Posted by: kurtsh | October 28, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Updated content for “Productivity Hub” including Windows 7

Downloadable Content for Windows 7 as well as updated content for the month of August 2009 is now available for download for the Productivity Hub:

  • Updated content for Access, Communicator, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Sharepoint, and Word
  • 5 brand new content topics: Live Meeting, OneNote, Project, Publisher, and Visio

DOWNLOAD: Content Packs for Productivity Hub (Requires registration)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=277fefca-d62f-41bc-943d-79002254cfee

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For those that forgot, the Productivity Hub is available to download for FREE.  Here’s a site that has a public installation of the product.

DEMO SITE:  http://templates.wssdemo.com/sites/productivity/Pages/Default.aspx

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The Productivity Hub is a SharePoint Server 2007 site collection. It comes packed with over 300* pieces of content, including videos, documents and PowerPoint slides. This gives you a great start at building a learning community behind your firewall.

Microsoft has developed the Productivity Hub to help you optimize your Microsoft end user training plans, and is provided at no cost.

The Hub centralizes Microsoft’s end user training content while providing a great use case for using SharePoint Server throughout your organization. It removes the need for you to have to find, centralize and publish Microsoft’s free end user training to an internal site; we have done the work for you. You can customize the Hub to fit your branding and needs. The flexibility and rich feature set of SharePoint Server 2007 allows you to add web parts, remove web parts, and add your own content to the Hub.

The Hub highlights the best features of SharePoint Server 2007, while providing you with end user training for the newest versions of Office, SharePoint, and Windows.

The Hub uses SharePoint Server’s social networking features to engage end users. It also offers training for “coaches” or power users internal to each customer. Coaches can help reduce the burden on training and helpdesk staff by adding another level of support. 

The Productivity blog is another way to give your end users ongoing Tips and Tricks – and the blog is where you will find out about new content for the Hub. You can either keep the RSS feed on your Hub home page, or put it on a hidden page and reuse the blog content in your own internal SharePoint blog.

Benefits to you:

  • Helps reduce costs: Streamlines training and helps reduce training overhead. Acts as a tool for training departments and IT.
  • Multiple learning paths: Includes learning roadmaps, coaches, forums, searchable content and more.
  • Helps increase productivity:  Accelerates 2007 Office system use through a learning community.
  • Drives adoption: Ongoing access to training enables deeper use and helps create new power users.
  • Ignites collaboration:  Encourages self-help through the coach program. 
  • Proof of concept: Provides a vision for collaborative learning – leading to collaborative work.

Quarterly Content Updates
We will provide quarterly content updates for your Hub beginning August 2009. You can learn about the updates on the Productivity blog. The following is an approximate delivery schedule (subject to change).

Update

Month

First quarterly update

August 2009

Second quarterly update

November 2009

Third quarterly update

February 2010

Fourth quarterly update

May 2010

A Note on 2010 Office Content
We will provide content updates for 2010 Office when it becomes available. We are also planning an upgrade to SharePoint Server 2010 and will have a migration path for customers currently using the SharePoint Server 2007 Hub.

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Once registered for the Productivity Hub download, you will see download buttons for both the Hub software itself along with an Installation Guide. In addition, as of recently, you will see Downloadable Content for Windows 7 as well as updated content for the month of August 2009 which includes:

  • Updated content for Access, Communicator, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Sharepoint, and Word
  • 5 brand new content topics: Live Meeting, OneNote, Project, Publisher, and Visio

Note that this is the same location is where you can anticipate Content Updates this coming November 2009.

ORIGINAL POST:  http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!5750.entry

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