With the Facebook IPO filing I'm starting to get excited about stocks again and my whole outlook on the market is getting brighter. This morning I bought a bunch of Zynga ZNGA shares, Linkedin LNKD shares, and even picked up more Amazon AMZN. I'm even looking at adding the SOCL ETF to my long term portfolio. I've never really talked about stocks on this blog, so why start now? Because that's the mood I'm in right now. Not only am I excited about what's happening in the market, but I'm even more excited about what's coming out of Microsoft! Yes, I did just get back from Antarctica and I'm sure that whole trip has my mood up as well.
The biggest bet I'm getting excited about is this next wave of Office 15 products especially SharePoint. There's a great mood in the air with SharePoint sharing information about the Technology Adoption Program, the Technical Preview, and the SDK. "This morning, we reached an important development milestone: the beginning of the "Office 15" Technical Preview Program." From CVP of Development, Microsoft Office Division.
For the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio," PJ Hough, corporate vice president of development for Microsoft's Office Division, wrote in a Jan. 30 corporate blog posting.
I do want to caution my friends in the community, please don't get caught up in publicly sharing information about this 15 wave of products until Microsoft is publicly sharing the bits. It's very easy to extrapolate what the next version of SharePoint might have in it based on some of what's been mentioned, but sharing this information openly like it's already shipped and nothing will change is bad juju. Not only does it make Microsoft concerned and think you're a loose cannon, it will also get you put on a short list. I'm sure the MVPs and TAP customers are getting reminded about the all so common NDA agreements, and while you're not in an NDA, it will still be assumed that the entire community is in an NDA until public beta. Please don't blog about SharePoint 15 content that could be considered NDA. It may get you some popularity in the short term, but there are also career limiting risks. There are some who understand these risks and decide they will take these risks anyway, but I suggest you be aware of how it is perceived to those in the NDA and it can look like you're sharing information that's private and not to be shared publicly. With social media so pervasive in our lives it makes it very easy to even pass on the details with a simple retweet. I suggest avoiding it.
"While we make every effort to ensure the technical accuracy in this documentation, it is preliminary documentation and is subject to change."
There are some very public things that Microsoft has revealed and it's totally ok to check them out. It's also good to get excited about our futures. We live in an exciting time. Great to not have to get bogged down with everything else that's going on. We've got something to celebrate. By the way, I am already thinking about some crazy launch party ideas…
Here's a few articles to catch you up…
"Office 15" Technical Preview Program (Microsoft's Office Executive Blog)
You can download the very very early SDK from the Download Center
EWeek: Office 15 Now in Tech Preview
MSNBC: Office 15 Goes Out for Testing