Change the language of the Office 365 “system e-mails”

About a year ago, a customer of ours provisioned their brand new Office 365 tenant with Dutch language settings. But they are an international organization, and their official internal language is English.

That resulted in a problem.


Until recently it was not possible to change the language of system e-mails in Office 365. With system e-mails I mean e-mails like the “New or modified user account information” e-mails that are sent out when you create a new user or reset the password of an existing user. When you provisioned a new Office 365 tenant with specific language settings, you were bound to that language. Of course individual users could set up their own language settings, and in SharePoint Online you could already create new sites in the language of your choice. But to change the language of those e-mails, just not possible. Continue reading

My presentation at SharePoint Saturday Netherlands 2014

On Saturday 24th of May I presented at SharePoint Saturday Netherlands 2014. The topic was “Yammer integration options for SharePoint”.

Here’s the abstract of the session:

In this session I will talk about current Yammer integration options in SharePoint, both for SharePoint Online and on-premises. We all know there is an App, but what can you do with the App? I’ll demonstrate various scenarios, from showing Yammer feeds, to engage users in published content, to building communities in SharePoint together with Yammer. And how can Yammer support your collaboration environment? When do we switch to Yammer and when do we stay in SharePoint? Both platforms are amazing and each has its own powerful possibilities. In this session I hope to show you how 1+1=3.

You can find the slides here:

My presentation for #SP24 conference about eDiscovery in SharePoint 2013

Last Thursday (17 April 2014) I was honored to present at the largest online only SharePoint conference ever: SP24 (

I have just uploaded the slides to SlideShare:

Although the presentation was a live webcast, which should’ve been recorded, the recording has not been published yet. The organization did ask me to pre-record my session as well though, just in case technology would fail on us during the live webcast. And this pre-recording is available on YouTube:

Update 23-4-2014: The pre-recorded version of my session is no longer publicly available on YouTube. The SP24 organization has announced the SP24 Rewound version of the conference in a few weeks, where all session recordings will be made publicly available. Guess we have to wait until then :-)

Update 22-5-2014: SP24 Rewound has taken place last week and now SP24 is really over. The good news: the recording of my session is available again! To visit the conference room, and see the chat window and session resources as well:

A direct link to the recording of my session on YouTube:

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eDiscovery in SharePoint 2013 – Part 1: An Introduction

More and more organizations face more and more litigations. Whether they are shareholder lawsuits, fraud cases, or competitive investigations, litigation cases have proven to be costly, time consuming, and business disruptive. The new eDiscovery solution of SharePoint 2013 could really help organizations to lower eDiscovery costs, mitigate risks of data tempering or accidental deletion, and minimize business interruption.

In a series of blog articles I’ll show you the benefits of eDiscovery in SharePoint 2013, the architectural concept of the solution, some important implementation considerations, how to get eDiscovery to work technically in both an on-premises situation and in Office 365, and I’ll walk you through an eDiscovery case lifecycle.

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