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Office System 2007 SP2 releasing April 28th

With the much-anticipated release of Office System 2007 SP2, we now have just about all of the details of what will be included in the release. You can read the full post here.

Here are some of the more notable updates/fixes:

  • Office will now edit and save in PDF format without any additional add-ins. You’ll still need Adobe Reader to read the files.
  • Office will now edit, save and open the OpenDocument formats (.odt, .ods, .odp). We should also have the option to save to ODF files by default instead of MS Office formats.
  • Supports Vista SP2, Server 2008 SP2, Server 2003 R2, Windows 7, and IE8
  • STSADM command added to check to see if the farm can be upgraded
  • Offers better support for Firefox, which will hopefully address formatting issues when viewing SharePoint sites through other browsers.
  • Better rendering for Excel Services in all browsers including Firefox and easier to configure web parts
  • Decreased page load times for forms running on Forms Server
  • More informative and user-friendly KB article that also brings back the availability of the spreadsheet changelog that details all fixes included

Check back at the link above on the 28th to get the full scoop of what’s been included in Office System SP2.

By |April 23rd, 2009|Categories: Office, SharePoint|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint

In January Microsoft announced that PerformancePoint Server 2007 would be bundled in SharePoint 14, the much-anticipated next release of SharePoint. They have plans of releasing SP3 for PerformancePoint in mid-2009, but this will be the last major software update for PerformancePoint as a standalone product.

PerformancePoint is Microsoft’s BI platform that is built on the familiar SharePoint framework. It’s basically a customized version of SharePoint that is tailored for customers who need more advanced BI solutions for their organization. PPS generally has two major functions, Monitoring & Analytics and Planning. The M&A piece allows us to create dashboards with any number of analytics for scorecards and charts. The Planning portion is related to budgeting and financial forecasting. The main problem with this product is that it isn’t utilized by that many companies with MOSS 2007 licenses. The added expense for another server product is not practical for most organizations in this economic climate. To make matters worse, MOSS 2007 has a very basic set of BI tools builtin that often makes it hard to upsell on the more useful tools since they are a standalone product.

Microsoft has realized this shortcoming and has decided to combine both products in the next iteration of SharePoint. Unfortunately, this has led to the axing of the integration of the Planning portion of PPS into MOSS. You can still get support from Microsoft on this if you already have PPS standalone, but it will not be integrated into SharePoint 14.

The Bottomline:

This is a logical step for Microsoft’s BI group as PPS and MOSS seemed to have similar goals with competing platforms. If all goes as announced, the next version of MOSS will have even greater BI capabilities […]

By |March 13th, 2009|Categories: Business Intelligence, SharePoint|Tags: , , , |2 Comments