Monthly Archives: February 2014

SharePoint’s “SkyDrive gets a new facelift

Posted by Jim on February 06, 2014
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logo_onedrive2014_heroThat’s right….. For those who have come to know and love the SkyDrive concept you’re getting a new name:

“Microsoft is excited to announce that SkyDrive will become OneDrive – the one place for people to access and store their photos and videos.”

Sounds a little late and a little strange in one way and….. maybe everyone is wondering where to start putting your stuff …. ! Apple, Google, Amazon all offer similar offerings but ….. they don’t have SHAREPOINT.

For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro the service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio.

So for those that have a Cloud 365 account you already have a SkyDrive account. All you’ll have to do is connect the account to your exchange view on any PC and your connected to the document libraries everywhere you go. For those that don’t do this you might want to stop and think about how this can free you up from carrying around so much junk. For me as a consultant carrying tons of files and presentation everywhere I go this could be a tremendous relief. And in fact that is exactly what I do. For those that need support on how to connect follow this link to TECHNET and try it! All of my computers on client site and ones that I own and use have this Exchange connections so I always have access to my operating files and core business information.

A New Migration Tool for SharePoint

Posted by Jim on February 04, 2014
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How many SharePoint Architect have ventured into a project with weak knees and wobbly delivery expectations not really having a clue what its going to take to make the content move from one systems to the other. How many times have you run the upgrade script to get back more questions than answers. Questions that lead to more questions and add ambiguity to even the best guess estimates.

 Enter a new cool “FREE” tool !



 SharePoint vendor Metalogix a world renown vendor announced a tool that’s free for the asking. It’s called Migration Expert. Of course you’ll have to give them your name and phone number and yes you can expect a call from a pesky sales person but it just might be worth it!

 In a call to Metalogix, I discussed the free product ” Migration Expert” …. it looks at what you have in SharePoint, analyzes it, and returns reports on what it finds so you can better plan your migration.

 It’s not a tool you have to configure or be a pro to use ……..fortunately.  You don’t need to know what you’re looking for or what action it will take. It’s designed to to the lifting analysis work for you much like the light weight Microsoft pre-checker …. just a litter more in-depth.

 The Metalogix tool will scan the SharePoint platform, at the web applications, content databases, site collections, and sites against Microsoft-recommended thresholds. Completing the scan, the tool delivers findings against 59 metrics, with helpful links to a database that will tell you more or send you to Microsoft TechNet resource.

 The tool will point out those options, available to be fixed. You don’t have to actually use the fix options but remember Metalogix is a leading vendor in migration tools…. ! It works standalone and also and you can use the output as you see fit.”

 The vison is that the tool and it results will be shared with consultants and internal staff to support the best solution in the migration process and perhaps provide a more solid ability to predict time effort and associated cost.

 The product is free and is designed for use in SharePoint 2007 or 2010 migrations to SharePoint 2013 and or O365. The supported source systems are, specifically, SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010, and Office 365-D (SharePoint 2010).

 Just another tool in your migration tool kit!

The End of Infopath!

Posted by Jim on February 04, 2014
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by Office Team, on  Microsoft has decided on a direction for the future of “FORMS” development inside SharePoint. In this Blog (Read entire Blog):

“we’re retiring InfoPath and investing in new forms technology across SharePoint, Access, and Word. This means that InfoPath 2013 is the last release of the desktop client, and InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint Server 2013 is the last release of InfoPath Forms Services.”

While we wait for Microsoft to release their newest set of Forms tools (which is being promised at the SharePoint Conference in March) we  need to address our current needs and customers’ needs as well? The blog post answers this question encouraging us to keep using InfoPath.

Now would be the time for customers to start planning next steps for retiring there current tool set and organizing a strategy to update existing and future “Forms” development where necessary. Although it is not likely that Microsoft will leave developers in a bad forward facing position, a little caution now could prevent a miss step or alignment with the new vision.

 Following Sources “Microsoft Blog”

InfoPath frequently asked questions

1.  Will Microsoft be shipping another version of InfoPath?

No, there will not be another version of the InfoPath desktop client or InfoPath Forms Services. We are focusing all of our investments on new intelligent, integrated forms experiences across Office technology.

2.  How long will InfoPath be supported?

•The InfoPath 2013 client will be supported through April 2023.

•InfoPath Forms Services for SharePoint Server 2013 will be supported until April 2023.

•InfoPath Forms Services in Office 365 will be supported until further notice.

For more information on InfoPath Forms Services support in Office 365, please review our Online Services Support Lifecycle Policy.

3.  What should I use to build and complete forms?

You should continue to use InfoPath technology.

4.  Will there be a migration tool or process for the next generation of forms technology?

We’ll provide more details on migration scenarios and guidance in Q4 of CY 2014.

5.  What will the new forms capabilities be in SharePoint, Access, and Word? When will they be available?

We’ll be sharing updates throughout the year, with a sneak peek in March at the SharePoint Conference.