Updating the KN Release Plan

We’ve updated the KN release plan and wanted to post some details.  We’re planning on releasing KN in the first half of calendar year 2007 as a Technical Preview rather than as a supported product feature of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.  As a Technical Preview, KN will still be available to customers as a…


SW and HW Requirements for KN Server and Client

We’ve been receiving questions about system requirements for KN.  Important requirements include: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or 2007 mailbox is required for users running analysis. KN client analysis will not work against any other email systems other than Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or 2007. Knowledge Network analysis will run successfully only on English email content….


KN TR on the new Microsoft Connect site

We’ve been getting a number of inquiries about the best way to contact us to get Knowledge Network, so we have updated that information here. We have now opened availability of the Knowledge Network Technical Refresh (KN TR) for selected organizations on our new Microsoft Connect site. Connect only allows email addresses that have an…


Customer Experiences

We’ve been talking to many customers lately about their experiences with KN. You can hear a few present their highlights at the upcoming KMWorld and ECMWest conferences. We also have heard from top strategists who work with large organizations around the world.  Here is what one of our colleagues in the field stated today about…


Knowledge Network Technical Refresh Now Available on Betplace

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Knowledge Network Technical Refresh for those organizations that already have access to the Microsoft Betaplace site. The software, as well as related documentation, is available for download from Microsoft Betaplace.  Once you get to the main page on Microsoft Betaplace, you can follow the link for…


Getting Ready for KN Technical Refresh

For those of you whom already have access to SharePoint 2007 Beta 2 on the Microsoft Betaplace site (and therefore also have access to KN) here are some deployment considerations for the upcoming KN TR:   As you get ready to deploy the Knowledge Network Beta Technical Refresh (KN TR), which should be available from…


The Network Effect of MOSS plus KN

We’ve seen some comments (and the last guest Blog entry) that articulate the challenges of a network-effect product like KN, such as how to achieve critical mass of adoption to make the people search results valuable.  This is something we noted very early on in our research before building KN. The response to this concern…


KN Evaluation Guest Blog

The KN team has been gathering feedback from KN customers who are evaluating the KN beta within and outside Microsoft. We asked one of the many insightful evaluators, Patrick, a Software Development Engineer in the Windows Server Division at Microsoft (who we did not know before he joined the beta) to write a guest blog…


KN Channel 9 Interview is Live

Don Cambell of Channel 9 interviewed me (John Hand) and Glen Anderson about KN. We talk about “big brother” but more importantly I demo KN. https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=231223


How KN Integrates with SharePoint

The last couple of weeks my blog entries have focused on the details of the KN client analysis process. Hopefully I’ve satisfied some of your curiosity. This week, I am going to shift my focus to the server side of the solution. What happens when your KN profile gets “published” to the server? How does…