Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 Starter Master Page 2

Last week, Microsoft’s Dallas Tester (http://twitter.com/dgtester) posted a new starter master page for SharePoint 2010: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/odcSP14StarterMaster For those that don’t already know, “Starter” is the new term for minimal master pages that were available for SharePoint 2007. Here are some screenshots of the starter master page in action, you will see that it is quite minimal: This is a great resource for learning about SharePoint 2010 master pages. If you are interested in another type of starter master page experience, you can always check out my own starter master pages at http://startermasterpages.codeplex.com. They are less minimal, but still are a good starting point for SharePoint 2010 branding projects.

Removing the Name ActiveX Control Warning in SharePoint 2010 4

When I initially looked at SharePoint 2010 I was disheartened to see that my old nemesis the Name.dll ActiveX control warning was still popping up on my sites. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a screenshot: The warning has to do with SharePoint wanting to show presence info (the little green icon next to people in your organization that are currently online). It often ends up showing on public SharePoint sites because it is elusive in development environment, it will only show in these circumstances: IE7 or IE8 Site must not be in the Intranet zone, which typically automatically includes any site that you are local to or share a domain with Must have Office, or Messenger or any other similar program installed Must have NOT already said yes to IE installing the ActiveX control If any one of those criteria isn’t met, the warning doesn’t show for you, but it most likely ...