SharePoint Plays Well with Other Technologies

Our authors work with SharePoint plus Azure, PowerShell, Office Web Apps, and more

Welcome to SharePointPro Connections magazine. If you’re a SharePoint admin or developer, you will always find great content here and on our website SharePointProConnections.com. In this issue our authors (SharePoint experts all) examine several different technologies and explore their relationship with SharePoint. It’s not surprising that a platform that’s designed for collaboration should have points of contact with many different kinds of technologies and integrate well with them. SharePoint 2010 opens new opportunities for developers and SharePoint admins. We can’t cover them all in this issue, but we’ve started with Windows Azure, PowerPoint, and Office Web Apps, to name a few.

This month we’re also honoring the SharePoint finalists and winner in the annual Best of TechEd contest run by the Microsoft and the Penton magazines (in addition to the one you’re holding, they are Windows IT Pro, DevProConnections, and SQL Server Magazine). Read the article and see which vendors made the cut.

 A Sampling of Feature Articles

We’re kicking off a new column this month from Microsoft architect evangelist Kirk Evans. In SharePoint Toolbox, Kirk highlights community contributions on Codeplex. The inaugural column looks at the Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition (CKS:Dev).

Todd Klindt returns to our pages with the cover story “Learn How to Manage SharePoint with PowerShell.” SharePoint 2010 introduces PowerShell as the replacement for STSADM. In this useful how-to article Todd shows you how to get started with PowerShell. Todd says that yes, there’s a learning curve, but it’s worth it for the power and speed you will get.

Microsoft has been heavily evangelizing its Azure cloud platform. You may understand what this means for Windows or even for SQL Server, but what does it mean for SharePoint? In a very thoughtful piece, a regular in our pages, Steve Fox, explains how developers can start thinking about tying Azure services and applications into SharePoint.

 Join Us at SharePoint Connections 2010 November 1-4

SharePoint administrators and developers shouldn’t miss this event. Many of the SharePoint authors you find in these pages have sessions there. It’s a great place to learn from Microsoft and industry experts and make connections with others in the SharePoint community. I invite you to stop by our booth at the product expo and give us some feedback on the magazine. We’d love to meet you. Go to devconnections.com to register.

 SharePoint Admins and Devs: Send in Your Experiences

We’ve heard from several readers who said that they’d like to see Reader to Reader articles from fellow SharePoint pros in the trenches. In addition to the MVPs, speakers, and authors who fill our pages with expert articles, we’d like to hear from any reader, SharePoint dev or SharePoint admin, who has solved a difficult SharePoint challenge. Just describe your problem, write up your step-by-step approach to the solution and send it to us. Send Reader to Reader articles to me [email protected] or [email protected] If we publish your article, we’ll pay you $100.

 Check Out Our Website: SharePointProConnections.com

We continue to improve our SharePointProConnections.com content website. Make this your place for SharePoint community. You’ll find all the content from the magazine online, plus blogs, podcasts, webcasts, news, and fresh content from Microsoft insiders. You’ll also find SharePoint eLearning offerings for developers and systems administrators, information on our virtual SharePoint events, as well as links to our online store, LeftBrain.com.

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