Feast Your Eyes: 2011’s Top Rated SharePoint sites

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.02.2012 at 17:59

As seen on topsharepoint.com. No words.



2. Ataturk Airport

Ataturk Airport

3. Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars

4. Embraer


5. Sharpie


6. Faurecia


7. Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski Hotels

8. Pousadas de Portugal

Pousadas de Portugal

9. Trinity College

Trinity College

10. 360-5


Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010 – Released!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.04.2010 at 11:59

Microsoft has announced that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 have been released to manufacturing.

Visit this page for an overview of the new wave of products. Customers with Software Assurance can download Office 2010 starting April 27, 2010.

Find a launch event near you at http://www.the2010event.com

Afkar’s SharePoint 2010 Seminar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 15:48

image Afkar, one of Microsoft’s leading Gold Certified Partners specialized in Information worker Solutions in the region, has an exciting SharePoint 2010 Seminar lined up this week at Doha, Qatar.

Here’s the agenda:

08:30 – 09:00 Registration  
09:00 – 09:10 Keynote Abdul Khan/ Microsoft
09:10 – 09:40
  • Event overview
  • The SharePoint local impact & Afkar story
Mamoun Alereigat / Afkar
09:40 – 10:10 SharePoint 2010: The Business Productivity Platform. high level walkthrough – demo 01 Hamed Shihadeh / Afkar
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee Break All
10:30 – 11:40 ECM in SharePoint 2010 (Document Management, Record Management, Web Content Management & Workflow) Hisham Qaddomi/ Afkar
11:40 – 12:10 Fast Search for SharePoint 2010 Tameem Shaltoni/ Afkar
12:10 – 12:20 Open Discussion (Q&A) All
12:20 – 12:40 Coffee Break All
12:40 – 01:10 Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 Tameem Shaltoni/ Afkar
01:10 – 02:00 SharePoint 2010 – Developer Perspective
(SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, InfoPath 2010, Visual Studio 2010, etc)
Hisham Qaddomi/ Afkar+Mohammed Ali/ Afkar
02:00 – 02:30 AvePoint (Infrastructure Management for SharePoint) Suki Bahth / AvePoint
02:30 – 02:45 Open Discussion (Q&A) All
02:45 Lunch All

For more information and to register for the event, visit Afkar’s website.

MOSS event at Qatar, February 16

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.02.2010 at 06:36

Microsoft Qatar did a SharePoint Server event yesterday at the Four Seasons hotel, Doha. We had a full house and the audience was very interactive.

We had ECM partners like Afkar and EBLA demoing some of the exciting features of SharePoint & BI, and we even had two customers (QMedia and Kahramaa) speaking at the event and showcasing solutions based on SharePoint that they have internally deployed within their respective organizations.

Abdul Khan, our IW SSP and Paolo Pulcini, FAST Search solution specialist also spoke at the event.

Here’s the event in pictures:

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Attention: Important Information on SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.05.2009 at 20:32

We at Microsoft take product quality seriously and make every effort to avoid and resolve issues that adversely impact our customers.  Unfortunately, a bug with MOSS 2o07 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been discovered that affects all customers that have deployed it for SharePoint Server 2007.

During the installation of SP2, a product expiration date is improperly activated. This means SharePoint will expire as though it was a trial installation 180 days after SP2 is deployed. The activation of the expiration date will not affect the normal function of SharePoint up until the expiration date passes. Furthermore, product expiration 180 days after SP2 installation will not affect customer’s data, configuration or application code but will render SharePoint inaccessible for end-users.

Microsoft is working to release a hotfix to automatically fix this issue. A manual work-around is currently available and involves customers re-entering their Product ID number (PID) on the Convert License Type page in Central Administration.  For more information and detailed steps please read this KB article.

Microsoft wishes to assure their customers that this issue does not impact data integrity or their SharePoint deployment in any other way.

The team apologizes for any inconvenience this issue may cause you.

Q &A

Which products are affected by this?
Applying Service Pack 2 to any of the following products will result in this issue: Office SharePoint Server 2007, Project Server 2007, Form Server 2007, Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is not affected by this issue.

What can I do to fix it?
To work around this issue customers will need to re-enter their Product ID numbers (PID) on the Convert License Type page in Central Administration.  Please see this KB article for detailed steps.

Customers can also wait for the hotfix (available for free from http://support.microsoft.com) to resolve this issue.

Product ID numbers (PIDs) can be retrieved by logging into the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Note: For Search Server 2008 Express the only way to resolve this issue is to apply the hotfix.

What is Microsoft doing to fix it?
Microsoft is working on a hotfix and public update for the product. We will update this blog post with details and a link to the hotfix as soon as it is available.

Do I need to update all of the servers in my farm?
No. The Product ID number only needs to be entered once.

What if I haven’t installed SP2 yet but want to? What should I do?
You can continue to plan for and install Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2007 with the additional step of re-entering your Product ID number after the installation is complete by following the instructions in this KB article. (The KB link is not currently active, it will be available within the next 48hrs)

Does this issue impact anything else?
The issue only activates the product expiration date. The activation of the expiration date does not affect the normal function of SharePoint up until the expiration date passes, at which point SharePoint will be inaccessible for end-users. This issue does not affect customer’s data, configuration or application code.

I can’t find/don’t know my original PID, where can I find it?
Product ID numbers (PIDs) can be retrieved by logging into the Volume Licensing Service Center.

SharePoint Server 2010 needs 64-bit SQL Server

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.05.2009 at 15:51

64 bitSharePoint Server 2010 will require a 64-bit edition of SQL Server – more specifically either SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008.

SharePoint Server 2010 will not support Internet Explorer 6. Users will have to use Internet Explorer 7 or above. However, non-Microsoft  browsers such as FireFox 3.x (on Windows & non-Windows platform) and Safari 3.x (on non-Windows platform) will be supported.

The Office 2010 beta will be available in July, but SharePoint Server 2010 beta will not be made available at that time.

Enterprise Search in Office 2010 has been improved, with Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Fast Search & Transfer.

This information was revealed during the TechEd conference.

Office 2007 Service Pack 2 released

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.05.2009 at 10:34

Office 2007 SP2 was released just a few days ago. Some of the significant improvements are:

Office 2007 SP2 benefits :

  • Speeds up Outlook with Startup, Shutdown, Folder view and switch, and more!
  • Improves Outlook performance with using the MS Word editor (default editor)
  • Outlook Search reliability – Improves search reliability when you use SP2 with Windows Desktop Search 4 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/choose/windowssearch4.mspx) .
  • Improves the method by which Excel prints graphical content, especially when it prints to PCL printers
  • Improves SharePoint sync functionality with OneNote. This helps reduce the load on SharePoint servers, and it helps produce fewer sync errors.
  • Provides faster file resaves with PowerPoint
  • Improves image quality after files are saved in the .jpeg, .png, and .gif formats.

You can download Office 2007 SP2 from the Microsoft Download Center or get it installed via Windows Update.

SharePoint Designer 2007 – now FREE of cost!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.04.2009 at 23:29

SharePointDesigner2007 Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is now available for download free of cost. Watch this video for more information.

Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the powerful tools you need to deliver compelling and attractive SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled applications and reporting tools on the SharePoint platform, all in an IT-managed environment.

Until recently, this was a licensed product, not included in the standard Office 2007 suite.