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)”
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”
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.
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)”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading “There are no sites to show right now…but there are!”
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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