Off to Microsoft Ignite 2017

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I am sitting at the airport in Montréal, waiting for my flight to Orlando to attend the Microsoft Ignite 2017.

Microsoft Ignite is a huge Microsoft conference with 1687 sessions, about the different Microsoft products and Technologies.

For those who know me, my subjects of interest are SharePoint and Office 365 collaboration tools.

With 1687 sessions, it will be tough to pick which sessions to attend. I have done a breakdown of the sessions available for my subjects of interest:

  • 191 sessions about Collaboration
  • 174 sessions with the word SharePoint in it.
  • 123 sessions about Microsoft Teams
  • 106 sessions that will talk about Groups
  • 70 sessions about OneDrive
  • For those that tought that Yammer was dead, there are 60 sessions about Yammer.
  • 11 sessions about Planner.

 

 

The conference is 5 days (6 for those who are participating in pre-conference sessions).

There is no way we can see all these sessions in one week. Fortunately the sessions are recorded and they are normally made available to all very quickly.

On top the the sessions,

  • There is the Exhibitor room where we will be able to hear about different 3rd party products
  • There is an expert area, where we can ask questions to Experts about the different products
  • There are Hands On Labs to get a chance to test the product and technologies.
  • A certification and testing area to prepare yourself for certification exams and take certification exams
  • You get a chances to meet and greet with people for around the globe
  • Microsoft has booked Universal Studio for the attendees for one night

 

I am looking forward to learn new stuff to be able to share with you during and after the week.

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Office 365 Groups expiration

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Microsoft has announced a new configuration settings for Office 365 groups, where you can set an expiration date for a Group.

« You can now manage the lifecycle of Office 365 groups by setting expiration for any Office 365 groups that you select. Once this expiration is set, owners of those groups are asked to renew their groups if they still need the groups. Any Office 365 group that is not renewed will be deleted. Any Office 365 group that was deleted can be restored within 30 days by the group owners or the administrator”

This will help a lot to manage the Groups lifecycle.

The only problem is that it will not be available to everyone. Your company will need an Azure Active Directory Premium licence assigned to the administrator who configures the expiration settings for the tenant and to all members of the groups selected for this setting.

Office 365 Groups Expiration is now available in Preview.

More information and source for the image and the quotes:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-groups-lifecycle-azure-portal

Speaking at SPS Toronto

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I am happy to travel to Toronto on August 19th for SPS Toronto 2017, where I will be speaking about Microsoft Teams!

Don’t miss this event they have a great selection of sessions and speakers!

SharePoint Saturday Toronto

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It’s with great pleasure and honor that I will be speaking about Microsoft Teams at the SharePoint Saturday Toronto 2017.

Drop by and say hello If you are in Toronto on August 19th!

SharePoint Online Communication sites

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The new communication sites are being rolled out to Office 365 First Release customers.

This is the message that was sent in the Office 365 message center.

To create communication sites, you will need to go to the SharePoint Tile in the App Launcher, and click Create site.

When communication sites will be available in your tenant, you will have the option to create a Team site or a Communication site.

Important:
There are three options for release preferences in Office 365. Standard release, First release for everyone and First release for selected users. On my tenant when it was set to First release for everyone, I did not have the option to create communication sites. When I have
set First release for selected users
and added my user I was able to create communication sites. I Don’t know why, but there seems to be a difference between the two First release options.

Note: When you create a communication site, an Office 365 group is not created. However, in order to create a communication site, you must have permission to create Office 365 Groups in Outlook.

Source: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-a-communication-site-in-SharePoint-Online-7fb44b20-a72f-4d2c-9173-fc8f59ba50eb

“Communication sites are perfect for internal cross-company campaigns, weekly and monthly reports or status updates, product launches, events and more. To help you jumpstart getting your message out fast, communication sites provide configurable templates for the sites and pages within. When you click Create site from the SharePoint home in Office 365, you have a choice of three initial site designs:

  • Topic—Select the Topic design when you have a lot of information to share, such as news, events and other content.
  • Showcase—Use the Showcase design to feature a product, team or event using photos or images.
  • Blank—Start with a blank site and make your design come to life quickly and easily.”

Source : https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/06/27/sharepoint-communication-sites-begin-rollout-to-office-365-customers/

7 reasons why every Canadian smallbusiness should fall in love with the cloud

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Here are 7 reasons why every Canadian smallbusiness should fall in love with the cloud:

  • Keep your data at rest in Canada
  • Safeguard your business
  • Avoid aggravation & downtime
  • Get a better IT ROI
  • Access powerful new services
  • Always stay up-to-date
  • Empower your dev team

If you have not looked at Office 365, it’s time to do it!

More information to evaluate Office 365: https://products.office.com/en/business/evaluate-office-365-for-it

 

 

To find out more about this read the source  of this article.

Success with Microsoft teams

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With Microsoft teams being globally available this week, Microsoft is providing their customers with a great set of documents and tools to prepare to have a successful Microsoft Teams deployment.

Microsoft has prepared this set of documents to plan and run team Workshops!

Microsoft has made available a Bandwith Calculator to help you plan your bandwith usage

You will also find some videos to learn more about using, deploying and operating Microsoft Teams

 

Click here to gain access to this great set of tools!

Have fun with Microsoft Teams.

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