Thinking of using SharePoint for extranet collaboration? Contact me!

We are looking for beta participants for my current project, a set of guidance and tools that makes it easier to collaborate with people outside the firewall using SharePoint.  If you are thinking about extranet collaboration, please get in touch by using the email link above.  I’d love to discuss this with you and give…

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Help us develop a new Solution Accelerator focused on Secure Collaboration

Employees need to share documents with individuals from other companies, such as partners and suppliers. These documents often contain sensitive information that needs to be kept safe and secure. Microsoft SharePoint products deliver the document collaboration capabilities, but many IT departments have been reluctant to use a SharePoint infrastructure with external parties because of concerns…

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And then the rains came…

It’s 5:30pm on Wednesday and it’s been pouring down rain for the past 2 hours or so.  This was bound to happen; after all, this is Florida!  I’m hopeful that we’re getting this stuff out of the way so that we’ll have nice weather for the attendee party.

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Successful side meeting today

Today I conducted what I would characterize as a very successful side meeting at the Peobody hotel.  The side meeting was focused on secure collaboration, and ran about 2 hours. We got about 60% of the RSVPs that attended which seems to be about par for the course. Generally speaking, the things we were thinking…

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Announcing the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

I am happy to announce that the we have released the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs.  This solution accelerator is designed to help you understand the encryption options that Microsoft provides that can help protect laptop data (BitLocker and Encrypting File System), and then deploy and operate the selected technologies.  The DET includes a…

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Coolest device of the show (so far?)

On the way to lunch today, I was approached by someone with a small black device just a bit too large to fit in your shirt pocket.  It turns out that it is an OQO, a device she billed as “the smallest Vista PC in the world”.  This thing was pretty amazing, featuring 1GB of RAM…

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What I learned Day 1

I managed to attend a few sessions yesterday.  One was a session on ADFS “2”.  The speaker talked about how the new version of ADFS integrates with CardSpace and showed an interesting demo.  Having spent some time in a past job looking at SAML, this was fairly familiar.  On the other hand, I was never…

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General impressions: Tech Ed Day 1

Well, Day 1 is in the can and I’ve got some general impressions: The convention center is more spacious than Boston, so it seems like everyone has a bit more room.  On the downside, that could mean more walking… It seems like it is easier to get to the breakout sessions this year than last. …

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Chalk talk completed…

The first thing I had to do at Tech Ed this year was a chalk talk on the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs that I just finished.  The session was pretty heavily attended, with all chairs filled and lots of folks sitting on the sides and standing in the back.  Basically, I talked about…

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What’s a PM do to unwind?

I consider myself a pretty typical PM, and like most PMs at Microsoft, I like to unwind by playing bass drum in a bagpipe band.  You can see me doing just that with my band, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, in this photo.

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