October was a great month for those of us in the IT Pro space in Office 365, especially with the SharePoint Online Admin center enhancements. Unfortunately, we have yet to see the Teams Administration Dashboard in our tenant or any of our customers tenants but hopefully by typing this up we will assure ourselves of sticking our foot in out mouth and it will pop up. While many of the “big” developments from October are geared towards IT folks, there were still a couple noteworthy updates for the user base as well.
Side-note: If you plan to be in or around Chicago, IL in the beginning of December and want to increase your knowledge on Office 365/SharePoint head over to the SharePoint Fest Chicago event being held 12/3/2018 – 12/7/2018. Don’t let the name mislead you, they cover a lot of SharePoint items, but you will also see many other Office 365 applications covered as well as Azure topics. The event has different levels of sessions for end users, power users, IT professionals and developers so it really is for everyone. Continue reading “WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (NOVEMBER 2018)”
I’ve been working in SharePoint for an eternity and in Office 365 long enough to know better yet here we are. We had a customer request a dirt simple MS Flow to dump an Excel from SharePoint to a local file share on their network so that it could be pulled into a 3rd party tool. We had just done something far more complex for a similar size/type of customer, so I just glanced at the Flow Pricing page to make sure the on-premises data gateway was listed for Office 365 as I’m always paranoid about licensing, sure enough it was there. Verified permissions were good to go and I was confident we could knock this thing out in an hour…wrong! Continue reading “Office 365 Licensing Finally Got Me”
Time flies when you’re having fun and that means Ignite will be here before we know it. As expected Microsoft has already started to lay the ground work for some of the talking points at Ignite with their feature and enhancement announcements in August and will likely continue that trend through September.
Office 365 Roadmap Transitioning to Microsoft 365 Roadmap
When Microsoft first rolled out the Microsoft 365 package (Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility & Security) there was a lot of confusion around what the differences were between Microsoft 365 and Office 365. In fact, we still get questions about this regularly and with this latest change that trend is likely to tick upward. In mid-September 2018 Microsoft will be moving the Office 365 Roadmap to a new location on the web and adding Microsoft 365 features. Continue reading “WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (SEPTEMBER 2018)”
On Friday a co-worker indicated that they had added some comments to a Word document I created in one of our MS Teams. The following Tuesday morning, using the MS Teams Desktop Application, I went to the team to review the comments but noticed something a bit weird, the modified information hadn’t changed. It was still showing as last modified by me over a week ago. I’m typically a good “techie” and keep my stuff up to date, shut down my machine every night and I’m regularly in the MS Teams application and never noticed this. A bit perplexed, I opened the document in Word and sure enough the comments my co-worker added were there, but she hadn’t changed anything else, she just added comments. Continue reading “MS Teams Bug: Comments in Documents and Modified Information”
With a little over 6 weeks to go until Ignite and the Business Application Summit last month we are sure to be getting some new features and enhancements galore over the next couple months. As an FYI: Microsoft has made most of, if not all the Business Applications Summit sessions available on demand. If you’re thinking about how your organization can take advantage of the Microsoft Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps, Flow and Dynamics 365) it’s worth looking through the sessions.
Continue reading “WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (August 2018)”
Administrators of Office 365 be warned…the Teams/Skype for Business migrations are going to be coming and you need to start being proactive sooner rather than later. Most of us have already got the “Teams & Skype” admin center but we can still utilize the Services & add-ins section to manage tenant wide settings we don’t have access to in the new admin center. As you may have already guessed that’s going to be changing, quickly. Continue reading “MS Teams and Skype for Business transition is coming: Are you ready?”
It’s been another busy month for Office 365 updates. Many of the updates that rolled out were ahead of schedule which can be nice for folks that were waiting on a specific update to implement a solution. However, it’s nice when the Office 365 Roadmap is accurate😊.
Microsoft 365 Admin Center
This one’s been in the pipeline for some time but if you haven’t checked it out yet be prepared for some changes. Content is still very similar so it’s not a terribly difficult adjustment but anything with Administration rights in Office 365 should get familiar with the new layout sooner rather than later at https://admin.microsoft.com. Continue reading “What’s New In Office 365 (July 2018)”