Vol. 23, #48 - December 03, 2018 - Issue #1210

WServerNews Spotlight: SharePoint 2019 

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Editor's Corner

First off we wanted to let you know that we've expanded our Conference Calendar section to include Microsoft and other IT events happening in Australia and New Zealand, Asia, and India. So check it out below, and if you have a conference or event you'd like to promote in our newsletter you can email us at [email protected]

And in case you missed our earlier annoucement we've started up a brand new podcast series here at TechGenix called the T-Suite where our veteran host Bill Raymond invites leading experts from various industry segments to talk about the past, present and future of information technology. You can listen to Bill's podcasts here:


Now let's move on to the main topic of this newsletter which is to shine our spotlight on SharePoint 2019 which was recently released by Microsoft. For this purpose I recently interviewed Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Dux Raymond Sy the CMO at AvePoint to share some his thoughts which you'll find below. Plus we have all the other usual stuff you've come to expect and enjoy in our weekly newsletter.

Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor


Interview with Dux Raymond Sy

MITCH: What is your role at AvePoint?

DUX: I am the CMO at AvePoint with over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and technology innovation. I've successfully driven business transformation initiatives for commercial, educational and public sector organizations worldwide. A sought after trusted advisor, I'm the author of SharePoint for Project Management. I'm a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Microsoft regional director (RD) and Microsoft most valuable professional (MVP) and have authored whitepapers, industry articles and delivered interactive presentations to over 10,000 people in major industry events worldwide. As a highly creative, passionate and chock-full of energy industry influencer, I'm constantly hacking the status quo and ensuring strong outcomes.

MITCH: What is new and exciting in SharePoint 2019? What else is new and improved in SharePoint 2019 that excites you personally?

DUX: I am personally excited about the new modern communication and collaboration capabilities -- Team News and Communication Sites -- as employees in today's modern workplace expect their collaboration tools to have the most up-to-date features. These communication sites will be places to share news, showcase stories or broadcast messages to other people. Users will be able to easily create communication sites for themselves from SharePoint Home without needing to contact IT -- furthering their collaboration efforts and streamlining their efforts.

MITCH: Most enterprise deployments of SharePoint still seem to be stuck in the realm of hybrid cloud even though cloud services companies are pressing businesses and organizations of all sizes to take the plunge and go "all in" on the cloud. Do you think hybrid SharePoint may be here to stay?

DUX: Hybrid SharePoint is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Some organizations are hanging onto hybrid because they're comfortable with some workloads being moved to SharePoint Online while some workloads remain on-prem for compliance, regulatory or internal policy reasons. These are the organizations that want one foot in the cloud and one foot on-prem and aren't ready to go all-in with the cloud just yet. Because Microsoft recognizes the needs of these organizations and wants to support those who require an on-prem solution, SharePoint Server 2019 makes having a hybrid solution more seamless than ever before. For example, the search function will be improved in SharePoint Server 2019, with real-time search results as users type their query, and results are grouped for easier navigation.

MITCH: What's new in SharePoint 2019 in the area of Office 365 integration that you've heard customers are getting excited about?

DUX: The expanded customization available in SharePoint Server 2019 is what we've heard customers get the most excited about in terms of improved integrations. For instance, the latest version of SharePoint provides enhanced integration with Office 365, if productivity tools like Word or PowerPoint are workloads that has already been moved to the cloud. The new platform can also integrate with PowerApps and Flow, so creating custom workflows and adding new solutions to the environment is easier than ever. Flow and PowerApps empowers end users to discover and implement customizations as they need them, whereas previously they needed to submit a ticket and wait for the customization to be coded.

MITCH: Is there anything you'd like to see or see more of in SharePoint that isn't there yet or doesn't appear to be on the horizon?

Definitely deeper integration with Microsoft Azure's AI capabilities which can bring enhanced visibility and efficiency to the modern communication and collaboration experience.


Share your thoughts with us

What do you think about the new features and capabilities of SharePoint 2019? Share your thoughts with our readership by emailing us today at [email protected]



Tip of the Week

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Security baseline for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 v.1809

From Rod Trent's myITforum comes news that Microsoft has finalized the security baseline for Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019. The baseline is available for download in .zip format from the link on this post:



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Factoid - Favorite video game

Last week's factoid and question came during the Thanksgiving holidays for our North America readers so it looks like everyone was out shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals instead of answering emails. So let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact: 'Doom' Player Uncovers a Secret That's Been Hidden for 24 Years


Question: What's your own all-time favorite video game?

Email your answer to [email protected]



Conference calendar

North America

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Azure + AI Conference -- Dec. 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada


SharePoint Fest -- Dec. 3-7 in Chicago, Illinois


Ignite Tour -- Dec. 11-12 in São Paulo, Brazil


Microsoft Ignite Tour - Jan 10-11 in Toronto, Canada


Microsoft Ignite Tour - Feb 4-5, 2019 in Washington, D.C.


Microsoft Ignite 2019 -- Nov 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida





>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Dec. 6-7 in Berlin, Germany


Collabsummit 2019 -- May 27-29, 2019 in Wiesbaden, Germany



Australia & New Zealand

>> Got an IT conference happening in Australia or Asia that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Azure Discovery Day 2018 -- 13 Dec 2018 in Adelaide, Australia


Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Feb 6-7, 2019 in Sydney, Australia


Cisco Live 2019 -- 5-8 May 2019 in Melbourne, Australia



>> Got an IT conference happening in Asia that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Jan 16-17, 2019 in Singapore


Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Feb 20-21, 2019 in Hong Kong, China


Microsoft Ignite Tour -- Apr 3-4, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea




>> Got an IT conference happening in India that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite Tour -- May 22-23, 2019 in Mumbai, India



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WServerNews - Product of the Week

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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his  outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.