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“Alexa, ask Graph Bot to Send Email”

Alexa and the Microsoft Graph are connected in two new ways. Office 365 Calendar Did you know that Alexa can now check your Office 365 calendar? Connect your calendar to Alexa from the Alexa app or alexa.amazon.com. If you don’t have an Alexa device, try echosim.io for free. Graph Bot If you want to learn more about how Alexa connects to Office 365, check out the new Graph Bot skill added to the store by Paul Stubbs. When you add

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A Conversation with Alexa about SharePoint

A Conversation with Alexa about SharePoint

If you could talk to you Amazon Echo about SharePoint, what would you discuss? Conversation as a Platform (CaaP) is a hot topic in technology in 2016. The Echo device just celebrated it’s second birthday, Facebook Messenger just launched a new commerce model and millions in China are using messaging apps to transfer money every day. My Story with Personal Digital Agents I’ve been exploring conversations with personal digital agents like Alexa, Siri and Cortana for more than 2 years

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Happy 5th Birthday, Office 365!

Happy 5th Birthday, Office 365!

Jeff Teper’s tweet “Happy 5th Birthday” to Office 365 caught me a little by surprise yesterday. Has it really been that long? What was I doing June 28th, 2011? I was probably working on a SharePoint 2010 deployment. I know I wasn’t giving a ton of thought to Microsoft’s plans for SharePoint Online in my day to day. Look at how much has changed, since! I’ll join the others with a Happy Birthday wish. Another thing to note in Mr. Teper’s

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The new SharePoint app – it’s Mobile!

The new SharePoint app – it’s Mobile!

3 years ago, SharePoint Apps were a development topic. Last year, the “app model” name was changed to the “add-in model.” May 4th, 2016, with the announcement of “the SharePoint mobile app,” last year’s change seems more appropriate. I’ve always thought “the app model” suggested mobile app development. The change to “the add-in model” has been kind of hard to explain to developers.  Whether or not the change  in name was necessary to introduce the SharePoint mobile app, the mobile app

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Video: Map Your Office 365 SharePoint Masterpage Library from Windows Explorer

Video: Map Your Office 365 SharePoint Masterpage Library from Windows Explorer

As a followup to my post earlier this year on mapping your SharePoint Masterpage Library, there’s a new option. Bruce, from webucator, made an easy-to-follow, 3 minute video showing the steps visually. Webucator has a whole series of YouTube videos on SharePoint available for free. And they are just an example of the quality of their instruction and instructors available for on-site and online SharePoint training. Let me know what you think of the video in the comments or by

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OData BCS Code Sample from TechEd 2014

OData BCS Code Sample from TechEd 2014

Full Session Recording Last Wednesday, I presented a session on SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Services at Microsoft’s TechEd 2014 North America. It’s mostly demo and the recording is available on Channel 9. To start, I show connecting to a SQL Database from SharePoint Designer, creating an external list, modifying it’s views, adding an external business Data Column to a Document Library and surfacing the External Data in a Word Document. Development Example Part of Demo When @jthake told me my session

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Office 365 ProPlus, Click-to-run and Add-ins

Office 365 ProPlus, Click-to-run and Add-ins

ProPlus, the new Professional Plus Office 365 ProPlus offers a subscription based license for Office 2013 Desktop Software including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. If you want Office 2013 at home, that’s your option. Enterprises can also buy the software outright like you may be used to be able to do for home use. That license model is called Office 2013 Professional Plus. Here’s how Microsoft describes it in the ProPlus FAQ Both Office Professional Plus 2013 and Office 365

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Outlook.com versus Outlook Web App in Office 365

Outlook.com versus Outlook Web App in Office 365

Microsoft’s marketing for cloud offerings is changing often and sometimes can be confusing to customers – like me. Often, there are Microsoft consumer brands that sound line enterprise brands, but are two different products behind the scene. One place this confusion is prominent lately is in cloud based email clients. There are two different web email clients, one focused on consumers, basically advertising funded, Outlook.com and one sold to businesses, Outlook Web App in Exchange Online as part of the

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