If you’re a SharePoint developer, admin or user, pencil May 16, 2017 into your diary. Microsoft has announced the SharePoint Virtual Summit where new product features and the product roadmap will be discussed. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper will chat about that and be joined by corporate Vice Presidents James Philips and Chuck Friedman who’ll get into how Office 365 and how it’s connected with Windows and Azure.
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Years in software names are rarely reliable. Office 2016 will be out well before 2016 itself rolls around. But SharePoint Server 2016, the next version of Microsoft's venerable intranet platform, actually will make its official appearance in 2016.
Savvy IT teams are capturing unprecedented levels of business data. Yet to truly gain competitive advantage, you need to mine all this information for real, actionable insights. Microsoft is inviting Lifehacker readers to join a free webcast on February 19, hosted by two of its most senior Big Data gurus: Jack Tang and Ron Dunn. It's a unique opportunity to learn about Microsoft's vision for Big Data, and ask your own questions about the implications and options for your own company.
SharePoint Designer, a Microsoft tool for designing sites for use with its SharePoint "intranet solution" (yucky phrase, but what else to call it?), is now free. If you're working in a Microsoft shop (or just sharpening your IIS and SharePoint skills to score a job), it's a good chance to check out a ribbon-enabled, MS-friendly design tool without having to splash out $450 or so for the full version.
The Zen Habits blog comes up with a nice way of using planning and productivity to pare back your working week. It basically consists of setting targets of the days and hours you wish to work, paring down to the essential tasks you need to do, and tightening up on time eaters like emails etc. This approach interests me as a freelancer who is free to set my own work hours, but the author also has some tips for employees who want to claw back a few hours in the week for their own projects.