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This Site Has Moved… January 2, 2006

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blackberry, Blogging, Family, GTD, ITIL, microsoft.com, MindMapping, Office Live, Process, Random Observations, RSS, Technology, Time Management, To Watch, Uncategorized, Windows Live.
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I needed  the flexibility and functionality that running my own installation affords, no matter how good the hosting here at wordpress.com is.  So, please check out my new site for any future posts.  You can also subscribe to the new RSS feed here.


OneNote Mobile November 22, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology.
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OK, so, if the RIM/NTP lawsuit goes in favor of NTP, and RIM actually does have to close down US operations (getting more unlikely, given the recent brief filed in interest by the US DOJ), this might be enough to make me happier about moving to a Windows Mobile device again.

Enter OneNote Mobile. OneNote Mobile is your portable extension to OneNote that you get when you purchase OneNote. You install it on your Windows Mobile SmartPhone (this is semi-automatic so it is low hassle) and you’re good to go. A few weeks ago, David Siedzik, the program manager for OneNote Mobile showed it to the mobile devices MVPs who were on campus and actually got a standing ovation! Read on to find out why.

When we shipped the syncing feature for mobile devices in OneNote 2003SP1, we had a few constraints that limited us to simply one-way sync (device to PC). A big one was that the built-in note applet was not designed with OneNote in mind, so it couldn’t handle our data unless it were “dumbed down” to plain text more or less. We didn’t have dev resources then to build our own SmartPhone client so that limitation wasn’t going away. We also found that most people were interested in the “upload” scenario, although plenty were also interested in bringing their data with them. So we did the relatively cheap thing which let you take notes on your device and see them in OneNote.

OneNote Mobile goes way beyond that. It is a real note taking app for your mobile device. You can take text notes, voice record, or snap them with a camera. It has a cool picture viewer for navigating the image in detail.


  • Two-way sync
  • Note flags
  • Most formatting is transparent between OneNote and OneNote Mobile
  • Image pan and zoom
  • Photo note taking.   Merging the analog and digital worlds in Chris Pratley’s words, and expounded on some here.

No PocketPC version at the moment – there’s several “votes” for that functionality in the comments of the source post, so that may change – you never know.

I’m a satisfied Blackberry user, but I also make a lot of use of OneNote as part of my personal GTD methodology, using OneNote as a primary capture device during meetings, brainstorm sessions, and so forth.  Being able to use it in a mobile fashion…  That’d be useful.

Microsoft – Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) November 22, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology, To Watch.
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Ray Ozzie on the above.

An extension to RSS intended to facilitate the sharing of data between disparate applications, such as calendar data between private, corporate and public calendar objects. Sounds like a better method than iCal at first blush. Be interesting to see what comes of this. The draft spec (0.9) for the extension is here. From the FAQ, this isn’t limited to calendar data though:

Just as RSS enables the aggregation of information from a variety of data sources, SSE enables the replication of information across a variety of data sources. Data sources that implement SSE will be able to exchange data with any other data source that also implements SSE.

From the user’s perspective, this means that you will be able to share your data (such as calendar appointments, contact lists, and favorites) across all of your devices and with anyone else that you choose, regardless of infrastructure or organization.

SSE is particularly useful for scenarios in which there are multiple masters and/or asynchronous updates. For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse—either of you could enter new appointments, even if not currently connected. Similarly, SSE could be used to replicate a set of calendar entries among a group of people, each working in a different company and using different infrastructure.

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Microsoft Windows Desktop Search – Enterprise November 16, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology.
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Announced at the IT Forum, from the press release:

The availability of Windows Desktop Search enabled for enterprise deployment. Windows Desktop Search enables information workers to save time by providing a single search starting point from which people can quickly find relevant information on their PC desktops, in e-mail, on network file shares, or across intranets and the Web.

  • Extending Windows Desktop Search to the enterprise offers IT managers a free enterprise search tool that is integrated with familiar environments such as Windows and Office. IT managers can easily and securely manage, customize and deploy Windows Desktop Search across all the PCs in their enterprise environment using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) or third-party deployment tools.
  • Windows Desktop Search enabled for enterprise deployment delivers on the vision for Windows Live™ by providing the future opportunity to build services on top of the desktop platform.
  • Windows Desktop Search enabled for enterprise deployment is available today free with a purchase of a Windows license.
  • Windows Desktop Search can be integrated with familiar environments such as Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server, other third-party enterprise products.


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Exchange 12 – 64-bit Only November 16, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology.
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From the IT Forum Press Release:

As part of its commitment to 64-bit computing, Microsoft has been delivering products that are optimized for 64-bit, including the newly released SQL Server™ 2005, Visual Studio® 2005 and Virtual Server 2005 R2. To help customers take full advantage of the power of 64-bit computing, products including Microsoft® Exchange Server “12,? Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, Windows Server™ “Longhorn? Small Business Server, and Microsoft’s infrastructure solution for midsize businesses, code-named “Centro,? will be exclusively 64-bit and optimized for x64 hardware. In a future update release to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Server “Longhorn? operating system, code-named Windows Server “Longhorn? R2, customers will see the complete transition to 64-bit-only hardware, while still benefiting from 32-bit and 64-bit application compatibility. For the highest-scale application and database workloads, Windows Server on 64-bit Itanium-based systems will continue to be the premier choice for customers for years to come.

Heads up on the Virtual Server pricing stuff, same source:

As part of its broad strategy to help customers realize the benefits of virtualization and progress toward self-managing dynamic systems, Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM) Virtual Server 2005 R2, which will be available in volume licensing and retail the first week of December. Virtual Server 2005 R2 delivers improved performance, availability and scalability for server consolidation, legacy application migration, disaster recovery, and software testing and development. Microsoft will be offering Virtual Server R2 Standard Edition for $99 (U.S.) estimated retail price and Virtual Server R2 Enterprise Edition for $199 (U.S.) estimated retail price. This new pricing represents Microsoft’s commitment to making server virtualization more accessible to customers at the lowest price point.


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Office Live and Windows Live November 1, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Office Live, Windows Live.
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Written as a “quick response” to a question about the launch of these two services, the below is my initial notes on the above, based on reading an assortment of the blogs out there (noted at the end of this).

  • There is no cost data yet. Office Live won’t be in beta until early next year, for instance.
  • Office Live is supposed to launch in Q1 next year. This is not a replacement for Office – it’s a different type of product (Rahesh Jha).
  • Currently isn’t cross-browser compatible. They’re working on this.
  • Windows Live – will help push RSS out to “the public” quite substantially. Also photo sharing and social networking features – that seems very home-user friendly; not clear yet whether the total focus is meant to be home use.
  • The initial focus of Office Live is the ~28 million worldwide businesses that have less than 10 employees (Tom Warren @ Neowin.Net)
  • Windows Live is a split of MSN, with MSN equalling content such as MSN.com and MSNBC.com. WindowsLive is services, such as Live.com, Mail and Instant Messenger.
  • Michael Gartenberg at Jupiter Research: “There’s been a lot of chatter about how this is a response to Google or how it’s Microsoft being dragged into offering these type of services at the expense of losing it’s traditional market for Office apps. Well, that analysis is all wrong. Microsoft has been planning this for quite some time, long before it would appear as a response to Google or anyone else.
  • These new services recognize the importance of connectivity and the near ubiquitous nature of high speed access but also combine with the richness that you can only get from traditional model. These are not replacements for Office or Windows but extensions of them.?
  • Michael Sampson at Shared Spaces: http://www.shared-spaces.com/blog/2005/11/thoughts_on_win.html. Sample quote “Office Live ain’t about what most people call Office … I know Microsoft is trying to extend the Office brand to all sorts of things, and that’s fine, but Office Live isn’t about Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which is what most people associate with that term. These announcements aren’t an attempt to offer a Web-based office productivity suite, like the much vaunted but yet-to-be-seen Google Office. “
  • Windows Live will be primarily ad supported. Does not kill off MSN.
  • Office Live is “internet based services for growing and managing your business online”. There is an ad supported level, and an additional tier above this that will require subscriptions.
  • Live.com is going to be the new default page for IE7 and Vista.
  • SeattlePI.com – “As currently envisioned, for example, the company said you wouldn’t be able to create a Word document or Excel spreadsheet solely by using the Web browser in Office Live.
  • The company will morph its MSN Messenger instant-messaging and Hotmail e-mail services into “Windows Live” services. MSN exec David Cole said the company will still maintain the MSN.com portal for people who want pre-programmed content.”
  • Ray Ozzie – Windows is completely separate from Windows Live. Interaction through documents only.

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