Call for Speakers is Now Open for SharePoint Saturday Boston 2014!

It’s that time of year again, when we start to think about spring, and more importantly, SharePoint Saturday Boston!

I am pleased to announce that the call for speakers for SharePoint Saturday Boston 2014 is now open! We are beta testing the new SPSEvents website, so please report us any issues you encounter as well. Go here for more information on how to register to speak at the event: 

What’s SharePoint Saturday you ask? Go here to find out:

Microsoft SkyDrive is now Microsoft OneDrive

In case you missed the news today, Microsoft SkyDrive will soon be renamed to Microsoft OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business (SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro respectively). There are no major changes to note as of this point, but it is something to be aware of.

As the post above notes, be sure to go to the Microsoft SharePoint Conference from March 3-6 in Las Vegas to see what is coming down the pipe for OneDrive.

If you cannot make it, be sure to follow my blog here, as I will be posting lots of information on SharePoint and Office 365 from the conference and following it.

SharePoint 2013 Preview – First Look – SharePoint…went metro.

While playing around with a cloudshare 2013 Preview environment, the first thing we see is Central Administration when we log in to this pre-configured environment.

First things first – SharePoint went Metro. Sure it is not all tiles, but the theme definitely went that direction. The CA quick launch menu and action groups are exactly the same as SharePoint 2010 – so no new big changes there.


The Ribbon got a minor cosmetic facelift, with fancy drop-in and out effects, but, not too much different there as well.


Some bigger changes however right off the bat… are the links and new icons available in the upper-right hand corner.




The Newsfeed takes you to your profile page newsfeed. SharePoint 2013 definitely has a lot more “social” functionality to it, such as following people, sites, documents, and tags.





The SkyDrive link, basically is your documents from your My Site. My guess here is that this can be synced to a Windows Live SkyDrive, because they are using the same naming convention.


One thing to note however… is the ability to drag files right onto the UI, without needing to any additional work. I see that has a huge timesaver, and painkiller for a lot of users.

When you drag a file in, it brings up a drop-zone which you can easily add files to the library:


What would SharePoint be without an error though?


Much prettier than the BIG BLANK WHITE SCREEN OF ERROR in SharePoint 2010, and definitely better than 2007.


Welcome Menu


Next is the welcome menu… blah blah blah…

what I find more interesting is what comes next.


The settings wheel/cog thingy


Edit Page – simple and easy enough. Does not appear much has changed there.

Add an app –  great! We now have apps… in SharePoint. Yay.

View Site Contents and Site Settings – Finally, they have been able to simplify the menus down to 1! Only took a few versions of the product for this to happen! Those are exactly what they were in 2010. Except for this… that nice grid view we had in 2010, 2007, 2003… is now… tiles.


Not that psyched about it. I loved the breakdown by list/library type. Now they are all just different “apps”.

Clicking on Add an app (great icon, I am puzzled too why they went with “apps” – oh right! buzzword! Worked for that company that is the name of a tasty fruit….)

Give you a long list of tiles again… I liked where Microsoft went with the Silverlight controls in 2010 for adding lists/libraries, searching, filtering… but, am not impressed by the tile view… makes creating lists and libraries more difficult and less user friendly IMHO… but that’s just me.


and once we are in there… I noticed one other thing… The SharePoint Store!


Seems they need to work on this… could just be the preview, or the preconfigured image I am using… but, it appears broken, but, there is a 2010 logo on there 🙂



Senor Smiley

The smiley face, that’s for sending feedback on the beta. I plan to use that. a lot.



Sharing is caring, and also a headache for administrators


Our next icon to poke at is the Share icon. This allows you to invite people to content, sites, etc. Now. This is a good thing – allows you to easily share content with others. This is also a bad thing. I am guessing you (hopefully – oh please god say its so) need proper permissions to give access… and if that is the case, that is great. But, if not, and anyone with contribute permissions can invite everyone to everything – permission management will become a nightmare. We’ll see how that pans out…


Focus Danielson… Focus


This hides the quick launch. ‘Nuff said.

Until next time… when I get a chance to show off some more stuff….


Office 365 + Outlook + My Site Social Connector – Hotfix Released 12/13/11!

One of the features I have grown to love in Outlook 2010 is the Social Connector – that window below your emails which you can enable to view aggregations of social network updates (My Site, Facebook, LinkedIn, to name a few) as well as past conversations, calendar items, attachments, and more.


Up until this month however, if you were a user of Microsoft Office 365, then you could not connect to your My Site hosted on SharePoint Online, you would get this lovely error after entering in all of the credential information:


Being a user of Office 365 – this was an issue for me, especially since I use the Social Connectors in Outlook daily.

I am pleased to announce, that as of December 13th, 2011,  that it has finally been fixed! You can download and install the hotfix from here (Outlook x64 only):

Works perfectly now!

Finally into the Office 365 Beta Program

imageIt seems that Microsoft has done another massive push into the Office 365 Beta program. So, yesterday, after months of waiting, I was finally able to get in. I most likely not be using this blog to market off the benefits (you can find those here: Top benefits), but rather, share my observations.

One neat thing which I did not expect… the Developer Dashboard is part of O365!


I thought that was a pretty cool inclusion they did for this. After all, this is a hosted version of SharePoint, and they are using FBA to connect to what I can assume is an LDAP database to host accounts.


Anyhow, more information and observations to come… hopefully some interesting stuff.

At the very least, I now have a * subdomain… That’s just cool.

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