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Episode 084 on Clause Library Word add-in—Office 365 Developer Podcast

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to Brendon Ford from Provoke Solutions on the Clause Library Word add-in that integrates with SharePoint Online.

The Clause Library app is a cloud-based information repository that can be accessed, searched, edited and retrieved directly from Microsoft Word. Whether you’re working on legal contracts, RFP/RFQ responses or sales proposal, your organization probably has certain phrases or clauses that are used repeatedly across multiple documents. After a painstaking review to get the perfect wording, it is difficult to ensure that information is always up-to-date and available for others.

Clause Library solves this problem, using the power of Office 365 and SharePoint Online:

  • Robust search functionality makes it easy to find the needed clause; with one click it can be added to the Word document you’re currently working in.
  • New clauses can be added and existing clauses can be edited in the central cloud-based library—all from within Word.
  • The library can easily be shared with approved people internal and external to the organization.

Professional service organizations such as law firms, management consultants, agencies and architects can benefit from Clause Library:

  • Attorneys can access the most current version of legal clauses while writing the contracts within Word.
  • Salespeople can develop formal proposals and statements of work utilizing corporate approved messaging.
  • Businesses can respond to Requests for Information (RFPs) quickly utilizing phrasing that helped win prior projects.

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About the hosts

An image of Jeremy Thake, a newly appointed tTechnical pProduct mManager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 developmentJeremy is a technical product manager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 development. Previously he worked at AvePoint Inc., a large ISV, as the chief architect shipping two apps to the Office Store. He has been heavily involved in the SharePoint community since 2006 and was awarded the SharePoint MVP award four years in a row before retiring the title to move to Microsoft.

You can find Jeremy blogging at and tweeting at @jthake.


RIchard diZerega

Richard is a software engineer in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, where he helps developers and software vendors maximize their use of Microsoft cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. Richard has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting Office-centric solutions, many that span Microsoft’s diverse technology portfolio. He is a passionate technology evangelist and frequent speaker are worldwide conferences, trainings and events. Richard is highly active in the Office 365 community, popular blogger at and can be found on Twitter at @richdizz. Richard is born, raised and based in Dallas, TX, but works on a worldwide team based in Redmond. Richard is an avid builder of things (BoT), musician and lightning-fast runner


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