Vista: The Last Major Version of Windows

That’s one of Gartner’s headline grabbing statements in its end of year predictions.  It’s a pretty bold statement to make – do they know something I don’t?  The BBC article also reports Gartner’s thoughts on blogging: The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007, according to technology predictions by analysts Gartner. The analysts said…


Light Up IE7 With SharePoint Search

Did you know you can advertise your SharePoint Server’s search capabilities to IE7? Browsing our internal intranet portal the other day (SharePoint 2007 of course!) I noticed how the IE7 search dropdown glowed orange when in the Search Center.  Opening the dropdown shows three search providers are being advertised.  A user can then add these…


Arsenal’s Vista Gadget

I said in a previous post that I would provide some details of the Vista gadget that Arsenal have been creating.  The concept here is that this is a consumer gadget that Arsenal plan to make available as a download from  The gadget will enable fans to keep up to  date with latest news…


Outlook Gadgets for Vista Sidebar

A couple of new gadgets published recently.  The Outlook Upcoming Appointments gadget shows you your next three to five upcoming appointments from your Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 calendar in the Vista Sidebar, just as they appear in the Outlook 2007 To-Do Bar. You can double click on appointments to open them in Outlook. The theme…


Calling Web Services From InfoPath Web Forms

Today I needed to get an InfoPath Forms Services web-form to make a call out to a web service. I was non-too pleased to get a cryptic error message from SharePoint when I tried to do this first-off. SharePoint claimed it had written details of the error to the Windows Event Log, but there was…


Arsenal’s Office & SharePoint 2007 Deployment

It’s been frustrating not being able to write about some of the great projects I have been working on over the past year, but with the launch of 2007 Office system last Thursday I can finally start to talk about some of the work I have been doing.  One of my projects was selected as…


Office Live Starts UK Beta

If you have been waiting for a UK version of Office Live, the UK Beta is now open.