Office Newswire: A new year. A new Microsoft?
It’s a new year and with it comes a wee-bit of introspection and planning. Most years, I make a few resolutions, or goals. This year will be no different. I have not finalized them yet but I will do so by January 31.
Another resolution is to build real products too. I have a few ideas that need to be brought to market. I’ve already started. I expect you to hold my feet to the fire.
I’m interested to know what resolutions an Office or SharePoint developer should make. Don’t stay stuck in your introverted shell. I’m really interested. Will you leave a comment and let me know what you plan for 2013?
Office news & editorials!
- A new year, a new Microsoft roadmap: Stepping up the delivery pace :: Here is some palace intrigue. The editorial is based on an old/stale PowerPoint slide but that doesn’t prevent it from being interesting. If it can be trusted, looks like the Office 16 is planned for 2015.
- Are you a SharePoint developer moving to Apps? You’re a moron! :: Let’s start 2013 with a strong opinion. The title is more of a teaser than it is a spoiler. In fact, I think Mr. Furuknap is only getting started.
- What’s better for today’s businesses: Google Apps or Microsoft Office? :: I kept up with the Office-related news during the holidays. I can’t help myself. I’m a news junkie. There was a plethora of news items covering Google Apps vs Microsoft Office. It seems to me the tech press is just likely to root against MSFT. Seriously, Google Apps is crap. I speak from experience. This hullabaloo about Google taking 90% of the Office suite market is funny. It’s bluster meant to gain press… and it works. I have more to say but read this item first then move to the next one.
- Microsoft can’t ignore Google Apps forever :: It is inevitable that Microsoft Office will lose market share. Google Apps costs $50/user… Office 365 costs $72 per user. Many people base their purchase decisions on price and price alone. Value doesn’t enter the equation. Nor does integration, extensibility, user experience, quality of the product, etc… . Value. Besides, even Google doesn’t use Google Apps. Google goes after Office only to hurt MSFT. You can’t convince me they are serious. Not yet at least.
Office tips, tricks & tools
- Announcing Business Contact Manager for Outlook Compatibility Update :: I’ve always liked Business Contact Manager. I’ve used it off and on. It’s good for what it does but I wish it was more extensible. I’d like to use it like Access but have it integrated with Outlook. That would be cool. Anyway, BCM will soon work with Office 2013.
- Technical diagrams for SharePoint 2013 :: I love these diagrams. I find them extremely useful in my projects.
- You always want to know another shortcut (video) [Excel] :: It looks like this was shot at the Commons building on the MSFT Campus. Great coffee there. And the snacks, so much sugar there it’ll kill your kidneys. I digress. This video is 2 minutes long and explains 3 great keyboard shortcuts for Excel.
Office developer items of note
- Office templates not available in VS2012 with ‘converted’ project. :: I’m saving the best item for last. The great Maarten van Stam explains how to fix the problem of missing Office templates caused by a bad GUID.