SharePoint Saturday Boston 2014

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Yes folks, it’s that time of year again, when the days get longer, and the temperature slowly starts to rise. That also means that SharePoint Saturday is back in town! On April 12, 2014, we will be hosting the 7th SPS Boston at the Microsoft office at One Cambridge Center (in Cambridge!)

Check out our awesome lineup of world-class speakers and sessions: http://www.spsevents.org/city/Boston/April2014/speakers

Also, our awesome sponsors (there are still some slots left!), who help make this event a reality every year: http://www.spsevents.org/city/Boston/April2014/sponsors

This is a FREE (as in a sponsored SharePint beer) event for all, but there is limited space, so please visit the site to register today! http://www.spsevents.org/city/Boston/April2014/

Microsoft Offers Up to 1TB Site Collections and Unlimited Tenant Storage in Office 365

In case you missed The SharePoint Conference 2014 in Vegas this month, or you live under a rock… in which case you may have missed the conference, because, you are living under a rock, Jeff Teper during his keynote announced that for Office 365 (Enterprise and Academic subscription plans only), can now support up to 1TB site collections, and, also have unlimited storage per tenant.

There was previously a limit on the storage space at 25 TB per tenant. This is no longer an issue if you are in one of the above plans. Per user, you receive the following for your tenant:

“Users get a default 25GB of OneDrive for Business storage, + 50GB of  email storage, + 5GB for each site mailbox you create, + your total available tenant storage, which for every Office 365 business customer starts at 10GB + 500MB  times the number of users”

You also now have the ability to purchase additional storage right through the UI as well from the SharePoint administration console:

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Pretty cool Microsoft… I have had a few clients worry about “hitting the wall” of 25TB, this is now no longer a concern.

The quote above was taken from the original article, which can be found here, along with more information on the offering:

http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/14/sharepoint-online-announces-1tb-site-collections-and-unlimited-tenant-storage-scale/

SharePoint Version Feature Comparisons

I wanted to share a link with my readers that shows a very comprehensive matrix of what features are available across different versions of SharePoint; SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010 (no FAST search), SharePoint 2013, and last but certainly not least, Office 365.

Richard Harbridge, a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft is responsible for this resource, which is a highly valuable one. Please go here to see the comparison chart.

If you are looking for the most up-to-date feature matrix for SharePoint Online across its different plans (as Office 365 changes frequently), can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sharepoint-online-service-description.aspx

Nominated for harmon.ie Top 25 SharePoint Influencers 2014

At the last SharePoint Conference, I was humbled to find out that I was voted in as one of the Top 25 SharePoint Influencers of 2012. Now that SPC14 is fast approaching, I was humbled once again that I am in the running for a Top 25 SharePoint Influencer again for 2014!

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So, if you wouldn’t mind, please take a moment and vote at http://scratchmm.com/sharepoint.

Thank you! I will be contributing lots of content on Office 365 and SharePoint via blogs, tweets and more. Thank you again for the nominations!

What’s New in Office 365 for Business – January 2014

January brought a host of updates in Office 365. See the listing below for what is new and improved for Office 365 for Business! These updates are being rolled out in phases worldwide to all Office 365 for Business customers, so you may not see all of these updates as of yet.

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Microsoft teamed up with GW Micro to provide new functionality for those who are blind or have vision problems, so that subscribers of Office 2010 or Office 2013 can download a free copy of Windows-Eyes, GW Micro’s screen reading software.

Word Web App

A new function called Tell Me provides the ability combining search and natural language questions to help users find what they need to to and work faster and smarter. Footnotes and endnotes can also now be edited directly within the Word Web App. The ribbon has been updated as well to match the other Office Web Apps, and also allows easier sharing and renaming of documents.

OneNote Web App

The navigation pane has been updated to provide a better and easier way to navigate between sections and pages.

Lync Mobile

Lync Mobile for Windows Phones and iOS apps have been updated so users can now upload presentations during meetings so others can access the slide decks directly. Windows Phone users can now control the application using voice commands, making it almost hands free. iOS users also received a new interface update.

Outlook Web App

This has been updated with a new People View, which allows you to view messages quickly from people that matter, based on your most frequent contacts.

Partner Administration

Partners now have a central area to view all of their customers, view their service health, administer their tenants, manage support issues, as well as the ability to send trial and subscription offers to their customers, to help build business.

InfoPath and SharePoint Forms

InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath Forms Services will be the last versions of InfoPath, as it is phased out.

Source: http://blogs.office.com/2014/02/03/whats-new-january-2014/

The Top 3% of Most Viewed on SlideShare in 2013!

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Found out a couple of weeks back that my content just happens to be in the top 3% of content viewed on SlideShare in 2013! Pretty cool statistic. Click the link above to see what presentations were the most popular, and to browse my content on SlideShare.

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White Paper – Office 365: Features, Benefits, and Considerations

imageI am pleased to announce the first in a series of white papers from Jornata on Future-Proofing your Business. The first in this series – Features, Benefits, and Considerations of Moving to Office 365 is now available on the Jornata website.

Please feel free to share with whomever you think may be interested in this topic, and watch this space, and the Jornata website for more white papers coming soon!

Boston Area SharePoint Users Group February 12th, 2014 Meeting

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The Boston Area SharePoint Users Group (BASPUG) was founded to bring together like minds to network and share their experiences, triumphs, and tribulations around Microsoft SharePoint, to provide a community platform for Boston area SharePoint users, administrators, developers, architects, of all experience levels, even brand new to SharePoint, to share their knowledge with the community. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA.

Joel Oleson will be presenting "Your Yammer Enterprise Social Journey"
Session Abstract

So much to think about. In this session we’ll break it down. SharePoint 2013, Yammer and Office 365 product families bring new capabilities for content sharing, finding, organizing, and authoring. They also create new challenges. The move to the cloud and the integration of SharePoint and Yammer—the enterprise social network—have made this release very profound and disruptive to the business. In this session, we’ll dig into planning and strategy for social architectures around both business process and the technologies to help ensure compliance and success. Social enterprise technology is transformative and will lead to more agile business when used correctly but disaster and chaos when not used properly.

About Joel…

Blogger, traveller, and top social media influencer, Joel has built communities all over the world and travelled to over 140 countries since 2008, including keynotes on all continents. Joel is director of technical evangelism at ViewDo Labs, a social analytics platform. He was the first SharePoint administrator ever and spent seven years at Microsoft, including a few years on the SharePoint team. This past year, as a 13-year SharePoint veteran, he was awarded top SharePoint blog and #1 influencer in the community by Forbes study. Joel is co-founder of many community efforts—SPYam Yammer community (4500 members strong) and Sharing The Point (a community building and training group designed to help underserved countries). You can find his popular technical bog at http://www.collabshow.com and his travel blog at http://travelingepic.com and on Twitter: @joeloleson

MEETING SPONSOR – ViewDo Labs

ViewDo Labs offers a federated view of what’s happening with Yammer, SharePoint, Chatter, and other ESNs — across the enterprise, and around the world – so companies can increase adoption while lowering the risks of collaboration. Through our technology, we help organizations fuel innovation, better leverage their business data and intellectual property.

SUSTENANCE

Food and beverages will be provided at the meeting free of charge from our meeting sponsor. Food arrives at about 5:45. We generally have pizza (with and without meat), as well a salad, water, and sodas.

RAFFLE PRIZES

We will be handing out raffle tickets at the BASPUG meetings.

LOCATION

We will be meeting at Robert Half Technology, 125 High Street, 20th Floor, Boston MA 02110.

LINKED IN
Join our group on LinkedIn today to connect with the rest of the BASPUG members, and spread the word!

FACEBOOK
We are also on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Boston-Area-SharePoint-User-Group/113652405354617

TWITTER
Follow news about the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group on twitter by following us@BASPUG, and by using the hashtag #BASPUG

WEB
Visit the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group website athttp://www.bostonsharepointug.org

ORGANIZERS
Event meetings are organized by Geoff Varosky of Jornata, Eugene Rosenfeld of Black Blade Associates, Dan Diachenko of UnoSquare, and Talbott Crowell of Third Millenium

Office 365 Admin App

imageOn November 21st, Microsoft announced the release of the Office 365 Admin App for Windows 8 phones, allowing administrators to check on the health status of their tenant while on the go.

As of December 12th, Microsoft quickly followed up with apps for both Android and iOS.

For Android (4.2.1 and up), download the app from Google Play.

For iOS 7, download the app from the Apple App Store.

Determining if You Are Using Office 365 After the Service Upgrade

Office 365 is continually being updated (based on their 90 day release schedule). Since Microsoft deploys updates in a phased manner, it can be difficult to tell if your tenant has been upgraded or not. To answer that question, Microsoft has put together a great reference on determining if you are running the latest Office 365 version. Below is a quick summary of the changes you can look for.

To read the full article, click here.

Additional References

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