365 Message Center Show #54 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we cover the Message Center Reader role, changes in SharePoint, OneDrive, and Exchange Web Services. Check out the time stamped links below.

02:49 Updated site usage page in SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC143535 
— Updates to what usage information we are getting from SharePoint Online. We covered this one pretty well, so check out the video.

10:00 Known Folder Move is now available for OneDrive for Business Read announcement MC143579 
— This update is great for helping your users utilize OneDrive – if not forcing them – without their need to start saving in a different place.

14:35 Multi-Factor Authentication and self-service password reset preview Read announcement MC143715 
— When users register for multi-factor authentication (MFA) and self-service password reset (SSPR) for their account, the process will be handled in one, single experience. Previously users had to enter this information twice.

19:38 Changes to Exchange Web Services for Office 365 Read announcement MC143569 
— Move your applications to OAuth 2.0 for connecting to Exchange Web Services (EWS) before October 13, 2020.

34:07 Message Center Reader role
— The new Message Center Reader role is a great step in enabling change management and training users in your organization. There are some interesting things they can also see in the Admin Center, so check out the video link for details on what they do get to see.


*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above

 

365 Message Center Show #53 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we discuss major changes in SharePoint, Teams, and Office. Check out the time stamped links below.

03:30 Monthly feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365 – Read announcement MC142651 
— Our monthly update for Office – some exciting stuff, including being able to title your slides with a pen in PowerPoint.

08:26 Office 365 Threat Intelligence Threat Trackers Read announcement MC143221 
— New capabilities for analyzing trends and patterns in your organization.

13:02 Office 365 System Requirements for Client Connectivity Read announcement MC143230 
— Older versions of Office (including Office 2016) will not be able to connect to Office 365 – SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, etc. – after October 2020.

20:00 Update for Machine Translation Services from SharePoint Online Read announcement MC143381 
— Manual translation services in SharePoint Online via MTS will be disabled September 2018.

23:37 Replacing Site Content and Structure in SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC143382
— Site Content and Structure page/functionality will be removed September 2018, and Microsoft wants you to start using File Move and Copy to carry out file management moves. This is a major issue if you are using this functionality to move sites and other non-document structure.

27:34 Message translation in Microsoft Teams Read announcement MC143426
— Users will be able to manually translate Microsoft Teams messages inline, but it is being rolled out turned off by default.

30:27 Update on Visio Web Access from SharePoint Online Read announcement MC143503
— The removal of Visio Web Access from SharePoint Online has been delayed due to popular demand (Microsoft listens!). The new deadline for you to move to Visio Online functionality is September 2019.

34:07 Microsoft Teams launches eDiscovery for Calling and Meetings
— New eDiscovery ability in Office 365 for Teams as of July 2nd, 2018.


*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above

 

365 Message Center Show #52 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we discuss the impact of changes made to sharing and email branding options in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, controlling your email domain and sender rewriting scheme, auditing Exchange mailbox actions, the changes to the amount of storage in SharePoint Online, and Outlook add-in deployment.

03:06 Changes to external sharing in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint OnlineRead announcement MC142082
06:19 Branding of sharing emails for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint OnlineRead announcement MC142154
10:27 Sender rewriting scheme for auto-forwarded and relayed emails in ExchangeRead announcement MC142243
13:44 New Exchange mailbox actions to audit – Read announcement MC142244
15:10 SharePoint Online storage allocation – Read announcement MC142447
20:26 Centralized deployment for Outlook add-ins – Read announcement MC142521
24:46 Microsoft Teams new Wiki treatment with meeting notes – Also see Darrell’s deep-dive video
29:22 New Office home experience

*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above

SharePoint Saturday New York City 2018

SharePoint Saturday New York City 2018 will be a fantastic conference and I will be delivering a joint presentation with Sarah Haase this year!

We will be giving a new session titled Driving adoption of Microsoft Flow, one solution at a time. In the session, you will learn the essentials of the Microsoft Flow service and how it can be used to drive business value. You’ll also learn how to showcase custom workflow templates for your organization to give your users a jump-start with Microsoft Flow.

Registration is open – join us on July 28th!

 

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:   

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

 

Blockers for Moving to Office 365 with Vlad Catrinescu

There is a big push to get organizations to adopt Office 365 and many are encountering challenges with moving their existing processes “to the cloud.” I recently spoke with Vlad Catrinescu [BlogTwitter], Microsoft MVP and author, about these challenges and his experience in overcoming them.

01:01 Challenges organizations are facing
01:31 Customization in SharePoint
02:00 Rewriting code
02:19 Regulations
03:16 Release schedule
05:01 How to mitigate challenges
06:36 IT Pro job changes
08:28 Training materials need to change

Talking SharePoint Management Console at SPS Charlotte with Cory Williams

I sat down with Cory Williams [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) Charlotte to get his thoughts on Office 365 administration. Cory is one of the organizers of SPS Charlotte and was a speaker as well!

00:44 Pay attention to the Office 365 Message Center
01:17 Shameless plug for the REgarding 365 web show Office 365 Message Center: The week that was
01:47 New SharePoint Console
02:04 More dates please!
02:35 Release schedule – when are new features showing up in my Office 365 tenant
02:44 Reminders for new features and changes
03:36 Let’s tie Microsoft Flow into the Office 365 Message Center

It May Be Time to Stop Building Access Web Apps

For years now, power users have created solutions using Access Services within SharePoint. These solutions have often been the backbone of many business processes for small to medium-sized organizations. Now that Office 365 is widely available and is fairly cost-effective for those organizations, we have new options to solve those business needs.

Microsoft PowerApps is a new member of the Office 365 family and now that PowerApps is generally available within Office 365, Microsoft is recommending to organizations that solutions built with Access Services be migrated to the PowerApps service.

Access Services & Access Web Apps shipped with SharePoint 2016 and will continue being supported as part of the SharePoint product life-cycle.

Moving forward, information workers should build their apps using PowerApps on top of SharePoint lists to give the feature-rich solutions their users need with the full on-going support of Microsoft and the tech community.