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 […]

Co-authoring Excel Documents Simultaneously

It’s been possible for years to edit Microsoft Word documents simultaneously using Word 2010 or later and SharePoint 2010 or later (including Office 365 obviously). We use this functionality extensively at C5 – just ensure you have the following: Version control switched on (either Major or Major/Minor below) Disable “require check out”  The only problem […]

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 […]

Office 365 Public Facing Websites – Design Manager – Part 2

This post is part 2 of my blog series “Building a Public-Facing Website on Office 365”: Creating a Public-Facing Website on Office 365 – Part 1 (Limitations) Office 365 Public-Facing Websites -  Master Pages & Page Layouts with Design Manager – Part 2 (This post) SharePoint has traditionally been a specialist area where it comes […]

Creating a Public Facing Website on Office 365 – Part 1

This post is part 1 of my blog series “Building a Public-Facing Website on Office 365”: Creating a Public-Facing Website on Office 365 – Part 1 (This post) Office 365 Public-Facing Websites –  Master Pages & Page Layouts with Design Manager – Part 2 SharePoint 2013 on-premises provides an excellent Web Content Management System (WCMS), […]

Word experienced an error trying to open the file

The Problem Opening a Word document from Office 365 using Word 2010 or 2013 results in the following: The Cause There cause is actually Word’s default security settings… probably a good thing! The Solution You can resolve this issue in at least two ways: 1. Disable Protected View (not recommended…) You can disable protected view […]

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 […]