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Version 5.5 Releases

Release date: 9/01/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2207.2606

SPA Version: 5.5.2205.0602

Front-end Core Version:  5.5.2207.2601*

Front-end Core Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Added a new Comment Approvals feature allowing authorized users the ability to establish comment approval moderation (no approval, pre-approval, user reported) on user generated content. For detailed information, see Comment Approvals.
    • Enhanced Comment Widget to enable comment approval configuration properties
  • Added support for global term stores in Broadcast Center
  • Added ability to add an avatar for sender of type system to generate a notification message from Broadcast Center
  • Enhanced Broadcast Center query builder to display friendly labels in edit schema including drop down fields with valid values to improve end user usability
  • Added support of media view count in Media Widget
  • Added the ability to customize the message when sharing a news article
  • Corrected the News Card Widget not supporting publish start date
  • Corrected My Email Widget to respect caching limits set on widget properties
  • Updated My Sites Widget to retrieve frequent sites and following sites from Graph API instead of SharePoint Home Service API (requires Graph permission change)
  • Corrected switching language issue on news detail page to direct user to home page if no language version is available on site

AppManager Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Integrated Comment Approvals with Akumina Flow to establish the comment moderation flow, establish permissions and roles, and send notifications on comment status
    • Added the ability to configure comment approvals on social tab in author type content apps
  • Reworked the way persona enabled list inventory is generated – previously sharepoint was queried directly for this information, this has been changed to query the content app settings configuration for quicker performance which is more stable with larger sites.
    • This change introduced a new App Setting called ‘PersonaEnabledList”, used in the scenario that there is no content app tied to the list. Most commonly this would be used for custom lists.
  • Add Broadcast Email Template sub-page to Notification Manager
  • Corrected page loading issue when clicking cancel in image picker modal
  • Added a “Show Cache Keys” button in /admin/debug screen to improve performance
  • Added a new “Your site context has changed” message to handle the scenario when your site selection in AppManager is changed by the front end
  • Updated Stream card types to support iscompact view design in Hive installation
  • Added a Clean Cache button in widget manager which clears all widget instances of the widgets on that site
  • Corrected the generate configuration cache to pull language token files from blob storage in headless
  • Corrected the configuration cache to detect invalid file encoding in site creator steps

Release date: 7/31/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2207.2602

SPA Version: 5.5.2205.0602

Front-end Core Version:  5.5.2207.2601*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Note: This release requires view updates and new widgets are available.

Front-end Core Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Added a new Broadcast Center feature allowing authorized users the ability to create corporate wide messages via alert banner and popup delivery methods, including a mandatory read option with report tracking capabilities.  For detailed information, see Broadcast Center.

  • Added a new Notification Banner Widget to distribute site alert messages from the Broadcast Center
  • Updated Reaction styling design to provide all reactions on hover in Hive Foundation Install
  • Updated the Generic People Query Widget to allow filtering on quarter to date in Hive Foundation Install
  • Updated the master page to use the Notification Banner Widget in place of the Site Alert Widget in Hive Foundation Install
  • Updated the Text Block Widget to use the image picker to upload images
  • Corrected the ability to delete a persona containing a space in the title
  • Corrected the Media Widget detail popup not loading when the images filename contains a space

AppManager Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Integrated Content Workflow with Akumina Flow to automate and streamline the content approval process, allowing reviewer comments, auto approval, and sending notifications to editors and reviewers. For detailed information, see Content Workflow using Akumina Flow.

    • Enhanced Taxonomy Tags with Auto Suggestions to better integrate with Azure Text Analytics to identify “Suggested Tags” related to content. For detailed information, see Auto Suggestions for Taxonomy Tags.

  • Updated Hive Content Apps to allow videos to be selected through video picker rather than a text field
  • Corrected issue where persona was not saved depending on context in AppManager

Release date: 7/14/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Added search capability to search all items on news and events listing page
  • Added Dark Theme support for Hive
  • Enhanced the local widget experience in add widget flow
  • Updated preferences modal for mobile support
  • Updated people typeahead search experience
  • Enabled LinkedIn external sharing for news

Release date: 7/13/22 Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1725

AppManager Functionality

  • Added Image Picker performance enhancements to support large folder structures with many images
  • Corrected issue with CKeditor not including class=”ak-spalink” when pasting links from external systems

Release date: 6/17/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2206.1008

AppManager Functionality

  • Fixed support in headless for view editing from the front-end for externally hosted templates
  • Corrected server error in headless when editing the manage widget instance from the front-end

Release date: 6/15/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2206.1006

AppManager Functionality

  • Corrected Image picker infinite spinner when paging with multiple folders and images

Release date: 6/14/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2206.1005

AppManager Functionality

  • Corrected the Image Picker to allow adding a new thumbnail image before adding the new picture image
  • Fixed the Image url definition when creating language versions for items with a new image

Release date: 6/11/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Added new property fields (category, category field) to the LatestNewsWidget to display only items tagged with specified categories
  • Fixed the DocumentViewerWidget to display document name in hyperlink instead of document title

Release date: 6/10/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2206.1004

SPA Version: 5.5.2205.0602

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Introduction of a new Foundation Site – “Hive”. Hive deployment package provides delivery of the best out of the box intranet starting point available on the market. For detailed information, see Foundation Site (Hive) Reference Guide.
    • Introducing a new core concept of “local” content of “page specific” content, allowing for the creation of content to only be on one designated page without the need to worry about storing this content globally or altering content that is shared across many pages.
    • Added a new Mission Control feature for a user to personalize apps, sites, and dashboard widgets. This feature allows end users the ability to create a personalized user defined dashboard page based on their selection from multiple available widgets; and define their page layout preferences.
    • Added a new User Personalization feature to provide the end user the ability to customize their user preferences for viewing site content.
    • Incorporated Search Experience 2.0 into the Foundation Hive Search box to enable a more robust search engine with expanded capabilities for search actions, ranking, and improving the user experience with customizable search refiners.
    • Added a Breadcrumbs Widget for navigational aid to show the users location in the site.
    • Added a new News widget to provide news from across sites or from the current site only, with the ability to filter news based on My Interests (defined user’s preferences), All News, Highest Rated (based on highest number of likes), or Popular (based on number of views).
    • Added a new Events widget to provide events from across sites or from the current site only, with the ability to filter events based on My Interests (defined user’s preferences), or All Events.
    • Added a new Greetings widget to provide a personalized user welcome message based on the user’s local time of day.
    • Added a new Me Bar widget to provide a quick view on the home page of work to do reminders for each of the latest Task, Meeting, Email and Document for the current logged in user. Clicking on the item will launch the full results in the associated application (Planner, Outlook Email, Outlook Calendar and Documents).
    • Added a new Call to Action feature to the main menu for marketing campaigns and announcements
    • Added a new Media Library widget to provide a media library of images and videos with search and social engine capabilities
    • Updated the Blogs widget to provide blogs from across sites or from the current site only, with the ability to filter blogs based on My Interests (defined user’s preferences), or All Blogs.
    • Added new Birthday and Anniversary widgets to dynamically display the birthday and anniversaries of users who are in the current department within a specified time duration.
    • Added Employee Advocacy to enable the ability to share news on Twitter
    • Added a new footer navigation element to appear throughout all the pages on the Hive Site. The footer consists of a logo, footer links, social links, copyright statement (dynamically updated based on year), page owner with date last modified, and ability to comment to the page owner.
    • Added a new department home page design customizing the page content specific to the department providing department links, key contacts, news, events, and documents.
    • Added a new departmental package to support provisioning site collections as well as department sites.
    • Added the ability to select a home site to be used for the foundation site when multiple delivery site collections are provisioned. The foundation home site is used for global items such as term store, main navigation, mission control apps and footer navigation.
    • Added a Text Block Widget on default provisioned virtual pages to display page titles.
    • Added a new sort by filter widget property for the News Widget for rendering news card display.
    • Added a new filter on widget property for the Site Alerts Widget to easily change the taxonomy category to filter alerts.
    • Added cross site support in Curated Widget and Curated News Widget providing the ability to curate items across multiple sites selected.
    • Included several new widget view instances to support the new Foundation Hive Site
    • Project Whisper is an initial steppingstone towards our goal, Project Voice, which will move the content authoring experience to the front-end to improve the overall user experience.
    • Implemented several Project Whisper components, including:
      • Introduction of a new Broadcast Center which provides the ability for authorized users to immediately send messages and announcements to a larger group of users via the notification bell. Broadcast Center includes a message workflow with review, approval, and analytics reporting capabilities. For detailed information, see Broadcast Center.
      • Added the ability to edit existing widget properties on the page from the front-end using the edit widget panel on the right side of the page.
      • Added a new Image Block Widget to select an image from a specified image library, add an image caption and select display alignment on the page.
      • Added a new Text Block Widget to streamline the ability of adding content to the page, using the new CkEditor 5.
    • Provide advanced headless support for SharePoint Modern site collections
    • Added several performance enhancements

AppManager Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Introduction of new Hive content apps
    • Implemented unified content types in Hive (news, events, site alerts, etc.) to standardize site content to improve query and searchable results
    • Implemented a unified taxonomy term store in central/delivery sites, and created a foundation home site destination for global definitions for site collections with delivery sites only
  • Added a utility for time zone standardization to address time zones issues in AppManager
  • Added the ability to add and delete terms for the taxonomy fields on the content app page
  • Updated the default branding colors and logo icon in AppManager
  • Implemented SMTP OAuth Support to use OAuth2 authorization code flow with MailKit SMTP client library as an alternative option for email notifications
  • Added several AppManager performance improvements

Developer Functionality

  • Lots of nice bells and whistles for developers
  • Latest Framework uses Bootstrap and no longer uses Foundation CSS Framework

Release date: 6/5/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1721

AppManager Functionality

  • Corrected issues with form report download attachment being empty in certain scenarios

Release date: 6/2/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1720

AppManager Functionality

  • Fixed issue with mixed case UPN’s not allowing proper authentication in certain scenarios

Release date: 6/1/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Corrected the Latest Media Widget to recognize isRoot properties for data selection
  • Fixed Image Block Widget not displaying views in widget manager
  • Corrected the implementation version to load configuration cache from SharePoint CDN

Release date: 5/2/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1719

AppManager Functionality

  • Corrected Dashboard Analytics page to wait for Application Insight full page load before displaying page data
  • Fixed Image Picker to display the updated dimensions on the edit window when cropping an image

Release date: 4/27/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Added better support for external link determination in Teams
  • Corrected Cloud Team routing issues on subsites
  • Corrected edit page menu not displaying on subsite in headless environment
  • Fixed search results removing spaces in title and description
  • Corrected time on title in Countdown Widget to change based on the user’s time zone
  • Fixed the People search page show loading message appearing with no results
  • Corrected saving a page when editing and saving the global instance widget properties

Release date: 4/20/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1718

AppManager Functionality

  • Implemented MCAS support in a multi-tenant environment using HostedAppHostNameOverride

Release date: 4/18/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1717

AppManager Functionality

  • Added SMTP OAuth Support
  • Corrected Image Picker message when uploading a new image

Release date: 4/10/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1716

SPA Version: 5.5.2202.0101

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Added support for the implementation version on the configuration file
  • Fixed 4 Column Layout editing capabilities in page builder
  • Corrected the edit widget property message on local widget instances
  • Fixed the url route on sample Interior page
  • Corrected the typeahead search box to display the full text box

AppManager Functionality

  • Fixed the configuration file to be generated as a text file instead of json when retrieving from SharePoint

Release date: 4/4/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1715

SPA Version: 5.5.2202.0101

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Corrected Design Permissions on a page to allow for view and edit
  • Corrected the typeahead search box to display the full text box
  • Fixed Banner Widget to support slider duration after pause

AppManager Functionality

  • Fixed Image dimensions to display the thumbnail image with actual image size details

Release date: 3/29/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

Headless Version: 5.5.2203.2902

Headless Functionality

  • Implemented Headless Generation V2 into Akumina Architecture to support SaaS
  • Added Multi-site support for Central/Delivery
  • Ability to utilize Vanity URL
  • Added Secure configuration
  • Added Stateless Architecture
  • Provides Enterprise caching support
  • Key Vault Integration
  • Logging Integration/Application Insight Integration
  • Added several performance improvements to address low bandwidth scenarios

Developer Functionality

  • Lots of nice bells and whistles for developers
  • Dynamic configuration, no server access required for development
  • No SharePoint runtime needed
  • Utilizes blob storage instead of SharePoint
  • Provides traceability of data calls to and from SharePoint/api endpoint

Release date: 3/22/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1714

SPA Version: 5.5.2202.0101

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1711*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Corrected duplicate entries in PageData_AK by removing inactivity tracker URLs

AppManager Functionality

  • Corrected AppManager Dashboard to load user properties from PeopleSync
  • Fixed Customer Specific Message in ITP process step 2

Release date: 3/13/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1712

SPA Version: 5.5.2202.0101

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1710*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Added a refresh button on Activity Stream Widget to allow user to initiate ITP process
  • Fixed People Directory not loading on initial load of page
  • Corrected links to documents for multilingual in Document Viewer Widget
  • Fixed the getfolderfunction row limit to include only folders in Document Viewer Widget

AppManager Functionality

  • Corrected Quicklinks to allow parentheses in URLs without domain extensions

Release date: 2/4/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1711

SPA Version: 5.5.2202.0101

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1709*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Corrected number of groups displayed in page property permissions module
  • Fixed Latest Media Widget to recognize newly added select fields

Release date: 1/31/22 Cloud, Self-Hosted

AppManager Product Version: 5.5.2112.1710

SPA Version: 5.5.2202.0101

Akumina Framework Version:  5.5.2112.1709*

(*version to be used with CDN)

Akumina Framework Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Search Experience 2.0 enables a more robust search engine with expanded capabilities for search actions and ranking, and improving the user experience with customizable search refiners.
    • New Search Bar features includes advanced type ahead search functionality, intelligent search suggestions, search result counts and vertical tabs for selection/refinement.

    • New Search Results Page includes advanced search features to provide the ability to search for relevant documents, pages, or people; search for promoted results; search using metadata tags; search across sites or within a specific department site; provides additional sort by options, call-to-action buttons, and additional configurable refiners on the search results page.
    • Added support for Department Search which reduces the result set for a particular department instead of searching across all sites.
    • Akumina Flow (In Beta) provides customizable multi-tiered checklist functionality for driving and collaborating a completion of tasks across a team. Great for onboarding, workflow surveys, and other tasks with the ability to integrate with 3rd party workload actions and provides reporting analytics.
  • HTML Content Widget Enhancements
    • Add ability to publish content approvals from the frontend

    • Add ability to view publishing state of content (draft, pending, published)
  • Add Image Uploader/Image Picker modal to the HTML Content Widget, Summary Links Widget and Discussion Board Widget to select and upload images from a specified library
    • Add Pagination and Search capabilities
    • Add ability to search all picture libraries
    • Add ability to upload images to a specific library
    • Add dropdown to select image library

  • Summary Links Widget Enhancements provides additional front-end features for content authors across multiple pages including auto-translate support for multi-lingual, support for custom views, and support for personas
    • Add Persona support
    • Add custom views support
    • Add auto translate support
    • Add Ckeditor to customize and format a description
  • Ability to define Page Specific local widgets for the rail in addition to Global instances
  • Important Dates Widget Enhancements
    • Add additional select fields to allow for additional columns to be set on the list
    • Add a checkbox to display featured events
    • Add ability to show only items tagged with specified categories
  • Ability to allow business users to create complete separate department sites that do not end up as “Sub Sites” or “Children” of the main intranet. These sites will be deployed in their own site collection and be referred to as a sibling site. The department/market sites can exist at the same level as main intranet and other department/market sites.
  • Modified the My Links Widget to take advantage of the user preferences functionality to better support multi-site scenarios.
  • Ability to add External Notifications for third party systems, such as Service Now, to be integrated into the notification bell for receiving external corporate wide notifications.
  • Add new frontend Form Enhancements to provide:
    • Typeahead people search capability for single or multiple person selection
    • Lookup Field Item for a specific value or unique id
    • New form submission properties to allow for:
      • One submission per user or one submission per day
      • Ability to have multiple messages for a form based on the user response
  • Provide additional headless support for SharePoint Modern site collections
  • Added several performance enhancements to address low bandwidth scenarios

AppManager Functionality

  • Anchor Items:
    • Added a new Search Manager management app to provide the ability to establish search configurations for the new Search Experience. The Search Manager management app defines the global search and site/lists specific search properties to render search results for the site.
    • Added new Akumina Flow Manager management apps (In Beta) to provide the ability to establish polls, surveys, and other processes to complete tasks across a team and provide analytical reporting.
  • Added a new feature to the Notification Manager management app to configure External Notifications for third party systems, such as Service Now, to be integrated into the notification bell to enable corporate wide multi-lingual notifications for the site.
  • Activate new license keys to support External Notifications and Akumina Flow.
  • Added new features to the Form Manager management app to enhance frontend form submission:
    • Ability to add a typeahead search person picker to a form
    • Ability to add a look up field option to a form
    • Ability to set form submission properties on a form, to one per day or one per user
    • Ability to display multiple post back messages for a form
  • Added several AppManager Performance Improvements

 

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