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.

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.


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Last night at the SharePoint Québec Usergroup meeting we had a great discussion about the collaboration tools that are available with Office 365. SharePoint, Groups, teams, Yammer, Onedrive for Business and all.

Here a few links that were shared in order to help understand better the different tools.

Microsoft Teams, groups and Yammer general information


Deploying and governing groups

Get the Latest on Office 365 Groups – Overview, What’s New and Roadmap







SharePoint Online Public Web sites

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Public Web Site has not been available to new Office 365 tennant for a while.

Existing tenant that had a public web site could still use it.

Beginnig May 1 2017 you will not be able to use your SharePoint Online Public Web site… Unless you required to keep your site until March 31 2018.

Steps to request to keep your site until March 31 2018.

1. Log in to the SharePoint Admin Center.
2. Click Settings.
3. Select the I’d like to keep my public website until March 31, 2018 option.

Act now if you have a SharePoint Online Public Web site.

More information


SharePoint Online Site Mailbox

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Microsoft has announced that SharePoint Online site mailbox are going away.

If you were not using them, it is not an issue. However, you will not be able to create new site mailbox stating in March 2017.

Your existing site mailboxes will continue to work for a while, but you should plan to transition to Office 365 groups.

Here is the message received in the message center:


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