Microsoft SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017

Just in case you missed it, Microsoft is hosting a Virtual Summit on May 16, 2017. Last year during the Future of SharePoint event, several announcements were made pertaining to SharePoint’s next iteration. This year it’s a follow up on where we’ve been and where we’re going next.

For more information on the event, check out the Microsoft blog post here – “Announcing the SharePoint Virtual Summit

Feel like skipping the blog post and going for the registration page, click on over – https://resources.office.com/ww-landing-sharepoint-virtual-summit-2017

Reston SharePoint User Group – Danny Jessee

Next week Monday at the Reston SharePoint Users Group Danny Jessee will be presenting on “Updating Legacy SharePoint Customizations to the Add-in Model”. If you’re not familiar with Danny, he’s a seasoned SharePoint Developer with deep experience and knowledge in Azure Active Directory as well as the Microsoft SharePoint / Office 365 Add-in / App model. With each transformation of the SharePoint app model update, Danny has been a voice of reason and maturity providing insights and guidance to other developers in the DC region.

If you’ve got time on Monday and find yourself at the Reston Town Center, walk on over the footbridge and join us for Danny’s presentation. Registration is available here:

https://www.meetup.com/Reston-SharePoint-User-Group/events/236140625/

Microsoft Teams and Internet Explorer

Recently I loaded up the Microsoft Teams app on my Windows 10 laptop and dealt with a minor issue where I was able to get to https://teams.microsoft.com quite easily when using Chrome or Firefox, but when trying to use Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or Edge browser I was greeted with an endless loop of page refreshes until the page would just break.

What was going on?

Well, I was using a domain joined machine that was making use of automatic authentication through my domain credentials and a Trusted Identity Provider. Unfortunately I had forgotten to put https://teams.microsoft.com into my local intranet sites.

Once I did that I was off and running in IE and Edge.

So why am I writing this? Mostly to remind myself the next time that I run into this problem that I’ve dealt with it before.

Microsoft Tech Summit Materials

Just in case you’re envious of those you see posting about being at a Microsoft Tech Summit, fear not, you still have the opportunity to be able to see the materials that were presented over at the Microsoft Technical Community Website.

More details are available and content from the events here:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Tech-Summit/ct-p/MicrosoftTechSummit

If you’re interested in attending one of the events, check out the schedule here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/techsummit

 

ARM Template Reference Now Available

If you’ve been tracking Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering over the past few years you’ve probably noticed that there have been a few (hundred) changes during that time period. And by hundred, I mean multiple hundreds. . .

One of those changes was to transition from the Azure Service Management interfaces to the Azure Resource Management template model. This methodology has made the development of complete environments through Infrastructure as Code significantly more manageable through resource groups using templates that can be spun up and torn down on demand.

Recently Microsoft released their Azure Resource Manager template reference which guides you from nothing to environment in a pretty rapid fashion. If you’re familiar with Infrastructure as Code using JSON notation then this will be incredibly familiar to you and you may even find yourself liking it.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-resource-manager-template-reference-now-available/

SharePoint Fest DC 2017

Just in case you’re located in the Northern Virginia / DC / Maryland metropolitan area, and you’re looking for a solid conference but don’t have the budget to venture out of the area? Check out the SharePoint Fest DC event taking place in mid-April at the Convention Center downtown. Space is still available and you can even come meet me and many other MVPs from the National community. Look forward to seeing you there and getting to know more about your SharePoint and Office 365 needs, more details available here – http://sharepointfest.com/dc

Office 365 Groups and Outlook 2016 for Mac

Recently announced, hot off the press, Office 365 Groups are coming to Outlook 2016 for Mac!  More about this and what the scope of this release is yonder on the Outlook for Mac Insights blog on 2 March 2017 titled “Support for Groups in Outlook for Mac.”

Caveat, this is by way of the Insider builds fast ring at the moment, so if you’re a corporate user and you’re wondering where this is, give it sometime and keep on accessing groups through either a Windows VM in your favorite hypervisor on Mac (whether that be Parallels, VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion) or through Safari / Chrome / Firefox.

What does this look like you ask?Screenshot 2017-03-05 10.18.17.png

Pretty standard. If you’re used to the web view then you’re probably familiar with something that looks a little more like this:

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The interactions with the UI are pretty decent. The caveat is that within the Outlook for Mac 2016 UI, you don’t have the ability to “easily” create a new thread in that discussion unless you go and create a new message and then lookup the discussion list name whereas in the Web UI you merely click on “New”. Of course the other thing to make note of is that since Groups make use of distribution lists, if within the Outlook for Mac client you click on “Reply” you’ll notice that you’re sending a note directly back to the original poster rather than a note to the entire group, thereby segmenting your conversation.

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However, if you click Reply All, you’ll notice that you’re pushing to the Distribution list…

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And as mentioned, to create a new message within the context of the Group, you’ll need to know the distribution list name of the group when you click on “New Message” within Outlook 2016 for Mac…

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After you work through your message you’ll notice that when you press send it will post back into the thread as one might expect it to…

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If you’re curious about other capabilities like Calendars and such… they’re coming soon (hopefully) but as the blog article mentions there are supported scenarios at the moment as follows:

Scenarios to try out:
  • View your top 10 list of groups in the left navigation pane.
  • Select a group in the left navigation pane to view conversations and attachments in the group shared space
  • Compose/Reply/Forward messages and send attachments.
Know issues:
  • Groups calendar view is out of scope for V1 release.
  • Scenarios that not enabled yet but are slated for V1 release:
    • Add groups events to your personal calendar
    • View group details, and manage my subscription settings from the group card
    • View entry points to other group workloads and navigate to them from the group card

To make suggestions, UserVoice is your best friend in this case or through the “Contact Support” button located in the upper right hand corner in the Outlook 2016 for Mac client as shown here.

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which then takes you to the feedback dialog that looks something like this…

Screenshot 2017-03-05 10.40.59.pngProps to Microsoft for continuing to integrate these capabilities into the desktop client software!