What are Office 365 Groups? – A Sway Presentation

Continuing with my fun using Microsoft Sway, I skim through some of the features of the new Office 365 Groups. What are Office 365 Groups? Joining a Group Office 365 Group Conversations Sharing Group Files Managing Group Events Using Office 365 Groups from your smartphone or tablet The integration with Exchange and OneDrive for Bu…

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…

Email Auto Signature, emailed posts and replies to Yammer

When you reply to a post in Yammer using email, you can remove your email signature from the post. This is particularly important when your email signature includes attached graphics and logos. Each graphic will be attached to the Yammer post - not pretty. A common #YammerTip is to place two hyphens on a new line. -- This will prevent Yamm…

#YammerTip: Liking and Replying To Old Posts

It's OK to 'Like' and 'Reply' to old posts. The conversation never really ends. Things change and so does advice, opinions and viewpoints. Therefore, if you're still interested in an older thread of conversation, don't feel you have to "Stop Following in Inbox". A few weeks or months down the track, someone may inject something very useful ba…

Yammer Tip: Choose your meal – Pick a Feed

  How hungry are you for conversation?   1. Quick Meal If you're famished and want to get a quick bite, choose the TOP feed. You'll get a list of the most active conversations where you can quickly engage.   2. All-You-Can-Eat If you are an All-You-Can-Eat fan or you like Sushi trains where meals pass in front of you and…

Creating a Yammer poll that “allows” more than one response

Polls are a great way to get informal feedback and start discussion around the results. Yammer's poll allows only one choice to be made. So my here's my suggestion for creating a Yammer poll that allows more than one response.   Creating a "More than one answer" Poll 1. Start your choice with a letter, so multiple choices can be re…

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…

Yammer Conversation Panel and Office Online setup tip

Yammer conversations are rolling out to OneDrive and SharePoint Online, adding a conversation panel beside your documents in the browser. I have been keeping a close eye on my SharePoint Online sites for the conversation panel. Surprisingly, it arrived within 24 hours of the announcement. The conversation panel makes use of Yammer embed ,…

Browser First, Cloud First – Road Map becomes Flight Plan

Microsoft are developing and delivering with a "Mobile First, Cloud First" approach. This extends to "Browser First, Cloud First".  They are revealing more new features for their online services which will take some time before they appear in their on-premises and on-desktop counterparts, if at all. This can even be said for Office Online, which …

Notification emails – How useful are they?

[caption id="attachment_772" align="alignleft" width="400"] Notifications and rubbish collection day | Photo by Leon Brocard - https://flic.kr/p/5urMow[/caption] I get notifications from all sorts of groups, services and networks I'm subscribed to. LinkedIn conversations I've commented on, Twitter retweets and replies, group summaries. More rec…