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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author Office There are 42 entries for the tag Office
Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2010 in 24 Hours
I have previously mentioned that I’m working on the upcoming Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2010 in 24 Hours book. Things are progressing nicely, if a bit slower than I’d prefer. I have the draft for the cover art, which looks really good. I’m also very pleased to announce my technical editors – Claudio Lasaala and Eric Lippert. Claudio is a Senior Developer at EPS Software Corp. He has presented several lectures at Microsoft events such as PDC and various other Microsoft seminars, as well as several ......

Posted On Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:01 PM

Windows 7 Explorer Preview Pane
Windows 7 includes a lot of improvements in the Windows Explorer. Most of them are fairly obvious, but the new preview pane is likely to go unnoticed (or passed over as the same as Vista’s preview pane) by a lot of people. The new preview pane supports a much wider range of formats than the Windows XP and Windows Vista preview pane did, including the ability to preview HTML, text files, XML files, images, videos, music, and WordPad files without any additional software installed. If you have Microsoft ......

Posted On Saturday, May 16, 2009 5:18 PM

Florida Technical Communities (April 2009 Update)
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage of the newer version of Live Maps and ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:51 AM

Windows 7 Product Lines Announced
Microsoft today announced the new product line for Windows 7. In some ways the new Windows 7 product line follows the same ideas of Windows Vista, but the big differences are that each Windows 7 edition is a superset of the previous edition (which means that each higher edition will have every feature of all lower editions) and they will be focusing primarily on two editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. The breakdown on the different editions is: Windows 7 Starter ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3:01 PM

Florida Technical Communities (January 2009 Update)
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and earlier this year started putting together one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2009 3:09 PM

Tampa Bay IASA – November 2008 Meeting
We are very pleased to be holding this meeting in cooperation with the Central Florida BizTalk User Group. Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) using BizTalk Server 2006R2 Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) using BizTalk Server 2006R2. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2, the latest version of BizTalk, is an exciting tool that all .NET application developers should know about. BizTalk fills two key business needs: enterprise application integration, and business process automation. This session ......

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2008 1:15 PM

Tampa Bay IASA - October 2008 Meeting
"Fix the Architecture" - Open Discussion We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. Please bring your topics to discuss. We also have a backup topic of Tips for Performance in a Web Architecture. When & Where: ......

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2008 1:00 PM

Reminder: September 2008 Tampa Bay IASA Meeting
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA September meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. SharePoint Architectural Perspectives While SharePoint does have the one-button install option, it isn't a monolithic application that just gets dropped on a server. SharePoint has a number of moving pieces that should be understood by both infrastructure and application architects. In this session, we'll review the architectural makeup of SharePoint's infrastructure, as well as the components of a custom SharePoint ......

Posted On Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:26 AM

Windows Live Wave 3 Beta Downloads
The beta downloads for the new Windows Live Wave 3 applications are here. This includes new versions of: Messenger Mail Writer Photo Gallery Movie Maker Toolbar Family Safety Microsoft Office Outlook Connector To give you an idea of what’s new in some of the products: The look and visible features have been updated in all of the products, but the ones that are most noticeable are Messenger, Writer, and Mail. There are a lot of new features in Messenger, but some noticeable ones are that “Shared Folders” ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 10:07 AM

Tampa Bay IASA – September 2008 Meeting
SharePoint Architectural Perspectives While SharePoint does have the one-button install option, it isn't a monolithic application that just gets dropped on a server. SharePoint has a number of moving pieces that should be understood by both infrastructure and application architects. In this session, we'll review the architectural makeup of SharePoint's infrastructure, as well as the components of a custom SharePoint solution. A thoughtfully-designed SharePoint architecture can be the difference between ......

Posted On Sunday, September 14, 2008 12:08 PM

Reminder: August 2008 Tampa Bay IASA Meeting
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA August meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible ......

Posted On Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:08 AM

Tampa Bay IASA – August 2008 Meeting
Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible web service framework from the service interfaces to the translation of domain data ......

Posted On Sunday, August 10, 2008 11:20 AM

Reminder: July 2008 Tampa Bay IASA Meeting
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA March meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. When & Where: Thursday, July 31, 2008 from 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM (ET) Kforce ......

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:23 AM

Outlook Connector
The last time I wrote about the Outlook Connector it was to talk about the lack of Calendar synchronization and the fact that a new version of the connector was in internal Microsoft testing. I am happy to announce that the new version is out of internal testing and is available as a public beta. This new version synchronizes with your Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail, contacts and calendars. I installed the new version and so far it works great. It remembered ......

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:38 PM

Updated Outlook Macro for Creating Meetings from an Email
Only a few hours ago I posted and Outlook macro for creating meetings from an email. I’ve already updated it with some new features (requested by me, of course). The new version is available on my SkyDrive account and has the following new features: You can now create either a meeting or an appointment – there are two macros now. The reminder time has been changed to 10 minutes (bug fix). The original email message is now an attachment, which means the body of the appointment or meeting is blank. ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:48 PM

Outlook Macro for Creating Meetings from an Email
I just came across a post by Michael S. Scherotter about his Outlook macro to create an Outlook appointment from an email message. This is a feature that Outlook really should have, and this macro fills that gap very nicely. I cleaned up the code a bit and made some improvements to Michael’s original version: The appointment type is now set to “Meeting” by default so it shows the participants. The Importance and Sensitivity are now set based on the corresponding property in the email. The Busy Status ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:07 PM

Consolas for a Command Prompt
This actually came out a while ago, but if you like the Consolas font that ships with Vista and Office 2007 you can change the Command Prompt (CMD.EXE) settings to allow you to use Consolas. If you don’t have Consolas installed, you can download from the Microsoft Download Center. In order to add Consolas to the list of fonts available for the Command Prompt, you need to run the following command (run this in an elevated command prompt in Vista): reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 9:40 AM

Tampa Bay IASA – July 2008 Meeting
"Fix the Architecture" - Open Discussion We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. If you have a question/topic to discuss please let me know by Monday, July 21 or when you register for the meeting. After the ......

Posted On Sunday, July 6, 2008 10:56 AM

Florida Technical Communities (January 2009 Update)
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and earlier this year started putting together one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 8:26 PM

BillG demos Xobni
I have talked about Xobni several times before and absolutely love this product. It turns out Xobni is a Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program partner. There are lots of benefits to the program like free software, consulting help, press releases, introductions to Microsoft people, partners, and even VCs. One benefit that wasn't anticipated was a demo by Bill Gates at the Microsoft Office Developers Conference. Check out this 2 minute video of Bill talking about Xobni; then check out Xobni ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 10:21 PM

Microsoft DreamSpark
Microsoft has always provided great deals for college students. I remember when I was still in school being able to purchase "Academic Editions" of Windows and Office at fractions of the retail price from the college bookstore. This time around, Microsoft is making it even better to be a student with the introduction of Microsoft DreamSpark. DreamSpark gives students access to the same Microsoft developer and design tools used by the industry professionals at no charge. DreamSpark currently offers ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 7:33 PM

Xobni
If you're wondering what Xobni is, it's "inbox" spelled backwards. But that's not all it is. They are a startup company founded in 2006 whose mission is "to take back the email inbox for our users". Their flagship product is called Xobni Insight and is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook. If you've used Lookout before, Xobni Insight appears to offer all that Lookout offered and then some. The nice thing is that it is available for both Office 2003 and Office 2007. Some of the features offered by Xobni ......

Posted On Saturday, January 12, 2008 9:04 AM

FxCop Spell Checking Rules
I just came across this post by Travis Illig, one of the Subtext developers, that brings up an interesting issue with FxCop 1.35. Apparently, FxCop 1.35 uses the Office 2003 spell checker for the spelling rules. If you don't have Office 2003 (and it must be Office 2003) installed, the spell check rules will fail. Travis isn't the first person to document this problem. This problem is known and will be fixed in newer versions of FxCop. Visual Studio 2008 code analysis tools have spelling rules built ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 8:22 PM

Multi-component Installers
With the deluge of blog posts talking about the recently releases of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5, Scott Guthrie talks about the steps to uninstall the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 release you should follow before installing the final release. It's great that Scott has put together this list since it not only tells you all of the components that are installed when you install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 but also tells you the order to uninstall them. This post also indirectly brings to ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 12:18 AM

Tech·Ed U.S. Just Got Bigger
Following the lead of Tech·Ed Barcelona, Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 will also be expanded into a "split event". For the first time, Tech·Ed U.S. is evolving from a one week conference to two separate back-to-back conferences: Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 Developers, June 3-6, and Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 IT Professionals, June 10-13, in Orlando, FL. Each event is priced separately, but there will be special package pricing for those that want to attend both events. The format is intended to provide the same experience but ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 8:06 AM

International Association of Software Architects (IASA) Tampa Bay Chapter
For those of you who might not know about the IASA, it is the premier association focused on the software architecture profession and promotes the advancement of best practice and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. The association is committed to improving the quality of the IT architecture industry by developing and delivering standards, education programs and developing accreditation programs and services that optimize the development ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 10, 2007 12:04 AM

TFS Adoption at Microsoft
Brian Harry just released new statistics on Microsoft's internal adoption of TFS as they passed some fairly major milestones this month. Apparently, the adoption continues to grow at a fairly rapid pace, and there are now 1,160 Team Projects in production with 1,023,088 work items across all of the TFS instances. Not only has the Developer Division adopted TFS, but also the Office and Windows divisions. Both Office and Windows have adopted early Rosario builds and are working through some installation ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 9:33 PM

Jacksonville Code Camp Session Calendar
In keeping with the work I did for Tech·Ed 2007 and the Tampa Code Camp to create Internet Calendars for the different technical tracks, I have created a similar calendar for the Jacksonville Code Camp. The calendar is available from Microsoft Office Online as an Outlook 2007 Internet Calendar Subscription. If you are still using Outlook 2003, there is an open-source add-in that allows you to work with Internet Calendars ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 5:03 PM

StarTech.com Print Server
I recently straightened up my home office and decided to move the printer to a different corner of my desk. Of course, the corner I wanted it at was about as far away from the computer as possible and I didn't have a long enough parallel port cable (and I'm not even sure they make them long enough anyway) so I decided to get a print server. I already have a wireless 4-port router and an old but trustworthy HP LaserJet 2100, so all I needed was a print server. I know I could have upgraded to a newer ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 8:53 PM

Office Business Applications - OBA Central
Up until now, if you were developing an Office Business Application (OBA) there weren't a lot of resources available. OBA Central means to change that. It is a community site that brings together Microsoft, Microsoft OBA ISVs, services partners and customers, making it easy to connect. There are already a few Microsoft Partners featured on the site ......

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2007 10:13 AM

Tampa Code Camp Session Calendar
In keeping with the work I did for Tech·Ed 2007 to create Internet Calendars for the different technical tracks, I have created a similar calendar for Tampa Code Camp. The calendar is available from Microsoft Office Online as an Outlook 2007 Internet Calendar Subscription. If you are still using Outlook 2003, there is an open-source add-in that allows you to work with Internet Calendars ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 12:16 PM

Tech·Ed Keynote
I finally have some free time tonight from all of the activities at Tech·Ed 2007, so I wanted to take some time to summarize what I've seen and done so far. To start with, I was able to get a front-row seat for the Keynote on Monday morning. The keynote started out with a short "movie" showing Bob Muglia going back in time with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as "Doc" Brown from the "Back to the Future" movies. The theme to the video was to try and show how Microsoft has sometimes fallen short ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 11:00 PM

Added Management and Operations Track Calendar
It was just pointed out to me that I missed publishing the calendar for the Management and Operations Track. It is now available at: webcals://calendars.office.... The complete list is: All sessions, by Track: TechEd 2007 - Architecture Track TechEd 2007 - Business Applications Track TechEd 2007 - Business Intelligence Track TechEd 2007 - Database Development and Administration Track TechEd 2007 - Developer ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:22 AM

Joost - The new way of watching TV
Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet. With Joost, you get all the things you love about TV, including a high-quality full-screen picture, hundreds of full-length shows and easy channel-flipping. You get great internet features too, such as search, chat and instant messaging, built right into the program - so you find shows quickly and talk to your friends while you watch. And with no schedules to worry about, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you like - as often as you want. ......

Posted On Sunday, May 13, 2007 2:13 AM

Updated Tech·Ed 2007 Session Calendars
The great folks at EventPoint (the company that coordinates Tech·Ed for Microsoft and is responsible for the Schedule Builder) have updated the RSS feed I was using to generate the Internet Calendars to include the rest of the sessions as well as some additional data that made my life much easier. (Thanks, Andy!) I have updated the calendars, so if you downloaded these as a subscription it should have been automatically updated. If not, you can download them from the following links. I have also ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 2:36 AM

Tech·Ed 2007 Session Calendars
[edit: 16 May 2007] The calendars have been updated and a few new ones added. Check this post for more details. [/edit] Even though the Tech·Ed 2007 Schedule Builder is live, it is just as cumbersome (in my opinion) to use as ever. I had hoped that with the advent of AJAX, Silverlight, and the other interactive web technologies the schedule builder would have been more...interactive. The idea of having to pick a time period from a drop down list that contains more than 20 items and constantly having ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 5:11 PM

Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1
Microsoft has just released Beta 1 of Visual Studio "Orcas". For those that don't know, "Orcas" is the next generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the web. The Beta 1 release consists of multiple products including Visual Studio Professional Edition, Visual Studio Team Suite and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, which are available as ISO images. You can also download VPC images with the software pre-installed. To download either the ISO images or the VPC images, ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 10:44 PM

Tech·Ed Technical Tracks Summary, Updated
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary. Architecture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Office Business Applications Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Capabilities Software+Services Industry ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 9:31 PM

Tech·Ed Technical Tracks Summary
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. The Session Scheduler launches in April and we will get our first real look at the actual sessions available in each track. Until then, we have to be content to speculate. Looking at the technical tracks page, it became clear to me that there is a lot of information ......

Posted On Saturday, February 17, 2007 12:15 PM

Windows Mobile 6
Microsoft just announced Windows Mobile 6 (press release) at the 3GSM World Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The first WM6 powered devices will start hitting the streets by the second quarter of this year, and many companies are planning upgrade options for existing WM5 devices. There are a lot of changes in this release, but Microsoft has really focused on improving usability and adding support for more Microsoft Office features. The user interface has received a much needed face-lift, giving it ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:13 PM

Windows Mobile and U.S. Daylight Saving Time changes
Hopefully everyone that lives in the United States (or deals with United States based companies) has heard that the U.S. Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) starting this year. The changes are the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and modifies the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time. These changes mean that any electronic devices that were pre-programmed for adjusting to daylight saving time will be obsolete and incorrect. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 9:18 PM

See you at Tech·Ed 2007
Hopefully I'm not jumping the gun, but I was just given a tentative "green light" to be able to go to Tech·Ed again this year. This year, the focus will be on all of the newly released products, such as Vista, Exchange Server 2007, Office 2007, and ASP.NET AJAX. I'll see you there ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 10:29 PM

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