SharePoint Server 2019: What you can expect

Microsoft made several announcements at the SharePoint Conference North America in Las Vegas last week, and one of the biggest announcements that everyone wants to hear about is; what is happening with SharePoint Server 2019. Well, I have some hot-off-the-press information about what Microsoft is saying we can expect in SharePoint Server 2019. Microsoft Senior Product Manager Bill Baer delivered a session the first day of the conference to share the exciting news about what’s in store for SharePoint on-premises Admins, and developers. We can summarize it in one word: Modern. I’ll be focusing on the IT Pro information, but provide a smidge of developer info, and I will begin… Read More

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Links to my free training videos from several resources

Online Training Videos Sign up for a free 1 month trial subscription at Pluralsight using code 607-2213-JQZ4-7FRA to view my SharePoint, SharePoint Online, and Office 365 courses available from Pluralsight. Sign up for a free trial subscription at Pearson to view my Windows Server Identity with Windows Server 2016 course available from Pearson. Sign up for a free trial subscription at LinkedIn to view my course on Migrating from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016. You can also view this course on Lynda.com. Please visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy to view my Microsoft SharePoint and SQL Server courses. You can visit the ComputerWorld site to view my monthly SharePoint blogs. Thanks for visiting! Brian

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Staying Aware of SharePoint Online and O365 Changes

Are you overwhelmed, confused, or maybe even caught off guard when changes are made in SharePoint Online? Well, you aren’t alone. This ever-evolving product that is near and dear to our hearts is being updated regularly and if you aren’t paying close attention you may not be able to keep up with the changes or understand what changes are happening or may have already happened. I have good news for you, not only can you be informed of upcoming changes to SharePoint Online, you can also read about the changes that have already taken place. Let’s begin by looking back at what you may have missed. Microsoft maintains a Web… Read More

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SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 ‘Lite’ released by Microsoft

When Microsoft launched SharePoint Server 2016, they said you’ll no longer have to wait for the next major release of SharePoint to obtain new features and functionality introduced in SharePoint Online. They are following through with this concept by releasing SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 in early September of 2017 nearly a year after Feature Pack 1 was released. Microsoft also just re-released Feature Pack 1 again in August of 2017 which is KB4011049. Personally, it seems like a long time in between feature packs considering how many changes have been made to SharePoint Online. Feature packs, also called Public Updates or PUs, include all previous updates for SharePoint Server 2016 including… Read More

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Join me at the European SharePoint Conference in Dublin

Making ESPC as Easy as 1.2.3 Europe’s Largest SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference is approaching fast. Here’s a few handy tips on how to make the most of your time at the conference. Find out who’s going   Check out Twitter #ESPC17 to find out who’s going or visit the ESPC17 delegates page. If you would like to be added to this page, email your image and details to sarah@sharepointeurope.com There’s no better time to network with your peers, connect with new prospects, or touch base with customers than ESPC17. Don’t bank on running into them at the conference, reach out to them before and arrange a meeting. Plan Ahead  Take a look… Read More

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May 2017 SharePoint Summit Overview

Microsoft’s first SharePoint Virtual summit was held today Tuesday, May 16, 2017 and there were several fgreat announcements made. I’ve included about ½ dozen of these announcements. For the full story with the details from the summit, please visit the following site: SharePoint Summit May, 2017 Also, information regarding SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 was introduced today, which will be released in the fall of 2017, and it was noted that SharePoint Server 2016 there are no plans to make SharePoint Server 2016 the last on-premises version of SharePoint. You can read more about this announcement by visiting the following site: SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 In the meantime,… Read More

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Office Online Server April 2017 Update Released

Microsoft’s Office Online Server (OOS), formerly known as Office Web Apps (OWA), recently released the second significant update to OOS. This April 2017 update includes changes and improvements in the following seven functional areas of OOS: Support on Windows Server 2016 Performance improvements to co-authoring in PowerPoint Online. Equation viewing in Word Online. New navigation pane in Word Online. Improved undo/redo in Word Online. Enhanced W3C accessibility support for users who rely on assistive technologies. Accessibility checkers for all applications to ensure that all Office documents can be read and authored by people with different abilities. Like the previous major update it does require that you uninstall the previous version… Read More

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Office 365 Microsoft Teams

  On Tuesday March 14th, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams – a chat-based workspace available in Office 365 that is now fully functional and available to over 85 million Office 365 active users, in 19 languages and 181 markets world-wide. Microsoft Team users can utilize this new powerful collaboration suite of tools for team chats, calls, meetings, and messaging. The Teams are both customizable and extensible, and provide security and standards compliancy to keep your company’s sensitive collaborations private.   Microsoft Teams is built on four primary promises, each of which I’ll expand on in this post: Chat for today’s teams Hub for teamwork Customizable options Security teams trust Chat for… Read More

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Office Online Server Update Released

Office Online Server Update Microsoft released Office Online Server (OOS), formerly known as Office Web Apps (OWA) earlier this year, and recently announce the first significant update to it. First the good news and that is that this  November update provides improvements in the following eight functional areas of OOS: Performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online Improved picture resizing in Word Online Improvements when working with tables in Word Online and PowerPoint Online, including better drag-and-drop support Support for showing spelling errors inline in the PowerPoint editor Copy and paste improvements in PowerPoint Online Support for embedded Power View sheets in Excel Online Support for shapes in Excel Online… Read More

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SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1 Released

Microsoft promised! Microsoft delivered! During the launch of SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft said you no longer are going to have to wait for the next major release of SharePoint to obtain new features and functionality introduced in SharePoint Online. Guess what? They followed through by releasing SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 in early November 2016. A feature pack is similar to a CU, or Cumulative Update, in the sense it includes all previous updates for SharePoint Server 2016, which means you don’t have to install them before you install Feature Pack 1. But a Feature Pack also includes the new features and functionality that have been deployed and tested… Read More

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