Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Use Microsoft Sway Integrated with SharePoint Online /SharePoint 2013/2016

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is a great online Presentation and Online Creativity Stack.

Why we need Sway

Assume that you are about to so a cooperate presentation for your colleagues. what are the options you have

  • Firstly,You can create a PowerPoint presentation which you need a PowerPoint to run and if you want to share you need end users have PowerPoint client for view the deck.
  • Secondly, You can create a simple web pages and share it with users where it can be access from all devices if it is responsive.

Microsoft Sway address the second point.

How to Access the Sway

There are many ways that you can do this. Since I'm trying  use Sway with SharePoint Online; I will describe using SharePoint Online.

First Login to the SharePoint Online

Office 365 Login | Microsoft Office

There You can go to all Apps

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Then you can find the Sway as a App in the Menu


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Click on the Sway and go the Sway web site.

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Here you can find standard available temples or you can start from the stretch.

For the moment, Click on Business Presentation.

Here Sway will load the template and you can edit as you wish.

Finally,

Click Play to check the preview.

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Now we are ready to link the with SharePoint..

Firstly,

Navigate to Share Button and Click On it.

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Make sure you have selected View and click on

Get  embed code

and will prompt you a code to copy.

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Now go to SharePoint Online and navigate to the page that you need to embed the presentation.

Then add a Content Editor web part.

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After that, you can add the web part and client on Edit Source to enable Source Editing.

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Then paste your code in the editor and save and Check in the Page.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

SharePoint Rest API calls are not working in internet Explorer (IE)


This is a sudden issue I have come across,

Previously REST API calls were working on IE, Chrome and other browsers.

EX:

https://abc.com/News/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('Pages')/items?$expand=file&$filter=ArticleStartDate gt dateTime'2017-03-12T00:00:00Z'  &$top=3

For some reason these REST calls are not working in IE without encording. You can do a simple trick to encode the URL before requesting data.

EX:-


eurl = encodeURI(eurl);

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Develop and Deploy Microsoft Flow Applications


Development and deployment of Microsoft Applications has never been easy. In actual production environments you need to develop your application, test it, release to UAT and ultimately release to the live environment.

Microsoft Flow’s Export and Import functions made this process convenient and easy.
First you need to create your Flow in your development environment.
I have few sample scenarios.

Scenario one


Assume that you are having support email address on Gmail and you want to create a follow up task to the supporting team which is on the Microsoft Outlook environment.

Scenario two

 Assume that your sales team need an approval of a customer document. In generally sales team need to scan the document and send to the relevant person via email and get the approval. Here you can use your Flow mobile application to trigger the process.

After Finalizing your Flow,

Export Process


Then go to My Flow






Where you can see all your business flows
Select the automation flow that you need to export.


And then select the Export as Package Zip.
Then you will see a Form like below, which you should understand properly.




First section is how to deal with the import operation.



There are two options available.

  • ·       Create a New Flow on your destination
  • ·       Update the existing Flow on your destination





You can choose the preference approach.

Second part is all about the connectors.  You might have different connections for your dev, staging and production.  Before importing the Solution you should create the connection in your production environment, if it is not exists.

Connections need to select when you are importing the zip. Please refer Import Process




Import Process

Creating Connectors
Click on connectors on your production



Here you can see all your existing connectors in the environment.  You can add new connections if it is not exists.

Then go to My Flows and click on Import link


There you can import the zip package where you exported before.



Now you can select the Update and select the existing Flow to update. Then click on Select during import and select existing connection.




  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Integrating Microsoft Flow Mobile Integration with Microsoft Flow Automation in Office 365 Online Services


Integrating Microsoft Flow Mobile Integration with Microsoft Flow Automation in Office 365 Online Services

Microsoft Flow has its own mobile application which is very use full for integrating Business Flows. Which is available in Apple, Android and Windows stores

  


Today I’m explaining the possibilities that you can use Flow mobile in your automation process.

Scenario:


Assume that your sales team need an approval of a customer document. In generally sales team need to scan the document and send to the relevant person via email and get the approval. Here you can use your Flow mobile application to trigger the process.

To start with the process as a First step I’m just using Flow Button and One Drive.

Let’s Begin

You can Launch the Microsoft Flow using either form directly launching the Microsoft Flow or though O365 portal.

Launching Microsoft Flow



Start with Bank template








In this scenario now you need to add a trigger, here we need a manual trigger where we can initiate using the mobile application.

So First we need to add the Flow Mobile Button.








Search for the mobile trigger and add Flow button for Mobile.

After you added you can see the manual trigger added to the system.



Now you need to specify the Input method, since we are using for File upload, add a Input method as a File.








Once you added it will be look like below. You can change the default name and description as you like.











Now you need to add the action to upload the document to One-drive.











Choose Add an Action from New Step and Search for One Drive – Create File in Actions Section

Currently Microsoft Flow Support many Cloud storage including

·         One Drive
·         Google Drive
·         Share Point
·         Assure
·         Box
·         Buffer







Once you select your file creation action, Flow will ask for credential (for the connector) and properties to file creation.
Then you can use the Dynamic content to fill the appropriate details.




Once you done. Save the Work Flow.
Now get your Flow mobile application and login using your credentials.


Go to the Button Section and now you can see your workflow.











Click on the Virtual button Browse the content and done.

Now you should see your file in your destination.