A Grand Tour

Today was day #3 of the SharePoint Conference. It’s about 7:00 in the evening, and I’m in the “hands-on labs” with about 200 computers and a handful of eager attendees who stayed late to work on SharePoint and Office labs. I earned my way to the conference, you see, by volunteering as a lab proctor,…

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Greetings from the SharePoint conference!

Today was the first day of the SharePoint conference in Bellvue, WA. Certainly the highlight of the day was a keynote by none other than Bill Gates. I’ve heard Mr. Gates speak any number of times, usually on very futuristic and visionary topics. This time was unique for me because he spoke on a topic…

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Why Extranets Matter

My last couple of blog entries have discussed technologies which cross organizational boundaries: Extranets and Groove. I thought it would be worth taking a few minutes to discuss why this is important from a business perspective, and to consider some of the patterns I’ve observed.   At an organizational level, Extranets are about using technology…

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In the Groove

My latest cool collaboration discovery is Groove Virtual Office, and I’m totally jazzed by it. As you must have heard by now, Microsoft acquired Groove Networks about a year ago, and its founder, Ray Ozzie, became our CTO. (My Brush with Greatness – in 1980, fresh out of college, I worked on an early distributed OS…

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Extranet Support in SharePoint 2007

A colleague of mine recently asked if the forthcoming version of SharePoint technology will be good for use in Extranets, and why. Indeed it will! Here are some thoughts on the subject… First off – there are at least two kinds of Extranets out there, and it always makes sense to clarify what kind the…

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Another Vantage Point

The cool thing about the internet is that any shmoe with a computer and an internet connection can have a voice, however obscure, on the world stage. Blogging seems to encourage this, which I figure has to be a good thing – more free speech usually leads to positive changes in the world. I’m relatively…

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