Friday, November 17, 2017

SharePoint mobile improvements

Microsoft has kept investing on SharePoint for mobile devices for a long time. They have provided APIs that support developers to build apps that run on mobile devices, also the SharePoint mobile application that enables browsing content and making changes to the documents or pages on the go. The recent set of feature additions to SharePoint mobile application provides much advancements that people were expecting for a longer time. 

Mobile Notifications

Image Source: Microsoft Blog
SharePoint team knew you could not wait till get the notifications on recent changes or anything new relevant to you coming into mobile via updates. You could see some notifications when you log into the web browser, but browser is not something you always like to be on. Interestingly, SharePoint app for iOS and Android now just does that. 

App users will receive notifications when a person updates or create a new article or a document. It identifies whether the document is relevant to you by the outputs provided by the intelligence algorithms associated with Microsoft Graph or depending on your recent activity level on a particular SharePoint site. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall APAC MVP Community Connect - Seoul 2017

MVPs are special. Meeting many within the APAC region in a single venue for networking is extra special. There are speakers, bloggers, community organizers and many more with different skills in different technology focuses. When we blend in with different cultures and technologies, it generates new ideas and create new opportunities such like visiting each other for different communities. I missed the event last year so wanted to make it to Seoul this time. I never thought it would be this awesome until I came in here.  
The event held from 10th to 12th November 2017 and it covered most of the aspects of a technology networking event. The event venue for the first day and accommodation were provided at the Shilla hotel, which is a top rated and well deserved place. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

PowerApps at Collab365 Global Conference 2016

I got the opportunity to speak at the Collab365 Global Conference 2016 on Exploring the PowerApps advantage. Got a really good audience along with good feedback on the content as I made the PowerApps created accessible online during the time of the presentation.

The session held on 19th October 2016.

Custom APIs with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow at Monthly Meeting

SharePoint Sri Lanka Monthly Meeting for October 2016 was held at Microsoft Sri Lanka on 12th October 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Exploring the PowerApps Advantage at SharePoint Sri Lanka Monthly Meeting

SharePoint Sri Lanka Monthly Meeting for September 2016 was held at Microsoft Sri Lanka on 14th September 2016. 

The session was at Level 100 and targeted for the basics on how to build and use PowerApps. The introduction was followed by a couple of demonstrations where the attendees were provided with hands on experience to browse the apps built during the demonstrations.

PowerApps looks promising and it may help many organisations largely in future by providing an easy platform for building apps without much code. 

The ability to connect to multiple services as well as make your own storage through the Microsoft Common Data Model will keep attracting many solutions to be built with PowerApps.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Getting Started with PowerApps

The ever increasing demand for the business solutions are not met with the poor supply from the development sometimes. Therefore many companies tend to go with the no-code or less-code solutions and SharePoint has been a leader with many Out-of-the-box components. With the solid APIs build in around the services, Microsoft has enabled much better no-code implementations. Initially it came in with Windows App Studio where it allows you to create Windows Apps without any coding. Now its up for many services within the cloud and relevant API integrations with the name of PowerApps. 

PowerApps allows you to create business apps without any code. The controls are just drag and drops and there are many types of services to choose from.

  • SharePoint Online
  • SalesForce
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Slack
  • Office 365
  • Azure and many more...
You just need to have an organizational Microsoft account in order to Sign Up and can start by downloading the Windows Store App on your Windows machine.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Associating SharePoint 2013 Workflow to a list

SharePoint 2013 supports Workflow Manager workflows. Which means they totally different with 2010 workflows. In reality what happens is that we publish a subscription for the particular list. Though its been a while SharePoint 2013 has come, I have seen many people struggling without getting this done. So I thought its worth sharing a sample code snippet with an explanation.

To get a detailed explanation, we need to have a little understanding on the following classes.