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How to Balance User Adoption With Security in Your Collaboration Project

Jul 7, 2015 4:33:00 PM

Imagine that you’ve been asked to help plan the new children’s science center in your city. You are thrilled to be part of it because of how this new facility will enable your kids to collaborate, interact and learn. However, because of government regulation and concerns for the children’s welfare, when the facility opens there is heavy security around the place; everyone gets searched before they can enter.

Topics: SharePoint

A new crop of MVPs

Jul 1, 2015 12:54:34 PM

It’s July, when most people’s thoughts turn to how nice it would be to be outside on a beautiful summer’s day instead of being chained to a desk in an office that’s either way too hot or way too cold.

Topics: SharePoint MVPs

The current hybrid SharePoint branding story

Jul 1, 2015 10:51:40 AM

After a collective sigh of relief, we must get back to work and find ways to customize in the post-“SharePoint on-premises is dead” days and look to our foreseeable future of hybrid. This past May at Ignite 2015 in Chicago, the SharePoint community was assured that SharePoint on-premises will continue as long as there is a demand. But the tables have turned for the better, and SharePoint will now be driven by the cloud (and on-prem will follow).

Topics: SharePoint 2016, on-prem, SharePoint branding,

AvePoint enhances workforce productivity and document protection on Microsoft Office 365 with the release of three new apps

Jun 30, 2015 11:21:15 AM

AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced the general availability of three new apps – AvePoint Watermark, AvePoint MyWorld, and AvePoint PDF Aggregator – for Office 365 and SharePoint Online. With the addition of these apps, workers can better streamline everyday business operations and take advantage of the latest Microsoft technologies to enhance business insights.

Through the use of familiar tools such as PDFs and integration with Microsoft’s innovative Office Graph, AvePoint’s latest apps allow end-users to better protect confidential documents as well as be more productive by surfacing relevant information and simplifying everyday business processes. The apps include:

Topics: AvePoint

SharePoint changes... why?

Jun 24, 2015 1:37:08 PM

Microsoft has had some bad company habits when it comes to moving its users (developers, IT pros and information workers) to the new technologies it is developing.

Topics: Yammer, Office 365, Microsoft

Microsoft announces Office for Android phones

Jun 24, 2015 1:25:49 PM

Android users can now access Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps from their Android phone. The announcement joins the Office apps for Android tablets, and it marks Microsoft’s commitment to bringing the Office experience to Android users worldwide.

Topics: Android, Office apps

How does your dogfood taste?

Jun 24, 2015 11:03:21 AM

Whether you are an internal resource, a consultant, or working for a product company, you are likely shipping a product to your end users on a regular basis. The size and shape of that shipment may change. From large software packages to simple workflow updates, we are all shipping some sort of product, but do we know how that product is performing in the wild? Do we know the pain points that end users are experiencing?

Topics: dogfooding, UX

Is the people picker broken?

Jun 17, 2015 10:23:06 AM

At the end of May, Microsoft architect Kirk Evans wrote a blog post about the frustrations users were experiencing implementing claims authentication via SAML in SharePoint.

Topics: people picker

SPServices' future: 'I’m not dead yet!'

Jun 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SPServices has been a mainstay of SharePoint client-side development since 2009. Yup, that’s when I first posted the fledgling library on Codeplex. It’s only recently that I’ve realized how important it’s been to people in the SharePoint community. I’ve always known it was getting a lot of use, but I didn’t realize how pervasive that use was.

Topics: SPServices

More control over data access with workload-specific admin roles

Jun 11, 2015 2:11:27 PM

Your people and your data are your organization’s greatest assets. With Office 365, we continuously strive to provide you with more control over how your data is managed and accessed.

At Ignite in May, we announced the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online. We’re pleased to announce that this capability is rolling out starting today.

The ability to assign workload-specific admin roles provides your organization more control over how your Office 365 administrators access your data. An admin assigned to a workload-specific admin role would only have access to the relevant controls and settings associated with that workload. For example, the SharePoint Online administrator role provides that admin access to only SharePoint related controls and settings in the Office 365 Admin Center. The SharePoint Online admin can manage SharePoint site collections, configure SharePoint settings such as the organizations external sharing policy and access SharePoint Admin Center for additional SharePoint capabilities. However, the SharePoint Online admin will not have access to other Office 365 service controls and settings such as mailbox configuration, transport rules and other non-SharePoint related settings.

In addition, to better align the permissions to how your administrators are organized, there is more flexibility in assigning roles. If your Office IT administrators have multiple responsibilities and require permissions that are greater than what is offered in one administrator role, such as within SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online responsibilities, then you can assign both those roles to that administrator. Your organization is no longer limited to only one admin role assignment per administrator.

To configure an admin role, the global administrator selects the user from the active user list, then selects edit user roles > Limited Admin Role to display the list of all the Office 365 admin roles. Simply select the applicable admin role(s) and you’re done.

With the new workload-specific admin roles and the ability to select multiple admin roles, your organization now has more options to set the right level of permissions to your Office 365 IT administrators. Ultimately, this means you now have more control over who has access to your organization’s data.

Topics: Office 365