Does anyone use SharePoint Discussion Lists?

One of the most underused features of Windows SharePoint Services is discussion lists.  I don’t think I have ever seen an implementation where a vibrant community has been interacting using discussion lists.  On the face of it you’d think this would be a killer feature.  Web-based discussion lists are a central feature of any internet-based…

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What’s in a name? The Information Worker, The Knowledge Worker and The Structured Task Worker

The other day I was explaining to a customer about the different types of Information Worker.  Doing a web search afterwards I found very little information available about a bunch of terms we tend to bandy about quite freely without ever really explaining: Information Worker, Knowledge Worker, Structured Task Worker and Data Entry Worker.  I…

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How To Submit Ideas and Suggestions for Microsoft Office Products

Do you have an idea for a new feature or addition to one of the Office products?  Maybe there is something about the way a feature works that really annoys you? Believe it or not, there is a simple way to submit your ideas to the Office team for consideration.  The problem is the web…

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Document Library TreeView WebPart [via Patrick Tisseghem]

This looks like a valuable addition to the SharePoint developer’s arsenal.  I haven’t tried it personally yet, but this is a web part I could have used on many occasions to get customers more comfortable with storing their documents in SharePoint.  http://blog.spsclerics.com/archive/2004/12/12/484.aspx

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New Article: Applying Branding to SharePoint Portal Server 2003

My buddy Dan has just had a couple of truly excellent artictles published on MSDN.  Highly recommended reading. Office Developer Center: Branding a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Site: Part 1, Understanding the Use of a Corporate Brand Office Developer Center: Branding a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Site: Part 2, How to Apply Your Own Corporate…


Searching SPS using MSN Desktop Search

By now you will have seen that the MSN Desktop Search Beta is available. (If you haven’t, what have you been doing this last week?) MSN Desktop Search supports some basic extensibility using an aliasing syntax to create web shortcuts.  You can use these shortcuts to enable you to search your intranet from the MSN…

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People Finder Web Part

Download Sample   SPS 2003 contains a search scope called People, but counter to most people’s expectations this not only returns people that match the search term, but also documents, lists etc authored by those people.  For very many organisations I work with finding other people in the organization is a real problem and most…

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Web Parts in Whidbey

  I have been spending a little time recently looking at web parts in ASP.NET 2.0.  That’s right, if you didn’t know already the web part infrastructure becomes a fully fledged part of ASP.NET with the 2005 release of Visual Studio.  The really great thing about it is the superb developer support – but what…

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Customizing SharePoint Context Menus

Introduction Drop-down menus in Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 enable actions that relate to a specific document in a document library to be viewed and invoked. This article shows how these document context menus can be extended to add custom menu items. The document first explains how SharePoint document library context menus…

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Article: Customizing SharePoint Context Menus

Rohan Cragg posted about an article I wrote about a year ago describing a technique for customizing SharePoint list and document library context menus.  I think the article may have originally been published on SharepointCustomization.com, and although there’s some great info on that site, it is pretty difficult to navigate around.  So, for Rohan and…

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