Is Microsoft Teams Coming of Age?

June 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams turned 2 years old in March, and already has more than 500,000 organisations using it, with 150 organisations having 10,000 or more users, and supports 44 languages so far, and 91% of the Fortune 100 companies in the US are using the product.

Teams will soon be getting some exciting new features such as:

  • Using the new Intelligent Capture tool, Teams will focus, resize and enhance images and text on whiteboards, even when someone is standing in front of the content, so those watching remotely will see everything clearly.
  • The ability to hide the background in your webcam video and replace it with an alternative background, perhaps show an office environment when working from home, add a company logo, all enhancements to simply blurring the background to minimize distractions during conference calls.
  • For meeting participants who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have different levels of language proficiency, Teams will soon support live captions.

However cool and useful these features may become, and despite how much Teams is used already, there are some basic challenges that many organisations still face when looking to adopt Teams, particularly those who are already used to using SharePoint team sites and are looking to switch to Teams for their day-to-day team collaboration.

The challenges do not seem to be so much around what Teams can or can’t do per se, but mostly around what important features they will lose by switching from using SharePoint Team Sites to Teams, even though Teams brings a whole host of new features that don’t exist in SharePoint alone.

So, what are these missing features that concern them so much, and when will Teams be ready in their eyes?

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Announcements from the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2019

SharePoiint Virtual Summit 2019

The SharePoint Virtual Summit was broadcast again yesterday from the SharePoint Conference North America 2019 (Las Vegas). There are a load of new features that many people have been waiting a long time for, and we can now see SharePoint modern list and library experiences in Teams too!

Read on for many of the latest announcements from the summit.

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Microsoft Ignite 2018 – A SharePoint Perspective

October 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Microsoft Ignite has now passed, and we now have the details on what is coming in SharePoint Server 2019, and it is being released this month, October 2018!

I have prepared this briefing deck on Ignite from a SharePoint perspective, collating many of the news and announcements relating to SharePoint, starting with what was announced in SharePoint Server 2019.

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SharePoint Conference North America 2018 – Las Vegas

I was fortunate to be able to attend the SharePoint Conference North America 2018, and prepared a summary of some key announcements and takeaways in a presentation, and provided a briefer summary below.

The conference launched with a Keynote that was also broadcast as the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2018, which can still be viewed online.

Microsoft confirmed that both SharePoint Server 2019 & Project Server 2019 are to be released later this year, with previews this Summer, and gave some details of what will be included. The main focus areas for SharePoint Server 2019 are to provide a thoroughly modern experience and making hybrid easier, along with new Communication Sites, and providing OneDrive Files On-Demand.

There will also be a new SharePoint Home showing content relevant to sites you are active in or follow, team news bubbling up, and in O365 SharePoint Home will also be driven by the Microsoft Graph.

SharePoint Spaces introduces Virtual Reality into SharePoint via a web part that can be viewed on 2D screens or VR headsets. Some Power BI visualisations, e.g. representing data on a 3D map, looks like it may have some potential uses, but the other aspects currently look more like a technology looking for a use-case. While it is quite an achievement bringing VR into SharePoint, I think it will be some time before we see SharePoint Spaces used in many sites, and VR headsets as common tools in the office are surely even further away.

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 Conference Notes – SharePoint & Office 365

October 13, 2017 Leave a comment

I had the great opportunity to attend Ignite again this year, and it was another great event, packed with announcements and demos, and more great sessions than it is possible to attend.

I have now completed my slide deck to share my notes and included snippets from 13 conference decks (referenced) covering SharePoint and Office 365. The aim is to share what I picked up from the conference distilled into 1 deck.

The deck covers the following over 94 slides:

  • PowerApps
  • Microsoft Flow
  • SharePoint Designer Workflows & InfoPath
  • OneDrive For Business
  • Team Sites
  • Communication Sites
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Announcements from the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017

For those who were unable to attend the SharePoint Virtual Summit today, while you wait for the recording to become available, or you are unable to watch the full recording, here are most of the announcements that I recorded from the event, and some links to other recent announcements also found in the Q&A.

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SharePoint 2013: The Branding Dilemma – Conflicting Guidance on Themes with Custom CSS vs Master Pages

June 22, 2015 2 comments

The Background

We are working with a global client who has a hybrid SharePoint 2013 environment that is growing in scale that will soon consist of many in-country SharePoint farms, as well as having a ‘global’ data centre and using Office 365-D. Within a couple of years these farms will host hundreds of thousands of site collections created based on our template solutions.

These solutions need to be able to be deployed to any one of these SharePoint farms including Office 365-D and so cannot use full-trust server-side solutions, as these are not permitted in these environments, with Office 365-D initially driving the need to avoid full-trust solutions, particularly when considering the planned move to Office 365-D vNext, so we need to try to avoid potential upgrade problems as much as we can.

For this we are embracing the Cloud App Model, i.e. client-side object models and APIs – CSOM, JSOM, REST, and where appropriate create SharePoint Apps/Add-Ins.

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SharePoint 2010: List View Threshold Explained

June 13, 2013 10 comments

In this post I try to explain the List View Threshold that was introduced in SharePoint 2010, the benefits that it provides, the operations that are prevented when the threshold is exceeded, and possible ways to get them working again.

What is the List View Threshold?

SharePoint 2010 has introduced a List View Threshold which helps to keep the SharePoint servers performing well by restricting the amount of list data that can be queried and displayed. This applies to lists and libraries including document libraries.

This configuration applies to each web application independently, i.e. Portal, Workplaces, Archive, and My Sites. The default limit is set at 5,000 items.

Once a query exceeds the configured limit, the query is stopped and usually a message is displayed indicating something to the effect that it is stopped because the List View Threshold is exceeded.

Typically users will see such queries in use by List Views and List View Web Parts, so when the List View Threshold takes effect, the List View or List View Web Part will display a message instead of the expected items.

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SharePoint: How to check the SharePoint Installation Type – Standalone or Farm

I have just been given a client’s development workstation virtual machine to deploy a full SharePoint solution to before developing some updates on it. As I needed to make extensive use of the User Profile Service and Managed Properties for search, I wanted to make sure I was working on a full farm install rather than a standalone installation to try to avoid any problems where the environments are not similar enough to the production environment.

I asked the person who setup the machine but it was so long ago when it was setup he had forgotten, although he thought it might be a full farm install.

It wasn’t long before he came back to me and told me how to identify what kind of installation was used. Read more…

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