Saving a list / library as a template is a very useful feature when we need to reuse a list / library. This gives the ability to create any number of lists / libraries based on a template. The ability to include content in the template makes this a very useful feature. As an example we use this feature to ...

Following a naming convention is definitely an important step in any implementation. When it comes to SharePoint implementations there are several places where we can use a naming convention such as for service accounts, databases, templates etc… I was trying few methods in SharePoint installations when I found this excellent post, SharePoint 2010 Database Naming Standards in John Powell’s Blog. ...

The ability to work offline has become an essential requirement for today’s content management solutions. Similarly we wanted this feature for SharePoint Online also. [As posted here we use Microsoft Online Services which is also called BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite). This post explains how to set SharePoint Online available for offline usage using SharePoint workspace 2010.] In SharePoint 2007 ...

Two main concerns for any document imaging exercise are the image quality and the file size. Anyone will need to get the best possible image quality while keeping the file size to a minimum for obvious reasons. Thus image enhancement has become an essential step in a well defined capture workflow. The purpose of image enhancement (image cleanup / image ...

Microsoft Online Services Couple of years back I was looking for an affordable SharePoint hosted services provider mainly to set up a DEMO site. Unfortunately I couldn't implement that idea due to many reasons, mainly the cost. Not surprisingly last year Microsoft announced the launch of Online services for few products including SharePoint. Recently I had the chance to  test ...

A very useful feature in SharePoint is the ability to open libraries and lists in explorer view. This helps to copy / organize multiple files very easily rather than going through the multi step upload process. If you haven't used this; Go to a document library In the main tool bar select actions -> Open with windows explorer. Recently ...

1. Scanning speed Most of the times when we are presenting a solution to a client, there is one question that always pop up. “ What is the speed of your scanner?”. Almost everyone think that higher the speed of the scanner, higher the output. Well, my personal opinion is that it is not so all the times. Beyond ...

Microsoft & Yahoo combine forces for web search As expected for quite some time, Microsoft and Yahoo announced an agreement on web search. Microsoft will now power Yahoo! search while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers. With this pact, the two giants will combine forces to compete against Goo

Microsoft Office 2010 Online version - Free ! Microsoft has announced that the next version of the the popular MS Office suite, Office 2010 will have a web version free of charge. Yes, similar to Google Docs !. According to PC world, Microsoft hosted office web apps will be free for users with Live accounts Customer hosted ...

Last week Microsoft released 3 videos allowing a sneak peek of SharePoint 2010 (Twenty Ten). You can view these here. There are 3 videos separately, Overview, for IT Pros and for developers. These are of course embedded in to a Silverlight web part so you need to have Silverlight installed to watch these. (You can download Silverlight from here) Detailed ...

Kofax announced the launch of a new scanning application Kofax Desktop, a tool that I have been waiting for a long time. This is a simple tool that integrates in to Microsoft Office desktop applications providing users with one touch scanning capability from office applications. As I mentioned in a previous post, it also supports direct scanning in to SharePoint. ...

When it comes to service packs and infrastructure updates I always recommend to wait at least 3 months to install in a production environment. This will make sure that enough real time testing will be done and bugs will be discovered if any. So that Microsoft can get ready with the necessary hot fixes for the same.SharePoint team blog reported ...

Vinoj, one of my friends currently working in Brunei has recently started a blog named Sharepoint Sri Lanka . I am sure this will definitely be useful not only for sharpeoint practitioners from Sri Lanka but for others as well.Well done Vinoj ! Keep up the good work. ...

Microsoft SharePoint team blog announced last week the launch of Microsoft SharePoint marketing website using SharePoint and silver light. Obviously this is something that should have been done long time back, without waiting for the last stage of MOSS 2007. Anyway the site looks nice and elegant with lot of content especially the videos. Visit and enjoyhttp://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/

While we await the release of SharePoint 2010, Microsoft has announced that Groove will be renamed as SharePoint Workspace 2010. According to the Groove team blog, Groove will be added to Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, with the name of SharePoint Workspace 2010, together with One note.This gives a strong indication that Microsoft is paying serious attention to offline content ...

I am sure all of us have come across the phrase “devil’s advocate”. In general terms this is used to identify a person who keeps on arguing against the popular choice of the majority. In a decision making process if a person is keep on arguing in favour of another alternative, when there is an obvious ...

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