First Reaction to Office 365 Group – an honest, explorative walk-through

Office 365 Groups have been announced, YamJammed (live discussion), given a support page and now, are beginning to appear in tenants using the First Release setting. Rather than giving you a nice polished break-down of what Groups are, I wanted to un-box it with you. I explore it and comment as I click through what I discover on the surface of Off…

Feedback, Suggestions and Feature Requests for OneNote Class Notebook Creator

As you use the OneNote Class Notebook Creator in your schools and colleges, you might have some feedback for the OneNote team at Microsoft. This tip is for schools and teachers using the OneNote Class Notebook Creator. Learn more about it and find other tips by reading my blog post – OneNote Class Notebook Creator – Officially Launched  …

E1 and E3 – Enterprise or Education?

Seems a name change with Office 365 plans may cause some confusion. E1 and E3 plans till this point have been commonly understood to refer to Enterprise plans. The Academic plans have been renamed as Education plans. They also have E1 and E3 plans, replacing the A plans. Enterprise Plans More... (US pricing displayed) Education Plans (were na…

TechEd NZ 2014 – Office 365 – What’s in it for Me?

When organizations implement a new system they face two distinct challenges: How do I get this to work? How do I get my people to use it? As IT Professionals, we are more comfortable and confident answering the first question. Sometimes we throw technical solutions at the second question in an attempt to answer it, with mixed success. Let'…

Getting on the FastTrack to Office 365 – User Group Talk

The NZ Microsoft Cloud & Infrastructure User Group met on 27 August and were treated to a walkthrough of Office 365 FastTrack hosted by MVP Brendon Ford. Microsoft will offer deployment planning and email migration service assistance to organizations who have 150 or more users and are wanting to move to Office 365. They will fund a planning…

#NZSPC Keynote getting the sketchnote treatment by Rebecca Jackson

At Australian SharePoint Conference (AUSPC), we were honoured to have Rebecca Jackson present her session "Melbourne Water Case Study: Engaging your Organisation in an Intranet Rebuild". Rebecca will be presenting this session again at New Zealand SharePoint Conference on 23 July, Day 2 of the conference. Rebecca will be sharing ANOTHER talent w…

It’s Online. Will we see it on our Desktops?

[caption id="attachment_1016" align="alignleft" width="300"] From office.blogs.com - http://blogs.office.com/2014/07/02/document-collaboration-made-easy/[/caption] Aslak Gottlieb asks in response to this blogs.office.com post "Document Collaboration Made Easy" "Great feature – thanks! This may be a stupid question. Never the less: Is this fea…

Something on this screen is new…

Have you ever used new hardware as a carrot to help user adoption? Sometimes we hope that our users will be dazzled by their new kit and will be more receptive to the change in software too. “Office 365, User Adoption and What’s-In-It-For-Me?” | Australian SharePoint Conference 2014 | #AUSPC…

What might Office Touch (Office Gemini) have to do with Office Online?

It's clearer to me now that developments in Office Online are going to be key to the coming Windows 8 Modern UI Office Touch apps, also known as Office Blue or Office Gemini. I must say, it's easier to say Office Gemini than it is to pause and struggle with what to call Office...uh...Touch, (for want of a clearly defined name.) Let me define a…