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Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is Microsoft's productivity cloud designed to help you pursue your passion and run your business. More than just apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft 365 brings together best-in-class productivity apps with powerful cloud services, device management, and advanced security in one, connected experience. It includes SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive for Business, and many other productivity SaaS offerings from Microsoft.

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    Blog: SharePoint Autohosted Apps Are No More - Deprecated, Discontinued... Dead

    Earlier today, Microsoft announced their plans to discontinue the preview program for autohosted SharePoint apps , one of the two type of cloud app model approaches to SharePoint development. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to folks… the only real use for autohosted apps was in demos… that was the only realistic option that was available to us… production just wasn’t suitable. However as always, there are likely a good number of customers who used this preview technology in production.
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    Blog: I'm Teaching Critical Path Training's SharePoint 2013 Developer Course in Boston, June 2-6

    Are you looking to get put to speed on SharePoint 2013 development? You should join me in the fantastic city of Boston, MA! I’m teaching Critical Path Training’s course on SharePoint 2013 development, the Great SharePoint 2013 Adventure in their Boston, MA venue the week of June 2-6.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at TechEd 2014 North America in Houston, May 2014 - Breakout Sessions

    In just a few weeks I’ll be at TechEd 2014 in Houston, TX to present two sessions. Both sessions will be on SharePoint apps, no shocker! The two sessions are as follows: DEV-B229 Deep Dive into Developing Advanced Microsoft SharePoint Applications Using Third-Party JavaScript Libraries Wednesday, May 14 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM SharePoint 2013 enables developers to create SharePoint Apps that run on the client side in the browser. In this session you’ll learn how to build a SharePoint App using the popular presentation framework AngularJS.
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    Blog: Introducing IT Unity - Your New One-Stop Resource for All Things Office 365 & SharePoint!

    This week a new site went live that I’m pretty happy to share with you. IT Unity is the ONE stop for everyone who has an interest in Microsoft SharePoint. IT Unity helps you solve problems, learn, grow, and pass along your experience-based knowledge. This is a community of trusted content, news, and information by subject matter experts for the Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 community of business decision makers, IT pros, developers, platform owners, and end users.
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    Blog: Microsoft MVP Renewed for SharePoint Server - MVP for a Decade

    Gotta love April 1st… this is my anniversary date for my MVP award. You never know if you’re going to have an April Fool’s joke pulled on you or not. Regardless, I got the email today that I was renewed for my 10th year in the MVP program. Crazy… it’s been a whole decade… it feels like just yesterday I typed my first semicolon & got confused by an SPWeb being a site but a SPSite being a collection of sites…
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at SPTechCon in San Francisco, April 2014 - Keynote and Breakout Sessions

    We’re just a few weeks away from the next installment of SPTechCon . The next show will be in San Francisco, CA the week of April 22-25, 2014 at the and if you register before April 4th you can get a $100 Amazon gift card… make sure when you register to use the coupon code CONNELL to get a discount when registering! I love this show and will be presenting a few sessions in San Francisco on my favorite topics: WCM, workflow and apps!
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    Blog: Office 365, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013 On-Prem Feature Matrix Updated

    Last year I blogged about an Excel spreadsheet I posted to my public SkyDrive OneDrive that contained the same data form the TechNet article which listed a feature matrix of what things you would and would not find in Office 365, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013 On-Premises deployments. The spreadsheet, as you can see from the screenshot below, seperates the different deployment options into different worksheets within the same workbook and color-codes the the features, making it much easier to consume than what Microsoft presents on TechNet:
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    Blog: Getting BreezeJS to Work with the SharePoint 2013 REST API

    In this post I want to explain how you can use it. This breaks down into a few different tasks: setup Breeeze, create an entity model & using it!
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    Blog: Understanding Challenges Using Breeze & SharePoint Out-Of-The-Box

    In this post, I’ll explain why Breeze doesn’t work out of the box (OOTB) with SharePoint’s REST API and the how you can get around it to make it work for you.
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    Blog: BreezeJS Makes Client-Side SharePoint REST Development a BREEZE!

    In this post, I introduce you to the JS library Breeze. Think of it like Entity Framework for JavaScript. Learn how you can use it with SharePoint REST queries!
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    Blog: Update on the Forms Story from the SharePoint Conference 2014 (Update on the Future of InfoPath)

    Earlier today, at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft talked about the future of not just InfoPath but also with the entire electronics forms story from Microsoft. Earlier this year, they announced they were discontinuing future versions of InfoPath as I talked about in my post Now InfoPath is Dead - RIP InfoPath, but Now What? . In the session they affirmed that InfoPath is not dead, it has simply been discontinued.
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    Blog: Coming Soon - New Pluralsight Course: Building SharePoint Apps as Single Page Apps with AngularJS

    When I first started learning about the new SharePoint 2013 app model, I gravitated towards the cloud model, specifically the provider-hosted implementation. This was natural as I was more suited to doing server-side development. But over time I found the SharePoint-Hosted (SPH) model was quite appealing as I didn’t have to worry about extra components to deploy, manage and maintain. Then last year I started to dive into the world of single page apps (SPA)… I presented on the topic a few times last year at difference conferences and wrote a decent amount as well like this post: SharePoint Hosted Apps in SharePoint 2013 as Single Page Apps .
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    Blog: My Recent Interview with SPTechWeb

    Earlier this week I had a chance to catch up with David Rubinstein of SPTechWeb to talk about the curren state of Office365, training and where we are today. We had a very good candid talk and I shared what I am seeing in the marketplace, specifically around those who use SharePoint, who are looking or adopting Office 365 as well as developers. We even, albeit briefly, talked a little about the subject of updates to Office 365, something I wrote about earlier today .
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    Blog: Now InfoPath is Dead - RIP InfoPath, but Now What?

    Remember that Monty Python movie The Holy Grail? There’s a scene where a guy is walking through a village with a cart of dead people yelling “bring out your dead.” A guy walks up with a not-quite-dead person and the dialog goes a little like this: Person: Here’s one! Not-Quite-Dead-Guy: I’m not dead! Cart Guy: He says he’s not dead. Person: Oh no, he’s well on his way. Not-Quite-Dead-Guy: I’m getting better!
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    Blog: Office 365 Needs to Treat the UX as an API if Our Customizations are to Stay Off the Server

    If you’ve been watching the social space around SharePoint or Office 365 lately, you may have noticed that Office 365 has been surfacing a few regression issues that are breaking people’s client-side solutions. Let me give you three examples I’ve seen in the last week: Issue #1: Changing the Title Field The first one I saw was highlighted by Marc Anderson’s blog: Office 365 Update Changes ‘Display Name’ on Required Fields .
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    Blog: I'm Presenting and a Keynote Speaker for SPTechCon in San Francisco, April 2014

    One of my favorite SharePoint related conferences of the year is easily the SPTechCon show that’s held twice a year. They have a show in San Francisco, CA in the first part of the year and another in Boston in the latter part of the year. This year’s San Francisco, CA show is held April 22-25, 2014 and I’ve been honored to ask to present as well as be one of the two keynote speakers at the show!
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at the SharePoint Conference 2014

    Here we go again, another great SharePoint conference in the desert in Las Vegas in just under two months time from now! The SharePoint Conference 2014 will be held at the Venetial Hotel in Las Vegas from March 3-6, 2014. It is clearly THE place to learn what’s coming down the pipe from Microsoft with everything related to SharePoint. And if you didn’t see the news that came out yesterday, the attendee party is going to be high-octane at the Las Vegas motor speedway!
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    Blog: Status Update for my SharePoint 2013 Advanced Workflow Pluralsight Course

    Earlier this year I released a course on Pluralsight on SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Fundamentals for developers. In my blog post announcing the course, I told people I was working on a sequel to this course, an advanced version, that would go into a lot more depth on workflow in SharePoint 2013… I also pointed to a specific page on my site, Pluralsight’s SharePoint 2013 - Workflow Advanced Topics , that I would keep updated.
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    Blog: *** NOW AVAILABLE *** Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013

    I couldn’t think of a better gift for your loved one this holiday season, or just a treat for yourself! Finally the latest installment of the Inside SharePoint series is available for order and will start shipping in the next week or two according to Amazon! Inside SharePoint 2013 is a developer book for SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 that is a collaborative effort between myself as well as Scot Hillier , Mirjam van Olst , Ted Pattison, Wictor Wilen & Kyle Davis .
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    Blog: SPLive 360 Conference - Session Wrap Up

    Last week I participated in the SP Live 360 conference in Orlando, FL . To everyone who attended, thanks for coming to a fantastic show! You know very well how great the show was and how interactive the attendees and speakers were! You can see some of the photos from the show in this album on Picasa . I had quite a few responsibilities at this show… more than any other conference I’ve participated in!
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    Blog: Inspecting the SharePoint OAuth Token with a Fiddler Extension

    A few months ago Kirk Evans of Microsoft published two blog posts explaining the SharePoint tokens and then followed it up with a custom Fiddler extension he wrote that you can use to extract, decode and inspect the OAuth token used in SharePoint 2013: Kirk Evans: Inside SharePoint 2013 OAuth Context Tokens Kirk Evans: Creating a Fiddler Extension for SharePoint 2013 App Tokens I pushed Kirk to put his extension in GitHub so others could grab the source, which he does share on his blog, but could also log issues, enhancements as well as fork it to improve it.
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    Blog: I'm presenting at SP Live 360 Next Week - Hope to see you there!

    Next week I’ve got quite a busy schedule at the SP Live 360 conference in Orlando, FL. The conference is packed with some great speakers & sessions so you’ll be sure to see some great stuff and walk away with some great guidance! Here’s what my schedule looks like: SharePoint Live! Keynote with Dan Holme: SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 - Big Questions, Answered Tuesday, November 19, 8:00a - 9:00a Session: Building SharePoint Hosted Apps as Single Page Apps Tuesday, November 19, 2:00p - 3:15p Session: SharePoint 2013 Workflows - Creating Custom Forms, Events & CSOM Wednesday, November 20, 4:00p - 5:15p Session: Building a Content Site Using SharePoint 2013 Web Content Management Thursday, November 21, 8:00a - 9:15a Session: Automating Biz Process with Workflows using SharePoint Designer 2013 Thursday, November 21, 9:30a - 10:45a Panel: Live 360!
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    Blog: [MicrosoftCloudShow] Episode 5 is live - SharePoint Deployment Options - On Premises vs. Hosted

    Episode 5 of the Microsoft Cloud Show is now available! In this episode my co-host Chris Johnson and I discuss the world of SharePoint deployments being on-premises, hosted and in the cloud. In addition we also answered questions from Laura Rogers & Jeremy Thake . » Episode 5 - SharePoint Deployment Options - On Premises vs. Hosted
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    Blog: Slipped in Under Our Noses: SharePoint 2013 Now has the OData/REST $metadata Operator!

    When SharePoint 2013 was released, one of the biggest additions was the mostly full adoption and implementation of the OData [REST] API. I’ve writted in the past how I prefer the OData API over the CSOM API ( as well as some of the libraries I use to make life easier ), but one knock on them was the lack of one big piece: the implementation of the $metadata operator .
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    Blog: Welcome to the Newest Podcast on the Microsoft Cloud!

    Welcome to the newest podcast, the Microsoft Cloud Show co-hosted by yours truly, dedicated to the Microsoft cloud. I’m a big fan of podcasts and have been listening to a good number across different topics for many years. A few months ago my co-host, Chris Johnson (CJ), pitched the idea that we start our own show. At first I was hesitant, but ultimately relented and the result is what you see here!
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    Blog: Simplifying SharePoint 2013 REST API

    A few months ago I wrote how I prefer using the REST API in SHAREPOINT over using the CSOM . Sure there are some downsides to this (no coverage for workflow or taxonomy, no batching just to name a few). However the advantages outweigh the downsides (3rd part libraries and frameworks mostly work with REST, more standards, more samples because it isn’t SharePoint specific, etc). One complaint I get from people is from the fact you have a bit more code to write for each call.
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    Blog: SharePoint Intersection: Where Business, Technology, and Solutions Intersect

    FOR ALL YOU’RE DOING – FOR YOUR ENTIRE TEAM – SUCCEED, TOGETHER And get a free Surface or XBox One!* I’ll be there presenting a workshop and a few breakout sessions… join me and a great number of other great speakers! **October 27-31, 2013 **MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Register Now! [Use the code CONNELL for a discount] SHAREPOINT INTERSECTION 2013 is an entirely new type of event, and it’s the one event you won’t want to miss.
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    Blog: Named Dynamics101 Top 50 SharePoint Blog

    The folks at Dynamics101 have compiled a list of the top 50 SharePoint blogs out there. I’m not certain of the criteria they used to determine their list, but I’m in good company. Thanks guys! » Dynamics 101: Top 50 SharePoint Sites
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    Blog: SharePoint Conference 2014 Registration is Open!

    Looks like the conference site is now accepting registrations. The show will be in Las Vegas, NV the week of March 3, 2014. If you’re interested in attending, best to jump on this sooner rather than later so you aren’t stuck in a remote hotel! Next question… what will be discussed at the v2014 show? » SharePoint Conference 2014 - Registration
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    Blog: ANNOUNCING the SharePoint Developer-Designer-Implementer Report - September 2013 Survey

    I’m running a research project on what SharePoint developers, designers and implementors type of work they are doing as well as how they do it. You’ll find the survey goes quite quick and it should only take about 60 seconds to complete. The survey will be available through the end of September to collect responses. After the survey closes, I’ll publish a comprehensive report. If you don’t mind, please fill out this form: http://aconn.
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    Blog: ANNOUNCING the SharePoint Browser Report - September 2013 Survey

    I’m running a research project on what browsers people are using / designing for in SharePoint. It should only take 10 seconds to complete. The survey will be available through the end of September to collect responses. After the survey closes, I’ll publish a comprehensive report. If you don’t mind, please fill out this form: http://aconn.me/spbrpt201309 . No, it doesn’t ask every single question as the goal is for it to generate as many responses as possible, thus the stream-lined bit.
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    Blog: Clarification on the Current State & Future of Sandboxed Solutions

    In the past there has been a lot of confusion around sandboxed solutions within SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online. A statement in MSDN uses the deprecated word that throws the usage of them into question. Thankfully last night we got some confirmation from Microsoft that clears it up. The part that is deprecated is the user code part of sandboxed solutions. This is the managed code that you can include in your sandboxed solutions that runs in the sandboxed user code service.
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    Blog: Great SharePoint Apps & Security Post Resources

    Recently I saw that SharePoint & Microsoft notable Steve Peshka published a series of blog posts on the details of security in SharePoint apps. If you are working with SharePoint apps, make sure you dive in here… there are some fantastic details to learn! Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 1 - Overview Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 2 - Understanding Security Contexts for Requests Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 3 - Setting up Low Trust on Premises Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 4 - Working with Context Tokens Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 5 - Permission On-Demand Apps Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 6 - App Only Permission Apps and Tenant Level Permissions Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 7 - High Trust Apps Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 8 - Writing Apps for SAML Sites In addition, check out these two awesome posts on Kirk Evans’ blog .
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    Blog: My CMSWire Article on The Future of SharePoint On-Premises is Published

    Yesterday CMSWire published an article I recently wrote for them that you can find here: The Value and Future of SharePoint On-Premises . In this article I wanted to address the a topic that I feel gets confused quite a bit with customers these days. All the marketing message from Microsoft these days is about the cloud, specifically Office 365. The marketing push makes you think the cloud is where you should move to.
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    Blog: Moving my Phone from Office 365 to Skype

    As someone who works from home but spends a solid amount of time on the road, one thing I’ve wanted to have is a good business phone solution. I don’t like giving my cell phone out to every single vendor or being a contact point, rather I prefer to have a “office line.” For years I used Vonage as my phone, but that was like a regular phone… it was just VOIP.
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    Blog: Pluralsight SharePoint 2013 Developer Ramp-Up Series by Critical Path Training (Updated for RTM)

    A few months ago I published a series of developer ramp up courses for SharePoint 2013 to Pluralsight that was based on the Beta 2 (aka: Preview) build that was released by Microsoft in July of 2012. Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve updated the entire SharePoint 2013 developer ramp up series for the RTM release that hit general availability this month. Now you can get deep depth developer training for SharePoint 2013 RTM through Pluralsight!
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    Blog: A Tale of Atrocious Office 365 Customer Support

    I’m a big believer of customer testimonials and ratings in how it helps other customers make great decisions and also how it hopefully can help make a better service. A few weeks back I blogged about my experience migrating to Office 365 and how much it was going to save me on the monthly expenses . I’m still very happy with Office 365 & the service I’m receiving & would highly recommend it to others (in fact I’m migrating a company over tonight).
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    Blog: My Experience Migrating to Office 365

    While it isn’t exactly spring yet, but it sure feels like it where I’m from. I live in north-east Florida where it is usually much colder in January & February (30F’s-50F’s) than we are seeing now (50F’s-80F’s). As such, it feels like spring to me so my spring cleaning kicked in. This year I have embarked on two big personal projects. The first one, migrating my blog & site from the seemingly dead SubText engine to the open source OrchardCMS platform and host it on Windows Azure (currently working on this and I’ll have a whole series of posts on it once it’s done).
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Feature Matrix - An Easier Way to View It

    Yesterday I saw, and blogged about , the TechNet article posted that has a complete feature matrix for all things in SharePoint 2013 you could do based on the different deployment option (on-premises / Office 365) and what license you had (Office 365 Plans, SharePoint Online plans, SharePoint on-premise license). If you look at the tables on that TechNet page, in my opinion that might be the hardest way to consume them.
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    Blog: ANN: Critical Path Training Strategic Partnership with Pluralsight for On-Demand SharePoint Training

    Today I’m thrilled to announce on behalf of Critical Path Training a new training offering and benefit to our customers through a new partnership. We have always offered the best instructor-led training either in a classroom as a hands-on offering or online via a live virtual instructor-led course. We pride ourselves in having the best group of instructors filled with long time SharePoint MVPs and a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), not like other companies in having the most class offerings or most instructors.
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    Blog: Check out my article in the latest Dutch IW User Group eMagazine!

    I’ve got a new article in the latest edition of the DIWUG , the Dutch Information Worker User Group. This is a great resource with a very diverse mix of articles for all disciplines for those in SharePoint. The latest edition contains articles by Spence Harbar , Wictor Wilen and many others. In this edition I tackled integrating SharePoint Online 2010 & Windows Azure & addressed some of the authentication challenges you might run into.
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    Blog: Developing Secure BCS Connections with WCF Services for SharePoint Online and Windows Azure

    Last November Microsoft rolled out an update to SharePoint Online, part of Office 365, that enabled users to leverage BCS connections to consume and work with data that doesn’t live inside SharePoint Online. Unlike an on-premise deployment, the only BCS option available to users is to create external content types that connect to WCF services using the declarative only approach. This differs from an on-premise deployment which external content types can also be connected to databases or be deployed as a .
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - Critical Path Training's Office365 AuthN Helper Library

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication In this last post in my Office365/SharePoint Online + Windows Azure + Authorization blog series, I want to introduce a little helper project I am using. To make life easier I created a little O365 authorization helper library that does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - Workarounds and Fixes for Claims-Based Auth Sites

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication Now let’s see how we can address the authentication fixes for each of the different ways you can access SharePoint remotely. In this post I’ll cover each of the specific tools (REST or OData / CSOM / Web Services / WebClient) and how to address each of the tricks.
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - How to Authenticate with O365, SPO & MSO

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication In my previous post in this series I talked about how authentication works with Office365 (O365) & SharePoint Online (SPO). You first authenticate with Microsoft Online (MSO) and then your browser passes along the SAML token with each request to site collections in SPO.
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - Overview of Challenges with O365, SPO & MSO

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication Creating applications in SharePoint 2010, specifically the hosted environment Office365/SharePoint Online, when you want to communicate with applications and services in Windows Azure you are limited to client-side communications or using Business Connectivity Services (BCS).
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    Blog: ***Announcing*** Critical Path Training

    It is with great excitement that I announce Critical Path Training ( Critical Path Training ), a new company and joint venture between myself and Ted Pattison. You may already be familiar with the industry leading SharePoint training company I have been affiliated and have been promoting for the last few years, the Ted Pattison Group . Well, Ted and I decided we wanted to formally join forces and create *the* industry leading SharePoint education company!
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