The 411 on Microsoft 365

Duane OdumEarlier this week at Microsoft’s Inspire conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the release of Microsoft 365, an solution that bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The service offers two routes: Enterprise (for larger organizations) and Business (for small to mid-size businesses).  Both plans will be available for purchase in early August.

In a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of the Office team, describes Microsoft 365 as “a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees…to be creative and work together, securely.”

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Introducing Microsoft Stream

Duane OdumOffice 365 has introduced a new application to its suite in preview for First Release tenants: Microsoft Stream, a video service that effectively replaces Office 365 Video (the two services will coexist temporarily, but you should learn how to transition your videos to Stream).

Stream provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to create, upload, store, manage, and view videos to share with other users in their organization to encourage faster and easier collaboration. You can also connect Stream with other Office 365 applications, such as Yammer, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Other features include:

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SharePoint Virtual Summit Recap

SharePoint Virtual Summit Recap

Duane OdumWith a 90% increase in users and a 300% increase in the amount of data stored, SharePoint is skyrocketing, and Microsoft is implementing plenty of updates to further expand their services.

Yesterday’s SharePoint Virtual Summit focused on the four core goals of Microsoft’s collaboration technologies: share with confidence, transform business processes, inform/engage employees, and harness collective knowledge. There are all kinds of updates coming in 2017 that incorporate these goals, but perhaps the biggest announcement of the summit was the reveal of the brand-new communication sites.

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Why Microsoft Teams Works For Me?

Duane OdumOn 3/14/2017 Microsoft Teams was generally released to Office 365 tenants around the world.  Being that I am an Office 365 consultant I had already been tinkering with it for a while during the testing phase. Prior to my fiddling I read through the various blog posts from experts in the field and the two posts that stuck with me were by Benjamin Niaulin and Naomi Moneypenny. I highly suggest reading both of those articles if you or your organization is interested in learning more about where Microsoft Teams fits in with the rest of the Office 365 capabilities. I am adding another link to a great post at the bottom of the article as well but those are the two that I started with and suggest you do the same.

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Issue with Snagit 12 and Windows 10

Duane OdumAs I have been presenting and recording using Skype for Business for quite some time I haven’t had the need to use SnagIt in quite some time so I didn’t upgrade to the Snagit 13 version when it came out.  Today I wanted to do some “snippet” how to videos for an application we developed and Snagit seemed the perfect fit but I uncovered an issue that is easily resolved, despite it taking me 30 minutes to figure out what was going on.  Short and sweet version: if you are running Snagit12 with Windows 10 Anniversary update installed you need to visit this page on the TechSmith support site. The longer and more cathartic version follows.

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SharePoint Framework General Availability

Duane OdumOn 2/23/2017 Microsoft announced the General Availability release of the SharePoint Framework to Office 365 tenancies.  This is a very exciting time for SharePoint developers as the SharePoint Framework allows us to take advantage of development tools and processes that truly enhance the developer experience.  Having worked with multiple client side development toolkits in the past I can honestly say “It’s about time!”.

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Microsoft Flow Overview

Duane OdumPrior to the May 4th event in 2016 there was a blog post by James Phillips titled Power to the people: introducing Microsoft Flow and announcing the public preview of PowerApps.  Microsoft Flow became generally available on October 31st 2016 and although its use case is not restricted to Office 365 or Microsoft products it has certainly started to pick up some steam in the Office 365 community.

At its core Microsoft Flow is really a cloud based “if this then that” (commonly abbreviated to IFTTT) solution that is intended to enable Power Users to create business applications in an easy to use editor.  When used along with Power BI and PowerApps Microsoft Flow can certainly allow non-developers the ability to create some pretty solid applications to solve business problems.  There are numerous Microsoft Flow Templates and services already available to get you started and those numbers are only going to increase as the technology picks up more momentum.

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