Office365


Office 2016 Authentication against legacy SharePoint Online (BPOS)

I’m sure you’ve all installed Office 2016 by now! If you have already installed Office 2016, and you were an early adopter of SharePoint Online (as part of the original Office 365 – the obscurely named “Business Productivity Online Services” or BPOS…) you may have some issues authenticating against legacy site collections from within your […]

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK

I’m delighted to be speaking again at SharePoint Saturday UK on 29th November 2014, where I’ll be covering a topic that keeps re-surfacing in the community and indeed within the team at C5 Alliance:   Selecting the right client-side development approach Developing SharePoint solutions has evolved significantly over the past few years, not least because […]

Choose your (JavaScript) Framework wisely!

In my world (generally SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure) as well as the rest of the world, there have been dramatic changes in web development in the past 7 or 8 years; a great number of front-end JavaScript frameworks have come and gone, and some appear to be here to stay. Choosing the wrong framework […]

Why Use Office 365?

A short video (from one take!) after our recent “Office 365 in the Real World” breakfast briefings: The slides from our event here: Office 365 In The Real World, July 2014 from C5 Alliance Group Some useful links referred to: A guide to Cloud Computing for Data Controllers (Channel Islands) www.trust.office365.com Thanks to http://www.3cinternational.com/ for […]

Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication Setup and Implications

Since the great announcement of Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) (sometimes called 2FA or 2 Factor Authentication) being made available to (nearly) all Office 365 subscribers for FREE, we have been working with some of our clients on achieving the right balance of security versus usability and practicality. This post covers some of the implications […]

I’m speaking at SP24

I’m delighted to be speaking at SP24 – a purely online conference about SharePoint lasting 24 hours, going around the globe! It’s happening on 16th/17th April; I have a lot of respect for the guys putting this ambitious event on, I can’t imagine how much work has gone on behind the scenes – many late […]

Embedding a Web Part in a SharePoint 2013 Master Page via Design Manager

So you want to use Design Manager – a great feature in SharePoint 2013 for converting native HTML to SharePoint master page already covered in a previous blog post.  However, you’d like to embed an XsltListViewWebPart – maybe to use some JSLink goodness to render content from elsewhere in the site such as news, updates, […]

CRM 2011 & SharePoint 2010 Actions Dropdown Missing

The Problem You have configured CRM 2011 (online or on-premises) to store documents in SharePoint (online/Office365 or on-premises). Maybe you followed this excellent guide (SharePoint online) or this guide (SharePoint on-premises). Whichever way, you will have downloaded & deployed the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 List Component for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. However, you find that, […]

Office 365: The server block is not well formed

A curious error occurred on Office365 the other day… nobody was able to access a document library on SharePoint Online – the helpful error message was “The server block is not well formed”… Without access to the server logs I raised a service request and after trying loads of things that didn’t help I was […]

Office365 – Open PDF in the Browser

SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Online have a default setting which prevents certain files (e.g. PDF) from being opened in the browser. This setting is in Central Administration – “Permissive Browser File Handling”, which allows users to open files in their native applications. This can be considered a security risk… however most organisations I have […]