SharePoint Saturday 2012

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft Consulting Services UK are presenting 2 sessions at SharePoint Saturday UK on 8th December 2012. Alex O’Donnell will be presenting a session called ‘Site Mailboxes – SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 in Perfect Harmony’ and I will be presenting on ‘Considerations for upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to 2013’. SharePoint…

Paul Grimley

Paul is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft Consulting Services, UK. After working with a Microsoft Gold Partner for 6 years, Paul joined Microsoft in April 2012 bringing a wealth of experience including delivering a global SharePoint platform for an international legal firm. Paul has a passion for working with clients to deliver effective solutions based on SharePoint….

Managing Different Styles of Development Teams

Within Microsoft Services, Solution Architects cover the full range of activities from pre-sales activities through to helping with development and deployment of projects. When we run with SharePoint development projects, we get to work with many teams. Some of them are very experienced with SharePoint, and some not so. Some are happy that SharePoint is…


Automating Site Mailboxes in SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013

One of the completely new features to ship with SharePoint and Exchange 2013 is the new Site Mailboxes capability to give a unified view of both documents and emails in SharePoint and Outlook. For an overview of the feature, see the Product Group’s posting here and for first time configuration information see here. In this post,…

SharePoint 2013 Technical Preview Development Environment – Dependencies, Versions, Downloads

I have worked with various incarnations of pre-release software installed on development machines. Getting the right combination of tools and versions isn’t very straightforward. If you ever wondered which version of Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Office Developer Tools and other Add-ons to install (and from where) read on. Release Previews Windows Server 2012…


Marek Samaj

Marek is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft Consulting Services in the UK. He enjoys working with customers and loves to see SharePoint and Office unlocking people’s potential and maximise their productivity. Marek is a Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010.


Phased rollout of SharePoint 2013 Preview

Many customers are keen to evaluate and understand the technology impact of new product versions. In the SharePoint space, there are many customers running the SharePoint 2010 product version currently in their production environment but are keen to understand how SharePoint 2013 Preview can help or improve their capability.  Performing a full migration of the products…


On Gardens and Governance (4th post)

This is the last in a series of posts that uses the analogy that looking after SharePoint in your organization is a little like looking after a garden. Without some form of control over it, it will quickly deteriorate and end up as something that is neither a pleasure to use nor something from which…


The experiences of a new starter at Microsoft Services

My career life has always been focused on Microsoft products and services. Working for a Microsoft gold partner for almost 8 years, had given me an inkling of what life at Microsoft might be like. However once I moved to Microsoft in November 2011, it didn’t take me long to truly realise, the benefits of…