Even if some companies aim to be the “Email Killer”, e-mail is the most used form of communication between colleagues, as well as clients and external companies. Email has come a long way since its original use as a method for quickly exchanging messages. Today, business emails are documents in every respect. Yet emails are still relegated to silos like Microsoft Exchange, while other documents such as proposals, contracts and product specifications are handled by traditional document management systems such as SharePoint. And with the dozens of emails you get daily, it’s easy to lose an important email that contains requirements, statements of work or that important detail about your client that your team should know about.

That is what harmon.ie wants to fix. With the latest update to their Outlook Add-in, users can now drag and drop emails from their outlook window to a corporate SharePoint or Office 365 site, without ever leaving the place they do most of their work – their email client. Here are some of the features the new harmon.ie Outlook Add in offers according to their site:

  • Store emails messages from Outlook directly on SharePoint using the harmon.ie sidebar. By staying within the Outlook window, you remain in focus while helping to organize emails and documents.
  • Classify email messages in SharePoint. harmon.ie automatically maps email headers such as ‘To,’ ‘From,’ ‘Subject,’ and ‘Received’ to SharePoint metadata.
  • Retrieve email messages from SharePoint. When classified correctly and efficiently, finding email messages is a snap. You can even preview emails with one click.
  • Collaborate with colleagues using email messages stored on SharePoint. Realize all the benefits of SharePoint document collaboration, now with email messages.


In this review, I am not going to review all the basic features that harmon.ie has to offer as I have already talked about them in a past review on my blog. In this review, we will focus strictly on the new Managing Emails on SharePoint features. We will actually look at those features in the order of items from the harmon.ie website: Store, Classify, Retrieve, and Collaborate.


One of the new features introduced in the harmon.ie Outlook add-in is the ability to drag emails from Outlook, directly in a document library in SharePoint. By simply doing a drag and drop from your inbox to the harmon.ie Sidebar, you can upload your email, as an .msg file into SharePoint. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to screenshot a drag & Drag, however after you drag and drop it, you can see the Uploading to SharePoint progress bar on the bottom of the harmon.ie sidebar.

Manage Emails on SharePoint with harmon.ie: Review

After the document is uploaded, you will have a message between the Email information and the actual email that displays where the message is saved in SharePoint.

Another very smart way to save emails into SharePoint is as soon as you save them. When sending a new email, you have the option to save the email into SharePoint as soon as you send it, so you don’t forget!

Manage Emails on SharePoint with harmon.ie: Review

When clicking on send, a popup will appear asking you where you want to save it. It remembered my last location which was Client Communications, so I click Yes, and the email is sent to client, as well as saved to SharePoint.

You also have the option to save a Draft Message to SharePoint, so you could share it with your colleagues and asking for opinions before even sending it to the client.

Manage Emails on SharePoint with harmon.ie: Review


I don’t have to remind you that a big part of SharePoint is the ability to classify information based on metadata. When dragging an email into SharePoint using harmon.ie, all the data is saved into SharePoint as properties of the document. Properties such as Subject, From, To, Attachments, Date Etc.!

This allows you to easily filter and find the documents you need afterwards! Those emails, are now filtered by the SharePoint Search engine so they can be easily found.

Something I found out is that since the harmon.ie is an outlook add in… And not a SharePoint solution, you don’t get all the fields pre-provisioned for you. Meaning that, for all the automatic classification to be done, you need to have all the columns in SharePoint created beforehand. You can either create your own columns, or download the feature pack containing a Document Library template with the Email columns directly inside. For SharePoint Server, it creates a content type you can add to any library, however for SharePoint Online, for now it’s only a template document library, but you cannot add that content type to another library.



By having our emails in SharePoint, we can now treat them as pure SharePoint documents, instead of emails. That comes with all the editing and versioning capabilities of SharePoint! For Example, once I save a draft of an email I want to send to a client in SharePoint, I could share the link to the document to my colleagues, so they can have a read before I send it.

Once I copy it, I can send it to my coworker so he can bring the edits he wants to the Contoso Follow Up.msg document.

Manage Emails on SharePoint with harmon.ie: Review

After he gives me the Ok, I just double click the email from the sidebar, and send. All the changes done by my coworker will be in that .msg file, exactly as if it was your normal Office document.


Office 2016

Harmon.ie also just released harmon.ie 2016 that already works and it’s integrated in Office 2016. The native integration of Outlook 2016 and Office 365 Groups as well as harmon.ie 2016 will make Outlook a true collaboration hero.


The latest update to the harmon.ie Outlook Add-in adds a set of new features allowing users to easily manage emails in SharePoint as if they were documents, without ever leaving the comfort of their Outlook. By having emails in SharePoint, you benefit from the metadata around it (which is done automatically), the versioning as well as the history capabilities as well as from all the collaboration features that make SharePoint the great tool that it is.

I found the add-in very intuitive and very easy to use, and did not find any bugs! If you are looking for an Outlook Add-in to facilitate and improve the integration between Outlook and SharePoint, make sure to check out the Harmon.ie Outlook Add-in! For more information, please check out the links below:

Webpage: https://harmon.ie/solutions/email

Aon case study/video: https://harmon.ie/case-studies/aon-hewitt-case-study

Product demo: https://harmon.ie/videos/harmonie-enables-managing-emails-sharepoint

eBook: https://pages.harmon.ie/rs/133-JRK-300/images/The-Future-Role-of-Email-in-Business.pdf

Press release: https://harmon.ie/press-releases/harmonie-unveils-solution-treats-emails-full-fledged-documents

Here is an invite from my friends at Microsoft to learn more about Cortana Analytics Suite‚ Data Lake‚ Azure SQL Data Warehouse and new features in Power BI as well as how to ensure your upgrade from SQL 2005 is going to go smooth, since the end of Support is coming really soon!


You are invited!
The rise of machine learning and advanced analytics‚ combined with cloud unlimited capacity for data storage & computation marks a unique point in history. This is an incredible opportunity for organizations to innovate with agility and drive incredible impact using data‚ and this opportunity is here today.  Join Microsoft and industry experts to explore how Microsoft Data Platform solutions and services can help you to crunch the huge amounts of data available to your business‚ discover insights and turn them into results.

Top 3 Reasons To Attend:

  • Discover the latest details about Cortana Analytics Suite‚ Data Lake‚ Azure SQL Data Warehouse and new features in Power BI
  • Connect with product experts from Microsoft and Partners.
  • Update and sharpen your skills.

Also‚ with SQL Server 2005 End of Support coming soon‚ if you are still using this legacy technology‚ it is critical to develop a migration plan. We will guide you on how to ensure a successful move to SQL Server 2014 to secure your data and realize significant gains in performance and scalability.

Cities and Dates:

Calgary 29-October  Registration page
Montreal 27-October  Registration page
Ottawa* 26-November  Registration page
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9.00 AM Registration
9.30 AM Keynote: Data Innovation
10.30 AM Enabling action with data: Advanced Analytics & The Internet of Things
11.30 AM Lunch and Microsoft Partners presentations
12.30 PM Interactive Data: Visualization and Story Telling
1.30 PM Modern Enterprise Data Warehouse: What’s Under the Hood?
2.30 PM SQL Server 2005 End of Support. Time to upgrade
3.30 PM Closing



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Rejoignez Microsoft et les experts de l’industrie pour découvrir comment les solutions et les services de plateforme de données Microsoft peuvent vous aider à gérer de grandes quantités de données, à exploiter de vraies perceptions opérationnelles et à en tirer des résultats significatifs.

  Trois raisons principales d’y assister :  
  • Découvrir les derniers détails concernant Cortana Analytics Suite, Data Lake, Azure SQL Data Warehouse et les nouvelles fonctionnalités de Power BI.
  • Rencontrer des experts en produits de Microsoft et de ses partenaires.
  • Mettre à jour et renforcer vos compétences.
  De plus, avec la fin imminente du soutien pour SQL Server 2005, si vous utilisez toujours cette technologie, il est essentiel de mettre en place un plan de migration. Nous vous aiderons à réussir votre passage vers SQL Server 2014 pour permettre la sécurisation de vos données et la réalisation de gains de performance et d’extensibilité significatifs.  
  Programme :  
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12 h 30 Données interactives : visualisation et narration
13 h 30 Entrepôt de données de l’entreprise moderne : qu’est-ce qui se cache sous le capot?
14 h 30 Fin du soutien SQL Server 2005 : il est temps de se mettre à niveau
15 h 30 Conclusion et synthèse
  J’espère que vous pourrez vous joindre à nous pour cette journée fort intéressante. Les places sont limitées. Réservez votre place gratuitement.  
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  Regardez ici pour d’autres événements et ressources SQL Server, Analytics et IdO  



I am extremely happy to announce that my second Pluralsight course has been published over the weekend and this one is on PowerShell for Office 365. PowerShell is a must-know tool for every Microsoft sysadmin as well as application admin, and with companies moving to Office 365 more and more, mastering PowerShell for Office 365 will be a very useful skill to have!

PowerShell for Office 365

In this course, you will learn how to use PowerShell to manage Office 365 services. You will learn how to connect and manage users and licensing, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Compliance Center and last but not least, Skype for Business Online. You will learn not only how to change the advanced settings that are not even available in the user interface, as well as how to automate those boring tasks you’ve wanted to get rid of forever.

What I really wanted to do in this course, is not only give you a list of commands, but put the listener in real scenarios and have a lot of automation scenarios where we can use what we learn, in an actual business case. Almost every chapter has one or more Automation Scenarios that are explained from both a business point of view as well as technical.

PowerShell for Office 365

The course is a total of 3h30 minutes, and is available to all the Pluralsight subscribers. All the scripts showed in the demos is available for download for those who have the Pro Subscription. Click the image below to go to the course page on Pluralsight

PowerShell for Office 365

Ignite 2016 moves to Atlanta in September

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For the past 24 hours, there have been numerous news that Ignite, Microsoft’s IT pro and client conference got cancelled or postponed. However, Ignite just got moved from May 9-13 in Chicago to Atlanta on September 26-30 2016!

Ignite 2016

 Furthermore, you can already pre-register for the discounted rate of 1920$. However, it doesn’t ask you for your credit card information right away! SO if you think about going, write down your email right away, so you secure your place at 1920$

Ignite 2016

By pre registering, I also found out that Registration will open Early February, and if you want to keep the 1920$ rate, you have about 2-3 weeks to pay!


So, what does everybody think about Atlanta? Did you prefer Vegas or Chicago? Let me know in the comments!

According to the latest sources by Chicago Tribune, a Chicago newspaper, Microsoft has cancelled the Ignite 2016 conference, supposed to take place May 9-13 at the McCormick Place in Chicago.

UPDATE:  Ignite 2016 moves to Atlanta in September

While the Chicago Tribune article focuses on the economic impact such a conference has on a city (90 000 hotel room nights, probably even more beers and thousands of deep dish pizza slices), they do say that Microsoft wanted to reschedule for later in the year, when the McCormick Place was unavailable. There is no official announcement yet, so those might still be rumors, however let’s look at some of the reason why it might have happened.

First, originally, Microsoft Ignite Chicago in 2015, was supposed to be THE global Microsoft conference to rule them all. It was a replacement of TechEd, SharePoint Conference, Project Conference, Lync Conference, Management Summit, Exchange Summit and any that I missed. People traveled from all over the world in Chicago to attend this huge, 23 000 person conference. While the free lunch food wasn’t the greatest, the speakers, quality of the announcements and the overall atmosphere was really cool.

However, not too long after Ignite 2015 finished, Microsoft announced two more Ignite conferences, Ignite New Zealand (September 1-4) as well as Ignite China (October 26-28).

Why might Microsoft have cancelled/Postponed Ignite 2016 in Chicago?

  • The products/features that they wanted to release maybe weren’t ready for May 2016.
  • Setting up a conference like this takes a lot of time, and with Microsoft Ignite China finishing at the end of October, maybe 6 months just isn’t enough for the Microsoft Events team to properly plan for “the big” Ignite in 2016.
  • The feedback that the Microsoft team got from the 23 000 attendees wasn’t that great. I heard lots of negative comments about the distance of the hotels from the conference, the food, the distance between sessions etc.

I will try to update the article as soon as more information becomes available, but remember that for now it’s still a rumor and nothing got confirmed by Microsoft! Maybe this is fake, maybe we’ll stay in Chicago but later in the summer or maybe we’re going back to Vegas!

If this announcement is true, it will sure have an impact on all the third party conference organizers in the Microsoft space!

Where / when do you think the next Big Microsoft conference will be? Post your idea in the comments.

Product analysis by Vlad Catrinescu – requested by Apptex, but thoughts are my own.

One of the big down sides of SharePoint out of the box is that it’s not easy to create a pretty site. Even with all the improvements in SharePoint 2013 and 2016 around HTML5, creating a pretty site in SharePoint is really hard, compared to other platform such as WordPress. Even when SharePoint public sites were still a thing, even the SharePoint MVPs were avoiding it for their blogs, since any customizations to make your site cool, took hours to create. I am not talking anything super complicated but a simple accordion or some cool tiles.

That is where Apptex Designer wants to come in. Apptex Designer is a tool & framework that provides you with pre-built components required to make your sites look fancy with minimum configuration


Apptex Designer Review

After easily adding the app from the app store, you can go to the documentation page to learn what you can do and how to do it. For every item you can do, there is a page that shows you a screenshot, supported browsers, as well as everything you need to add it and customize it.



If you want to see the fields required to do something, you simply look at the Fields section. For the Nivo Slider, I need 4 columns. A title, an Image, a link and a description. As you see in the note, you don’t need to have the exact same field names, you can do the mapping when applying the style, however they need to be of that certain type.

So, I have created a list with those links, added it as a Webpart on the home page and as you can see, it’s not pretty right away!

To create our cool slider, , you simply go in the “Apply” Tab, where you can simply select all the options you want for your slider such as Target Page, Field Mapping ad variables. So, first, let’s select the Page as well as the Webpart on which we want to apply the slider.

Afterwards, I map the Template Field, with the field name in my custom list. I like the fact that we can create a list with more fields and different names then the ones needed by the app and we can map them afterwards.

Lastly, we can choose all the properties such as start slide, animation speed, effect and more! After you are done customizing it,

After you click Apply, your web part will not become automatically beautiful, as some of you might have expected, but the screen will refresh, and Apptex will show you the link to the JS file that will make your WebPart beautiful.

To apply this to your WebPart, you simply edit page, go in Web Part properties, and change the JS Link field to the link Apptex gave you. You then click Apply, save the page and the trick is done!

Your boring SharePoint list is now a cool modern slider with all the properties we selected!


It was really easy to create, however one thing I would have loved is to have the option to easily edit the text color, to make it White for example! However, you can easily do this by customizing the templates, which is another cool thing that Apptex lets you do! To customize the template, you simply go in the top right corner, and choose “Template Customization”

You then have to select the template that you wish to customize.

You then have a warning that tells you that what you will change, will only change future styles, and not the ones you currently have in place. Click Proceed to continue customizing.

In my case, I wanted to add some text that tells people to click on the image to go to the news, so I added this:

And I also wanted to make the title White!

I applied the changes, and then I recreated the JS file and applied it to my Webpart on the home page. Result is that I now have the extra line of text as well as the white title!

What else can I add with Apptex?

Apptex covers a lot of the most common scenarios that a Power User would need to make their site cool! You have:



Google/Bing Map

Really cool Charts!

And what is cool is that those charts only require two fields! Title and Value! After that you can use the same data, to show it in different ways, which is purely amazing!

Testimonials / Quotes


I have really enjoyed playing with Apptex Designer and I was surprised by its easiness. With only basic SharePoint knowledge, you are able to add some cool stuff to make your SharePoint site really pretty, and all the cool effects are supported on all major browsers. The fact that the app is really easy on your field names and data requirements makes it easy for Power Users to create the lists, add the JavaScript to the Webpart, and then any End User can add values in the list, and they will be reflected in the Webpart. The App is currently still in beta, however it already has most of the features a really cool app that I would buy off the SharePoint Store. What I would like it to have is some extra options for simple stuff like text color, However as long as you have a basic HTML knowledge, you can easily update the template and make it fit with your company colors and policies!

You can download the app for free from the Office Store by clicking the logo right under, and you can also look at this video on YouTube!

To learn more about Apptex Designer, check out their site at: http://spapptex.com/

download Microsoft Ignite New Zealand

New Zealand’s largest, annual tech event returns in its 20th year to SKYCITY and Vector Arena from September 1 – 4. Previously known as TechEd NZ, this gathering of the brightest Kiwi techies has become Ignite NZ. If you couldn’t attend the event, and even if you could, you probably couldn’t attend all the great sessions available. That is why I created this PowerShell Script so everyone can easily download them whether they were present at Ignite or not! Here are the features:

  • Downloads all the Microsoft Ignite New Zealand 2015 Sessions and Slides
  • Groups them by folders
  • Makes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File names.
  • If you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginning
  • Filter by keywords in the session title!

*Total size of videos will be updated when conference finishes & all sessions will be posted online!



Download the script from here!  Do not copy paste from source code below!

How to use: 

  • To download all sessions just run the script! EX:


  • To download sessions based on a keyword use the keyword parameters, and divide keywords by a comma. Make sure to use quotes around the keywords! EX:

.\IgniteNZ2015VidandSlides.ps1 -keyword “SharePoint,Azure,System Center”

  • To download sessions based on the session code, use the session parameter and divide sessions by a comma. Make sure to use quotes around the session codes!

.\IgniteNZ2015VidandSlides.ps1 -session “M216,M258″

Here is the source code:

#Script written by Vlad Catrinescu
#Visit my site www.absolute-sharepoint.com
#Twitter: @vladcatrinescu
#Originally Posted here: http://absolute-sharepoint.com/2015/05/the-ultimate-script-to-download-microsoft-ignite-videos-and-slides.html
#Contributors: Dan Holme, Jeff Collins, Steve Beaugé 


######    Variables  #####

#Location - Preferably enter something not too long to not have filename problems! cut and paste them afterwards
$downloadlocation = "C:\IgniteNZ2015"
#Ignite 2015 Videos RSS Feed
[Environment]::CurrentDirectory=(Get-Location -PSProvider FileSystem).ProviderPath
$rss = (new-object net.webclient)
$video1 = (1$rss.downloadstring("http://s.ch9.ms/events/ignite/Microsoft-Ignite-New-Zealand-2015/rss/mp4high"))
$slide1 = (1$rss.downloadstring("https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/Microsoft-Ignite-New-Zealand-2015/RSS/slides"))

#other qualities for the videos only. Choose the one you want!
# $a = (1$rss.downloadstring("http://channel9.msdn.com/events/ignite/2015/rss/mp4"))
# $a = (1$rss.downloadstring("http://channel9.msdn.com/events/ignite/2015/rss/mp3")) 

#SCRIPT/ Functions  Do not touch below this line :)#
if (-not (Test-Path $downloadlocation)) {
		Write-Host "Folder $fpath dosen't exist. Creating it..."
		New-Item $downloadlocation -type directory | Out-Null
set-location $downloadlocation

function CleanFilename($filename)
    return $filename.Replace(":", "-").Replace("?", "").Replace("/", "-").Replace("<", "").Replace("|", "").Replace('"',"").Replace("*","")

function DownloadSlides($filter,$videourl)
        $videourl.rss.channel.item | Where{($_.title -like “*$filter*”) -or ($_.link -like "*/$filter")} |
        foreach {
	        $code = $_.comments.split("/") | select -last 1	   

	        # Grab the URL for the PPTX file
	        $urlpptx = New-Object System.Uri($_.enclosure.url)
            $filepptx = $code + "-" + $_.creator + "-" + (CleanFileName($_.title))
	        $filepptx = $filepptx.substring(0, [System.Math]::Min(120, $filepptx.Length))
	        $filepptx = $filepptx.trim()
	        $filepptx = $filepptx + ".pptx"
	        if ($code -ne "")
		         $folder = $code + " - " + (CleanFileName($_.title))
		         $folder = $folder.substring(0, [System.Math]::Min(100, $folder.Length))
		         $folder = $folder.trim()
		        $folder = "NoCodeSessions"

	        if (-not (Test-Path $folder)) {
		        Write-Host "Folder $folder dosen't exist. Creating it..."
		        New-Item $folder -type directory | Out-Null

	        # Make sure the PowerPoint file doesn't already exist
	        if (!(test-path "$downloadlocation\$folder\$filepptx"))
		        # Echo out the  file that's being downloaded
		        write-host "Downloading slides: $filepptx"
		        #$wc = (New-Object System.Net.WebClient)  

		        # Download the MP4 file
		        #$wc.DownloadFile($urlpptx, "$downloadlocation\$filepptx")
                Start-BitsTransfer $urlpptx "$downloadlocation\$filepptx" -DisplayName $filepptx
		        mv $filepptx $folder 

   		        write-host "Slides exist: $filepptx"


        $ErrorMessage = $_.Exception.Message
        Write-host "$ErrorMessage"

function DownloadVideos($filter,$slideurl)
#download all the mp4
# Walk through each item in the feed
$slideurl.rss.channel.item | Where{($_.title -like “*$filter*”) -or ($_.link -like "*/$filter*")} | foreach{
	$code = $_.comments.split("/") | select -last 1	   

	# Grab the URL for the MP4 file
	$url = New-Object System.Uri($_.enclosure.url)  

	# Create the local file name for the MP4 download
	$file = $code + "-" + $_.creator + "-" + (CleanFileName($_.title))
	$file = $file.substring(0, [System.Math]::Min(120, $file.Length))
	$file = $file.trim()
	$file = $file + ".mp4"  

	if ($code -ne "")
		 $folder = $code + " - " + (CleanFileName($_.title))
		 $folder = $folder.substring(0, [System.Math]::Min(100, $folder.Length))
		 $folder = $folder.trim()
		$folder = "NoCodeSessions"

	if (-not (Test-Path $folder)) {
		Write-Host "Folder $folder) dosen't exist. Creating it..."
		New-Item $folder -type directory | Out-Null

	# Make sure the MP4 file doesn't already exist

	if (!(test-path "$folder\$file"))
		# Echo out the  file that's being downloaded
		write-host "Downloading video: $file"
		#$wc = (New-Object System.Net.WebClient)  

		# Download the MP4 file
		Start-BitsTransfer $url "$downloadlocation\$file" -DisplayName $file
		mv $file $folder
   		write-host "Video exists: $file"

#text description from session
	$OutFile = New-Item -type file "$($downloadlocation)\$($Folder)\$($Code.trim()).txt" -Force
    $Category = "" ; $Content = ""
    $_.category | foreach {$Category += $_ + ","}
    $Content = $_.title.trim() + &quot;<code>r</code>n&quot; + $_.creator + &quot;<code>r</code>n&quot; + $_.summary.trim() + &quot;<code>r</code>n&quot; + &quot;<code>r</code>n&quot; + $Category.Substring(0,$Category.Length -1)
   add-content $OutFile $Content


if ($keyword)
    $keywords = $keyword.split(&quot;,&quot;)

    foreach ($k in $keywords)
        Write-Host &quot;You are now downloading the sessions with the keyword $k&quot;
        DownloadSlides $k $slide1
        DownloadVideos $k $video1
elseif ($session)
    $sessions = $session.Split(&quot;,&quot;)

    foreach ($s in $sessions)
        Write-Host &quot;You are now downloading the session $s&quot;
        DownloadSlides $s $slide1
        DownloadVideos $s $video1

    DownloadSlides &quot; &quot; $slide1
    DownloadVideos &quot; &quot; $video1

InfoPath, everyone’s favorite forms-creation and data-gathering tool that helps organizations streamline business processes is now available as a standalone download on the Microsoft Download Center.

After it was doomed to be discontinued and replaced by an advanced FoSL solution, InfoPath won the battle and is currently the only out of the box Microsoft product to create and modify custom forms in SharePoint. If you want to read the whole story, check out this blog post: InfoPath is back in SharePoint 2016 & FoSL vNext is dead!


InfoPath 2013 Standalone

Since InfoPath 2013 is the last version of InfoPath, it will not be included in the Office 2016 suite as it was previously. So, Microsoft just posted the standalone version of the product on the Microsoft Download Center. One important thing to note is:

“The download and use of InfoPath 2013 software requires an active Office 365 ProPlus subscription.”

So, if you want to use InfoPath 2013 with Office 2016, you will need to have an active ProPlus subscription on Office 365, and not just the Office 2016 license. I did not test to see if this policy is enforced, but if anyone does, please tell me in the comments!

Here is the download link for the InfoPath 2013 for Office 365 ProPlus Subscription standalone client: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48734

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SharePoint Server 2016 Preview just came out, and a lot of you have probably already downloaded it, or plan to download it and test it to find out what is new. Sometimes when installing SharePoint 2016 I had this error randomly, and I Saw on twitter that I wasn’t the only one, so I decided to make a blog about it.

Basically, when installing SharePoint Server 2016 you get the “Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 encountered an error during setup”, and when the error page opens you see its error 1603.

SharePoint Server 2016 encountered an error during setup

In my case, I only had to restart the installer and everything went fine, but in the past when the installer crashed, it used to be because the SharePoint VM only had one core. So, try to re-start the SharePoint setup, and if that doesn’t work, make sure your SharePoint VM has at least two cores.


If that doesn’t work, try this fix by Luis Valencia!  Run this in PowerShell as an Administrator!

if(!(Test-Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer)){
New-Item -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer | Out-Null
$regProps = Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer
if(! $regProps.logging){
New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer -Name logging -Value voicewarmup -PropertyType String | Out-Null
if(! $regProps.debug){
New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer -Name debug -Value 3 -PropertyType DWord | Out-Null

Let me know in the comments if you had this error!

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If you are using the Yammer app in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online, remember that you have 1 month left before the Yammer App stops working!

Yammer app

This isn’t exactly news, as this was announced in March on the Yammer IT Pro Network, however it’s a good reminder that if you are still using the Yammer App, better switch to Yammer Embed as soon as possible! The Web Part for SharePoint 2010 will also be killed on March 15th 2016, but there will be no replacement for it. Here is the timeline from the Yammer Announcement:

  • The Yammer App for SharePoint 2013 on-premises and SharePoint Online will be discontinued on September 15th, 2015. On this date, the App will stop working completely, and will no longer be supported. Customers on SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online must migrate to Yammer Embed, our single solution to embed Yammer feeds going forward, as soon as possible. Please read this step-by-step guide to move to Yammer Embed.
  • The Yammer Web Part for SharePoint 2010 will be discontinued on March 15th, 2016. On this date, the Web Part will stop working completely, and will no longer be supported. Only SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2013, or the upcoming SharePoint Server 2016 release will support Yammer Embed from that point on.

This leaves me wondering, what will the integration between Yammer and SharePoint look like in SharePoint 2016? Read my blog post for What you need to know about SharePoint 2016 Preview !

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