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Hi Everyone! Great news – Chatter for SharePoint 188.8.131.52 has been released. In addition to minor fixes this release includes the new EasySetup install method. If you have already installed Chatter for SharePoint nothing changes for you – everything will work as before. If you are new to Chatter for SharePoint you will have a much easier experience getting CFSP up and running. Why? I’ve eliminated the most complex part: Setting up SalesForce! This is by far the fastest and easiest way to get SalesForce Chatter integrated with SharePoint.
Check out the new one-sheet EasySetup Guide. Seven simple to follow steps and within 5 minutes you will be up and running.
What if I want to customize the installation you say? Absolutely! I’ve updated the User Guide with even more instructions and useful information.
As always I appreciate your feedback and suggestions. EasySetup came about from a user suggestion. Have an idea to make Chatter for SharePoint even better? Now is the time to let me know. Version 2.0 development is underway. I have a ton of new features going into the next major release.
Hi Everyone! I have some exciting news regarding a major development with Chatter for SharePoint. Version 1.8 – which is being tested now – will allow Chatter Free users to use the solution! This is a huge breakthrough and (next to O365 compatibility) was the most requested feature. Chatter for SharePoint will be one of the few 3rd party Chatter applications that support Chatter Free and I’m thrilled to offer it to you.
So – if you were looking at Chatter for SharePoint and were discouraged that it wouldn’t work with your Chatter Free users – look again. I hope to release 1.8 within the next few weeks.
Stay tuned. And thanks for using Chatter for SharePoint!
Update: Several of you have inquired regarding if the Chatter Free compatibility is read-only or full access. It is fully functional and identical to the Chatter Plus user experience.
Hi Everyone. I’ve just published the latest version of Chatter for SharePoint to the blog. All of the previously discussed features are present, including the first version of the User Profile Sync (2010/2013). You can download the latest version from here.
Just a reminder if you are installing the solution for the first time, please run the PrepareSharePoint.exe utility on your farm BEFORE deploying the WSP. See the documentation for detailed instructions.
As always I appreciate your comments, feedback and suggestions. I hope you continue to find this solution useful.
Hi Everyone. Wanted to provide another status report on the version 1.7 progress. All three editions are now complete and going through extensive testing. More than 50% of the code has been updated in this version so it requires a little more testing than normal. I spent a lot of time optimizing the code, improving performance where I could and squashed a number of bugs along the way. Here is the final change log:
Added support for Chatter API version 28.0
Added initial support for Topics
Added the ability to set a default topic or hash tag for the web part
Added Post To control to target posting of content to followers or group
Added Find on Chatter ribbon option to allow for searching of SharePoint content on Chatter
Added support for viewing attachments in comments
Fixed issue where web part would hang following authentication
Fixed issue where web part could get stuck in a refresh loop if unable to write settings to web.config
Fixed issue where sites without the Ribbon could not authorize clients due to missing sp.js reference
Removed ‘Fast Load for Cached Content’ setting in web part properties panel
Improved Share on Chatter functionality
Post to group from web part and ribbon
Post files to group from web part and ribbon
Upload files from SharePoint document libraries to Chatter
Improved formatting of Polls
Improved performance of web part load times
Improved debug messages
Looking to release the new version the week of July 22nd. Thanks for everyone’s input and patience – and thanks for using Chatter for SharePoint!
This version includes support for uploading files to SalesForce Chatter from the web part as well as from within SharePoint Document libraries. The version also includes minor fixes and code improvements.
The Share to Group, Photo Sync and localization support are still on the backlog for a future release.
Hi Everyone – sorry it’s been awhile between posts. March was a busy month which culminated in a new job working for Automotive Resources International (ARI). Don’t worry – I’ll still be bringing you new blog posts and updates to the solutions here – especially Chatter for SharePoint.
Planning and development of version 1.6 is well underway. While the final list of new features and fixes is still to be determined, I can share what is on the drawing board.
File upload to SalesForce
You’ve asked for it (I pushed back, lol) but I finally relented. Included in version 1.6 will be the ability to upload files to SalesForce Chatter from the web part.
Share to Group Improvements
Looking to improve the Share to Group functionality so it is closer to the native Chatter experience
This one is a big MAYBE. Thinking about adding a timer-job to (optionally) sync user photos from the User Profile Service to SalesForce Chatter.
Multiple Language Support
This one is also in the MAYBE category. I started the work back in 1.4 but it never got finished due to other priorities. I know a lot of you have asked for it – I am trying to fit it in.
Probably will be a lot more added to that list before 1.6 is finalized. Not seeing a feature you need? Better let me know soon so I can consider it for inclusion in 1.6. Keep that feedback coming! Thanks.
Good evening (or whatever time of day it is where you are) and welcome back to SharePoint Snapple. Another week – another new version of Chatter for SharePoint is getting ready to be released. You guys keep asking for features and I’m happy to deliver. Here is what we have coming up in 1.5:
Added ‘Load more posts’ option to the bottom of feed to fetch next X number of feed-items into the web part
Added support for callback URLs to provide a better and faster authentication experience (your web applications need to be SSL for this to work; the forms authentication method is still present for non-SSL sites)
The group dropdown is now trimmed to show only groups to which you are a member
Fixed issue with hash tags and searching
Hash tags are now searchable within the web part. Just click on a hash tag within a feed item to search for all instances of the tag
New ‘Following’ filter to show all feed items from users and groups you are following
New ‘Bookmarked’ filter to show all feed items you have bookmarked
Added support for bookmarking items from within the web part
Updated mouseover event for bookmark/delete functionality to be on the item rather than the right-corner
Fixed Alpha filter error on Chrome
HTTP timeout values adjusted to 30 seconds
New and updated debug information in the logs
Above: Navigation showing the new ‘Following’ and ‘Bookmarked’ filters
Above: Bookmarked items and the add bookmark control (on mouseover)
Above: Searching for hash tags within the web part
Still a few more things to fit in before I close up development on 1.5. Expect to see it on the blog in the next 2 weeks. Thanks for all the suggestions!