Registration open: Boston SharePoint Users Group July 24th Meeting

The​ Boston Area SharePoint Users Group (BASPUG) was founded to bring together like minds to network and share their experiences, triumphs, and tribulations around Microsoft SharePoint, to provide a community platform for Boston area SharePoint users, administrators, developers, architects, of all experience levels, even brand new to SharePoint, to share their knowledge with the community. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at either the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA, or at the Microsoft office in Waltham on Jones Road.

Meeting Information


The SharePoint Technology Conference is back in town, and we will once again be co-hosting our meeting with them and the Granite State SharePoint Users Group at the conference.

This process involves two registrations – one here through EventBrite so that we can track how many people are planning to attend, as well as registration with SPTechCon.

To be able to attend, you MUST register through the SPTechCon site here:

And you must select EXHIBIT HALL ADMISSION ONLY through that link. This will be a free registration. If you do not do this, the SPTechCon staff WILL turn you away.


We will have a panel of speakers on general SharePoint topics. We will update the list on our site as the event draws closer.

MEETING SPONSOR – The SharePoint Technology Conference (SPTechCon)

The SharePoint Technology Conference, July 22-25 in Boston, is the world’s premier independent event for Microsoft Office SharePoint. The format includes 90+ technical classes, workshops and breakout classes with content geared to IT professionals, business managers and developers. It features top Microsoft MVPs, dozens of expert MS speakers and solutions from 50+ exhibitors (exhibits admission is FREE!). Boston SPUG members and newsletter subscribers can receive a $200 discount off either the 4-day or 3-day pass by inserting the code SPUG when prompted on the eRegistration page linked from


Join the conference at 5:15PM on July 24th for free food and drinks at the SPTechCon attendee exhibit reception.


The BASPUG panel will be from 7PM to 9PM in the Staffordshire room.


We will be handing out raffle tickets at the BASPUG meetings.


We will be meeting at the The Westin Copley Place Hotel, located at 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. For more information on the facility, as well as directions, please visit here:


Join our group on LinkedIn today to connect with the rest of the BASPUG members, and spread the word!


We are also on facebook!!/pages/Boston-Area-SharePoint-User-Group/113652405354617


Follow news about the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group on twitter by following us @BASPUG, and by using the hashtag #BASPUG


Visit the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group website at


Event meetings are organized by Geoff Varosky of Jornata, Eugene Rosenfeld of Black Blade Associates, Talbott Crowell of Third Millenium, and Dan Diachenko of Baufest.

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….


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