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.


More on Microsoft 365 : 

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 :

  • 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 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
  • 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.

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 :

To hear more look for this session :

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.