Larry Cannell

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My Top Three Social Software Sessions from SharePoint Conference 2014

by Larry Cannell  |  March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Although I did not attend this year’s SharePoint Conference, I spent (far too much) time over the weekend going through many of the slides and videos from the conference, which are now available on Channel9. Here are my top three social software sessions from the conference. I like these sessions because they either provide great advice around the tactics […]

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Five Things We’ve Learned About Office and SharePoint Since Microsoft Acquired Yammer

by Larry Cannell  |  January 28, 2014  |  Comments Off

It’s been 18 months since Microsoft completed its acquisition of Yammer and a little over a year (about 14 months) since the company shared details of their plans at the 2012 SharePoint Conference. Nevertheless, based on the conversations I have with Gartner clients, many people are just now starting to realize how big of a change this acquisition […]

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What I Will Be Looking For at the SharePoint Conference

by Larry Cannell  |  November 9, 2012  |  1 Comment

Next week Microsoft will be unveiling details behind SharePoint 2013. My primary interest is in improvements in SharePoint’s social software capabilities. However, Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Yammer leaves questions about the future of SharePoint-provided social software capabilities, as well as the future of Yammer. In addition, the beta release of SharePoint 2013 and the Office […]

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With Yammer, Microsoft Needs to Rethink the Office Suite

by Larry Cannell  |  November 9, 2012  |  6 Comments

Next week I will be at the SharePoint Conference, where Microsoft is introducing SharePoint 2013. While a big question on many people’s minds is Microsoft’s plans for integrating SharePoint and Yammer, we will also get a closer look at other social software improvements. The acquisition of Yammer and the changes in SharePoint 2013 show that […]


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The Microsoft/Google Search Squabble Should Be About Privacy, Not Cheating

by Larry Cannell  |  February 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

Yesterday Google accused Microsoft of using the Bing Toolbar (an Internet Explorer add-on packaged with Windows Live Essentials) to collect information about what people are searching for and the pages they most commonly pick in the search results. This information is sent to Microsoft where it influences Bing search results. More details are available in […]

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Enterprise Implications of Office 365

by Larry Cannell  |  October 19, 2010  |  Comments Off

Microsoft will be adding multiple levels of enterprise packages to their BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services) SaaS offering and is also renaming the service to “Office 365.” All of these packages will be based on the latest releases of SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync (formerly called Office Communications Server). Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft Office 365, […]

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Microsoft Throws in the Towel on Blogs

by Larry Cannell  |  September 27, 2010  |  Comments Off

Congratulations to Automattic (the company behind WordPress). Microsoft chose not to compete with WordPress to win an unwinnable war for Internet blog platform supremacy. Instead, Microsoft gave in and it looks like they are trying to leverage WordPress’ popularity to improve the visibility of other Windows Live properties. It is interesting to note that […]

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