SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices – December 2016 release

SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) December 2016 release is out with new contributions from community for the community. This post contains all the details related on what was included with the release and what else has been happening in the PnP world during the past month.  

What is SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP)?

PnP is community driven open source initiative where and external community members are sharing their learning's around implementation practices for and . Active and contributions happen our GitHub projects under 'dev' branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. PnP is owned and coordinated by SharePoint engineering, but this is work done by the community for the community. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share

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New capabilities in SharePoint Online team sites including integration with Office 365 Groups

In May 2016, we unveiled a new vision for the future of SharePoint & , and today we’re pleased to announce the rollout of several new enhancements to Online in , including deeper integration with . These enhancements will begin rolling out to 365 First Release customers next week. The home page of a SharePoint Online modern team site gives you immediate visibility into site activity and important documents, with quick access to Office 365 , its members and associated Office 365 apps.

Team site publishing pages and new web parts

Modern team site pages are fast, easy to author and support rich multimedia content. And pages look great on any device, in a browser or from within the SharePoint app. Using pages is a great way to communicate and share

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Common Data Model connects to a number of technologies

Microsoft Common Data Model preview available for PowerApps, Flow, Power BI, Excel, & More

has released the Microsoft Common Data Model (CDM) for , , , and  "an out-of-box business database for storing and managing business entities." The CDM is intended to be used as a business database and has full support for flows in , rich control support within PowerApps, easy chema definition support for non-developers, full Excel integration for both viewing & editing data, and bulk data import & export capabilities. The CDM can provide access to standard entities and also allow developers to build custom entities as well. Out of the start gate, Microsoft alreday has some templates for Microsoft Flow to help you get started.  Some of the templates include actions/integration with Dr0pBox, Salesforce,   I am sure this number will grow overtime and we will more than likely see a community based pool of templates begin to evolve as

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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 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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Microsoft Flow – The MS version of IFTTT

  Microsoft Flow the MS IFTTT Equivalent for Office 365. I was trying to explain Microsoft PowerApps for Office 365 to someone today and I used an example of an IFTTT recipe to describe some of the capabilities of PowerApps.  Since that time I would not necessarily use that analogy, because their is actually, believe it or not, an app for that.  Microsoft Flow which launched only yesterday with no youtube video coverage or major hype from MS, can be reach by the public via is bypassing Microsoft's normal request for access model and is allowing users to directly sign up right away in "Preview Mode".  Flow Their is a nice video that demonstrates the functionality and at the beginning they say, "Problem is their is no good way to get your apps to talk to each other, connect them, or is there? Introducing Microsoft Flow for Office

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