Recap of MSIgnite Meetup: Keeping up with change in Microsoft Office 365

Thank you to all who attended my Meetup at MSIgnite - Keeping up with change in Microsoft Office 365. I had very positive feedback from attendees, who found it valuable to get insights from other organisations and how they keep up with changes. It was a Meetup in the truest sense, as each table discussed the questions. 15 or so people joined liv…

Office 365 Message Center: The week that was 10 Mar 2017

This week in my Office 365 Message Center I only received a few messages. Feature update: Changes to Yammer Analytics Dashboard. New feature: Personalized news on the SharePoint home page in Office 365. New feature: Enterprise Mobility plus Security support. In addition to these messages, I take a look at what you can bring into your …

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute – User Group Talk

The NZ Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure User Group met on 4 March where we hosted a talk by Kodia about Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. ExpressRoute is a service that offers a private connection to Azure, with lower latency, increased reliability and speed and is highly secure. With the Australian Azure datacentres now available, New Zealand b…

Office 365 Groups, Exchange, Sites or Yammer?

Office 365 Groups are now rolling out to tenants with the First Release switch set to "give it to me now". There has been plenty of discussion about Groups crossing over with existing tools. Why would we use Office 365 Groups when we have [insert tool name here]? There might also be some concern that Groups will spell the end for some tools such as…

Is this the fix for OneDrive for Business sync issues?

Rolling out with this months updates to Office 2013 is - October 14, 2014 update for OneDrive for Business (KB3000731) . I find this statement in the "improvements and fixes" section promising:  "Consider the following scenario: Assume that you use OneDrive for Business to synchronize files to an Information Rights Management (IRM) library.…

Office 365 Education for Students – a few important points

Schools and educational institutes may need to prepare a few things before Office 365 Education for Students can provision smoothly in their environment. The blog announcement "Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!" caused excitement this week. But it also raised a few questions. Thankfully Microsoft put together the…

First Response to First Release: Admin Portal Menu Change

This is the first significant observed change since I turned on the new "First Release" switch in my Office 365 tenant. Admin menus are rearranged, expandable. Also a change in the Global Admin role to company administrator is discussed. …

From Inside The Cloud: The Microsoft Office 365 Inside-Story

I used to look at clouds as a child and wonder if they really were all fluffy, comfy balls of cotton. In adult-speak, "Could I really be supported on a platform made of Cloud?" It's funny how that same question takes a different form, now that I work using cloud-based, online services. I haven't flown much in my life. Things are getting busier at S…

Keep up with Office 365 changes using Office 365 Technical Network

Many eyes make light work of watching, because we don't all have time to check every corner of this large, growing and ever-improving collection of online services that is Office 365. Often the community of IT Pros are quick to observe change and let others know; currently, faster than the Office 365 Admin Portal Message Center alerts or blog p…

Install Office 2013 using USB storage and Click-to-Run

Using the Office Deployment Tool with Click-to-Run, organizations can download Office 2013 installation files once and install it on many computers from that location. This video walk-through with blog post outlines how to use the Office Deployment Tool to install Office 2013 a using USB storage key. To install Office 2013 using USB storage and …