Tag | Office Posts

It seems that Microsoft has lost a lawsuit over their custom xml implementation for Office Open XML. This was about the worst news I could get just before the holidays since I have been working on creating solutions around just that feature. To me it is the most flexible part of the OOXML standard and crosses all types of Office documents. I can only hope that they settle this dispute so we can get back to moving forward document generation processes. del.icio.us Tags: OOXML,Office Open XML,Microsoft ...
I decided to replace my Office 2010 Technical Preview with the Beta, which was released in November and I ran into an error with activation. Since I didn’t see this really documented on the net (it probably is, but I couldn’t find it), I decided to write up my experience. When I first tried to install the beta, I got an error saying that I had to first uninstall the technical preview. Ok, no problem. After uninstalling the tech preview, I installed the beta. It never prompted me for a license key ...
I bought into the hype as so many others did: Office 2010 could be installed side by side with Office 2007 on the same machine. I jumped in blindly, hoping beyond hope that there wouldn’t be any issues or weird nuances that typically plague a beta release. What was I thinking?! First off, Office 2010 and 2007 *can* be installed side by side…except for Outlook which is sort of a big deal. You can only run one version of Outlook on a machine at any given time. So while Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint ...
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight. Additionally, this collaboration and content management server provides IT professionals and developers with the platform and tools they need for server administration, application ...
In this Issue: Andrej Tozon, nmarun, AmazedSaint, Shawn Wildermuth, Fredrik Normén, Damon Payne, Victor Gaudioso, Jeremy Likness(2), Alan Mendelevich, Dan Wahlin, Lee(2), Expression Blog, Andy Beaulieu, and Gill Cleeren. Shoutouts: Scott Guthrie Tweeted about Template Monster now having Silverlight Intro Templates and Silverlight Templates Einar Ingebrigtsen announced Balder 0.8.8.5 Release is out Victor Gaudioso has a list of all his videos: All of my Silverlight Video Tutorials in One Place: (Revisited) ...
Here is the start of a short series on office practical jokes. Don’t expect the series to last long because I have attention deficit disorder. Soon, I will think of something else and this will become very unimportant. It’ll sit next to the peas that I left in the fridge two years ago. (That’s a metaphor, of course…the peas have actually been in there significantly longer than two years.) DISCLAIMER: These office pranks are provided merely for your reading pleasure and personal entertainment. Do ...
Anyone that deals with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) shudders when the subject of email comes up. With good reason! It truly is a massive problem in almost any size of organization. The problem space is itself ill defined and not well understood by anyone. Governments and Corporations large and small struggle with the issue, mostly by either brute force archiving, or ignoring it. It plays a huge role in eDiscovery and can cause innumerable security and personnel issues when it is mismanaged. ...
Technorati Tags: Leadership My friend Ursula Eilers (Microsoft MVP, Office System) live in Germany in a little town near Bremen in the north of out country. She has degree in Electrical Engineering. She is an IT-trainer for 15 years and consultant for on-the-job-trainings. She wrote a book about Office 2007 and become 2007 Microsoft MVP, Office System. She has two forums, on line office-magazine and several websites. If you interested to hear more about Office 2010 http://www.office2010-hilfe... ...
Technorati Tags: SharePoint There are a bunch of SharePoint features in Visual Studio 2010 Beta. They are going over Business Data Connectivity (BDC) designer, which is available in the project template Business Data Connectivity Model. BDC is one of two most important architectural components of Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) which enables users to read and write data from external systems—through Web and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services, databases, and Microsoft .NET ...
After much frustration with MSDN and the instructions there here are the actual parameters to declare when using the TFSFieldMapping.exe for 2010 Beta 2. Team Foundation Field Mapping Tool Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Uploads or downloads the file that defines how fields are mapped between Microsoft Office Project and Team Foundation Server. To use this tool, you must be a member of either the Team Foundation Administrators group or the Project Administrators group ...
Mainly going to use this as notes and such of what were discovering by overlaying WCF on an existing application. So the set up... In existence is... 1) a working web application 2) a server back end to support the web app (that we get to use for our needs) 3) a relatively complex hierarchy of classes (e.g. a inherits from b inherits from c, some interfaces are also referenced by c, as well as complex types.) Our app will be a client/server application where the client will be in various offices ...
[16th Dec 2009 – have spotted a small final missing } in the Office XML sample code. Will get that updated with any other changes ] The UK MSDN Flash developer newsletter contains great short technical articles written by UK developers both inside Microsoft and in the broader developer community. This eBook pulls together these great articles in one place. There are thirteen articles in this second edition covering Python, Inversion of Control, Behavior Driven Development, Silverlight and more. You ...

I always think the market leader (aka Vonage) in any geek related product is just milking its gorilla game position, and so look for that hungry edge play.  In this case Ooma.  I did my standard Google due-diligence and searched on “magic jack sucks”.  26,000 and counting…  But the Ooma, not so much.  I use it as a 2nd line in my house strictly as my home office phone.  $250 for the initial box.  Quality has been fantastic.

“ooma sucks”, by the way, only gave 200 hits.

It took me a while to figure out how to get a list of all the available fields for a particular type of list in SharePoint (for performing custom queries in SPQuery). I was looking for a published list of these fields, which as far as I know does not exist. Instead, you just use the GetList method of the Lists SOAP service. Here’s an example SOAP request: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://sche... SOAP-ENV:encodingStyle="htt... ...
*Moved to: Outlook 2010 Beta 2 and Add-Ins: Dynamics CRM, Team Companion, LinkedIn and Plaxo At SSW we are extensive users of Dynamics CRM. I wanted to give Office 2010 a go, but I had to make sure that the Dynamics CRM plug-in, and my other plug-ins worked. You would think that support for Office 2010 Beta 2 was poor! You would be right and wrong…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I’ve been building my own machines for a while now and I’ve gotten into a routine of installing certain apps when I do I rebuild. I’ll not only grab the latest Microsoft updates, plus Office, but I’ll also install a whole list of utilities. This list keeps growing and was often something like the following: PDF reader (I go back and forth between FoxIt Reader and Adobe) FireFox and Chrome Instant messengers (MSN, GoogleTalk, Skype) Tweetdeck Live Mesh Some kind of free antivirus (Microsoft’s Security ...
After a lengthy break, the user group support kits from Microsoft have resumed. FedEx dropped off a big white box this morning, so if you are still awaiting yours... it should be there when you get home from work (or maybe in the next couple days.) User Group leaders didn't have the option of picking and choosing the contents for this cycle (or any future cycles, I would assume...) but don't fret, the contents are quite good. Assuming all the "Dev Group" kits are identical, this is what you can expect: ...
So I set out on a quest to install a SharePoint 2010 VM with Bob Davis, one of our 101 instructors for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City and a Co-Leader of the KC Office Geeks. We started around 5 pm and ended around 11 pm. Everything that could possible go wrong went wrong in triplicate. Here is a list of things you need to know: Turn on Virtualization in your bios: Bob did not have virtualization turned on in his bios, so the virtual machine I had stubbed out did not work. You need to make sure that ...
A week ago I got a new phone. This was planned, and yet not planned. Getting a new phone working is disruptive, and I didn’t want that disruption on Thanksgiving week. However, Verizon somehow de-provisioned my old phone from its data network and told me it would take 5 days to fix the problem. That meant being without mobile email access, liekly for a week, so I reasoned that getting a new phone would be actually less disruptive than fixing the old one. So I deactivated my Moto Q9m Windows Mobile ...
Reposting this from my personal blog as this may be useful to few readers here as well. Personal Development : Time, Planning , Repairs & Maintenance These are just my thoughts, but some you may find something interesting in it. Please think over it. We may know many things, but still we always keeps procrastinating it. I have written this as I have heard many people coming back and saying they don’t have time to do things they like. These are my thoughts buy may be useful to someone else too. ...
Most of 2009 I have been working from home. This is a workforce revolution, made possible by technology advances and attitude changes. Here is my list of simple rules for working from home: don’t do it all the time. It is important to have some face-to-face interaction with your team. even when working from home stay in touch. Call your client or team at least once a day. working from home can be isolating. I make sure that I get out of the house every day so that I don’t end up like Edward Scissorhands. ...
For the first time in my career I have attended a major conference and it was well worth the wait. I had a handful of major objectives in attending of which all were met. Gain an understanding of Azure and how we can leverage it for our small and mid market customers. Gain more detailed insight into changes in SharePoint 2010 that will impact customizations and solutions that we provide our customers. Have some dialog with some of the MS data team members and others to understand MS’ vision for data ...
Silverlight has come to an age from WPF/E days and today 4.0 version was launched. Features includes: Support for enterprise applications: Printing support: Silverlight application can print itself, how the content is formatted when printed, and determine the content that will appear. It even has capabilities to print a portion of the Silverlight content. RichTextArea control / WebBrowser Control: The RichTextArea has Bi-Di support, allows hyperlinks, XAML content, and embedding of images. It also ...
Just moved from the Office 2010 Technical Preview to the Beta that was released last week or so and noticed a new bit of functionality in Outlook. I don't know the extent of the interoperability just yet but I look forward to seeing it in action with anything other than SharePoint. MS Info Page Here ...
After we enabled our Office Communicator 2007 R2 Access Edge Server for Federation with AOL, Yahoo, and MSN, our Communicator 2007 R2 clients were able to chat successfully with Yahoo and MSN users and vice versa. Also, AOL users could send instant messages to our clients. However, our Communicator clients could not send instant messages to or reply to IMs from AOL users. When an AOL user would send us an instant message, we would get the following error message when we attempted to reply or when ...
I passed the TS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring exam last week. For those that are interested in taking the exam, please note there is still a heavy emphasis on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 on the exam though the Skills Being Measured (http://www.microsoft.com/l... for the Microsoft exam make it very clear that the focus of the exam is on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The Office Communications Server 2007 ...
Until recently, Microsoft’s policy toward Its Professional Developers Conference (PDC), was that it should be held only once every two or three years, and should focus on Redmond’s technology “futures.” This meant that currently- or imminently-shipping products were not to merit much coverage; instead, emerging technologies that were at least 18 months away (or thereabouts) from shipping would get the spotlight. Last year, that was mostly true. We got a pre-beta release of Windows 7, saw glimpses ...
I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. This past Thursday was the last user group meeting of the year and the last meeting with me present as leader. Next week I am meeting with about 4 or 5 people to hand over the KC Office Geeks. Every so often I look back and reflect on where I have come in the past few years and how I got to this point in time. We have 177 people on the mailing list and an average from 15-20 people at each meeting. When Jeff handed off the group to me we were average 3 people per ...
As far as I have seen content controls in Office 2007 render to either a SdtRun or SdtBlock object. The nice thing is that both of these inherit from SdtElement. This allows you to take the query from my earlier post and replace SdtBlock with SdtElement and now you have a universal retrieval. Of course as with any tool you need to be careful you don’t take it too far. Depending on the structure of you document this may not do what you need. Technorati Tags: office Open XML,OOXML,LINQ,.NET ...
I have previously mentioned that I’m working on the upcoming Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2010 in 24 Hours book. Things are progressing nicely, if a bit slower than I’d prefer. I have the draft for the cover art, which looks really good. I’m also very pleased to announce my technical editors – Claudio Lasaala and Eric Lippert. Claudio is a Senior Developer at EPS Software Corp. He has presented several lectures at Microsoft events such as PDC and various other Microsoft seminars, as well as several ...
I grew up in New York, and I’ve grown up with the Cuomo family. I liked Mario Cuomo and thought he was a good governor. He was one of those guys in the 1980s that I characterized as a Macho Liberal: someone with compassionate beliefs and a street-tough approach to pursuing them. A Macho Liberal wasn’t a wimp, nor was he a bully. He was someone ready to fight and hold his ground while trying to do good. Sound naive? Hey, give me a break: I was a teenager and an idealist. And I was living under a Republican ...
If you are using a template document and replacing text programmatically using the Office Open XML SDK 2 API you will need a way to identify the target to be replaced. One option is to use a Content Control and setting the tag value the same for all of the controls that need to be substituted with a single value. After some trial and error and a lot of digging through the DocumentReflector I came up with the following LINQ query to get a list of all blocks with the same tag name. var blocks = from ...
I stumbled across a recently released collection of guidance and best practices for SharePoint DBAs and those who love them. From the download page… “ This book is a guide for database administrators who implement or maintain Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It provides guidelines for improving the performance of Office SharePoint Server 2007 solutions that run on Microsoft SQL Server 2008…” Get it here in either doc or pdf formats ...
Hello again! This is my first time to blog since July and that is a little bit long I know. So what has been going on? Well quite a bit actually. First, Addison and Brandon are getting quite a bit older and are more active. I truly enjoy spending time with them in the evenings and that takes a lot of time out of blogging. Second, my role as youth leader at my church has been taking a larger priority in my life than when we first started our youth ministry. We are now up to 40 students at our Saturday ...
It seems that the financial software business at Microsoft is slowly being pushed off the cart. First they discontinue Microsoft Money and now, according to a PC Pro article, Microsoft Office Accounting is getting the boot as well. I found this quote on the Microsoft Office Accounting page: “Microsoft Office Accounting will no longer be distributed after November 16, 2009.” I’ll admit its been a while since we did any custom development work using the Microsoft Office Accounting developer tools but ...
We recently had Stephen Toub, a Senior Program Manager on the Parallel Computing Platform team at Microsoft, swing by our office and walked us through some really cool ways to start implementing parallel programming using Visual Studio 2010 and the 4.0 Framework. I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this, it was one of the best presentations I've ever seen. It's exciting to see the technology evolving :) Anyway, during his presentation we caught a lot of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 in ...
*Moved to: A change for the better #2In the last 2+ years at Aggreko I have worked with Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server, Office SharePoint Server 2007 and a number of WPF, Silverlight and ASP.NET projects. There had been some discussion of a new role within Aggreko in the solution architecture arena. I also spoke to Adam Cogan who has the title “SSW Chief Architect and Microsoft Regional Director”…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
One of the new OCS 2007 R2 features is the Address Book Query service. One of the primary benefits of this feature is to allow COMO clients to search the OCS Address Book over the Internet (using HTTPS) without having to download the Address Book files. For more information, you can refer to the following Microsoft TechNet links. http://technet.microsoft.co... http://technet.microsoft.co... According to the Microsoft TechNet ...
Day 2 of the SharePoint Conference has just about come and gone, and I’ve shifted my focus from yesterday’s pure developer angle to topics of data and business intelligence. And there has been a lot to see. I’m sitting in the last session of the day, attending the “Business Intelligence Power Hour” and began the day with an in-depth look at SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Services (BCS, formerly known as the Business Data Catalog, or BDC). I work very closely with Microsoft Business Intelligence ...
The Beta 2 version of DPE’s Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit is now live (you can find it at http://tinyurl.com/Beta2Tra... A training kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize a variety of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 technologies. The Beta 2 release of the Training Kit contains 15 presentations, 19 hands-on labs, and 13 demos. Many technologies are covered in this release, including: C# 4, VB 10, F#, Parallel Extensions, ...

Just to let everyone know that
Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010 is on the way

If you haven’t heard of Office Open XML don’t be surprised. I hadn’t until a couple of months ago. In short it is a standardization of the Office document models which allows for more flexible development methods. You no longer need to have an instance of your target Office application running on a server in order to generate Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents. This is also the reason that all of the Office file extensions have a “x” suffix these days. Office Open XML files are actually zip files. ...
Day 1 of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 is almost over. The conference is impressive. There are over 7400 people in attendance, a number that represents 92% growth over last year and which tops this year’s Tech*Ed and MIX attendance combined. All this in a year when most events’ attendance is way down. That should tell you something about SharePoint, and should explain why Steve Ballmer, in his keynote at the conference this morning, said (1) he wasn’t going to start this keynote by talking ...
My manager was recently promoted, and although I will continue to work for her indirectly, it is likely that I will have a new manager. In addition, it is possible there will be a departmental reorganization. It may be several weeks (hopefully not months) before my new manager is named and the reorganization is announced. A colleague and I were discussing job changes. My colleague said when he left a job (company or department) that he liked to leave on good terms. Part of this involved passing intellectual ...
Last week I did my session recordings for the SSWUG vConference and it was great, this time I am doing 4 sessions and I kept all of them at level 100 as I remembered when I started looking at these topics few months back I was struggling myself. There is so much information on the Internet but its hard to find introductory topics, topics which will tell you in short what the technology is all about, in what case you need it. I hope I have done a good job at that :) BTW if anyone wants to register ...
Hello, Here are the companion resources for the “Dancing with SharePoint” presentation at SharePoint Saturday Kansas City! We talked about best practices to create a SharePoint virtual development environment, ways to get the most functionality out of the box, and some great development tools. Thanks to all who came!!!! “Power User Books” – For getting the most out of the box The SharePoint Shepherd's Guide for End Users Essential SharePoint 2007: A Practical Guide for Users, Administrators and Developers ...
I wrote on my main blog a small review for Office Live Apps - the Google Docs alternative from Microsoft.
Read the review
This is my 100th post to this blog, but it’s also, in a real sense, my first. That’s because, starting now, my blog will be syndicated on RedDevNews.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com, the same sites that carry my monthly column, Redmond Review. For those who haven’t read my posts or columns before, allow me to present a quick intro. (For everyone else, go ahead and skip to the next paragraph.) My name is Andrew Brust, and I’m a Microsoft MVP and Regional Director. I don’t work for Microsoft – they’ve ...
So I scraped together the money and paid in full to go to the conference as I've said before. Here is a complete list of all the sessions I will be attending: Monday 1:15 - Overview and Whats New for SharePoint 2010 IT Pro's 2:45 - What's New in Office 2010 for Developers 4:30 - Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010 Tuesday 9:00 - Building Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight 3 and SharePoint 2010 10:30 - FAST Search for SharePoint: Capabilities and Deep Dive 1:15 - Developing SharePoint ...
There is nothing earth shattering here. I was just putting together a set of snippets to make life a little easier while developing SharePoint and Office Open XML projects. My search for information crossed a lot of different sites. MSDN has a number of articles about all the features of creating and managing snippets. Below is a compilation of the basics around creating these little helpers. Hopefully it is a little more detailed in the whys then MSDN content. Creating A Snippet File Snippet files ...