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With React, sometimes the simplest of things are overly complicated.  When it comes to creating a page anchor so your users can jump down to a specific point in the page, this one is no exception.  From our old HTML4 days, you probably remember you create an anchor by doing s...
Contrary to popular belief, I still do development.  In fact, I do quite a bit of development.  In the last couple of years, I have built two mobile platforms as a service using Ionic and Angular.  This node.js based development stack positioned me well to start working ...
When you add a date field in PowerApps, I find that the current default date of 12/31/2001 is not very useful for me.Changing the default date is not hard but you have to know where to look.  First, you have to realize a date field is actually three different controls DateValue, H...
The new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center is starting to roll out to first release.  This post will show you some of the highlights and how to get started.  First, you have to know where to find it.  Currently, the Microsoft Teams & Skype for Busi...
With IBM, Google, and Microsoft pouring funding into the research of quantum computing, it's really starting to look like we are going to see the benefits in the next 5 - 10 years. Google may be just weeks from announcing they reached the quantum supremacy milestone and IBM may not be ...
One particular feature in Microsoft Teams that has been a success in my organization is the use of Cloud Storage to provide a hierarchy in Microsoft Teams. If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, I am referring to the Add cloud storage link you see in the Files tab of a T...
When you create a new site Microsoft Team, it creates a site collection for you rather quickly.  In general, it's ok to start working with this site collection right away.  You can upload files or do whatever you need.  However, you might have noticed before that cer...
I have been working with bots a bit lately and wanted to share some of my experiences.  QnA Maker makes it really easy to built a bot to serve up a knowledge base based on simple question and answer pairs that you populate it with.  After you publish your knowledgebase with Q...
If you managed the Microsoft partner relationship for your company, you know what the old Microsoft Partner Portal was like.  Every time I had to use it, I cried.  Microsoft recognized the problem and has come out with a brand new Partner Center.  While ultimately, the t...
If you are like me, you get a lot of receipts via e-mail for things like Internet, electricity, phone, flights, and more.  These things are usually business related, but they don't always get sent to the business account.  Before Flow, I used to go through my e-mail, save...
If you want to build an Office AddIn for Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, all you really need to know is a little HTML and JavaScript.  Since Ionic Framework is built with HTML and JavaScript, it actually makes a great fit for hosting an Office AddIn.  In fact, task pane apps have...
Building SharePoint List Forms with PowerApps is starting to roll out.  As you customize your forms, you may get to a point where you want to delete one of them.  When you customize a SharePoint List Form in this manner, the PowerApp itself doesn’t show up in your list of app...
I’ve been building forms for a number of business processes lately using PowerApps and some of my tenants recently received the ability to customize forms in SharePoint lists using PowerApps.  One common scenario is that you might want to show or hide different fields depending on...
At Microsoft Ignite, they announced new capabilities for working with themes on modern sites.  Although, the new theme picker they have shown has not rolled out, you can still make use of the new theming capabilities right now. Here is what the old theme picker looks like.  W...
When the Ignite keynote shifted to the topic of quantum computing, my inner geek came out.  As they brought out on stage some of the smartest minds Microsoft has to offer, some of the audience glazed over.  Many people come to Ignite to find out what they can use to do their ...
I started doing SharePoint Conference readiness checklists back at SPC11 and I wanted to update it for Ignite 2017.   This list may look similar to previous lists, but I have made lots of updates and additions.What to pack:Chargers / Power Supplies – I remember when I went to...
With the launch of HappenZap, I now have two multi-tenant mobile app platforms running on Azure App Service.  When it comes to the backend services for mobile apps, Azure App Service really isn’t used that much though.  In fact, in the 2017 Ionic Developer Survey, Azure only ...
If you are trying out your Ionic / Cordova apps on iOS 11 with Xcode 9, you might run into an issue where the app terminates immediately.  After examining the logs, you will see that the plugin cordova-plugin-firebase is terminating the app because it cannot find the GoogleService...
I actually use Outlook Customer Manager (OCM) quite a bit to keep track of my leads for my product BrewZap, a custom mobile app platform for breweries.  Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to run into an error when launching it that says “Something went wrong”.  The problem is t...
You can host an Ionic 2 Progressive Web App (PWA) pretty easily on Azure Web Sites (App Service).  If you aren’t sure where to get started, take your Ionic 2 project and add the browser platform if you haven’t already. ionic platform add browser Now, you can test it locally by run...
If you have used Azure App Service, you will have loved how easy it is to set up authentication to providers such as Azure Active Directory and Facebook.  It lets you get started with a single line of code.  You can literally login with a single line of code like the followin...
If you’re new to Ionic 2, you might have encountered some issues getting started debugging.  While you can usually debug fairly easily in the browser, when it comes to debugging on the device, there are some extra steps. First, install the extension ionic2-vscode. This will give y...
Any time Microsoft releases a new feature that has an overlap with a new feature, we see a flurry of fluff in the form of blog posts and even sessions on which feature to use when?  When Office 365 Groups came out, this was no exception.  What has changed?  At the Future...
This morning at the Future of SharePoint event, Microsoft announced the General Availability (GA) of SharePoint Server 2016.  While many customers have transitioned to the cloud with Office 365, on-premises SharePoint is still very real and alive.  As an end user, you might h...
For years, enterprise have been spending huge amounts of money and time building their Intranet on top of the SharePoint platform.  Intranets take lots of planning and development even to get the most basic of functionality.  Throw in heavy branding and responsive design and ...
Azure App Service makes it easy to build a back-end for a mobile application.  One of my favorite features of it is Easy Tables.  Easy Tables makes it easy to create tables in a SQL Azure database and comes with an SDK for several mobile platforms that make it easy to access ...
Office 365 Connectors for Groups provide a way to pull in information from various sources such as Twitter, GitHub, UserVoice, and Trello.  Office 365 Connectors deliver external content straight to the inbox of your Office 365 Group.  Last fall, I talked about how to use Off...
In my days, I have seen a lot of RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs.  I’ve seen RFPs that are simple, complex, small, large, strict, well-executed, and no-so-well-executed. In my experience, there are a lot of things you can do to ensure you get the best possible response.  If you are cons...
Office 365 Connectors are a new extensibility point for Groups.  They provide a way to pull in information from various sources such as Twitter, Bing News, and Trello.  The information they provide will be dumped right into your group’s inbox. Office 365 Connectors for Groups...
Looking back to the SharePoint 2013 launch, drag and drop into a document library was one of the hit features.  As many of us have transitioned to Office 365, it’s a feature we expect to be there in our document libraries and OneDrive.  However, when Windows 10 was released a...
Today Microsoft released the IT Preview of SharePoint 2016.  We’re going to look at the install process today and point out any differences between previous versions of SharePoint.  You can find out more about SharePoint 2016 from the Office blog post. Installation I created ...
I’ve had a personal interest in figuring out how to play videos from the Office 365 Video Portal in a Univeral Windows App (UWP) in Windows 10 since Microsoft Ignite.  In reality, the process isn’t that difficult, but there wasn’t a lot of details out there on how to put the piece...
When we built dotnetmafia.com, we used one of the most common blog engines around Community Server by Telligent.  At the time Telligent had a great blogging platform that they provided free to technical bloggers.  They really did a service to the community.  Then one day...
If you are using Office 365 to deploy Office 2016 Preview (Office 365 ProPlus) to your desktop, you may have found that you get hit with multiple prompts to activate the product even though it is already activated.  You can click Cancel on the Activation but it will prompt you aga...
New features are coming fast to Office 365 Groups.  As administrators we have been looking for ways to simplify the management of groups.  This includes functions like adding groups, deleting groups, and adding members to groups.  At Ignite last week in session BRK3114 t...
I started doing SharePoint Conference readiness checklists back at SPC11 and I wanted to continue the tradition with Ignite.   This list may look similar to previous lists, but I have made lots of updates and additions. What to pack: Chargers / Power Supplies – I remembe...
For those of you out there with a Surface Pro 3 connected to an external monitor, you know the pain of display scaling.  This typically caused a phenomenon where windows were sized normally on your Surface Pro 3 display while being massive on your external monitor.  Most user...
Microsoft Band is packed with sensors that let it track your workouts.  However, one sensor you don’t hear about often is the Skin Temperature sensor.  This sensor allows you to read the temperature in Celsius of your skin where your Band is.  There aren’t any apps built...
Logic apps are a great new feature in Microsoft Azure that lets you connect to a variety of systems and create triggers and events.  This allows you to reproduce some interesting light workflow functionality in an easy manner.  It comes with connectors for common Microsoft pr...
I’ve done quite a bit of work with the client-side People Picker in SharePoint-hosted apps lately.  I find that while it is relatively easy to get set up, I found it was quite easy to break.  I have found that it tended to work better in Office 365 than it does in on-premises...