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Newsgator in Good Mobile Browser
Jonathan Distad    

One of the great add-ons to the Sharepoint stack is Newsgator Social Sites.  I was on a recent client who is a highly regulated healthcare company and even though the Newsgator has a great mobile app, it wouldn’t work within their security model.  That model required that all BYOD (bring your own device) employees needed to  use Good.  Fair enough and we see that rather consistently – that is what Good is great at.  But the out of box experience with Newsgator didn’t looks so perfect.  It defaulted to the standard Sharepoint mobile experience – which didn’t meet the UX requirements of the client.  So they came to us and asked to develop something that could be used in the Good mobile browser.  Being the Newsgator partner of the year, I think we could handle that.  So after some technical magic we came up with the following:

It should be noted that the Good browser has some funkiness and ALSO that this is how it renders in Blackberry natively as well.  Once you get the code updates deployed you have to clear cache on the browser every now and again.  This is a bug that Good knows about within its browser and I trust they are working on it.  If you are interested in learning more about how this happens or would like a similar situation, let me know and I will connect you with our Microsoft team


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