Category Archives: Office 365

Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode on ALM with Office 365 Development

In episode 31 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Jeremy Thake (Senior Product Manager @ Microsoft) speaks to Vesa Juvonen about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Office 365 Development. Vesa shares what they have been doing with the Office 365 Patterns & Practices initiative with regard to ALM as well as what his core customers that he works with are doing. He also talks about different options for dev/test/prod environments for Office 365 too.

Download podcast from here.

Also, a couple of my ALM posts that I posted last year along with other extremely helpful posts have been featured in the post. For ALM enthusiasts, I would highly recommend listening to the podcast and checking its featured posts.

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Microsoft to drop SharePoint Online Public facing website from Office 365

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Yes, it’s now official and the rumors on Twitter were right.

Starting in January 2015, Microsoft is making changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature. Exisiting customers of this feature will continue to have access for another two years. New customers who subscribe to Office 365 after the changeover date won’t have access to this feature. Moving forward, Office 365 customers will have access to third-party offerings that will enable them to easily integrate their public presence with their Office 365 service.Microsoft is not yet disclosing which third-party services it will recommend, but instead is saying details will be coming on this in January 2015. My humble guess is that GoDaddy will be a big player in this area because of its alliance with Microsoft in the cloud space.

To learn more about the changes, please check http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3027254 .

If you are an existing customer and you still need to use the feature, I would highly recommend watching this MVA course.

New interesting Office 365 MVA Courses

Course Name URL Category
Access OWA in Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/access-owa-in-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Administering Office 365 for Small Business Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/administering-office-365-for-small-business-jump-start Office 365 Administration
Becoming a Visio 2013 Power User http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/becoming-a-visio-2013-power-user Office End User
Best Practice Series: Exchange Server 2013 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/best-practice-series-exchange-server-2013 Exchange
Collaborating Office 365 with OneDrive for Business http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/collaborating-office-365-with-onedrive-for-business Office 365 Administration
Configure and Manage the Public Website http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configure-and-manage-the-public-website Office 365 Administration
Configure Mobile Devices for Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configure-mobile-devices-for-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Configure OWA for Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configure-owa-for-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Configuring Lync Room System http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/configuring-lync-room-system Lync
Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/core-solutions-of-exchange-server-2013-jump-start Exchange
Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/core-solution-lync-svr-jumpstart Lync
Data Loss Prevention in Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/data-loss-prevention-in-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Deploying, Configuring & Administering Lync Server 2010 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/deploying-configuring-lync-server-2010 Lync
Encryption in Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/encryption-in-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Lync Server 2013 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/enterprise-voice-and-online-services-with-lync-server-2013-jump-start Lync
Exchange Online Integration with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/exchange-online-integration-with-office-365 Exchange
Expanding Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility Suite http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/expanding-office-365-with-enterprise-mobility-suite Office 365 Administration
Getting the Most out of Your Office 365 Trial http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/getting-the-most-out-of-your-office-365-trial Office 365 Administration
Grow your Business with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/grow-your-business-with-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Identifying Critical Support Dependencies for Lync Server http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/identifying-critical-support-dependencies-for-lync-server Lync
Implementing Exchange Server 2013 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/implementing-exchange-server-2013 Exchange
Licensing Office 2013 and Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/licensing-office2013-and-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Lync Devices Strategy http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/lync-devices-strategy Lync
Lync Enterprise Voice Applications and Features Updates http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/lync-enterprise-voice-applications-and-features-updates Lync
Lync Enterprise Voice Core Infrastructure Updates http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/lync-enterprise-voice-core-infrastructure-updates Lync
Lync Network Assessment Methodologies http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/lync-network-assessment-methodologies Lync
Lync Network Readiness Assessment http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/lync-network-readiness-assessment Lync
Lync Top Support Topics and Troubleshooting Tools http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/lync-top-support-topics-and-troubleshooting-tools Lync
Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/manage-sharepoint-online-documents-and-lists Office 365 Administration
Managing Exchange Online Using Microsoft Online Console http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/managing-exchange-online-using-microsoft-online-console Office 365 Administration
Managing Exchange Online Using PowerShell http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/managing-exchange-online-using-powershell Office 365 Administration
Managing Office 365 Identities and Services http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/managing-office-365-identities-and-services Office 365 Administration
Migrating to Exchange Online http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/migrating-to-exchange-online Exchange
Office 365 for Small Business: Enabling DNS for Mail Flow http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-for-small-business-enabling-dns-for-mail-flow Office 365 Administration
Office 365 for Small Business: Mail Flow & Accepted Domains http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-for-small-business-mail-flow-accepted-domains Office 365 Administration
Office 365 Fundamentals http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-fundamentals Office 365 Administration
Office 365 Performance Management http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-performance-management Office 365 Administration
Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-deployment-for-it-pros Office 365 Administration
Office 365 Security & Compliance: Exchange Online Protection http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-security-compliance-exchange-online-protection Exchange
Office 365 Support Corner: Getting Started in Project Online http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-support-corner-getting-started-in-project-online Office 365 Administration
Office 365 Support Corner: Next Steps in Project Online http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-365-support-corner-next-steps-in-project-online Office 365 Administration
Office 365 Troubleshooting http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-356-troubleshooting Office 365 Administration
Office Guides: Business Intelligence in Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-business-intelligence-in-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Office Guides: Configuring a Hybrid Deployment of the New Lync Server http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-configuring-a-hybrid-deployment-of-the-new-lync-server Exchange
Office Guides: Configuring Exchange Protection and Control http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-configuring-exchange-protection-and-control Exchange
Office Guides: Configuring Lync Online Hybrid Voice with Lync Server http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-configuring-lync-online-hybrid-voice-with-lync-server Lync
Office Guides: Deploying and Configuring a Lync Edge Server http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-deploying-and-configuring-a-lync-edge-server Lync
Office Guides: Deploying and Managing Exchange Mailbox High Availability http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-deploying-and-managing-exchange-mailbox-high-availability Exchange
Office Guides: Deploying Office as a Service http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-deploying-office-as-a-service Office 365 Administration
Office Guides: Deploying the New Lync Server http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-deploying-the-new-lync-server Lync
Office Guides: Exchange Cutover Migration with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-exchange-cutover-migration-with-office-365 Exchange
Office Guides: Exchange Hybrid Deployment with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-exchange-hybrid-deployment-with-office-365 Exchange
Office Guides: Identity Management with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-identity-management-with-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Office Guides: Introduction to Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-introduction-to-office-365 Office 365 Administration
Office Guides: Office 365 FastTrack Pilot http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-office-365-fasttrack-pilot Office 365 Administration
Office Guides: Using Archiving and eDiscovery in Exchange http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/office-guides-using-archiving-and-ediscovery-in-exchange Exchange
Planning & Designing a Lync Server 2010 Jump Start http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/planning-designing-a-lync-server-2010 Lync
Securing Lync Deployments http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/securing-lync-deployments Lync
SMB Solution: Boost Your Marketing with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/smb-solution-boost-your-marketing-with-office-365 Office End User
SMB Solution: Increase Your Productivity with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/smb-solution-increase-your-productivity-with-office-365 Office End User
SMB Solution: Increase Your Sales with Office 365 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/smb-solution-increase-your-sales-with-office-365 Office End User
Solving Office 365 Client Deployment Scenarios http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/solving-office-365-client-deployment-scenarios Office End User
Top Support Issues for Exchange Online http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/top-support-issues-for-exchange-online Exchange
What’s New with Lync http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-with-lync Lync
What’s New in Lync Mobile http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-lync-mobile Lync
What’s New in Meetings and Collaboration in Lync http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-in-meetings-and-collaboration-in-lync Lync

[Arabic Video] Continuous Deployment & Automated Testing Workflows for SharePoint & Office 365 Apps

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Today’s video has been recorded from SharePoint Saturday Gulf 2014. What’s different about this session is that it’s all demos, few slides then a long demo that explains & shows the different aspects for managing the Lifecycle of SharePoint & Office 365 apps. This includes but not limited to Continuous integration, Continuous deployment, Automated Testing, Manual Testing, etc…

Please note that this video is in Arabic, to watch the English version, please check my session at SP24 Conference from here.

Curation: Application Lifecycle Management for SharePoint & Office 365 Apps

During the past few years, I’ve been promoting, writing, speaking about and explaining the Application Lifecycle Management practices for SharePoint and Office 365 . During those years, I’ve created a lot of content that is unfortunately scattered all over the internet. Today, I’ve published a Curation that provides the best articles, presentations, videos and tools about this topic.

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Hope this helps!

Microsoft introduces Office 365 Video

On November 18, 2014, Microsoft added a new feature to the enterprise versions of Office 365 called Office 365 Video, the first version of its out-of-box corporate video portal. This feature will enable Office 365 users to create a Mini internal YouTube platforms within their organizations. Thanks to seamless integration with Azure Media Services, videos are rendered and streamed to provide an excellent experience across devices and platforms.

The company describes Office 365 Video as the first of a coming series of new NextGen portals that can be set up quickly and leverage Office Graph machine learning, Yammer social interactions, and mobile usage scenarios.

“Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” Office 365 senior product manager Mark Kashman notes in a new post to the Office Blogs. “From onboarding new employees, to distributing a CEO message company wide, to community contributions, video is now a first-class citizen to power and enrich your internal communications.”

Watch the below illustrated video to learn more about how the service stores and preps your video file once you upload it into Office 365 Video.

More Progress on Yammer & Office 365 Integration …

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Yammer will now allow users to sign in using their Office 365 credentials. This means that users now will be able to seamlessly toggle between Office 365 services and Yammer by use of the Office 365 Navigation Bar (picture below).

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This feature gives users one less password to manage and a seamless online entry point to all Office 365 apps.

You can read the full announcement from here .

RIP “Lync” … Welcome “Skype for Business”

Do not get me wrong; Microsoft did not kill the Lync product. It just rebranded it to “Skype for Business”.

 

Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011. Back then, it was very vague what the long-term strategy was behind having two separate products that could both do almost the same thing. When it came time to consolidate the brands, Skype’s large consumer footprint and instant familiarity made it the easy choice over Lync and a couple of days ago, Microsoft announced it:
Effective in 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business
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Skype for Business will retain Lync’s infrastructure—the ability to use on-premises servers, optional federation with external communications networks, and so on and so forth—but the branding and client design will closely match those of Microsoft’s consumer communication platform.

Skype for Business will further improve interoperability with the consumer version of Skype. While voice and instant messaging are already interoperable between Lync and Skype (watch this video to see the interoperability in action), the next version will add video messaging and access to the Skype user directory. This will mean that, should administrators choose to enable it; the Skype for Business client software will serve as a fairly fully featured Skype client (for consumer), too.


Read the full announcement here