Some weeks go by fast as lightning. This is just such a week… even with the tornados. By the end of the day Wednesday, I felt like it should be Friday already. So, I plan to work a half-day today and then enjoy the holiday weekend. I find it difficult to do, however, as there is so much going on and so much to learn. But I’m going to let it go and come back next week ready to go like never before. Stay tuned.
You’ll notice in Cutting Room Floor that some baseball items snuck in. This situation could not be helped as Major League Baseball is in full swing (no pun intended). And to top it all off, my son’s baseball team started their official season yesterday as well… with a hard fought 14-11 victory. After going 3-12 last year, this victory feels good. We are in 1st place… at least for now!
Office 365 news & editorials!
- Was Office 365 the right name? :: This bloke argues that Office 365 should have been named Back Office 365. I think his idea is terrible. He says Office 365 name confuses people and that Office 365 is not really Office in the cloud. I say, sure it is… but not 100%… yet. What do you say?
- Office 365 Partner, get your 4 times 4 hours of great training! :: Last week I covered some articles that discuss how Office 365 is not so great for the Microsoft Partner community just yet. Well, I think MSFT is very aware of this situation and is doing what they can to help show partners how they can make some money selling Office 365. Check it out. Microsoft does know a thing or two about sales.
- Where do partners play in the ubiquitous Office 365 ads? :: Uh, judging from advertisements seen online, the answer is… not prominently. The fact is, MSFT doesn’t need partners to sell Office 365. This is not the 1980s. The sales model has changed. That stinks but there is an opportunity here for people that create solutions for the Office and SharePoint platform.
- Taking the plunge with Office 365 :: Read about one man’s experience as he adopted Office 365 for his “soloprenuer” business.
- What is the secret ingredient of Office 365? :: I was going to guess hot sauce but then I read the article and realized that would be way off target.
Office 365 tips, tricks & tools
- SkyDrive Connector for SharePoint :: Skydrive is underrated. I don’t think that will be the situation 2 years from now. Dropbox has everyone’s attention. And when I say everyone, I mean Apple, Microsoft, and Google. This is a webpart that connects SkyDrive to SharePoint. It allows you to reference in SharePoint, docs stored in Skydrive. Fancy!
- Help! I deleted a document in SharePoint Online :: It happens to the best of us. Fortunately for everyone that uses SharePoint, Microsoft provides us with a little feature known as the Recycle Bin.
- [Book] Running your small business in the Cloud :: 5 Star rating at AMZN.
Office 365 developer items of note
- Microsoft Office 365 Virtual Labs available :: Virtual labs aplenty. Learn to create sandboxed web parts & custom lists. There is even a lab for Access services. This link has lots more good stuff as well.
- Life made easier for SharePoint Online developers :: What is the single most useful feature of Visual Studio? If you ask me, I’ll say “Intellisense”. This article explains how Visual Studio 11 filters Intellisense to only show methods and properties available for your solution. This is very nice when building a sandbox solution for SharePoint.
- Visual Studio 11 Beta leaner, meaner for Metro :: I still think Visual Studio 11 needs more color. But while we wait for that happen, here is the article from PCWorld.com that explains what MSFT is doing. I’ll give it away… Metro has something to do with it. You knew that already because read the link’s title didn’t you?