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How to know the sentiment of an email BEFORE reading it

Imagine you want to know the sentiment of an email without reading it. This can be useful if you want to ignore negative emails for certain parts of the day. I have built a solution for that, by integrating Azure Machine Learning in an Office Outlook Add-In. Every time you read an email, it processes the body, sends it to Azure, and displays if it is negative or positive Continue reading

How everyone can build a mobile app for a SQL Database in minutes

I’ve already shown you how you can build a mobile app for CRM in 15 minutes. This time I will show you how you can create an app to manage an Azure SQL Database. Please read my other blog post first if you don’t know PowerApps yet. As you can read in that post, I initially tried to build an app connecting to an Azure SQL Database unsuccessfully, but after contacting the excellent PowerApps support I fixed it!

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How to configure SharePoint 2016 or 2013 Hybrid Search

Hybrid is currently a big hype. Where a year ago the cloud was the way to go and on-premises advised against, companies have now realized the cloud is not suitable for every situation. Especially government organizations or big companies are not able to migrate everything to the cloud. So, Microsoft has invested a lot in hybrid to bring the best of two worlds together: the flexibility and data sovereignty of on-premises and all the cool new features of the cloud.

Part of this is Cloud Search: Make your on-premises documents available in cloud searches, i.e. your SharePoint On-Prem documents should be visible in a search in Office 365. Until September 2015 the hybrid search was meh, it meant two different result sources / verticals. Introduced in August 2015 is the real hybrid search: search results from both on prem as well as Office 365 are combined.

I have set this up and was surprised how easy it was. As a SharePoint guru I’m used to errors, but I haven’t encountered ONE (due to software faults, errors encountered were solely my fault). And that’s pretty amazing as I’ve used SharePoint 2016 which is currently in public preview.

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How to install SharePoint 2016 in 30 minutes

Update 4 May 2016:  SharePoint 2016 is now generally available (GA), below instructions will work perfectly for the GA / RTM version!

SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate has been released at January 20th. It requires you to install Beta 2 and afterwards install the Release Candidate patch. I will show you how to install on a new Azure VM with Windows Server 2012 R2 pre-installed. It took me approx. 1 – 2 hours with a lot of waiting time, so essentially it takes you approx. 30 minutes of your time.

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