What’s New in Office 365 (September 2019)

As a regular user or admin of Office 365, you are no doubt aware that Microsoft is always making changes, upgrading, and adding features to Office 365 products. It is nearly impossible to keep up to date on all of them. This is our attempt at highlighting the ones we think will impact you the most and make your life/work easier. This month we talk about new templates for creating users in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, Private Channels in Teams, Site Swapping, and Priority Notifications in Teams.  We also throw in bonus information like a heads up on a free online Microsoft Flow conference coming up on September 10.  Don’t forget to check out the Microsoft 365 Roadmap for a full list of all that is happening with Office 365. Continue reading “What’s New in Office 365 (September 2019)”

Sharegate Desktop: An unexpected error occurred: This file is currently not available for use on the computer

We are big proponents of using the right tool for the job and when it comes to migrations from file shares and on-premises SharePoint we often recommend the Sharegate Desktop application.  Just head over to your favorite search engine and type “lift and shift SharePoint migration” to see why we like to use utilities to avoid the lift and shift approach. Migration best practices aside, as the title of this post suggests there was something a little wonky going on with one of our customers migrations. One of the other reasons we like Sharegate so much is its ease of use as it allows the customer to perform many of the tasks without our assistance which saves them consulting dollars but when issues arise, we are usually able to solve them quickly, this was no exception. Continue reading “Sharegate Desktop: An unexpected error occurred: This file is currently not available for use on the computer”

New Licensing Options for PowerApps and Flow

Yep, you read that correctly. Microsoft is at it again – changing the licensing for PowerApps and Flow. Even though they just changed the licensing in February of 2019, they are making significant changes that will be launching in October. These changes come on the heels of the launch of PowerApps Portals, which are low-code websites for external users. Although I understand the need to add new/different levels of licensing for this new feature, it seems like overkill to change all the licensing just 5 months after a major overhaul. Furthermore, the changes could have significant financial implications for some, and the announcement has left the community up in arms.

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What’s New In Office 365 (August 2019)

After receiving numerous requests, we are bringing back the what’s new in Office 365 series.  If you were not aware Microsoft has been running a bi-weekly podcast called The Intrazone that sort of “stole our thunder” a bit when they added the “Roadmap Pitstop” segment.  The pitstop usually covers much of the same content we provided in this series. However, we have had quite a few requests to bring the series back as many folks that were exclusively using SharePoint are starting to use more Office 365 applications. As Microsoft continues to expand its offerings and functionality more organizations are adopting these technologies which is a good thing, we hope😉. Continue reading “What’s New In Office 365 (August 2019)”

Azure Virtual Day Camp Review

I attended the Azure Virtual Day Camp put on by the Power Platform Users Group earlier this week. I registered for sessions from two different tracks (Developer and Architect); but in the end, they only registered me for 3 sessions in the Architect track (some of which were sessions for which I had not even registered). I was a bit disappointed, because I really wanted to attend the Developer sessions. The saving grace is that they sent me the recordings from the Developer sessions. Hopefully, I can find some time to watch them.

Session Reviews

Developing with PowerApps, Flow and Azure Cognitive Services

My first session by Mariano Gomez was the most interesting. Mariano walked us through developing a Conference Badge Scanner App. The app scans a badge, converts the data to text, and sends an email to the badge owner. This same technology could easily be used to scan business cards and send them to a contacts list/data base. The App uses PowerApps, Flow and the Computer Vision API. Mariano demontrated building the app during the 45-minute session. That is how easy it is to leverage the power of the power platform. Continue reading “Azure Virtual Day Camp Review”

There are no sites to show right now…but there are!

Recently we  had a customer report an issue with their Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) where there were not seeing their frequently accessed sites for SharePoint Online.

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I remembered reading something about this on a post in Tech Community Blog but thought it was related to Modern Authentication which the customer wouldn’t have touched.  At least I hoped that to be the case and ultimately it was.  So, I reached out to the user experiencing the issue and did all the typical account reset “stuff”:  Signed out of Office, cleared the Credentials Manager and removed/add the Microsoft Account.  No joy, but in speaking with the user it was discovered that the issue cropped up when they moved her mailbox to Exchange Online and courtesy of a Teams screen sharing session I was able to see that the account name for the SharePoint sites as JDoe@contoso.com and the OneDrive was jdoe@contoso.com. Continue reading “There are no sites to show right now…but there are!”

An Overview of Microsoft Teams

An Overview of Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a unified communications platform that combines workplace chat, video conferencing, file storage and a host of application integration abilities. Teams launched in the fall of 2017 and a free version of the platform was made available the following year, helping Microsoft surpass their competitor Slack in total number of active users. Here we will take a look at some of Team’s most prominent features to understand why it’s become the preferred choice in workplace collaboration.

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