TIP Adding a Web Application to your Task Bar using Chrome

If you open a lot of web sites every day you will be familiar with the challenge caused by having 20-30 tabs open in a browser and navigating between the tabs, especially because there is no differentiation between a tab that runs a web app and a tab that is simply a web site you opened while performing research or just casual browsing. You could of course close a tab once you are done with it but who has the time to do that?

There is a solution to this problem: You can add your browser tab to your Desktop. HowtoGeek posted a good article on how this can be achieved: https://www.howtogeek.com/141431/how-to-turn-web-apps-into-first-class-desktop-citizens/

TIP: You can also add the web app to your Task Bar by right clicking on the Desktop and selecting “Pin to Taskbar” (Windows 10, but a similar function is available for all other operating systems).

Windows 8

Last summer Windows 8  made its first public demonstration.    Though it is not out yet, there is a preview version that can be downloaded which came out a few weeks ago. So far it has already had over 1 million downloads.  The product is said to come out in late 2012.  It is mainly designed around touch screens but works on both tablets and PC’s.  It runs of HTML 5 and JavaScript.  Although it is new, older versions of Windows apps will still work, they will not be fitted to the screen like the new ones are.  Windows 8 is extremely simple to work.  Just tap and swipe to other apps.  One of the newer features is that the user can use 2 apps at once by splitting the screen.  One app will take up the right side, and the other app will take up the left side; convenient for multi tasking.  Underneath all the new features, when the user gets to the core of it, it is still Windows.  There is still a task bar, a file manager, and app icons.  When it comes out, hopefully it will be successful!

The Benefits of Microsoft Office 365 Sharepoint

Sharepoint 365 is a program that lets small businesses stay organized.  There is no set up required because Microsoft does it for you.  This program gives small companies a way to stay connected with their employees and stay hands on.  It focuses on real project benefits and is easy to use.  It sets up a personal website that can be effortlessly customized for each business.  Any documents that are entered into Sharepoint can be viewed, edited, and managed throughout the company, at any place whether it be at home or at the office.  This program is a great entry way for small to medium size businesses.  Read on to see examples of how great sharepoint really is.

Does your company have a lot of everyday routines? Sharepoint has a system for reminders.  If a business has monthly/weekly/or daily routines that need to be reminded of, they can be entered into the Sharepoint database and the business user will be reminded when required.  Another example of how Sharepoint works is the search bar.  If a user cannot find something the search bar is one of the best around.  It brings you to anything that can be related to your search with ease.  Sharepoint is also great for keeping track of projects that are going around.  It helps sync your employees with your projects to find out what stage they are in.  Are you a small business owner that needs help organizing? Think about getting Office 365 installed.

The Cloud.CM offers a great variety of tools for students.

Cloud.CM is a cloud computing website for people of all ages and backgrounds.
An online virtual desktop which can be accessed from anywhere at any time is what many are excited for. The Cloud.CM allows one to create, store, and share files.
One may collaborate with family, friends and colleagues in a secure and safe environment.
Multimedia and social networking tools are also provided, to provide users an all-in-one-solution.
Text and video chat, file sharing, Productivity Suite (Great for word, excel, or PPTS, a user can view, edit and create) , Groups and Calendars,
which will be valued for event planning and organizing. The profile explorer will work as a Social Networking App.
Students will be able to interact and collaborate online in a virtual environment. Through video conferencing while sharing and updating files, students have the ability to work in groups remotely.
Students will also be able to broadcast conversations between them and a person of their choosing. Members not part of the cloud will still be able to engage.
A media application to play music and videos, and also provides an avenue for students to remain in touch with professors as the students’ progress in their chosen careers.

Microsoft’s Office 365: Working in the Clouds

Office 365 is Microsoft’s new subscription service gives small businesses a big businesses feeling. The service let professionals “work from anywhere using familiar-feeling Web-enabled applications” while boasting to improve workforce productivity. As small businesses begin to rely on Exchange, SharePoint and Lync the program allows people to share their projects and ideas as well as communicate with one another in the cloud. Although Google Docs is free, Microsoft says the easy transition of the program (since users already have Office installed on their devices) is worth the $6.00 a month. The big question is whether the service has enough differentiating benefits to charge the fee. Office 365 offers security and virus scanning with its Forefront Online protection for Exchange and email and calendar access 24/7 (with the same familiar format of Microsoft Exchange Outlook).

365’s Web application offers features to create and edit documents comparable to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. However, the application version doesn’t have as many options as one would expect to find in an app so leave the “heavy lifting” to the desktop version. The feature I found most interesting and useful for small businesses is the Team Site piece. Team Site can organize and share documents, allow a posting board for employees and is very customizable. The second feature is its ability to create public web sites.  This feature comes equipped with hundreds of various themes and even has the option to include your businesses’ custom CSS code. Stay tuned as the service has more time to evolve in the marketplace and decide whether the $6.00 fee (per employer) is worth the money.

Creating a SharePoint List Parent/Child Relationship

Even though Sharepoint data is stored in and managed by SQL Server, creating relationships between two lists is not very easy. But it can be done, even without coding, as long as you keep it to a simple Parent-Child, one-to-many relationship.

I found an excellent post by Mark Rackley that describes the process in detail using Sharepoint Designer 2007 and if you follow the videos carefully it takes about 10 minutes to set this up. You have to get used to the quirkiness of Sharepoint Designer, though. Clicking and editing webparts can be a challenge sometimes, that is why it is recommended to keep both Design and Code view open at all times so that you can jump back and forth. Rackley’s Youtube video’s demonstrate this quite well.

I haven’t found any posts on creating more complex relationships, I am assuming you would have to code to do this, which I am trying to avoid. Perhaps Sharepoint 2010 will change this.