SharePoint Development Community (PnP) – October 2019 update

SharePoint Development Community (PnP) – October 2019 update

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Latest monthly summary of SharePoint Development guidance for SharePoint Online and on-premises is now available from the SharePoint Dev Blog. Check the latest news, samples and other guidance from this summary.

 

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SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 55

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 55

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SharePoint Dev Weekly is a video and a podcast series where Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft) and Waldek Mastykarz (Rencore) will have a weekly discussion on the latest SharePoint Dev topics. They are often joined by a visitor to talk about specific topics. We’ll also highlight other latest SharePoint Dev news and most interesting engineering and community articles. This was recorded on Monday 7th of October 2019.

 

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SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 54

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 54

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SharePoint Dev Weekly is a video and a podcast series where Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft) and Waldek Mastykarz (Rencore) will have a weekly discussion on the latest SharePoint Dev topics. They are often joined by a visitor to talk about specific topics. We’ll also highlight other latest SharePoint Dev news and most interesting engineering and community articles. This episode was recorded on Monday 30th of September 2019. In session video guys were joined by Marc D Anderson (Sympraxis Consulting).

 

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4 topnotch teamwork tips for Microsoft Teams plus SharePoint

4 topnotch teamwork tips for Microsoft Teams plus SharePoint

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When people work together and get things done – there is less confusion between team members and the content they create. This is the design goal behind Microsoft Teams – the hub for teamwork – and the reason why SharePoint is deeply integrated to provide great content experiences and services within the same user interface. At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. And when you do this together – as a team – it’s teamwork that moves things forward.

 

This video + blog highlight everything you can do with SharePoint directly from within Teams. Work easily and confidently with files, news, home pages and lists, assured everything is protected by industry-leading security and compliance and the ability to adhere to your desired governance outcomes.

 

 

The above video demonstrates each of the four topnotch tips along with guidance on “how to” within your Teams experience. Then, dig into below for more context, screenshots/GIFs and links to learn more per these four tips:

 

  1. Work on files together using the Files tab and full SharePoint document libraries
  2. Let SharePoint news headlines flow into Microsoft Teams
  3. Add a “business app” by adding the default, group-connected SharePoint team site home page as a tab in Teams
  4. Make a list (in SharePoint) and check it twice (in Teams)

Happy SharePoint’ing in Teams!

 

#1: Work on files together using the Files tab and full SharePoint document libraries

It’s easy to work on files in Microsoft Teams. It’s a native experience and powered by SharePoint. This gives give you more options to view, sync, and share your files when working with your peers in Teams channels.

 

The default Files tab in Teams channels

Within each Microsoft Team there are one, or more, channels where focused discussions take place. Each channel has its own file folder where you can share files with that channel. To access that folder, go to the channel and click the Files tab.

 

001_SP-plus-Teams_tips_GIF_new-files_exp.gifPowerful file experiences inside of Microsoft Teams, powered by SharePoint.

When working with files, team members can upload existing files, create new ones, and collaborate with other members of the team in near and real-time  knowing the content is already shared with all owners and members of that team. And coming soon, you’ll be able to sync these files, see rich thumbnail views, filter on views and more.

 

It’s easy to get started. In any Team, go to the General channel and then click on the Files tab. At the top of the tab, you’ll see +New, Upload, etc… and can access everything via the Web, desktop and mobile.

 

Note: each channel you use and/or create is associated to a unique folder within the group-connected SharePoint team site document library. It is already in place, connected to Files tab(s), and brings with it the powerful content service of SharePoint.

 

Adding an individual Office document as a tab in Teams

When you have Office content in a Files tab, you can easily highlight high-value content as a standalone tab of its own. You get the full Web capabilities to view and edit using Office for the Web that is fully integrated without leaving that tab.

 

002_SP-plus-Teams_Hero_PPTX-as tab-in-Teams.pngAdd an individual Office document as a tab in Teams. As shown above, a PowerPoint file loads in full fidelity using PowerPoint for the Web.

It’s easy. Click the ellipsis of an Office document stored in the Files tab. You’ll see the option to Make this a tab, that when selected brings the Office document in its full fidelity as a unique tab in Teams.

 

Adding a full SharePoint document library

Yeah, but what about the full group-connected document library with all folders from each channel, or important content that exists elsewhere in the intranet and is of value to the team – like “approved photography” or “customer-ready sales presentations.” Yeah, you can do this, too. And know the original permissions remain intact.

 

Within the desired channel, click “+” to add a new tab. Click on the Document Library tab. You’ll see a list of relevant sites you can choose from – ones you have permissions to view and work with – and you can always grab a library’s full URL to add it more manually. Once you find the one you want, click it, give it a good name for team members to recognize (this is the name the tab will display), and there you go.

 

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Learn how to collaborate on files with your Team.

 

#2: Let SharePoint news headlines flow into Microsoft Teams

SharePoint news, both team level news and organization news, provides a rich landscape from which to share and learn what’s happening throughout your intranet. You can easily create dynamic, targeted media-rich experiences in SharePoint and have them flow into Microsoft Teams – keeping everyone informed on the news that matters most to the team.

 

Let’s take a closer look across three things you can do with SharePoint news in Teams.

 

Add the default, dynamic team site News page as a tab in Teams

Once you’ve published more than three news articles from the SharePoint team site, an “all-news” page gets created to displays all published team news when you click See all off of the News web part. As new news articles are published, they will automatically appear on this page with the title, brief description, thumbnail, author and publish date. It’s super handy to see all news in one place, and in Teams that one place can be a tab in any channel.

 

004_SP-plus-Teams_tips_GIF_News-page-as-tab.gifAdd the News page from the connected SharePoint team site as a tab in Teams.

Within the desired channel, click the “+” to add a new tab. Click on the SharePoint tab. Under the list of Pages – click on the News page, and then click the “Save” button. The full list of news articles now appears as an easy-to-access page as a tab in Teams.

 

Add the home page of the organization news site as a tab in Teams

To showcase news that is meant for everyone, you can add an organization news site as a tab – same as you did with the team site News page. Imagine a news portal managed by your central marketing group – available to everyone as consumers (i.e. and organization news site:  //contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/News) – that highlights company-wide events, external news, product launches, new HR guidelines and more. Keep it all within reach, both the above team news and news from across the organization.

 

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Within the desired channel, click the “+” to add a new tab. This time click on the Website tab. Give the tab a good name (“Org news”), paste in the URL (like the above Contoso example), and click the Save button. All the site’s chrome goes away, leaving you and your team all the news from around the organization right at the tips of your fingertips – as an org news tab in Teams.

 

Enable the SharePoint News connector at the channel level (published news automatically starts a new conversation thread in that channel)

Use the SharePoint News connector to automatically publish team news articles to generate new conversation threads in the discussion tab in Teams. This will increase the reach of each news article and makes it easy to discuss all that is happening throughout the team. It’s like a news icebreaker, the discussion gets started for you.

 

Find the Teams channel you wish to enable, click the ellipsis, select “Connectors”, search for “SharePoint” – and then click the “Add” button next to the “SharePoint News” connector. The SharePoint News connector sends notifications about new published team news articles.

 

Learn more how to create and share news on your SharePoint sites, and then use the SharePoint News connector to bring the news into Microsoft Teams.

 

#3: Add a “business app” by adding the default, group-connected SharePoint team site home page as a tab in Teams

Home is where the heart (of productivity) is. And you’ll love (I mean “lub dub” love) what it can provide to all members of a Team. What may have taken four to five tabs to pull in the relevant content in context, can be designed and configured on the connected, default SharePoint team site home page, and then brought in as a single tab experience in Teams – all on one page.

 

006_SP-plus-Teams_tips_GIF_SP-team-site-home-page.gifAdd the group-connected team site home page – along with your configured web parts – as a tab in Teams

Within the desired channel, click the “+” to add a new tab. Click on the SharePoint tab. Under the list of Pages – click on the team site Home page (often listed as “Home” or as the name of the Teams), and then click the Save button. Note, this page has four powerful web parts that helps guide all team members through a single-pane-of-glass dashboard if you will (News, Documents, Activity and Quick Links), and you can add whatever else that makes sense for your team (videos, Twitter feeds, countdown timers, photos, BI dashboards, and more).

 

Learn more about SharePoint team site home pages and more.

 

#4: Make a list (in SharePoint) and check it twice (in Teams)

Whether it’s a simple list of potential clients to follow up with or a broad laptop asset check in/out business solution, SharePoint lists are the backbone of keeping track of things manually or via workflow – with the intent that everyone who views and interacts with them is up-to-date with the information and status they provide.

 

007_SP-plus-Teams_SP-list.pngAdd a full-power SharePoint list as a tab in Teams.

And with that, it’s very easy to build a list in SharePoint and add it as a tab in Teams. At the top of any Teams’ channel, click the “+” but to add a tab, and then select SharePoint. This launches a dialog box to add individual SharePoint pages and lists. Pivot to the Lists tab of this dialog box, and then click on the name of the list you want to bring into the Teams user interface. Once added, you get the full power of the list to navigate views, filter columns on list items, see full item details, and more – plus all the visual column formatting comes through.

 

Learn more how to add a SharePoint page or list to a channel in Teams.

 

And that’s the design integration of Microsoft 365…

… to empower individuals, teams, and organizations to share and work together on content across boundaries, devices and time.

 

These tips showcase integration between two of Microsoft’s best-of-class applications – SharePoint and Microsoft Teams – optimized for your content collaboration and sharing of intelligent intranet experiences. And, it’s all backed by world-class security and compliance to meet the needs of every team across your organization.

 

If your SharePoint site is not yet connected to Microsoft Teams, you can connect them in one click right from your team site home page in the lower left-hand corner. That’s the power to “teamify” your SharePoint site; clicking Create a Team will add a new Microsoft Team and connect it to the Office 365 group already associated with this site. Note: this action cannot be reversed.

008_SP-plus-Teams_teamify.pngCreate a Microsoft Team for an existing group-connected SharePoint team site.

009_SP-plus-Teams_better-together.pngMicrosoft Teams plus SharePoint = better together.

Cheers, and good teamwork to all,

Mark Kashman – senior product manager – Microsoft 365 (OneDrive and SharePoint)

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Announcing availability of an updated Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint

Announcing availability of an updated Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint

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Today we’re pleased to announce availability of the next release of the Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint (Version 2.0.0) which now includes the ability to assess modern and classic SharePoint pages. 

The Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint is a Chromium Browser Extension (can be used in Chrome and  Microsoft Edge version 77 or later) designed to help you identify site pages in SharePoint Online that may not be delivering optimal performance.

 

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The Page Diagnostics Tool works by comparing discovered characteristics of a site page in SharePoint Online to known best practices and provide guidance towards remediation of those issues to ensure you are delivering the best possible experience across these pages.  In addition to addressing performance of existing pages, the Page Diagnostics Tool can also be used to evaluate existing pages before they are published in your environment. As such it is recommended that you use the tool to evaluate new pages or changes to pages prior to publication in your production tenant or as part of your development life cycle in your development tenant.

 

The Page Diagnostics Tool is currently available as a Chrome Browser Extension that can be downloaded directly or installed through the Chrome web store.

 

For additional information on installing and using the Page Diagnostics Tool, refer to the getting started guide https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/page-diagnostics-for-spo

 

The Page Diagnostic Tool also provides detailed information on a variety of characteristics useful for support and troubleshooting purposes to include the current CorrelationID which is helpful when engaging Microsoft support as well as page load time, and the current URL for the page being evaluated.  An additional preview feature has also been included to further assist when working with Microsoft support, “Enable exporting to HTTP Archive (HAR) – Preview”. This can be used to provide debugging data to the Microsoft support engineer.
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For information on how to use this information, refer to support documentation for the Page Diagnostics Tool at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/page-diagnostics-for-spo

 

The tool can analyze both modern and classic sites, but analysis rules for certain tests may use different values to accommodate differences in page architecture.

 

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Rules will be added and adjusted with each release so please ensure you update the tool to the latest version. Each rule has an associated “Learn more” link which will take you to the supporting page providing more insights on the rule for the Attention Required (red) and Improvement Opportunities (yellow) sections so that you can review what actions to take.

 

Please use the additional resources section on the start page for the tool should you require additional information on how to use the tool or how to tune SharePoint online performance. 

 

You can also use the ellipse in the top right corner to get to these links.

 

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You can also use the give feedback link to connect directly to UserVoice and log suggested functionality for the tool.

 

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The About link will show you the current version as well as the third-party notice.

 

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We look forward to your feedback as we continue to consider scenarios for future versions of the Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint and trust that the recommendations will guide you towards great performing pages.

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