Getting Ready for Office "12"

If you are a CMS or SharePoint customer and you’re already starting to think about the next version, then that’s great. The next version is coming out second half of CY 2006… with a public beta in Spring 2006. While there’s been a whole lot of information (PDC, IT Forum, MVP Summit, Blogs) on the…



SP2 of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS) released a few weeks ago. Both Service Packs provide better extranet support and support for SQL Server 2005. As for .NET Framework 2.0 (codename “Whidbey”), only WSS SP2 supports it. I’ve received several questions on what this exactly means, so let me be…


The Future of Microsoft Content Management Server (CMS) and SharePoint Portal Server (SPS)

At IT Forum, I presented CMS and SPS futures. That’s right, CMS futures. 🙂 Session feedback was very positive… The only place I got dinged was for attempting to cover too much: SPS, Search and CMS in 75 minutes to be precise. I did about 30 minutes of demo … my demo stalled (beta code)… nothing like doing…


Microsoft Enterprise Search

Microsoft announced Windows Desktop Search (WDS) for Enterprises today at IT Forum. In a nutshell, it provides the same functionality that WDS does today with the management tools for IT Pros to deploy this across an enterprise. It’s part of Microsoft’s vision for Enterprise Search – allowing people to find the information they need while…


IT Forum

How many of you are attending IT Forum? I’m going to be presenting a session on CMS and SPS VNext… if you are attending, would love to hear the kind of things you want to see covered. Clearly, can’t cover everything and my session content is already done… but happy to make a few tweaks…


CMS SP2 is available!

Yes. I’m late but better late than never! CMS 2002 SP2 has released! You can download from here: Content Management Server 2002 Service Pack 2 (SP2). As promised, with SP2 you get Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 support – specifically, we support master pages, authentication/nav provider models as well as SQL Server 2005…


Angus’s World Tour

Angus Logan is a CMS MVP and has been touring the world for the last 1-2 months. Running into Angus on Redmond campus is no longer a novelty :-). In fact, he ends up introducing me to Microsoft folks on campus. Angus went to PDC, hung out with the CMS product team, attended the MVP Summit…


PDF support in Office "12"

If you haven’t heard already, Office “12” will support PDF. For more information, check out this pc world article.



I read the business week article and, while I found it interesting as a whole, I found the whole Mini-Microsoft bit most entertaining. I have nothing against stating opinions… in fact, I think it’s healthy and should be promoted. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. There are only two things that I think…


10 great things about the next version of SharePoint Products and Technologies and CMS

There’s a lot of great buzz in the community as well as Microsoft around the next version of Windows SharePoint Services and Office “12” servers. The amount of investment that’s going into these technologies, if it wasn’t obvious at PDC, is tremendous. I thought I’d take a moment to share with you my list of…