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  • Browser shots

    SharePoint Dragons
    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Great URL for browser compatibility testing: http://browsershots.org/.
  • SharePoint Security and helping users become more aware

    SharePointGeoff
    Geoff Evelyn
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    A key aspect of implementing SharePoint in an organisation is relevant to security of content. The success of SharePoint in an organisation is due not only to how comfortable users are with using their current technology with SharePoint, it is also down to ensuring that the users are comfortable knowing the data they manage on their SharePoint sites are secure… One cannot hope to have any successful buy-ins from the users in relation to the security of their data on content management systems such as SharePoint, unless they understand that there are implications of storing information on…
  • Smartphone simulators

    SharePoint Dragons
    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    To test the mobile view functionality in SharePoint 2013, we needed some smartphone emulators. Here’s what we came up with… This web-based iPhone simulator is quite nice: http://iphone4simulator.com/ For the iPhone, there’s also a commercial product which is easy to use and has a trial version. It can be found at http://www.electricplum.com/studio.aspx For the Windows Phone, you need to download the SDK at http://dev.windows.com/en-us/develop/download-phone-sdk , which uses Visual Studio (2012) and the presence of Hyper-V. This emulator itself can’t run on a virtual machine (although…
  • SPServices

    SharePoint Dragons
    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    An interesting library based on jQuery that makes working with SharePoint’s web services easier: http://spservices.codeplex.com/.
  • Top 10 tips for preparing for the shift to the SharePoint app model

    Jeremy Thake's musings
    Jeremy Thake
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last weekend I went to Branson, MI for SharePointalooza which was organized by Mark Rackely and a bunch of very dedicated community members. I was then at SPTechCon Boston and the same questions came up. Essentially people are seeing all the messaging we are communicating from Redmond around the Office 365 Developer platform and wanting to know how they can prepare now where they are still on SharePoint Server 2007, 2010 and 2013. The biggest misconception was that the app model only worked in SharePoint Online on Office 365, mainly due to the messaging saying the “cloud app…
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    Andrew Connell

  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 47 is live - SPTechCon Panel Recap - Office 365, the Cloud, On-premises or Hybrid: Which Road Do You Take?

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this episode AC and CJ interviewed the participants of the SPTechCon panel "SPTechCon Panel Recap - Office 365, the Cloud, On-premises or Hybrid: Which Road Do You Take?" for their thoughts on the subject. Be sure to download the latest episode here: Episode 047 | SPTechCon Panel Recap - Office 365, the Cloud, On-premises or Hybrid: Which Road Do You Take? Remember if you have a question, send it in or leave a comment.
  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 46 is live - Microsoft Office 365 Releases Delve

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this episode AC and CJ talk about the latest product release by the Office team, Delve, which is built on the office graph. Be sure to download the latest episode here: Episode 046 | Microsoft Office 365 Releases Delve Remember if you have a question, send it in or leave a comment.
  • Using GitHub for Developer & Technical Presentations - Post Mortem & HowTo

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Leading up to the SPTechCon conference in Boston, MA, I wrote how I planned to forgo PowerPoint in my presentations and instead, rely completely on Github: Using GitHub for Developer & Technical Presentations. My plan was to simply show the presentation markdown file, but things took a turn in the right direction. Before SPTechCon I gave a session at a local event, Code Impact. That morning I ran into a friend, Tom Bates who asked what my plans were and if I was using something called reveal.js. I wasn’t, but long story short, about 45 minutes before my session we implemented it. I…
  • Check out my Interview on the Office 365 Developer Podcast

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy Thake, the host of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, and chat about SharePoint workflow in on-premises & Office 365 solutions. Specifically, we talked about the different ways to create custom web services that are locked down and only respond to secured requests by SharePoint sites running either on-premises or in Office 365. OK... we actually talked about a bunch of stuff... but workflow was the real topic. I had a great time & think you might get something out of it so take a listen! If you aren't already subscribed to the…
  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 45 is live - Office Client Apps in Office 365

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this episode AC & CJ talk discuss the latest news related to Office 365 and talk about the current state of the Office desktop clients. Be sure to download the latest episode here: Episode 045 | Office Client Apps in Office 365 Remember if you have a question, send it in or leave a comment.
 
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    JOPX on SharePoint, Big Data and the future of work

  • SharePoint UserInfo table : deep dive exploration

    jopx
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    A couple of months ago we encountered some issues after upgrading a SharePoint 2007 environment to SharePoint 2013 using a migration tool. One of the symptoms was that information about users was incorrectly displayed. This led us into the looking into how SharePoint stores user information inside its databases.The user information which is being displayed in a created by or a modified by field in SharePoint it is not being directly retrieved from Active Directory but it is retrieved from an internal SharePoint table called the UserInfo table. All users in Active Directory are not immediately…
  • SharePoint Server 2013–Error on manage user properties page–your search encountered an error

    jopx
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Last week when I wanted to modify some user properties in a SharePoint Server 2013  - I got a very strange error “Your search encountered an error. If the problem persists, contact the portal site administrator” I first checked search but I saw no errors in there – it seems that the error description is not really guiding you in the correct direction. The solution was starting the ForeFront Identity Manager Service (Run command>Services.msc) as outlined in this blogpost UserProfile Service, Managed properties are not available Tags van Technorati:…
  • BIWUG SharePoint Quiz 2014

    jopx
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    BIWUG invites you to the second SharePoint Quiz: have a great evening while learning some interesting stuff! The rules are similar to last year:•Registration is required•Choose your own team•Up to 3 members for each team•Share your team name using #biwug #SPQuizBE•Unique and funny SharePoint related team name is a bonus•Female members is a plus!•40 questions, 4 rounds•No cheating allowed•Post a question on twitter with #SPQuizBE and boost your chances to get the highest score Register for the BIWUG Quiz 2014 PS Don’t forget to check out our completely redesigned BIWUG…
  • Office 365 urges you to stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

    jopx
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago I first noticed a new warning message in Office 365 stating:“Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. We will work to update and clarify our Office 365 system requirements soon and communicate this to you via Message Center.”This is actually quite a bold statement from Microsoft, because you take a look at the August 2014 browser market share (http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php), the usage of previous versions of Internet Explorer…
  • Must read whitepapers on Enterprise Social Collaboration (Microsoft)

    jopx
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Enterprise Social Collaboration Progress Model (June 2013) - Microsoft and the Eller MBA program at the University of Arizona jointly developed the Social Collaboration Progression Model that outlines six stages of social collaboration and their triggers, obstacles, and impacts. The six phases identified in this model represent a progression that can be used to ascertain an organization's current state in the social collaboration paradigm. The paper identifies the prerequisites that are necessary to move to a chosen target stage, the obstacles that must be overcome, and the impacts of such a…
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    Chris O'Brien

  • JavaScript-based provisioning in SharePoint/Office 365

    Chris O'Brien
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    In this post I want to specifically focus on the idea of JavaScript-based provisioning code – a potentially useful approach which has a place in every modern SharePoint developer’s toolkit. This is the idea of using SharePoint’s JSOM API (i.e. the JavaScript version of CSOM) to perform various one-time configuration steps for SharePoint sites - I was initially somewhat sceptical of this technique (JavaScript? For provisioning? Would that be reliable??), but having seen some team-mates use it with success on projects (kudos guys!), I think it’s worthy of consideration. Background For…
 
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    CleverWorkarounds

  • Help me visualise the pros and cons of hybrid SharePoint 2013…

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Like it or not, there is a tectonic shift going on in the IT industry right now, driven primarily by the availability of a huge variety of services hosted in the cloud. Over the last few years, organisations are increasingly procuring services that are not hosted locally, much to the chagrin of many […]No Tags
  • Join me learning Dialogue Mapping in the UK/Ireland in September

    admin
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hi all I will be in the UK in the first week of September for various matters (like watching Kate Bush in concert) and while I am there will be running a 2 day Dialogue Mapping introductory class. If you liked Heretics Guide to Best Practices, or If you simply want to learn […]No Tags
  • A “Glyma” of an idea…

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Hiya A while back Kailash recorded an interview with me (over beers of course) for a project on his blog. During that interview, he asked me to elaborate on the story behind Glyma which has now been uploaded to Youtube… If you have played with Glyma or are interested in knowledge management, then […]No Tags
  • Rewriting the knowledge management rulebook… The story of “Glyma” for SharePoint

    admin
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Send to Kindle“If Jeff ever leaves…” I’m sure you have experienced the “Oh crap” feeling where you have a problem and Jeff is on vacation or unavailable. Jeff happens to be one of those people who’s worked at your organisation for years and has developed such a deep working knowledge of things, it seems like […]No Tags
  • Tips for using SPD Workflows to talk to 3rd party web services

    admin
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Hi all One workflow action that anyone getting into SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow development needs to know is the Call HTTP Web Service action. This action opens up many possibilities for workflow developers, and in some ways, turns them into an option to be taken seriously for certain types of development in SharePoint […]No Tags
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    Bill Baer

  • SharePoint and Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC)

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    The question of read-only domain controllers (RODC) and SharePoint comes up frequently in conversation and on forums, whether not supported, and what potential issues can be expected if implemented with SharePoint. This article will help address some...(read more)
  • Document Property Promotion and Demotion Overview and Considerations

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Overview Document Property Promotion and Demotion is a Feature in versions of SharePoint designed to synchronize specific metadata across documents and its parent List columns and/or fields. Property promotion refers to the process of extracting values...(read more)
  • ULS Viewer and SharePoint 2010

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    So you downloaded the ULS Viewer and fired up on your SharePoint 2010 environment only to see something like this? ---- System.TypeInitializationException: The type initializer for 'UlsGump.AboutForm' threw an exception. ---> System.TypeLoadException...(read more)
  • Implementing Azure Blob Storage (ABS) with SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint 2013 [Updated]

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Overview NOTE (8/26/2014) With any solution that externalizes the unstructured content with SharePoint you need to understand the limitations and optimal use of those solutions as documented at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff628583(v=office...(read more)
  • ULS Viewing Like a Boss (ULS Viewer is now available)

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I’m excited to announce we’ve published a new and improved version of the ULS Viewer. About the Unified Logging Service The Unified Logging Service (ULS) is the primary logging mechanism in SharePoint to make it easier to develop applications, expose...(read more)
 
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    Stefan Goßner

  • September 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released (updated September 12th)

    Stefan Goßner
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Update: The KB article for SharePoint foundation CU has been adjusted. The KB and the download link are now working. The product group released the September 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. For September 2014 CU we...(read more)
  • September 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The product group released the September 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family. For September 2014 CU we again have full server packages (also known as Uber packages). Unlike August 2014 CU no other CU is required to fully patch...(read more)
  • SharePoint patching demystified

    Stefan Goßner
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    After release of SharePoint 2013 August CU I received many emails and blog comments which showed that there is lots of uncertainty related to SharePoint patching. Especially the difference between the terms Cumulative Update and Server Packages (also...(read more)
  • August 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    The product group released the August 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family. ATTENTION: Be aware that all Update for SharePoint 2013 require SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 OR March 2013 PU for SharePoint 2013 to be installed...(read more)
  • August 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released (updated August 22nd)

    Stefan Goßner
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    [UPDATE: an additional localized fix for SharePoint for this CU was released on August 22nd: 2760757 - included in the list below] The product group released the August 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. Be aware that...(read more)
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    Not Fit For Print - Robert Bogue [MVP]

  • Article: Validating Software Requirements

    Robert Bogue
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Unit testing and test driven design don't help you if your requirements aren't right. It may be that trying to create the tests will expose that you have a problem but wouldn't it be nice to know that there are gaps in requirements before you sit down to write code? Although it's impossible to get perfect requirements, most developers would love to get requirements that are better than what they're getting. Whether you're getting requirements from a business analyst or you're creating them yourself, here are a few simple tips for ensuring that your software requirements are right. Read more…
  • Article: Yammering About Development

    Robert Bogue
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    Years ago, we heard about a movement in software development that was more about individuals and interactions than processes and tools. It was about responding to change and not a rigid plan. Of course, I'm quoting from the Agile Manifesto. Agile development didn't spring to life overnight, but slowly and over time we've adapted as an industry a more agile approach to how we develop software. A similar change is happening in the way that we communicate, and it's happening in the same fits and starts that agile development initially had. The change is about collaboration, not negotiation. It's…
  • The Rise and Fall of the Blog

    Robert Bogue
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    I started this blog in June 2005. It was after much resistance. Back then every one of the web sites and publishers I was working with was asking if I had one. My first post named the blog – Not fit for print. I really did feel like the entire online world was celebrating the democratization of content and everyone started creating blogs. More recently I've noticed a reduction in the traffic to my blog – not in overall aggregate numbers, those numbers are climbing ever so slowly. However, what I did notice is that my RSS traffic dropped substantially. Take a look at these statistics from…
  • Product Brief: Metadata Term Store Sync for SharePoint

    Robert Bogue
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    One of the challenges that I face with my clients is how to help them manage a single taxonomy across multiple platforms. There are some tools that we use to develop and manage taxonomies but ultimately those taxonomies need to be something that users can tag in their work and that means getting the taxonomy into the tools they use to create and manage content. For most of my customers that means SharePoint. That's why I was excited that the team and I could help PremierPoint Solutions develop their TermSync solution. It takes any database – actually anything that can be connected to…
  • Good Requirements for Developers – Published at Pluralsight

    Robert Bogue
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    My history with software development starts before I graduated high school. I was taking programming courses at the local community college. I was getting small jobs to help software developers and working a cooperative job for a computer consultant in Essexville, MI. The simple fact is that I started my career as a developer learning where the semicolons and braces go. Over the years, I've written dozens of articles on software development. Some of the ones I felt like were most important got bundled up into a book that I called Constructing Quality Software. Before and after that time I was…
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    Matthew McDermott's Blog

  • A Good Week for My Nokia Lumia 920

    Matthew McDermott
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    I love my Lumia 920. It has been the best phone I have ever owned. This has been a good week for my Lumia 920. I gave it a good cleaning to fix a fogged lens and this morning AT&T released the Cyan Update. Cleaning House About a year ago I began to notice that photos taken with the front lens on my Nokia 920 were not nearly as good as the rear lens. I mean I understand that the rear lens (the real lens) is a much better lens. This is one of my favorites taken in Kinsail, Ireland. (I still need to find an “I shot this with my phone” photo contest and enter this shot.) The…
  • Microsoft to Retire Tags and Notes in SPO

    Matthew McDermott
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Microsoft has announced that they will retire Tags and Notes in SharePoint Online. The article indicates that users should use Yammer or the Newsfeed instead. While I am not terribly surprised by this move. I am disappointed that the only viable replacement is Yammer or the Newsfeed. Neither of these solutions offer a true replacement for the Tags and Notes feature. Neither has a decent “consolidated view” of my tags and notes, offers a Public and Private view, or offers a simple in browser experience for the user to collect and manage links with tags and notes. Users I talk to…
  • User Centric Query Rules

    Matthew McDermott
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    In SharePoint 2010 anytime a client asked for a query that user User Profile properties to drive the results we had to develop and deploy a custom search solution. In SharePoint 2013 we can now access User Profile properties through the much improved Keyword Query Language. I use one simple example of this in my Search Session demos. I call it “Your Documents”. Your Documents Query Rule Create a new Query Rule on Local SharePoint Results. Give the new rule a name. Remove the Query Condition, this rule will fire on all queries. Click Add Result Block and formulate your query as…
  • Template Site Collection Feature Error

    Matthew McDermott
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I have been busy this week creating a PowerShell script that recreates an organically grown SharePoint Site Collection with a dozen hierarchical sites based on site templates. The last time we created a site like this it took about 3 days. With a script I have it down to about 8 minutes on an Enterprise (E3) Tenant. One issue I ran into was when I tried to apply my site templates to the new site for my client I received the error: New-SPOWeb : The site template requires that the Feature {592ccb4a-9304-49ab-aab1-66638198bb58} be activated in the site collection. At <site>   I tried…
  • Provisioning SharePoint Search Service Application

    Matthew McDermott
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    I have been presenting how I provision SharePoint 2013 Search for quite a while and have finally gotten around to publishing my script for provisioning a SharePoint Search Service Application with PowerShell. This script can be used to initially provision SharePoint Search in a multi-server environment. With minor tweaks it can also be used to alter an existing topology. There are a couple things that this script demonstrates: How to use a configuration file How to provision multiple servers from a script How to specify where each search component is provisioned How to set initial…
 
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    Waldek Mastykarz

  • Inconvenient installing Apps for Outlook from Organization Store

    Waldek Mastykarz
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Publishing apps to an Organization Store is a great way for distributing internal apps to users. Unfortunately installing Apps for Outlook from an Organization Store is more complicated than you might think. Productive with Apps for Office Apps for Office are a great way of extending the standard capabilities of Office applications. Particularly when connected to internal systems Apps for Office can be great productivity boosters helping users getting things done within a single experience of the Office application that they are working with at the moment. Publishing Apps for Office The main…
  • Working with Managed Properties in Search-driven publishing scenarios

    Waldek Mastykarz
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:14 am
    SharePoint 2013 does great job configuring things for you in search-driven publishing scenarios but there are a few things you should keep in mind to save yourself trouble. Search-driven publishing One of the great improvements delivered with SharePoint 2013 is search-driven publishing. The idea behind it is, that once content is crawled and included in the search index, it can be published in many different locations, such as portals or apps. In most scenarios the indexed content is structured data made up of different properties. This makes it possible to separate the content from its…
  • Building solutions with Office Graph – session change at SharePoint Connect Amsterdam

    Waldek Mastykarz
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    With the recent release of Office Delve and Office Graph I decided to change my session and present about leveraging Office Graph for building custom solutions. Office Delve and Office Graph Recently Microsoft started releasing Office Delve – a user experience available in Office 365 which surfaces personalized content to you from across Office 365. Office Delve is powered by Office Graph which allows Delve to show you information based on what you’re working on and what’s trending around you. Whereas Office Delve is a solution that just works and currently cannot be customized, Office…
  • mavention.com Single Page App is live

    Waldek Mastykarz
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Today I released the Single Page App version of mavention.com. This November on the SharePoint Connect 2014 conference I will be presenting a session about building SharePoint 2013 portals and public-facing websites using the Single Page App (SPA) approach. To show you, that it’s all not smoke and mirrors that I am talking about, but also to give you a working example that you can refer to after my presentation, I decided to build a SPA-version of the mavention.com website. Although it is a public-facing website, everything that you see on it can be applied to a content-driven portal as…
  • Inconvenient Content Targeting with User Segments in Search REST API

    Waldek Mastykarz
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Content Targeting with User Segments just works with Content Search Web Parts but some additional work is needed if you want to leverage it with the Search REST API. Content Targeting with User Segments in SharePoint 2013 One of the great capabilities of SharePoint 2013 Search is Content Targeting with User Segments. Using Query Rules you can specify how the search results of the particular search query should be modified. This allows you to change how the results are sorted but you can also add new results to the original set of search results. In order to have those Query Rules executed,…
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    Bamboo Nation

  • Project Management Central 4.3, Part 1: How to Use the New Risk Chart for a Project Site

    Tuan Van Huynh
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Project Management Central 4.3 features a robust risk charting feature. In this post, I will illustrate how to create a risk list and view the list using the new risk chart. 1. Create New Project from Create New Project/Department Button.   2. Enter the name of the project under Title. In this example, the name of the projects site is ProjectSiteDemo. Click Create Button to create project site. 3. On your site, click Central Actions, select Lists, then select Risks List.   4. In All Risk Items, click Add new item to input values for columns. 5. Set Status and…
  • SharePoint Fest Denver: De-Mystifying ROI Calculation for SharePoint with Sarah Haase

    Nichole
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Many of us have been there. Assessed a client's needs, immediately identified ways to streamline processes, implemented a solution, and moved on to the next best thing. But, how many times have we really evaluated the return on investment (ROI) to determine if the solutions are actually successful? In this session, Sarah Haase, a librarian living in a SharePoint world, explained strategies on calculating ROI for SharePoint. We know ROI is a benefit to the investor, i.e., getting back more than you put in, right? But what is ROI and how can you determine if your SharePoint investment or…
  • SharePoint Fest Denver: Content Types 101 - Easier Than the Theory of Relativity

    Nichole
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Armed with candy and snacks for the "good students", Solution Architect Tamara Bredemus kicked off day two's break-out sessions with a discussion of content types. Starting with the basics, What is a SharePoint Content Type? Generally speaking, content varies based on the organization. It can be anything you need to list, search, or store - ranging from a word document to contractual language to templates. Content types have many benefits including: Managing multiple types of content from one location Reducing the number of fields presented to the user Using multiple templates…
  • SharePoint Fest Denver: 10 Ways to Engage Employees on SharePoint and Yammer

    Nichole
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    As soon as I heard Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', I knew I was in the right session. Jeff Willinger, Director of Everything Cool 2.0 at Rightpoint, is definitely not running low on fuel. This energetic social media know-it-all offered practical "why-didn't-I-think-of-that" techniques when it comes to SharePoint and Yammer adoption. And with that, here are Jeff's top 10 proven tactics: Create a social idea generation initiative. Sales process integration quick wins: Identify a revenue-generating process and align social media around it. Conduct…
  • SharePoint Fest Denver: Climbing the Social Ladder – A Case Study of Business Social Strategy

    Nichole
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    What's your social strategy? Gathering around the water cooler, joining the gang after work for happy hour, FaceBook? Liz Sundet, a self-proclaimed biker chick and Applications Architect at OneNeck IT Solutions discussed the challenges - and strategy in taking her organization up the social ladder during one of the first break-out sessions of the day. The job: As described by her manager, build a site that everyone could access. This included bridging multiple companies with multiple locations to improve user collaboration. The challenge: With four SharePoint site collections, less than…
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    Andy Dale SharePoint Blog

  • Office 365 Rejuvenates SharePoint

    Andy Dale
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Apologies that it is four months since my last SharePoint blog, but my passion for SharePoint has now be reinvigorated (big word for a Villa fan) by the sudden phenomenal explosion of SharePoint in the UK. It would be easy to blame my lack of blogging on the poor performances of Aston Villa, the UK recession or being regularly stuck on the M25, but I think the real reason is I just got bored of SharePoint. I had been a SharePoint fan since my first exposure to the joys of Document Management Systems at Chemical Site in Wolverhampton back in 2002. For years I rode the SharePoint bandwagon and…
  • Andy Dale's SharePoint Famous Five

    Andy Dale
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Even after working with SharePoint for over ten years I still find myself learning new things. So in today's blog (yes, I know first one for six months. See Official Apology at the end) I will reveal five tricks that I have recently discovered. Versions of SharePoint come and go, but they don't basically change that much. Ok the way t looks might change and new features are added but behind the scenes it is all still pretty similar. All of these tricks work from 2010 onwards and most of them in 2007 also. So here are my SharePoint Famous Five 1. Add a print form option to any list item i)…
  • Andy Dale SharePoint Award Nominations 2013 Extension

    Andy Dale
    2 Oct 2013 | 2:11 am
    I start this week's SharePoint Blog with some sad news. Maybe it was the holiday season or maybe interest in SharePoint is finally start to wane, but for the first time we have not received a full set of nominations for my annual SharePoint Awards. But here is some good news, I have decided to extend the nomination period for a further 2 weeks (closes now Sunday 13th October at midnight). Don't worry if you have already nominated as these have already been saved. Here are a reminder of the rules for nominations and the categories this year; Nominations Open Until 13th October…
  • Andy Dale SharePoint Awards 2013

    Andy Dale
    4 Sep 2013 | 7:24 am
    Now that the Premier League Transfer window has safely shut and Christian Benteke remains a Villa star it time to launch the 5th Andy Dale SharePoint Awards.  Voting for this year's awards will take place here on this SharePoint Blog during October and close on Halloween Night (31st October midnight UK Time). Before I explain the rules for this year's nominations here is a quick reminder of last year's winners when over 20,000 people cast their votes; Reminder of SharePoint Awards 2012 Winners 1. Best SharePoint Information Site  Winner – Nothing But SharePoint (End User…
  • SharePoint Designer Workflow Tips

    Andy Dale
    25 Jul 2013 | 8:52 am
    SharePoint without Workflow is like 'Cheers' without Diane. Good but not brilliant. Workflow really brings SharePoint to life allowing many mundane information processing tasks to be automated. As a SharePoint consultant with Office Talk I have helped many companies create a whole range of Workflows with the help of the 'free' SharePoint Designer. These have included;1. Project Bid Request Systems 2. Holiday Approval Systems 3. Automatic Document Disposals 4. Patient Appointment Systems 5. New SharePoint Site Requests 6. Purchase Order Systems 7. New Employee Setups With only a little…
 
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    Jeremy Thake's musings

  • Top 10 tips for preparing for the shift to the SharePoint app model

    Jeremy Thake
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last weekend I went to Branson, MI for SharePointalooza which was organized by Mark Rackely and a bunch of very dedicated community members. I was then at SPTechCon Boston and the same questions came up. Essentially people are seeing all the messaging we are communicating from Redmond around the Office 365 Developer platform and wanting to know how they can prepare now where they are still on SharePoint Server 2007, 2010 and 2013. The biggest misconception was that the app model only worked in SharePoint Online on Office 365, mainly due to the messaging saying the “cloud app…
  • Apple’s biggest mistake today was locking the stream down to Safari

    Jeremy Thake
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    I sat at work today, looking forward to watching the keynote by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.  I was very disappointed to  find out that it was blocked to all browsers except Safari…ie. to iOS and OSX. Apparently this isn’t a new stance. Now I have a MacBook Pro at home which I use all the time for my digital photo editing…but at work I’m running Windows 8. What was my experience trying to follow the announcements? I followed TechCrunch live blogging notes, which was actually surprisingly good. I also followed along on Twitter, where it was a mixed bag of apple fan…
  • Top 5 things I’ve learnt in 5 months at Microsoft

    Jeremy Thake
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    “Time flies when you are having fun” Anon Just sitting on the sofa tonight and looking back at the calendar its nearly the end of August and I started at Microsoft March 31st, nearly 5 months ago. I think anyone who joins Microsoft corp without working in the field is going to have a unique experience in their first year. Microsoft as a company is also going through changes with the Mobile First, Cloud First directive from the new CEO, Satya Nadella, who joined in February. The division I’m in as a Technical Product Manager, Office 365, is also going through significant…
  • Using the Exchange Online EWS API with Office 365 API via Azure AD

    Jeremy Thake
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    In my normal day to day job in the Office 365 Developer technical product management team I’ve been doing more and more work with the new Office 365 APIs that call into Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business and use Azure AD for auth flow. These new end points are all OData 4 and very much focused around the mobile device application and standalone web application “me” space…e..g as the logged in user accessing services related to that user. There is plenty of information on dev.office.com (our nice shiny new one!) on these APIs and I’ve…
  • August catch up on Office 365 Development news

    Jeremy Thake
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It’s been a busy few months for our Technical Product Management team, in Building 1 in Redmond, focusing on Office 365 Development. It’s month four for me personally in the team and reflecting back it’s been a great ride! it has been a really exciting time working with the team with our core focuses: Chris Johnson leading the team and driving our vision with management; Sonya Koptyev focusing on the Information Worker developers and the new dev.office.com; Dave Pae focusing on our ISV NDA program and DX (formerly DPE) cross-over including Dev Camps; Jim Epes working on the…
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    Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog | Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog

  • Speaking at Sinergija14

    Gunnar
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’m glad to announce that I will be speaker at Sinergija14 conference at Belgrade, Serbia this year. Techies part of event takes place  21-22.10 at Crone Plaza Hotel. Sinergija is the largest and most influential annual conference in South Eastern Europe dedicated to information – communication technologies and their business applications. This time I have two presentations: Working with Legacy Code (20.10 18:00-19:00, Atlantic I)This session is about how to work with legacy code and how to survive the most painful moments. I don’t focus on how to get out and bring your code to…
  • My second session at KulenDayz 2014

    Gunnar
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Organizers of KulenDayz contacted me and asked for one more presentation. Their choice takes you to the engine on SaaS-based portals running on Windows Azure. As this presentation is based on real-life experiences I think it’s valuable source of information for those who are planning something more complex on Windows Azure. Here’s the short overview of this presentation. This presentation is titled as Building SaaS portals on ASP.NET and Windows Azure. Topics covered: Overview of cloud environment and cloud services How simple web application evolved to SaaS portal Short overview of…
  • ASP.NET MVC 6: Reading form values

    Gunnar
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    With new HttpContext in ASP.NET MVC 6 we will also get new request class. One markable change is how form variables are read from request. As there is no key-value collection with form variables that is filled by default when request is created we have to read form values asynchronously. Here’s the example how to do it. As far as I understand then the decision to not load form variables by default is related to keeping HttpContext object graph minimal. New request object has asynchronous method called GetFormAsync() and we will use this method to load form variables. public async…
  • Speaking at KulenDayz 2014

    Gunnar
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    I’m glad to announce that I’m speaking at KulenDayz 2014 about next version of ASP.NET and demonstrate some new and cool stuff it brings to us. Most of content is about changes to current ASP.NET and the way we build and run web applications. Of course, I make demos too to illustrate my talk. This post introduces my ASP.NET vNext presentation. My presentation What’s new in ASP.NET vNext is schedule at 06.09.2014 11:00. It is targeted to ASP.NET architects and expert level developers who make technical decisions about web applications. Topics: Overview of ASP.NET vNext Architectural…
  • ASP.NET MVC 6: New HttpContext

    Gunnar
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    ASP.NET MVC 6 is mostly about rework of framework internals and it comes with changes that affect also our applications. One important improvement is new HttpContext class. In this posting I will discuss about this new class a little bit. Why new HttpContext? New HttpContext was needed anyway because by default ASP.NET MVC 6 has no reference to System.Web assembly. All needed functionalities from this assembly are moved to new libraries and many of these are changed or will change (probably). The other reason is too big object graph of current HttpContext. It takes approximately 30K in memory…
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    SharePoint Reviews Articles

  • Product Validation: Datapolis Workflow

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    This Product Validation Report produced by SharePointReviews.com in collaboration with Ron Charity delivers independent validation of Datapolis Process System capabilities and provides insights on how the product compliments customers’ native Microsoft SharePoint deployments. This report should not be treated as a replacement for the evaluation process that you would normally conduct before making a purchasing decision, but it will provide independent information on the product to help you with your decision. Download this Product Validation Report (PDF)  
  • Product Validation: SharePoint CRM by Lookout Software

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    This Product Validation Report produced by SharePointReviews.com in collaboration with Ron Charity delivers independent validation of Lookout Software SharePoint CRM capabilities and provides insights on how the product compliments customers’ native Microsoft SharePoint deployments. This report should not be treated as a replacement for the evaluation process that you would normally conduct before making a purchasing decision, but it will provide independent information on the product to help you with your decision. Download this Product Validation Report (PDF)  
  • Product Validation: List Form Extensions Feature by KWizCom

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    This Product Validation Report produced by SharePointReviews.com in collaboration with Ron Charity delivers independent validation of KWizCom List Form Extensions Feature capabilities and provides insights on how the product compliments customers’ native Microsoft SharePoint deployments. This report should not be treated as a replacement for the evaluation process that you would normally conduct before making a purchasing decision, but it will provide independent information on the product to help you with your decision. Download this Product Validation Report (PDF)  
  • Deploying SharePoint Workflows: How to Cut Workload and Minimize Risks

    4 Feb 2014 | 8:10 am
    SharePoint workflows are great at streamlining and tracking processes, ensuring their compliance, and automating tasks. Workflow automation is a must for all companies wishing to have their internal methods functioning smoothly and effectively. It makes sure that a process runs in the correct way, allows to track its current state, and speeds it up by delegating many tasks from people to computers. Things that used to be done in days now take hours. SharePoint workflows is a popular tool to help you achieve this goal. However, there are some limitations that can cause deployment challenges.
  • Applying CRM Best Practices to SharePoint

    2 Feb 2014 | 2:38 pm
    If you are thinking about deploying CRM solution for your organization, there are many considerations - culture, processes, policies, people, and technology. If you read our latest review of SharePoint CRM by Lookout Software, you understand what it can do for you. SharePoint creates a great, flexible platform for deploying a fully-loaded CRM for your business users. Here are some points to think about when developing your program:
 
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    Michael Greth [SharePoint MVP]

  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 332

    Michael Greth
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Aktuell nur noch heute (10.9.): SharePointPodcast verlost 2 Freikarten für Events im Oktober SharePoint SharePoint und der Internet Explorer 11 – Ein Beziehungskonflikt September 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released SharePoint Alerts via SMS? @IFTTT SharePoint Workflow Top Thema im Oktober 2014 Office 365 Removing duplicates in the birthday calendar of ‘outlook.com’ Microsoft Webinar Serie: Das neue Arbeiten: Flexibilität und Agilität im digitalen Zeitalter. Office Delve vormals Projekt Oslo beginnt Rollout auf Office 365 First version of Delve is…
  • SharePoint Online Tags & Notes in den Ruhestand geschickt

    Michael Greth
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Die Ankündigung kam recht kurzfristig – die Tage des Tags & Notes Features auf SharePoint Online sind nicht nur gezählt, sondern auch schon seit 1.9.2014 vorbei. Der dazugehörige Supportartikel “The Tags & Notes feature of SharePoint Online has been retired. Users can no longer create new tags and notes or access existing ones. All existing tags and notes have been archived in .csv files, which are downloadable from the SharePoint admin center. Only SharePoint Online admins can download these files. Between September 1 and December 1, 2014, administrators will be able to…
  • SharePoint Workflow Top Thema im Oktober 2014 auf der SharePointCommunity

    Michael Greth
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Was interessiert SharePoint-Anwender wirklich? Welche Probleme wälzen sie? Was sind ihre aktuellen IT-Projekte mit der SharePoint-Plattform? Fragen, die ich immer häufiger auf Konferenzen höre oder in Foren und Social-Medien lese. Die Antwort überrascht vielleicht, denn nicht etwa Social oder Cloud steht ganz oben auf der Liste, sondern die klassischen Themen wie Dokumentenmanagement, Teamarbeit und Workflows und Geschäftsprozesse. Im Zuge des ganzen Social-Hypes sind diese Themen in der allgemeinen Kommunikation in letzter Zeit etwas untergegangen, aber trotzdem…
  • Tipp Microsoft TechTalk zum Windows App Studio

    Michael Greth
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    TechTalk ist die Videoserie der DX-Abteilung von Microsoft Deutschland. Das Developer Experience and Evangelism Team stellt regelmäßig aktuelle Themen rund um die Microsoft Plattform vor. In der 6.Folge des TechTalk erklärt Lori Ritter, wie man ohne Code zu eigenen Windows und Windows Phone Apps gelangen kann. Alles was man dazu braucht ist das Windows App Studio, und das nicht anderes wie eine Webseite die einem jegliches Coden abnimmt. Windows App Studio Website    
  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 331

    Michael Greth
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Buchtipp  Build SharePoint Apps with ShareCoffee von Thorsten Hans Community Aktionen Freikarte gewinnen (1) - Best Practice Days SharePoint am 8.+9.10.2014 in Köln Freikarte gewinnen (2) - SharePointForum Stuttgart am 09.+ 10.10.2014  Alle Community-Rabatte auf der Übersichtsseite SharePoint Konzeptionelle Anforderungen an eine SharePoint Plattform Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part and faceted navigation now available in SharePoint Online for intranet scenarios Microsoft Clarifies SharePoint 2013 Patch Process and New 'Uber Packages' Meet the new Office Dev Center Office…
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    SharePoint (and Project Server) Shenanigans

  • Free #ProjectOnline /ProjectServer advice sessions @ #ProjChallenge #PPM #Microsoft #Project #PMOT

    Giles Hamson
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) Just a quick email to let you know that I will be at Project Challenge in October 2014 at Olympia, London. I will be there over the two days and available for free 20…
  • See you at SharePoint Saturday Jersey !

    Giles Hamson
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Looking forward to see some familiar faces at the SharePoint Saturday Jersey this weekend, it’s always amazing to see so many people willing to sacrifice their Saturday to talk geeky / work related subject. Our session is at 10:30 so come and learn about the latest BI Reports Tools in Excel that will make you re-think about Excel, and see how we can expose those reports into SharePoint and Office365 in minutes. If you see me around, please stop me and say Hi !  / Bonjour ! (click my profile to see what I look like ;-)  via François on Sharepoint http://bit.ly/1n2zipj French…
  • Project Server 2013 More Symptoms to Lost Resource Issue #PS2013 #LostResources #ProjectServer

    Giles Hamson
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    In relation to famous Lost Resources issue, i would like to share few more symptoms that can help you to identify an exact issue and apply the relative fix. Also the purpose is to feed search engines with more relevant data to help us lead to right direction. By the way if anyone has already applied April 2014 CU, or planning to apply, then note that the fix for this issue is available as part of this April 2014 CU. But the fix will not solve any existing affected projects, and you need to follow Brian’s advise mentioned in his blog (URL available below) to fix it. Also more details and…
  • #ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 September 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

    Giles Hamson
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) The Office 2013 September 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below: http://bit.ly/1xOLFtM Project Server 2013 September 2014 Server Roll up…
  • #Microsoft #ProjectOnline Reporting Pack #MSProject #SharePointOnline #Office365 #PPM #Excel #BI #Data

    Giles Hamson
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) I have recently created a reporting pack / report starter pack for Project Online. These can be downloaded from the Microsoft Gallery link below: http://bit.ly/1Cxa6vr…
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    SharePoint Dragons

  • Smartphone simulators

    Nikander &#38; Margriet Bruggeman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    To test the mobile view functionality in SharePoint 2013, we needed some smartphone emulators. Here’s what we came up with… This web-based iPhone simulator is quite nice: http://iphone4simulator.com/ For the iPhone, there’s also a commercial product which is easy to use and has a trial version. It can be found at http://www.electricplum.com/studio.aspx For the Windows Phone, you need to download the SDK at http://dev.windows.com/en-us/develop/download-phone-sdk , which uses Visual Studio (2012) and the presence of Hyper-V. This emulator itself can’t run on a virtual machine (although…
  • Browser shots

    Nikander &#38; Margriet Bruggeman
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Great URL for browser compatibility testing: http://browsershots.org/.
  • Project Adam

    Nikander &#38; Margriet Bruggeman
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Project Adam is a new deep-learning system modeled after the human brain that has greater image classification accuracy and is 50 times faster than other systems in the industry. Watch this video: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=220709. You should also take a look at: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/dnnvision-071414.aspx.
  • SSIS Package In Visual Studio 2012: Designer View suddenly gone

    Nikander &#38; Margriet Bruggeman
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Have you ever experienced that the Designer View of an SSIS package in Visual Studio is suddenly completely empty while all the underlying XML is all gone? It had us puzzled, but it was solved by closing all packages in VS (just click the X’s) and then re-opening the package. Apparently the UI of SSIS is not all fine and dandy, we found this post to be of interest too: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sqlserver/en-US/3dc85f3c-59b7-4671-9894-e12ef2680d27/ssis-package-when-opened-in-designer-shows-nothing-because-it-is-scrolled-to-bottom-right-where?forum=sqlintegrationservices.
  • SPServices

    Nikander &#38; Margriet Bruggeman
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    An interesting library based on jQuery that makes working with SharePoint’s web services easier: http://spservices.codeplex.com/.
 
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    Mike Smith's Tech Training Notes

  • Did you ever want to take a Microsoft exam from home or the office?

    Mike Smith
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
      Starting today, if you are a U.S. resident (and if you’re not stay tuned—they’ll be expanding soon), you can take dozens of the MCP and MTA exams from the comfort of your home or office through a process called online proctoring by Pearson VUE. Or as Ken Rosen says "Come on, admit it: you’ve always wanted to take one of our exams in your pajamas. I can’t be the only one." See Ken's blog article
  • Developer Apprentice Program in .NET

    Mike Smith
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
      Know someone who is unemployed who would make a great programmer?   MAX Technical Training is doing something quite interesting!  Again! Dislocated workers who live in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties and are not working may be eligible to take Developer Apprentice training in .NET programming. Good candidates include those with a background in IT who want to update their
  • SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati Oct 11, 2014

    Mike Smith
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
      SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati Saturday, October 11, 2014 Event details, including speakers and topics have been posted! Go here for details and registration: http://www.spsevents.org/city/cinci/cinci2014 Like two years ago, we have a theme! "ScarePoint Saturday" Come in costume or as you are…   My topic will be "Changes to SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Security You Must Know" Track: IT Pro,
  • SharePoint User Cannot Rename a File

    Mike Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
      The following applies to SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online / Office 365. There's never an end of things to learn about SharePoint security! (I've got about 235 pages of what I've learned in SharePoint® 2010 Security for the Site Owner!) Did you know that a user without the Delete permission cannot rename files in a document library! Attempts to change the Name property of a file
  • Developer Apprentice Program in .NET

    Mike Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
      MAX Technical Training is doing something quite interesting!  Again!   "Interested in becoming a Developer or know someone who is?" "Whether you are an employer looking hire a .NET programmer or a Job Seeker looking to build a new career - this is the program to meet both your needs." "This intense 9 week "boot camp" immerses you in 42 intense full-days of training. To be accepted, you must
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    Top SharePoint Sites » Blog

  • Best SharePoint Designs in Norway

    Luis Kerr
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    We continue our series on the Best SharePoint Designs by country with another inspiring showcase of websites developed in Norway. Throughout the series, we hope to feed your SharePoint branding inspiration appetite by covering various countries where SharePoint adoption for public facing websites is an ongoing success. From its imposing mountains and well-known fjords to its contemporary yet scenic cities, Norway is basically one of the most beautiful countries in the world. No wonder why it is labeled by most people as the land of never ending beauty. There is an undeniable grace in its…
  • Brevis – Premium SharePoint 2013 Theme

    Luis Kerr
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Following the success of ShareBoot Responsive SharePoint 2013 theme, I decided to take the SharePoint 2013 branding to the next level by releasing a premium theme designed with responsiveness in mind. I know your time is too precious to waste it on the inner workings of SharePoint styling and by releasing this premium theme I hope I can help you with the SharePoint branding. This premium theme will allow you to give your SharePoint 2013 website a modern and attractive look and in the same time it will help you reduce the time it takes to have such site live in minimum amount of time. By…
  • Responsive Top Navigation Menu

    Luis Kerr
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    In my quest to design a perfect three levels down responsive top navigation menu for SharePoint, I’ve stumbled on some annoyances that only people dealing with branding the SharePoint sites will understand me. First, we need to give a bit of credit to MS for allowing us to use CSS instead of the old fashioned tables by setting the UseSimpleRendering property to “True”. An improvement, but far from a smooth sailing. Second, why in the name of Merlin’s saggy left, MS decided to use the ClientIDMode property to generate and insert the pesky ID, zz2_RootAspMenu,…
  • Foundations with Websites Built on SharePoint

    Luis Kerr
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    A non-governmental body established as a not-for-profit organization or a charitable trust is often referred as a Foundation. Its primary purpose is focused on providing grants to various institutions or individuals, for educational, scientific, religious, cultural or other charitable purposes. As any other charitable organizations, budget limitations are very common, hence the need for an attractive, informative and user-friendly website is often overlooked. However, the following websites represent the most beautiful and creative SharePoint-based websites belonging to foundations. These…
  • SharePoint Sites of the Month #13

    Luis Kerr
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Here is some more SharePoint design inspiration with another selection of beautifully crafted SharePoint websites submitted to our showcase over the past weeks. Four built with SharePoint 2013 and three with SharePoint 2010. Sites of the Month is a collection of the most exceptional SharePoint website designs submitted to our showcase and picked by our staff based on their usability, design, creativity, improved user experience, custom functionality and ability to incorporate modern web design techniques. If you’re designed, implemented or you’re managing any SharePoint…
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    Fifty Five and Five

  • Content Engagement: Is content king on your Intranet?

    Chris Wright
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Do you run or manage an Intranet? If so, is it successful? By successful I mean does it regularly get used? Do users find it helpful in their day to day jobs? Has adoption and uptake met expectations? If you answered ‘Hmm not really’ then you might want to think about Content Engagement. Content Engagement is a service we run that provides regular quality content for company Intranets of all shapes and sizes. But first thing first, what has content got to do with Intranet adoption? Content is king Bill Gates coined ‘Content is king’ when the Internet was still a…
  • Google Docs – Five areas that can easily be improved

    Chris Wright
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Google Docs is really powerful tool, but we think there are five areas it can easily improve. Here at Fifty Five and Five we make extensive use of Docs, Sheets and Drive for our day to day business. Our team of writers and authors use Docs and Drive to create and share content. Our consultants use all three to record notes and write documents. As a company we have now also adopted Google Drive as our primarily file ‘store and share’ solution. Whilst there are lots of big areas Google could improve, their are also some really small things that would really enhance the…
  • The Logic Group – Copywriting training

    Chris Wright
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    Fifty Five and Five delivered a copywriting training session which was extremely well received by our stakeholders. Not only did we get expert insight into crafting great copy but also practical tips we could apply straightaway.                 Renu Martingale, Marketing Manager, The Logic Group Improving internal capability As part of a wider engagement, Renu Martingale, Marketing Manager at the Logic Group, asked Fifty Five and Five to run a copywriting training session with a number of internal stakeholders. The group were already responsible for producing a range of content,…
  • Microsoft is getting serious about the future of Office 365

    Chris Wright
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Microsoft recently made three announcements that tell us a great deal about the future of Office 365. Each on their own appear only small advances in distinct areas. But put them together and a picture reveals itself of a company (or at least a product team within a company) that is making some very interesting plans for the future. The Office 365 roadmap The first move was a very small one. Microsoft put online, for anyone to access, a roadmap for Office 365. This is a big list of upcoming features, and gives Microsoft partners and customers alike the ability to plan ahead when it comes to…
  • SharePoint security best practice: Think long term

    Chris Wright
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Security in SharePoint is pretty easy to setup and manage initially. SharePoint security best practice for the long term is a lot harder to achieve. Authenticating users from Active Directory works well, and the SharePoint security model allows permissions to be easily assigned. But keeping things running smoothly as systems grow and expand can be tricky, not least because SharePoint doesn’t really make it easy to review an entire estate in any meaningful way. For example there is no quick way to: Look at the data volume of all SharePoint sites Get a report of all users with a certain…
 
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    Add-in Express Blogs

  • Creating an Excel Stock Information RTD server using the Yahoo Finance API

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    In today's article, we'll write an Excel RTD server that returns the latest stock prices and other information. In case you're not familiar with Excel RTD servers, it is used to communicate with a real-time data source, such as stock quotes and provide the user with a constant flow of changing data
  • Using Outlook Recipient and Recipients collection – guide for developers

    Ty Anderson
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    Writing email can get you in a lot of trouble if you are not paying attention. I can tell you about some seriously funny (on retrospect) situations caused when I inadvertently added a recipient that I did not intend to add. I can tell you but I won't (unless we meet in person and you buy me a beer). Let's just say that Outlook's autofill feature is not your friend and is not to be trusted
  • Calling Yahoo Weather web-service from an Outlook add-in

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    It's been a while since my last blog post and today we start the first in a series of exciting blog posts on integrating Microsoft Office applications with web-based services. The web is growing bigger and bigger by the day and there are a wide range of applications and services available on the internet which you can use to provide your users with more features and functionality inside Microsoft Outlook.
  • Outlook Address Book – complete guide for developers

    Ty Anderson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Out-of-the-box, Outlook'is address book is the default contacts folder that resides in a user's Outlook folder structure. In a typical Outlook installation, there is a single contacts folder and feeds the TO, CC, BCC fields in the Outlook email form. In any form that supports assigning a contact to it, the default address book feeds it as well
  • Exception from HRESULT 0x800A01A8 in PowerPoint solutions

    Andrei Smolin
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    On an example of a simple scenario, this article demonstrates what causes 0x800A01A8 and how to avoid it in C#, VB.NET, VBA, Delphi. Exception from HRESULT: 0x800A01A8 is also known as OLE error 800A01A8 and also known as Object Required.
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    SharePointGeoff

  • SharePoint Security and helping users become more aware

    Geoff Evelyn
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    A key aspect of implementing SharePoint in an organisation is relevant to security of content. The success of SharePoint in an organisation is due not only to how comfortable users are with using their current technology with SharePoint, it is also down to ensuring that the users are comfortable knowing the data they manage on their SharePoint sites are secure… One cannot hope to have any successful buy-ins from the users in relation to the security of their data on content management systems such as SharePoint, unless they understand that there are implications of storing information on…
  • SharePoint and the Internet of Things

    Geoff Evelyn
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Bold statement time. The Internet is a collection of machines – and there is more data generated by machines than humans. IOT (Internet Of Things) is connected devices providing data which will simplify, enhance, and enrich our lives. Already connected devices are beginning to revolutionise our lives; but to understand the nature, challenges and opportunities we need to understand how we can take informed decisions concerning this technology and trends. Things like how the data our devices upload and download is shared, used, managed, controlled with clear data integrity. What should be…
  • GEListAllSites – Sharepoint tool to List Sites and permissions

    Geoff Evelyn
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    List one or all sites on a farm with information concerning size, storage, bandwith, owner, optionally including a switch for displaying those with a specific right on the sites. An enhancement upgrade to the nifty utility GEGETRIGHTS, this is yet another nifty application and FREE! Works with Sharepoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010. This outputs to a Text or XML or Html file (you choose!). Does it cost me anything? No, it’s free. However, it would be nice for you to donate? Click the Donate button below! How do I use it? Download the 2013 or 2010 version from Codeplex here: GELISTALLSITES…
  • Office 365 Standard Response to Request for Information – Security and Privacy

    Geoff Evelyn
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The Cloud Security Alliance published the Cloud Control Matrix, to support consumers in the evaluation of cloud services and to identify questions prudent to have answered before moving to cloud services. In response to this publication, Microsoft has created this document to outline how we meet the suggested principals and mapped them to the International Standards Organization (ISO) 27001:2005 and ISO 27002. With this standardized response we would like to empower customers with in-depth information to evaluate different offerings in the market place today. Standard Response to Request For…
  • Software Development Practice Journal – Call for Articles

    Geoff Evelyn
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you into technology? Really? Love SharePoint and associated technologies? Would you like a chance for your ideas to be heard? Want to join the worlds only Institute of those who design, build, test, implement, analyse software? Then you should consider writing for the Institute of Analysts and Programmers. The Institute of Analysts and Programmers is Britain’s leading professional organisation for people who work in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software.  The institute produces every quarter the ‘Software Development Practice’…
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