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Colligo for SharePoint – Beta 2 Update

We’re about two weeks into the Beta 2 of Colligo for SharePoint and I have to say it is going very well. The numbers of people signing up has been quite remarkable. Even in such a short time, we have literally doubled the numbers of truely active testers and are already getting back some great feedback.

There have been quite a few people who have picked up on the Beta 2 and have helped get the word out there ….
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Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta 1 Offline SharePoint Eval – Part 1

Recently Microsoft started to allow beta testers to publicly blog about the features of most of the Office 2007 client applications. Several of these products can take SharePoint content offline, so I thought I’d discuss them here, starting with Microsoft Outlook 2007.

First, the caveats: I’m the co-founder of Colligo, a company focused on supporting the collaboration needs of mobile teams. We are about to release an offline SharePoint product, so while I will try to be unbiased, I am not a disinterested third party. I will be looking at the integration of Microsoft Outlook 2007 Beta 1 with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services V3 Beta 1. The capabilities of these products could change significantly prior to release by Microsoft and since the documentation is understandably thin at this point, I may not completely understand how all the products function yet.

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SharePoint Introduction for Developers

SDA Asia Magazine has a lengthy intro article for SharePoint developers. They go over the basics like Infrastructure and Architecture, Web Parts, and The Collaboration Engine.

Pretty basic stuff for experienced developers, but it’s a great guide for anyone looking to answer the “Where do I start with SharePoint?” question.

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Nick Swan Marries RSS & SharePoint

Nick’s got a new little RSS webpart for SharePoint.

Using the Newsgator API, he’s built a blog reader that grabs your RSS feeds in Newsgator and gives them to you in your team site. Quite desirable as RSS feeds keep growing and RSS adoption is following accordingly.

Unfortunately I can’t test it because I’m a Bloglines user. (Hey Nick, any chance you’ll be building SharePointLines with the Bloglines API?)

Anyways, I’ll hold off on any feature requests until he gets v1.0 up and running 🙂

If you’re a Newgator user, go give SharePointGator a spin!

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Using SyncToy to take SharePoint docs offline

Found a very cool post from Chris Johnson about how you can use Microsoft’s free SyncToy to sync files on your laptop with those in a SharePoint folder. I’ve tried it and think it works pretty well for a single user that wants to access and modify files on a site or subsite that they have exclusive access to.

If you are planning to access a shared site (i.e. one to which other users contribute) this is not recommended, however. SyncToy is not able to resolve conflicting changes made on your laptop with those made on the SharePoint server. Even if you choose “synchronize”, changes on the “right” folder overwrite those on the “left”. Also, other SharePoint features (such as custom lists, issues, events or metadata), do not work and it doesn’t support metadata or views.

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Upcoming Features In WSS 3.0

Dustin Miller has a killer roundup of the features in the upcoming WSS 3.0.

Some highlights from the list:

  • Offline capabilities using Outlook and Groove
  • Use of SharePoint sites for email archiving
  • Users can participate in workflow from wherever they are editing – via SharePoint, Outlook, or the document itself. Workflows can be initiated from SharePoint or the document.
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Colligo for SharePoint – Beta 2 Released

Well, for my very first Blog post, being able to announce the Beta 2 release of Colligo for SharePoint is pretty cool.

Our Beta 1 went really well, we had a good number of testers from all around the world, from whom we gathered a great deal of tremendously useful feedback. So to everyone who helped us out on the Beta 1 testing we give a hearty thanks!

We really appreciate the time you spent and the excellent quality of your feedback.

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Mobility “myth-fest” coming up

I just received a brochure in the mail for the “Most Important Technology Event of the Year”. That, of course, is the ever humble CTIA Wireless 2006 show in Las Vegas April 5-7. Attendees, exhibitors and speakers at this show always manage to claim some of the most outrageous mobility myths and, although I’m not going this year, I will try to keep tabs on some of them and report them here. Not that it’s going to be hard as they tend to “over market and under deliver” to the already stressed mobile worker and shell shocked IT person looking for the holy grail.

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Business Intelligence In Excel 2007

Christian Nordbakk blogged about a new Channel 9 video that shows off the new Excel 2007.

I’m a sucker for slick interfaces and boy did the upcoming Microsoft Excel look fantastic!

If you scroll to ~36:00 minutes into the video, you’ll see some of the robust SharePoint synching that is built right into Excel.

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Office Live Predictions

Daniel McPherson shares his predictions on what he thinks Office Live is going to do:

1) It is going to increase the number of “SharePoint” users dramatically
2) The ecosystem supporting and developing for SharePoint is going to grow dramatically
3) Demonstrates the incredible scalability of the SharePoint platform
4) Will improve the product. Experiences gained from running SharePoint as such a service will be fed back into the core product.

Spot on Daniel. I’d also extend that a bit further by saying that along with the increase in SharePoint users, there is going to be a greater segment of users (mobile salespeople, for example) who’ll have difficulty staying connected to the SharePoint/Office Live server.

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