Salesforce TLS 1.2 changes and Chatter for SharePoint

Hi Everyone. Wanted to make my customers aware of a security change that Salesforce is beginning to phase-in which will impact the Chatter for SharePoint product. Effective October 25, 2019, Salesforce will remove support for TLS 1.1 protocol encryption (Sandboxes will be updated on September 20, 2019). Chatter for SharePoint versions below 3.1 use TLS 1.1 to communicate with the Salesforce Chatter API. An update will be required to continue using the products after the TLS changes are implemented.

Affected Products:

  • Chatter For SharePoint 2010 (All versions)
  • Chatter for SharePoint 2013/2016/2019 (prior to 3.1)
  • Chatter for SharePoint Online (prior to version 3.1)

Due to limitations in the Microsoft .NET Framework supported by SharePoint 2010 it is not possible to implement TLS 1.2 protocol encryption in this version. The 2010 version of Chatter for SharePoint will stop functioning once Salesforce implements this change. Customers still on SharePoint 2010 are strongly encouraged to migrate to a newer supported version of SharePoint.

Updates for the supported SharePoint On-Premises and Online versions will be available within the next week or so. SharePoint Online customers will receive the update automatically as part of their subscription. OnPrem customers will need to download and deploy the new version before Salesforce implements their change.

For additional information about this change – please see the following article from Salesforce: https://help.salesforce.com/articleView?id=000321556&type=1&mode=1

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me. Thank you!

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Chatter for SharePoint 3.0 Released!

Hi Everyone! It’s here – the next major release of Chatter for SharePoint is ready for you! Check out my previous posts for all of the new and updated features.

Just a reminder – existing customers under maintenance should contact me when they are ready to deploy this version so I can issue a new license key to you.

Also – the 3.0 version of Chatter for SharePoint Online is nearly complete and will be released on the platform shortly. Tentatively we are looking at the following dates for the deployment:

Saturday April 13, 2019 -> Upgrade of the SharePoint Online TEST instances to version 3.0

Saturday May 11, 2019 -> Upgrade of the SharePoint Online PROD instances to version 3.0

As always – any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you!

Chatter for SharePoint 3.0 – Development Update

Hi Everyone! The wait is nearly over. The next major release of Chatter for SharePoint is only a few weeks away! This is by far the most significant update yet – adding many new features and performance improvements. As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest challenges was updating all of the feed logic to support the newer Chatter API format. All of those changes are now complete and this will lead to even more functionality in the future.

Here are just some of the improvements and changes:

  • Adds support for Chatter REST API versions 32 and higher
  • Adds new Rich Text Editor; disabled by default in version 3.0
  • Adds support for displaying and composing rich-text feed posts and comments
  • Adds support for displaying additional record types: Events, Tasks, Calls
  • Adds support for uploading and displaying multiple files in posts
  • Adds support for uploading an attachment when posting comments
  • Adds user influence details to user-action menus
  • Adds support for using Chrome/Firefox and the user-agent ClickOnce authorizer
  • Adds support for Muted feed and the ability to mute or unmute feed items
  • Adds sort order control to information panel
  • Adds indicators for edited posts and comments
  • Adds feed view counts
  • Up to a 50% performance improvement when loading the web part and performing feed actions
  • Improvements to branding and UI components
  • Following Feed renamed to ‘What I Follow’ to align with Chatter Web UI
  • Updates to feed layout to better align with Chatter Web UI
  • Support for latest versions of Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome and Firefox browsers
  • Additional improvements to caching and asynchronous page loading
  • Significant application refactoring
  • Fixed missing UI translated resources
  • Improvements to EasySetup and related utilities

And some screenshots – because everyone loves screenshots:

The Feed Web Part

Support for rendering rich-text posts

Support for uploading and displaying multiple attachments

Share/Find options in context-menus in addition to the ribbon

I am targeting to release the on-prem version on or before March 15th. Solution is going through testing and documentation changes now. Subscribers of my SharePoint Online solution will start to see 3.0 in their TEST instance by the end of March.

The on-prem 3.0 release supports SharePoint 2013, 2016 and 2019*. Existing customers under maintenance can upgrade to 3.0 at no charge – but you will need a new license key. Pricing remains the same as the 2.x version for new customers or those not under maintenance. Contact me with any questions or concerns. As always – thank you to my customers who continue to invest in this solution; I truly appreciate it.

*Support for SharePoint 2019 limited to Classic Experience sites only.

Enhanced Document Upload 2010 – End of Development Announcement

Hi Everyone! With the release of SharePoint 2019 this week I am officially ending development on the SharePoint 2010 edition of the Enhanced Document Upload solution. So what does this mean?

  • The 2010 edition will no longer be offered for sale; existing customers will continue to be supported and encouraged to move to a newer and supported version of SharePoint.
  • The final supported version of Enhanced Document Upload 2010 will be 3.1.0.x; No new features will be added to the 2010 codebase – only critical fixes will be released as needed for the next year or so.
  • This does not affect any of the other editions of Enhanced Document Upload; 2013, 2016 and 2019 versions are actively being developed and improved.
  • Support for SharePoint 2019 will be released in version 3.2; a formal announcement on this is forthcoming.

Thank you to all of my EDU2010 customers throughout the years! If you have any questions on this please feel free to reach out to me.

Chatter for SharePoint 2010 – End of Development Announcement

Hi Everyone! With the release of SharePoint 2019 this week I am officially ending development on the SharePoint 2010 edition of Chatter for SharePoint. So what does this mean?

  • The 2010 edition will no longer be offered for sale; existing customers will continue to be supported and encouraged to move to a newer and supported version of SharePoint.
  • The final supported version of Chatter for SharePoint 2010 will be 2.7.0.x; No new features will be added to the 2010 codebase – only critical fixes will be released as needed for the next year or so.
  • This does not affect any of the other editions of Chatter for SharePoint; 2013, 2016, 2019 and SharePoint Online versions are actively being developed and improved.
  • Support for SharePoint 2019 will be released in version 2.8; a formal announcement on this is forthcoming.
  • The next major release (version 3.0) is still under development and will be released for 2013, 2016, 2019 and SharePoint Online.

Thank you to all of my CFSP2010 customers throughout the years! If you have any questions on this please feel free to reach out to me.

Chatter for SharePoint Development Update

Hi Everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post – all is well. Wanted to share with you my plans for the next major release of Chatter for SharePoint (on-prem and Online). Version 3.0 development has begun and will likely run through November 2018. Among the improvements for this release will be the ability to edit posts and comments, support for new feed items and most of all support for V32 and higher API calls. The API change is huge as the structure of many elements in Chatter changed from V31 to V32 and higher. Also looking to improve the feed rendering performance with these updates. Look for more details soon as development ramps up!

Chatter for SharePoint Online Launch

It’s official! Chatter for SharePoint Online launches today – November 15, 2017!

Chatter for SharePoint Online is currently the only commercially available solution for integrating Salesforce Chatter and SharePoint Online. Take it for spin and see how easy it is to make SharePoint social!

Click here to sign up for your free 30-day no-obligation, no-hassle evaluation. If you need help – just email me.