Jan 29

Office 2013 ProPlus no longer available via the Office 365 portal

We knew this was coming, although it was announced back in September 2015 so I would imagine a lot of people have forgotten all about it, but as from 1st March 2017 your users will no longer be able to download the Office 2013 Version of software from the Office 365 portal. This message has …

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Jan 01

Hello blog, I’ve missed you!

The latter end of 2016 has been pretty manic and the blogging definitely suffered as a result which I hope to fix this year (but won’t make any promises either as 2017 is starting full on!) Last January I was awarded MVP status for the first time and it really just kick started a an …

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Oct 16

SharePoint Saturday Belgium 2016–Wrap-up

I’ve just got back from Belgium after attending one of my favourite SharePoint Saturdays. It’s not just because of the beer and chocolate either, the event is always well organised, well attended and always well managed from start to finish. So a big thank you to the organisers and my good friends Thomas Vochten, Elio Struyf …

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Oct 01

Microsoft have fixed column creation names in the modern library experience!

If you’ve ever been to one of my SharePoint Saturday or Conference sessions, you’ll know how much I like to beat on about Internal Name Pain. One of the worst culprits for this has always been the Quick Edit functionality that first reared its head in SharePoint 2013 (And still exists in Sp2016 (pre-Feature Pack …

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Sep 06

Pre-populating OneDrive containers in an Education tenancy

Looks like I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit over the last few months, mainly due to being very busy a long migration project that has taken a lot of my time up. That said it has given me a lot of material to think about and potentially blog about too! The first aspect that …

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Apr 01

Think before you give your Office 365 a tenancy name!

One question that comes up time and again in engagements is “Can I change the URL for SharePoint Online to match my domain name?” and the short answer is no.. whatever you made your tenancy name when you created it, is what will form the URL for SharePoint and OneDrive and other URL based services (E.g. …

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Mar 30

Bypassing the Content Organiser in SPO

I haven’t had to work with the content organiser since SP2010, but just recently I was working with a client that wanted to re-create some of their on-prem 2010 configuration in SharePoint Online. One of these items was the use of the Drop-Off library to allow third parties to add documents into their libraries, whilst …

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Jan 01

What a wonderful start to the new year! MVP Award 2016

Christmas 2015 won’t go down as one of my best Christmas periods ever due to a particularly nasty bout of flu, you know the kind where just thinking of moving sets you coughing, sneezing and generally feeling rubbish? Luckily I’m over the worst and we were able to see in the new year with a …

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Dec 26

Rendering People or Group fields in Custom JSLink Display Templates

When working with Display Templates in SharePoint 2013, you quite often want to provide a similar user experience within your templates to ensure that user adoption is achieved swiftly and simply. One of the key elements to this is to use the out of the box rendering methods where possible. One of the field types …

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Dec 16

SharePoint–Outbound Hybrid Search and web proxies

I’m currently working with a client to implement hybrid search between their on-premises environment and Office 365. This is generally done in two stages, with the outbound (usually the simplest) being done first by following this technet article (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn607305.aspx) Unfortunately simple was not the case in this instance and when we went to create the …

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