Windows 7 Holes Eased by Axing Admin Rights; Microsoft Cautious on Mobile Office Apps; Open Data, Open Microsoft

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Continuous Availability for Microsoft SharePoint Farms – White Paper (Computer Weekly)
The adoption of SharePoint as a business critical technology continues to drive productivity and process improvement across organizations of various sizes and types. Many organizations now regard SharePoint as mission-critical to them as Microsoft Exchange. With the release of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 this rate of adoption is expected to accelerate.

Microsoft Office Faces Challenge From Free Google Tools (The Wall Street Journal)
Microsoft Corp. has vanquished most competitors to its Office suite of software. But a new version of the popular program will be challenged by free or low-cost Web-based alternatives from Google Inc., which some businesses are adopting.

Report: Windows 7 Holes Eased by Axing Admin Rights (CNET)
Ninety percent of critical Microsoft Windows 7 vulnerabilities can be mitigated by configuring the operating system for standard user rather than administrator, according to a new report released on Monday. Removing administrator rights would also protect against exploitation of all of the Office holes reported last year, 94 percent of Internet Explorer flaws and 100 percent of IE 8 flaws reported last year, and 64 percent of all Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in that time period, according to BeyondTrust's 2009 Microsoft Vulnerability Analysis (PDF).

Microsoft Stands Behind Security Of Windows 7 (ChannelWeb)
Windows 7's reputation as the most secure version of Windows ever made took a hit last week when researchers found ways around two of its core security features. But Microsoft insists that the layered security that's built into Windows 7 still offers a high level of protection from threats.

Microsoft Cautiously Moving to Mobile Office Apps (IT World)
Microsoft Corp. is readying an aggressive push into cloud-based productivity applications with the upcoming release of Office Web Apps and other products, but the company is moving more cautiously when it comes to creating mobile versions of these products.

Open Data, Open Microsoft (Redmond Developer News)
I've always been a data guy. I think data maintenance, sharing and analysis is the inspiration for almost all line-of-business software, and technology that makes any or all of it easier is key to platform success. That's why I've been interested in WCF Data Services (previously ADO.NET Data Services) since it first appeared as the technology code-named "Astoria." Astoria was based on a crisp idea: representing data in AtomPub and JSON formats, as REST Web services, with simple URI and HTTP verb conventions for querying and updating the data.

A Conversation with Microsoft's Marketing Strategist (CNET)
David Webster had a pretty busy year in 2009, trying to convince the world that Windows 7 was their idea and adding the word Bing to their collective vocabulary. That said, Microsoft's chief marketing strategist doesn't foresee much time to rest. This year, all Webster has to do is persuade consumers that Office is cool, that Mom and Dad need their own Xbox, and that a Windows Phone can be a credible alternative to the iPhone. Luckily, Microsoft is willing to spend a few bucks to do all that.


Around the Blogosphere
The Myths of the Requirements for SharePoint 2010 (Mike Walsh's WSS and more)
We all know that Microsoft always underestimate the amount of memory; processor power etc. needed to run their Operating Systems. Yes, Windows X (can't remember which one – maybe 3?) will just about work in 128MB memory but it's not a very pleasant "experience" (to use one of those Microsoft buzzwords we all love – at least that one is understandable unlike some of the words used by Tom Rizzo in an interview in the first issue of SharePoint Connections).

How to Synchronize Excel 2010 + SharePoint 2010 List with Excel 2007 Add-In (Meet Dux)
When I started working with SharePoint 2010 back in August 2009, I was thrilled when I found out that out of the box, I can synchronize a Project 2010 task list to a SharePoint 2010 project task list. My world fell apart when I realized that the capability to synchronize Excel spreadsheets with a SharePoint list was no more in 2010. It bothered me why this was taken away since I can easily do this with Excel 2007 and SharePoint 2007.

Michael Lotter Named Lead for Global SharePoint 2010 Launch Virtual Conference (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
I’m excited to announce that Michael Lotter is taking up the charge of leading the SharePoint Virtual Conference.  Current plans include a global 24 hour community launch event.  Discussions include multiple tracks and reaching out to the hosts of the now nearly 50 SharePoint 2010 launch community based parties.

8 Things You Should Know About Transactional Processing in SharePoint (End User SharePoint)
SharePoint is making inroads as an ECM or Records Management system, primarily because of its document library features, price, and integration with Office. But, for SharePoint to move beyond that and become the system to do document-centric transactional processing, you’ll need to customize and plan your SharePoint installation more carefully.


Around Bamboo Nation
Bamboo's Commitment to Customer Service (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Hello, my name is Mike O'Brien.  Bamboo recently hired me to run the customer support group.  I joined Bamboo in early 2010 after spending thirteen years with a Fortune 500 company.  I spent most of those 13 years building, scaling and running IT Support organizations.  I have also been in charge of IT vendor management, so I understand that support is an important factor when selecting a technology vendor.

This Week in Bamboo (March 21st, 2010 – March 27th, 2010) (The Bamboo Team Blog)
This week in Bamboo we launched a major new product that we are really excited about, Wiki Publisher (HW51 Release 1.0).  Bamboo’s Wiki Publisher is a feature that integrates into the native SharePoint menus of any Wiki Page Library.  The user can import the MS Word (doc, docx), RTF, TXT document to the SharePoint Wiki Library including the style, table, picture, index, etc and export single or multi Wiki pages to PDF document easily.  Check out our 30 day free trial download to learn more about our Wiki Publisher. We also have minor release for SharePoint Knowledge Base Solutions Accelerator this week.  Please see below for more details.


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SharePoint Developer – Houston, TX
Our client is currently seeking a SharePoint Developer to support and develop their existing SharePoint sites. They must also use .NET and XML development skills to support the migration effort from file servers to Documentum.

SharePoint Lead Architect (125765) – San Diego, CA
Architect, develop and deploy technical solutions to needs identified by customers using SharePoint and its related services. Understand and translate user interface and business requirements into solution architecture and implementation plan. Participate in design reviews with business users to ensure the design will meet business requirements. Architect and configure WSS and MOSS environment to meet business objectives, user demand, and scalability requirements.


Microsoft Updates
SharePoint Unable to crawl content of specific type of files even with correct IFilter installed (Microsoft Support)
When you install or upgrade existing IFilter for documents to be crawled using SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, the contents of the documents are not crawled while metadata and name of documents appear in the search results. In case of SharePoint Portal Server 2003, the alerts subscribed for changes within the files stop because the content is not crawled inside documents.


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