Showing posts with label SharePoint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SharePoint. Show all posts

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Explore SharePoint 2013" eBook (Not a market-book, but complication of TechNet articles)

Microsoft Downloads - Downloadable eBook: Explore SharePoint 2013

Download this free eBook to learn more about what's new in SharePoint 2013.

Version: Mar2014

Date Published: 3/28/2014

Explore-SharePoint-2013.doc, 4.2 MB

Explore-SharePoint-2013.epub, 247 KB

Explore-SharePoint-2013.mobi, 354 KB

Explore-SharePoint-2013.pdf, 1,018 KB

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Abstract
This book provides information about what's new in SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who want to know more about SharePoint 2013.

The content in this book is a copy of selected content in the SharePoint 2013 technical library as of the publication date. For the most current content, see the technical library on the web.

 

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If you're trying to sell an internal upgrade, this free eBook might come in handy.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Microsoft Open Specifications Posters v2 released (Think "Wow, that's allot of spec's" Posters)

Microsoft Downloads - Open Specifications Posters

The Open Specifications Posters (PDF format) make it easy for interoperability developers to explore the Open Specifications overview documents for Office client, Lync, SharePoint, Office file formats, Exchange Server, SQL Server, and Windows.

Version: 5.0

Date Published: 2/21/2014

ExchangeOpenSpecPoster.pdf, 556 KB

MicrosoftOpenSpecPoster - Accessiblility Version.pdf, 336 KB

OfficeLyncOpenSpecPoster.pdf, 669 KB

SharePointOpenSpecPoster.pdf, 606 KB

SQLOpenSpecPoster.pdf, 1,011 KB

WindowsOpenSpecPoster.pdf, 1.0 MB

The Open Specifications Posters (PDF format) make it easy for interoperability developers to explore the Open Specifications overview documents for Office client, Lync, SharePoint, Office file formats, Exchange Server, SQL Server, and Windows. The posters display, by functional area, the protocols, file formats, and related technologies, as described in each overview document. A high-contrast poster is also provided for those with visual accessibility needs that contains listings for all functional areas .

Some cube art to help when you get visited by the "Microsoft is closed and the devil" guy (I know you know that guy...)

Here's a snap of the Windows PDF;

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Related Past Post XRef:
Office/Exchange File Format,Specification and Protocol Documentation refreshed
Microsoft Format and Specification Documentation 0712 Refresh (Think Office 2013 CP update). Oh and some SharePoint Doc's too
Microsoft Format and Specification Documentation Refresh ("Significantly changed technical content") [Updated: Includes updates for Office 15 Technical Preview ]
Microsoft Office File Formats and Microsoft Office Protocols Documentation Refreshed
Microsoft Office File Formats and Protocols documentation updated for Office 2010 (Think “Now with added ‘X’ flavor… DocX, PptX, XlsX, etc”)

Microsoft Open Specifications Poster

XAML Language Specification (as in the in the full XAML, WPF and Silverlight XAML Specs)

"Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability Documentation"

MS-PST file format specification released. Yep, the full and complete specification for Outlook PST’s is now just a download away.
Microsoft Office (DOC, XLS, PPT) Binary File Format Specifications Released – We’re talking the full technical specification… (The [MS-DOC].pdf alone is 553 pages of very dense specification information)
DOC, XLS and PPT Binary File Format Specifications Released (plus WMF, Windows Compound File [aka OLE 2.0 Structured Storage] and Ink Serialized Format Specifications and Translator to XML news)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A test lab to play with eDiscovery across Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and Windows Server 2012 file shares

Microsoft Downloads - Test Lab Guide: Configure eDiscovery for an Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and Windows File Shares Test Lab

Use these step-by-step instructions to configure eDiscovery across Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and Windows Server 2012 file shares. 

Version: 1.0

Date Published: 11/18/2013

eDiscoveryTLG.doc, 250 KB

eDiscoveryTLG.pdf, 531 KB

Some snaps and snips from the Doc;

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In this guide

This guide takes you through configuring an eDiscovery solution. This solution uses SharePoint Server 2013 Search Service to crawl SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Windows file shares for items that may be relevant to ongoing litigation. You’ll be doing this by using the five server computers and two client computers configured with server-to-server authentication from the Configure an Integrated Exchange, Lync and SharePoint test lab. You can view the Configure an Integrated Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint Test Lab overview video to help you get started.

Important

This TLG uses multiple virtual machines (VMs) to illustrate the separation of services and distribution of roles in the eDiscovery solution. In consideration of resource limitations though, the number of VMs used is kept to a minimum. The architecture that’s presented here is for test lab purposes only and should not be used in production. To see production scale architectures and sample topologies refer to:

· Technical diagrams for SharePoint 2013

· Exchange 2013 Planning and Deployment

· Lync 2013 Planning

For information about how to configure this test lab in Hyper-V, see Hosting the integrated Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint test lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

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Test lab overview

In this test lab, integrated functionality is deployed by using the following:

· One computer running Windows Server® 2012 named DC1 that is configured as an intranet domain controller, Domain Name System (DNS) server, and DHCP server.

· One intranet member server running Windows Server 2012 named SQL1 that is configured as a SQL database server and enterprise root certification server.

· One intranet member server running Windows Server 2012 named SP1 that is configured as a SharePoint Server 2013 web server, an enterprise root certification authority and with Windows file shares.

· One intranet member server running Windows Server 2012 named EX1 that is configured as the Exchange Server 2013 email server.

· One intranet member server running Windows Server 2012 named LYNC1 that is configured as the Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition server.

· One member client computer running Windows 8 named CLIENT1.

· One member client computer running Windows 8 named CLIENT2.

The integrated test lab consists of a single subnet named Corpnet (10.0.0.0/24) that simulates a private intranet. Computers on the Corpnet subnet connect by using a hub or switch. See the following figure.

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Had to highlight this as it's in my day job business sphere... I don't know if/when corps will start using something like this, as apposed to the current commonly used "vaults" but it's good to see Microsoft starting to get into this space.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

How do the Microsoft Office Servers Integrate? Here's a high level look....

Microsoft Downloads - Feature Integration Across Microsoft Office Products

Illustrations for cross-server features: This multi-tab file includes descriptions and architecture illustrations for features that work across Microsoft Office server products. (Exchange Server, Lync Server, SharePoint Server) 

Version: 1.2

Date Published: 10/7/2013

SPEL_FeatureIntegration.vsd, 6.0 MB

SPEL_FeatureIntegration.pdf, 799 KB

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I thought this kind of neat, seeing how these different server products integrate and leverage the different server features (and wonder at the possible pain troubleshooting it if something goes wonky...)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

DebugDiag v2 is now out...

Debug Diagnostic Tool - DebugDiag 2.0 is now RTW

The DebugDiag development team is very excited to announce the general availability of DebugDiag 2.0. The long waited DebugDiag 2.0 comes now with the new analysis engine fully converted to .NET to allow for faster analysis rule development. The tool comes also with a number of new features in the Collection and Analysis modules such as .NET 4.5 support, CLRMD integration, C# and XAML sample rules, Detailed 1st chance exception logging …etc.

The Debug Diagnostic Tool is a tool designed to help troubleshoot performance issues with Internet Information Services (IIS). Even though the tool was designed with troubleshooting IIS in mind it can be used to identify performance issues for any process...

Microsoft Downloads - Debug Diagnostic Tool v2.0

The Debug Diagnostic Tool (DebugDiag) is designed to assist in troubleshooting issues such as hangs, slow performance, memory leaks or fragmentation, and crashes in any user-mode process. The tool includes built-in analysis rules focused on Internet Information Services (IIS) applications, web data access components, COM+, SharePoint and related Microsoft technologies

Version: 2.0

Date Published: 10/2/2013

DebugDiagx64.msi, 21.4 MB

DebugDiagx86.msi, 16.6 MB

Debugdiag 2.0 introduces a new analysis engine host with built-in reporting framework that can be accessed from .NET. This new analysis engine simplifies analysis rule development in .NET.

  • DebugDiag 1.0 released as part of the IIS Diagnostic Toolkit and as a standalone tool (x86 only).
  • DebugDiag 1.1 released as a standalone tool only (x86 and limited x64 support).
  • DebugDiag 1.2 released as a standalone tool only (x86 and full x64 support).


DebugDiag is composed of two main modules: Collection and Analysis


Collection Module:
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The collection module is composed of three main components: The Debugging service, the debugger host and the user interface. It is the base install component of the tool.

  1. Debugging service: DbgSvc.exe. The Debugging Service performs the following tasks:  ...
  2. Debugger Host : DbgHost.exe. The Debugger Host hosts the Windows Symbolic Debugger Engine (dbgeng.dll) to attach to processes and generate memory dumps. Dbghost.exe has no dependency on the service “DbgSvc.exe” and can be used separately.
  3. User Interface: DebugDiag.Collection.exe. The User Interface allows generation of control scripts, manual dump generation, displaying of rules status…etc. It is composed of two views: ...

Analysis Module
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The analysis module is selected by default in a typical install; however, you can deselect the feature if not needed. The analysis module requires .NET 4.0 installed on the system.

  1. Analysis Engine: dbglib.dll, DebugDiag.DotNet.dll The analysis engine loads in the Analysis UI. It uses the Windows Symbolic Debugger Engine (dbgeng.dll) to access userdump data. It exposes this data via a rich API set that you can call from .NET code.
  2. Analysis UI: DebugDiag.Analysis.exe The analysis UI is a .NET 4.0 executable that allows you to runs selected "Analysis Rules" against one or more memory dumps. ...
  3. Rule Builder: DebugDiag.RuleBuilder.exe The Rule builder UI is a .net 4.0 Workflow application that allows you to create simple workflow analysis rules...

This is one of those items that I don't need today, but know that I will need in the future and won't be able to remember where I saw it. That and I think it sounds kind of cool... :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

App Dev Training updated for SharePoint/Office 2013 (Now with a Windows App too)

Apps for Office and SharePoint blog - Now available: Refresh of Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 developer training

The developer training for Office and SharePoint 2013 now contains updated information about new features and capabilities for Office and SharePoint developers. In this post, learn about the 20 training modules, meet the presenters, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

We are excited to announce a refreshed version of the developer training materials for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 to help administrators, architects, and developers learn about new developer capabilities. The developer training package is publicly available from the Apps for Office and SharePoint Dev Center to help you get started building apps for Office and SharePoint today.

What was released?

The original training package released at Preview in July 2012 contained in-depth developer training content for many new features in Office and SharePoint. This version refreshes the previously released training package and provides updated materials to match the release-to-market (RTM) version of Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013. All videos are instructor-led and include slide shows. Most videos contain at least one demo that shows the concepts in detail.

The developer training package includes:

  • 56 videos
  • Over 20 hours of video instruction

The material is separated into the following 20 modules. Each module contains one or more videos lasting anywhere from five minutes to an hour.

  • Introduction to Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 development
  • Develop apps for Office 2013
  • Create document-based apps for Office 2013
  • Create mail apps for Outlook 2013
  • SharePoint 2013 app model for developers
  • SharePoint 2013 developer tools
  • Create SharePoint-hosted apps in SharePoint 2013
  • Create cloud-hosted apps for SharePoint 2013
  • SharePoint 2013 client object model (CSOM) and REST APIs
  • OAuth and application identity in SharePoint 2013
  • Develop SharePoint 2013 remote event receivers
  • Workflow changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  • Business Connectivity Services changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Search features and changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Enterprise content management changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Social features in SharePoint 2013
  • Office Services in SharePoint 2013
  • Create mobile apps for SharePoint 2013
  • Project 2013 training for developers
  • Create apps with Access Services 2013

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Developer training | apps for Office and SharePoint

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  • Module 1: Introduction to Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 development
  • Module 2: Develop apps for Office 2013
  • Module 3: Create document-based apps for Office 2013
  • Module 4: Create mail apps for Outlook 2013
  • Module 5: SharePoint 2013 app model for developers
  • Module 6: SharePoint 2013 developer tools
  • Module 7: Create hosted apps in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 8: Create cloud-hosted apps for SharePoint 2013
  • Module 9: SharePoint 2013 client object model (CSOM) and REST APIs
  • Module 10: OAuth and application identity in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 11: Develop SharePoint 2013 remote event receivers
  • Module 12: Workflow changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 13: Business connectivity services changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 14: Search features and changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 15: Enterprise content management changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 16: Social features in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 17: Office services in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 18: Create mobile apps for SharePoint 2013
  • Module 19: Project Professional 2013 training for developers
  • Module 20: Create apps with Access Services 2013

Apps for Office and SharePoint Developer Training

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Description

This app allows you to view the MSDN training videos on developing apps for Office and SharePoint and store your progress as you work through the entire course. Stop viewing any video in any module, and you can return later.
Orange dots indicate partial progress through a module, and green dots indicate completed modules.

Release 2: Updated video player supports closed captioning and full-screen view. Assorted UI and bug fixes.

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Office 2013 is starting to pick up a little steam as is its new app dev model. Given that Office 365 is also doing well, I think now's the time to get looking at this...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

“Productivity Hub SP1” = Office 2007/2010 Module of training and doc's for SharePoint 2010 (Think Plug in Module, Play lots of Training)

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - DOWNLOAD: “Productivity Hub SP1” – Installable Training Module for SharePoint Server 2010

The “Productivity Hub” is a free, downloadable module that plugs into SharePoint Server 2010. (Note: There’s also a version that plugs into SharePoint Server 2007) 

It is essentially a massive 2GB+ self-service training web site that provides end users with a place to review training & quick reference content for each of the major Office & Windows products – including Windows 7 & Internet Explorer 9.  It provides video training, documentation, as well as Q&A areas featuring “coaches” that a company can designate within your org to help other people. 

What makes it unique is that the site is completely extensible by mere mortals.  Customers that use Productivity Hub can create new areas for, say, Adobe Acrobat… or Box… or whatever 3rd party application you’d like to provide self-services support for, and publish your own documentation, videos, etc.

There is a demo site for you to peruse to see what the Productivity Hub looks like on your own.  The location of where to download all the content packages for Productivity Hub are also listed below:...

Productivity Hub 2010 SP1

Version: 2010 SP1

Date Published: 3/18/2013

ContentPack2010SP1-1.exe, 460.0 MB
ContentPack2010SP1-2.exe, 441.4 MB
ContentPack2010SP1-3.exe, 470.4 MB
ContentPack2010SP1-4.exe, 718.8 MB
CoreInstall2010SP1.exe, 14.0 MB

Microsoft has developed the Productivity Hub to help support your ongoing end user training efforts.

The Hub is a SharePoint Server site collection that serves as a learning community and is fully customizable. It provides a central place for your training efforts, and includes training content from Microsoft’s core products. Microsoft also provides ongoing and updated content packs.

The Hub uses SharePoint Server’s social networking capabilities, such as blogs and discussion groups. In addition, it offers the Coach program, a change management feature to help you train end users to self-help, reducing the burden on your training and IT staff. The Coach program impacts productivity in a collaborative and positive way.

The 2010 SP1 version of the Productivity Hub includes a quiz feature, a section called ‘Get it Done’ that offers training for tasks such as email management and collaboration, and also features Silverlight. However, instructions are also provided to use non-Silverlight web parts, if needed.

What the Productivity Hub is:

  • Format: Pre-loaded SharePoint site collection, optimized for Web 2.0 functionality and easily deployed within SharePoint 2010 SP1 environment
  • Content: Convenient end user productivity training in a variety of formats (documents, videos, podcasts, etc.). Receive free periodic updates of content that you will learn about through the Productivity blog.
  • Blog: The Productivity blog offers tips and tricks for end user productivity. Use it as is, or your training staff can use the posts as their own to help them get started in running an internal blog.
  • Train the trainer: Includes IT/Manager section to aid with deployment of the site collection, and guidance to develop the Coach program
  • Products: Office (2007 & 2010), SharePoint (2007 & 2010), Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Project (2007 & 2010), Visio (2007 & 2010), Publisher (2007 & 2010), Live Meeting 2007, Communicator 2007, Groove 2007 and Lync 2010 You can also download additional content packages that expand the training materials you can make available through the Hub.

 

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One set of downloads, bunches of training free training for your users. I mean, come on, it's free and will make you a training doc's hero! Your users will throw flowers in front of you as you walk by, name their first born after you... okay, okay, maybe I exaggerate a little :)

Anyway, Keeping my eyes open for the Office 2013 version...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Turn your intranet into a training “Productivity Hub” – A SharePoint site collection prefilled with Microsoft Office and SharePoint training materials (optional reg-ware)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Eric triple downs on his Free Microsoft eBook List... (Windows, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Office, Azure and More)

Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager - Eric Ligman - Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: Office, Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Web Development, Windows, Windows Azure, and Windows Server

Last summer I put up a post that offered a collection of free Microsoft eBooks across a variety of topics and the response was incredible. Because of the phenomenal response, I followed it up with a second post that contained another set of free eBooks for people to download. After these posts went live, over 1,000,000 free eBooks were downloaded by people around the world!

Well, I thought I would once again put together another new collection of absolutely FREE Microsoft eBooks for all of you to access and download to use in your quest for information, resources, knowledge, etc. As with the past collections, these eBooks are completely FREE, they are not time-bombed, there is no catch, and yes, please let your friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else that you think would benefit from these know that they are available here and to come download the ones they are interested in. I’d love to give away another 1,000,000 free eBooks again this round, so spread the word and please enjoy these resources from Microsoft to you.

  • Office & Office 365
  • SharePoint
  • SQL Server
  • System Center
  • Visual Studio
  • Web Development
  • Windows
  • Windows Azure
  • Windows Server

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Should be enough to keep you busy as you lay on the beach this summer?

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Eric's done it again... ANOTHER large collection of free eBooks and Resource Kits
A Microsoft eBook Bonanza - Office, SQL Server, Development, WinPhone, Career and more
Microsoft Technologies E-Book Gallery (TechNet Wiki)

Friday, April 12, 2013

What do Fiddler, LinqPad, Excel and SharePoint have in common? Testing and consuming OData of course!

.Net Curry - Testing and Consuming OData Services using Fiddler, LinqPad, Excel and SharePoint

Abstract: Consume and test OData Services by using different tools like Fiddler, LINQPAD, EXCEL, and SharePoint Server 2013 Excel Services OData.

In this article, we will take a closer look on the different tools we can use for Consuming and Testing OData Services. We will look at Fiddler, LINQPAD, EXCEL, and SharePoint Server 2013 Excel Services OData.

A couple of days ago, I demonstrated how to Perform CRUD Operations using OData Services in .NET. If you have not gone through the article, you can take a quick peek at it to understand how OData works. OData (Open Data Protocol) is a web protocol for performing CRUD operations which is built upon web technologies like HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to the data to various applications, services and stores. Today we’ll see how we can use some tools and products available to test and consume OData services.

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I really liked the mix of things shown and used in this post. How can you go wrong with Fiddler and LinqPad in the same post! (Let alone with OData goodness...)

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Office Web Apps Server isn't just for SharePoint... Can you say "WOPI" (Web application Open Platform Interface)?

Microsoft Office SharePoint and related - Office Web Apps Server - use it not only with SharePoint 2013 to access documents

With SharePoint 2013 the server part to edit/view Office documents with the browser is now a separate product and needs to be also installed separately. Therefore why not use this new server to show office documents from other sources?

We are using WOPI (Web Application Open Platform Interface) so that SharePoint 2013 and OWAS 2013 can communicate. A colleague wrote a great article what you need to know to implement WOPI into your own Web Application.

Office Developer Blog - Introducing WOPI

This blog post describes how to create a custom WOPI host.  A WOPI host is document storage location that can connect to Office Web Apps Server to open Office documents in the browser.  When the WOPI host is configured to use Office Web Apps Server, users are able to view and edit documents stored on the WOPI host by using Office Web Apps. Tyler Butler, Program Manager, Office Shared Experiences team, authored today’s post.

One of the great things about the Office Web Apps is that they let people work with their documents anywhere, on any computer. It turns out that there are lots of documents in lots of different places. For example, consider Outlook.com, or more generally, web-based email. You probably get documents sent to you via email every so often, and you probably want to open those documents to read them. One option is to download the file and open it in an application on your local computer. But if you're really just wanting to quickly check out the contents of the document, wouldn't it be easier if you could just click the document and have it open immediately in the browser? Wouldn't it be cool if that worked regardless of what software you had installed on your local computer? It could work when you're traveling and using an internet cafe computer, when you're using a friend's computer, or when you're at a conference and using a shared computer there.

With the most recent release of the Office Web Apps, developers can enable such scenarios in their apps directly by implementing the Web Application Open Platform Interface (WOPI). WOPI provides web-based services a way to view and edit documents in the Office Web Apps, with all the high-fidelity and richness that you expect from an Office document. While email attachments are a great example, there are plenty of other places where documents are used on the web -- bank statements, file-synchronization services like SkyDrive and Dropbox, etc. -- and there are compelling ways developers can leverage WOPI to treat those documents as something more than just a file that users download.

So if you’re a developer, this post is for you. Simply put, WOPI is the glue that connects the web apps to your documents, and it's an interface that you can implement yourself -- to dazzling effect. In this post series I'll talk about what WOPI is, walk through the basics of implementing it, and show you an example implementation.

In addition to this post, WOPI is documented in the [MS-WOPI] protocol document. That document is the authoritative documentation on the interface.

Fundamentals

To better understand what WOPI is conceptually, consider this: Have you ever opened a document on your computer by double-clicking the file and watch it open in Word? When you did that, you signaled the operating system that you wanted to open the file, so the OS figured out what application was associated with that file type, then passed the file over to the application to handle. That's a very basic description of the process, but conceptually that's what happens.

WOPI provides similar semantics for web applications, but the web is a little different than your local hard drive, so the process of opening the file is also a little different. In my simplified example above, the document was stored on your hard drive, and the operating system handled passing the file off to the application to open. In the scenarios for which WOPI was designed, though, the document is stored somewhere on the web. We call those document storage locations WOPI hosts or WOPI servers. This term will become a little clearer in just a moment, but think of a WOPI host as a service like SkyDrive. It's a place where you can put your documents or other files and make them accessible on the web.

If a WOPI host is a place where your files are stored, then what about the actual applications that open those files? We unsurprisingly call those WOPI applications or WOPI clients; the Word/Excel/PowerPoint/OneNote web apps are all examples of WOPI applications. These applications support various different actions, such as view or edit, and these actions can apply to different file types.

Going back to my original example of the document on your hard drive, the WOPI host is kind of like the hard drive -- but a little smarter. It stores the documents. The WOPI application is the app capable of performing an action -- doing something, in other words -- on those files, and WOPI is the interface that those two entities use to talk to one another. If you're a service or application that stores documents, then you can implement WOPI, making yourself a WOPI host, and WOPI applications such as the Office Web Apps can then consume the documents you're storing. Pretty compelling, huh? The rest of this post will go into the details of the interface.

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Interesting and cool that it's documented in detail (in my mind, a 59 page PDF for something like this equals detailed documentation ;)

In thinking about this, this could be pretty wow. Imagine you're an app provider/host (like say in the eDiscovery space...) and want to provide very high fidelity views of Office doc's, without the user having to download the file and open it locally, without requiring a plug-in or third party component. Where the file and service is under your control, all private cloud stuff, and neither is hosted in SharePoint.... I think WOPI fits this bill... hum... Must research this.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Data + documents + business process + SharePoint = SharePoint Composite Handbook

Microsoft Downloads - SharePoint Composite Handbook

A SharePoint Composite combines data, documents, and business process in a useful, productive way by assembling, connecting, and configuring the basic building blocks of functionality available in SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Office 2013 so you can rapidly create business solutions.

Version: 1
Date published: 12/13/2012

Language: English

SharePoint Composites V2.docx, 4.0 MB

SharePoint Composites V2.pdf, 4.9 MB

The SharePoint Composite Handbook is intended for:

  • Information workers, who want to create simple-to-develop, no-code solutions so they can rapidly respond to business needs.
  • IT Technical staff, who want to develop solutions and prototypes with little or no code.
  • Decision makers, who want to understand the benefits of SharePoint Composites for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Anyone, who wants to dramatically improve business productivity and become more agile in the workplace.
Highlights include the following:
  • An in-depth overview of all pertinent SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 features, products, and components.
  • Guidance on how to design a practical solution with little or no code.
  • A comprehensive description of approximately 20 basic design patterns.

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Part I: SharePoint Composite Fundamentals

What is a SharePoint Composite?

Your organization has chosen and deployed Microsoft SharePoint Products 2013, and you’re on a mission to use and evangelize its many benefits. As you promote and adopt SharePoint Products 2013 throughout your business, you find the need to help users change old habits. Instead of storing files in network or e-mail folders, you gradually move them to SharePoint libraries for central management. Instead of routing documents in e-mail, you send links so that all users see the same and latest copy of the file in a shared library. Instead of attaching a spreadsheet of tables in e-mail, you use a list and list views to easily share and update the same data. Instead of manually performing routine business processes, you are using workflows to streamline regular tasks. Gradually, you are moving key project, content, and process information from individual e-mail accounts, personal computers, network drives, and sticky notes to SharePoint Products 2013 so that your teams and business can collaborate much more effectively.

But, is there more? Yes there is, and it’s called SharePoint Composites.

SharePoint Composites enable you to rapidly create solutions by assembling, connecting, and configuring the basic building blocks of functionality available in SharePoint Products 2013, and in many cases, Microsoft Office 2013. A SharePoint Composite combines data, documents, and business process in a useful, productive way.

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If you've got SharePoint you might as well leverage it for all it's worth, right?

Friday, December 07, 2012

VS2012 Update 1 ALM VM and HOL / Demo Scripts now available

Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog - Visual Studio 2012 ALM Virtual Machine with Update 1 and hands-on-labs / demo scripts now available

For anybody looking for training on the Microsoft Application Lifecycle tools one of the absolute best resources is Brian Keller’s ALM virtual machine.  Full details about the virtual machine can be found here:

http://aka.ms/vs11almvm

The Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 ALM virtual machine and 21 hands-on-labs / demo scripts are now available for download.

All of the existing hands-on-labs / demo scripts were updated to reflect UI and workflow changes included in Update 1.

One entirely new lab / demo script was created focusing on new ALM tooling for SharePoint 2010 developers and testers.

Finally, two existing labs / demo scripts were enhanced to include exercises based on new capabilities included with Update 1.

The new and updated labs / demo scripts are referenced in the table of scenarios listed on the download page.

The entire list of labs below:

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Brian Keller - Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

December 6, 2012 Update: This virtual machine and corresponding hands-on-labs / demo scripts have been upgraded to use Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. One new lab was added, focusing on diagnosing and testing SharePoint 2010 applications with the new ALM tools available in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. All other labs were revised slightly based on Update 1, with two labs gaining new exercises which demonstrate Update 1 capabilities. New and updated labs are listed in the table below.

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So get those downloads downloading... :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
The VS 2012 ALM Virtual Machine and VS 2012 Update 1 (In short, there's an updated VM coming, don't install it on this VM if you don't have too)
The big BK has updated the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs

VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form
Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Because we've not had enough free eBooks recently... "Downloadable eBook: Explore SharePoint 2013"

Microsoft Downloads - Downloadable eBook: Explore SharePoint 2013

Download this free eBook to learn more about what's new in SharePoint 2013.

Version:1
Date published: 10/23/2012

Language:English

Explore-SharePoint-2013.doc, 4.2 MB
Explore-SharePoint-2013.epub, 247 KB
Explore-SharePoint-2013.mobi, 371 KB
Explore-SharePoint-2013.pdf, 1.2 MB

If SharePoint is your thing, but you've not kept up on all that's coming in SharePoint 2013, this free 81 page document might be just the thing you need right now.

This book provides information about what's new in SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who want to know more about SharePoint 2013.

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Summary: Learn how new capabilities in SharePoint Server 2013 can help IT pros better manage cost, risk, and time.

This guide describes how SharePoint Server 2013 builds on the investments of previous SharePoint releases to help you do the following:

  • Lower IT costs with a flexible and scalable collaboration platform.
  • Better manage risk by safeguarding your business with secure and reliable capabilities.
  • Increase productivity through cost-effective and efficient management.

Download this guide as a PDF document.
SharePoint Server 2013 Preview IT Professional Reviewer's Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=263441)

BTW, I thought it nice to see this provided in the common eBook file formats...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Just pointing out that sharing with Windows Phone 7.1(5) is now easier with the Microsoft SharePoint SDK for Windows Phone 7.1

Microsoft Downloads - Microsoft SharePoint SDK for Windows Phone 7.1

This SDK installs SharePoint client libraries and templates for Windows Phone 7.1

Version: 1
Date published: 8/13/2012

Language: English

spdxmobile.msi, 1.0 MB
spdxmobile_x64.msi, 1.0 MB

Overview

The SDK installs Windows Phone CSOM libraries for Windows Phone, SharePoint Auth library for Windows Phone and Windows Phone Project Templates, which can be used to build Windows Phone 7.1 Applications against SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2010

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools are required.

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Merge with with the Corporate Store/Portal coming with Windows Phone 8 and I think you've really got something (assuming app's built with this works with WP8... :| )

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Want to SharePoint from your WP7 App? Check out the SharePoint 2010 Windows Phone 7 Toolkit
“SharePoint 2010 and Windows Phone 7 Training Kit” (Think “Building Windows Phone 7 Apps that integrate with SharePoint Training Kit”)

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Microsoft eBook Bonanza - Office, SQL Server, Development, WinPhone, Career and more

Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog - By Eric Ligman - Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more.

Throughout the year I try to share resources and information with you that I think will be helpful for you. Often times these resources will include links to free eBooks that we make available on a variety of topics. Today, I thought I would post a large collection of eBooks for you here so that you can find them in one place and consume them as you see fit. Also, if you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

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While many/most of these ebook are in the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies many are not. Most I've highlighted at one point or another in the past but I liked the presentation of the books in the post and it's nice having them all on one place...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Microsoft Technologies E-Book Gallery (TechNet Wiki)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Microsoft Format and Specification Documentation 0712 Refresh (Think Office 2013 CP update). Oh and some SharePoint Doc's too

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Standards Support

This documentation provides detailed support information for the Open Document Format (ODF) and Open XML (ECMA-376 and ISO/IEC-29500) file formats implemented in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Microsoft Office File Formats Documentation

The Microsoft Office file formats documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary file formats.

The documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of file format relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

Microsoft Office Protocol Documentation

The Office protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) that are implemented and used in Microsoft Office client programs to interoperate or communicate with Microsoft products.

Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation

The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) that are implemented and used in SharePoint Products and Technologies to interoperate or communicate with Microsoft products

Looks like a Office 2013 CP related refresh.

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I've not blogged about the SharePoint doc's before. Some are pretty new with their first release being this year, some are old, dating back to 2008'ish.

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Related Past Post XRef:
Microsoft Format and Specification Documentation Refresh ("Significantly changed technical content") [Updated: Includes updates for Office 15 Technical Preview ]
Microsoft Office File Formats and Microsoft Office Protocols Documentation Refreshed
Microsoft Office File Formats and Protocols documentation updated for Office 2010 (Think “Now with added ‘X’ flavor… DocX, PptX, XlsX, etc”)

"Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability Documentation"

MS-PST file format specification released. Yep, the full and complete specification for Outlook PST’s is now just a download away.
Microsoft Office (DOC, XLS, PPT) Binary File Format Specifications Released – We’re talking the full technical specification… (The [MS-DOC].pdf alone is 553 pages of very dense specification information)
DOC, XLS and PPT Binary File Format Specifications Released (plus WMF, Windows Compound File [aka OLE 2.0 Structured Storage] and Ink Serialized Format Specifications and Translator to XML news)

Friday, July 06, 2012

Sharing Metro with the SharePoint 2010 Metro UI

CodePlex - SharePoint 2010 Metro UI

This project spawned from the desire to have a little funky landing page for a SharePoint 2010 site.

We are planning a few iterations of this project. For now there are 4 files.

  • MetroUI Master Page
  • MetroUI Css
  • MetroUI Layout page
  • Zip file of Metro Icons and background image

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With everything going Metro, here's a project to help you Metro your SharePoint too

Thursday, May 10, 2012

United Kingdom Solider shapes up Helmand HQ, Afghanistan, information sharing with SharePoint

Bdaily Business Network - Army Specialist helping businesses to win the information

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On deployment to Afghanistan he replaced the outdated system being used in Helmand with SharePoint.

In a military theatre situation such as Afghanistan information must be disseminated in many different formats and often the problem is information overload. Leishman recognised that getting the right information, in the right format, to the right people at the right time was mission critical. Ultimately, the deployment of the SharePoint service in Afghanistan significantly improved the ability of the Helmand HQ to process and disseminate information.

Leishman said: “One of the key benefits of SharePoint is that it creates a virtual office environment for disparate groups to communicate and collaborate, which is particularly important in military theatre where activity is high tempo and in an ever changing environment. Passing information and orders to people at the right time is critical in the military just as it is in business.

“Following the deployment of the SharePoint service in Helmand HQ in Afghanistan momentum grew far quicker than I ever expected as users instantly embraced the technology because they saw an immediate benefit. There is no doubt that being able to get the right information to the right people, on time and in the right format can make a significant difference to any business just as it did in a military situation.

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Not your usual SharePoint success story...

(via Beyond Search - Staff Sergeant Discusses Managing a SharePoint Implementation Overseas)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

0ff1ce14 SharePoint GUIDs

Reidar Husmo - Office14 guids

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This made me chuckle and shake my head (in envy... I wish I was that... well... whatever...  ;)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Quick name 11 Microsoft products... That's easy with the "Microsoft Product Portfolio v2.6" Zoom.it

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Product Portfolio v2.6

"We’ve just released v2.6 of two customer-ready documents known as our Product Portfolio One-pager.

The one-page shows all of Microsoft products in a single scalable view. I have them available in .PDF as well as a Visio document for managed customers of mine that are interested.

The documents are viewable from ZOOM.IT, leveraging Microsoft Deep Zoom technology. Enjoy!

" [GD: Post Leached in full]

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Now that's a serious stack of products, services and features... And I thought using Zoom.It pretty cool.