Outlook's Disappearing Ribbon

by Ed Sparks

Microsoft CRM users beware!  There appears to be a strange bug in a few of the builds of the CRM for Outlook plugin that is causing Outlook's (and in some cases all of Office's) Ribbons to disappear.  

When this occurs, the end-user gets an Outlook window that has all of the normal message and folder views, but no buttons or icons anywhere to perform any actions. The one exception is the Quick Access Toolbar remains.  Obviously, this makes Outlook a somewhat less useful tool!  No amount of resetting toolbar/ribbon or add-in settings proved useful in attempting to resolve this issue. 

Thankfully, Microsoft has now published an article about the cause.  In discussing further with them, it apparently relates mostly to users that have upgraded through a few versions of Office on their systems, and some residual registry keys. 

In our case, we've only seen this with CRM, but this is useful knowledge as another place to look if your Outlook ribbons and toolbars have gone the way of the dodo. 

The Outlook ribbon disappears from Microsoft Outlook when you use the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Client for Microsoft Office Outlook

Slow SharePoint 2010 site? The best hidden troubleshooting gem

by Ed Sparks

Two words - Developer Dashboard.

Ever had a slow SharePoint site and been unable to figure out what's causing the issue, or where to turn next?  Once you've given up on resetting IIS and checking your performance monitors, you'll be happy to find out that Microsoft has a fantastic tool built right into SharePoint 2010 and later.

There is plenty of good information all over the internet about this already, so I will just point to a couple of excellent sources:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2009/11/21/welcome-to-the-developer-dashboard.aspx
http://sharepointyankee.com/2009/12/24/the-sharepoint-2010-developer-dashboard/

Happy bug hunting!

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