Configuring Microsoft Search with Office 365

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At the Microsoft Ignite Conference, it was announced that Microsoft Search is available in Public Preview

Microsoft Search (Bing) works hand in hand with Office 365 (SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and People) to provide an Intelligent search across Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Search is a new search offering that helps you save time by bringing you the best of the web and work in a single experience. Sign-in with your work or school account and try it today!

Source : https://www.bing.com/business/explore

In fact you can connect your Office 365 Tenant to Microsoft Search, then use Bing to search the content that is stored in your Office 365 Tenant.

You will see results from :

  • SharePoint
  • OneDrive
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Yammer

You will need to log on to Bing with your corporate credentials in order to see the results J

Results without connection

Results with a connection

 

Follow these steps to configure your Office 365 Tenant

 

  1. Open the Microsoft 365 admin center
    https://portal.microsoft.com
  2. Go to Settings/Services & Add-ins
  3. Click on Microsoft Search and activate Enterprise Search
  4. Switch Company access to On and click Save
  5. Click on Launch the Microsoft Search Administration Tool now to manage your Company’s search experience
  6. Click Get started
  7. Select the services that you want to connect to Microsoft Search
  8. Type in your organization name and your email address. You can add your own logo
  9. Import your Best Bets
  10. Congradulations you are done! Very easy!
  11. Open http://bing.com and sign in
  12. Search for keyword
  13. Click on Show results from « Your Organisation’s name »
  14. Enjoy your new search experience!

Search for people will return : Profile information, Files, Org chart and groups.

 

Great job Microsoft!

We have been waiting for a long time for a single place to find all (most) of the Office 365 content!

Enjoy your search!

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New Yammer Group Categories

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Microsoft is planning to add categories to Yammer groups.

During the creation process of a Yammer group, you will eventually be able to add a category to your group. It’s not clear as to what categories are going to be available as there are two different articles from Microsoft showing two different types of categories. And it’s not clear yet as how you will be able to manage the categories.

Source : https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Define-Your-Yammer-Group-s-Purpose-2818fea9-16ff-477f-b7fc-dee4764f2587

Source : https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Define-Your-Yammer-Group-s-Purpose-2c5f4de7-20a5-4b3b-9202-83a70065991b

The categories will make it easier to find the type of groups you are looking for.

The category will be shown in the left navigation bar and on the group header. (see image below)

For more information see these two articles :

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Define-Your-Yammer-Group-s-Purpose-2818fea9-16ff-477f-b7fc-dee4764f2587

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Define-Your-Yammer-Group-s-Purpose-2c5f4de7-20a5-4b3b-9202-83a70065991b