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    All You Need to Know About the Latest SharePoint Online Character Support Update


    A relatively trivial update for some, yet a critically important change for others. Last month, Microsoft announced that the characters “#” and “%” will be now supported in file and folder names within document libraries for SharePoint Online and Microsoft SharePoint One Drive users.

    What’s the Update All About?

    Have you heard about the latest update to Microsoft SharePoint OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online? Specifically, the one including support for # and %?

    Well, according to Microsoft’s blog post:

    “This will allow people to create, store, and sync files containing # and % characters whether those characters are used as a prefix or suffix to the file or folder name. # and % will be limited to use in file names in addition to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business document libraries and related folders. The use of # and % outside of document libraries is not supported at this time.”

    You may be thinking, okay, so what exactly is the big deal?

    The problem with using these particular characters is that for web developers and code editors alike, they represent more than just labeling.  The # symbol can sometimes represent the end of a string in C, and the % symbol can represent a space between text within a page URL.
    Don’t worry though, all of these dilemmas are apparently none to worry about. As explained by

    Microsoft’s SharePoint development team:

    “To remove the ambiguity around intention, and to avoid breaking backwards compatibility with existing APIs, we are introducing a strongly typed, rich-featured representation of URLs to better represent the true developer intention of a URL… Specifically, we’ve introduced a new class (Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ResourcePath)… This class will be used to represent URLs across our APIs instead of string.”

                                                                               Image Source: static.pexels.com

    Long story short, in an effort to streamline this new direction of SharePoint Online character support, Microsoft is urging developers to evaluate their scenarios and the lineage of URL paths they have placed for existing solutions. In other words, developers will eventually have to switch to the new API (Application Program Interface) or suffer a multitude of consequences.

    How is this Beneficial for Users?

    People like having the freedom and functionality to be able to name files and folders as they please. The ability to use a # for numbers and relative hashtags within a document title, or the chance to use a % for percentages of work completion for a folder heading presents a tremendous opportunity.

    According to Microsoft;

    “Files are as unique as the people who create them and we’re constantly working in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to support a broad array of types of naming conventions.”
    The tech giant wants to give developers freedom to better express their intent in URL creation for these file destinations. Providing them with less regulations or principles to follow, can allow for better labelling and increased work functions.

    One thing to note from Microsoft’s blog post, “While SharePoint lists and libraries can have # and % in their URLs, there are no plans to enable their use through the SharePoint user interface at this time.” This just plays more into the fact that the logic behind this change isn’t for end users, but for developers and their style accordingly.

    The Wrap Up

    Taking what we learned from some of the other latest SharePoint updates, one question comes to mind:

    Is the addition of these characters worth the headache of having to implement a new API?
    The answer? It’s entirely subjective.

                                                                            Image Source: static.pexels.com

    Some developers will appreciate the added functionality of naming and labelling for files and folders, while others will see it as an extra complicating factor making matters more difficult while throwing an extra hurdle in the process of coding.

    We will definitely make sure to keep an eye on this and see how this update dictates the future of SharePoint library creations.

    All You Need to Know About the Latest SharePoint Online Character Support Update

    Posted by Sophina Dillard No comments


    A relatively trivial update for some, yet a critically important change for others. Last month, Microsoft announced that the characters “#” and “%” will be now supported in file and folder names within document libraries for SharePoint Online and Microsoft SharePoint One Drive users.

    What’s the Update All About?

    Have you heard about the latest update to Microsoft SharePoint OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online? Specifically, the one including support for # and %?

    Well, according to Microsoft’s blog post:

    “This will allow people to create, store, and sync files containing # and % characters whether those characters are used as a prefix or suffix to the file or folder name. # and % will be limited to use in file names in addition to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business document libraries and related folders. The use of # and % outside of document libraries is not supported at this time.”

    You may be thinking, okay, so what exactly is the big deal?

    The problem with using these particular characters is that for web developers and code editors alike, they represent more than just labeling.  The # symbol can sometimes represent the end of a string in C, and the % symbol can represent a space between text within a page URL.
    Don’t worry though, all of these dilemmas are apparently none to worry about. As explained by

    Microsoft’s SharePoint development team:

    “To remove the ambiguity around intention, and to avoid breaking backwards compatibility with existing APIs, we are introducing a strongly typed, rich-featured representation of URLs to better represent the true developer intention of a URL… Specifically, we’ve introduced a new class (Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ResourcePath)… This class will be used to represent URLs across our APIs instead of string.”

                                                                               Image Source: static.pexels.com

    Long story short, in an effort to streamline this new direction of SharePoint Online character support, Microsoft is urging developers to evaluate their scenarios and the lineage of URL paths they have placed for existing solutions. In other words, developers will eventually have to switch to the new API (Application Program Interface) or suffer a multitude of consequences.

    How is this Beneficial for Users?

    People like having the freedom and functionality to be able to name files and folders as they please. The ability to use a # for numbers and relative hashtags within a document title, or the chance to use a % for percentages of work completion for a folder heading presents a tremendous opportunity.

    According to Microsoft;

    “Files are as unique as the people who create them and we’re constantly working in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to support a broad array of types of naming conventions.”
    The tech giant wants to give developers freedom to better express their intent in URL creation for these file destinations. Providing them with less regulations or principles to follow, can allow for better labelling and increased work functions.

    One thing to note from Microsoft’s blog post, “While SharePoint lists and libraries can have # and % in their URLs, there are no plans to enable their use through the SharePoint user interface at this time.” This just plays more into the fact that the logic behind this change isn’t for end users, but for developers and their style accordingly.

    The Wrap Up

    Taking what we learned from some of the other latest SharePoint updates, one question comes to mind:

    Is the addition of these characters worth the headache of having to implement a new API?
    The answer? It’s entirely subjective.

                                                                            Image Source: static.pexels.com

    Some developers will appreciate the added functionality of naming and labelling for files and folders, while others will see it as an extra complicating factor making matters more difficult while throwing an extra hurdle in the process of coding.

    We will definitely make sure to keep an eye on this and see how this update dictates the future of SharePoint library creations.

    Microsoft is Adding New Features to its SharePoint Mobile App


    With technological advances and new digital innovations being released daily, we, as workers, are now open to a completely new realm of possibilities for on-the-go operations. With our mobile phones we can literally do anything and everything, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes we need more.

    The SharePoint Mobile App allows us to do just this.

    A Quick Introduction to Get Us Started

    We’ve all grown to know and love Microsoft SharePoint, especially its newest version, SharePoint 2016. For all those who aren’t exactly sure what the latest features are, or what this application even is, here’s a quick definition from Microsoft themselves:

    “Organizations use SharePoint to create websites. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from any device. All you need is a web browser, such as Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox.”

    SharePoint itself is a name umbrella for other products and technologies such as SharePoint Online, Server, Foundation, and Designer. More importantly, SharePoint Online gives employees within an organization the ability to create and share sites, documents and information. The SharePoint mobile app enhances these functions and is consistently receiving upgrades to become more and more user friendly.

    Let’s explore the latest is surrounding the app’s most recent tweak, announced this past March.

    What’s the Update All About?

    The iOS app is finally getting some attention. According to CMSWire, “This time, Microsoft is giving most of the love to the iOS app, which now enables users to author news and publish to their team members while they are on the go. Users can add a title, body text, images, embed documents, format it and publish it.”
    iPhone users aren’t the only ones who are going to be delighted. Android is receiving a nice little feature as well. What is it, you ask? It’s Team News.

                                                                                   Image Source: support.office.com

    Already a fixture on the iOS app, Team News keeps workers in the loop through team site updates and posts in a full display on Android devices. According to Microsoft, “The News tab shows the most recent articles from your sites you’re following and frequently visit along with sites suggested by Office Graph.” And “When you tap a news headline from the Sites tab or the News, you’ll see the full article complete with web parts, including images and embedded documents.”

    Why Include These Features?

    Why add these features to Microsoft SharePoint? Simple, Microsoft wants on-the-go workers to be able to access content on their intranet sites. The whole theme of quick access is exactly what the developers and creative minds at Microsoft are striving for.
    Giving workers access to in-office features, outside of that setting, does and will continue to increase worker efficiency. A good idea shouldn’t have to wait for the workplace, it should be shared at any time.

    What are the Benefits?

    As we touched on earlier, increasing functionality for mobile applications will allow workers to be that much more productive.
    For iPhone users, giving workers the ability to author news on the go is an incredibly useful feature. Having the Team News feature allows Android users and workers to fully immerse themselves within their company’s day-to-day activities. Not having to wait and go back to your desk for small work tasks also functions to boost productivity and performance levels.

    The Wrap Up

    The opportunities available for the SharePoint mobile app are virtually endless. With more improvement updates coming from mobile operating systems, we can only expect to see a continuous climb for aspects of functionality. Providing quick access for moderately essential features will continue to be at the forefront for motivation of what is to come next. Are you excited yet?

    Microsoft is Adding New Features to its SharePoint Mobile App

    Posted by Sophina Dillard No comments


    With technological advances and new digital innovations being released daily, we, as workers, are now open to a completely new realm of possibilities for on-the-go operations. With our mobile phones we can literally do anything and everything, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes we need more.

    The SharePoint Mobile App allows us to do just this.

    A Quick Introduction to Get Us Started

    We’ve all grown to know and love Microsoft SharePoint, especially its newest version, SharePoint 2016. For all those who aren’t exactly sure what the latest features are, or what this application even is, here’s a quick definition from Microsoft themselves:

    “Organizations use SharePoint to create websites. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from any device. All you need is a web browser, such as Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox.”

    SharePoint itself is a name umbrella for other products and technologies such as SharePoint Online, Server, Foundation, and Designer. More importantly, SharePoint Online gives employees within an organization the ability to create and share sites, documents and information. The SharePoint mobile app enhances these functions and is consistently receiving upgrades to become more and more user friendly.

    Let’s explore the latest is surrounding the app’s most recent tweak, announced this past March.

    What’s the Update All About?

    The iOS app is finally getting some attention. According to CMSWire, “This time, Microsoft is giving most of the love to the iOS app, which now enables users to author news and publish to their team members while they are on the go. Users can add a title, body text, images, embed documents, format it and publish it.”
    iPhone users aren’t the only ones who are going to be delighted. Android is receiving a nice little feature as well. What is it, you ask? It’s Team News.

                                                                                   Image Source: support.office.com

    Already a fixture on the iOS app, Team News keeps workers in the loop through team site updates and posts in a full display on Android devices. According to Microsoft, “The News tab shows the most recent articles from your sites you’re following and frequently visit along with sites suggested by Office Graph.” And “When you tap a news headline from the Sites tab or the News, you’ll see the full article complete with web parts, including images and embedded documents.”

    Why Include These Features?

    Why add these features to Microsoft SharePoint? Simple, Microsoft wants on-the-go workers to be able to access content on their intranet sites. The whole theme of quick access is exactly what the developers and creative minds at Microsoft are striving for.
    Giving workers access to in-office features, outside of that setting, does and will continue to increase worker efficiency. A good idea shouldn’t have to wait for the workplace, it should be shared at any time.

    What are the Benefits?

    As we touched on earlier, increasing functionality for mobile applications will allow workers to be that much more productive.
    For iPhone users, giving workers the ability to author news on the go is an incredibly useful feature. Having the Team News feature allows Android users and workers to fully immerse themselves within their company’s day-to-day activities. Not having to wait and go back to your desk for small work tasks also functions to boost productivity and performance levels.

    The Wrap Up

    The opportunities available for the SharePoint mobile app are virtually endless. With more improvement updates coming from mobile operating systems, we can only expect to see a continuous climb for aspects of functionality. Providing quick access for moderately essential features will continue to be at the forefront for motivation of what is to come next. Are you excited yet?

    Microsoft Launched Power BI Report Integration for SharePoint Online

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    As marketers, we love the idea of data discovery and presenting it in a way that can be easily understood. For the past year or so, Power BI has allowed us to effectively prepare data and turn it into interactive visualizations. However, for us SharePoint users it has been agonizing to integrate these Power BI reports… until now.
    As per a Microsoft Blog posted in early February, “The new web part we are releasing today enables SharePoint authors to embed Power BI reports directly in SharePoint Online pages with no code required!”

    What’s Power BI?

    Released in July of 2015, Power BI is a dynamic cloud-based service that gives report analysts the ability to distribute insights from their business’s data through visualizations. It’s essentially Microsoft’s way of allowing users to transform information into graphs and other powerful ocular representations.

    And Microsoft Did This Because...

    Well, Microsoft did this because SharePoint Online is an essential managing platform for a large amount of enterprises. The fact that users couldn’t effortlessly consolidate visualizations from this software also persuaded Microsoft into realizing this may be something to explore. All of this in an attempt to continue making Microsoft SharePoint a simple yet powerful platform to work with.
    With no further ado, let’s go over some of the key benefits from this update.

    How is This Done?

    Microsoft shares the exact process of embedding on their official blog post. For a quick run down, the procedure is pretty straightforward. It’s as effortless as publishing a report, adding the Power BI web part to your SharePoint Online page, and pasting the URL of your report when directed to do so.

    To the Rescue

    The ability to not only visualize data but to also share it with your organization in a seamless user experience is exactly what this integration is all about. Microsoft is giving every SharePoint-using corporation the insight it needs to strategically communicate and disseminate vital information.

                                                                      Image Source: static.pexels.com

    Another accessibility feature that’s mentioned within the article is this idea of convenience through a single sign-on. Taken straight out from the official release blog:
    “…a core focus of our web part is seamless integration with SharePoint Online to achieve a single sign-on experience. The web part works with new authentication features in SharePoint Online available now within the 365 First Release program. The new authentication capabilities enable the Power BI web part to use single sign-on – so by default users will not be prompted to sign-in to Power BI. Multi-factor authentication may require the user to sign-in again, if they didn’t use a security device when signing in to SharePoint.”
    This is just frosting on the cake of simplicity. In addition, Microsoft has ensured that all security checks are applied to reports. This includes enforcing data security through Power BI itself, almost guaranteeing secure internal portals for the enterprise to show data. With highly sensitive information being displayed, it only makes sense that reports won’t be automatically available for everyone.
    There is one drawback, however. According to Microsoft: “The Power BI report web part requires all the viewers to have a Power BI Pro license. If your users don’t have a Pro license, they’ll be directed to PowerBI.com where they can enroll or start a Pro trial.”
    If this stays this way, it can mean fewer users who get to experience this new feature from Microsoft.

    The Wrap Up

    These latest SharePoint updates lead us to believe that Microsoft is attempting to make our lives simpler, one renovation at a time. If they can change the Pro license requirement, this web part can and will be an integral part of our data representation techniques.

    Microsoft Launched Power BI Report Integration for SharePoint Online

    Posted by Sophina Dillard No comments

                    Image Source: powerbicdn.azureedge.net

    As marketers, we love the idea of data discovery and presenting it in a way that can be easily understood. For the past year or so, Power BI has allowed us to effectively prepare data and turn it into interactive visualizations. However, for us SharePoint users it has been agonizing to integrate these Power BI reports… until now.
    As per a Microsoft Blog posted in early February, “The new web part we are releasing today enables SharePoint authors to embed Power BI reports directly in SharePoint Online pages with no code required!”

    What’s Power BI?

    Released in July of 2015, Power BI is a dynamic cloud-based service that gives report analysts the ability to distribute insights from their business’s data through visualizations. It’s essentially Microsoft’s way of allowing users to transform information into graphs and other powerful ocular representations.

    And Microsoft Did This Because...

    Well, Microsoft did this because SharePoint Online is an essential managing platform for a large amount of enterprises. The fact that users couldn’t effortlessly consolidate visualizations from this software also persuaded Microsoft into realizing this may be something to explore. All of this in an attempt to continue making Microsoft SharePoint a simple yet powerful platform to work with.
    With no further ado, let’s go over some of the key benefits from this update.

    How is This Done?

    Microsoft shares the exact process of embedding on their official blog post. For a quick run down, the procedure is pretty straightforward. It’s as effortless as publishing a report, adding the Power BI web part to your SharePoint Online page, and pasting the URL of your report when directed to do so.

    To the Rescue

    The ability to not only visualize data but to also share it with your organization in a seamless user experience is exactly what this integration is all about. Microsoft is giving every SharePoint-using corporation the insight it needs to strategically communicate and disseminate vital information.

                                                                      Image Source: static.pexels.com

    Another accessibility feature that’s mentioned within the article is this idea of convenience through a single sign-on. Taken straight out from the official release blog:
    “…a core focus of our web part is seamless integration with SharePoint Online to achieve a single sign-on experience. The web part works with new authentication features in SharePoint Online available now within the 365 First Release program. The new authentication capabilities enable the Power BI web part to use single sign-on – so by default users will not be prompted to sign-in to Power BI. Multi-factor authentication may require the user to sign-in again, if they didn’t use a security device when signing in to SharePoint.”
    This is just frosting on the cake of simplicity. In addition, Microsoft has ensured that all security checks are applied to reports. This includes enforcing data security through Power BI itself, almost guaranteeing secure internal portals for the enterprise to show data. With highly sensitive information being displayed, it only makes sense that reports won’t be automatically available for everyone.
    There is one drawback, however. According to Microsoft: “The Power BI report web part requires all the viewers to have a Power BI Pro license. If your users don’t have a Pro license, they’ll be directed to PowerBI.com where they can enroll or start a Pro trial.”
    If this stays this way, it can mean fewer users who get to experience this new feature from Microsoft.

    The Wrap Up

    These latest SharePoint updates lead us to believe that Microsoft is attempting to make our lives simpler, one renovation at a time. If they can change the Pro license requirement, this web part can and will be an integral part of our data representation techniques.

    Microsoft SharePoint Is in the Cloud for Intranet

    Why Microsoft Introduced this Project

    SharePoint is Microsoft’s document management and collaboration tool. Seeing that the Intranet was the focal point of many organizations, Microsoft introduced SharePoint for Intranet a couple of years ago as a place where employees could connect with each other and turn to for company news, information and content. It improved internal communication, reduced email overload, and created a forum for non-work related socialization. As part of the latest SharePoint updates, Microsoft introduced SharePoint in the cloud for Intranet, an innovative solution that offers companies a low-cost alternative to on-site deployment of Intranet.

    Microsoft SharePoint in the Cloud for Intranet

    With the cloud based Intranet that SharePoint provides, users can upload files to OneDrive for Business, an online document library, and access them anywhere. It’s also very easy to use. Michael Feather, Head of Business Change at the Family Business Society, said, “the simplicity means our employees can communicate quickly without being snowed under by email.” And because it’s a web platform, anyone in the organization can access the files and collaborate. In other words, this efficient and secure document management system allows users to plan automated document creation workflows in which changes pass on from contributor to contributor until the review process is complete. Apart from this peer-to-peer collaboration process, traditional top-down communication directives, in which managerial hierarchy and the methodical transfer of information is emphasized, is also allowed.

                                                                                      Image Source: fpweb.net

    Some of the other features included are search capabilities, client management system (CMS), news, employee directories, personalization options, team collaboration spaces, blogs, wikis, and more. It’s also bundled with Office 365 applications, so integration of Microsoft SharePoint with other Office 365 applications creates an easy way to export and share data. It’s scalable, so it can expand or retract as needed, and included in the latest SharePoint updates is a mobile app that allows users to stay connected to important information and people from the company Intranet, on the go.

    Advantages of SharePoint for Intranet in the Cloud

    An advantage of SharePoint for Intranet in the Cloud is hybrid deployment, in which secure information remains on premise while everyday and low-security files move to the cloud. This offers a huge benefit for large-scale enterprise information management  because it can take over backups and recovery duties, greatly reducing dependency on third-party solutions. And because files are in the cloud, shared documents are easy to access remotely and no time is wasted searching for emails or internal documents on a central network drive.

        Image Source: fpweb.net 

    One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft SharePoint in the cloud is its customizability. You of course have the option of making use of the out-of-box offerings, but by designing it for your business with user experience in mind, you can make it visually pleasing by incorporating your brand’s designs and logo, elevate the visibility of commonly used applications, websites and pages to create easy and simple navigation, and customize how and when your organization receives new SharePoint updates and features. Moreover, you can customize your company’s Intranet in the cloud with corporate goals in mind to streamline the whole process.

    The Takeaway

    The latest SharePoint updates integrating an organization’s Intranet to the cloud are a much needed upgrade for our modern and cloud-based society. It’s especially useful now that MediaRich features SharePoint 2016. For those who don’t know, MediaRich ECM is the only Digital Asset Management system for SharePoint, and provides tools that enhance SharePoint and allows for the creation of high-performing visual management platforms. So if you want to be able to view almost any file type and not waste time or bandwidth downloading it, go for SharePoint in the cloud for Intranet with MediaRich ECM.

    Microsoft SharePoint Is in the Cloud for Intranet

    Posted by Sophina Dillard No comments

    Why Microsoft Introduced this Project

    SharePoint is Microsoft’s document management and collaboration tool. Seeing that the Intranet was the focal point of many organizations, Microsoft introduced SharePoint for Intranet a couple of years ago as a place where employees could connect with each other and turn to for company news, information and content. It improved internal communication, reduced email overload, and created a forum for non-work related socialization. As part of the latest SharePoint updates, Microsoft introduced SharePoint in the cloud for Intranet, an innovative solution that offers companies a low-cost alternative to on-site deployment of Intranet.

    Microsoft SharePoint in the Cloud for Intranet

    With the cloud based Intranet that SharePoint provides, users can upload files to OneDrive for Business, an online document library, and access them anywhere. It’s also very easy to use. Michael Feather, Head of Business Change at the Family Business Society, said, “the simplicity means our employees can communicate quickly without being snowed under by email.” And because it’s a web platform, anyone in the organization can access the files and collaborate. In other words, this efficient and secure document management system allows users to plan automated document creation workflows in which changes pass on from contributor to contributor until the review process is complete. Apart from this peer-to-peer collaboration process, traditional top-down communication directives, in which managerial hierarchy and the methodical transfer of information is emphasized, is also allowed.

                                                                                      Image Source: fpweb.net

    Some of the other features included are search capabilities, client management system (CMS), news, employee directories, personalization options, team collaboration spaces, blogs, wikis, and more. It’s also bundled with Office 365 applications, so integration of Microsoft SharePoint with other Office 365 applications creates an easy way to export and share data. It’s scalable, so it can expand or retract as needed, and included in the latest SharePoint updates is a mobile app that allows users to stay connected to important information and people from the company Intranet, on the go.

    Advantages of SharePoint for Intranet in the Cloud

    An advantage of SharePoint for Intranet in the Cloud is hybrid deployment, in which secure information remains on premise while everyday and low-security files move to the cloud. This offers a huge benefit for large-scale enterprise information management  because it can take over backups and recovery duties, greatly reducing dependency on third-party solutions. And because files are in the cloud, shared documents are easy to access remotely and no time is wasted searching for emails or internal documents on a central network drive.

        Image Source: fpweb.net 

    One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft SharePoint in the cloud is its customizability. You of course have the option of making use of the out-of-box offerings, but by designing it for your business with user experience in mind, you can make it visually pleasing by incorporating your brand’s designs and logo, elevate the visibility of commonly used applications, websites and pages to create easy and simple navigation, and customize how and when your organization receives new SharePoint updates and features. Moreover, you can customize your company’s Intranet in the cloud with corporate goals in mind to streamline the whole process.

    The Takeaway

    The latest SharePoint updates integrating an organization’s Intranet to the cloud are a much needed upgrade for our modern and cloud-based society. It’s especially useful now that MediaRich features SharePoint 2016. For those who don’t know, MediaRich ECM is the only Digital Asset Management system for SharePoint, and provides tools that enhance SharePoint and allows for the creation of high-performing visual management platforms. So if you want to be able to view almost any file type and not waste time or bandwidth downloading it, go for SharePoint in the cloud for Intranet with MediaRich ECM.

    MediaRich ECM for SharePoint 2016 is Here. Here’s What’s New

    SharePoint 2016 is Microsoft’s upgraded document management and collaboration tool. Equilibrium, the software company behind MediaRich, has responded to the latest SharePoint updates by releasing their revamped enterprise content management system, MediaRich ECM, making the 2016 edition a highly relevant tool for 2017.

    MediaRich ECM for Microsoft SharePoint

    MediaRich ECM is the only Digital Asset Management video management system for SharePoint and provides a leading visual upgrade. It’s a tool that enhances SharePoint and creates high-performing visual management platforms. It also provides increased security because all files are stored in the Microsoft SharePoint 2016 application environment.
    Microsoft SharePoint 2016 New Support and Features

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    MediaRich ECM supports over 450 image, video, audio, Microsoft Office, drawing (SVG, WMF, IMF, EMF), and RAW camera file types. It covers Photoshop and Illustrator files, lets you work in the original file format (of any size), and then create media templates to convert groups of images or videos into all mediums. Metadata is also automatically indexed when images are uploaded into the system, saving you a lot of time.

    One of MediaRich ECM’s key features is InstantOn, which works with any document library or asset library. There’s no need to load assets into a new library with InstantOn; you can see instant thumbnails from any browser, including mobile, in the location of the files themselves. You can essentially view any document without using third-party plug-ins or actually needing to download them. You save time and bandwidth by previewing the files instead of downloading them.

    Another feature is the UniZoom viewer. With it, you don’t have to download large files to see them. You can view 300MB+ files across multiple devices with “read only” capabilities. The UniZoom viewer works on all browsers, across multiple devices, has universal, multi-page zoomm pan technology, and gesture support for desktop and mobile devices. The MediaBatch uploader also bypasses the standard 2GB upload limit. You can upload thousands of files at once, and once they’re in the system, you can inspect them on any platform.

    Improved User Experience

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    You’ll notice an immediate improvement in user experience when using the Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Application with MediaRich ECM. It has a responsive design based on device and screen resolution, and resized controls that allows for full-page viewing on all screen sizes. The UniZoom viewer also optimizes viewing and provides seamless video playback. You’ll only need to store files in SharePoint, and can then view them anywhere, even over low bandwidth. With automatic multi-video for HTML5 browsers, you also have multiple device playback and full size or screen viewing, all without third-party plug-ins. You’ll be especially impressed if you work in construction, engineering, manufacturing, architecture, or other industries that utilize blueprints and large files. You can weave through libraries of PDFs and drawings in a single viewer, without having to download them. MediaRich ECM also expands SharePoint’s utility and minimizes the time needed to search, modify, rearrange, and distribute media assets in a single portal. You’re able to download files in bulk, create derivatives, and deliver them in all formats without altering the original file.

    “MediaRich extends our SharePoint platform and provides all the capabilities we needed, from view anywhere technology, MediaRich’s seamless visual integration along with SharePoint’s version control and publishing libraries, so we now have the best of both worlds…” -Sam Rhodes, IT Manager, Business Print Australia

    The Takeaway

    Now that MediaRich features SharePoint 2016 and covers the latest SharePoint updates, you can work on the go and across multiple devices. You can view almost any file with its updated features and not waste time or bandwidth downloading them. You’ll also find that the combination of increased productivity and decreased waste while managing your digital assets leads to an improved user experience.

    MediaRich ECM for SharePoint 2016 is Here. Here’s What’s New

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    SharePoint 2016 is Microsoft’s upgraded document management and collaboration tool. Equilibrium, the software company behind MediaRich, has responded to the latest SharePoint updates by releasing their revamped enterprise content management system, MediaRich ECM, making the 2016 edition a highly relevant tool for 2017.

    MediaRich ECM for Microsoft SharePoint

    MediaRich ECM is the only Digital Asset Management video management system for SharePoint and provides a leading visual upgrade. It’s a tool that enhances SharePoint and creates high-performing visual management platforms. It also provides increased security because all files are stored in the Microsoft SharePoint 2016 application environment.
    Microsoft SharePoint 2016 New Support and Features

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    MediaRich ECM supports over 450 image, video, audio, Microsoft Office, drawing (SVG, WMF, IMF, EMF), and RAW camera file types. It covers Photoshop and Illustrator files, lets you work in the original file format (of any size), and then create media templates to convert groups of images or videos into all mediums. Metadata is also automatically indexed when images are uploaded into the system, saving you a lot of time.

    One of MediaRich ECM’s key features is InstantOn, which works with any document library or asset library. There’s no need to load assets into a new library with InstantOn; you can see instant thumbnails from any browser, including mobile, in the location of the files themselves. You can essentially view any document without using third-party plug-ins or actually needing to download them. You save time and bandwidth by previewing the files instead of downloading them.

    Another feature is the UniZoom viewer. With it, you don’t have to download large files to see them. You can view 300MB+ files across multiple devices with “read only” capabilities. The UniZoom viewer works on all browsers, across multiple devices, has universal, multi-page zoomm pan technology, and gesture support for desktop and mobile devices. The MediaBatch uploader also bypasses the standard 2GB upload limit. You can upload thousands of files at once, and once they’re in the system, you can inspect them on any platform.

    Improved User Experience

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    You’ll notice an immediate improvement in user experience when using the Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Application with MediaRich ECM. It has a responsive design based on device and screen resolution, and resized controls that allows for full-page viewing on all screen sizes. The UniZoom viewer also optimizes viewing and provides seamless video playback. You’ll only need to store files in SharePoint, and can then view them anywhere, even over low bandwidth. With automatic multi-video for HTML5 browsers, you also have multiple device playback and full size or screen viewing, all without third-party plug-ins. You’ll be especially impressed if you work in construction, engineering, manufacturing, architecture, or other industries that utilize blueprints and large files. You can weave through libraries of PDFs and drawings in a single viewer, without having to download them. MediaRich ECM also expands SharePoint’s utility and minimizes the time needed to search, modify, rearrange, and distribute media assets in a single portal. You’re able to download files in bulk, create derivatives, and deliver them in all formats without altering the original file.

    “MediaRich extends our SharePoint platform and provides all the capabilities we needed, from view anywhere technology, MediaRich’s seamless visual integration along with SharePoint’s version control and publishing libraries, so we now have the best of both worlds…” -Sam Rhodes, IT Manager, Business Print Australia

    The Takeaway

    Now that MediaRich features SharePoint 2016 and covers the latest SharePoint updates, you can work on the go and across multiple devices. You can view almost any file with its updated features and not waste time or bandwidth downloading them. You’ll also find that the combination of increased productivity and decreased waste while managing your digital assets leads to an improved user experience.

    What is Microsoft 'Feature Pack' for SharePoint

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    When Microsoft released the SharePoint Server this year, the team understood they were just laying out the foundation. They wanted SharePoint to be tested and edited so that it could improve.  The new Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 are the enhancements users have been waiting for. They have made these new additions to help drive innovation and productivity for your business. The latest SharePoint updates made by Microsoft are truly user-centric because they took the direct advice given to them by users for these updates. Here is a run-down of what the Microsoft Feature Pack is and what these new improvements mean for your brand. 
    The Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Application sought to make collaboration and productivity better through cloud based technology. The newly released Feature Pack has put forward all the feedback given by consumers to create an even better platform for your business. It includes new features for administration and puts user experience at the forefront of the operation. These upgrades give you more flexibility when it comes to keeping track of your data, managing your business, and interacting with others. 

    New Capabilities for Admin 

    Administrators spend large amounts of time dealing with the nuts and bolts of the business. What the Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 aims to do is to help admin in their daily tasks by adding more detailed logging of their actions. Bill Baer, who is the senior product manager for SharePoint writes, “We have added logging around key SharePoint administrative actions performed either through the SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or through the SharePoint Server 2016 Management Shell.” Their goal is to make troubleshooting less troublesome by providing a more comprehensive history of your actions.  

    Hybrid Auditing

    This is another feature that gives administrators the ability to gain detailed insight as to what’s going on in their businesses. Hybrid Auditing gives administrators the ability to access multiple reports and dashboards in Office 365, which are produced from SharePoint 2016 Preview. These reports are based on on-premise diagnostic and usage logs so you can view patterns you business’ SharePoint server farm. 


                                                               Image Source: blogs.office.com 

    Benefits of this feature

    The new MinRole enhancements are just what users have been asking for. Previously, MinRole was created to service larger farm topologies but with the new update, you can access these benefits on a smaller scale. Instead of eight servers being the requirement for a high availability MinRole configuration, the Feature Pack allows you to do the same thing with just four server roles. They have been optimized for small and medium sized farms because of the additions of Front-end Distributed with Cache and Application with Search. With this new update, the Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 now services a wide range of sizes with MinRole farms. 


                                                                  Image Source: blogs.office.com 

    User Experience for Business

    Being able to store, manage, and edit your work files all in one place while sharing them with your team makes OneDrive for Business a key feature in Office 365 and SharePoint Server. The new Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 allows you to add a little more personality to your work by creating your own custom tiles. They can lead to anything your business wants from already existing apps in Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 to external sites. These customizable tiles help make your work easier because you can edit the tiles according to the unique needs of your business. 

    In a Nutshell 

    The Microsoft team understands that innovation is an ongoing process, which requires updating. These enhancements are to help make the individual actions of your business easier by providing you with more options and capabilities. The Feature Pack 1 is a response to the initial advice given by users to help make SharePoint a better tool for your brand. 

    1. Administrators now have detailed action logging 
    2. They are also given access to multiple reports and dashboards for better insight 
    3. MinRoles were created for small to medium sized farms
    4. Customizable tiles for users 

    What is Microsoft 'Feature Pack' for SharePoint

    Posted by Sophina Dillard No comments

    Image Source: products.office.com

    When Microsoft released the SharePoint Server this year, the team understood they were just laying out the foundation. They wanted SharePoint to be tested and edited so that it could improve.  The new Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 are the enhancements users have been waiting for. They have made these new additions to help drive innovation and productivity for your business. The latest SharePoint updates made by Microsoft are truly user-centric because they took the direct advice given to them by users for these updates. Here is a run-down of what the Microsoft Feature Pack is and what these new improvements mean for your brand. 
    The Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Application sought to make collaboration and productivity better through cloud based technology. The newly released Feature Pack has put forward all the feedback given by consumers to create an even better platform for your business. It includes new features for administration and puts user experience at the forefront of the operation. These upgrades give you more flexibility when it comes to keeping track of your data, managing your business, and interacting with others. 

    New Capabilities for Admin 

    Administrators spend large amounts of time dealing with the nuts and bolts of the business. What the Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 aims to do is to help admin in their daily tasks by adding more detailed logging of their actions. Bill Baer, who is the senior product manager for SharePoint writes, “We have added logging around key SharePoint administrative actions performed either through the SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or through the SharePoint Server 2016 Management Shell.” Their goal is to make troubleshooting less troublesome by providing a more comprehensive history of your actions.  

    Hybrid Auditing

    This is another feature that gives administrators the ability to gain detailed insight as to what’s going on in their businesses. Hybrid Auditing gives administrators the ability to access multiple reports and dashboards in Office 365, which are produced from SharePoint 2016 Preview. These reports are based on on-premise diagnostic and usage logs so you can view patterns you business’ SharePoint server farm. 


                                                               Image Source: blogs.office.com 

    Benefits of this feature

    The new MinRole enhancements are just what users have been asking for. Previously, MinRole was created to service larger farm topologies but with the new update, you can access these benefits on a smaller scale. Instead of eight servers being the requirement for a high availability MinRole configuration, the Feature Pack allows you to do the same thing with just four server roles. They have been optimized for small and medium sized farms because of the additions of Front-end Distributed with Cache and Application with Search. With this new update, the Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 now services a wide range of sizes with MinRole farms. 


                                                                  Image Source: blogs.office.com 

    User Experience for Business

    Being able to store, manage, and edit your work files all in one place while sharing them with your team makes OneDrive for Business a key feature in Office 365 and SharePoint Server. The new Microsoft Feature Pack SharePoint 2016 allows you to add a little more personality to your work by creating your own custom tiles. They can lead to anything your business wants from already existing apps in Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 to external sites. These customizable tiles help make your work easier because you can edit the tiles according to the unique needs of your business. 

    In a Nutshell 

    The Microsoft team understands that innovation is an ongoing process, which requires updating. These enhancements are to help make the individual actions of your business easier by providing you with more options and capabilities. The Feature Pack 1 is a response to the initial advice given by users to help make SharePoint a better tool for your brand. 

    1. Administrators now have detailed action logging 
    2. They are also given access to multiple reports and dashboards for better insight 
    3. MinRoles were created for small to medium sized farms
    4. Customizable tiles for users 

    Why Microsoft Added Dynamics 365 Cloud Services and the Hottest New Services


    Microsoft Dynamics 365 has been created to increase the productivity of a business by becoming more specific. Businesses can choose which areas to focus on from sales automation to customer service and select from various apps to address the particular needs of their unique consumers. Dynamics 365 will be able to service people in over 40 different languages as well as in 135 different market places. In order to better understand Dynamics 365, here is a breakdown of how Dynamics 365 can help your business.

    1.What is Microsoft Dynamics 365?

    Microsoft has created a platform which combines CRM and ERP services into a single entity that is now known as  Microsoft Dynamics 365.  CEO Satya Nadella wanted to show how a focus on combining CRM and ERP could change the way businesses and consumers buy and use business apps. AppSource is one of the main contributors to the flare of Dynamics 365 but the integration of artificial intelligence into the system has become a huge talking point. Earlier last month TechCrunch Noted, “It’s been designed as a stand-alone service that can work with any of the Dynamics 365 CRM components-sales, customer service, or field service - and can also work with any external CRM tool with open APIs.”
    This also means users who are using the Microsoft SharePoint Application, Office 365, or other Microsoft tools can access the AI services. Power BI and Cortana, according to the Microsoft Blog, “Will further help businesses achieve their goals through predictive insights, prescriptive advice and actionable next steps.”  Similar to Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics 365 seeks to simplify the integration and management of data across various applications.

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    2. How Is It Different?

    What makes Dynamics 365 intriguing is the introduction of Microsoft AppSource. What the Microsoft team has done is become more specific with their apps. They are now designed to work efficiently not only together but independently as well.  The Microsoft Blog notes how your business can start small and pay only for what you need. “The apps include built-in insights, predictive intelligence and workflow optimization, all of which will be delivered through simple, easy-to-use, mobile experiences with offline capabilities.”
    Another feature available to businesses is over 200 SaaS apps which also have add-in’s and content packs ready for use. Microsoft Dynamics 365 also allows you to create new applications while still being able to edit and enhance old ones. The vast amount of resources made available to businesses on this platform help to make collaboration easier and increase innovation.

                                                                        Image Source: pexels.com

    3. Other Special Features

    Another feature Microsoft is making available is the ability for small businesses to tend to their business needs as much as larger ones. There is Dynamics 365 which caters to  small businesses of about 100, and one for enterprises. The same applications are accessible to both however, Dynamics 365 for enterprises places a large emphasis on ERP. This allows a larger range of business owners to interact freely with Microsoft Dynamics 365 because the nature of their small or large business will be recognized.
    Microsoft is also allowing consumers to a licensing choice based on the access requirements of a business. If you find that one person needs to be able to use the service there is an option for a single team member which has certain restrictions. However, if you find your business to be on the opposite side of the spectrum and need group access you can license through a plan to gain access for everyone.
    Microsoft Dynamics 365 seeks not only to make business processes easier, but to help encourage creativity and innovation. Much like the latest SharePoint updates, these new additions are to provide your business with the best possible tools for success. Here’s a recap of the most important points:
    The Dynamics of Dynamics 365

    1. Microsoft Dynamics is a cloud based application which offers a combination of CRM and ERP services
    2. Artificial intelligence is integrated into the system to help service your business
    3. The AppSource SaaS applications were created to address specific areas of your business
    4. There are options for both small and large businesses
    5. Access can be licensed based on what your business needs

    Why Microsoft Added Dynamics 365 Cloud Services and the Hottest New Services

    Posted by Sophina Dillard No comments


    Microsoft Dynamics 365 has been created to increase the productivity of a business by becoming more specific. Businesses can choose which areas to focus on from sales automation to customer service and select from various apps to address the particular needs of their unique consumers. Dynamics 365 will be able to service people in over 40 different languages as well as in 135 different market places. In order to better understand Dynamics 365, here is a breakdown of how Dynamics 365 can help your business.

    1.What is Microsoft Dynamics 365?

    Microsoft has created a platform which combines CRM and ERP services into a single entity that is now known as  Microsoft Dynamics 365.  CEO Satya Nadella wanted to show how a focus on combining CRM and ERP could change the way businesses and consumers buy and use business apps. AppSource is one of the main contributors to the flare of Dynamics 365 but the integration of artificial intelligence into the system has become a huge talking point. Earlier last month TechCrunch Noted, “It’s been designed as a stand-alone service that can work with any of the Dynamics 365 CRM components-sales, customer service, or field service - and can also work with any external CRM tool with open APIs.”
    This also means users who are using the Microsoft SharePoint Application, Office 365, or other Microsoft tools can access the AI services. Power BI and Cortana, according to the Microsoft Blog, “Will further help businesses achieve their goals through predictive insights, prescriptive advice and actionable next steps.”  Similar to Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics 365 seeks to simplify the integration and management of data across various applications.

                                                                            Image Source: windowscentral.com

    2. How Is It Different?

    What makes Dynamics 365 intriguing is the introduction of Microsoft AppSource. What the Microsoft team has done is become more specific with their apps. They are now designed to work efficiently not only together but independently as well.  The Microsoft Blog notes how your business can start small and pay only for what you need. “The apps include built-in insights, predictive intelligence and workflow optimization, all of which will be delivered through simple, easy-to-use, mobile experiences with offline capabilities.”
    Another feature available to businesses is over 200 SaaS apps which also have add-in’s and content packs ready for use. Microsoft Dynamics 365 also allows you to create new applications while still being able to edit and enhance old ones. The vast amount of resources made available to businesses on this platform help to make collaboration easier and increase innovation.

                                                                        Image Source: pexels.com

    3. Other Special Features

    Another feature Microsoft is making available is the ability for small businesses to tend to their business needs as much as larger ones. There is Dynamics 365 which caters to  small businesses of about 100, and one for enterprises. The same applications are accessible to both however, Dynamics 365 for enterprises places a large emphasis on ERP. This allows a larger range of business owners to interact freely with Microsoft Dynamics 365 because the nature of their small or large business will be recognized.
    Microsoft is also allowing consumers to a licensing choice based on the access requirements of a business. If you find that one person needs to be able to use the service there is an option for a single team member which has certain restrictions. However, if you find your business to be on the opposite side of the spectrum and need group access you can license through a plan to gain access for everyone.
    Microsoft Dynamics 365 seeks not only to make business processes easier, but to help encourage creativity and innovation. Much like the latest SharePoint updates, these new additions are to provide your business with the best possible tools for success. Here’s a recap of the most important points:
    The Dynamics of Dynamics 365

    1. Microsoft Dynamics is a cloud based application which offers a combination of CRM and ERP services
    2. Artificial intelligence is integrated into the system to help service your business
    3. The AppSource SaaS applications were created to address specific areas of your business
    4. There are options for both small and large businesses
    5. Access can be licensed based on what your business needs

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