This month we are highlighting some new features in SharePoint and Teams, a new option for receiving Service Health Notification emails, and reminding you of the changes that went live in January for Power Platform Self-Service. Lastly, there is the news of Microsoft forcing users to use Bing Search by default even in Chrome. As always, there are a lot of things happening in Office 365, so be sure to check out the Tech Community Blogs and the Microsoft 365 Roadmap for more of what’s new.
It’s a new year, a new decade (depending on your point of view), and we have some new Office 365 features to tell you about. Most of these features aren’t beginning rollout until mid-January, but that will be here before you know it. As always, there is some great content being shared on the Tech Community blogs, so check them out when you get a chance. The updates we are covering in this post are from the Office 365 Message center.
Microsoft Search Change to suggested Q&A
Action required by Jan 10, 2020
Ignite has come and gone but all that really means is we have more features getting rolled out in than usual😉. There are plenty of noteworthy posts regarding Ignite announcements and sessions on the Tech Community blogs that are worth checking out however most of the content for this month’s post is coming directly from the Office 365 Message center. I guess that is a benefit of the “post-conference rollout” of features. Continue reading “WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (DECEMBER 2019)”
The day 1 blog post from Microsoft Ignite 2019 for OneDrive titled Celebrating top OneDrive moments at Ignite 2019 was posted yesterday. While there are likely going to be thousands of posts coming from the content presented at Ignite, I have decided to throw my pebble into the ocean as it were. I have some general concerns on some of the features/enhancements coming our way soon. Continue reading “Musings on OneDrive News from Microsoft Ignite 2019”
With Microsoft’s Ignite Conference right around the corner, it is typically tough to find exciting content for this month’s blog post. That is NOT the case this year. We have big changes to announce, some have already caused controversy with IT Admins, others have the potential for causing controversy, and still others are sure to make some end users’ lives a bit easier. We will be covering the unveiling (somewhat unceremoniously and with little heads up) of the self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products, and the end of support for Windows 7. New features that may excite IT Admins, or not, include form customization in SharePoint Lists and Libraries and the ability to rename SharePoint Site URLs. The new feature that is sure to delight many end users is live captions (English-US) in Teams meetings.
Self-Service Purchase Capabilities for Power Platform
Once again Microsoft has been rolling out updated and new features at neck breaking speed. While it’s hard to argue with their numbers I cannot help but agree with some of the sentiments put forth by Andrew Connell in his SharePoint Framework Summer 2019 Wish List post on September 4th. If you’re a developer doing any work with the SharePoint Framework the article is a must read. If you’re not, just know that the gist of the article is “New stuff is great but how about we clean up what we already have rolled out”. Again, hard to argue with Microsoft’s results but Andrew’s logic is spot on as usual. With that diatribe out of the way here are some other notable happenings in Office 365 in the past month.
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)”