Office, Office 365

Taking meeting notes with Lumia 950

In the beginning of year I bought Lumia 950 and got Continuum with it for free. Lumia 950 is excellent phone and I started experimenting with it. One of my first experiments was to make it companion device for meetings so I don’t have to drag my work laptop with me. Developers usually work on powerful laptops and often these machines are annoying to carry around.

Introduction to Microsoft To-Do

Microsoft launched yesterday a new cloud service called Microsoft To-Do. The aim of new service is to provide users with simple and familiar looking tool to plan a day. The new service comes with nice looking web interface and there are also apps available for most popular platforms, including Windows and Windows Phone.

Triggering Azure Functions from Office 365 SharePoint using Microsoft Flow

We cannot use classic SharePoint workflows on Office 365 but using Microsoft Flow we can create new era flow applications that are triggered by events that happen in different sources. This blog post shows how to use Microsoft Flow and Azure Functions to send out e-mail when new meeting is added to SharePoint list. The idea of this blog post is to illustrate how to create the flow where custom code takes over in some point.

Synchronizing big OneNote notebooks on Windows Phone

I have one big OneNote notebook that I need also on my Windows Phone. While this notebook was not very big synchronization worked well on both WP8 and WP10. But after growing over 120MB both phones had suddenly synchronization issues. Notebook was usually synchronized partially with many pages missing from WP and some changes to existing pages were never synchronized to phone. This blog post provides one not so nice solution for these problems.

Using OneNote API to count degustated beers

I am heavy OneNote user as OneNote is easybut still powerful application to keep important information and organize it the way I like. Not to mention powerful cloud back-end that makes my OneNote notebooks available for me on desktop, tablet and mobile phone. In this posting I will show you some code I use to update the number of degustated beers in beer diary.

Using Surface RT for presentations

Last week I made presentation about out-sourcing where I introduced my international teams and our working model. This time I didn’t took my work laptop with me because I decided to go with my Surface RT and see how it works for business presentations. Okay, it’s a little bit tricky to get everything done but it’s nothing too complex. This posting is short overview about my findings on using Surface RT as presentation machine.

OneNote as personal travel guide: Using OneNote on trip

We are ready to go and use OneNote as our main source of information when travelling around. Before going we have to make sure we have our travel guide available in our pockets. We need also some good plan how to use it and how to update it if needed. This posting tells you how to travel with OneNote effectively.

SharePoint 2013 Autohosted apps

MSDN subscribers can activate Office 365 developers benefit that gives them free Office 365 development instance for year. If you have this subscription then you can use your local Visual Studio to develop new style applications and then run and test them on Office 365 environment. In this posting I will introduce you hybrid development of Office 365 SharePoint applications.

Anatomy of Office 365 public blog

As I found no easy ways how to make public blog on Office 365 more user and SEO friendly I tried to find other and more technical ways how to accomplish problems. Although it seems like there is not much to do about usability I still found some interesting details about technical side of public blog. Let’s dig deeper.

OneNote as personal travel guide: Planning

In previous post we gathered and organized information about places we want to visit and we have now pretty good overview about what is where, how we can move around and what delicious things we want to try. It’s time now to make guiding plan for our trip, work out informative pages and share our travel guide with our friends.

Office 365 public blogs overview

This post is another one in series about discovering Office 365 public SharePoint sites. This time I will stop at blog that is set up with default site. Blog is good format for easy-to-produce free format content and many companies have blogs for this reason. In this posting I will make first overview of blogs offered with Office 365 public sites.

OneNote as personal travel guide: Discovering places

When you know where you want to travel you can start with gathering information. This is time consuming process and I start with this as early as possible. This step in process produces a lot of information and you need some good way how to organize it so you don’t get lost. It’s easy for short trip to somewhere but when you plan to move around about week the situation is totally different. Let’s see how OneNote can help you out here.

OneNote as personal travel guide: Introduction

When going to travel then well done home work is must be – otherwise you spend a lot of valuable time on trip to find information and do time consuming planning. Poor planning means also way bigger expenses on mobile data traffic and most of your trip will be mess. I had problems like these when I was beginner traveller. For now I have elegant solution to this problem and here is how I use OneNote.

How I use OneNote

Over last years new Windows platform with personal cloud services has found its way to my everyday’s life. Maybe one of most important service I use for work and in private life is OneNote. Before going to cloud OneNote was for me digital note paper that had not much use. When OneNote spreaded to web and Windows Phone too it won my attention and I made my bet on it.

My first attempt to blog on Surface RT

One question I had after buying Surface RT was: what about offline blogging? There’s no Live Writer and I have no information about the future of Live Writer. Suddenly I got an idea – but why not to try out Word – the most awful blogging tool I have ever seen. Maybe there have been some progress nd I have right tool here in my machine. So I tried Word and I got massive surprise.

Office 365 new public sites

As I got my Office365 developers benefit activated I decided to try out if public sites on SharePoint are ready for real use or not. The progress is markable and although Microsoft is extremely careful with activating functionalities on public sites there’s still lot of work done and I think it’s worth to take a look at new version of public sites. Here is my first quick overview.

Reading OpenDocument spreadsheets using C#

Excel with its file formats is not the only spreadsheet application that is widely used. There are also users on Linux and Macs and often they are using OpenOffice and other open-source office packages that use ODF instead of OpenXML. In this post I will show you how to read Open Document spreadsheet in C#.

Adding multiple data importers support to web applications

I’m building web application for customer and there is requirement that users must be able to import data in different formats. Today we will support XLSX and ODF as import formats and some other formats are waiting. I wanted to be able to add new importers on the fly so I don’t have to deploy web application again when I add new importer or change some existing one. In this posting I will show you how to build generic importers support to your web application.

Using ExcelPackage to create Excel sheets on server

In one of my community projects I needed to output some listings as Excel file. As installing Excel to server is non-sense that I was easily able to avoid I found simple solution for Excel 2007 files – open-source project called ExcelPackage. In this posting I will show you hot to create simple event attendees report in Excel 2007 format using ExcelPackage.