TechDays Online registration is now Live!

From 12th September, the MVP led TechDays Online will be broadcasting live from the Microsoft Campus in Reading. Building on the success of the online event in May, Microsoft will be working with leading MVPs and Community Leaders to deliver bite-size technical sessions that offer a real-world perspective on the technology is, and can be used by customers and partners. The 5 day agenda is packed full of community led conversations, demonstrations and how to technical information. The event will be covering; DevOps, the Data Platform, BOTs, HoloLens, Microsoft Azure, IOT along with innovations from the team at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

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SharePoint Online Update: Modern Lists

Updated Feature: SharePoint Modern Lists

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As previously announced, we are now starting the rollout of the UI for Modern Lists to production this week. The initial rollout will include the UI enhancements previously described, such as inline creation of custom views and columns; improved mobile support; and the command bar. PowerApps and Flow are preview features, and integration will be available to tenants who have opted in to use preview features in SharePoint Online administration. Full user details, as well as administrative information and testing procedures, are available in the Office 365 Network post linked below.

How does this affect me?

The modern list will be the default experience for all lists except as noted below. Some customizations are not yet supported in the modern experience, and if we detect such a customization we will automatically redirect users to the classic experience.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

Administrators may choose to disable the modern lists experience on a per list, per site, or tenant wide basis, using the same control previously offered for modern document libraries. If modern experiences are enabled, any SharePoint user will be able to preview the modern lists experience, regardless of First Release or Production rollout schedule, immediately. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Click here to read more.

Office 365 Update: External sharing invitations

Updated feature: We are changing how external sharing invitations are sent

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We’re updating how SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business send external sharing invitations. You’ll begin seeing this change September 2, 2016, with rollout completion expected by the end of the month.

How does this affect me?

Previously, we sent external sharing invitations via the Microsoft Online Services Team address. We have often heard that this e-mail address is confusing and that users have trouble finding invitations that have been sent to them. To address these issues (and to make our external sharing mails consistent with our internal sharing mails), we will now be sending external sharing invitations via the Exchange Web Services. Sharing invitations will now come from a SharePoint owned “No Reply” address.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

No changes are required at this time. External users will continue to receive invitations with no change in the acceptance flow. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

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I am speaking at Collab365 October 2016

I am happy to be selected as speaker for one of the biggest online conferences: Collab365. An event you can’t miss out on! Hereby my session details:

Groups & SharePoint: United we stand together!
Collaboration is part of our everyday work life. We collaborate with colleagues, suppliers, customers and perhaps even students or teachers. SharePoint has been our collaboration partner for many, many years but times have been changing. In late 2014, Office 365 Groups arrived. This changed everything. Many sceptics doubt the use and future of Groups; they point out the lack of features of Groups. They are obviously missing the bigger picture of Microsoft’s vision around collaboration. There is no divide; there is only unity! Groups and SharePoint ignite a collaboration spark that is going to change the future of collaboration forever! Join Microsoft MVP Jasper Oosterveld as he explains the future of collaboration through many demos and perhaps even a real world scenario.

You Will Learn:

  • Latest Office 365 Groups features
  • Integration between Groups and SharePoint
  • Honest advice & expertise about the topic
  • Roadmap for this and next year

Click here to view the agenda. Hope to see you in the chat room for my session.

I am speaking at SharePoint Saturday Oslo 2016

Just like SPS Brussels, I am happy to go back to beautiful Oslo after two years. I am going to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Oslo 2016. Hereby my session details:

The key to a successful Office 365 implementation is Adoption

Office 365 is a fantastic Cloud platform. Lower costs, latest updates & features, highly secure and an innovation enabler for businesses all over the world. Does this imply Office 365 automatically is going to be a massive success within your business? Perhaps it is; perhaps it isn’t. Do you really want to take a risk investing time & money without knowing the outcome? My answer: Definitely not. During this session, Jasper Oosterveld, Microsoft MVP, is going to take you on an adoption journey to help you get the most out of this fantastic but sometimes challenging Cloud platform.

I hope to see you in October.

I am speaking at SharePoint Saturday Brussels 2016

After a couple years, I am excited to speak at our southern neighbors SharePoint Saturday event! I am talking of course about SharePoint Saturday Brussels. Hereby my session details:

The key to a successful Office 365 implementation is Adoption

Office 365 is a fantastic Cloud platform. Lower costs, latest updates & features, highly secure and an innovation enabler for businesses all over the world. Does this imply Office 365 automatically is going to be a massive success within your business? Perhaps it is; perhaps it isn’t. Do you really want to take a risk investing time & money without knowing the outcome? My answer: Definitely not. During this session, Jasper Oosterveld, Microsoft MVP, is going to take you on an adoption journey to help you get the most out of this fantastic but sometimes challenging Cloud platform.

I hope to see you in October.

SharePoint Online backup & restore

A couple weeks ago, I tweeted a question, asking for a a link to the SharePoint Online Service Agreement. I was looking for information about the back-up and restore options performed by Microsoft Office 365 Support. We are currently working on a large Intranet portal within SharePoint Online. A major part of the implementation is the information architecture.  I have to create the site structure and decide between site collections and / or sites. One important factor in the decision is the backup & restore process. I really needed an answer to the following questions:

1. What are the restore options from MS Office 365 Support? Do they restore only site collections? Or sites, document libraries & lists, documents & items?
2. How do they restore these items? In place or as additional content with a different filename?

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Welcome back old friend

The following post is originally posted in the DIWUG E-Magazine. Click here to download.

For many years, SharePoint was always the center of attention. Ever since its release in 2007, the growth and popularity was spectacular. SharePoint had its own yearly event, free community driven Saturday events, local user groups and more conferences popping up every year, worldwide. Although these facts speak for themselves, there was something wrong. The brand name seemed to get less attention and love from Microsoft per year. I blame Office 365. Don’t get me wrong, I love Office 365, but SharePoint became only a small part of a bigger picture.

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