SharePoint Products and Technologies article on ActiveWin.com

ActiveWin.com sponsored me to go to Tech ED Boston as a technical writer this year. I had a chance to report back with several articles based on the events and things that really sparked my interest.
My latest article has been posted, this one very focused on SharePoint Technologies, and the community surrounding it.

Lawerence Liu from the SharePoint Team @ Microsoft was even kind enough to share his vision for the community and explains how the community helps to shape the SharePoint Product Group.

Read the “Microsoft Getting Serious About Collaboration” article here 

Vista Website Updated

If you are looking for a benchmark to measure an online user experience, look no farther than the Windows Vista website. It offers near perfect visuals, usability and of course there is just a dash of technology behind it.
This in my opinion in the best designed website so far this year:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/default.aspx

During all this Microsoft has managed to release betas of all 3 of their flagship products at the same time, a first for the company.

Office 2007, Blogging from Word?

Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right? Blogging is all about communicating with words (and pictures, too). So, why not use Word to write your blog posts?

Looks promising, espeically for those of you that maintain a certain level of professionalism and take the time to run your entries through things like spelling, grammar checks prior to posting.

Read all about Blogging from Word 2007 here

An introduction of Microsoft Office 2007

Interested in getting an exciting first look at Microsoft Office 2007 with a special emphasis on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007)?

Amanda and I will be speaking at the next St. John’s .NET Usergroup meeting on May 25 at Memorial University. Sign-up now!

Presentation:
An Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007

Main Topics:

  • The new and improved user interface of applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Smart Client andBrowser Based form creation via InfoPath 2007
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server features such as site creation, web parts, workflow and customization.

Time:
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location:
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Engineering Building – Room EN-2006

As if seeing Amanda and I wasn’t enough, there will be free pizza and refreshments as well! If you are a .NET fan and are in St. John’s or surrounding areas feel free to join the group.

The user-group meets monthly at the university, free pizza and refreshments, great prize give aways and great speakers from Microsoft, INETA and more.

Learn more about the St. John’s .NET usergroup at www.wedevelop.net

Getting SharePoint web parts just got easier

Over the last few months our team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that anyone that is touched by our Team Tools product line (SharePoint web parts + add-ons), has a very positive experience.

This involves everything from the customer communication and support down to the endless usability and functionality testing of our products.teamtools.gif

There were over 200 public, private and community beta-testers (you know who you are), many of whom have given us great feedback on every aspect of our downloading and purchasing process as well as the products themselves.

As promised last night some of our most recent creations are now live

The last two years have been a great learning experience for me in terms of product development. I feel very strongly that we have put every possible effort into creating a very usable, affordable and functional set of SharePoint Products.

I am very pleased to announce that as of right now we are now offering 1 click downloads of 30 day free evaluations of our products. No form to fill out, No email to deal with just click and download.

I am just as pleased to announce that ourTeam Tools purchasing application is now online and allows product orders in just 3 simple steps.

Download a free 30 day evaluation of:

Team Tools – Trace 1.0 (cut, copy paste + version history and meta-data retention)
Team Tools – EasyForms 2.0 (connect forms + lists and place them on any page/site)
Team Tools – Easynav 1.0 (easy to navigate treeview of your WSS site collections (2.0 coming soon!)
Team Tools – My Private Documents 1.0 (view your SPS2003 private documents library from any page/site)

or

Visit the Team Tools store to purchase products

Good news for our Team Tools customers

I am happy to report that recent projects I have been working on include reviewing, and tweaking our Team Tools web parts and add-ons for SharePoint technologies. Not only have we made some significant improvements to the web parts themselves, but also to the process of obtaining evaluation and licensed copies.

  • We built a purchase application to streamline the purchasing process. This website takes advantage of ASP.NET 2.0 + SQL 2005 and Master Pages Check back tommorow for the URL.
  • We now have a built in style sheet editor for all of the Team Tools web parts.
  • We will soon offer 1 click downloads of free 30 day evaluations of all our Team Tools products. Yes this means no form, no email capture, just click and download.
  • Team Tools – Trace 1.0 is officially added to the Windows Server catalog after being successfully “veri-tested”.