SharePoint 2016 is alive and well.

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This is rather good news. In a recent post on the Office Blogs, Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team, details the future roadmap of SharePoint Online and SharePoint on premise. Although the posts spends most of the time detailing Office 365 (which is the direction Microsoft are pushing), it also mentions the need to support on …


Save publishing site as template – SharePoint 2013

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We tend to use site templates an awful lot in my line of work. You can spend weeks creating the perfect site that will be reused as a basis for all site through your SharePoint farm. But in the process of creating that awesome site, you have turned the publishing feature on (still baffles me why this is off by …


Inbox Zero.

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As more communications strive for the holy grail of real time, we are put under more and more pressure to provide instant gratification. People expect real time responses to real time messages. But how do we fit this into our already busy lives. One way to help the constant flow of messages and data is to implement a Inbox Zero approach. This does not mean that you respond to every email you receive instantly, it is more about how you manage the messages and create a process for response times and ensuring the right messages are deal with.

SharePoint 2010 – A simple Metro style Dashboard.

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SharePoint for all it’s power and flexibility could never claim to be a thing of great beauty. Many SharePoint users spend (in my humble opinion) too much time on the look and feel of SharePoint over getting the architecture right in the first place. But that bug bear aside, here is a simple way to spruce up a SharePoint dashboard …


How to: Min/Max webparts in SharePoint 2010

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It is very easy for a portal or home page in SharePoint to get very busy. You may need to provide information to your users in an easy accessible way, but what if the information is used occasionally, but still required to be visible. An example of this I came across recently was holiday entitlement. It is something that users …


SharePoint – Change button names at run time.

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This is a common request I get from my clients. Submit and Cancel are not always appropriate for buttons on forms. This little snippet of JavaScript can be placed in any page (in SharePoint Designer) to change the text shown on the button This script changes the Cancel button to read Close instead. Simple, yet affective. Like this:Like Loading…

SharePoint 2010 – Hide fields from users

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SharePoint has a very powerful security model. Enabling fine grained security right down to the item/document level. But it does not go far enough. I have come across the need to have column level permissions many times. A typical scenario might be the approval of an item or document. The SharePoint way to do that is to create and approval …


10 Tips on the Value of Collaboration

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A nice short sharp list of how collaboration can help you, and where the benefits are. Although the full name of the article is 10 Tips on the Value of Collaboration in Startups, I think this list applies to everyone. 1. Consensus is the enemy of collaboration. Collaboration leaves everyone with a feeling of “win-win,” while consensus is “win-lose” or …


Cloudy with a chance of storage.

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hen it comes to the adoption of new products and services there is always a tipping point, sometimes it is not obvious what or when that is, but with online storage we have certainly hit the point of no return. There are now more than 30 different providers of online storage, all offering similar services but all with their own …


Cloud Computing

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Cloud Computing is the concept of running software and services on the internet. This can be any form of computing including email (gmail, hotmail etc), file storage (SkyDrive, Dropbox, Gogle Drive etc), data storage and manipulation (Amazon web services) and applications (Google Docs, Office Live, Salesforce.com etc). Orginally applied to the telecoms networks, the cloud diagram represents a group of …



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Skydrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage offering. SkyDrive (also called Microsoft SkyDrive or Windows Live SkyDrive) is a free-of-charge file hosting service that allows users to upload files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser. It is part of Windows Live range of online services and allows users to keep the files private, share them with …