Office 365: New Reader role for the Message Center

Message Center - New Message Center Reader Role
Message Center - New Message Center Reader Role

Regular readers will know that the message center is somewhere that I feel we make it too hard for our customers reach – and the people who could get there (admins) may not fully understand the impact of some of the issues and do not pass on to the people who need to know.  This…


Project Online: Setting a Status Manager with CSOM

Code snippet showing setting my user to the project owner, then setting the owner to be the task status manager
Code snippet showing setting my user to the project owner, then setting the owner to be the task status manager

Just a quick post today to share something that might help scenarios where you need to change a status manager for a task.  As you may well know, it isn’t possible to just select anyone to be a status manager for a task – and even in the client application you don’t see people in…


Microsoft Planner and Guest Access: What you need to know

Log in for Planner guest
Log in for Planner guest

The new guest access feature for Microsoft Planner is now enabled for all farms – hopefully you saw the Message Center post! This Planner task version of the message center post is courtesy of my Office 365 Change Management example using Azure Functions.  There was also a Tech Community blog post by Jo Parkhurst –…


Microsoft Planner: Where did my New plan option go?

GIF showing security trimming the New plan option
GIF showing security trimming the New plan option

This one should only affect administrators, but the behavior will also help explain why other users may not see the New plan option.  So what does this look like?  When Planner loads initially as it loads the New plan option can be seen – just above the Planner Hub option: But as the page finishes…


Project Online: Why might my site go read-only?

We are rolling out a change currently that could set some PWA sites to read-only – so I thought it worth mentioning 3 reasons why you might see a PWA site go into a read only mode – which would show as a yellow banner on the PWA pages.  I’ll start with the most recent…


Project Online: Reporting and Portfolio Analysis

Set of screenshots from the Reporting and Portfolio Analysis blog post
Set of screenshots from the Reporting and Portfolio Analysis blog post

The new reporting options that are rolling out to Project Online customers allow you to choose how you want your time phased data and give you control of the time buckets you use – and you can choose not to have any at all.  My favourite is to use Fiscal Periods as that also limits…


Microsoft Planner: When is a plan not a plan?

Gif stepping through the images from the blog post
Gif stepping through the images from the blog post

This posting came about from a customer query where they were not seeing all the plans in their mobile clients that they see on their Planner Hub on the web.  And the answer?  When it is a Group – that doesn’t yet have a Plan.  That is one answer anyway, and there could be some…


Microsoft Planner: New Year–New Features!

Animation of the new features being added to Planner
Animation of the new features being added to Planner

This year sees an acceleration in the delivery of new features to Planner and I’m taking the opportunity to walk through some of these and show how one might use them.  The Plan I am using for my examples is one that featured in some of my earlier Planner blogs – and is the Change…


Project Online: Provisioning a new PWA with PowerShell

PWA Provisioning using PowerShell and SharePoint Online Management Shell
PWA Provisioning using PowerShell and SharePoint Online Management Shell

This post comes from my “You learn something new every day” collection – and after responding to e-mail saying the only way to provision a PWA site in Project Online is through the UI I thought I’d better double check.  I’d also seen a Twitter posting about a new update to the SharePoint Online Management…


Project Online: Changes to Granularity of Time phased OData

GIF showing the different granularity for Project Online time phased data
GIF showing the different granularity for Project Online time phased data

This was announced a while back as you needed to be aware of the impact on reporting – and you should have seen the posting in the Office 365 Admin message center.  This is rolling out now, and the message center post has just been updated to say that we should be completed by around…