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Microsoft Discontinuing eReader

Microsoft is discontinuing Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012, which includes download access of the Microsoft Reader application from the Microsoft Reader website. However, customers may continue to use and access the Microsoft Reader application and any .lit materials on their PCs or devices after the discontinuation on August 30, 2012. New content for purchase from retailers in the .lit format will be discontinued on November 8, 2011. http://www.microsoft.com/reader/

Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system

Microsoft announced the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The service pack includes major performance enhancements for Office applications, most notably Microsoft Office Outlook, as well as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. With SP2, Office 2007 now has built-in support for Open XML, ODF and PDF, along with the dozen or so other formats that were already supported in Office 2007. In addition to the support for additional file formats, SP2 also includes the Open XML Format External File Converter. This allows developers to make any third-party document format a first-class citizen in Office. This means Office will support most government-preferred formats, and can easily be made to support any others that come along. This release offers enhanced stability for Outlook, calendaring reliability, and more improvements to applications that run on both PCs and servers. Users should notice the improved performance and stability of Outlook, better charting functionality in Excel, and more control over the appearance of SmartArt graphics. On the server side, IT professionals will notice several enhancements to the security and performance of SharePoint Server 2007, including support for read-only content databases, improvements to forms-based authentication, and an STSADM command-line utility that enables administrators to scan sites that use the variations feature for errors. SharePoint Server will also feature better support for newer versions of the Firefox browser. Customers can download SP2 right away. In addition, Microsoft will release SP2 via Microsoft Update’s automatic update mechanism no sooner than three months from now, and with at least 30 days notice. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968170

Adobe Mobile Products to Ship with Windows Mobile Phones

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that Microsoft has licensed Adobe Flash Lite software, Adobe’s Flash Player runtime specifically designed for mobile devices, to enable web browsing of Flash Player compatible content within the Internet Explorer Mobile browser in future versions of Microsoft Windows Mobile phones. Microsoft has also licensed Adobe Reader LE software for viewing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents including email attachments and web content. Both Adobe products will be made available to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide, who license Windows Mobile software. Adobe Flash Lite and Reader LE availability for Windows Mobile phones will be confirmed later. http://www.adobe.com

Google and Microsoft debate Enterprise Search in keynote at Gilbane San Francisco

Join us on April 11, 8:30am at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco for Gilbane San Francisco 2007

We have expanded our opening keynote to include a special debate between Microsoft and Google on Enterprise Search and Information Access, in addition to our discussion on all content technologies with IBM, Oracle & Adobe.

You still have time to join us for this important and lively debate at the Palace Hotel, April 11. The keynote is open to all attendees, even those only planning to visit the technology showcase. The full keynote runs from 8:30am to 10:15am followed by a coffee break and the opening of the technology showcase, and now includes:

Keynote Panel: Content Technology Industry Update PART 2
Google and Microsoft are competing in many areas on many levels. One area which both are ramping-up quickly is enterprise search. In this part of the opening keynote, we bring the senior product managers face to face to answer our questions about their plans and what this means for enterprise information access and content management strategies.

Moderator: Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair, CEO, Gilbane Group, Inc.
Panelists:
Jared Spataro, Group Product Manager, Enterprise Search, Microsoft
Nitin Mangtani, Lead Product Manager, Google Search Appliance, Google

See the complete keynote description.

Gilbane San Francisco 2007
Content management, enterprise search, localization, collaboration, wikis, publishing …
Complete conference information is at http://gilbanesf.com/07/conference_grid.html

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Adobe, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle Executives to Participate in Keynote Panel at Gilbane San Francisco 2007

The Gilbane Group and Lighthouse Seminars announced that executives from Adobe, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle will participate in the Gilbane San Francisco 2007 keynote panel, “Content Technology Industry Update,” on Wednesday, April 11th at 8:30 a.m. at the Palace Hotel. Taking place April 10-12, the Gilbane Conference San Francisco has greatly expanded its collection of educational programs, including sessions focused on web and other enterprise content management applications, enterprise search and information access technologies, publishing technology, wikis, blogs and collaboration tools, and information on globalization and translation technology. The “Content Technology Industry Update” keynote panel will focus on the most important strategic issues technical and business managers need to consider for both near and long term success in managing content and content technologies in the context of enterprise applications. The keynote panel discussion is completely interactive (i.e., no presentations). With six tracks and 35 sessions to choose from, attendees have the opportunity to participate in a conference program focused on educating attendees about the latest content management technologies from experienced content management practitioners, consultants, and technologists. http://gilbanesf.com/conference_grid.html

Prodiance Introduces Spreadsheet Compliance Solution for Microsoft SharePoint

Prodiance Corporation announced the availability of the Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007. This new solution helps organizations improve compliance and reduce errors in the financial closing process, tighten internal controls for critical spreadsheets. The solution combines spreadsheet discovery, inventory, migration, analysis, reporting, and auditing technologies from Prodiance with content management and workflow infrastructure from Microsoft. The Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 incorporates an integrated suite of products from both companies, including: Prodiance Link Migration Manager – an application that migrates spreadsheets from uncontrolled desktops and shared drives into controlled SharePoint 2007 repositories while automatically updating any embedded links to map to their new web folder locations; Prodiance Spreadsheet IQ – an add-in for Microsoft Office Excel that automates spreadsheet discovery, inventory, risk-based analysis, multi-workbook reporting, dependency mapping, and documentation processes; Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Manager – a web service for Excel that automatically audits and compares formula, data, macro, and VB code changes for better reporting, alerting, and tracking of performance and risk indicators; Microsoft Office Excel 2007; and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is available at http://www.prodiance.com/solutions/sharepoint.html

Vorsite Announces Release of MOSS 2007 Search Connector for Documentum

Vorsite Corporation announced the release of their new Connector Technologies for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search and the EMC|documentum Content Management Platform. For individual EMC|documentum platform owners that decide to utilize the new Microsoft Office 2007 System or begin to integrate using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 or adopt Microsoft Enterprise Search, this announcement means that their existing Documentum content management platform will still be able to take advantage of the experience Microsoft Technologies provide end-users. The Vorsite Connector Technologies were designed on the Microsoft .Net Platform and use standards based web services to provide true enterprise application integration. The Vorsite Connector Technologies currently consist of two main connector types: The Vorsite Content Connectors and Vorsite Search Connectors. Both provide a connection platform for Line-of-Business applications like the EMC|documentum and FileNet P8 Content Management Systems. These Connectors are designed to address four areas of integration: Content/document Sharing, Portal Integration, and content/document Migration. http://www.vorsite.com

Adobe & Microsoft headed for battle over PDF

The Wall Street Journal reported today that talks between Adobe and Microsoft over the inclusion of PDF creation in the upcoming release of Office have broken down, and they speculate that Adobe will file an antitrust suit as a result. The issue is that MS was planning to include PDF creation for free, which is obviously a direct hit at Adobe’s Acrobat revenue. If you have been following Microsoft’s XPS (XML Paper Specification) development as we reported here, you won’t be too surprised.

It is too early to know exactly how this will play out, but anyone with applications or workflows that depend on heavy use of both Office and PDF needs to keep this on their radar!

UPDATE: Mary Jo Foley has more info on this.