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SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 Beta released!

Yep, Microsoft have got slightly ahead of expectations and the official public beta release of SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 is now out (although you need a TechNet or MSDN subscription at the moment!).

You can find the download information as well as more details on the relevant websites:

For those of you who have access to the Technical Preview of SharePoint 2010 you can expect to see quite a few changes and improvements in the beta version. For those of you who haven’t seen either, you’re in for a treat!

Word, Excel and PowerPoint running from the browser .. it must be Office 14 for Web

This is a great "first look" video from Channel9 (https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/PDCNews/First-Look-Office-14-for-Web/) showing off the new browser based features of the Office 14 for web (still in beta, still in development!) at this weeks PDC!

It’s hot off the press, and it’s going to blow your socks off!

According to the video they have made heavy use of Silverlight and AJAX to create rich office clients that run through a web browser. Due to the user of Silverlight the rendering is crisp and detailed, and to be honest I couldn’t tell the difference between the web version and the desktop client!

Multi-User editing (including from the browser!) allowing multiple users to edit the same document at the same time is demo’d, including talk about integrating better collaboration tools!

To get you even more excited, the web browser based application is demo’d from FireFox! That’s right, the new Office 14 apps are being designed with complete and total cross-browser compatibility.

Excited about the next version of Office?? (i.e. SharePoint!!!) I am!

Blank “Web File Properties” when saving document from Word 2003

This is a problem that I encountered with a MOSS 2007 system that was upgraded from SPS 2003.

Specifically, we were developing a custom document library, and found that if we had libraries with multiple content types, when we tried to save documents from Microsoft Word 2003 the "Web File Properties" dialog (the pop-up window that asks you for metadata before the file hits the document library) was completely empty.

None of the fields were visible, not even the Content Type drop-down box!

Well, It seems that this problem is documented and known about, and there is a Microsoft Hotfix available (upon request).

(KB934253) The Web File Properties dialog box displays incorrect properties for a document that is saved in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 document library – https://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;934253

The solution to the issue above has been included in to a hotfix, which you can get the information from the following KB article:

(KB934790) Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package: April 12, 2007 – https://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;934790

*files this one away for later*

Displaying an Access Report in a Web Part

ok .. so who uses Microsoft Access anymore ???
You might be surprised that the Report Designer is becoming increasingly popular now that the ability to link to SharePoint data has been added in. From any SharePoint list you should be able to select "Actions" and then "Open in Access" .. which then gives you the option of taking a copy of the data, or (even better) creating a link to the data in SharePoint (allowing you to report and query the SharePoint data direct from the SharePoint database!!)
This of course opens up the possibilities of non-technical end users creating rich reports using nothing more than Microsoft Access and a couple of out of the box web parts.
I must give a nod of thanks to the guys over at ProgrammingMSAccess, their samples on embedded Snapshots are the ones I am using in my web part.
So .. how can we get up and running?
First, add a Content Editor Web Part. Enter the following code into the Source of the web part (by modifying the web part, and using the built-in source editor).
<OBJECT ID="SnapshotViewer" WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=600



<PARAM NAME="_ExtentX" VALUE="16722">

<PARAM NAME="_ExtentY" VALUE="11774">

<PARAM NAME="_Version" VALUE="65536">

<PARAM NAME="SnapshotPath"




<PARAM NAME="AllowContextMenu" VALUE="-1">

<PARAM NAME="ShowNavigationButtons" VALUE="-1">


The only part you have to change is the "VALUE" attribute for the "SnapShotPath" node (I’ve highlighted it for you to make it easy ;)). This needs to be a URL that points to the SnapShot file (preferably in a Document Library in your SharePoint Site – Anyone viewing this report will need Read access to it.).

That is pretty much all there is to it. Feel free to play about with the "Width" "Height" "AllowContextMenu" and "ShowNavigationButtons" … I’m sure they are all pretty straightforward! 😉

One final note – All users who want to view the report must have Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access installed on their workstation (otherwise the web part will just be blank).

Example Report – Shown on a standard Web Part Page:

 Snapshot Image