Wednesday, 28 February 2018

SharePoint Online Social Bar (Major Update)

New feature: SharePoint Online Social Bar

Major update: General Availability rollout started

Applied to: All customers

The Social Bar is a new Office 365 feature. This feature is scheduled to roll out to Targeted Release customers later this week, and it will be available for all organizations on April 1, 2018.


This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 23708.

[How does this affect me?]
The Social Bar will appear on all modern SharePoint Online pages with the exception of the home page of a site. It will give your users the ability to like a page, see the number of views, likes, and comments on a page, and see the people who have liked a page. This visibility will be available to anyone that has been granted access to view the page.
This feature will be launched default on. As administrator, if you wish to disable Social Bar for your organization, you can do so with the following PowerShell command:

To disable Social Bar on a tenant level:
Set-SPOTenant -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

To disable social bar on a site level (for https://prepspo.spgrid.com site):
Set-SPOSite -Identity https://prepspo.spgrid.com -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

[What do I need to do to prepare for this change?]
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Mainstream support for SharePoint & Project Server 2013 will end in 4 months

Just a heads-up in case that you still have SharePoint environments running on SharePoint 2013:

Mainstream support for SharePoint 2013 will end on April 10th, 2018:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=sharepoint%202013

After this date only security fixes will be provided for SharePoint 2013. Regular hotfixes can no longer be requested.

If not already done we recommend to start planning the migration to SharePoint Server 2016 as soon as possible.

This is not the only thing to consider after this date: starting with April 10th, 2018 the required patch level to request support for SharePoint 2013 will also change.

Currently all patch levels starting with SharePoint 2013 SP1 are supported. Starting with April 10th, 2018 this will change. In order to request support from Microsoft after April 10th, 2018 the SharePoint server farm has be on a patch level of April 2017 CU or later. A year later, after April 10th, 2019, the SharePoint server farm has be on a patch level of April 2018 CU or later.

This change is outlined in the Updated Product Servicing Policy for SharePoint 2013 published on TechNet.

Below is a table which outlines the required patch level for SharePoint 2013 till end of the extended support phase:

SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 Releases
Support End Date

Service Pack 1
4/10/2018

April 2017 CU – March 2018 CU
4/10/2019

April 2018 CU – all future CU
4/11/2023

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Office 2019 and SharePoint 2019

Yesterday 26th Sep 2017, at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Microsoft announced Office 2019—the next perpetual update for Office. This release, scheduled for the second half of 2018, will include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Previews of the new products will start shipping mid-year 2018.

Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud. For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.

Cloud-powered innovation is a major theme at Ignite this week. But we recognize that moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way. Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises, and we look forward to sharing more details about the release in the coming months.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Changes to SharePoint Online pages

Update note from Microsoft regarding SharePoint Online Pages

***UPDATE: After further consideration, we are not rolling out this change, now. Based on your feedback, we have a few things we’re going to work on. If we roll this out, in the future, you will see a new message center post.*** Original Message read: We're making some changes to SharePoint Online pages running the classic user experience. We're changing the default document mode of all classic pages to be Edge mode, instead of Internet Explorer (IE) 10 mode. This change does not apply to sites that are using custom theming, or sites that have the modern list experience disabled at the site or tenant level. This change will begin rolling out Tuesday, October 1, and will complete by the end of October.

How does this affect me?

For most users, this change will just increase performance and reliability of pages. However, some custom master pages or custom web parts may contain custom code that takes a dependency on the older IE10 document mode.

What do I need to do the prepare for this change?

If you have sites with this kind of customization, the sites can be reverted to use the IE10 document mode by doing the following: 1. Open the site in SharePoint Designer. 2. Edit the master page that is in use. 3. Find this line: <SharePoint:IECompatibleMetaTag runat="server" /> And replace it with: <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=10"/> 4. Save the page and reload the site. Please click Additional Information to learn more about document mode changes.

Additional information