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Can I create a single PowerShell session for Lync Online, SharePoint Online, Azure AD, and Exchange Online?
The answer is yes you can however I couldn’t find this documented so I decided to write a post on how to create a Super Office 365 PowerShell script to get connected to all four PowerShell services in a single PowerShell session with Office 365 Education. What PowerShell options do I have for Office...
8 May 2014
SharePoint Online now allows up to 1TB of storage for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint site collections in Office 365
NOTE: Update 4-30-14 - This has all changed as we now provide 1TB of default OneDrive for Business quota per user. Please see new my new blog post here and ignore the old scenario below. Great news you can now up your SharePoint OneDrive for Business quota to 1 terabyte up from the default 25GB...
20 Mar 2014
SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS
Sneaking in at the tail end of last week Senior Product Manager for SharePoint, Mark Kashman ( @mkashman ) announced over on the Office 365 technology blog that SkyDrive Pro apps are now available for Windows 8 and Apple iOS for SharePoint Online users in Office 365. Both apps are available in their...
1 Jul 2013
SkyDrive Pro client for Windows now available
This week the SharePoint team had something pretty cool to announce! The SkyDrive Pro client is something that a lot of education customers as me about, so I’m really excited that it’s available now. Here’s what the team had to say: We are pleased to announce that the SkyDrive Pro sync client is now...
24 May 2013
I cannot upgrade my SharePoint site collections to 2013 after the Wave15 upgrade
I have received this common question for customer’s Office 365 Education tenants who were upgraded to Wave15. They receive this error: Prepare for takeoff! Upgrade is currently disabled for your site collection. Please check back later to see if it has been unlocked for you. ...
22 Jul 2013
Top User Tips #8–Excel Surveys
We’re into the final three top user tips in our series , and today it’s all about a topic we covered back in August last year : Excel Surveys! Available in both Office 365 Education, and the consumer SkyDrive service, Excel Surveys have a huge potential application in the classroom and are accessible...
11 Mar 2013
Top User Tips #7–Following Content in SharePoint Online
Having looked at the new social networking features of SharePoint Online back in the 2nd edition of our top user tips it’s time to look at following sites that interest you, too. If you find a SharePoint Online site in your institution that you want to access again, you can follow it to keep it handy...
8 Mar 2013
Snow Day? Try Office 365 for education on for size!
If you’re in the UK (other countries are available) you’ll probably look out of your window this morning and see something like this: Teachers and pupils up and down the country tune into their local radio stations eagerly awaiting news of school closures, crossing fingers and toes that theirs is on...
18 Jan 2013
Parent Access to SharePoint Online using PALs
There’s all sorts of information that schools need to provide to parents, and traditionally this has resulted in copious amounts of paper being given to students to put in their bag, often never to be seen again! Increasingly schools have turned to their websites, or even social networking sites like...
26 Nov 2012
Top User Tips #9–Multiple Co-Authoring in Office Web Apps
In the eighth instalment of our top user tips we looked at Excel Surveys using the Excel Web App , and today we’re going to look at the co-authoring features that can help you analyse that data, brainstorm ideas, and work collaboratively with your classmates and colleagues in real time, via the browser...
12 Mar 2013
What are Office Web Apps and can I use my iPad with Office 365 Web Apps?
Office Web Apps are a part of two Microsoft cloud service offerings: Microsoft SkyDrive (standalone at http://skydrive.live.com and a part of Live@edu) and Microsoft SharePoint Online. With Office Web Apps, you have the ability to create, view and edit the following Office documents within your Safari...
7 May 2012
Administrator Access to SkyDrive Pro
SkyDrive Pro is an excellent web-based, enterprise ready, personal storage and collaboration tool for faculty, staff, and students. Unlike the consumer version of SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro provides institutions with rich features to remain compliant. Technically, each SkyDrive Pro site created is its own...
15 May 2013
SkyDrive Pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work
For me, Office 365 Education just keeps getting better and better. SkyDrive Pro, part of Office 365 Education Plan A2 1 , is cloud storage for education, and is the place where students and teachers can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. To date SkyDrive...
28 Aug 2013
The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey
Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks . Alex is always good value – generous with...
10 Sep 2013
Top User Tips #10–Blogging in SharePoint Online
It’s time for our final post in the top user tips series, and today it’s all about blogging in SharePoint Online. You might also want to check out top tip #2 about social networking , and top tip #7 about following content in SharePoint Online as well. As a teacher or a student, blogging can help document...
13 Mar 2013
Top User Tips #4–Drag ‘n’ Drop in SkyDrive Pro
So far in our top user tips posts we’ve looked at scheduling online meetings with Lync Web Scheduler , social networking in SharePoint Online , and offline access with the Outlook Web App . Today we’ll focus on the awesome new feature of SharePoint Online called SkyDrive Pro. SkyDrive Pro offers users...
5 Mar 2013
First Steps with SharePoint Online
If you’ve never used SharePoint before, and you’re now exploring your options with SharePoint Online you might want to know about some simple tips to get you started! Where are the Web Apps? Out of the box, SharePoint Online behaves a little bit like the picture above. The question I get asked most often...
21 Sep 2012
SharePoint Online Templates
Microsoft SharePoint MVP Alex Pearce , of BFC Networks , has been a busy man over the last few months! If he’s not helping us present at the annual BETT show in London he’s building SharePoint 2010 templates for education – these also work with SharePoint Online in Office 365 for education...
20 Mar 2012
How To Use Excel Web App To Survey Your Students
Getting real time feedback from your students and staff can be a challenge. I’m a firm believer in finding better ways to engage students and teachers and the new Excel Web App in SharePoint Online (at which you can take a sneak peak in the new Office 365 preview ) has a new feature that can help. Forms...
16 Aug 2012
Top User Tips #2–SharePoint Online Social Networking
In part 1 of our bite-size top user tips we looked at Offline Access . Today, in part 2, we look at SharePoint Online’s social networking features; in particular the ability to tag words and mention people. In SharePoint Online as part of Office 365 Education, the Newsfeed page in the My Site continues...
1 Mar 2013
Using SharePoint Online & OneNote Web App for better notes, everywhere!
I have always been meticulous awful when it comes to keeping notes; whether it’s actions from meetings, shopping lists, things to do, I just seem unable to get it right. I’ve tried it all – sticky notes, notepads, email flags, writing on the back of my hands, nothing seems to help; until OneNote came...
27 Dec 2012
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