As we start a new year it’s always good to reflect on what we’ve accomplished but the real fun is in trying to figure out where we are going😉. Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form privy to the inner workings of the various product teams at Microsoft and the views expressed within this post are my own. With that out of the way, here are my not so bold predictions for Office 365 in 2019. Continue reading “Not So Bold Predictions for Office 365 in 2019”
December is upon us – the lights, the music, the shopping; but don’t let that distract you from the exciting things happening in the world of Office 365! There is something for everyone – new options for site branding in SharePoint, the ability to manage MS Teams in the Teams & Skype Admin Center, new MS Teams Administrator roles, licensing updates for PowerApps/MS Flow, and a way to restrict users from creating Office 365 groups. Continue reading “WHAT’S NEW IN OFFICE 365 (DECEMBER 2018)”
Microsoft is very permissive when it comes to creating Office 365 groups. The default is that everyone can create Office 365 groups. Users can create groups from several different applications, and each user can create up to 250 groups. With this kind of freedom, things can get out of control pretty quickly. Before you know it, your environment can have a plethora of Office 365 Groups that may not be useful or even used. Sometimes the old adage is true – just because they can, doesn’t always mean they should.
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)”
Microsoft Ignite was held September 24-28 in Orlando, Florida with more than 1600 sessions on all that Microsoft has to offer. This session, by Dux Raymond Sy, covered guidelines for proper governance of Microsoft Teams. Dux makes basic recommendations but cautions listeners that Azure Active Directory P1 is a requirement for some of the features he highlights.
Overall, it was an informative session. Dux does a great job explaining the relationship between Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups; and breaking down governance into 3 manageable areas: provisioning, operations and information cycle. Continue reading “Review of How to Ensure Operational Governance for Microsoft Teams Session from Microsoft Ignite 2018”
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”