How to Extend the Office 365 App Launcher with Links to External Applications

Microsoft announced a new Office 365 feature on October, 16, 2014: The Office 365 app launcher. To be honest, I didn’t spend much attention looking at this new feature but I have seen the light. The Office 365 app launcher can be a powerful tool to increase productivity and improve adoption. Why? Two words: availability and extensibility.

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Prevent End Users from Adding Folders within Document Libraries

You probably know by now that I am not the biggest fan of using folders within SharePoint document libraries. I wrote an article about this a while ago. Although I have become a bit milder over the past year, mainly due to a great presentation by Bobby Chang, I still do not recommend folders to my customers (for the reasons I stated in my previous article). I suggest this really easy “trick” to avoid end users from adding folders—just disable the New Folder command in each document library they use. Log in with appropriate permissions and follow these instructions:

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Speaking at the European SharePoint & Office 365 Training Week 2015

Thursday the 19th of February I am presenting a webinar for the European SharePoint & Office 365 training week. I am speaking about the Office 365 Video Portal. This is the abstract of my webinar:

The era of the NextGen Portals is upon us! Microsoft is committed to deliver intelligent, mobile, Social and ready to go portals for its Office 365 customers. This new and exciting era kicks off with the video portal. The video portal delivers an out-of-the-box and easy to use video portal for internal company video’s. During this webinar we are going to take a look at the latest features of the video portal.

The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the out-of-the-box features
  • The mobile experience
  • The roadmap for future developments

To join me, you can click here to register.

How to Disable Uploading Documents in Yammer

I am not ashamed to admit that I make mistakes. During my recent webinar for IT Unity about SharePoint Online, I talked about the collaboration between SharePoint Online and Yammer. One of my pain points with the current integration is the ability to upload documents in Yammer. Customers want to use SharePoint Online as their main document management and storage system. You can probably guess the downside of having documents stored in Yammer:

  • No document management features such as metadata and versioning
  • Documents are stored inside the Yammer data center in San Francisco
  • No Search integration from SharePoint Online such as document preview

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How to Change the Title of a Document in Office Online

One of my favorite SharePoint features is Office Online. I really like how easy it is to view, edit and create documents within the browser. For people new to Office Online, it can be a little bit confusing to find certain controls. For example, how do you change the document title after you created a new document in the browser? Let’s create a new document in OneDrive for Business:

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