The quiet removal of My Tasks

One of the big things to happen in Office 365 whilst I was ‘offline’ was a quiet announcement about the removal of the My Tasks capability on your My Site. In case you hadn’t seen it, the My Tasks capability rolls up all tasks that have been assigned to you across SharePoint sites into a single view in your My Site.  I’ve posted on it a few times before with the work management tag and it’s a great capability. What makes it even more powerful from the end users points of view is when you can link it up with Outlook and get all the tasks rolling through into OWA or your mobile device.

Back in September, MS quietly posted a support article announcing that the feature would be deprecated over at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2998445/en-us .

The support article highlights that the Tasks link has been removed from the About Me section of the User Profile page, but can be reinstated easily if you want it back. The support article goes onto state that the capability will remain there for a year before it is removed and considered unsupported.

The article goes onto mention that the Sync with Outlook option is also being removed in the future, but doesn’t make it clear if this is just for the My Site capability or for the whole of SharePoint Online.

‘If you’re currently syncing a SharePoint tasks list to Microsoft Outlook, tasks will continue to sync for approximately one year following this announcement. The personal Tasks page will also continue to be available for one year. After that time, this functionality will be removed and will no longer be available or supported.’

If your using SharePoint 2013 on premises, then none of this matters for now as neither of these changes impact on premises SharePoint farms. If your an Office 356 user, I would be wary of building solutions leveraging this capability in the short term and be on the lookout for inevitable replacement and migration plan in the coming months.

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Work Management Videos from SharePoint Saturday and the Aussie SharePoint Conferences

As promised a while back here are the three demonstrations from my Work Management in SharePoint 2013, What it is and why you’ll love it sessions at SPS and the Aussie SharePoint Conference. As I hate my voice on video, I have captioned them so you’ll miss out on some of the pearls of wisdom, but hopefully you will get the jist. Smile

And don’t worry, I am still alive, just a little busy in my day job, but normal service will resume shortly.

Speaking at the Aussie SharePoint Conference Part 2 in Melbourne

SPC MEL 2013 Im speakingI am excited to announce that I will once again be speaking at the Australian SharePoint Conference this time in Melbourne on the new Work Management capabilities of SharePoint & Project Server 2013. Hopefully this time the demo gods will be on my side and Project’ Sync to SharePoint will work.

The abstract for the session is:

If you have ever tried to track work in SharePoint, lists or even on pieces of paper, you are going to love the new Work Management capabilities of SharePoint 2013. With SharePoint 2013, your organisation has access to a task management solution that can start simply and scale up to the enterprise level at the click of a button. Come along to this session to get an understanding of these exciting new capabilities and how you can leverage them today.

Once again, the quality of this conference and knowledge of the speakers is second to none. This time the conference has an overall theme of collaboration and how to make your organisation work better, a tailor made theme for Project, Project Server and Work Management.

The conference is on the 11th – 12th June at the Pullman in Melbourne. You can find out more and register at http://www.sharethepoint.com/engage/AU2013/Melbourne/Pages/Home.aspx

SharePoint Sydney Wrap Up

At SharePoint Saturday Sydney, I presented a session on the great new Work Management capabilities in SharePoint 2013 with a little bit of Project 2013, Project Server 2013 and some Project Online thrown in for good measure. As part of the session we gave away a few Project USB sticks for the best questions, a big thank you to the Project Marketing team at Microsoft Sydney for donating them.

The deck from the session is available below for your reference.

As promised in the session, here are some of the links:

Project Online Trial site – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=257733

Project Online overview – http://www.microsoft.com/project/en-us/preview/project-benefits.aspx

SharePoint Preview Site – http://office.com/preview

If you came along to the session, thanks for being a great audience, if you didn’t, check out the deck and comment on this post if you have any questions. I will be posting up an overview post in the coming weeks to cover all aspects of work management.

SharePoint Saturday Sydney is coming – Saturday October 27th

I don't really, Melbourne is the place for me.SharePoint Saturday Sydney has come around again and I am pleased to announce that I have been given the opportunity to present on one of my favourite new features of 2013, Work Management.

The session title and abstract are as follows:

Work Management in SharePoint 2013: What it is and why you will love it

If you have ever tried to track tasks in SharePoint, lists or pieces of paper, you are going to love the new Work Management capabilities of SharePoint 2013. Come along to this session to get an understanding of these exciting new capabilities and how quickly you can start using them in your organisation for project and work management

Registration for SharePoint Saturday is free and includes top notch sessions from local and international experts on SharePoint including MCM’s, MVPs and Microsoft themselves. You can see the full agenda and speakers at http://sharepointsaturday.org/sydney/default.aspx

If you are in Sydney on the 27th and interested in SharePoint, especially the new version, come on down, the details are:

When: Saturday 27th October 2012

Where: Cliftons, 190 George Street, Sydney, NSW

Cost: Free – register at http://spssyd12.eventbrite.com/

I look forward to seeing you there Smile