Newsletter – Episode 57

Episode 57 – March 29, 2016


cool pic What’s new — Office 365 Video

Here you will find some insights into the new functionality in Office 365 Video including video viewer statistics.

cool pic Microsoft Releases SharePoint 2016 IT Pro Certification Information

Microsoft Learning has published some exciting information for SharePoint IT Pros interested in SharePoint 2016 IT Pro Certification. Information about Course 20339-1, “Planning and Administering SharePoint 2016” has been released, as well as Course 20339-2, “Advanced Technologies of SharePoint 2016”. The courses are set to be released on July 8 and July 21, 2016.

cool pic New, improved and deprecated features in SharePoint Server 2016

This article describes the features that are new or have been improved in SharePoint Server 2016.

cool pic New reporting portal in the Office 365 admin center

Here is the announcement of the new reporting portal, which provides you with valuable insights about how Office 365 services are being used and delivers details down to the individual user level directly in the new Office 365 admin center—and it’s rolling out now!

cool pic New SharePoint CSOM version released for SharePoint Online – March 2016

Microsoft has announced availability of the new SharePoint Client Side Object Model (CSOM) version targeted at Office 365 or more specifically SharePoint Online. This release contains a few updates of the existing SharePoint CSOM assemblies and some maintenance changes.

videos & presentations

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PnP Web Cast – How to contribute to the Office Dev PnP initiative?

This PnP Web Cast is about how to contribute to the Office Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) initiative for the benefit of others in the community.

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Introducing Widget Wrangler for SharePoint development

In this PnP Web Cast you will learn about Widget Wrangler, a JavaScript library to implement embedded JavaScript functionalities in both SP Online and On-Prem.

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Office 365 Developer PnP – March 2016 Community Call

Skype recording of the Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices (PnP) March 2016 community call.

blogs & tutorials

SharePoint Branding and the winds of change

Not that long ago, it was quite typical to create a major SharePoint UI solution for a SharePoint intranet. It would contain one or more Master Pages, CSS stylesheets, images, JavaScript, Page Layouts etc. These days such projects are more of an exception than a rule. So, what’s changed?

Office 365 performance – image renditions causing slow page loads in SharePoint Online

In this blog post Chris O’Brien shares his discovery about performance issues with image renditions that are supposed to be improving performance actually 🙂

VS Code, Git, Gulp and SharePoint

Here is a walkthrough where you will find out how to make your work on SPAs that ‘live’ in SharePoint and communicate with SharePoint comfortable.

Office 365 U.S. Government plans

Office 365 U.S. Government plans are designed for the unique needs of U.S. government organizations. They provide all the features and capabilities of Office 365 services in a segmented government cloud community that enables organizations to meet U.S. compliance and security standards.

Unable to Provision Social Features in SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 appears to have a bug with the social features on the MySite host. If you go to About Me or the Newsfeed, you may see a never-ending “We’re almost ready!” message. This is due to the social features not deploying when a user creates their MySite. Note that the storage feature will deploy, that is, OneDrive for Business.

Work Management in SharePoint 2016

If you haven’t installed SharePoint 2016 yet, this blog will reveal the doom of the Work Management Service for you in new version of SharePoint.


The SharePoint 2016 VM Setup Guide

This Github repository contains the instructions and PowerShell scripts to install SharePoint Server 2016 in a single-server installation to create a SharePoint on-premises environment that can be used for testing and development. The guide has recently been updated for the RTM version of SharePoint Server 2016.


AutoSPInstaller v3 with numerous enhancements is out! Check out this link to find out more details and to download the latest version.

New version of SharePoint Search Query Tool is released. Try it right now!

Use this tool to test out and debug search queries against the SharePoint 2013 Search REST API.

Power BI custom visuals

Power BI has a visuals gallery which contains many useful visualizations created by the community and created by Microsoft that you can download, and use in your Power BI reports. There is an active developer community creating a wide range of custom visuals. To learn more about how to create a Power BI visual, see Extend Power BI with custom visuals or Create and submit a custom visual.

SharePoint 101 (Novice Level)

SharePoint 2013 Create custom master page using Visual Studio 2013

In this post you will find a detailed guide on how to create a custom master page using visual studio 2013. Visual Studio 2013 and SharePoint 2013 on premise are used for this demo.

upcoming events & webinars

[REMINDER] The unveiling of #SharePoint 2016 by Bill Baer on March 31st

Join the webinar with Bill Baer on March 31 at 2 pm EST

Enterprise Mobility: Awakening the SharePoint Force

This webinar explores the current challenges in mobile content management and presents strategies to tackle them with SharePoint. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8am PST / 11am EST

People who worked on this episode

Have a good week!

The end!

Best regards,
Belarus SharePoint Community,
Newsletter Founders.

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