More theme customisation

A lot of people, when they first get SharePoint, instantly want to make it not look like the out of the box SharePoint. In Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, there are a lot more themes to choose from. When you create a team site, there is a “getting started” web part with some useful links, including…

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Out of the box workflow customisation

MOSS 2007 came with a few out of the box workflows to do tasks which are common in a huge range of organisations. One of these was the approval workflow, provided out of the box because the majority of companies have an approval procedure of some form. This is a very easy to use workflow…

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What’s in a name?

Microsoft are making some changes to the naming of things in SharePoint 2010, the most obvious being the dropping of the word “Office” from the main product name. A rather larger change of name is Windows SharePoint Services becoming SharePoint Foundation. Confusing though this change may be, I think it’s a good one. I’ve seen…

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Multi-stage disposition

I’m continuing my series of posts highlighting some of the new features in SharePoint 2010 by talking about one of the new document management features.   In Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, it’s a lot easier to have document management policies that are broken into stages. In MOSS 2007, if you wanted to have a policy…

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Document Sets

I’m continuing my series of posts highlighting some of the (many) new features which are going to be coming in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.   The content management capabilities of SharePoint have been extended, allowing you to group documents together as a document set. In MOSS 2007, there are quite a lot of useful document management features around…

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Content Ratings

Continuing my series of posts about new features in Microsoft SharePoint 2010, I’d like to talk about content rating. This is a feature that was much demanded in MOSS 2007. So many people wanted it, that the code for content rating was included in the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 community kit. Microsoft listened to…

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Phonetic Search

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 builds on the already strong foundations of MOSS 2007. The capabilities and value of 2007 are carried forwards, but with additional functionality and value added on top. If I were to explain all the things you can do with SharePoint out of the box, I would probably be spending my entire…

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Get Going Now

With the SharePoint Conference this week, Microsoft has begun lifting the shroud of secrecy around the next version of SharePoint, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, due out in the first half of next year. In light of this release of information, I’m expecting to get asked more and more, “Why should we buy SharePoint now? Shouldn’t…

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A brief aside

I’d like to take a brief break from discussion SharePoint and Office to talk about something else which means a lot to me. Last month, the UK government offered a formal apology for the inhumane treatment of Alan Turing. Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician and one of the founders of modern computing. In university,…

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The Housing Analogy

I’d like to share an analogy for SharePoint. Just imagine you’ve bought a new house. That house is SharePoint. The chances are, you will have had some help in the process from the likes of solicitors, estate agents, removals companies and so on. Those guys are the SharePoint partners. Their job is to help you…

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