Xbox 360 Avatars in a Content Editor Web Part (using Microsoft Popfly)!

I recently made a nice looking Web Part (shown below) which shows a picture of my Xbox 360 avatar and those of my friends. I used Microsoft Popfly to make it look so great and I thought I’d explain how you could make your own. This is aimed at all those gamers out there!   Stage…

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Free Microsoft Guidance and Software for SharePoint and related technologies…..

If you work in a healthcare organisation, or just want free Microsoft guidance and software to help you create a sophisticated SharePoint environment, the following maybe of interest…..  Microsoft has recently posted lots of Microsoft Healthcare Platform Optimisation (HPO) content here to help organisations configure a desktop and server infrastructure that is easy to manage and will…


How to hide the Quick Launch…

The Quick Launch (a.k.a Current Navigation) is available on SharePoint sites to help users navigate to the appropriate lists, libraries and pages. However, on the rare occasion you are asked to hide the Quick Launch (shown in red) you can follow this post. To hide the Quick Launch: 1.  Open the appropriate page and from the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page. 2.  Add a…

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Integrate IE7 Instant Search with SharePoint Search

A nice way of increasing adoption of SharePoint within your organisation is to make SharePoint Search available from within IE7’s Instant Search Box (as shown below):   When a user enters a search term, clicks SharePoint and presses return, they will be presented with results from your SharePoint Search Center: How to achieve this on…

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Taking SharePoint Files Offline – When to use Outlook 2007, Groove 2007 and/or OneNote 2007

Aim This blog post aims to compare how Outlook 2007, Groove 2007 and OneNote 2007 enable users to take files offline from SharePoint. Hopefully, this will be useful for those who work remotely (away from ‘the office’) but want to view, edit and update documents and/or list items stored in SharePoint without having to use…

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Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint Released!

      Codeplex has recently released the source code for the Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint project —based on the Silverlight Beta 2 release. The Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint provide a way for developers to better understand how to integrate Silverlight applications with SharePoint. Five blueprint samples are provided with the release:   1.       Hello World 2.       Media…

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Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS)

A few weeks ago a Tech Preview of the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) was made available on codeplex. The PKS is a free add-on for SharePoint Server 2007 which allows you to integrate Podcasts with SharePoint. The add-on enables you to:  Find the most relevant content using the five star rating system, tag cloud, search…

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"Cloud Services" = SharePoint Online

I recently came across a new product we are creating called SharePoint Online. As the name suggests, the product is web/cloud based and as a result is excellent for scenarios where you have people working remotely or in different geographic locations. By subscribing to SharePoint Online, Microsoft will host your SharePoint site(s) for you. Amongst other things, this saves…


Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) Released = Enterprise Search Features Available!

The SharePoint team has recently announced the release of an Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297). This update includes Enterprise Search improvements for SharePoint Server 2007. To me, the initial “wow factor” comes from the Federated Search capability and a search administration dashboard. The user interface of both components seemlessly fits into existing installations and can add real…


SharePoint KPI List in Digital Picture Frame!

I have recently seen a very interesting blog post from Edward Wilde who has been able to integrate a SharePoint KPI list with a digital picture frame. This  allows a CxO/Manager to track organisational performance very easily. I think this is a great idea and one which may catch on if developed further. The picture frame works…

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