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It is recommended to use the Opera Mini Browser (Apps on iOS and Android) to access Sharepoint web pages. See also Sharepoint for iPhone and iPad - Layout

It is recommended to use the Opera Mini Browser to access Sharepoint from Smartphones. Opera uses transcoding to map web pages formatted for a PC to a small display.

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The User will start with a complete page and can zoom easily to points of interest. Opera Mini has a nice feature. Pages, which are frequently used, can be saved locally on the phone. Thus access is very fast and works also when no mobile network is available.

 Private Portal

Much like people live in different environments e.g. at home, at work, on the street and interact with different social groups e.g. family, company, school, church, club etc. they should be able to use diffent environments on the web. So far private data and applications have been located on private PCs and mobile phones. However, it was difficult to access and manage devices, data and applications. Data and services in the web can now be conveniently exploited at low cost using the web and mobile infrastructure. Low cost and convenient services are now in the reach of private users. 

Social network services have been made popular by Facebook and Google and many people have learned how to use advanced cooperation on the web. However, these large public services do not provide the kind of ownership, privacy and security we enjoy in our homes. Therefore the large systems have to be complented with private infrastructure much like countries, cities, homes, rooms are structuring our environment.

Privat Portal Ecosystem

Private Portals are the next step in the evolution towards an user centric view of information and applications at home, at work and on the web. Much like people have customized their PCs, people now can customize their portals to local and web based systems according to their needs. Users are no longer restricted to working with a single application on a specific web site. They can aggregate information views and applications in a world wide network including services delivered through web services technology. Instead of creating a working environment with multiple environments windows, people now can organize and manage workplaces and their social networks suited for their daily work using PCs, mobile phones, media stations or in car systems. Private Portals are not limited by commercial

This site will address aspects of using this new portal technology to meet people’s need. It will also discuss innovative ways how to use private portal technology and propose extensions in order to create a portal ecosystem where people use the systems to create new cooperative organisations which are reliable, secure and managed by the people themselves. They must not longer rely on commercial organisations like Facebook and Google which flood the users with advertisings and deprive the users of their privace and ownership of their private data. 

Moving from Web and Social Networks to Privat Portal Ecosystem

 IT professionals remembering those days, when you had to line up with a bundle of punch cards to get a slot on a computer to do your work, are becoming rare these days. The book Youth by J. M. Coetzee is nice reading for those which did not engage so far in the history of computing. It describes how a young mathemetician (and hobby poet) escapes from his native Australia in the 1960s. “Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmer “  Welcome to reality!


The Web Community 

The web changed the way how people and especially programmers work. Now people can share and cooperate with other people worldwide. Quote from A Brief History of the Internet: “The Internet is as much a collection of communities as a collection of technologies, and its success is largely attributable to both satisfying basic community  needs as well as utilizing the community in an effective way to push the infrastructure forward. This community spirit has a long history beginning with the early ARPANET.” [1]. Internet has also widened both the set of people working with computers and the set of functions available to individuals on their computer. A very interesting area of research is providing personal portal services to people with very limited PC and web experience (Portals for Beginners





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               Privacy Matters

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Mobile Devices

Layout for Mobile Devices

iPhone and iPad



Pervasive Computing,  Addison-Wesley, Burkhardt, Henn





Portals for Beginners

In a private research activity I implement and evaluate closed community portals and private social networks
It is avery interesting experience how a group of people in the age between 20 and 70 years learns how to exploit cooperative technologies. Small hosted portals may be the solution to the ever increasing exposure of people private life through systems like Facebook or Google+. Private Portals can provide a similiar and much better cooperation environment for cost as low as 2 $ / month for a group of 50 people. 

The Guitar Society runs a conventional Web Site BB Gitarre hosted by Google Apps and a Wordpress Blog Boeblingen Gitarre Blog to communicate with the public. The Guitar Society Private Portal is for members only and provides typical functions e.g. document, sheet music and recordings archive, community calendar, eMail and SMS distribution, White Board, task tracking, blog, etc. as well as the typical social network functions. 

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   Schubertiade with guitar player

A good example of a well manged public forum.

The Classical Guitar Forum

This is a sample of a shared link list. Typically this list is accessed using Safari Browser or Opera Mini Browser on iPhone. Typically this list is maintained on the PC.

Wetterradar Deutschland


ARD mobil


PrivatPortal Blog


Sharepoint Telefon Liste


Anonyme Umfrage 2007

Tests and Sharepoint Info



This is a public demo Sharepoint Site site of Portaleco Consulting 

About (German)

Sharepoint Reference Sites

This is a list of typical Sharepoint Sites

Typical sites fro personal or small business use. Minimal customizing

  • University of Missouri - a standard Sharepoint site using standard settings and default layout for internal use. A typical work portal. SP Mobile View is disabled. Full page view with Safari Browser on iPhone. 

  • Portaleco Centered - a standard Sharepoint web site. It uses standard settings and a modified column layout and quick launch column. Page width is limited and content is centered. Good layout for intenral/external users and mobile devices e.g. iPhone or iPad. Mobile (one column) View on Safari Browser.

    The following sites are highly customized by professional designers.

  • Sharepoint Support - the Microsoft SP Support site. Typical centered design. Modified non standard layout with two columns. No quick launch column.

  • Woodland Trust - three column branded SP layout customized with lots of graphics

  • VDE - a site of a German a professional society site with a branded four column layout. Home page is ok on iPhone. Other pages have different layouts, some pages do not display properly on iPhone.
  • Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation - a professionally designed SP Site with centered, custom two/four column layout.

  • The UPS Store - highly customized, centered layout

  • iPhone Call Test

Sharepoint Controls as provided in the standard (PC) view may not be available on mobile devices. Use the following links to access admin functions.  

Sign In

Sign Out


Disabling mobile view on Sharepoint Server

With a simple "one line" change the Sharepoint Server is no longer redirecting mobile users to the mobile view. May not be a good option for internal users working with SharePoint.

iPhone Applications for Sharepoint

Using the Opera Mii Browser iPhone(Smartphone)  users can work much like using a PC screen. However, complex pages require lots of scrolling. Mobile users want to see simplified contetn and want to use only a subset of functions on the road. It is recommended to create 5 to 10 special web pages for mobile users. It is recommended to create special views for mobile users, which are readable on small displays.

Some functions e.g. One Click Call are available only on smartphones.


Typical Applications

  • Phone List in the cloud for groups and small companies. No need to maintain a complex personal phone list with hundreds of names you probably never use and often are outdated when you really need them
    Example (German)


Sample Page for iPhone Entry

This page is an example of an iPhone personalized starter page for a Private Sharepoint Portal.  

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How to use this wiki library
You can use this wiki library to share knowledge, brainstorm ideas, collaborate with your team on a design, create an instruction guide, build an encyclopedia of knowledge, or just write down daily information in an easily accessible and modifiable format.

Editing pages
To edit this page, click on the Edit Page icon at the top of the page. To see all available commands, click on the Page tab. When you are editing, you can type text onto the page or insert tables and pictures. To stop editing, click the Save button at the top of the page. If you leave the page while editing, you will be prompted to save your changes.

Creating wiki links
You can link to another page in this wiki library by enclosing the name of the page in double brackets. When you type [[, the wiki will suggest page names that start with what you've typed. You can select one of these pages using the arrow keys or the mouse, or you can type in a new name. If you type in a new name, it will make a link to a page which has not yet been created. Links are finished by typing ]]. If you are linking to a page in a subfolder or an item in another list, you can press tab to add the selected suggested item to your link without closing the link.

You can link to many objects in SharePoint, not just pages. Here are some examples of links:
[[Dogs]] : A link to a page named Dogs in the same folder.
[[Animals/Dogs]] : A link to a page named Dogs in a subfolder called Animals.
[[List:Announcements/Welcome]] : A link to the item called Welcome in the Announcements list on this site.

To create a link to a page and have the link display different text than the page name, type a pipe character (|) after the page name, and then type the display text. For example, type [[Home|Home Page]] to create the link labeled Home Page that points to the page named Home.

To display double opening or closing brackets without making a link, type a backslash before the two brackets. For example, \[[ or \]].

Creating pages
There are two main ways to create a new page in your wiki library:
  1. Create a link to a page which does not exist and then click on it to create the page:
    This is the recommended way to create a page because it is easier for people to find the page when another page links to it. Links to pages that do not yet exist have a dashed underline.

  2. Create a page that is not linked to any other:
    In the Site Actions menu, click New Page. This will ask you for a name and then create that page in the current wiki library.

Managing your wiki library
You can manage the pages in your wiki library by clicking View All Pages on the Page tab of any page in the library.

Restoring a page
If you need to restore a previous version of a page, click Previous Versions in the Page tab at the top of the page. You can then click on any of the versions in the quick launch to view the page as it existed at that time. If you want to restore to a version, select it and click Restore this version in the toolbar.

Viewing incoming links
You can see which pages link to the current page by clicking Incoming Links at the top of the page. This will show you any pages which link to this page.

For more information about using Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-based wiki libraries, click Help on any Microsoft SharePoint Foundation page.