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 Name Wictor Wilén  Blog The blog of Wictor Wilén
 Location Stockholm, Sweden  Category SharePoint
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Articles from The blog of Wictor Wilén

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Microsoft Ignite is just around the corner and the sheer number of new announcements for SharePoint and SharePoint Online has been almost overwhelming. The team is making such a tremendous job righ...
I’ve been building chat-bots for a while now and I’m seeing more and more requests of building these bots for enterprises. For bots targeted at the enterprise, perhaps being hosted in Microsoft Tea...
Re-awarded as Microsoft MVP for the 8th year      01-Jul-2017     48  
Today is the day where the Microsoft community officially award the community with the Microsoft MVP award. We will all receive some new friends and old friends and also we loose some dear friends ...
A couple of months back I started creating a Yeoman generator to make it easier for me to scaffold, build and deploy the Microsoft Teams extensions (now apps). I’ve received very good feedback on i...
If you are an ISV or SI with multiple clients and are interested in building SharePoint Framework (SPFx) solutions that you would like to re-use you will face a huge issue when it comes to referenc...
A couple of weeks back I published a Yeoman generator to build Tabs for Microsoft Teams. Since then I've continued to add stuff to it as the Teams team has continued to add features to their extens...
A big round of applause for Microsoft and the team behind Microsoft Teams for now being general available (GA) worldwide. Today, they lit up the Teams icon in the Office 365 waffle for all tenants ...
I'm happy to announce that today at SharePoint Saturday Munich I presented a new Yeoman generator for building Microsoft Teams Tabs projects. Tabs in Microsoft Teams is a great way to extend the us...
Let me start with congratulating the SharePoint Framework team on an amazing job and an amazing journey reaching this GA milestone. A Big Thanks from the team here in Redmond to everyone who helpe...
Over the last few days the issue on how to prevent users to create Office 365 Groups has popped up in all sorts of conversations. This blog post will show you how to do it in the correct way, and s...
One of the key parts of SharePoint Web Parts is the ability to have them configurable using the Web Part properties. This story is still true with client-side Web Parts in the new SharePoint Framew...
Today, Mr Vesa, announced the availability of the (long awaited) CDN features for SharePoint Online. The SharePoint Online CDN features allows you to turn one or more libraries in your SharePoint t...
SharePoint Framework Nuggets: working with GUIDs      19-Sep-2016     736  
SharePoint developers - we do like GUIDs, don't we. We all read RFC4122 both once and twice. And now with SharePoint Framework and the goal to embrace all them Macintosh and open source people - th...
SharePoint Framework Nuggets: logging like a pro      19-Sep-2016     354  
I guess that almost every application or solution you ever built has contained some portions of a logging mechanism. And how many of you have written your own - yup, all of you! But what about the ...
Do you write code that potentially can throw an error or an exception? Oh, you don't - but sure you use a web service or external service or something that can throw an error. Well, it is you respo...
SharePoint Framework is all about rendering stuff on the client side, avoiding the long overdue ASP.NET Web Forms technology that SharePoint (Online) is still fundamentally based on. When rendering...
Conference season, fall 2016, and where I'll be      23-Aug-2016     309  
Summer is over, slacking time is over, it's time to get up to speed and learn some new stuff. There's very much to talk about this fall if you're interested in SharePoint. And this fall I will do a...
The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is here!      17-Aug-2016     337  
Today is the day many of us have been waiting for since the big SharePoint event at May the 4th. The highly anticipated SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is here and announced in at the SharePointFest, i...
Here's one of these real life stories that caused some headache for quite some time but was in the end very easy to resolve. I'll write it down and hopefully some of the search engines pick it up a...
I have long thought that GUIDS are unique, well GUID actually stands for Globally Unique Identifier. And SharePoint is one unique product using GUIDS everywhere. There are 2^128 possible GUIDs to c...
This is by no means an official support statement from Microsoft, rather an unofficial compilation of official statements. Last week the SharePoint Online team rolled out the preview of the Modern ...
The end of my Office 365 Roadmap updates      01-Aug-2016     357  
As many of you have noticed I have not been posting my What's new on the Office Roadmap updates. Well, I've been on a vacation not trying to think of Office 365 to start with, and then also, I'm en...
Happy Friday and welcome back to another Office Roadmap update. This time the day before the big SharePoint Saturday, here in beautiful Stockholm, where we all are going to indulge on the goodness ...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-05-13      13-May-2016     430  
Hey, happy Friday the 13th! Here's a small Office Roadmap update for all of you Jason fans! Not that many changes this time around, but still interesting, and a lot of Outlook 2016 for Mac releases...
The Office Roadmap updates with the new announcements from the Future of SharePoint event has arrived (they arrived May the 4th to be precise). I'm back from the event and San Francisco and I'm ful...
At the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco on May the 4th Microsoft announced the new and improved customization option and/or development model called the SharePoint Framework. This is a d...
Today at The Future of SharePoint event Microsoft have announced the next iteration in SharePoint development - the SharePoint Framework. As one of the old ones who started with the Digital Dashboa...
About a year ago I wrote a blog article called SharePoint Team sites are dead. An article that stirred up many feelings in the community and started an interesting (and somewhat harsh) discussion -...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-04-17      27-Apr-2016     399  
Updates, updates and updates. This time around there's a great deal of clean up on the Office Roadmap. Mayhaps they are adding space for all the neat SharePoint things we expect to see next week at...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-04-18      18-Apr-2016     360  
Here's some really big updates of the Office Roadmap this time around. Two major themes of this update, part from the now more or less traditional copy paste errors; Planner - the Planner team have...
I'm happy to just have recieved the e-mail that informs me that I'm renewed as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), for the seventh time. This time it's in the Office Servers and Services ca...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-28      28-Mar-2016     419  
Here's some more updates on the Office Roadmap. A couple of days late due to me being offline and chasing bunnies and chickens. Highlights of these updates are the awesomeness going on in the Offic...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-17      17-Mar-2016     416  
I got some news for you. The Office Roadmap is updated, actually it was updated yesterday but I had other stuff to do. Let's jump right into the changes and look at them Groups thingies!! Changes 2...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-03      03-Mar-2016     377  
Ok, let me first start by saying that I might have overreacted in the last blog post about the roadmap. I still don't think it is ok to have this kind of chaos on such an important and official doc...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-01      01-Mar-2016     382  
Spring is closing in, astronauts are returning from a year in space, the US has an election going on and there's update on the Office Roadmap. The roadmap mess saga continues…with Microsoft ...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-02-14      14-Feb-2016     408  
Updates! Updates! Updates! Yup, that would happen if Stevie B was still in the house rocking the Office Roadmap. Another round of updates, this time it looks like a fixup of the mess that happended...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-02-01      01-Feb-2016     426  
Here we go again! The Office team keep a steady pace of updates coming to the Office Roadmap. This time it’s a bit weird, but we have a lot of things being rolled back!? Also I noticed that t...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-01-26      27-Jan-2016     441  
Time for some updates on the Office Roadmap again, these updates was actually published yesterday, but since writing these blog posts isn’t what pays for the bread on my table I needed to do other ...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap – 2016-01-14      14-Jan-2016     427  
Hello and welcome back to an awesome new year – 2016 is here and we have our first Office Roadmap update. First things first; the Office Roadmap URL has changed. The new home for the Office 365 Roa...
Summing up the year of 2015 and embracing 2016      30-Dec-2015     405  
Wow, 2015 has been one really interesting year for me! For the 9th year I will do my summary post (here’s the olde ones:  2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006). 2015 started...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap – 2015-12-18      18-Dec-2015     480  
A christmas update to the Office Roadmap! It looks like Microsoft has abandoned their bi-weekly update schedule and is now updating whenever they can (please, I got a job to do!). This time it’s a ...
What’s new on the Office Roadmap–2015-12-11      11-Dec-2015     445  
Third update in about a week on the Office Roadmap, and just as the last update this one isn’t that big. A couple of “fixes” and two new things Changes 2015-12-11 Rolling out Multi-select Attachme...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-12-09      09-Dec-2015     456  
More updates on the Office Roadmap! This time around just a few ones but also some interesting things to notice. But before we list the updates let's take a look at the actual roadmap site that has...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-12-04      04-Dec-2015     403  
December updates incoming! The Office Roadmap has once again been updated and this time with quite a few new additions to the roadmap. Note that there is very anticipated and important updates to O...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-11-20      20-Nov-2015     451  
Updates! Yes, updates! After some awesome announcements at the Connect(); 2015 conference the Office Roadmap is updated with some news, and a decent bunch of additions, specifically some nice new s...
Wow, what a day for developers in the Office 365 land! Tons of new features was announced at the Microsoft Connect(); 2015 virtual conference. We've seen the GA of the Microsoft Graph and a bunch o...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-11-05      05-Nov-2015     414  
Office Roadmap updates again! This time I'm reporting this from the MVP summit in Redmond. A couple of new and exciting things added to the In Development list! Changes 2015-11-05 Now Launched Clu...
I have to admit it I have succumbed to Visual Studio Code and now also Gulp tasks, well almost at least. I was working the other day with some display templates and page layouts and needed a more e...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-10-20      20-Oct-2015     455  
Almost a month has passed since we had the last update on the Office Roadmap and quite a lot of things has happened. There are some new things this time and also some clean up of the items. Make su...
Has Yammer played out its role?      04-Oct-2015     531  
And is Yammer dead? It is now three and a half years since Microsoft acquired Yammer and I think this is the end of Yammer, as a product/service. Let me explain myself, to avoid the flame war and h...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-09-28      28-Sep-2015     456  
Hey, look at that - a surprise update of the Office Roadmap! This time around we just have a couple of minor updates AND a couple of features that actually is removed from the Roadmap - all related...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-09-25      25-Sep-2015     430  
The second update of the Office Roadmap this months is now live.  This time a huge set of features that are rolling out, most of them has to do with the updated Office ProPlus client (2016). T...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-09-09      09-Sep-2015     499  
Almost a month has gone since Microsoft did an update to the Office Roadmap. But fear no more, it is here stuffed with new and interesting stuff. It's quite a long list this time around. A lot of t...
Updates to the roadmap, again! This time around it is all about Yammer. This major update of Yammer features that's already rolled out or in development just shows how disconnected the Yammer and O...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-08-12      12-Aug-2015     489  
We have updates, and quite a few of them, to the Office Roadmap. Some clean up, some awesome Visio features rolling out and a set of new features in the In Development segment. Also noticeable quit...
Take control of your Office 365 Theme!      07-Aug-2015     672  
It has been a while since Office 365 introduced the suite wide themes. These themes are applied on all services within the Office 365 suite, or at least the ones using the Suite Bar navigation. Up ...
In this post, in the Office 365 Groups for Admins series, I will leverage what we learned in the previous posts, combine it with some PowerShell magic and create some basic reports. You can use the...
In the last post of the Office 365 Groups for Admins series I showed you how to manage the Unified Groups using PowerShell. Let's continue on that journey and take a look at how you can manage the ...
One of the loudest complaints I hear from people when we talk about Groups is the lack of management features, so in this post in the Office 365 Groups for Admins series we will take a look at how ...
Office 365 Groups for Admins - Creating Groups      23-Jul-2015     502  
In this post of the Office 365 Groups for Admins series we will take a look at how you as an admin and your end-user can create Office 365 Groups. The option to allow end-users to create Unified Gr...
In this post of the Office 365 Groups for Admins series I will talk about the small but important policies we can apply to Group creation. At the moment there is very little control of the actual O...
This is the third post in my Office 365 Groups for Admins series and it will focus on one of the primary tasks an Office 365 Admin has to do once their tenant is up and running; should we allow our...
Office 365 Groups for Admins - Groups entry points      22-Jul-2015     484  
In this first post of the Office 365 Groups for Admins series I will show you where you have the different entry points for the Unified Groups. It's important to understand this as it is important ...
Office 365 Groups for Admins      22-Jul-2015     564  
As you might have noticed I'm a big fan of Office 365 Groups, aka Unified Groups. I do think they will play a major role in the future of Office 365 Collaboration. Office 365 Groups consists of man...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-07-22      22-Jul-2015     594  
Some "small" updates this week on the Office Roadmap Changes 2015-07-22 Now Launched Office 365 Groups: Power BI Integration: A new and easier way for teams/groups to collaborate in Power BI. Dire...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-07-16      16-Jul-2015     623  
A week has gone since last update to the Office Roadmap and it looks like the Office 365 team is on a good pace. Changes 2015-07-16 These are the changes I've noticed on the Roadmap, including my p...
JavaScript is the new black and each and everyone has re-discovered JavaScript and it's inevitable not to have JavaScript as one of your tools. Especially if you're working with SharePoint, Office ...
What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-07-09      09-Jul-2015     465  
Hello everyone and hope you're not reading this, it's summer time and great weather, except in Sweden of course. We have some updates to the Office Roadmap today, the first set of updates in FY16 f...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-26      26-Jun-2015     520  
Some interesting summer news on the Office Roadmap this week. But first of all something that is not very cool at all; the Office roadmap URL has changed. I've used and linked to http://success.off...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-17      17-Jun-2015     468  
No updates to the Office Roadmap today! But - a new huge feature to the actual Roadmap page that might make these posts obsolete A new button has been added to the Roadmap page, called "Show only r...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-11      11-Jun-2015     507  
Updates to the Office Roadmap today as well. Changes 2015-06-11 Since yesterday, only one item has change, or rather been added to the Roadmap. In Development Office 365 Settings pane: the unifica...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-10      10-Jun-2015     596  
More updates to the Office Roadmap! This time around we have a few interesting new additions to the roadmap. Changes 2015-06-10 This is what has been added to roadmap since the last couple of days....
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-07      07-Jun-2015     517  
Summer is almost here, and I'm currently in the air over Hungary after a short but great weekend in Budapest. And the Office team in Redmond and all around the world keeps on pumping out updates. T...
SharePoint Team Sites are dead!      20-May-2015     668  
SharePoint Team Sites are dead, there you have it! The era when SharePoint Team Sites was the king of SharePoint and web based collaboration are over. SharePoint Team Sites are dead, I said it agai...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-05-15      15-May-2015     531  
Both Build and Ignite has passed and we finally have the first update on the Office Roadmap in a month. It's quite a few new interesting things in the pipe this time and but no new Yammer features ...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-04-15      15-Apr-2015     643  
It was a couple of weeks since last, but this time we got some major updates on the Office Roadmap, following the recent announcement on the Office blogs. Changes 2015-04-15 Since the 26th of March...
Speaking at SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015      06-Apr-2015     664  
It's just less than three weeks until the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015 has kicked off - and I'll be there speaking. The Evolution Conference is by far the most important and interesting con...
Aprils fools day and for the sixth time I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) recognition for SharePoint Server. Dear Wictor Wilen,Congratulations! We are pleased...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-03-26      26-Mar-2015     595  
Here we go, another round of updates of the Office Roadmap. Don't we love them! And sometimes they roll out even before the roadmap is updated ;-) Changes 2015-03-26 These are the change since yest...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-03-25      25-Mar-2015     688  
Another day with some changes in the Office Roadmap, and some really interesting ones actually! Changes 2015-03-25 These are the changes since last time. Now launched Compliance Center for Office ...
SharePoint Online and Azure AD Dynamic Groups      22-Mar-2015     1159  
One very common requirement in SharePoint, and other portal solutions for that matter, is to have the possibility to target content to a dynamic audience of users and even secure information based ...
What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-03-19      19-Mar-2015     580  
Some small but interesting additions on the roadmap today. Changes 2015-03-19 New stuff on the roadmap Yammer support for Android Wear devices: (Directly to Launched) Yammer on your wrist! Ok, whe...
What’s new in the Office Roadmap – 2015-05-13      13-Mar-2015     517  
It’s not easy to keep up on what is happening in the Office and Office 365 world. Everything is changing so fast. Fortunate for us Microsoft and the Office product group has created the Office Road...
What’s new in the Office Roadmap – 2015-03-13      13-Mar-2015     494  
It’s not easy to keep up on what is happening in the Office and Office 365 world. Everything is changing so fast. Fortunate for us Microsoft and the Office product group has created the Offic...
Here’s a little nugget that I’ve planned to blog about for some time, that I needed today for a small task. I needed to do a background job to SharePoint Online that at a scheduled interval downloa...
Finally time for another SSUG meeting in Stockholm      11-Feb-2015     483  
It’s been way to long since we had a Sweden SharePoint User Group meeting in Stockholm, but the wait is now over. On the 26th of February we are all invited to the local Microsoft offices to learn ...
Joining Avanade      09-Jan-2015     478  
I’m very excited and glad to announce that this is my last day at Connecta/Acando and starting on Monday I will be joining the Avanade forces here in Sweden. I will take the role as the Colla...
Summing up the year of 2014 and embracing 2015      07-Jan-2015     517  
The time has come for me to do, as I’ve done now for eight years (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006), my annual post to sum up the year. It is always fun to look back to what happen...
Here’s a quick tip/solution on how to shut down your VMWare Workstation 10 and 11 Virtual Machines if you’re using the Windows 10 Tech Preview (basically all builds, but only tested on 9879). Curr...
Today the Office Updates blog added a new blog post titled “Web Apps Server Removal from Download Center”. The contents of that blog post is short: As of 11-24-2014 Office Web Apps Server will be r...
SharePoint MVP AMA on October 29th      19-Oct-2014     506  
You should mark the 29th of October at 1pm EST (18:00 CET) in your calendar. The MVP Chats are back! A couple of years back we regularly held MVP chats where anyone could ask SharePoint MVPs anythi...
Speaking at Share-The-Point Southeast Asia 2014      15-Oct-2014     496  
I’m so excited to be once again going to Singapore and speak at the Share-The-Point Southeast Asia 2014, held November 25-26 2014. It is one of my favorite conferences and this will be my third tim...
I’m thrilled to be presenting at TechDays 2014 in Stockholm the 19-20 November. This is the 5th time the TechDays conference is held here in Sweden and I know that this years edition will be ...
There’s a lot of stuff happening right now at Microsoft, they innovate, create great software and services, the new CEO accepts and wins almost all challenges and the SharePoint and Office team is ...
Introduction One of the blog post I receive the most e-mails about is the How to do active authentication to Office 365 and SharePoint Online. Some of the feedback I get is “thank you” etc. and som...
After doing the Microsoft Cloud Show interview with Andrew Connell I thought it might be a good idea to write some of my tips and tricks for running SharePoint 2013 on Azure IAAS. Some of the stuff...
A couple of weeks back I was interviewed by Andrew Connell for the Microsoft Cloud Show. The Microsoft Cloud Show is an (almost) weekly podcast where Andrew (AC) and his wingman Chris Johnson (CJ) ...
Introduction The other day I posted about the patching procedure for the SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache (Microsoft AppFabric 1.1) and on that post I got a great comment from Riccardo: Hi Wictor,...
Introduction In SharePoint 2013 the Distributed Cache plays a very important role, it is a key component for performance and caching. An incorrectly configured or managed Distributed Cache will cau...
Introduction SharePoint 2013 (and earlier versions) allows you to use alternative authentication “sources” than Windows. We can part from the different options with Windows login, use Forms Based A...