Monthly Archives: April 2012
This week Microsoft launched the Windows application for SkyDrive allowing local synchronisation and Windows Explorer integration of SkyDrive. In competition with DropBox, Apple and Google pending cloud storage offerings Microsoft is leading the pack with offering 7Gb of free storage in SkyDrive for new customers.
It is existing users of SkyDrive that I’m calling out to in the post. If you already have a SkyDrive account you can claim 25Gb of storage for free. Getting the extra space added to your account doesn’t happen automatically though, you need to log into your SkyDrive account through the web interface and upgrade it. If you’ve got an existing SkyDrive account I encourage you to do this now in-case the offer is retracted in future.
The following screenshot emerged on Timur Sahin blog with comments that it is from the public beta.
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Today I found myself in the following scenario; I had created a new Web Application with an authentication type of Claims Mode, and just using Windows Integrated Authentication (NTLM). I then extended the web application to a new zone (on which I was going to enabled Forms based authentication). To my surprise, when I tried to set the Authentication Provider I wasn’t given any option other than Windows Integrated, it looked more like the Web App was in Classic Mode authentication. Running the PowerShell below on the URL of my extended zone gave me the option in SharePoint to select Forms Based authentication as I was expecting.
$App = get-spwebapplication “http://vs-server95:102”
$app.useclaimsauthentication = “True”
The following slides were leaked yesterday by Maarten Visser (chief executive of Meetroo, an IT solution provider). Although no word on the slides authenticity has come out of Microsoft, respected IT journalist Mary-Jo Foley has backed the slides stating they were confidentially distributed by Microsoft to selected partners.
What does this means for SharePoint and Office?
The slides confirm some of the rumoured dates that had already been circulating rather than providing and great twists in the guessing games of when the new releases will be out.
As already rumoured, the next wave of products will be a synchronised effort across server and desktop technologies meaning we will see a refresh of SharePoint Server, Office 365, Office Desktop Suite, Project, Visio and Internet Explorer.
The expectation for us to be seeing Beta software continues to be mid 2012 with general availability early 2013.
Microsoft have also released the SharePoint 15 Technical Preview Interoperability API Documentation which provides a lot of information regarding change to the SharePoint 15 client object model.
The expected enhancements we can look forward to in the next release of SharePoint (if any of the loud rumours are correct):
Here’s a summary of the suggested, forthcoming improvements to SharePoint:
- SharePoint app marketplace
- Overhauled Client Object Model (COM)
- Better suited for cloud environment
- Improved UI, especially around social networking
- Improved mobile support
- Simplified development and integration
- Enable workflow looping in SharePoint Designer, eliminating the need for the Visual Studio
- Cross-platform authentication