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Reinvent the Intranet with SharePoint Search and Social

Social Business, Reinvent the Intranet with SharePoint Search and SocialWhen SharePoint 2013 arrived, we immediately noticed the huge investment Microsoft made into anything related to search. But we still see many intranets designed as traditional internal communications: a home page with a carousel, useful links that are often not so useful, sections you have never clicked on and -- of course -- the weather.

How do the two relate? In this article I will focus on using search to reinvent and make the SharePoint Intranet much more dynamic.

The Missing Link in SharePoint Site Usability

The topic of SharePoint site usability never grows old. With every new version of SharePoint that comes out, Microsoft has touted that it is extremely intuitive and easy to use, and judging from the number of licenses sold, many organizations seem to have bought into this myth. What they are not told is what it actually takes to make SharePoint sites user-friendly.

SharePoint 2013, This Old House Style - Moving In and Living Together

Social Business, SharePoint 2013, This Old House Style - Moving In and Living Together"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.” -- Yogi Berra

In many ways, this sums up SharePoint’s problem in its second decade -- we take it for granted.

Microsoft has a Hit with SharePoint Conference Tweet Jam #spc14jam

spc14logo.jpgMonths ahead of its big SharePoint conference in Las Vegas in March, Microsoft had a tweet jam that sent the #spc14jam hashtag to the upper reaches of Twitter's trending charts.

Find out what developers and executives wanted to know during the event yesterday, as well as the likely hot topics of discussion at next year's big SharePoint community event. In case you were wondering if the company revealed any clues about future products, keep reading.

How to Optimize Mobile for Holiday Purchases [Infographic]

shutterstock_160053263.pngOnly nineteen more days until Cyber Monday — the day when customers, hungover from Thanksgiving meals and recovering from Black Friday brawls, go online to finish (or for some, start) their holiday shopping. Each year the competition to offer the best prices gets tougher. Those who are able to optimize their mobile channels will be the most successful.

Using SharePoint to Build an Interactive Onboarding Experience

Orientation benefits employees and companies to gain knowledge and build teams. But it also provides an opportunity to introduce new recruits to the tools they'll be using in their daily work. Here's a real life example of a SharePoint solution created for exactly that purpose.

Tweet Jam Reminder: Today - Defining the Modern Intranet #SocBizChat

Social Business, Tweet Jam Reminder: Today - Defining the Modern Intranet #SocBizChat

The time is soon upon us! We are less than an hour away from kicking off our latest Tweet Jam. This time around, we'll be talking intranets -- where they excel, where they fall short and where they are going in the future.  

Metalogix Updates SharePoint Strategy, UI for Axceler Tools

Metalogix Updates SharePoint Strategy, UI for Axceler ToolsMetalogix, a provider of content infrastructure software, updated the interface for its ControlPoint SharePoint administration tool from its Axcelor acquisition. It's also giving us a clearer view of its overall strategy on the shifting SharePoint landscape.

MetaVis Bashes Google with Office 365 Migration Tool

Microsoft has just taken another pop at Google, this time with the help of MetaVis Technologies. MetaVis, which develops software to help organize SharePoint and Office 365 environments, launched a new migration wizard that can quickly move content from Google Apps to Office 365.

With the expanded MetaVis Architect Suite customers can migrate File Shares, Google Drive, Exchange Public folder or SharePoint content to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.

Microsoft Upgrades Search for SharePoint Online

In keeping with its push to be the productivity suite of choice, Microsoft announced today two new search features for SharePoint Online, which will be rolled out globally over the next few days. The new Content Search Web Part (CSWP) enhances overall search functionality and result displays, while Cross-Site Collection Publishing (CCP) gives users the ability to publish content on multiple sites from the same content source.

Microsoft Sets the Tracks for SharePoint Conference 2014

sharepointconf2014_300.jpg After a break in 2013, attendees can get ready to party in Las Vegas early next year, and study the tracks for some serious sessions as Microsoft pushes all things SharePoint for the enterprise.

The 2014 event's themes are "connect, reimagine and transform" as Microsoft plans for the future of social and business collaboration. Tickets are already on sale.

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader

For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version. 

Metalogix Acquires Idera's SharePoint Tools

Metalogix has been steadily buying up hefty swaths of the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem -- and it's now bought up Idera's SharePoint business. It includes tools that focus on backup, maintenance, security and governance.

SharePoint Will (Almost) Never Be Your Sole ECM System

This topic has to some degree been a theme in many of my posts over the last 18 months, but given how often I'm asked to speak to this in my day-to-day travels -- and given the amount of churn it causes among us pundits and prognosticators on both sides of the fence -- I figured I'd address it head on here in a single post.

AvePoint Release Enables Remote SharePoint Access, BYOD Strategies

If one of the biggest obstacles to the development of bring your own device (BYOD) strategies is information security, then AvePoint’s Perimeter release today should go a long way to reassuring SharePoint-centric enterprises that BYOD is a safe bet.

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