SharePoint Starter Kit

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Microsoft  announces the availability of a new SharePoint Starter Kit open-source project, which can be used to demonstrate possibilities with the communications sites and group associate team sites in Office 365. Communications sites have great out of the box capabilities, but in certain cases, you might need to extend them based on your business or functional requirements.

SharePoint Starter Kit is designed to demonstrate how you can extend out-of-the-box communication sites and group associated team sites with additional capabilities. You can find this open-source project from GitHub and you can reuse any of these assets any way you want in your own work.

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Free Up Space – A Tool in Windows 10

I have used CCleaner for years, but recently, I have found that it is getting very annoying with pop up reminders.  Some of the messages make it seem un-trustworthy.  I was looking for a new cleaning tool.

Then I read an article on “How To Geek” about Free Up Space, a tool in Windows 10.  Here are some highlights.

  • Windows has a built-in Disk Cleanup
  • Microsoft has been improving it
  • Works even better in the latest versions of Windows 10
  • Removes temporary files, previous Windows installations, log files, old Windows updates, thumbnails, and various other cache files

To access the Free Up Space tool on Windows 10, head to Settings > System > Storage and click “Free Up Space Now” under Storage Sense. Windows will automatically scan for files you can delete. Check the files you want to delete and click “Remove files” to get rid of them.  See the partial screen shot below of Free Up Space.

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If you check “Recycle Bin,” Windows will also empty your Recycle Bin. Be sure you don’t want to recover any deleted files from your Recycle Bin before checking this option.

How To – .XML Files

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Increasingly, I need to work with .xml files that are produced from cloud based software.  The .xml files frustrate people from time to time because they don’t produce what we expect, especially when we try to use them with Excel.

Here is an excellent write up on using XML files by Brady Gavin.  https://www.howtogeek.com/357092/what-is-an-xml-file-and-how-do-i-open-one/.


Windows Server 2019

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Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018. Starting March 20, 2018, users can access the preview build through Microsoft’s  Insiders program.

To see more about Windows Server 2019, take a look at the blog Introducing Windows Server 2019 –   Now Available in Preview. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/03/20/introducing-windows-server-2019-now-available-in-preview/?MC=WinServer&MC=MSAzure&MC=SysMagSof&MC=Windows&MC=Virtual

System Requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018

Microsoft has announced the system requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 which is to be released on December 1 2017. 

The details are here: https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/GP/learning/documentation/system-requirements/MDGP2018_System_Requirements.

The requirements listing is very thorough, and, needs to be read carefully.

Client Requirements

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New Features in Power BI From June 2017 Release

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Figure 1 – Explanation of Power BI from https://powerbi.microsoft.com

On June 12, Amanda Cofsky, Program Manager for Power BI, provided an overview of the new reporting features available as of June.  The link to download Power BI is…. http://powerbi.microsoft.com/desktop?WT.mc_id=Blog_Desktop_Update.

Here’s the complete list of June updates from Cofsky’s blog posting.

Reporting
  • Data bars for new table & matrix (preview)
  • Markers on line, area, & combo charts
  • Accessible reports
    • Consume Power BI reports with keyboard navigation and screen reader support
    • Create accessible reports
  • Visuals font family setting
  • Horizontal Image Slicer
  • Combo chart formatting updates
    • Force zeros to align between the two axes
    • Shade area of the line
  • Bing maps improvements
    • Map themes
    • Improved geo hierarchy experience
  • High density line sampling
Data connectivity
  • Custom Data Connectors support
  • Power BI service Live Connect to On Premises and Push streaming datasets
  • Impala connector is now generally available
  • Amazon Redshift connector is now generally available
  • SAP BW connector – DirectQuery support (beta)
  • IBM Netezza connector (beta)
Query editing
  • “Add Column from Examples” enhancements

You can watch a video of the new features by clicking on https://youtu.be/YlNVE5dgcSI (Power BI Desktop Update – June 2017).  Remember that YouTube links can change from time to time so this link may change over time.


Update – Office 2007 support ends on October 10, 2017

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Microsoft announced that the company’s support for Microsoft Office 2007 will end on October 10, 2017, a little over three months from now.

When Office 2007 reaches its End of Life on October 10, 2017, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for issues

  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered

  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered

In addition, as of October 31, 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, which means Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365 will not be able to receive and send mail.

Open Live Writer Version 0.6.2 Is Now Available

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For those of you that missed it, Open Live Writer had an update in May 2017.  Remember, Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.  This is my favorite blogging tool.

I have provided some information from the team’s release notes, but not everything that is changed is included.

From their website http://openlivewriter.org/

We’re happy to announce a new release of Open Live Writer. We hope you enjoy the new features as much as we enjoyed working on them. Read on to learn more about what issues have been fixed and what features have been added.

The next time you start Open Live Writer and are connected to the internet, it should get updated automatically. But if you can’t wait to try out the goodness, download the updated setup here.

Bug fixes

  • #562 Error: Can’t Publish Files- The remote server returned an error: (501) Not Implemented

This is the master issue for the Google Blogger image publishing problem. Other issues associated with this problem include #608, #600, and #564

  • #437 Blogger dynamic templates #438 Fixed WordCounter regex to support Hebrew/Arabic #521 Support atompub service link with relative url #487 Adding new intillesense db file to gitignore. Minor annoyance

Features

#450 Fix scaling of categories dropdown and options dialog #585 Implement per-monitor DPI Support #180 Add support to CSS3 templates

Sandbox Applications for Window 10

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Figure 1 – Visual image of what a Sandbox environment looks like when a Sandbox is installed on a PC (Image from Comodo.com)

I have some testing that I want to do on my laptop, and I was looking for the safest way to create an environment for completing this testing.  I know that I can use the Hyper-V on my Windows 10.  However, I am finding that it is not so user friendly.  I wanted something really easy.

I found a great article on www.maketecheasier.com called “5 of the Best Sandbox Applications for Windows 10” https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-sandbox-applications-windows10/.

If you are wanting to create a Sandbox environment to test out software, take a look at the article.

Let me know which sandbox app that you choose with some feedback on how it works for you.