Excel Rest APIs Out

Office Dev Center – Power your Apps with the new Excel REST API on the Microsoft Graph

REST API for Available On Graph to Power Your Apps

Excel, the beloved productivity tool, now has a powerful REST API as part of the Microsoft Graph that enables developers to build rich and deep integrations with Excel workbooks in .

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Editor is new writing assistant for Word

New to Office 365 in July—new intelligent services Researcher and Editor in Word and more – Office Blogs

 released some new intelligent learning features to the office suite this week.

This month, we are releasing a new set of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office apps designed to save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in , deliver dynamic presentations in and prioritize the emails that matter most to you in .  -- Original Post from New to Office 365 in July—new intelligent services Researcher and Editor in Word and more - Office Blogs

The first updates are to Word and are called and . It allows you to pull content from a web address using the Bing Knowledge Graph and will automatically pull cited content into your document and add the corresponding annotation to both the content added and the citation needed

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placeholder for latest update to skype/onedrive

New to Office 365 in May—updates to Skype for Business, Outlook, SharePoint and more – Office Blogs

There are some really exciting things coming out for , , , Azure, Office, Skype, you name it!  It's mind blowing how fast some of these new things are coming out and its looking more and more like people will have to begin becoming even more focused within this space as the functionality continues to grow and develop.  At some point, it's just going to be impossible to keep up with every single facet, actually it already is. make sure you take note that chat within a document is NOT saved like your other chats are.  This could be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at things.  I can't wait to try this out with someone today.  I will let you know how the experience goes in the comments when I finally get

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Office 365 Patterns and Practices (PnP) Partner Packs

Native Office 365 Responsive Design & Templates via Patterns and Practices

A couple of months ago Microsoft released the Office 365 Patterns and Practices (PnP) Partner Pack and it includes some wonderful goodies that are LONG overdue.  Among them is probably the most sought after feature that has yet to be natively baked into the product and that is Responsive Design. Here are all the features currently included in the Partner Pack but I am sure it will grow over time:
  • Self-service site collection and sub site provisioning solution
    • Fully configurable based on business requirements
    • Save existing site as new template from the standard user interface
    • Template creation does not require xml or script knowledge - New templates can be generated

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Distributed Cache service won’t start / stuck / erroring

The Cache with 1,000 names AKA the SharePoint Distributed Cache AKA Hell

  1. If you ever have a problem with your Distributed cache | Windows App Faric 1.0 or 1.1 | Cache Cluster | Windows Fabric Host Service | App Fabric Caching Service | SPDistributedCacheServiceInstance | Velocity Cache | DataCacheFactory | DistributedViewStateCache | AFCacheClusterConfiguration | SPDistributedCacheService | CacheHost | AppFabricCachingService | FeedCacheService | FeedCacheClient | SPDistributedCacheClusterInfoManager | CacheClusterConfig and yes I am missing at least a couple more! Or, because of one of these, your having trouble with your News Feeds, Can't Start or stuck starting your distributed cache in central admin, and or you're getting one of the 600 other errors that can be caused by this giant pain in the ass that doesn't know how to start itself, update it's own registry keys, config files, or even garbage collect

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Office Online Server (OOS)

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Office Online Server (OOS). Now you can offer the same functionality that you get from the Office 365 experience through your own on premise servers. This means that organizations that would like to offer a browser based experience of their office applications such as excel, word, etc. they can now do so with this new offering without having to have an Office 365 plan.

MS said,

""OOS scales well for your enterprise whether you have 100 employees or 100,000. The architecture enables one OOS farm to serve multiple SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business instances. OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backwards compatible

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The future of SharePoint (and Office 365)

Today Microsoft came out with a mind blowing amount of information, features, previews, and announcements about the future of SharePoint and Office 365 and how it is the core of Microsoft's, its customers, and its partners business. Microsoft said, the future of SharePoint is not about SharePoint, "but about empowering people, teams, and organizations to achieve more." From office Graph, the new developer framework, to Flow and PowerApps, the amount of new features and functionality is absolutely mind blowing. Another interesting and somewhat either unexpected or long overdue announcement was the immediate release and availability of new iOS, Android, and Windows mobile apps for SharePoint and Office 365. The key note was delivered by Satya Nadella, himself and shows Microsoft's continued big bets on SharePoint and the Office platform. I, as a SharePoint developer for over 12 years now, am proud to be part of such a huge and vibrant

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