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Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings. million people last month, while Microsoft’s Outlook app — praised by many reviewers — sported just 6.3

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Microsoft Envision 2016 (April 4-6)

Michael Sampson - Currents

I may have missed the earlier announcements but Microsoft is running a conference for business leaders called Envision. Microsoft Envision is tailored to leaders in operations, finance, sales, marketing and IT.

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Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings. million people last month, while Microsoft’s Outlook app — praised by many reviewers — sported just 6.3

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Business Reimagined by Dave Coplin, Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Dave’s fundamental thesis is that while technological advancements have been well adopted / embraced in our personal lives, the workplace hasn’t yet been affected enough. But that the technological change needs a deeper cultural one to align with it.

2014 61

Re-Inventing Collaboration: CRM as Social Technology

Alchemy of Change

Social technologies change the way we collaborate. Though we don’t often see it as such, CRM (or Customer Relationship Management) truly is a social technology. Twitter, Facebook and other social network services have mastered what it takes to scale all three orders of engagement with massive investments in technology. But the same principles operate in all firms – just on a smaller scale, and in ways that are less technology-intensive.

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The Cost of SharePoint = License Fee x9 (It's a Microsoft Figure)

Michael Sampson - Currents

It's a Microsoft number. A ComputerWorld article about SharePoint from April 2010 has these two paragraphs: " Microsoft may tout SharePoint's myriad features, but if you don't find what you need out of the box, a third-party solution might be your best bet, says Byrne. Ultimately, Microsoft sees itself as a platform company, providing generic capabilities, says Birger Steen, a Microsoft vice president in charge of sales to small and midsize businesses. ".

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Microsoft Excel: The Bumblebee's six most useful Excel add-ins

The Bumble Bee

There are a plethora of excel add-Ins out there, many of which aim to improve or extend a feature which excel already performs. I am not much interested in these but what I am interested in is add-ins which enable you to do something really useful which you cannot currently do in excel.

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Microsoft, Collaboration, Competition and how not to create a Knowledge-sharing Culture.

Chris Collison

So Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft within the next year, and his epitaphs are already being cooked-up by many commentators. He was presenting Microsoft’s collaboration technologies at a groupware (remember that term?

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Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Forward

Michael Sampson - Currents

In other words, in light of Microsoft’s public re-commitment to SharePoint, what’s the necessary equal response from organisations planning their journey with SharePoint? Microsoft SharePointEarlier in this series: 1 – Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Back.

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How Do I Use OneDrive for Business?

Michael Sampson - Currents

We asked if he was using the new OneDrive for Business client (which Microsoft calls the Next Generation Sync Client), and as far as he knew, he was. And in terms of the participant and his challenges with OneDrive for Business, one of the other meeting participants who runs a Microsoft consultancy in the city arranged to meet with him, and set up the required SharePoint team sites and document libraries. Adoption & Effective Use Microsoft Office 365 Tools & Technologies

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Can Starting with the Technology Be Business Aligned?

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the concepts I have been talking about for a while now is starting the collaboration journey with “Really Understand the Technology” (the R in the ROADMAP model I outline in my book Collaboration Roadmap ). For example, consider the remote meeting capabilities in Microsoft Lync, IBM Sametime, GoToMeeting, and other similar tools.

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Where were we again? Re-starting that last meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft Office 365 Tools & TechnologiesI’m sure you’ve been in a meeting where you had to pick up where you left off from last time … and the quick questions are “What were we talking about again?,” ” “Where did we get to?,”

2016 25

Microsoft Updates Windows Phone 7 - 10% Failure or 90% Success?

Michael Sampson - Currents

10% of users upgrading their Windows Phone devices had problems, according to BBC Technology News : " Microsoft has revealed that 1 in 10 users who tried to install a software update on their Windows mobile experienced problems. Microsoft pulled the update soon after the problem came to light. ". Michael from Microsoft said it was actually a 90% success rate , and while that's mathematically correct, it's far too low for such a critical device as a phone.

The Great Unbundling and Collapse of Local Newspapers

Alchemy of Change

But technology was not the only culprit: greed also had much to do with it. In 1994, just a few years out of business school, I started an online car-buying service at Microsoft called CarPoint. Microsoft made several large bets in vertical markets like CarPoint in the 1990s.

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Making Microsoft Office More Collaborative: The Google Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Google will soon release a new tool, Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, that enables users to upload their Microsoft Office documents to Google Apps, and then work collaboratively on them with others. Google plans to formally introduce the new Google tool, called Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, later this week after releasing it to early testers in November. The technology is based on technology developed at DocVerse, which Google acquired.

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Office 365 Video

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced early availability of Office 365 Video earlier today, ticking off an action point for something promised at the SharePoint Conference in March. See the blog post from Microsoft for a sense of what’s coming in future editions of Office 365 Video.

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Opening Keynote at the SharePoint Conference in Auckland

Michael Sampson - Currents

Day one of the SharePoint Conference in Auckland is kicking off, with a two-hour Microsoft keynote. opening comments from Microsoft New Zealand. The technology has run ahead of people’s ability to use them effectively. This is why you should be using the Microsoft cloud.”

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Notes on CCS105 Bayer MaterialScience - Integrating IBM Connections and Microsoft Technologies

Michael Sampson - Currents

Bert Oberholz and Cindy Schlebusch from BMS are talking about BMS's implementation of Connections, and the integration with Microsoft technologies. Will modify the Connections business card to show what the Microsoft one shows. My notes on the session: - Bayer - three main business areas: crop science, health care, and material science. Global organization - 113,000 employees, in 291 subsidiaries. Have companies in almost every country.

Integrating Alfresco with Office Online in Office 365 – Options?

Michael Sampson - Currents

The latest version of its integration is called Alfresco Office Services , which: … provides a fully-compatible SharePoint repository that allows Microsoft Office Suite applications (for example, Word, PowerPoint and Excel) to interact with Alfresco as if it was SharePoint.

Digital Workplace Conference 2016 in New Zealand

Michael Sampson - Currents

Working on the Move with SharePoint and Other Microsoft Apps in your Pocket (Darrell Webster), in which Darrell lived the possibility and presented from and demoed from his mobile phone. Darrell talked about the idea of working on the move, presented the facts and figures to show it is happening on an ever-increasing basis, and provided live demonstrations of the various Microsoft apps for working with SharePoint and other Office 365 services from mobile devices.

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Diane Moore on Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

We like Michael’s customer centric approach and his open advocacy for clear thinking, good decision making, creating business value and ensuring the effective use of technologies and capabilities. The approach presented in the book provides a powerful framework for creating mutual understanding and implementing new technologies that will be useful beyond the boundaries of Office 365. Michael's Books Microsoft Office 365

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Susan Hanley on Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Michael is a brilliant author and approaches his overview of Office 365 not from the perspective of the individual technology elements, but from the perspective of the activities that “information workers” do every day. Michael's Books Microsoft Office 365Susan Hanley posted her review comments on my new book: Michael Sampson’s latest book, Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365, is a “must read” if you are currently using or planning to use Office 365.

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Little Black Rain Clouds

Michael Sampson - Currents

Consider for example some recent and rumoured upcoming changes in SharePoint Online : Recently, Microsoft eliminated the Tags & Notes feature in SharePoint Online. It also removed the Tasks menu option from SharePoint Online and the “Sync to Outlook” button, as noted back in September on the Absolute SharePoint blog (which is not run by a Microsoft employee, but instead by Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Vlad Catrinescu).

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Sam Marshall on Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sam from Clearbox Consulting recently posted his comments on my Office 365 book on CMSWire: Sampson … has managed to steer a line that shows deep technology understanding without losing sight of why companies acquire these technologies in the first place. Sam offers some good ideas for improving the book too, specifically the layout format I chose didn’t work great for him, and how to deal in a book like this with the firehose of updates that comes from Microsoft.

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Martin White on Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sometimes you may even have to change the working patterns to get the best from the technology so that overall the organisation benefits from the investment. Michael's Books Microsoft Office 365Martin White from Intranet Focus recently posted his review comments on my new book.

2016 35

The Intranet Management Handbook - Part 2. Technology

Michael Sampson - Currents

Technology. - Here are my comments on Part 2 - Technology. Chapter 6 talks about managing Intranet technology. In Chapter 6, Martin catalogues a list of technology issues the intranet manager will have to be aware of. That's Part 2 on Technology.

Technology Review Finally Talks about SharePoint - But Gets the Data Wrong

Michael Sampson - Currents

MIT Technology Review has been looking at collaboration approaches and tools during March, and has finally devoted an article to SharePoint. " One way or another, they will run up against the market leader: Microsoft's SharePoint software, which is used by more than 100 million people around the world. ". The actual claim by Bill Gates in March 2008 was that Microsoft has sold 100 million licenses, not that they have 100 million users.

Adoption Strategy for Office 365 at Merck

Michael Sampson - Currents

Merck has almost finished an 11 month transition to Office 365 from various older Microsoft products and messaging and collaboration tools from other vendors (e.g., Here’s the paragraphs in the announcement about the user adoption approach: Merck is using Office 365 to replace a group of disconnected technologies including Lotus Notes, Sametime, and WebEx, that we had deployed over the years. We see Microsoft OneDrive for Business as a major catalyst in this next phase.

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Defining Collaboration - 5. Collaboration Scenarios as a Way of Classifying Collaboration Technology

Michael Sampson - Currents

Post 4 was concerned with mapping people, work, and outcomes to technology capabilities. This post extends the previous one, and looks at the concept of collaboration scenarios as a way of classifying different types of technology to support collaboration.

No Laptop Onboard. Now What?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft sells the Universal Foldable Keyboard that supports multiple types of devices, and there are other alternatives too. Tools & Technologies Almost a decade ago I wrote about my mobile office using an iPAQ 212 and foldable Bluetooth keyboard.

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Kraft Foods - "Social business is not just about technology"

Michael Sampson - Currents

NewsGator is hosting a webinar next week, at which Vinicius from Kraft Foods and Doug from Microsoft will talk about social business being about more than just the technology : " Kraft Foods is in the middle of a dramatic transformation to embed innovation into every aspect of its business. Generational differences and a wide variety of comfort levels with technology impact the pace of internal change and the ability to roll out new tools quickly and effectively.

Notes on “Deployment of SharePoint 2013 document, records and collaboration solution at AUT” (Alan Marshall, Stephen McWilliams, Shelley Tasele)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Shelley is the Technology & Resources Manager at the Faculty of Business and Law at AUT. b) SharePoint has a different delivery model to other Microsoft products. (c) Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint User Adoption

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Notes on “Using SharePoint as the Canvas for Student Creativity and Inspired Solutions” (Lou Zulli)

Michael Sampson - Currents

” - CATNIP – Center for Advanced Technologies News and Information Portal. It is the learning management system at the Center for Advanced Technology. Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint Lou is talking about the use of SharePoint at Lakewood High School, and how students are deeply involved. Some notes: - Lakewood has been using SharePoint since 2001. SharePoint 2010 was the eye-opening experience; “look at what we can do with this.”

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On Windows Ink

Michael Sampson - Currents

Windows Ink is integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office. Microsoft is hosting Build 2016 at the moment, its developer focused conference with thousands of developers (and others) in attendance. I’ll take a watching brief … Tools & Technologies

2016 39

Microsoft's Unified Communications Predictions

Collaborative Thinking

I thought I would offer some comments on some UC predictions offered by Gurdeep Singh Pall, who heads Microsoft's UC group: No Jitter | Microsoft: Gurdeep's UC Predictions. A single identity with presence at the core is spot on - but it makes you wonder why Microsoft does not openly share its rich presence information? If identity and presence are at the core of UC - then Microsoft needs to open up how it federates presence to other systems beyond "basic presence".

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Microsoft on Emergency Response

Michael Sampson - Currents

I am at a Microsoft event in Christchurch (New Zealand), co-presented by Intergen New Zealand. The event is focused on how to use various Microsoft technologies for emergency response. You can learn more about the initiative at Microsoft Citizen Safety Architecture, at www.microsoft.com/csa. The architecture describes how to use various Microsoft technologies to support agencies and organizations focused on citizen safety. Microsoft Innovation Centre.

Microsoft Surface RT - Nat Burgess

Michael Sampson - Currents

Nat shares the experiences of people at his Seattle area firm with the Microsoft Surface: " Now Microsoft is the visionary. Our clients expect us to stay on top of technology trends. Our staff, technology junkies all, are the earliest of early adopters, running the latest Android and Apple devices through their paces, then trading up to the newest shiny thing. Read more: Commentary: Microsoft Surface breaks out of the walled garden.

Collaborative Thinking: Microsoft UC (OCS) Presentations and Demos

Collaborative Thinking

Just follow the link below to Bretts blog to download several decks on Microsofts UC solution (decks are on PPT 2003 as well as PPTX format). Findability future_technology gaming geotagging Gov 2.0

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The Rise of Trollmarketing and Trashtweeting on Business Social Media

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Cup from Microsoft. Microsoft. Brand Hate The Other Guy – Microsoft vs Google. Good old Microsoft – that bastion of brand love and customer happiness ratings [sarcasm]- vs Google. It seems to be arming the Microsoft fanbois against the Google fans.

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Opening Keynote, SharePoint Conference in Australia

Michael Sampson - Currents

Finding Meaningful Insights: New Technologies That Tap Into Organizational Wisdom. Brian Farnhill (Microsoft), and Paul Culmsee (Seven Sigma). ” NASA retired all the Apollo engineers. - … conclusion: too much information, it’s not relevant, and the stuff we need walks out the door. - … it’s time to Re-Imagine how we Approach Information. - … Microsoft Delve (previously codename Oslo). Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint