Archive for February, 2007

Office 2003 shortcut in Office 2007 February 24th, 2007

Vinod Kumar

Where are those menu bars, wondering where on the ribbon the shortcuts are. Take a look at this interactive work on the office site where your questions get answered.

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Vista Migration February 22nd, 2007

Vinod Kumar

How cool will it be to get to know about Vista Migration efforts from the community itself. Yup, the Canada MVPs have put together an e-book on this very topic and it is taking shape. Take a glimpse of the first 3 chapters of the 10 chapters planned out here.

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SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 – Released! February 21st, 2007

Vinod Kumar

It is public and I am a bit late on it :) … Microsoft released to the web of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. SP2 is an important deliverable for SQL Server, providing support for Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System in addition to delivering important enhancements for customers. Some of the things that strike me more are:

  • Data Mining Add-Ins for Office 2007, which enables data mining functionality from SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to be used directly within Excel 2007 and Visio 2007.
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) integration with MOSS 2007, which allows integration with the Report Center in SharePoint providing seamless consumption and management of SSRS reports within SharePoint.
  • SSAS improvements for Excel 2007 and Excel Services relating to performance and functionality

I encourage you to download SP2 from http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp2.mspx.

 

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Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 February 21st, 2007

Vinod Kumar

Whether Microsoft virtualization technology is an important component of your existing infrastructure or you’re just a Virtual PC enthusiast, you can now download Virtual PC 2007 absolutely free from here.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Analytics Foundation February 14th, 2007

Vinod Kumar

MS made the release of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Analytics Foundation, a business intelligence solution accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 customers and partners, provided for free via download at http://www.codeplex.com/crmanalytics [File size – 94 MB].

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With the Analytics Foundation-

·         Executives can better track and manage business performance with key performance indicators (KPIs) and Microsoft SharePoint dashboards.

·         Managers and employees can create reports quickly and make better decisions with Microsoft Office Excel and Report Builder (part of SQL Server Reporting Services).

·         Line-of-business users of Microsoft CRM across sales, marketing, and service can identify new opportunities to grow revenue and increase efficiency with predictive analytics.

 

…All while allowing IT departments to maximize the use of familiar Microsoft technologies and reduce report maintenance costs.  Through the implementation of the Analytics Foundation, end users can become more self-sufficient in creating detailed reports and acting on new customer insights.

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