What’s New in Microsoft 365 (October 2020)

In this month’s post we highlight a few of the Microsoft 365 announcements at Ignite along with some nice features coming to Teams and SharePoint in the upcoming month.  We are also going to touch on the Azure AD outage experienced on 9/28 as it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in the Microsoft space post-Ignite.

Microsoft Ignite has come and gone, but it will continue to live on at MyIgnite.Microsoft.com in the virtual world so you can always check out what you may have missed.  Usually I’m grabbing the Book of News and tracking the sessions; however, this year I was in the process of moving, so that wasn’t really feasible.  With Ignite being a virtual conference this year I was able to listen and watch the demos from my cell phone during the moving process…technology really can be awesome at times. One of the overarching themes regarding the announcements was the “premium” label being attached to many of the features being announced, which should make for some more interesting licensing/billing conversations in the future for those of us in the Microsoft ecosystem😉.

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What’s New in microsoft 365 (September 2020)

The Microsoft Teams team dropped a lot of great updates this month and at the time of writing this up they have launched 118 feature enhancements/updates in 2020 per the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. You can check out some of the recent ones in the roadmap link but with Microsoft Teams getting so much press we decided to focus our update on SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and the big announcement for everyone regarding Internet Explorer 11 support moving forward that makes almost every developer smile😉. 

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Microsoft Lists: What’s All The Hype About?

Honestly, I can’t really tell you, because although Microsoft claimed that Lists would be available in targeted release in late July, we still have yet to see it in our tenant. Let me step back a minute in case you haven’t seen all the marketing that Microsoft has been doing to push Microsoft Lists. Some of you may be saying what is Microsoft Lists?

According to Microsoft, “Lists is a Microsoft 365 app that helps you track information and organize your work. Lists are simple, smart, and flexible, so you can stay on top of what matters most to your team. Track issues, assets, routines, contacts, inventory and more using customizable views and smart rules and alerts to keep everyone in sync. With ready-made templates, you can quickly start lists online, on our new mobile app, and directly from within Microsoft Teams. And because it is part of Microsoft 365, you can rely on enterprise-grade security and compliance.”

The truth is Lists is the same old SharePoint lists re-branded with some new added features like templates that have “pretty” user interfaces. Don’t get me wrong, the new features seem like they will be helpful and will definitely enhance the user experience. I’m just annoyed that they are making it sound like they created this whole new thing  just to attract new business.

While we are talking about being annoyed – let’s talk about how Microsoft has been out in the public talking up Lists like crazy, but they have been pretty tight lipped in the Message Center. In fact, there was only one message back in early July, and it wasn’t the hyped up story that they are selling out in the world. With as hard as they are pushing it out in the wild, you would think there would have been much more communication about it in the Message Center. Silly me for thinking logically.

Long story short, if you are interested in learning more about Microsoft Lists, don’t ask us. We don’t know anything more than you can learn online. See the links below for what Microsoft has to say.

Announcing Microsoft Lists

A first Look at Microsoft Lists

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