You receive a "Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing" error when you try to edit a Word document in Office Web Apps

You receive a "Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing" error when you try to edit an Office document in Office Web Apps and the primarily the reason is UPA not synced correctly with Active Directory User groups as described here. However, I want to bring one more aspect where editing word documents was not working in my SharePoint environment and was failing withe the same message “Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing” and it turned out that I had disabled co-authoring on my web application which led to this behaviour. Make sure that co-authoring is enabled and you will not get this error while editing in office web apps. SPWebApplication.DisableCoauthoring = false;

Cannot add import term set in Managed Metadata term store

In SharePoint Online at times you might encounter that you cannot add or import term sets even after being a site collection administrator. Especially in the small business plans where there is no SharePoint Admin Settings and you might be wondering how to get started with adding terms to the term store. In such cases when you navigate to Site Settings—>Term Store Management you might see something as below which does not allow you to add or import anything. image Worry not the solution is simple, navigate to Site Collection Features and activate the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure Feature image And head back to term store management, you should now see a new group and now you can start adding the terms. image

Storing in the Cloud

Cloud Storage in recent years has not only caught everyone’s imagination but has also changed the whole perspective of collaboration and sharing on a day-to-day basis. The human race has been known for adapting to different environments and at the same time evolving progressively. It wouldn’t be wrong to say the same on cloud storage options available to us today as compared to what was available (or maybe not) few years back. Cloud Storage has become the most preferable and viable medium for carrying out collaboration and sharing tasks today. Cloud storage plays a pivotal role in our social and professional lives today, so let’s get to know it better below. Cloud Storage has evolved very quickly in very short span of time to catch the imagination of many.
In simple English Cloud Storage is the means of storing your data in the cloud. It could be anything from your personal photographs on a social media site, your daily grocery list on a public cloud, or a corporate presentation on a private cloud. It is about storing your stuff without worrying about sharing, syncing to multiple devices, backups etc. All this is taken care by the cloud storage for you today, isn’t that awesome!!
We all come in contact of a cloud storage solution in our day-to-day lives irrespective of our profession, personality or preference. Right from a novice to an expert everyone uses cloud storage in one form or another. It could be a regular home user, a technical geek, a marketing professional or just about anyone.
Right now!! (And obviously the future!) Needless to say that we are using cloud storage solutions in one form or the other today. And while a small portion which might still be untouched is surely expected to join the band wagon soon.
You can store information anywhere from personal, private to public cloud. Depending on which end user role you fit the complexity of the cloud storage solutions will vary. There are resources like Online Backup Magazine where more information can be garnered about where and what are the options available to leverage cloud storage options along with gaining important know-how on what’s hot in the cloud storage space.
Is that even a question that should be asked? There are multiple benefits of cloud storage solutions which make it compelling enough to ask WHY NOT? The advantages of storing in cloud are enormous of which accessibility, ease of use, multiple device sync, on-demand, pay as you go subscriptions are just a popular few.
So, that was a short overview of the cloud storage solutions/options around us and how we are in some way or the other consuming the cloud services. For those who are not it is never too late!!

Deprecation of Custom Code in Sandboxed Solutions

There has been lot of speculation and confusion around sandboxed solution being deprecated in SharePoint 2013. Finally the SharePoint team has clarified that sandboxed solution without custom managed code a.k.a no-code sandboxed solutions (NCSS) are very much supported. Following is the update from the SharePoint team

“While developing sandboxed solutions that contain only declarative mark-up and JavaScript — which we call no-code sandboxed solutions (NCSS) — is still viable, we have deprecated the use of custom managed code within the sandboxed solution. We have introduced the new SharePoint app model as a replacement to those scenarios that required the use of managed code. The app model decouples the SharePoint core product from the app runtime, and this enables much more flexibility and gives you the ability to run the code in the environment of your choice. We realize that our customers have made investments in coded sandboxed solutions and we will phase them out responsibly. Existing coded sandboxed solutions will continue to work in on-premises SharePoint farms for the foreseeable future. Given the dynamic nature of online services, we will determine support needs for coded sandboxed solutions in SharePoint Online based on customer demand. NCSSs continue to be supported. All future investments will go to making the new SharePoint app model richer and more powerful. Accordingly, we recommend that all new development should use the new app model whenever possible. In scenarios where you have to develop a farm solution or coded sandboxed solution, we recommend that you design it so that it can easily evolve toward a more loosely coupled development model”.


Sandbox solution without managed code i.e having only declarative mark-up and JavaScript Supported
Sandbox solution with managed code Not Supported (Use the SharePoint App Model instead)


SharePoint Conference 2014

SPC SharePoint Conference 2014 will offer numerous tracks across all audiences: IT Pro, Developer, Executive and Power User. Each track will have sessions at different levels, from overview (100 level) to deep dive (400 level), designed to help you build the skills you need. Have a look below and start to plan how you will balance your time throughout the week. SharePoint Conference 2014 is being held March 3-6, 2014 at the Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. What to expect?
The conference offers a wide variety of presentations, labs, certification testing, Q&A sessions, workshops, and networking events for attendees to build their skills and meet other SharePoint and Yammer professionals. SPC14 is designed for our three major audiences, Developers, IT Professionals, and Executives with content ranging from overviews and introductory lessons to deep dive sessions. Why go to SharePoint Conference?
Just one word…Stay ahead Conference Tracks
​Business Intelligence
Deployment & Implementation
Office 365 
​Office Development
​SharePoint Development
Sites & Portals
Upgrade & Migration & more…… Register