Attention : A bug in Outlook 2013 preview while syncing with SharePoint 2013 preview Calendar

I was looking at what are new and trying few things with Office and SharePoint preview.

Here is something I would like to draw an attention for MS guys working on Preview stuff.

OK so what I have done;  I had opened my SharePoint 2013 preview calendar in to Outlook 2013 preview calendar. Things are Ok like dates-subject etc. But the description of appointments are messed up on sync with  some Chinese characters as shown in the images below.

Creating a new appointment in outlook preview :

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After Sync How does it look in SharePoint 2013 preview:

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In Outlook – after Sync :

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If you update an entry from Outlook or create a new one and then follow the Sync, you should be able to reproduce this bug.

Here is how to reproduce this bug:

  1. Update/Create calendar entry in Outlook 2013 preview
  2. Sync calendar with SharePoint
  3. Open item in SharePoint
  4. In SharePoint calendar : The description gets corrupted with some chinese characters
  5. Go to outlook check the item – it does look ok
  6. Sync again in outlook
  7. Open the item again and see it gets corrupted in outlook also.

Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview and provisioning first site collection

You must be aware that Microsoft has just launched SharePoint 2013 preview one day ago. In this post I will discuss about how to install SharePoint Server 2013 Preview and at last we will create new site collection as well.

Step – 1:

Make sure that your system meets all minimum criteria for SharePoint Server 2013 system requirements :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485%28office.15%29.aspx

Step – 2 :

Now start with getting SharePoint 2013 Server Preview. Download link http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30345 , you should get product key in you email.

Step – 3 :

Run the setup file and install all prerequisite softwares.

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step 4:

Once all prerequisite installer finished you should see following screen similar to below image

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Step – 5:

Now start installing SharePoint 2013 Server Preview. Provide the product key from your email.

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Leave the file location as default and click Install Now.

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This will take a while so grab your tea or coffee now 🙂

step –  6:

SharePoint Configuration Wizard

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Step – 7:

Once SharePoint Configuration finished it will open central administration

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Our first site collection is ready to use now…

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Hope that helps..!!