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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Houston SharePoint TechFest 2016

Houston SharePoint TechFest Wrap Up

I can honestly say, I had a great time at yesterday.  Not only was able I able to catch up with almost 10 former co-workers/clients, I also ran into some old friends, familiar faces in the exhibitor's hall, and was able to catch up with some fellow speakers in the speaker's lounge in between and networking.  If you didn't make it this year and you're involved with in the Houston or surrounding areas, then I highly recommend attending next year.  Its a great event with a strong presence of the local SharePoint community attending, presenting and putting it on. My session on Free/Community Tools, Libraries and Templates went better than I expected. I was trying to wiz through as many cool tools as possible but time wouldn't permit to show all of the around 100 tools I have used over

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Use Microsoft Office Suite Inside Chrome Browser

The gives you quick access to your recent documents, storage, local documents, opens them directly in a fully functional browser version of the respective Office application, and more. This is a bit of old news (well over a year in fact) but I have never really seen anyone else using before so I thought maybe some of my readers might find this useful. I am HUGE fan of extensions and use them extensively.  In fact, I have so many I am constantly fighting with which ones to disable/enable to save space next to the address bar.  I used to have so many that I would often crash the browser or slow my OS down to a standstill.  Although, the second issue is no longer a problem due to the purchase of my Dell Precision laptop (6th generation

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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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Facebook Uses Office365

Why Facebook is betting on Office 365 and the Microsoft Cloud – Office Blogs

You may not know this, but Facebook uses and the rest of the suite internally for collaboration, document management, and the Office suite. 

At Facebook, our mission is clear. Give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Over 13,000 Facebook employees wake up committed to making this mission a reality for the more than 1 billion people who use Facebook every day. Our mission is enabled by our company culture and together, they shape how we work together. The IT organization at Facebook is focused on having the most productive workforce possible and the foundation for Facebook’s continual innovation is our ethic of collaboration that empowers everyone to bring their best ideas to the table. To enable our productivity, IT at Facebook provides our people with the best tools available. Tools that can mean the difference between just having

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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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