Support for SharePoint 2013 SP1 ends in 2018

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If you are using SharePoint 2013, you should be aware that mainstream support for SharePoint 2013 SP1 will end on April 10th 2018. After this date only security fixes will be provided for SharePoint 2013. Regular hotfixes can no longer be requested. ( https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2017/10/11/mainstream-support-for-sharepoint-2013-will-end-in-6-months/ )

It’s time to plan to Migrate to SharePoint 2016 or to SharePoint Online!

Mainstream Support definition

Mainstream Support is the first phase of the product lifecycle. At the supported service pack level, Mainstream Support for products and services includes:

  • Incident support (no-charge incident support, paid incident support, support charged on an hourly basis, support for warranty claims)
  • Security update support
  • The ability to request nonsecurity updates

NOTE: Enrollment in a maintenance program may be required to receive these benefits for certain products.

Extended Support Definition

The Extended Support phase follows Mainstream Support for business, developer, and desktop operating system products. At the supported service pack level, Extended Support includes:

  • Paid support4
  • Security update support at no additional cost
  • Nonsecurity related updates requires Extended Hotfix Support to be purchased (per-fix fees also apply).5
    Extended Hotfix Support is not available for desktop operating system consumer products. More details are available here.

NOTE:

  • Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended Support phase
  • Extended Support is not available for consumer, consumer hardware, or multimedia products
  • Enrollment in a maintenance program may be required to receive these benefits for certain product

Lifecycle phases for business, developer, desktop operating systems, consumer and multimedia software

 Type of support Mainstream Support Extended Support
Request to change product design and features  Available  Not available
Security updates  Available  Available
Nonsecurity updates  Available
  • Available only with Extended Hotfix Support
  • Not available for desktop operating system consumer products
Complimentary support1 included with license, licensing program2 or other no-charge support programs  Available  Limited complimentary support may be available (varies by product).
Paid-support (including pay-per-incident premier and essential support)  Available  Available

Source and more information: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14085

To find out more about the Microsoft product’s lifecycle

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17140/lifecycle-faq-general-policy-questions


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SharePoint Online Attention views being rolled out

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During the Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando, It was announced that SharePoint Online will include Attention views.

Attention views provides a way to quickly take action on items in your library that need attention Ex : Required metadata.

Here is a preview of the attention view that was shown by Lincoln DeMaris (Principal program Manager at Microsoft) during the Microsoft Ignite 2017.

Attention Views are being rolled out to a tenant near you for the First Release customers.

Prepare your training materiel and your help desk!

To learn more about attention view you can watch this Microsoft Ignite Session.

This is where I took the print screen for this article.

Configuring Adding external users to Microsoft Teams

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We can now add external users to Microsoft Teams.

The restriction, for now, is that the external user needs an Office 365 account.

  • The Office 365 account does not need to be in your tenant.
  • External user invitation is not turned on by default.

To allow external users to be members of a team you need to :

Sign in to your Office 365 administration portal with a administrator’s account

https://portal.office.com

In the Office 365 administration portal

On the left bar

  • Click on Settings
  • Click on Services & Add-Ins

In the list of services

  • Click on Microsoft Teams

In the Settings by user/license type section of the Microsoft Teams configurations

  • Click on the arrow next to Business & Enterprise

In the choice’s box

  • Click on Guest

Once guest is selected make sur that the switch is On for the option to Turn Microsoft Teams on or off for all users of this type 

 

Important : This is a global setting. This means that external users will be able to be added to all Microsoft Teams on your tenant.

Microsoft Ignite 2017 day 1 recap

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Day of 1 of Microsoft Ignite 2017 is done. It’s time to do a recap of the Office 365 and announcements of the day.

First there was the keynote with Satya Nadella CEO at Microsoft. 

There was a lot of talk about Digital Transformation and how Microsoft is going to help their customers to get there.

 

Teamwork will be used more often than Collaboration in Microsoft communication. 

Microsoft Mission

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Not about technology, but what you can do with Technology! 

MR and AI

  • There was a lot of talk about Mixed Reality (MR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • It was announced that the New Windows Mixed Reality will be available october 17 2017

There was a demo with Ford showing someone that connected on an Hololens using multifactor autentication to be able to see the new designs. They displayed the Hololens view in a Microsoft Teams meeting. The meeting was recorded and stored in Microsoft team to allow the people that could not attend the meeting to watch the video later. 

Here is more announcements heard during the day: 

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 was announced before the ignite, but there was a lot of noise about it today at Ignite

 
 

Microsoft 365 Enterprise is a complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

Source: https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/microsoft-365/enterprise 

More on Microsoft 365 :

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365-enterprise/

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/25/microsoft-365-expands-with-new-plans-for-schools-and-frontline-workers/ 

Microsoft Graph everywhere

 

Will bring the power of graph to your brower to find not only what is popular, but what you and your colleague are working with. Microsoft Graph will connect with Linkedin Graph to bring better results about people. Artificial Inteligence will make search work even better.

 

Bing for business

Accelerate productivity with search and discovery in SharePoint and Office 365

 Naomi Moneypenny and
Katherine Hammervold talked about a lot a new search features in Office 365 in the session :

https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53316

  • What’s popular isn’t always the right answer
  • What works online does not always work in corp
  • Learning from you and your work
  • Evolving search to be more organized and relevant than ever
  • Matching popular results with people and behavior

Office.com new home page using search to show

  • Recent documents
  • Recommanded documents
  • Content that is trending in your teams

Search meets you wherever you are.

Office 365 search will be available in :

  • Windows
  • Office.com
  • SharePoint
  • Office apps
  • Bing 

Multi-geo search capability

  • Data is stored locally in the region
  • Search results span and unify indices based on your employee’s query and location
  • Support whether your data is stored in a couple or all date regions around the world

Enterprise search in Windows

  • Familiar, fast, rich experience users are accustomed to with search engines right from the Windows taskbar
  • Find documents locally and in Office 365, even query content inside the document
  • Intelligent discovery of people based on who you work with most, with contact options to connect instantly

Visual Content intelligence 

  • Search will have text extraction and can recognize objects to improve your search experience
  • In a demo Naomi found a scanned restaurant receipt that mentioned rib steak.

Search Roamap


From other sessions:   

Teams and Skype

  • Skype client will be eventually replaced by the Microsoft Teams Client.
  • Microsoft Teams client will get Skype features like: voice, video, chat, phone calls, contacts
  • Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Office 365
  • A release of a new version of Skype for business Server will come in year 2018.

 
 

Linked profiles integration in Oulook and search

  • We will eventually see linked profile integration in Oulook.
  • There will be an adminstrators option to not enable this.

https://blog.linkedin.com/2017/september/250/adding-linkedin_s-profile-card-on-office-365-offers-a-simple-way

Usage reports in Office 365

  • Reports Reader Role in Office 365
  • In early 2018 the Office 365 adoption PowerBI content pack will be renamed will to Usage Analytics
  • Reports will include information on how people work in teams
  • Two new usage reports for teams
    • Microsoft teams user activity
    • Microsoft Teams app usage

 
 

Source : https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/What-s-new-in-Office-365-Usage-Reporting-Ignite-Edition/ba-p/109157

To hear more look for this session : https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/53258

Office 365 groups

There were probably more announcements, but I could not be everywhere.

 
 

Office 365 changes to SharePoint Online Pages

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Got this message from the Office 365. The fix would be to use SharePoint Designer to edit the master page..

 

We’re making some changes to SharePoint Online pages

Plan For Change

 

Published On : September 22, 2017

***UPDATE: After further consideration, we are not rolling out this change, now. Based on your feedback, we have a few things we’re going to work on.

 

If we roll this out, in the future, you will see a new message center post.

*** Original Message read: We’re making some changes to SharePoint Online pages running the classic user experience. We’re changing the default document mode of all classic pages to be Edge mode, instead of Internet Explorer (IE) 10 mode.

 

This change does not apply to sites that are using custom theming, or sites that have the modern list experience disabled at the site or tenant level.

This change will begin rolling out Tuesday, October 1, and will complete by the end of October.

 

How does this affect me?

For most users, this change will just increase performance and reliability of pages. However, some custom master pages or custom web parts may contain custom code that takes a dependency on the older IE10 document mode.

What do I need to do the prepare for this change?

 

If you have sites with this kind of customization, the sites can be reverted to use the IE10 document mode by doing the following:

1. Open the site in SharePoint Designer.

2. Edit the master page that is in use.

3. Find this line:< SharePoint:IECompatibleMetaTag runat=”server” /> And replace it with:< meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=10″/>

4. Save the page and reload the site.

Please click Additional Information to learn more about document mode changes.

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.

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

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