Becoming a Live Search Advocate

Last night I attended a session at Microsoft Melbourne with Hugh Williams the partner development manager for Live Search at Microsoft. Like most I’ve always been a Google searcher however after this session I’ve decided it’s time to give live search another go. The first thing that really impressed me was Live’s image search, while very similar to Google it has a couple of features that make it a much nicer experience. Also I was astounded by how good Live’s video search was, not only does it return you a thumbnail list of results but Live have pre-crawled and pre-compiled a huge number of summary clips. What this means for you is that you can actually hover over the returned result and see a shortened version of the clip to see if it’s what your looking for.

The final thing that really amazed me was some of the storage stats around the size of some of their cache data which is to say the least amazing!

So from now on my first point of call for search will be Live, of course if that fails then I’ll move back to Google but hopefully I won’t have to.

TechEd Demo Woes

Last week Sydney was host to TechEd 2008, it also found me struggling with issues in my Windows 2008 MOSS Demo environment, the long and short of my issue was that an InfoPath form that worked quite successfully on my local machine was failing to submit once deployed to the server with a very nondescript error of “There is an unclosed literal string. Line 114, position 778 “.

Now while I didn’t find out what was causing the issue under the covers, I did manage to track down a hotfix from Microsoft that was released back in March that directly addressed this issue.

So after a quick registration process and install my demo server was back up and running like a dream.

Pre-TechEd Post

So here I sit at Melbourne Airport waiting for both my flight and my work colleague to go to Sydney for a week of TechEd goodness.

The last couple of years I’ve been fortunate enough to have a presenting spot at TechEd, and while I’m presenting again this year. This will be the first time that I’ve presented content I’ve actually written :0S(historically I’ve re-presented content from TechEd US)

So if you find your awake on Friday morning and have a free slot be sure to check out Form Processes in Minutes not Months.