePoint like Outlook is to Exchange. SharePoint Workspace 2010 won't just be the same product with a new name: Microsoft plans to add features that make it easier to deploy and manage. At the same time, Microsoft says that SharePoint Workspace will make it easier to access SharePoint content (or ......

Posted On Friday, May 15, 2009 7:05 PM

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server | Developer Best Practices | Develop | tips, customization


Microsoft Office SharePoint Server new site for  Developer Best Practices, tips, customisation

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2009 6:45 PM

Office 14 becomes Office 2010 and MOSS becomes MSS 2010


The jolly folks at Microsoft have come up with some original names for the next Office products:

Office 14 (note no 13 due to superstitions) is to be Office 2010

More strangely MOSS 14 loses the Office bit to become Microsoft SharePoint server (MSS) so wewill now have WSS 4.0 and MSS 2010!

Read more at the SharePoint team blog

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:23 PM

Oldies but goodies: Default Office formats
After upgrading to Microsoft® Office 2007 is the default for all documents is the .???x format for example new Word documents now end in .docx instead of .doc. Although the new file type offers many improvements over the old one, it can be troublesome to use if you work with many people that have older versions of Office. There are workarounds available from Microsoft, but it's usually easier just to send them something you know they can open. One way to solve the problem is to simply change the ......

Posted On Saturday, November 8, 2008 7:13 PM

Azure!!! Microsoft’s cloud
So the secret’s out! Microsoft’s Cloud will give us a number of key aspects. First is the foundation or Windows Azure, this can be seen as the cloud OS but is much, much more than that. It is an infinitely scalable Computation, Storage and Management system providing hyper-visor powered virtualization for cloud hosted apps be it web or otherwise. Next we have the application building blocks or Azure services. Here we find the gestation of BizTalk services and SQL data services. We have .Net services ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2008 6:26 AM

BizTalk Adapter Pack V1
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:04 AM

Free Virtual Lab: Installing and Configuring SharePoint/MOSS 2007
This Virtual Lab hosted by Microsoft is on Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2007 (MOSS). I've installed and configured SharePoint on numerous occasions, but I can honestly say that I haven't done any of the more advanced configuration scenarios (e.g., Server Farms) and cannot attest to understanding a lot of the advanced features of configuring the server. This Virtual Lab allows you to learn how to learn how to do a lot in a virtually hosted training environment. I love these Virtual Labs! ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2008 8:00 AM

Microsoft Enterprise Library - Using Design Patterns and Best Practices with Sharepoint 2007 development

Article in the MOSS and Office 2007 blog on use of Microsoft Enterprise Library and associated design patterns.

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2008 5:02 AM

Administrator's Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers
Great new book: "Administrator's Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers". Explore the features, the installation, and the configuration of these seven new servers and gain a conceptual understanding of how your users will be working with them. Forms Server 2007 Groove Server 2007 Communications Server 2007 PerformancePoint Server 2007 Project Portfolio Server 2007 Project Server 2007 SharePointA (R) Server 2007 for Search Along with the release of Windows Vista and the revamped suite of Office 2007 ......

Posted On Sunday, January 27, 2008 8:29 AM

Two new MOSS 2007 WCM Publishing Site Visual How To's
Andrew Connell writes: Two new Visual How To's I've been working on have recently been posted on MSDN's online help. Hopefully this will help you in your MOSS 2007 WCM Publishing Site development! Adding Code-Behind Files to Master Pages and Page Layouts in SharePoint Server 2007 Learn to use code-behind files within master pages and page layouts that are used in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Web content management (WCM) publishing sites. ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 9:19 AM

Office 2007 - Default to 97/2003 format
Although the new open format Microsoft have introduced for Office 2007 will soon be the defacto standard in the interim most businesses need to exchange documents in the good old Office 97/2003 format. Remembering to save things correctly can become a chore. So to save having to think change the default save to the old format. To do this do the following: Open a document Click the Office button In Options choose save then 'save files in the format' Select 97/2003 format Click OK ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:14 AM

SharePoint 2007 Product training on your desktop
Explore Office SharePoint Server 2007 with training from Microsoft experts, right from your desktop. Download a simple file to get the grand tour of the latest features and changes, including automated workflows to track approval cycles, business dashboards showing how well you are performing on your goals, and syncing documents to Outlook. The training, which includes articles, videos, and interactive tutorials, will lead you step-by-step through the rich features of Office SharePoint Server. Find ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2008 7:34 PM

SharePoint and Visio
SharePoint 2007 product set has added many new features and services not least mega-support for Excel. What may have gone un-noticed is it also added great Visio support as well. Learn about enhanced features for integrating Microsoft Office Visio 2007 with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 from this MSDN article ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2008 7:30 PM

Microsoft Business Process Alliance Grows
Just before Christmas it was annouced that both ILog and SOA Software had joined the Microsoft BPM Alliance. SOA software will provide SOA and BPM governance software and ILog adds Business rules management. Excerpt from SOA Software's press release: "SOA Software works with Microsoft products including BizTalk Server 2006 R2, .NET 3.0, Windows Workflow Foundation, SQL Server 2005, 2007 Office System, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, IIS, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Active Directory ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 1:00 PM

A little late but...
Office 2007 + MOSS + WSS 3.0 SP1 is out!! 2007 Office System SP 1 is out: SharePoint + Office clients You must install WSS SP1 before MOSS SP1. Windows SharePoint Services v3 SP1 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 Service pack for the Office 2007 clients as well: 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP1 This works for all Office suites including Ultimate Separte download for SharePoint Designer 2007 SP1: Office SharePoint Designer 2007 SP1 and for Visio 2007: Office Visio 2007 SP1 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 5:50 AM

Forms Authentication in Sharepoint
Explore several new features for authentication and authorization in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that make it easier to develop and deploy solutions in Internet-facing and extranet environments. Have a look at these great articles by Steve Peschka of Microsoft Forms Authentication in SharePoint Products and Technologies (Part 1): IntroductionForms Authentication in SharePoint Products and Technologies (Part 2): Membership and Role Provider SamplesForms ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 5:41 AM

'Orcas' for Christmas
At Teched 2007 in Barcelona, Spain S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division, announced that Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 will be released at the end of November. It's the first major update to Visual Studio, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE), since 2005. Some of the key features in VS 2008 include: LINQ. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is the most-anticipated new feature of Microsoft's next IDE. LINQ will make access to databases ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 6:55 PM launch has been launched as an example of a public-facing social computing application. It is built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. The vision behind it is to enable users on the Web to find and share content about SharePoint and SharePoint related stuff. If you have a Windows Live ID you can register and submit content, recommendations, leave comments, and vote for the best content. If you love MOSS then get down to the site...remember the bigger the community ......

Posted On Sunday, November 4, 2007 7:19 PM

Oslo - what will it mean to me?
As a long time BizTalk Architect/consultant and having been involved in a number of advisory discussions and technology sessions with the Connected Systems Division of Microsoft I've had a fair amount of time to decide what it all means.... In the recent announcements it will come as no surprise that the basis of Oslo is the next versions of existing products: Oslo is the code name for a set of technical investments that aim to significantly simplify designing, building, managing, and scaling service-oriented ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:56 PM

Planning for MOSS 2007
From Microsoft Technet: This article provides information to help you understand the tested performance and capacity limits of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, provides information about the test environment and test results, and offers guidelines for acceptable performance. Use the information in this article to determine whether your planned deployment falls within acceptable performance and capacity limits. Get the full article here ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2007 10:16 PM

MOSS & WSS3 Licensing made simple...<SIC>
WSS 3.0 Windows SharePoint Services conforms to the Windows Server 2003 licensing model. The usage of the Windows SharePoint Services on Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, is limited to front-end Web serving tasks. The data storage portion of Windows SharePoint Services may not be installed or used on Windows Server 2003 Web Edition. Versions Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007Server and client access licensing. For each server, or each server in a farm, a valid server license must be purchased. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2007 6:39 PM

BizTalk Server Adapter Pack Beta 2 for testing today
Whilst the big focus is the release of BizTalk 2006 R2, Microsoft also released BizTalk Server Adapter Pack Beta 2 for testing today, to help customers integrate their line of business applications. The adapters work with BizTalk Server 2006 R2, SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and are scheduled to be available in the first half of 2008. Additional information on Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and related technologies can be found at ......

Posted On Monday, September 10, 2007 6:08 PM

Office map 2007 & MOSS 2007 posters
Developer Map for Office 2007 Developer Map for SharePoint Products and Technologies Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 Managed Object Model ......

Posted On Monday, September 10, 2007 12:51 AM

Got to Have: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions
Overview This release of the Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services contains the following tools to aid developers in building SharePoint applications: Visual Studio 2005 Project Templates Web Part Team Site Definition Blank Site Definition List Definition Visual Studio 2005 Item Templates (items that can be added into an existing project) Web Part Custom Field List Definition (with optional Event Receiver) Content Type (with optional Event Receiver) Module SharePoint Solution ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:18 PM

MOSS 2007 SDK Release
Microsoft have released a new version of the WSS/MOSS SDK below is an overview of what's in it. Download here Overview The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 SDK is designed for solution providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and other developers to learn about the new Office SharePoint Server 2007 enterprise application and platform. It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and programming references.What’s New in this Release for the MOSS SDK ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:32 PM

BT Vision Sport - The wrong experience
So what is the down side of BT Vision.... Guess what it's customer service. Now up until yesterday my experience had been very reasonable - far, far, better than NTL, Virgin Media and Sky. But then..... When I signed up for BT Vision the one thing I was looking forward to was the soccer experience. OK not as many matches as Sky but enough to keep me happy. As soon as I could I signed up for the Total Sport package - a mere £12 per month. This gave me the BT On demand stuff plus the Santana sorry ......

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2007 4:57 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2 -September Launch beckons
Some interesting comments are starting to appear in advance of this, what has always been dubbed as, a point release launch. In particular Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst with the SOA consulting firm ZapThink LLC, says the 2006 R2 release "adds a number of significant features with regards to loosely coupled styles of interaction [and] greater capabilities with regards to BizTalk Services, the hosted version, and a number of features that aid in process-driven service creation." Click here to link to ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 4:29 AM

More on the SOA SKU and other info
Steven Martin, CSD Product Manager at Microsoft in his blog states: Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, we announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2, is set to launch in September of this year! We also gave details on pricing, licensing and SKUs— all the details can be found here—but here are the important points I want to highlight today (all available with BizTalk Server 2006 R2): · The New Branch Edition: Intra-organizational connectivity (hub / spoke) is an important scenario for ......

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2007 6:43 AM

Is Microsoft producing a SOA SKU?
There is a buzz around the post WPC world that Microsoft may be about to launch a single SKU that in real terms is the Microsoft shrink wrapped SOA product. Burley Kawasaki, director of product management with Microsoft’s Connected Systems Division, is quoted as saying. “We are trying to codify our experience and create an integrated licensing offering so you can buy a single SKU and have all the software you need … We think this pack can be a platform for building Office-based composite apps on ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 2:30 AM

What's in SQL 2008
Quoted from Ms white paper: SQL Server 2008 capabilities deliver on the four key areas of the data platform vision. · Mission-Critical Platform – SQL Server 2008 enables IT groups to be more productive by providing a more secure, scalable, and manageable platform. It includes a new policy-based management framework that shifts from managing by scripts to managing by rules. SQL Server 2008 also protects valuable information in existing applications and disconnected devices. In addition, SQL Server ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 12:22 PM

TFS Documentation
Configuration and Management Team Foundation Server AdministrationEffective administration of Team Foundation Server is critical to the success of your team projects. Team Foundation Server administrative tasks vary according to the specific project management features that your organization requires. Walkthrough: Backing Up and Restoring a Team Foundation ServerDemonstrates how to back up and restore a Team Foundation server. Walkthrough: Setting up Team Foundation Server with Secure Socket Layer ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:17 PM

Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System
The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System Best Practices Analyzer programmatically collects settings and values from data repositories such as MS SQL, registry, metabase and performance monitor. Once collected, a set of comprehensive ‘best practice’ rules are applied to the topology. Administrators running this tool will get a detailed report listing the recommendations that can be made to the environment to achieve greater performance, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:51 PM

More Sharepoint Links - Technet Mag Jan 2007
SharePointAn Overview of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 The new version of SharePoint is poised to meet all your collaboration and information management needs in a single, integrated platform. Here’s a tour of the new features and tools in MOSS that will change the way your enterprise works. Thomas Rizzo7 New Features That Enhance Security in SharePoint With SharePoint tapping into more enterprise data and becoming more integral to business workflow, security becomes far more critical. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 1, 2007 9:13 PM

Microsoft: Leading of lagging the world of BPM?
Here's and interesting thought for this week...does Microsoft lead or lag the world of BPM? At the beginning of this week BPM suite company Metastorm announced their plans for 2007. What was most striking about their announcement was the way in which they are going to leverage the latest Microsoft technology including Office 2007, Vista and MOSS 2007. In particular they make reference to the Office 2007 ribbon and Vista gadget's. What is the message from Microsoft? Well putting aside the BPM picture ......

Posted On Friday, January 26, 2007 6:50 AM

Office 2007 Install - More...
This information is an extract from Patrick Schmid's blog found at : How to Install Office 2007 RTM Remove all Office 2007 Beta applications. Install the Office 2007 RTM build Install Windows Desktop Search 3 RTM (Outlook & OneNote will prompt you to download and install it when you open them for the first time) Install the PDF & XPS, PDF or XPS add-in for Office 2007. Fix the Building Blocks issue as shown below (this is a must for everyone who had any ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 8:34 AM

Living with Vista
we now have the pieces in place - Vista release and Office various releases. I've been living with Vista for a number of months and glad to say each release has made it better. My state of play now: My USB's all work - some peoples just don't! McAffee have released version 8.5 RC which at long last works Avast virus checker works great at home DAMON tools (virtual disk) worked in RC but not release Alcohol 120% now works - latest release The mobile device application bombs when connected to my SPV ......

Posted On Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:43 AM

Problem installing Office 2007
If you get: User receives the following error: Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s): The 2007 Microsoft Office system does not support upgrading from a prerelease version of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. You must first uninstall any prerelease versions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system products and associated technologies. Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup. Then: The Office 2003 Web Components feature installed with Office 2007 Beta2 causes the Office 2007 ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 11:15 AM

Office 2007 is here! Vista nearly.....
Windows Vista and Office 2007: Availability on MSDN Subscriber DownloadsOffice 2007 is now available from MSDN Subscriber Downloads. Windows Vista is expected to be available on Friday November 17, 2006 PST. Previously posted at ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 7:00 PM

MOSS 2007 - Building a public website
By Eli Robillard ...Liam Cleary has a fantastic in-depth series running on rebuilding a corporate website with the new WCM features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. We're talking deep practical dives into CSS, master pages, navigation, and content types. Highly recommended! Part I - Introduction and getting started Part II - Designing the layout Part III - Creating the content types Also checkout "Building" Part I - Planning and Basic Branding Part II - Building Content ......

Posted On Sunday, November 12, 2006 7:16 PM

Process Driven or People Driven Software Development?
Day 3 of TechEd and time for some reflections...... Solidsoft as an organization prides it's self on the customer centric, forward looking and professional manner in which we deliver our services. To that end we continually appraise the technology we use and the methods we employ. With this as a backdrop my thinking this week has been to consider the manner in which organizations, and of course ours, deliver successful outcomes for both our customers and ourselves. I have deliberately steered clear ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:00 PM

TechEd Europe 2006 Day 1
The theme for this TechEd is, of course, the launch of Exchange 2007, Vista and Office 2007. What is important is that under the covers MS are also launching .NET 3 (Aka WinF) - that is WCF, Windows Foundation, WPF and Cardspace. Yesterday MS creased the news that EVO would hit the streets for the first time on the 30th November. This release is for business and MSDN subscribers. For the PC buyer a voucher system is now in force for the general release in the New Year. PC builders are also being ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 5:50 AM

Exchange Vista Office release date - 30th November 2006

The official release of Windows Vista will be 30 November 2006 to business customers only, quashing rumours of a December release.

Microsoft Office System, Windows Vista and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will become broadly available to business customers and MSDN subscribers on 30 November, according to the software giant.

General release will occur in Jan 2007.

Previously posted at

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 1:49 PM

Exchange Vista Office release date - 30th November 2006

The official release of Windows Vista will be 30 November 2006 to business customers only, quashing rumours of a December release.

Microsoft Office System, Windows Vista and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will become broadly available to business customers and MSDN subscribers on 30 November, according to the software giant.

General release will occur in Jan 2007.

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 1:48 PM

Should Microsoft Continue to Support BPEL?
This is a discussion that is doing the rounds at Microsoft at the moment so I thought it might be interesting to add my thoughts. So what is BPEL? Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) is a means of describing high-level state transition interactions of a process or processes in a standardized fashion. The concept described is usually referred to as an Abstract Process. An Abstract Process represents a set of publicly observable behaviors in a standardized fashion. An Abstract Process includes ......

Posted On Friday, September 15, 2006 7:22 AM

Crystal Ball for BizTalk
Having been around BizTalk since the start I thought it might be fun to blog sme predications for the coming months/year/release So here goes: 1. RFID may at last be the real poster child for BizTalk 2. Supply Chain and the coming of age of BAM - watch this space for my soon to be released White Paper on this 3. BPM - with the launch or rather bending launch of MOSS and Office 2007 poered by Win Windows Foundation we may see BizTalk really hitting the BPM sweet spot but real it needs those analyst ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 6:45 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2 - Quick reminder
Just a quick reminder of what R2 gives: Microsoft’s B2B EDI/HIPAA Solution Microsoft’s RFID Framework BizTalk Adapter for Windows Communication Foundation (formerly called Indigo) .Net Adapter Framework .Net Line-of-Business (LOB) Adapters (formerly BizTalk LOB Adapters) BizTalk Dev Environment Compatibility with Windows Vista BizTalk WSS Sharepoint Adapter Compatibility with MS Office 2007 Previously posted at ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:31 PM

Office 2007 -November Release
Darren Strange of MS UK blogged: An internal email from Chris Capposela (head of IW) to field sales confirms that 2007 will get added to the price list in November. This is excellent news and a strong indicator of our confidence. That said, usual caveats apply about how product performance and quality will ultimately dictate availability. Our development schedule remains on track to deliver the 2007 Microsoft Office system by the end of 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007. Feedback ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 5:22 PM

Sharepoint 2007 Info
The Feature Set: Feature Main Purpose More Information Business Data Catalog Enables you to present line-of-business data within SharePoint Server 2007. For example, using Business Data Catalog, you can search an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site and retrieve information from back-end systems such as customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning applications. It is a new feature of Office SharePoint Server 2007. Business Data Catalog Single Sign-on Provides storage and mapping ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 7:49 PM

Office Business Applications Developer Portal
Microsoft have announced the Office Business Applications Services (OBA) home on MSDN now the OBA Portal.Here you’ll find information about Line of Business Interoperability (LOBi) for Office SharePoint Server 2007. This newly announced functionality provides a set of services that enables users to access information and processes in line-of-business applications through the familiar environment of Microsoft Office. This provides some neat starting points for projects of this nature ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 4:38 AM

Office 2007 servers beta 2 MOM packs
The Office Server Beta 2 MOM packs are now available: SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Project Server 2007 Beta 2 Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Beta 2 Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 4:24 AM

View from the MOSS Conference
Like a rollingstone: While attending the latest Office Developers Conference in London a new TLA (well FLA) can to my notice – MOSS – Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server! With day 1 over highlights have been: VSTO (Visual Studio tools for Office)– Road map explained (see below for more detail) MOSS! – So much better than previous sharepoint versions In particular the Sharepoint Workflow story VSTO Road Map: VSTO 2005 ——> ‘Cypress’&mdash... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 22, 2006 4:51 AM

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
Tie your mother down: Presspass from Microsoft: REDMOND, Wash., June 6, 2006 – Microsoft today announced Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, a complete Performance Management (PM) application including business scorecarding, analytics and planning that is designed to enable companies to more effectively plan and manage their businesses. This new application represents the latest Microsoft investment in business intelligence (BI). PressPass spoke with Lewis Levin, corporate vice president, ......

Posted On Sunday, June 11, 2006 5:21 AM

Office 2007 - Developer Support
I want it all: Office 2007 supports all the technologies that users and developers have used to extend Office with custom code over the years. Maybe most importantly, Office 2007 can run macros embedded in existing Office documents and templates. Because Office 2007, like its predecessors, can run code, it is vulnerable to attacks by malicious code, such as macro viruses. However, Microsoft has taken some steps to tighten the suite's defences: Documents saved in Office 2007's default format cannot ......

Posted On Sunday, June 11, 2006 4:56 AM

Microsoft bows to the power of Adobe!
I’m to sexy for my shirt: BetaNews: "Amid threats of a lawsuit from Adobe, Microsoft acknowledged Friday that it would remove support for saving files in PDF from Office 2007, as well as dropping its own rival format XPS from the productivity suite and Windows Vista. The changes follow a breakdown of talks between the two technology giants after Microsoft announced last year it would include native PDF publishing with the release of Office 2007." This is such a backward step and show how running ......

Posted On Sunday, June 11, 2006 4:12 AM

Where do I find Office 2007 Beta 2?
Moonshadow: Received a full emails asking where to download Office 2007 beta 2 from. Well it from here: Office 2007 Beta 2. Useful blogs to read: Word 2007 Excel 2007 Onenote 2007 Project 2007 Visio 2007 ......

Posted On Sunday, June 11, 2006 3:49 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2
You make me feel brand new: After keeping this one under my hat for sometime… Microsoft have announced the plans for BizTalk 2004 2006 R2. It will hit the streets mid-2007. OK so what do we get: R2 is built on BizTalk 2004 2006, no major changes just adding more services and goodies. These include: Better integration with the whole Office 2007 mega suite RFID –APIs and tighter integration to let third-party vendors tie RFID hardware and software into the platform. It also will include ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 8:22 AM

Word 2007

Time after time:

I’m up and running with Office 2007 Beta 2. Has some nice features including a ‘publish blog’ feature! Except it don’t work with this blog :-)

But it does work with Community server….. so the sooner the upgrade occurs the better!!


Posted On Friday, May 26, 2006 10:27 PM

Six degrees of separation
Seven by Seven: While reading Malcome Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” I came across the old experiment that indicates most people are separated by six hops. In Hollywood this gave rise to the ‘game’ of how many degrees of separation are there between a particular actor and Kevin Bacon. The fact is that there is never more than 6! More interestingly when all contempary actors and their connections are analysed we come up with some interesting stats. Most actors are only ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:51 PM

Open XML Developer Launch
Come Together!: Announced March 21, 2006, the Open XML Formats Developer Group was initially founded by 40 organizations from around the world to provide a technical forum for developers who are interested in using the Ecma International-developed Office Open XML file formats. Membership in the community is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad development with the formats, regardless of platform. Below are further details on the community’s goals, developers who are involved in working ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 6:52 PM

Paranoid: More MS code names!

Mendocino : SAP and Microsoft team up for joint software offering that brings together SAP's business applications and Microsoft's Office desktop productivity applications.

Elixir : CRM features for Outlook 12

Maestro: Server-based business-performance-management scorecard application



Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 2:25 AM

Thought for the week on SOA
OK here's the rub - IBM seem to have a clear answer to the customer question 'What do I need for SOA' on the other hand Microsoft seems destined to not provide a straight answer saying simply .Net or more likely Indigo. Neither is a packaged solution like IBM's WebSphere orientated 'On-demand' tale. So what I was wondering is can we the MS community provide a clear 'packaged answer' and a nice strap line to go with it? How about as a starter - "Service based solutions for customers" and the package: ......

Posted On Saturday, September 18, 2004 10:37 PM

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