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Installing and Using Nintex Forms for Office 365 - A Review

Published by Jeannie Herrington on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I recently worked on a project that required me to use Nintex Forms for Office 365. While I have spent many, many hours working with Nintex Forms, up until now I have not had the opportunity to work with their new cloud-based forms technology. In this post, I will do my best to provide my unbiased opinion of Nintex Forms for Office 365.

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13 things I did in 1 hour with Microsoft Teams

Published by Chris Johnson on Friday, March 31, 2017

Microsoft Teams went GA this week.  I took it for a test drive Wednesday night, and I couldn't believe what I got done in just an hour (be forewarned: the screenshots were taken Friday when I wrote this blog!) 1. Created a new Team and with it got a shiny new Office 365 Group, Exchange Distribution List, SharePoint Site, Exchange calendar, etc.

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I found my new favorite Office365 feature - Share as Attachment as PDF

Published by John Head on Thursday, March 30, 2017

This is one of the biggest time consumers for me in my daily routine is sending documents to external users (customers) and having to create a pdf of that file each time. The workflow today is: 1. Open the document in Word 2. File | Save As, select PDF as file type, Hit Save 3. Create a new email in Outlook 4. Attach the PDF, selecting it from the drop down

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Office Add-Ins – JavaScript control over the Content Control lock in a Word document

Published by Mark Roden on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In this article, I will show how easy it is to programmatically lock and release the lock on a content control in a word document. This is very helpful when you are populating regions of a document but do not want users to mess with the format of the contents.

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Deploying the “X-Factor”

Published by Cole Francis on Friday, March 24, 2017

So, what do you do when you’re building a website, and you have a long-running client-side call to a Web API layer. Naturally, you’re going to do what most developers do and call the Web API asynchronously.  This way, your code can continue to cruise along until a result finally return from the server.

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VSTS Velocity Dashboard Extension

Published by Norman Murrin on Thursday, March 23, 2017

I started using Visual Studio Team Services last year to manage internal projects at my company, PCS Group. A large portion of our consultants are .NET and Sharepoint developers. As a scrum master I found that I was not able to put information that I wanted, such as a burndown chart and velocity calculation, on the VSTS Dashboard. I decided to put on my developer hat and try my hand at developing a VSTS Dashboard Extension.

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Calling an external service from your chat bot

Published by Mark Roden on Sunday, March 19, 2017

In this article I will show to how integrate simple commands (intents) into your bot to then integrate with an external service. Introduction In previous articles we have looked at how to create a sample Azure bot and in this article we will be looking into how “intents” work. The microsoft documentation on dialogIntents can be found here (for the node bot).

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Setting up the sample Azure bot to work locally with the bot emulator

Published by Mark Roden on Sunday, March 12, 2017

In this article I will demonstrate how to configure your local development environment to work with the environmental variables set up within your Azure environment in the sample bot previously discussed, Introduction  In the previous article we looked at how to create a sample azure bot and then how to configure it in VSTS for continuous integration. If you want to develop with this sample locally you will need to set it up to work with the local bot emulator. (What is Bot Builder for Node.js a

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