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There will be No SharePoint Designer 2016

Benjamin Niaulin
May 08, 2015 12:56 UTC/GMT

Just announced or at least first time I heard this at Ignite during Mark Kashman last session of the day

Tagged: Designer

Think About Setting Up an API Layer for SharePoint Dev

Marc D Anderson
May 08, 2015 08:58 UTC/GMT

Even if you're not moving anything to the cloud yet, you can use some development pattern to set yourself up to make it easier later.

One of the best things you can do in the short term is to set up an API or data access layer. Then when you need to change the auth method or switch from SOAP to REST, etc., you'll be in good shape.

Also check out my series here at IT Unity on moving from SPServices to REST.


Authentication in Cloudy SharePoint Development

Marc D Anderson
May 08, 2015 08:47 UTC/GMT

IMO, authentication is the biggest hurdle in this new development. Luckily, it's getting easier. For instance, there's now a single "universal" endpoint for all Office 365 endpoints.

One solid piece of advice: get to know Azure AD.




SharePoint Development in a Hybrid World

Marc D Anderson
May 08, 2015 08:07 UTC/GMT


Elaine is making the point that we aren't really SharePoint developers anymore, but SharePoint adjacent developers. I fully agree with this. In fact, we should think of ourselves as people who build solutions that may include SharePoint in the tech. There is no box!


New to Social? Start Smart.

Chris C. Bayot
May 07, 2015 17:04 UTC/GMT

If you're embarking on Social, start with a soft or targeted launch and move forward from there. Offer guidance on expectations and social etiquette to users.  Follow Melanie Hohertz on Yammer as she shares the guidance she's developed!


New to Social? Start Smart.

Chris C. Bayot
May 07, 2015 17:04 UTC/GMT

If you're embarking on Social, start with a soft or targeted launch and move forward from there. Offer guidance on expectations and social etiquette to users.  Follow Melanie Hohertz on Yammer as she shares the guidance she's developed!


Final session for today: Office365 MVP Panel

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 15:54 UTC/GMT


This session is going to be a little different. Because Darrell Webster is on the panel, you know there's OneNote involved. Follow the instructions below and I'll let YOU do the work.


Key service announcements and summary

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 15:28 UTC/GMT


Unfortunately, the session didn't give much info about what actually happens inside the sausage factory.

I was hoping for:

Service health dashboard redesign for improved usability and UX

Explanation of communication modality switches. When I submit an issue via the dashboard, that's where the comms should be. If via a phone call, then stay with phone comms. It seems everything switches to phone regardless. The customer should be able to choose modality by first contact.

Commitment to improve the service health messages so that they make sense to real people. Right now there are a LOT of words with little sensical explanation. IMO, all acronyms and initializations should hyperlink to a glossary.



Ever wonder ehat happens when there's an Office365 service incident?

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 14:24 UTC/GMT

We all see services issues from time to time - hopefully not so often that we leave the service. This session tells us what actually happens when there's an issue.

 


TypeScript sits around ECMAScript and adds types

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 13:46 UTC/GMT


For a great perspective of where we are, how we got here, and where we're going, check out the article The future of JavaScript is (almost) now, with quotes from Andrew Connell and me, along with many others.
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Findability with Delve

Chris C. Bayot
May 07, 2015 13:08 UTC/GMT


Delve uses machine learning to surface the information most useful to you by tracking activities on documents, emails, social initiations, etc.  This allows you to find content without searching, see what is trending around you, find content you were unaware of, find colleagues by expertise or experience.


Open source yammer app for SharePoint makes social easy for content authors

Dave Feldman
May 07, 2015 13:07 UTC/GMT


Make it easy for your users to embed yammer with open source apps for yammer including commenting and like follow share 


Tagged: Yammer

JavaScript is going to evolve fast

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 12:58 UTC/GMT

ES7 is expected in just another year. We're just getting to ES6! The committee that manages the JavaScript spec has decided on a yearly cadence.

AngularJS 2.0 is going to be built in TypeScript.



TypeScript vs. JavaScript

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 12:36 UTC/GMT


TypeScript brings strong types and Intellisense to JavaScript via definition files.


About to start the social intranet

Dave Feldman
May 07, 2015 12:30 UTC/GMT


Eric Overfield and Naomi Moneypenny

Tagged: Social


Growth since SPC 2014

Chris C. Bayot
May 07, 2015 10:48 UTC/GMT



Forms - SharePoint MVP Panel

Sandra Mahan
May 07, 2015 10:31 UTC/GMT

And there is the question .... Forms

Best not to build heavy-code based forms in InfoPath as you prepare for the future. May want to use a third-party vendor solution or a developer to build. If it's a lightweight or short-term form, a SharePoint list and customize with InfoPath is a good way to go.  Microsoft is still supporting InfoPath for several more years.  No official Microsoft answer yet of what will replace InfoPath.


Top 5 causes of slow performance in SharePoint Online

Chris C. Bayot
May 07, 2015 10:30 UTC/GMT

Top 5

1. Structural Navigation: Every site makes about 8 SQL round trips

2. Content Rollup: Expensive Queries

3. Large Files: Keep your images and video small, folks!

4. Lots of Requests: .js, .css, images

5. Lots of Web Parts: Choose wisely


Branding for SharePoint Online

Chris C. Bayot
May 07, 2015 10:22 UTC/GMT

Plan for latency in the cloud and for equal access across devices.  Remember, while Design Manager allows for simplified branding, it applies to Publishing Pages only. Also, while Responsive Web Design (RWD) is all the buzz, collaborative pages are not necessarily meant to be responsive. Rich content such as gantt charts are not meant to be viewed on a phone.


SharePoint MVP Panel

Sandra Mahan
May 07, 2015 10:09 UTC/GMT

Even if what you're currently doing in on-prem is working, stay connected to what's coming. They're (Microsoft) listening so provide feedback.

Most important thing is supporting the business. Sometimes you don't want to disrupt them.

Future of publishing?  Cleaning up some of the functions that aren't being used.

Take what's good and add on to it. -Christian

Tagged: MVP, SharePoint

SharePoint MVP Panel

Sandra Mahan
May 07, 2015 09:42 UTC/GMT


Full house in this session. Should be awesome. 


More NextGen portal futures

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 09:12 UTC/GMT

See the name SharePoint anywhere?


What's next for NextGen portals

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 09:07 UTC/GMT

Maybe a "Sway This" button? "Auto-Sway"?


Sway to SharePoint?


The new blog editing experience is gorgeous, mobile, and responsive

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 08:58 UTC/GMT


And we even have auto save! How very modern.

It's still SharePoint driving NextGen portals

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 08:44 UTC/GMT

Can I make that point enough? Just like what we've been doing for years ourselves - building customized functionality on top of SharePoint - these portals use SharePoint Site Collections, permissions, etc.


Here's how the video portal works

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 08:27 UTC/GMT

We've already heard a lot about the video portal, but these slides may help you understand how it works under the covers. Again, it's SharePoint!



NextGen portals - another 80/20 approach

Marc D Anderson
May 07, 2015 08:17 UTC/GMT

This is a good thing. They are building these portals to common needs, not ALL needs. Coming later, we'll get more customization and extensibility options.

These portals are based on watching us build this for fourteen years. Note that these portals are built on top of SharePoint. Do you really thing SharePoint disappears? No, it's still there and it drives these portal "experiences".




Exchange REST Roadmap

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 17:14 UTC/GMT







Putting sites into groups

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 15:17 UTC/GMT


What's next? Cats lying down with dogs?

Tagged: BRK2113, groups


Group files

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 14:51 UTC/GMT


Note the connection here to OneNote for Business

Tagged: BRK2167, groups

Office365 Groups building blocks

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 14:29 UTC/GMT


Yes, you see redundant capabilities to both team sites and Outlook. That is really part of the point, yet, I'm still worried that there are too many similar-but-not-the-same capabilities.

Tagged: BRK2113, groups

Key benefits of Office365 groups

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 14:24 UTC/GMT


Not oddly at all, what some people see as benefits, others see as detriments. Each org needs to figure out whether these "benefits" work for them.

Tagged: BRK2113, groups

The InfoPedia "Promise"

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 13:25 UTC/GMT


These are the high level goals for InfoPedia. Like so much I'm seeing that touches Delve and the Office Graph, it's exciting knowledge management capability if it reaches the promise.


Responsive design made easy with SharePoint microsites

Dave Feldman
May 06, 2015 13:13 UTC/GMT


Built on Sharepoint and the office graph, microsites automatically make your content look great on large screens and small.  Leverage existing relevant content and create topical articles that anyone can consume


The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365

Sandra Mahan
May 06, 2015 13:06 UTC/GMT

Codename:  InfoPedia

When creating a new article it is automatically formatted for you and resizes as well for whatever screen you are using. It also auto saves and creates a table of contents.

Encourages you to reuse your knowledge.   

Great easy to use interface.Very nice layout for users to find content. Nice layout of pictures with content rich card view.


Microsites will be a great middle layer KM capability

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 13:03 UTC/GMT


Micro sites are built up from articles you can create using the NextGen page authoring canvas. These things are really easy to use - they definitely pass my "Mom test". The outcome is a very rich, clean, responsive page that is also portable via email.


How do Boards and the Office Graph relate for KM?

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 12:49 UTC/GMT


Boards are a loosely curated knowledge management tool. We can add content to boards, but we also get recommendations - via machine learning - of content and people who may be connected to the board's focus.


KM efforts should exist on a spectrum

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 12:39 UTC/GMT


Not only is there not a single mechanism across all organizations, there must be options inside each organization.


Imagine that...

Marc D Anderson
May 06, 2015 12:35 UTC/GMT



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