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Office 2007 Delay? Actually, No.

There has been a lot of confusion over the announcement that Office 2007 would also reschedule its consumer launch date to January 2007 to match that of Vista.  This marketing launch is a different animal than the development and availability date of the Office 2007 product(s).

Microsoft clarifies this with a press release that reads as follows:


Microsoft Confirms Timeline for 2007 Microsoft Office System
Product on track for October RTM.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 24, 2006 — Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. confirmed the timeline for release and availability of its 2007 Microsoft® Office system. The company remains on track to complete work on the 2007 Microsoft Office system in October of this year and is planning to make the product available to the business customers through the volume licensing program in October 2006. Retail and OEM availability of the product are scheduled to coincide with the retail and OEM availability of the Windows Vista™ operating system in January 2007.


It has been stated that Beta 2 will be available in June, and the above press release specifies October as the RTM and bits available date.  Rock on!

CMS 2002 SP2 Released

Stefan got it first – (why am I not surprised?) 

SP2 for CMS 2002 was released today.  This is the bit that enables CMS 2002 to work with the .Net framework 2.0.  it also provides support for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. 

Along with support for .Net framework 2.0, this provides support for .Net navigation providers, master pages, etc.  Great stuff.  Service pack SP1a is required for the installation of SP2.

Stefan has a number of great articles in regards to MCMS 2002 and ASP.Net v2.0

   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out now!
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out – Now even in Authoring Mode!

More articles on this topic can be found here:

   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – a first look
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – The easy way to site navigation
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out now!
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Master Pages
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Web Parts
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – glitches with navigation controls when switching between modes
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – glitches with themes
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – Try it out – Now even in Authoring Mode!
   – ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS – creating a custom membership provider for MCMS

 The above were all written prior to the release of CMS 2002 SP2, so alterations maybe necessary.

Down Under MVP

I had dinner earlier this week with a CMS MVP from Australia, Angus Logan (blog), and I had a great time.  Angus is a bright guy who does a lot of CMS work for the consulting company that he works for.  He was in Redmond attending a couple of conferences and other trainings, and apparently I was one stop on his world tour.  Thanks, Angus, for taking the time.

Wrapping up July

What a great month July was.  I was away with the family for the past two weeks, and a lot has happened.  I missed the BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1 release and the Windows Vista Beta 1 release.  Wow.  Hopefully, it won’t take me too long to catch up on email so that I can play with these bits. 

It was a great vacation.  We took the long way to a family reunion, and spent a couple of days at each tour stop.  Newport, Oregon (the Oregon beach), the Redwood Forests (camping in Grizzly Creek State Park – apparently, this is where the ewok and speeder scenes of the forest moon of Endor were shot…?), San Francisco, Las Vegas, and then Fremont, UT for the reunion.  Lots of driving.  You learn a lot about the members of your family on a trip like this!  (It was all good!)

My role at Microsoft is changing slightly with the new season.  I’m going to focus more on Content Management Server and the Sharepoint products and lessen my emphasis on BizTalk Server.  We will be hiring a BizTalk specialist for the Pacwest District.  I kind of had to make a choice between BizTalk and content management and portals, and I chose the portal path.  I am looking forward to it.  I think that my experience with BizTalk and Indigo and Web Services, combined with the upcoming Office 12, will help my customers enjoy some incredible portal functionality.

It’s good to be back.  See you around!

TechEd 2005 Sessions and Slides

Even while sitting at Gnomedex, (on a Saturday), I have to keep up with my day job.  This looks like a great way to view the slides and watch the sessions from Tech-Ed 2005 a month ago.  http://microsoft.sitestream.com/teched2005/  

Tech-Ed Sweetness…  (Find the BizTalk Stuff in the “Connected Systems” track)…

Update: This site now requires a password – so it is now for attendees only.  (Which I wasn’t this year…  Shucks).

Tech-Ed Announcements

The Tech-Ed Keynote address on June 7 announced that Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 will RTM (Release to Manufacturing) on November 7, 2005. 

I found Andrew Connell’s blog today.  Andrew is attending Tech-Ed and has a couple of categories on his blog for MCMS and SPS.  He’s a MCMS MVP, as well. 

Andrew writes that MCMS SP2 was announced today at TechEd.  This will ship shortly after Visual Studio 2005 and will add support .Net v2.0 to MCMS 2002. 

MSFT RSS-Enabled KB Announcements

Microsoft is now publishing RSS Feeds for recently published KB articles for each of its products.  See the complete list here.

Some of the more important and significant products that you might want to take note of…


MSFT Training in the Northwest

I received the latest training calendar from NetDesk in the mail today… 
The best classes on their schedule are the following…

  • BizTalk Server 2004 (course 2157)  April 4-8, 2005
  • Commerce Server 2002 (course 2729)  March 21-24, 2005
  • Content Management Server 2002 (course 2730)  May 2-5

<equal time>  Any training vendors or independent trainers that have similar course targeted towards the Pacific Northwest states, please let me know, and I will post accordingly.</equal time>

<subliminal>get trained… get trained…</subliminal>

MIT Open Courseware Site

What an incredible concept…  MIT, which can cost $40K annually, is giving away their content…  whazzup with that?  It’s a great story.  CNN has picked it up, and produced a story about it. 

Check out the streaming video file of the CNN program on the MIT OCW Web site. These videos are in Real Player format at speeds of (220K) (80K) (56K). The videos are also highlighted on the MIT OCW homepage, and on the MIT OCW Media Coverage page.
Look at the sheer volume of courses and pages and mixed media types and binary files that are part of this site.  It’s not one of the largest content based sites onthe web, but it is a fun and creative one that is also extremely usable.  And, it’s powered by Microsoft Content Management Server 2002…
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