What’s New in SharePoint 2016

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SharePoint has come a long way since its inception in 2001. Whether your business adopted SharePoint and the Office Suite from the beginning, or you are brand new to this collaboration tool, the changes in 2016 can help your business use resources to their fullest. See what’s new to increase your workforce mobility and your document management efficiency.

Hybrid Deployments

One often-difficult business decision is whether to use on-site and cloud deployments. The easy solution is a hybrid of the two, and SharePoint 2016 offers a hybrid model. Instead of only having access to on-site or cloud servers, several hybrid deployments allow you to access sites and documents regardless of where they are stored.

Hybrid Search

Hybrid Search is a new option that searches content across both on-site and online sources for a complete Office 365 experience. This replaces the necessity to be logged in to the source at the time it’s needed and opens up a more consolidated search.

OneDrive Redirection

OneDrive Redirection integrates a OneDrive button into the navigation bar. When it or the Sites button is selected, users are redirected to Office 365 seamlessly.

Hybrid Team Sites

Hybrid Team Sites allow you to follow in one place. In conjunction with OneDrive redirection, your team sites are accessible, and you can link to Exchange Online and Delve.

Apps and App Launcher

As business becomes even more mobile, the ability to access information on the go is a necessity. SharePoint 2016 not only has a new, user-friendly look, it also has corresponding apps for all your employees’ iOS, Android and Windows devices.

In addition to the SharePoint app itself, configuring hybrid team sites or hybrid OneDrive enables users to see their app tiles within SharePoint. The App Launcher then allows linking to the appropriate location, whether it’s on-site or online.

Touch-Friendly Interface

If your team carries tablets, you’ll appreciate the new responsive user interface. To provide a seamless experience, SharePoint 2016 has a fresh, clean look that adapts to screen size and optimizes for your devices. It also integrates Delve and Office Graph with activity streams, recommendations and top links for user convenience.

Other Improvements

Although the following features aren’t necessarily new, they are improvements on the existing features from 2013 and before. They work hand-in-hand with the new emphasis on speed, mobility and access to create a friendlier user experience.

Upload Larger Files

Previously, file size was limited to 2 GB, but now, file size is unlimited. However, you may experience timing out if the files are greater than 10 GB.

Sharing Improvements

The invitation mail has been improved with one-click approval or denial of requests. There is also increased visibility of who the file has been shared with and when it was viewed, and this 2016 version includes sharing hints and the ability to create and share folders.

Faster Site Creation Time

After configuring PowerShell, sites can be created in one second rather than the 40 seconds in SharePoint 2013.

Better Durable Links

If files are moved or renamed, durable links ensure that users can still access the files they need.

Creation and collaboration of documents and projects have never been easier or more in demand. With these improvements and new features, SharePoint 2016 can help your business reach the next level of success.

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Free Twitter SharePoint 2013 Web Part

This Twitter Timeline Feed WebPart for SharePoint 2013 is based on Twitter API version 1.1 which has many breaking changes when compared to Version 1.0 of API. You can download this free webpart here:


This webpart includes the custom Twitter feed look and the ability to customize the twitter feed to better suit your needs.  To deploy the solution on your SharePoint site, download and follow these instructions:


1. Build and deploy the attached solution.

2. Activate the feature “SFS.Intranet.TwitterFeed


3. Add the WebPart “Twitter Feed WebPart” located under “SharePoint Frontier” Category to a page

4. Edit the WebPart and go to the settings of WebPart and chose “TwitterTimeLine or Custom” as rendering mode

5. Provide values to Widget ID and Twitter Handler or all the custom fields

6. Click “Ok” to save the changes


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New SnapEngage Chat integration

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This past month we have been working a lot on evaluating the website to better engage our customers.  We’ve fixed a bunch of issues and made a lot of small changes so that we can better respond to dedicated server requests, sales questions, and more.  Most importantly, this past weekend we updated our online chat system to SnapEngage.  SnapEngage should allow a more consistent and quick experience across all browsers.  We’re excited to start using it this week.

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Get SharePoint 2013 Foundation for 50% Off at BitsDuJour!


SharePoint Hoster is the featured deal on Bits du Jour! You can save 50% off of our SharePoint 2013 annual hosting plans on Bits du Jour.  You can check out the deal here, but it is for a limited time only!

SharePoint 2013 Hosting lets you enjoy all of the benefits of Microsoft SharePoint at a price point that is much lower than an on-premise SharePoint installation.

  • Enjoy Microsoft SharePoint at a much lower cost than an on-site installation
  • Meet your organization’s most demanding content and document management needs at low cost
  • Create an unlimited number of user accounts
  • Install applications from the SharePoint App Store
  • Extend access to users with mobile devices from Apple, Blackberry, and Android

Grab this deal before it runs out on Bits du Jour!

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How to create a new web page for a SharePoint 2013 site

This short tutorial shows you how to create a new web page in SharePoint 2013 for your intranet or internet public facing website.

First navigate to the upper right and click the gear to open up the menu.


Click on the Add a Page button in SharePoint.

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Type in the name of your new web page and click the create button

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After clicking the create new webpage button, you will be taken to your new SharePoint Webpage.  You can edit and modify it by using the SharePoint ribbon.


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Type all of your page information in the Edit Item Area to create and design your SharePoint 2013 web page.  You can use all of the tools that you are familiar with from Microsoft Word.  Type your text, insert pictures or hyperlinks and format your webpage as you see fit.
save your new sharepoint 2013 pageWhen you’re finished with your new web page, be sure to click the save button in the upper left corner of the ribbon. This will save all of your changes to your SharePoint webpage and take you to the page:

what is my sharepoint page URL To see the unique URL of your new webpage, simply highlight the header.  You can right click and copy the link or copy it from your address bar and then add it to your SharePoint menu structure or email it to colleagues.

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How To Create SharePoint 2013 Lists Quickly and Easily With Access 2013

There is no easier way to create a custom SharePoint 2013 list than using Access 2013. This video will step you through the list creation process with bonus footage of how create an Access 2013 form and report that works against your newly created list. This technique works in ALL flavors of SharePoint – Foundation, Enterprise and Office 365.

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Does Microsoft SharePoint 2013 work on Apple iPhone and iPad?

Our Microsoft SharePoint 2013 plans are setup to work on all of Apple’s iOS devices such as the iPhone 5 or iPad.  SharePoint 2013 works pretty much out of the box for iPad and iPhones since Apple’s Safari browser is fully supported by Microsoft.

Apple no longer has a Firefox app for the iPhone, but there is a Google Chrome browser app that you can use instead that also works with SharePoint 2013 hosting.  Both are supported by Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and should work with both our free sharepoint 2013 hosting plan and our paid plans.  If you have problems, just be sure that you are typing in SPH\ before your username and correctly entering your password.  Here’s what mobile SharePoint 2013 looks like:


Sign-up for a Free SharePoint 2013 site today! and check out SharePoint on Iphone for yourself!

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SharePoint 2013 on Android Phones


Most Android Phone’s default browsers block the SharePoint 2013 Authentication popup window. This makes it impossible to login and edit your site on the go. If you have a SharePoint site and plugin your URL into the Android browser you will likely get a 401 Unauthorized error. Unfortunately, the default browser squashes the login prompt popup preventing anyone from logging into their SharePoint site. I recently spent a few minutes setting up some the Android phones in our office (Samsung Galaxy S, HTC One, and HTC DNA) to access our SharePoint 2013 Foundation hosting site.

The first step is to simply grab the Firefox Browser from the Android Marketplace (Google’s chrome browser app also works but is not officially fully supported by Microsoft). Firefox is one of the browser officially supported by Microsoft for SharePoint 2013 and will allow you to login to your SharePoint Hoster site and login. Firefox supports SharePoint’s login popup and allows you to login to your site! By using the Firefox Android app as your browser, you can visit your SharePoint Hoster URL and login and edit your site.

If you have an Android phone give it a try! Firefox runs SharePoint really well and the mobile version is no different.  Sign-up for a Free SharePoint 2013 site today!

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How to Check What Build and Version of SharePoint You Are Running

With the SharePoint 2013 Public Update now available it can be useful to understand which build of SharePoint your site is running on . Here is a simple way to figure that out:

Type http://yoursitename/_vti_pvt/service.cnf (note the underscores before and after vti) into your favorite browser.

This command will return something that looks like this:


The last 4 digits of the extenderversion are your build number. The first 2 digits indicate the version (15 for 2013 and 14 for 2010)

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SharePoint 2013 Product Demo

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Check out our awesome new SharePoint 2013 Foundation product demo.  It is an awesome way to see what our $99 SharePoint 2013 Foundation plan can do for you.  Browse the site, check out SharePoint 2013 Foundation’s Awesome features, Sign-up for a Free 2013 site or Purchase a Sharepoint hosting plan for only $99/year!

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