28 May, 2006

SharePoint Server Migration Centre

With the beta 2 release of Office 2007, it is definitely time to keep the next version of SharePoint in mind when working with solutions based on the current version. There are many areas where life will get a lot easier.

The first question that comes to mind is how to go about the migration of existing implementations. To address this, Microsoft has set up a SharePoint Server Migration Centre with lots of whitepapers and links to webcasts and tools.

21 May, 2006

Use Word 2007 for blogging

Beta 2 of Office 2007 is getting closer (expected this week?!) and one of the latest feature additions is blog support in Word 2007.

You can use Word to either create new posts or edit existing ones and then hit a publish button. They promise it will produce clean HTML rather verbose Word HTML. Beta 2 will support MSN Spaces, SharePoint 2007, Community Server and Blogger but more providers will be added before the final product ships.

Refer to Joe Friend's post for more details about Word's blog support including screen captures.

02 May, 2006

ASP.NET 2.0 as an important underlying technology

Scott Gu has a post commenting on how ASP.NET 2.0 is an important underlying technology for many of the new products and technologies coming out from Microsoft in the near future.

The current versions of WSS and MCMS have introduced their own API's that you need to learn in order to master the products. For example, WSS brought on web parts and MCMS added page templates to the mix.

With the release of ASP.NET 2.0, these concepts have been built into the underlying platform on which the new version of SharePoint (including WSS and what used to be MCMS) is based. I see two important positive implications of this.

Firstly, the skills required to master the products are no longer specific to the products and good solid base skills in ASP.NET 2.0 can be utilised for a wide range of applications and products.

Secondly, the features such as web parts and page templates are no longer purely of value to solutions based on the respective products. With ASP.NET 2.0 you can take advantage of these great technologies in your own custom applications.

The upshot is: Become a champion of ASP.NET 2.0 and its extended API and you will be able to leverage those skills in a much wider space than previously. All this, of course, is only looking at the world from the technical point of view. The business problems that the different products are designed to address will continue to differ fundamentally.