Content Search Web Part and Cross-Site Publishing are now available in Office 365 SharePoint Online

Great news from the Office 365 Team: The very popular Content Search Web Part and the Cross-Site Collection Publishing capabilities will be rolled out to SharePoint Online within the next few days.

What the heck is the Content Search Web Part (CSWP)?

CSWP uses SharePoint enterprise search technology to display dynamic results on a page.

What is heck is the Cross-Site Collection Publishing?

The Cross-Site Collection Publishing feature enables you to create and manage content from one location, and publish across and to numerous sites without duplicating or replicating content-content stays in place as a single source of truth.

In simple terms, The Content Search Web Part (CSWP) and Cross-Site Collection Publishing both enhance the number and quality of search-driven solutions you can build into your sites and portals.

Read the official announcement from here …

For more information about CSWP and Cross-Site Publishing, you can watch the following Arabic videos:

– WCM in SharePoint 2013 – Content Authoring
– WCM in SharePoint 2013 – Content Publishing
– WCM in SharePoint 2013 – User Experience


November 7th virtual event for Office 365: Transform your workplace & enable innovation

The workplace is changing. Today, over 70% of employees work outside the office. Across every organization, employees need easier access to the right information and insight on any device, anywhere to make fast, informed decisions. Yet over 40% of surveyed workers feel there isn’t enough collaboration in their workplaces. Progressive organizations are listening! Social in the enterprise is no longer a nice-to-have but rather a workplace necessity.

On November 7, you and your customers are invited to join Microsoft for a live session with industry thought leaders and special guests to hear firsthand how Microsoft Office 365 has helped companies harness employee ideas, embrace new workplace cultures and technologies, and spark innovation and spontaneous collaboration in the workplace to accelerate business: getting it done, anywhere.


Register today to hear from thought leaders and guests in our live virtual event, with two attendance options:

Thursday, November 7 at 8:00AM Pacific Time
Thursday, November 7 at 6:00PM Pacific Time

[Arabic Video] Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – User Experience

And here is the third and final video in my WCM video series with Marwan Tarek. Today’s video is all about User Experience. You can watch it here.


Topics :

  • SharePoint Branding (Packaging and Deployment)
  • Design Manager
  • Device Channels
  • Master Pages
  • Page Layouts

Watch Also:

– WCM in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – Content Authoring
– WCM in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – Content Publishing

[Arabic Video] Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365– Content Publishing

I’ve just published the second video in my WCM video series with Marwan Tarek. Today’s video is all about Content Publishing. You can watch it here.



  1. Cross-site Publishing
  2. Content Search Web Part
  3. Display Templates
  4. Managed Meta-data Navigation
  5. Friendly URLs


Watch Also:

– WCM in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – Content Authoring

“Defining an Enterprise Collaboration Strategy using Microsoft SharePoint”, speaking at GITEX Dubai on Oct 22nd

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be representing AvePoint during GITEX Technology Week, taking place October 20-24 at the Dubai World Trade Center. AvePoint will be located at pod 23 as part of the Microsoft booth (stand B7-10, hall 7). During the week, I’m planning to showcase AvePoint’s solutions for cloud and migration as well as its mobile apps for SharePoint productivity.

I’ll also deliver a session on Tuesday, Oct 22nd :

Topic: Defining an Enterprise Collaboration Strategy using Microsoft SharePoint
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Description: SharePoint is a very powerful technology platform of enterprise-level business services that has taken the world by storm. If SharePoint is that powerful, why are there so many failed deployments? Is it lack of training, governance, lack of business involvement, and lack of strategy, vision and talent? Yes and more!  In this session we’ll dig into analyst studies and then explore solutions including a framework that will align to bring maturity to SharePoint deployments. We’ll explore practical solutions such as gathering real world business requirements and designing a SharePoint strategy & roadmap. We’ll also focus on how to align with business needs and discuss real world ways to address the doldrums of lackluster and failed SharePoint deployments.


It’s really very exciting for AvePoint to be a part of GITEX Technology Week, since it’s widely considered to be the premier technology event in the MENASA region. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to interact with our customers in the region and find out what is working for them, and what AvePoint can do to help them further collaborate with confidence.

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UAE SharePoint User Group : Developing SharePoint 2013 Apps

It’s my pleasure to announce our first offline session @ UAE SharePoint User Group.

Speakers: Jamil Haddadin & Iman Al-Maskari
Title: Developing SharePoint 2013 Apps
SharePoint 2013 (Whether on-premises or Online) provides a  flexible platform and introduces the concept of SharePoint modern development. In addition to the conventional development methods, SharePoint 2013 introduces various APIs that allow for remote customization and development thus avoiding the need of local installations. The session will introduce different ways in which apps could be developed and how those apps could be packaged and published for others to use.
Date & Time : October 9th , 7:30 – 9:30 PM (GMT+4)
Location: UAE – Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club, Al Khawarizmi International College, Room 603

Please register from here ..