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While hearing the announcement in PDC ’05 for MS Expression and Visual Studio (Orcas) set of web designer IDEs  and playing with Office 12, I had mixed reactions. The positive was Expression and Orcas going full throttle with supporting XHTML and other web standards, at the same time introducing awesome new features that makes web development easy. My dissappointed was for lack of no such new standards support with the popular MS Web Designer product – MS Frontpage. I have been a fan of Frontpage even before MS bought the product and had built several websites using it. But over the last few years…

If you are looking at using Windows SharePoint Services (a.k.a. WSS that ships with Windows Server 2003), check out these 30 ready to use templates from Microsoft. They range from Expense Reimbursements to Marketing campaigns. There is also the SharePoint team site at Gotdotnet, this has tons of information on Sharepoint, FAQs and more. If you are administrator then the official Administrative Site for SharePoint has valuable info on Capacity Planning, Upgrade Options, Deployment scenarios and the likes.

Web Content Management is now part of Microsoft Sharepoint Server (Office 12 System). MCMS is dead. Ryan Stocker from Microsoft in WCM session highlighted the new features of upcoming WCM product. Today there are two portal stories from Microsoft – Sharepoint is for Intranet and MCMS was for Internet. With Office 12, it will be an integrated story. You can create Internet Facing Sites and Intranet (as always) using Sharepoint technologies. Remove forced choice “CMS02” vs Sharepoint Portal Server. Roadmap towards an integrated Enterprise Content Management (ECM) story. To achieve the last point all WCM services found in MCMS02 have been developed…

Media is not new to me :-), I have spoken in All India Radio Chennai a few back on “இணையத்தில் வணிகம்”, during my school 12th standard participated and came second in a popular Chennai Doordharshan (TV) Quiz programme conducted by Prof. வா.வே.சு. But today was different, my first full 30 minute long TV Interview was live today in Sun News Channel from 5:30PM to 6PM. The Interview was hosted by Mr.Maalan of Sun News Channel. I was invited for the programme on Tuesday and I was informed the recording will be on the next day 3PM. Anxious about my first…

After my earlier post on MS Office 2003 Tamil LIP, I had several inquiries on where you can download this. The single source for all Indic Language related information and download from Microsoft is the Bhasha Portal. Having said that, here is a cheat-sheet for trying this out: 1) You need Windows XP (Pro of Home) as your Operating System. 2) In Windows XP, go to “Regional and Language Settings” applet in Control Panel. There in the Second Tab, titled “Languages” Enable “Install Files for Complex Scripts and Right to Left Languages (including Thai)” option as shown below. 3) Download…