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Announcements at PDC08
The following lists the announcements made at Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in LA Major announcements: Cloud services: SQL Services (includes SSDS), .Net Services, and Live Services .NET application development technologies for the Internet cloud. New set of .NET APIs for developers to build applications to deploy to the cloud. Cloud OS: Windows Azure Based on Mary Jo's post way back in June, Red Dog project describes the Windows Cloud OS called Windows Azure. This platform as stated ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2008 9:45 PM

Unified Communications using RoundTable, SharePoint and Office
The following video is an excellent showcase of Microsoft Unified Communications Technologies using RoundTable, Office Communications Server 2007, Exchange 2007, SharePoint and Office integration. Victoria and Rachna did a great job at demonstating all these technologies without a single technical hitch, if only all demos were like these outside Microsoft ;) World Cup Demo Winner ......

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 8:27 AM

Adding hyperlink and folders to links list in onet.xml using CAML
Often you may want to create predefined html links in your SharePoint site along with your custom site definition. An example of this is the initial announcement you always get when you create a new team site: "Get Started with Windows SharePoint Services!". Creating items in Announcements list in the onet.xml file is pretty straight forward but to create html links in a links list you would have to use the following format: <Field Type="URL" Name="URL">http://<ur... ......

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2008 11:57 AM

SharePoint Document Libraries scalability
Another TechNet capacity planning guidelines for SharePoint, a confirmation that you can store up to 1 million documents in a single document library. Plan for software boundaries (Office SharePoint Server) The most useful bit I found in this article is on scaling a document library as people often ask how many documents a SharePoint document library can hold before performance starts to degrade. <QUOTE> Throughput differences between ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:49 AM

External Storing of Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in MOSS
An update to my previous post on storing SQL BLOBs in SharePoint. Since MOSS SP1 it seems that you can do this in a supported way by implementing the ISPExternalBinaryProvider COM Interface. More info can be found in the WSS SDK. Limitations around using BLOB store provider (EBS) should be noted. Thanks to Itay for blogging about this! More info on EBS: ......

Posted On Friday, March 21, 2008 10:20 PM

Gantt Chart Web Part for MOSS
This is an update to my previous post on Gantt chart web part by Teun. WSS 3.0 version of this web part can be found here. Although MOSS has an out of the box Gantt view for lists as can be seen below the SharePoint Gantt view is bloated compared to the Gantt chart web part. Not only do you get the nice rounded corners for the chart but it will pick up Group by settings of the tasks list and display a black container around the grouped tasks. Many people have reported problems activating this web ......

Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2008 5:35 AM

Using SharePoint to search SQL BLOB Data
Donn Felker has wrote a good step-by-step article on how to access and search SQL BLOB Data from MOSS 2007. SharePoint can already search Office file formats stored in the database, this article can be used as a starting point for developing a separate database that hosts binary data readable by SharePoint. In large enterprises there is always a need to put in SLAs for various data contents, it is good practice to have a separate database containing BLOBs that could amount to significant storage ......

Posted On Sunday, May 6, 2007 11:48 PM

MOSS Event Log Viewer Removed
It seems that the web based eventlog viewer have been taken out of SharePoint Central Admin in MOSS RTM as the EventLog.aspx page is missing. It is a shame as I find it useful to see the last 25 event log message output with their full description on a single page. It is annoying when you have to click on each individual Event to see their description in Windows Event Viewer, the up/down arrow doesn't help much either since after clicking a number of times you tend to forget what the description ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 2:13 PM

UpdatePanel now works in MOSS!
Thanks to Eric Schoonover and Mike Ammerlaan, we now have UpdatePanel working in SharePoint. To get UpdatePanel in your web part you can derive from Eric's AjaxBasePart (Note: In this sample Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPar... v2 is being used rather than the System.Web.UI.WebControls.W... v3 so you need .dwp instead of .webpart definitions if you are deploying your web part as a feature). For RAD development, head over to Jan Tielens' Blog for his SmartPart with AJAX support. It's ......

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 6:39 AM

'kick it' on SharePoint community site, Digg style
You can now 'kick' a SharePoint posting to raise it's exposure and increase it's rating, like you would 'dig' an article on Many thanks to Bil Simser for setting up this great community site called ......

Posted On Sunday, July 9, 2006 12:29 PM

Reasons to upgrade to Office 2007 / WSS 3.0 from Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 / Team Services WSS 2.0
Here are the major improvements of WSS that I think will encourage people to move to the new office platform. Item-Level permissions - This vital missing feature of Sharepoint 2003 is implemented in MOSS. You can set permissions on a document or list item like you would do on folders. Recycle bin with multiple levels of permission - Deleted documents can be recovered more easily. Better handling of deleted and permanently deleted documents based on roles. e.g. site admins can recover documents that ......

Posted On Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:32 AM

Windows Workflow Foundation
Windows Workflow Foundation is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow-enabled applications on Windows. It consists of a Microsoft® WinFX® name space (System.Workflow), an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Windows Workflow Foundation is available (currently as Beta) for both client and server versions of Windows. Windows Workflow Foundation supports a wide range of scenarios including workflow within line-of-business ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 7:08 PM

The XPS file format
This is Microsoft’s new electronic paper format, an alternative to the PDF format. Office 2007 supports 'Save As' to both of these formats via Add-ins, download 'Save As PDF or XPS' here. For more details on the XPS file format, see Jeff Bell's blog post: Unlike the Office Open XML Formats, XPS does not attempt to capture the full structured richness of an Office document. As an electronic paper format, it is all about a high fidelity representation of the output only. Because of this, creation of ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 9:17 AM

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