SharePoint Conference 2009 Keynote

For those people unable to attend the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, the next best thing is to watch the KeyNote Address “On Demand”.

But – the trouble is often that you have to watch “online” – as mentioned by @Nilcraban (on Twitter).

NB. The video at the moment is just “available soon” – but you can try out the following technique in the meantime.

UPDATE : Keynote is available at Microsoft PressPass. And – here’s the WMV.

I’ve had some luck in the past with saving down the SharePoint “Sneak Peak” videos, so that I could watch while on the train – using my Toshiba GigaBeat (it’s a Zune, before Zune was around).

Here’s how to do it – using a few FREE and LEGAL tools :

(1) Check the page load using Fiddler2. This monitors your HTTP traffic – and basically anything/everything that gets into your browser will be logged.


(2) Grab the URL of the file – just right-click, and select “Copy > Just Url”



(3) Grab a streaming-saver tool to download it to a file. (do it over night perhaps)

I’ve used the Streaming Download Project (SDP) application before :

Think of it like a video recorder for “Windows streaming”, recording live shows, music concerts, radio shows, movies and free trailers for new release etc…

This is a free utility developed by some “MMS” developers – not the multi-media messaging stuff like SMS, but Microsoft Media Streaming technologies.

(4) Within SDP, click Open, and paste in the URL to the WMV file :


(5) Click Go – and you’ll be prompted with a “Save As” dialog.

(6) Choose a file location, and click OK.


(7) Then, just sit back and wait – go for lunch, coffee – or off to bed…

That’s all there is to it. Not exactly an elegant solution – and might take a few go’s. But, you should then be able to watch offline on your laptop, or Zune, etc.


*** The other cool feature with SDP is the ability to have a “Batch” download – just a text file with each WMV listed in a TXT file (I just used Notepad).

SharePoint 14 + PDC ?

With the PDC keynote completed (a few hours ago), I’ve been looking into the twittersphere (tweets) and blogs for info and news.

There are a few key announcements – Windows Azure is the new Cloud O/S – not actually Windows Strata as had been leaked previously.

And – there’s a VHD (Virtual PC) for Visual Studio 2010 – and .NET 4.0.

Also, there’s LOTS of talk about Windows 7 – like they’ve forgotten/skipped Windows Vista – don’t need to talk about it anymore ?

The one area I’m keen to hear announcements is regarding vNext of SharePoint.  

I have some theories / questions :

  • SharePoint 14 – will it be in line with Windows 7, and retain it’s numerical naming ?  
  • Or will it be SharePoint 2009 ?   or SharePoint 2010 ?    Remembering that SharePoint 2007 was RTM’ed in late 2006 – otherwise, would’ve sounded a year old as soon as launched
  • The answer is in line with Office 14 – Word, Excel, etc – will that be Office 14 – or Office 2009 – or Office 2010 ?
  • What’s happening with the WSS and MOSS split ?    Will there still be a FREE version – meaning WSS ?    And the MOSS standard / enterprise (licensing) ?
  • What will be the Silverlight inclusions ?   I’m sure there are many, many features and UI aspects that can be Silverlight’ed.

And – some more “functional” aspects (features) :

  • InfoPath – will there be a new in-browser designer ?   To negate the need to install InfoPath 2007 on a client PC – would be part of InfoPath Forms Services instead ?  (I’ve used a product called AchieveForms in the past – just need a web browser for forms design).  
  • Content Deployment – this is one of the biggest problems I’ve faced with SharePoint – buggy, inconsistent, annoying !   (and yes – have complained with Microsoft folk – they know…!)
  • SharePoint Designer – will there be a better UI for Workflow Designer ?   More closely aligned with WF – and the Visual Studio designer ?
  • Visual Studio – just been reading about the vNext (2010) – and there is supposedly better developer support for SharePoint – yay !

Lots of stuff to come – I know I’ll probably have to sign an NDA – so might not be able to say much more about it – until public beta…