If you weren’t at ODC live to see BillG’s keynote, you can see the video here. [Note: updated link so it works again.]
Also, FedEx showed a number of cool things during BillG’s keynote at ODC today. The demo was really packed, so there wasn’t a lot of time for to really dwell on / explore the interesting things they’ve put together. Here are a few screenshots for the different scenarios that were shown:
- The FedEx QuickShip toolbar for Microsoft Office Outlook.
As a reminder, FedEx QuickShip is the Office Outlook add-in that FedEx is launched today. You can learn more, and download the add-in free of charge at the FedEx site here.
- Printing to FedEx Kinkos from Office Word 2007. This was built using Visual Studio 2008 and VSTO 3. This is a prototype that FedEx is very excited about. Keep in mind it might change significantly when/if FedEx brings it to production.
While FedEx already has a printer driver type of capability called FPFK (File Print FedEx Kinkos) that lets you print to Kinkos from any Windows application (including Word), the kind of experience that FedEx showed today is far richer. In addition to connecting users to Kinkos services, it also provides the contextual information and visualizations to help people make decisions about how to leverage Kinkos services.
- A “MyFedEx-style” site template that customers can use from within their own SharePoint environment. Uses ASP.NET AJAX, and pulls in mapping data from Virtual Earth — in addition to the FedEx services, of course. Let’s users find the rates for shipping packages, manage shipments, and see where there shipments are, and the route they’ve taken.
This is also a prototype that could change if/when it comes to production. One thing to keep in mind, customers could build this for themselves using SharePoint and FedEx’s services. You can learn more about how to build with FedEx’s services at the FedEx Developer Resource Center (DRC).
- FedEx capabilities within Office Live Small Business. This screenshot shows tracking for FedEx shipments and Kinkos print orders within Office Live. This was built using Office Live Small Business and FedEx’s HTML plugins available through the FedEx DRC.