No, this is not an April Fool’s Joke that is just a day late. The image above comes from the SharePoint Designer Online Office Site and as the download link shows SharePoint Designer is now a FREE download. You can find an open letter from Microsoft here that explains the change. The key points as explained by the letter are these:
- Starting on April 1, 2009, Microsoft is making SharePoint Designer 2007 available as a free download.
- Customers with SharePoint Designer 2007 Software Assurance (SA) current as of April 1, 2009 will receive upgrade rights to Expression Web for the lifetime of their SA agreement.
Enabling Anonymous Access in SharePoint isn’t just a matter of flipping a switch in IIS manager. Anonymous Access must be enabled in IIS and then configured in SharePoint. But there are also situations where this basic configuration isn’t sufficient. In this talk we’ll review how to enable and configure anonymous access for SharePoint web sites, lists, and libraries. Then we’ll enumerate some "Tips and Tricks" for overcoming specific issues with SharePoint anonymous access. We’ll demonstrate solutions and workarounds for questions like:
1) How do you require authentication for certain files and list items while maintaining anonymous access for the rest of a list?
2) How do you enable anonymous responses to a discussion list?
3) Can BLOGS and Wiki sites be used in an anonymous access site collection?
1) Using a Page Viewer web part to display the existing website from inside SharePoint.
2) Configuring the ASP.NET website to run from a Virtual Directory inside the SharePoint Web Application
3) Converting the existing ASP.NET web pages and code beside files to run inside a SharePoint web site.
4) Refactoring the ASP.NET web site as a set of Web Parts in the SharePoint site.
I just got back from the second SharePoint Best Practices Conference, and if anything this was even better than the first. Of course the weather was wonderful. I left Cleveland on Sunday with it snowing and arrived in San Diego to sunny temperatures in the 70s. The hotel staff were terrific, the other speakers were knowledgeable, and there were lots of attendees looking for answers. I did two presentations and promised that I would post my slides as soon as I got home. They’ll also be coming out on a Post Conference DVD, but that may take 6 weeks or so. So PDFs of the slides from my talks are posted below for download.
We’re already talking about the third SharePoint Best Practices Conference so if you missed this one keep an eye out for the next one. Most conferences focus on the “HOW“ to do SharePoint. This conference focuses on the “WHY“. You don’t want to miss the next one.
The Cobbler’s Kids are finally getting shoes!
Have you ever noticed that sometimes the people who work with technology are the last ones to have time to use it? Well that’s the way its been for us at Mindsharp since the release of SharePoint 2007. None of us really liked the Blogging software we were using, but nobody had time to install and configure a new Blogging engine based on SharePoint 2007. Finally after more months than I would like to count we’ve finally had enough time to get our new BLOG site up and running. Thank You Todd!
From now on you can find my Blogs on http://SharePoint.mindsharpblogs.com/Pauls. I’m hoping that with the new easier to use software I’ll be able to get some of the Tips n Tricks I’ve been meaning to write about written. Watch the new BLOG for more entries.