Office 365 Groups turns on SharePoint doc library features

O365 Groups starting to turn on more SharePoint library features and some new ones. We're getting closer to seeing Office Groups get full SharePoint Team Sites. It remains to be seen whether the Group site collection itself will be opened up an used. Or a Group may just be associated with a separate site. But I was pleasantly surprised …

O365 Groups Update – Header menu, Planner-Notebook tip

A new and improved header menu is rolling out to Office 365 Groups. I say improvement because much as I like elipses menus (...), they can unintensionally hide good options and features. The new header follows the style of the header in Yammer groups, so when Yammer is integrated into the Office 365 Groups hub of services, navigation will feel mor…

Provision Office 365 Planner Preview

This is a very short post to help get the word out about how to provision Office 365 Planner Preview in their existing tenants. We received a message in the Office 365 Message Centre of our Admin portal detailing how to provision the preview.  The Message Centre message advises Action Required: None. That's not the case, obviously. Follow th…

Get a Link and Office 365 Groups Files

The new Get-a-Link in Office 365 Groups Files will allow anyone in the organization / tenant who has the link to either view or edit a document, depending on the link you create. Much like the external guest link which gives anonymous access to external users. But this link is only available for anyone in your tenant. At this stage, we can't share …

Office 365 Groups Files new UI and file management

Office 365 Groups receives the new UI and features experience, working towards parity with OneDrive for Business changes. Move and copy files and folders around using an improved folder tree pane. Share files and folders with specific people who are not members of the Group Improved details pane, showing a preview of the document, who it is…

Has Yammer played out it’s role? – My response

Wictor Wilén, SharePoint MVP discusses the question in a recent blog post "Has Yammer played out it's role?" He makes some great points: Lack of integration with Office 365 after 3.5 years Former Yammer leaders have moved on Yammer are making some poor feature choices based on chicken and egg use of telemetry, rather than popular featu…

Brief thought about Planner, Office 365 Groups and Group Creation

Thinking about Office 365 Groups / Planner and controlling Group creation. I know there are valid reasons for controlling who creates Groups. If Planner is closely integrated with Groups and creating a Plan will create a Group, do we really want to restrict who can create Plans? Administrative control is important. But the more you exert control,…

Office 365 Groups Files AND SharePoint Team Site Document Libraries

Do I even need a SharePoint Team Site, now that I have Office 365 Groups (Modern Groups)? Since the arrival of Office 365 Groups, this question keeps coming up again and again. My reply is why not use both? A recent change will help the Office 365 Groups and Team Sites work more effectively together when working with files. We have two main groups…

Office 365 Groups: Sharing files and sites with a Group

At Microsoft Ignite, we heard much about Office 365 Groups. It's clearer to me now that Groups are not just a group of collaborative tools  that can be self provisioned for a group. Groups are an identity in Azure Active Directory and are going to be used extensively throughout the different services in Office 365. They will help to unify the expe…

O365 LightBulb: Office 365 Groups for class collaboration

I saw a school new to Office 365, begin to explore the features on their own. They were given access to their email via Outlook Web Access, before they received any training. Because Outlook was their first view of Office 365, a teacher started and Office 365 Group and began to explore using it for class collaboration. Watch this video to hear some…