Free Office 365 ebook

If you have just signed up for Office 365 then you might need some help getting used to it.

hopefully a free ebook can help you on your way, which I read on this blog

you can download the ebook by clicking the link below

 Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

below is the table of contents



Part I Finding Your Place in the Cloud

Chapter 1
What’s Happening with the World of Work?
■ Teams, Teams Everywhere—In the Office and Outside of It
■ Worldwide Collaboration Is Here
■ Going for the Green—With Groups of All Sizes
■ Heads in the Cloud (Computing)
■ A Closer Look at Office 365
■ What’s Next

Chapter 2 Getting Started with Office 365
■ Creating Your Office 365 Account
■ A Look Around the Office 365 Home Page

■ Setting Up a Profile
■ How Does All This Work?
■ What’s Your Service? Different Setups, Different Services
■ Getting Ready to Use Office 365
■ How Office 365 Meets Small Business Needs
■ What’s Next

Chapter 3 Administering an Office 365 Account
■ Are You an Administrator?
■ An Overview of Your Administrative Tasks
■ First Things First: Key Tasks to Complete
■ Adding and Managing Office 365 Users
■ Viewing Domain Properties
■ Setting Up and Managing Outlook and Exchange
■ Setting Up SharePoint Online
■ Configuring Lync Online
■ Managing Your Subscriptions
■ Getting Help with Office 365
■ What’s Next

Part II Teamwork in the Cloud

Chapter 4 What Your Team Can Do with Office 365
■ Starting with the End in Mind
■ Creating a Shared Space
■ Sharing Calendars Securely
■ Translating Content on the Fly
■ Making Instant Contact with Team Members
■ Holding Online Meetings
■ Broadcasting Presentations Online
■ Creating and Modifying a Website
■ What’s Next

Chapter 5 Creating Your Team Site with SharePoint Online
■ Planning Your Team Site
■ Creating a Simple Team Site—Fast
■ Putting Some Thought into the Team Site Design
■ Choosing a Site Theme
■ Changing the Text Layout of Your Page
■ Posting an Update
■ Adding and Formatting Pictures
■ Adding a New Page
■ Entering and Editing Content
■ Adding Web Parts
■ Sharing Your Site
■ What’s Next

Chapter 6 Posting, Sharing, and Managing Files
■ What Is a Document Library (and Where Is It)?
■ Creating a Document Library
■ Organizing Document Libraries
■ Working with Document Library Files
■ What’s Next

Chapter 7 Adding and Managing Workflows
■ Introducing Office 365 Workflows
■ Creating a New Workflow
■ Using a Workflow for Your Project
■ Managing Workflows
■ What’s Next

Chapter 8 Working with Office 2010 Web Apps
■ A First Look at Office Web Apps
■ Creating, Saving, and Closing a New File
■ Working with an Existing File
■ Choosing Your Tools
■ Levels of Editing in Office Web Apps
■ Co-authoring with Office Web Apps
■ Reviewing and Editing Excel Worksheets
■ Working with OneNote Notebooks
■ What’s Next

Chapter 9 Going Mobile with Office 365
■ How Will You Use Your Phone with Office 365?
■ Receiving and Sending Email on Your Phone
■ Using the Office Hub on Your Windows Phone 7
■ Last-Minute Word Editing on Your Mobile Device
■ Reviewing and Updating Excel Data
■ Tweaking a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Phone
■ What’s Next

Part III Connecting in Real Time

Chapter 10 Email and Organize with Office 365
■ Introducing Outlook Web App
■ Checking and Managing Email
■ Working with Your Calendar
■ Importing and Managing Your Contacts
■ Adding and Completing Tasks
■ What’s Next

Chapter 11 Talking It Over with Microsoft Lync
■ Introducing Microsoft Lync
■ Working with Contacts in Lync
■ Instant Messaging with Your Team
■ Making a Call with Lync
■ Sharing Programs and Files
■ What’s Next

Chapter 12 Designing Your Public Website
■ Getting Started with Your Public Website
■ Choosing a Theme and Header Style
■ Choosing a Custom Color Scheme
■ Adding and Formatting Text
■ Inserting, Formatting, and Aligning Images
■ Adding and Organizing Pages
■ Selecting a Navigation Layout
■ Adding Gadgets to Your Site
■ Optimizing Your Site for Web Search Results
■ Previewing and Publishing Your Site
■ What’s Next

Chapter 13 Integrating All Parts of Office 365
■ Using It All Together—Online and Off
■ Getting Productive with Office 365
■ Creating an Annual Report
■ Tracking a Sales Promotion
■ Preparing an Online Training Module
■ Happily Ever After…in the Cloud

Appendix A Extras for Great Teams
■ Thinking Through Your Group Process
■ Team Contact List
■ Excel Worksheet with Licenses and Permissions
■ Meeting Agenda Template
■ Tips for Your Team Site
■ Proposal Checklist
■ Marketing Checklist


CRM 2011 – How to download plugins in the database to a file

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I recently had the problem where I needed to see what plugin or the code in a plugin to see if it was different from the latest code I had on my machine.

When you have to pick up projects which other people have worked on, it can be difficult to know what code is deployed and if its the same code which is checked into your source repository.

I tried googling the problem and it brought back a few different solutions to the problem

This blog post adjusted the plugin registration tool to add a download button.  I tried this one but the code he displayed on the screen didn’t quite seem to compile but this could easily have been me not doing it correctly.  When I did get the code to compile it then failed when loading up the dll.

This blog post converted the encoded base 64 string representation of the plugin from PluginAssemblyBase table to a file and then used a decompiler to view it.  I have to admit I didn’t get this to work either.

finally I remember doing something similar on CRM 4 using a tool Mitch Milam wrote.  You can read about that and why it’s useful in this blog post.

I thought if the code worked for CRM 4 then there is no reason it shouldn’t work for CRM 2011 because I think the dll’s are probably loaded into the same table, in fact I’m pretty sure of that because other wise it would make converting databases a bit more tricky.

So you can download the tool from Mitch’s blog here

Follow the instructions and it will download the dll for you.

The I used ILSPY to decompile the dll and view the code, you can find ILSPY here

of course after doing all that, I found the code was exactly the same as the code checked into source control