‘Windows Folder web part’ published to GotDotNet

I have just posted a sample SharePoint web part to GotDotNet (note: since moved to MSDN Code Gallery), which I’ve called the “Windows Folder web part“. This is the result of a project I worked on some time ago which I’m now able to share.   What does it do? The Windows Folder web part allows…

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PDC05 Session recordings available now

All the sessions from PDC05 were video recorded – and the recordings have now been posted on a public website here: http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC05/  There was some extremely valuable stuff discussed at PDC that hasn’t been well captured elsewhere – if you’re anything like me even if you were at PDC there were far too many sessions to catch half…

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Group Alerts and Role-based Messaging samples for LCS 2005

Some great new LCS 2005 sample code has been released recently to cover some commonly-requested messaging scenarios: Role Agent for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005Role Agent is a sample Microsoft Windows service application that implements a role-based messaging agent for managing sessions and for brokering and dispatching instant messages between users and members of…

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Presence Controls for Office Communicator released

Recently I enthused about the planned RTC Presence Toolkit, which would provide an easy way for developers to add integrated communications and presence to their own applications. The toolkit has now been published as the “Presence Controls for Office Communicator 2005“.   If you’re already using Office Communicator as your client interface you’ll be familiar with…

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Behold the Gumdrop! (RTC Presence Toolkit announced)

Microsoft has now formally announced the “RTC Presence Toolkit” at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2005. If you were at my presentation at the Office Developer Conference UK last month, you saw a demo of the beta version – which is variously referred to as the “Persona” control and the ‘Gumdrop’ control due to the new…

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Office Developer Conference UK – were you there?

If you attended the Office Developer Conference in the UK last week, in the beautiful surroundings of Heathrow airport :-), you may have seen me presenting on the second day. I gave two presentations on the Server Track about developing applications using the Live Communications Server platform: Live Communications Server – Architecture and Client Automation Real Time Communications…

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SPS Administrator’s Guide blocked by HTML Help security update

You may find that the downloaded compiled help file (.chm) version of the SharePoint Portal Server Administrator’s Guide (found here on microsoft.com) will no longer open correctly after applying the latest batch of Windows XP security updates released last week on 14th June (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS05-026.mspx). This isn’t specific to the SPS admin guide, but potentially any…

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Office Communicator 2005 – next generation of communications!

You may have seen Bill Gates announce the new Office Communicator 2005 product recently (if not, you can watch a recording). This is the future of comms – and you could try it now by signing up for the beta programme! (instructions here) Mayur has written a great overview of the new software here. I’m sure there will be…

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Windows Messenger – File Transfer Security

The File Transfer feature of Windows Messenger allows users to transfer files between desktops. Wait, bear with me, there’s more… To help ensure that the file being transferred is safe for use, Windows Messenger 5.1 performs a check each time a file is transferred from one client to another. This check is conducted even before…

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LCS 2005 – migrating from existing IM systems

If you’re considering deploying Live Communications Server 2005, you may need to migrate users from an existing Instant Messaging system. A migration will ensure that users do not lose their existing lists of contacts when moving to the new system. Here’s where to find the documentation that will help you through the migration process: Migration from…

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