Tag Archive for: Office Graph

Explore OneDrive for Business key features and roadmap

27 Sep 2016
September 27, 2016

My clients currently use OneDrive for Business quite a lot and there are still some rough edges – I hope in that session we get some insights what is coming soon. Here are my brief notes:

 

Rock Solid Sync

The robustness of sync has greatly increased (I share that experience).

Mobile Experience

The mobile experience has greatly increased, 4+ star rating in all app stores. Android and iOS app usage is high.

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Office Graph

OneDrive highly uses (and contributes signals) to the Office Graph to enhance the user experience.

Security, Control and compliance

Security is key; IT can manage the OneDrive settings via the admin portal. More to come here, later.

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Development & Extensions

Never had the usecase to extend OneDrive, but its valuable to know that there are options:

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Work in Progress / Roadmap

“Recent files” is global on all apps, in the Office integration and the browser.

“Shared with me” is showing files that have been recently shared with you.

Search utilizes the Office Graph, same does “Discover”

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File Preview

PDF experience improved, annotations are stored back to OneDrive

Adobe Photoshop, RAW files, Illustrator are rendered

Email (msg, eml) are previewed, too.

Video files: dynamically streamed now, the bitrate can be adjusted on the fly now

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Folder Sharing

Folder sharing is now rolling out with a new experience. Sharing by link is now possible, previously only named users could access folders.

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Copy & Move to

Selecting files give you the option to move or copy files to location where others already have access to. Once clicked there will be a hover that allows you to select teamsites where you can move the files to; the sites that are shown are generated by the office graph depending on your previous usage.

Sync & selective sync

Selective sync is coming to SharePoint sites – the demo that is shown was running on MacOS!

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Office Integration

Sharing directly out of office in the top right

Improved Skype for Business integration, you can see changes in real-time, and you can click on the user profiles to see where the person is currently editing.

Activity feed: You get a button in the top right, eg. Word to see what has been changed and eventually rollback changes.

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Notifications

OneDrive will soon have real-time notifications, eg. a folder or file has been shared with you.

Active files

The OneDrive mobile app shows now what happens with your files once they are shared with others. With stats on the right:

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Instant preview

In the OneDrive apps you now get an instant preview without opening an office app for that; currently only office files.

Admin center / OneDrive console

This is a big change! Admins can now give access to a users onedrive via the admin center on a per user basis. Additionally external sharing can be controlled.

There is a global OneDrive console to control external sharing globally, lots of settings that had to be done via powershell are now migrated to the new admin experience. Link expiry setting or a block list for domains is new to me, too.

You can now configure to retain data once a user leaves up to 10 years!

Roadmap

The roadmap screenshot was so packed, I barely could read it:

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I am most excited about the better SharePoint integration.

The “Scan” option that is coming to the mobile apps is handy, OCR integrated. Scanning business cards or receipts is a good usecase here.

Oh well, and of course OFFLINE FILES aka placeholders. I heard that yesterday in the SharePoint roadmap session and I am pretty excited about it:

 

My questions after the session

I asked two questions:

  1. When will the url length limit be increased? Answer: next year
  2. Why is selective sync slower than taking everything? Answer: open a support ticket, that should not be the case

Summary

Solid show! I really liked what I saw, OneDrive is really maturing. Reuben Krippner and Omar Shahine gave us great insights, thanks!

The answers to my questions were rock solid, I just added them here briefly so I dont forget them myself.

Learn how #SharePoint is reinventing content collaboration: vision and roadmap updates

27 Sep 2016
September 27, 2016

The session by Jeff Teper will show us whats coming for SharePoint! Expectations are always highest.2016-09-26-15_14_35-myignite-learn-how-sharepoint-is-reinventing-content-collaboration_-vision-and

Here we go, Jeff enters the stage:

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And now a very good overview slide of SharePoint and whats it good for:

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Session Scope

In this sessions 4 major areas will be covered:

  1. Simple and powerful file sharing
  2. Mobile and intelligent Intranet
  3. Open & Connected Platform
  4. Security, privacy and compliance

 

4 parts

 

 

Let’s start: OneDrive

OneDrive Improvements

  1. New sync options
  2. Access all files
  3. Mobile app improvements
  4. Better file preview
  5. Deeper Office integration
  6. OneDrive file activity

The last point is Jeff’s favorite – who changed what file recently is really helpful!

Demo: File preview

RAW files, Streaming Videos, Adobe files incl. Photoshop files and Illustrator files – no more downloading required. Rich preview for email files (eml, msg) – in total 20 more files will be prerendered soon.

Demo: Mobile Improvements

The iOS OneDrive app has been shown, major improvements to file handling and navigation – looks neat!

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Demo: Office Integration

There is a new integration option in the office backstage “open” menu. “Shared with me” shows all files that has been recently shared with you – awesome! That a great improvement for me, too. Additinally in the top right you can see the

Demo: One more thing – Placeholders will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I almost dropped my notebook, Placeholders for OneDrive are coming back. They added a neat little icon to visualize that the file is not synced yet (the little cloud) and once you click on it you it downloads and opens. This will make lots of users VERY HAPPY and 72.000 votes will be returned on user voice. This makes me happy, too!72000 votes

SharePoint

Dan Holme on stage to show what is coming for SharePoint.

Dan Holme on stage

Better Office Graph integration to feed the SharePoint landing page (the SharePoint tile).

Improvements to Teamsites

Teamsites get a big refresh. Lading page now contains a news section, activity and looks much cleaner now. Wow, that was really necessary for such an core component. The same layout will be available in the mobile apps. Cool stuff!

New teamsite experience

Modern SharePoint Pages

render better on mobile phones, faster, beautiful

The new page experience is much more convenient compared to the old one. Adding webparts looks much easier, lots of content creators will love those improvements. Adding pictures is now simpler, too. Apparently i was so flashed about the OneDrive announcement that I forget to take a picture.

Office Graph everywhere

Files

The new document library experience is out a while now, there are new improvements coming for this. Dropping a link to the library was one of the first examples.

Drag and drop to change status based on a grouping:

Drag and drop one entry to another group and the metadata will change

Drag and drop one entry to another group and the metadata will change

 

New Document experience will also support 3rd party extensions – we briefly saw a DocuSign integration.

Lists

Richer context information directly from the list view called “people card”. This shows more details about a person who modified the file. Jump to profiles.

People Card

User Profiles

The new user profiles will be overhauled, too. You can see a mini schedule on the profile page, what groups the user is in and more. The update experience of your profile page is more streamlined – awesome!

Microsoft Flow

Very brief showcase how to integrate Power Apps and Flow into SharePoint lists – super fast demo, more this week I think.

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There was a joke with Jeff’s shoes – somehow I could not follow.

Planner, Yammer and integrations

Integration in Outlook, integration into Yammer – last but not least a new teamsite will have a new group, too.

Teamsites #2

Fast teamsite creation is coming to O365 – Dan created a new teamsite in less than 5 seconds. Neat!

Mobile and intelligent intranet roadmap

Open and connected platform

Easier start with open standards. SharePoint and lists will come to Office graph soon.

Open and connected platform roadmap

SharePoint Framework SPFx

Switch to client-side development, lightweb and super fast-  with mobile phone support. Teamsite and library extensions are coming.

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Security

New options to limit access, printing, downloading and synching of documents if the computer accessing it is not a domain joined computer. Conditional access even by network location (IP range). The moment they leave the network (e.g. work)

Security & Compliance

Demo: Conditional access

The demo was simple. The presenter just switch to a different network – bam! No more access to the SharePoint library. Good stuff, many of my clients want that.

Due to organizational policies, you can't access these resources from this network location.

Due to organizational policies, you can’t access these resources from this network location.

Custom teamsite creation tags / site classification

When you create teamsites you can add tags to it and then add rules to it. In this case the confidentiality.

User Activities

In the new reports you can see activity and aggregated infos per user.


Usage and Insights per workload

Analytics per user, aggregated

Audit Log

Unified logging for both on-prem and online. Neat!

Centralized sign-out

Its now possible to log out users via the admin centers – on all devices.

Security & Compliance roadmap

Summary

Wow, what a fully loaded session – SharePoint’s future is bright! Really good stuff.

I highly recommend you to watch the session once its available online to get more insights about the SharePoint roadmap that I can transport in this post.

Ignite 2015 Recap – with SharePoint Search in Mind!

11 May 2015
May 11, 2015

So Ignite is over – and I am pretty impressed how fast the content is available! I followed the first conference (we even had a community hangout during the first keynote) of this style closely via twitter – and the feedback there was quite interesting! Most importantly for me as a SharePoint guy, was of course the announcements of SharePoint 2016. And well, you can be of different opinion of the rescheduled release – but lets focus on the positive side: It’s the first time that we publicly hear what is coming and what will be changed: over a year ahead! I like the new, innovative and open Microsoft – big change!

This post will be about the changes I see in regards to SharePoint Search – and some topics around it – you could call it my Ignite Homework if you want to. I have some long train trips ahead – that helps a lot catching up.

SharePoint 2016 and Search

The next version of SharePoint will be a release that supports and enables the transition to the cloud – others would say hybrid is the cool kid now.

So with that in mind, I filtered the Ignite Video Page and filtered on SharePoint, Search, Development, Delve, Office Graph – and from the 586 session (phew, what a number!) I downloaded ~25 sessions to watch them when my time allows it. And I am somewhat obsessed with level 400 sessions……

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And some of them here as link list, I will update them once I am trough (not chronologically). My comments and thoughts are below.

  1. The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap
    The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap
  2. What’s New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016
    What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016

    1. A must see by Bill Bear, very informative what is coming and what we can expect of the new release. He mentions hybrid a lot.
  3. MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility
    MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility

    1. That was the most entertaining session so far with 4.5 smart guys (Bill Baer, Alexandre Cipriani, Chris Givens, Waldek Mastykarz, Mikael Svenson) crafting solutions around Office Graph – even tho I knew that Mikael Svenson would win the challenge Smile.


      All 4 contestants came up with really creative solutions, I like that style of session, must have been good fun!

  4. Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model
    Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model
  5. Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development
    Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development
  6. Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search
  7. Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013 | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013

    1. I watched that session last year at SharePoint Conference – this session evolved in one year, very nice!
    2. There are some pretty handy PowerShell scripts in there.
  8. Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Big Bang: The New Universe of Findability and Discoverability
  9. Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search
  10. Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Adding Search Capabilities to Your Business Applications Using Microsoft Azure Search

    1. That’s an interesting one. For my next talk at this years ShareCamp I will prepare a session with the working title: “SharePoint Search vs. Azure Search” – that ignite session really gave me quick start. Good stuff!
  11. Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There
  12. Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Information Management Strategy with Microsoft Office 365 in Mind
  13. Building Business Apps Like They Do in the Valley with AngularJS, Node.js, and More | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Building Business Apps Like They Do in the Valley with AngularJS, Node.js, and More
  14. Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Behind the Scenes: Engineering NextGen Portals
  15. Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Office Delve and Office Graph Vision and Roadmap
  16. Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in Office 365 | Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Channel 9
    Intelligent, Ready-to-Go NextGen Portals in Office 365
  17. Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 (video not yet available)
  18. Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever (video not yet available)
    Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever
  19. Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365
    Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365
  20. Future-Proofing Your On-Premises SharePoint Development
     Future-Proofing Your On-Premises SharePoint Development
  21. Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
    Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
  22. Best Practices for Design and Performance in SharePoint Online
    Best Practices for Design and Performance in SharePoint Online
  23. Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013
    Search Extensibility in SharePoint 2013
  24. Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
  25. SharePoint UNPLUGGED! Questions Answered on Anything You Heard This Week
  26. The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365
    The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365

Early Takeaway

Over 25 hours of awesome stuff – that’s awesome! And it really helps me compensating that I couldn’t meet a lot of friends at this years Ignite. The parts where search is covered is quite extensive, so much that I couldn’t have covered them at the conference. One pain point that I miss from last years conference: The questions after the sessions are not in the recording – and I really learned a lot last year by listening to the questions/answers afterwards. Well, a reason to attend next year, right?

I really like where Office Graph is heading – from Org View, Discovery, Relevancy, Context – the product is so versatile that I really want to see more of it. The potential of it goes through the roof! And with the Cloud Search Service Application and extensibility it can totally rock. Looking forward for future projects here!

Last sentence: Search is everywhere!

What are your favorites?

I am always open to new stuff – maybe I missed an awesome session – if so, please leave a comment!

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