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Colligo in Mexico

Many thanks to Microsoft MVP Mr. Luis Du Solier G. from Mexico City for his mention of Colligo for SharePoint in his “Passion for Collaboration” blog. Luis works at the IT Department of one of the top business schools in Latin America, manages two user groups and is a Colligo for SharePoint beta tester.

Barry.

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Bill Gates Productivity Tip: Use SharePoint

CNN Money snagged Bill Gates for a feature called “How I Work.”

It’s a fantastic read to see how one of the world’s busiest executives manages his time. Gates also uses SharePoint to stay productive:

Staying focused is one issue; that’s the problem of information overload. The other problem is information underload. Being flooded with information doesn’t mean we have the right information or that we’re in touch with the right people.

I deal with this by using SharePoint, a tool that creates websites for collaboration on specific projects.

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Many Thanks to Our Friends

We’d like to thank some fellow bloggers from around the world for helping us spread the word.

Dustin Hannifin from South Bend, IN, actually agreed to let us quote in our press release his review of our product from his blog, Dustin’s tech Notes. Thanks for all the help, Dustin!

New-Zealand based Michael Sampson helped us out by writing about the launch in his Shared Spaces blog. Michael has a very impressive background in collaboration and messaging.

Romeo Pruno mentioned us in his blog which is written mostly in Italian. He’s posted the statistics for visitors to his blog. Not surprising that 62% are from Italy. Grazie, Romeo.

Barry.

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Blastoff

Well, we launched the Colligo for Sharepoint product family today at the SharePoint Connections conference in Orlando. It was a lot of work on the part of the dev team over the past year and then the marketing team bringing up the rear for the last couple of months. Congrats to Nick and his team for getting this fantastic new product out on time. And many thanks to Brent, Kelly, Asa, Tony and Rex for all the marketing materials and new website.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta 1 Offline SharePoint Eval – Part 4

I’ve been away for awhile in sunny Mexico and then, upon my return, promptly got sick. Anyway, I’m back in the saddle again, and ready to post this, my last, item on Outlook 2007 Beta 1’s offline SharePoint capabilities. The same caveats apply to this post as the last ones on this subject.

First, a quick review of the features in Outlook 2007 and SharePoint 2007 (AKA SharePoint v3) for taking SharePoint content offline that I posted here: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

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The (Un)Connected Traveler

The current issue of PC Mag is running a big story titled The Well Connected Traveler. They cover all the gadgetry that you’ll ever need to take with you on the road.

But it’s not all about the hardware. More business people rely on being connected to be productive with their work. Emails need to be checked, WSS team sites need to be accessed, and general research needs to be done.

It feels like PC Mag painted an overly rosy picture of what business travel is really like (and maybe that’s what sells magazines for them). They compile a list of:

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Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta 1 Offline SharePoint Eval – Part 3

The same caveats apply to this post as the last ones on this subject.

I’ve already discussed how offline SharePoint doc libraries work in Outlook 2007 Beta 1. In this entry, I will deal specifically with the other supported list types and conclude with a look at how Outlook 2007 will treat synchronization conflicts. I will make one more post after this (in about a week) and do a wrap up of my overall impressions of offline SharePoint support in Outlook 2007 Beta 1.

Editing and Syncing Other Lists in Outlook 2007 Beta 1

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When On-line doesn’t work…

This is more Barry’s area of discussion, but I was reading Dustin’s Tech Notes this morning and it really struck a nerve.

You may find it funny that in our “wired world” I have two posts in 1 day related to experiencing online applications, offline. Call me old school or just plain lazy but sometimes I don’t want to open my VPN Client and remote into work to edit a document. And course almost everyone has experienced free high speed internet service that performs like dial-up. Hotels will remain nameless here. The whole “take it with you” concept has become a standard for technologies like email and now even collaboration (See Colligo Post). Well why shouldn’t the same idea apply to blogs and other RSS feeds?

Read the rest of the post, Reading Blog’s Offline.

The last two Business trips I was on, in both cases my hotel’s high speed connections were not working. As Dustin mentions these days you can take a lot off line, it’s that last 20% of items, like getting and sending new emails and your RSS feeds that makes it so very frustrating….

Cheers, Tony
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Anthony A. van Houten
Senior Consultant, Applications
Colligo networks, Inc

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Colligo for SharePoint – Beta 2 Comments

Some very nice comments today from Dustin Hannifin on his TechNotes Blog:

Colligo for Sharepoint Beta 2
9th March 2006

Colligo appears to be on track to deliver this top notch product early next month. If you’re looking for the ability to take your Sharepoint documents with you on the road Colligo for Sharepoint looks like a real winner.

Read the full review here.

Thanks Dustin.

Cheers, Tony
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Anthony A. van Houten
Senior Consultant, Applications
Colligo networks, Inc

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Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta 1 Offline SharePoint Eval – Part 2

The same caveats apply to this post as the last one on this subject.

This time I’m going to delve deeper into the offline SharePoint features of Outlook 2007 Beta 1 from the point of view of the user experience. This entry will deal with SharePoint document library behavior in Outlook.

Working with offline SharePoint Document Libraries in Outlook 2007 Beta 1

SharePoint V3 server offline sync of doc libraries is initiated from within the SharePoint site itself. I couldn’t find a way to initiate this first sync from within Outlook. Once the user has selected the library to download, the standard Outlook send/receive dialog appears and shows the progress of the sync.

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