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Microsoft Announces Office 15 Technical Preview

One of my colleagues pointed out an interesting post over at the Microsoft Office blog. I believe this is one of Microsoft’s first public comments on the next version of Office which will include SharePoint. Although there is not much detail on what is in the new product in terms of features,

“I’m not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before.”

I think the interesting thing here is that for the first time Microsoft has publicly mentioned a timeline for the public beta, 

“everyone will have the opportunity to try the Office 15 public beta later this summer”

sounds like it’s going to be an exciting summer for SharePoint!


SharePoint 2010 and iPad support

There was an interesting update to technet recently describing how iPad support has been improved in  SharePoint 2010 for viewing reports and scorecards. This is one of the first articles i’ve seen from microsoft that mentions the iPad specifically and could indicate further improvements in the future. We have seen more and more customers looking at accessing their SharePoint portals and content from the iPad and other tablets. Oftentimes we have to customize the branding or integrate with an application on the iPad to get all the functionality to work properly. 

To take advantage of this new support you will need the December 2011 Cumulative Updates installed as well as iOS 5 on the iPad you are using to access the site.

SharePoint 2010 on the iPad actually works pretty well for most functions and can even be used to edit excel documents using the office web apps (there still seems to be issues with word and powerpoint).

Have you used your SharePoint site on the iPad yet? What issues have you ran into?

Extranet Webinar next week

Next Tuesday, January 24, I’ll be presenting the first in a series of webinars on the use of SharePoint outside your firewall. We are going to focus on some of the common areas of consideration I’ve been asked about when deploying extranets on SharePoint. These will be presented in the context of several scenarios including: remote employee access, partner collaboration, and customer collaboration. So if you’re thinking about deploying an extranet or already have and just looking at expanding its use please join us.

Register Here