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What’s Missing from SharePoint Foundation?

SharePoint 2013 Foundation (formerly Windows SharePoint Services) provides the technological underpinning for SharePoint sites, and it is available for free deployment, on-premise. We occasionally have customers who ask us why they shouldn’t deploy Foundation instead of a more robust version…

Gaining Document Governance and Control

One of the prominent themes at September’s 2014 SPTechCon conference was information governance, so we thought we’d share a few tips that might help you gain better document management. We don’t have room here to detail the many features in…

What is Office Delve and where can I learn more about it?

Earlier this month, Microsoft started rolling out a new product called Office Delve to Office 365 customers. Delve is an innovative new way to find content across Office 365 including SharePoint Online and OneDrive. You can think of it as…

SharePoint Updates: When Cumulative Isn’t so Cumulative

In August, Redmond Magazine released an article about SharePoint’s updates, attempting to clear the confusion about whether or not Microsoft’s cumulative updates (CUs) for SharePoint 2013 are cumulative or not. In our opinion, the article was a bit confusing, itself,…

Highlights of Office Web Apps Server

In this blog, we’ve previously touched on the functionality in―and benefits of using―Office Web Apps. Today, we’ll talk about the companion and precursor to Office Web Apps―Office Web Apps Server. Enterprises that want to make Office Web Apps available to…

Office 365 Development Patterns and Practices

A few days ago Microsoft’s Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team released the Office 365 Development Patterns and Practices. This consists of code samples that can be used to demonstrate custom solutions using the new App Model. This is…

Overview of OneDrive Pro for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

One of the highly useful―if a bit confusing―companions to SharePoint 2013 is Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. Formerly called SkyDrive Pro, this cloud-based storage solution is separate from OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). When we first heard Microsoft was abandoning the SkyDrive Pro…

About the Office 365 Roadmap

A few weeks ago Microsoft released the Office 365 Roadmap. The roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers to Office 365. This includes updates to SharePoint, Lync, OneNote, and other Office Products across all platforms. Here are…

Overview of SharePoint 2013’s Design Manager

In earlier versions of SharePoint, designing and implementing corporate branding across sites and site collections could be a convoluted (not to mention imprecise) process. Microsoft has improved the situation in SharePoint 2013 with its new Design Manager. Built to simplify…

SharePoint 2013 and Records Management

With businesses being exposed to increasing scrutiny regarding records management and regulatory compliance, it’s important that firms using SharePoint have confidence in its abilities. Although SharePoint 2013 did not incorporate a sweeping upgrade to records management such as Microsoft presented…

Spring Brings Showers―of SharePoint 2013 Updates

Spring 2014 has been interesting for SharePoint, beginning with Microsoft’s deactivation of SharePoint 2013 Server Service Pack 1 (SP1). Microsoft released SP1 in late February and officially debuted it at the SharePoint Users’ Conference in early March. After companies reported…

Managed Navigation in SharePoint 2013

Managed Navigation provides an entirely different way to navigate in SharePoint 2013. Rather than using the standard structural navigation, where navigation is based on all of the sites, sub sites and pages in a site collection, Managed Navigation allows you…

The Future of Forms for SharePoint

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced its plans for InfoPath, a popular product for building forms on the SharePoint platform. In short, Microsoft is retiring InfoPath and investing in new a forms technology for the future. Don’t panic, however! Although…

Using Hashtags in SharePoint

Are you looking for a better way for users to identify and classify online discussions with themes that the whole company can use to locate content? Then hashtags might be the solution. But first, what is a hashtag? Simply put,…

SharePoint Document Sets

A SharePoint Document Set can be used to group documents together, similar to a folder, but with more capability than what a standard folder can provide. We have used Document Sets to group contracts, legal documents, deployment packages, project files,…

What Can You Learn at the 2014 SharePoint Conference?

If your company uses SharePoint, but you have never sent anyone to Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference, this would be a great year to start a new tradition. The 2014 SharePoint Conference takes place in Las Vegas, NV, from March 3-6, and…

List Relationships in SharePoint 2013

If you have two lists in SharePoint 2013 that have related content you may want to show both lists on a single page and let your users select one item and automatically show all of the related data. In SharePoint…

Cross-Site Publishing in SharePoint 2013

In November, we briefly mentioned Cross-Site Publishing in relation to SharePoint’s enhanced Search features. However, although this function is intricately linked with Search, its value doesn’t stop there. Companies are using this feature to create (without any coding) specialized SharePoint…

Using OneNote with SharePoint 2013

Microsoft OneNote is a great note-taking tool that you may already be using to manage your notes. Did you know about the OneNote integration with SharePoint 2013? The OneNote feature can be activated by the site owner from the Site…

An Overview of the SharePoint 2013 App Store

One of the powerful new features that debuted with SharePoint 2013 was the use of Apps. These self-contained bits of functionality (which work in similar fashion to Web Parts) extend the capabilities of a SharePoint site. We introduced Apps back…

Working with List View Thresholds in SharePoint

Thresholds were introduced by Microsoft in SharePoint 2010 in order to prevent large queries from occurring which have an impact on performance of the SharePoint environment. I’ll explain why thresholds were introduced, what happens when thresholds are reached, and provide…

Overview of the New Request Management Feature in SharePoint Server 2013

In SharePoint Server 2013, a new feature called Request Management facilitates more efficient, judicious request routing that was previously available within SharePoint farms. Request Management applies logic rules (which are generated based upon administrator-enabled configurations) to incoming requests and determines…

What’s Cool About Search for Users in SharePoint 2013

In previous blogs, we have talked about some of the nuts-and-bolts improvements that make the Search feature so helpful in SharePoint 2013. Most of our discussion has related to technological enhancements that improve results but are not necessarily obvious to…

Changes to Service Applications in SharePoint 2013

Service Applications (Service Apps) are deployed services (native or third-party) that provide a resource shared across sites throughout a SharePoint farm (and in some cases, across multiple farms) and that users can access through a web application. Although the Service…

An Overview of Continuous Crawling in SharePoint 2013

Although SharePoint 2013 is filled with useful new features, one that has sparked a lot of favorable comment is Continuous Crawling. SharePoint 2010 supported Full Crawls and Incremental Crawls, with the ability to schedule how often crawls would occur. However,…

SharePoint Event Receivers

SharePoint contains list and libraries which allows you to store and organize your content. At first glance, this content seems fairly static, it just sits there until someone makes changes to it. What if you want your content to trigger…

Shredded Storage in SharePoint 2013

One of the new features in SharePoint 2013 has the unusual name of “shredded storage.” Shredded storage improves how SharePoint 2013 manages binary large objects (BLOBS) such as Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc. to increase the efficiency of computing…

SharePoint 2013 and the Minimal Download Strategy

Over the past decade, web-based applications have developed to the point that each user interaction requires very little data to be downloaded as pages change and refresh. A prime example is Facebook, where each user interaction (such as the addition…

The KnowledgeLake Suite for SharePoint 2013

For companies seeking intuitive, streamlined capture, indexing, search and retrieval of archival documents, KnowledgeLake can be an invaluable SharePoint add-on. Prior to the release of SharePoint 2013, KnowledgeLake announced its intention to support this release from the outset and to…

Overview of Branding in SharePoint 2013

As with so many aspects of SharePoint, branding has been substantially reworked and improved with the release of SharePoint 2013. One key way in which branding activities have been streamlined is that development in Visual Studio is no longer required….

Overview of Enterprise Content Management Features in SharePoint 2013

With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has enhanced enterprise content management (ECM) functionality in several core areas. These improvements will help SharePoint users adhere to best practices for content management and e-discovery. Improvements include: E-Discovery: Whereas SharePoint 2010 could…

Overview of Web Content Management Features in SharePoint 2013

As with so many content-related features in SharePoint 2013, web content management (WCM) has been dramatically enhanced in this release of the platform. The following examples only scratch the surface of the improvements SharePoint 2013 brings to WCM. Search Functionality:…

Nintex for SharePoint 2013: Embracing New Frontiers

With the release of its SharePoint 2013 versions, Nintex has taken meaningful strides in many areas to fully leverage the advancements within the SharePoint platform. However, core focuses for this release—and the advancements I’ll discuss in this article— are in…

What’s New in Search for SharePoint 2013: An Overview

Of all the enhancements in SharePoint 2013 (as opposed to brand new features), Search is one of the best—and certainly one where users will recognize the difference right away. With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has fully embedded the…

Overview of Apps for SharePoint 2013: A New Model You’ll Love

With the release of 2013, SharePoint has made a true paradigm shift in the area of application—app—development. Although the “apps in a sandbox” model worked well in the past, it scope was both limited and limiting. With Apps for SharePoint,…

Overview of Workflow in SharePoint 2013

Workflow has never been one of SharePoint’s shining stars, with some companies opting to perform custom workflow development using consultants or with third-party tools. With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has taken some long strides towards elevating its workflow…

Apps for Office in SharePoint 2013

The apps for Office feature in SharePoint 2013 is actually a development platform that extends the functionality of documents, email messages, meeting requests and appointments in Microsoft Office and some Office Web Apps for desktop and some mobile environments. By…

Sync SharePoint Document Libraries using SkyDrive Pro

SkyDrive Pro is Microsoft’s solution for keeping SharePoint 2013 document libraries in sync with documents on your local file system. It attempts to provide the answer to the question “Where do I keep my documents?”. Companies would rather have employees…

Get Social with SharePoint 2013

Social communication and collaboration is one of the many areas where SharePoint 2013 offers a quantum leap from SharePoint 2010. Microsoft has coined the term Productivity Pillars to describe the key principles of SharePoint 2013’s social features, which is to…

Performing a Clean Install of SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 (SP2013) is a substantial upgrade to SharePoint 2010 (SP2010). As with all major platforms that offer an extensive palette of functions, features and add-ins, performing a clean installation can require considerable time, configuration and possibly hardware upgrades. Those…

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