Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yammer External Groups live today

Update 10/05: After deep dive-in with Microsoft, it turned out some domains like GMail, Hotmail etc. are blocked. I was however able to sign up in the free Yammer network of (which is a free email service provider in Bulgaria) and surprise, surprise - there were already 335 members!

So... it's a hit or miss whenever you invite external partners if they're not using their corporate domains. So... working with freelancers anyone? Use external  networks instead - no restrictions there. Or we should wait for the Office 365 Groups to allow external users...

Update: It seems you can't invite external users to the external groups, unless they are existing Yammer users (e.g. they have a home Yammer network), which makes the service 50 % useless.
Going back to External networks if you need to collaborate with just anybody out there without knowing or asking them if they already belong to a Yammer network...

Starting today, we got a hold of the Yammer External Groups feature.

Previously, when people had to collaborate with external parties, they had to go through creating an external network and then create groups in there and invite people. That worked, however it was hard to keep track of which networks are you in and it was tough when you just had to post a quick message, you had to switch networks...

I've already tested the feature and it works surprisingly well - the external groups are clearly listed as such below all the internal groups. When you invite someone, they get the email invite, join and only see the external group they're invited to. Nothing else.

This is the experience for the external user when they join. They see your group along with the network name under their All Company group.

With external networks, a Network Admin could configure whether those external groups could be created by all users or by the admins only. So far I don't see the option to control the external groups creation, but the regular users can't create them in our network. I can also see that the option to create an external network is now gone.

So... enjoy the external groups and say goodbye to external networks.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Overdue date not marked in red in SharePoint Online Task Lists

Hi folks,

Been a while since I've posted anything SharePointy.
One reason is the migration to Exchange that I was recently involved with and it's in fact still not completed, so expect Part 2 of the post anytime soon(ish) - it will include GMail to Office365 stuff.

Now, I've found out that whenever your dates in an out of the box task list become overdue, they are NOT marked in red if you've changed the Due Date column to include the time (and not just date).

Strange, isn't it? Yes, so you can't really use this as a very precise task/time tracking solution (yet).

Default (Due Date = Date Only) and today's date = 07/04, so any task before that should be RED.

Including the time, and the task is no more overdue :) I've talked to MS about it, and hopefully it will be changed in the future by the product team (which happens to be Project for that one).

So... alternatives are for you to use some list conditional formatting...which is another big topic I might write about in the future as I've had to do it as part of a project management solution.