Windows 8 Tablets Are Live Today

Update 8PM: The developer preview link is live and appears to be working. My 3.8GB download says it will be done in 25 minutes. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/ This news has the potential to change life as a Microsoft oriented Software Developer fairly quickly. Windows 8 Tablets are live, at least 5000 or so given away at Microsoft’s Build Conference. Engadget has one of these Samsung Slate Devices and recorded a video using one: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/windows-8-f​or-tablets-hands-on-preview/ They did a full hands on review of

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Map your tweets with Creepy

Since early 2010, I’ve visited about 10 states and a few different cities in Texas. Do you find it creepy that people can tell that about me from my twitter account? Apparently the author of the program named “Creepy” does based on his name for the app that generated the picture above. Personally, I find it pretty cool that I can map out all the places from which I’ve shared information on twitter. If you’ve attended my Mapping Mashups in

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Some SharePoint Development Machine Options

It’s almost a year after release of SharePoint 2010 and momentum is still building around the platform. If you’ve worked with previous versions, but are just coming around to 2010 today, you’ve got some great options for getting up to speed quickly. If you’re a developer, you probably need more than the average SharePoint professional Do you want to build on bare metal, in VMWare, HyperV or use the cloud? The quickest way anymore is to use cloudshare.com. I’ll make

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User Profile Property and Property Mapping Troubleshooting

Working with a remote server today, I thought it would be helpful to see some information about the User Profile Properties without being able to see the server. Rather than ask the on site administrator for a bunch of screen shots, I decided to use PowerShell and the SharePoint API. The User Profile Store and a Deprecated Method The first sample code I came across used the deprecated method UserProfileConfigManager.GetProperties. Using this carry over from SharePoint 2007, you can still

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SharePoint Conference 2011 is going to Disneyland

I wonder how many people caught the Live Chat on the Microsoft SharePoint Team’s Facebook page today. I missed the chat but noticed in the transcript some interesting details. First of all, Microsoft is renting Disneyland for a SharePoint Conference Party on the Tuesday night of the event. Only makes sense being in Anaheim, right? Other than that, I didn’t see much new in the chat. Eric kind of dodged a question by Rick Taylor about mobile, one about Skype

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SharePoint Development Path from 2007 to 2010

Update 6/2: Jeff Deverter posted a 13 minute interview with me on SharePoint Development recorded before the presentation. Update 7/3: In the video above, Jeff asked when to look for the new updates to the SDK and Friday the SharePoint Product Team announced the 2nd big update since initially publishing the Developer Guidance last July. In the same announcements was a link to the new SharePoint 2010 Development Video Center containing two videos from fellow MCM Vesa Juvonen who is also an MCM Instructor.

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Presenting SharePoint Overview to AITP San Antonio Tonight

I’m excited to be presenting to the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Internet Technology Professionals (AITP) tonight. I love their mission of supporting students through scholarships and student chapters. I will be presenting a quick demo of SharePoint 2010’s new editing features and then Alex Holcombe will follow up with some of his great SharePoint demos from AIS past work. Here are some meeting details from the organizer: The meeting will be at Matamoros Restaurant Y Cantina 12844

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Try SharePoint 2010 in Microsoft’s Cloud for free

Starting today, anyone can request access to Microsoft’s Office 365 Beta tools in cloud. According to the FAQ, everyone who requests access will get it, but there may be a delay based on the expected amount of requests that will come in. All of the services, which include a watered down version of SharePoint Server 2010, will be available for free during the beta period and then transitioned to a 30 day trial at the release date, anticipated sometime this

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SharePoint is My Blog Platform

My friend Jeff recently wrote about something about SharePoint that needs to change on Google and Bing. Autocomplete shows a negative picture of SharePoint when you type SharePoint followed by the word is and then a space. I hope this post will start a trend of positive posts about what “SharePoint is” for many others like us. Let’s change autocomplete! SharePoint is a tool Jeff evangelizes and one that has been my area of technical specialty for since late 2006

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Don’t Miss SharePoint Saturday San Antonio April 2nd

SharePoint Saturday is coming to San Antonio for the second time this Saturday, April 2nd. We’ve already gotten 150 RSVPs and why not? We’ve had a tremendous response from sponsors and speakers. I’ve put some highlights in the slides below and a map to the event below that. Personally, I don’t know what I’m more excited about: The keynote and breakout session from MSDN Regional Director Vishwas Lele covering the future of SharePoint integration with the cloud services from Microsoft.

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