Power and Simplicity – Changes to Office UI

Microsoft this week announced changes to the user interface (UI) for its Office products. Read the announcement here: Microsoft Office gets a makeover.

Those changes, although no too drastic, will have an impact on users and their workloads. A few of the crew at @REgarding365, Sarah Haase, Loryan Strant, Darrell Webster and I, decided to get together to discuss the upcoming changes and what the impacts might be. Enjoy the video:   

How to share SharePoint Online sites with external users

I created a new SharePoint Online Communications site recently and I wanted to share it with someone outside my organization. Unfortunately, when I tried to share the site with them, I received an error!

External Sharing Error
External Sharing Error

The error, “Your organization’s policies don’t allow you to share with these users. Go to External Sharing in the Office 365 admin center to enable it.“, is pretty straightforward and to the point: external sharing is turned off for Office 365 and I need to enable it….or is the error wrong?!?

Check out my video below where I show the issue and how to enable external sharing in SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Saturday Montreal 2018

I am heading to Canada on June 2nd for SharePoint Saturday Montreal!

I will be giving a session titled Gaining insights with Power BI. In the session, I will talk about how to build compelling dashboards and how you can get insights from your data. I will also cover managing the Power BI service and how to use the different apps.

Registration is open – join us on June 2nd!

 

Do you need an intranet? Are they still relevant?

On Thursday 4/19/2018 3pm Central time, the REgarding 365 crew and some special guests will tackle the question: Are Intranets still relevant?

Join me, Liz Sundet, Sarah Haase, Tracy van der SchyffAlistair Pugin, and Sébastien Levert as we dive into this very important discussion. If you can join us live, make sure you join the chat and ask your questions, get your word in!

More info on the event can be found on the REgarding 365 blog.

You can tune into the debate using the video below (or check the recording if you aren’t able to jump in live).

OneDrive Sync Client Making Files Read-only

Drew Madelung asked a question on Twitter about why a lock icon was showing next to files being synced from a SharePoint document library to his computer via the OneDrive sync client.


After seeing the tweet, I did some testing and we found out why the lock icon was showing up – check out the short video below to find out more.

Fix Project Site Timeline Web Part Error

I received an error when creating a SharePoint online site using the ‘project site’ template and thought I would share my quick fix to make it work. Check out the quick video below for the details!

Minnesota User Group Tour 2018

The title of this post is a little silly, but I will be speaking at the Minnesota SharePoint Users Group and the Minnesota Office 365 User Group in February!

First up on February 14th, I will be presenting an intro session on Microsoft Flow and discussing the Flow road-map. You can find more details and register here: MN SharePoint User Group February

The second session will be on February 15th at the Minnesota Office 365 user group. This session will focus on Power BI – with an extra focus on how to administer the service. Details and register here: MN O365 User Group February

I hope to see you at both meetings!

 

Talking Microsoft Teams adoption with Erica Toelle

I had a chat with Erica Toelle [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) St. Louis and we talked about Microsoft Teams adoption. The video and some key highlights are below:

01:10 User categories for adoption
01:33 Erica’s number 1 tip for adopting Microsoft Teams
01:56 Video in Teams can be that ‘sticky’ feature
03:24 I ask: Is Teams flexible enough for all users in an organization
04:25 Teams can work organically with your working group

Planning is key for all migrations to Office 365

I had a chat with Mike Maadarani [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) St. Louis about SharePoint migrations and his strategies for helping organizations moving to the cloud. The video and some key points are below:

00:48 Big challenge when migrating SharePoint
01:15 Unlocking the new features in SharePoint & adoption
02:08 For SharePoint migrations, clicking the button is the easy part
03:43 First thing to do before migrating…
04:37 What are users often confused about with Office 365

 

SharePoint Conference 2018

I will be attending and speaking at this year’s SharePoint Conference North America happening May 19 – 23, 2018. This is going to be an amazing #SPC – you will have access to over 100 Microsoft product team members (the ladies and gentlemen who are building SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.), as well as dozens of Microsoft MVPs. Bring your tough questions and build your network at this amazing, unique conference.

You can register for the conference using my code GLENN to receive $50 off!! Register here: SharePointNA.com

Check out my video below describing why I am excited about the conference and the sessions I am giving: