SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, and Front end JS geek. – Chicago IL
SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, and Front end JS geek. – Chicago IL

February 2018

New feature – SharePoint Online Social Bar


New feature: SharePoint Online Social Bar

Major update: General Availability rollout started

Applied to: All customers

The Social Bar is a new Office 365 feature. This feature is scheduled to roll out to Targeted Release customers later this week, and it will be available for all organizations on April 1, 2018.
This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 23708.

[How does this affect me?]
The Social Bar will appear on all modern SharePoint Online pages with the exception of the home page of a site. It will give your users the ability to like a page, see the number of views, likes, and comments on a page, and see the people who have liked a page. This visibility will be available to anyone that has been granted access to view the page.
This feature will be launched default on. As administrator, if you wish to disable Social Bar for your organization, you can do so with the following PowerShell command:

To disable Social Bar on a tenant level:
Set-SPOTenant -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

To disable social bar on a site level:
Set-SPOSite -Identity -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

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VIDEO – NEW SharePoint Admin Center

Today I  noticed a new link in the top right of SharePoint Admin Center and recorded a brief video tour to highlight new features and compare to Classic Admin Center.   URL is below in case you want to try on your O365 tenant name.  Cheers! 



Modern URL – SharePoint Admin Center

Classic URL – SharePoint Admin Center


‘New-SPExcelServiceApplication’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet

Recently I was building a new SharePoint 2016 farm and came across the below error with older PowerShell SharePoint 2013 install scripts.  Expected error as Microsoft moved the functionality to Office Online Server.  Cheers! 


Error Message

  • The term ‘New-SPExcelServiceApplication’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.  Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

Root Cause

VIDEO – Create SharePoint Framework (SPFx) “Hello World” Web Part

The video below demo shows how to create a new SPFx SharePoint Framework web part including Gulp, Visual Studio code, project folder tour, and TypeScript import references.

Great way to start developing for Modern pages (SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016) running localhost on a developer workstation.  No need for a SharePoint virtual machine.  Cheers! 




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