For the Technical folks out there, this one is for you.
If you have a Access Control Service (ACS) namespace you will periodically see email indicating your certificate, key or password is about to expire. This video will guide you through what to check for to ensure all you certificates, keys and passwords are up to date.
The code references it this presentation can downloaded at http://aka.ms/P4rzx3
Once upon a time, you could go grab Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out, absorb all 1248 pages, and be pretty much set for three years. For the most part, Cumulative Updates and Service Packs just fixed bugs or made minor tweaks to how the product worked.
In a Services world, however… you have to stay on top of technologies that are constantly being improved. You need to learn how different components interact with each other. If you are an Exchange person, you need to be current on Identity technologies. If you are a SharePoint person, you need to be aware of changes to External Sharing on SharePoint Online.
In other words… you need to stay up on your continuing education!
The best place to do this is through the regularly scheduled Ignite Webcast sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about upcoming Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions here.
If you will have some downtime over the holidays, set aside a few hours to catch up on the sessions to date:
To sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below where you will find the Webcast Meeting information.
Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials here and be sure to see upcoming Ignite Webcasts on the Ignite Events Page.
We’re making it easier to understand outbound filtering for Office 365. We have updated our guidance and are consolidating the touch points to make outbound filtering easier to enable for your business. Join us for a recap of the current changes, some insight into the future changes, and an engaged Question and Answer session.
We are excited to have Josh Maher and Zach Beers lead our latest Ignite Webcast. Josh is a Content Developer for Office 365 at Microsoft. He works on content solutions that complement the tools and processes within the product. Zach Beers is a service engineer in Office 365. He focuses on resolving the highest pain point issues for customers and works across the many product teams to ensure a unified approach. This is a great opportunity to join a discussion with our Microsoft presenters. Bring your questions!
Remember, to sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below. We are excited to see you there!
Date/Time: December 5th at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. (1 Hour presentation)
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Website developers, here's your chance to learn how you can use Windows Azure to develop, deploy, and scale your large-scale web apps in a matter of minutes. If you're new to Windows Azure, this is a good starting point for finding out how it can help you save on time and resources, integrate with Office 365 and Elastic Search, and broaden your audience. Experienced users, this is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the product and to find out about new features, such as the website capability model and the storage object distribution pattern. You'll find out what you need to know from the people who developed the features.
James Chambers | Microsoft ASP.NET/IIS MVP | @CanadianJames
James Chambers is a speaker, author, and senior software developer in Canada. As a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS, James' development passions are fueled by new technology, new tools, and mentoring others. Follow his coding adventures and other exploits at http://jameschambers.com.
Tejaswi Redkar | Microsoft Director, Business Programs | @tejaswiredkar
Tejaswi Redkar is the Director of Application Platform Technical Communities at Microsoft, which covers a broad range of Microsoft technologies from user experience to business analytics. He has been working on the Windows Azure platform since its early days and is the author of Windows Azure Platform and several other books. His team has built more than 100 solutions on Windows Azure for Enterprises and ISVs. He is also the creator of dynamicdeploy.com and appsforazure.com. You can find more details about him on his blog.
As Microsoft has transitioned from a company that releases products every three years to a Devices and Services company that releases features and updates on a regular basis, it is becoming more important for Partners to stay on top of what is available in the current release of Office 365.
To help stay on top of the latest releases, the Partner Technical Services team will be releasing a monthly recap of the features that were released in the previous month. The first video is embedded below, and a link to the announcements follows.
“But Sean!” (I hear you thinking)… “you are releasing the “New Features for October” video at the end of November!”. You are correct… it took longer than planned to connect the dots and make this happen. Future updates will be more timely.
Note: If you want to skip the introduction where we discuss the release history and cadence, the feature update starts at 5:50 in the video below.
To stay completely up-to-date on the latest announcements, make sure to visit the Office 365 Message Center. This is where tenant-specific announcements or items requiring administrative action will be posted. The following blogs are where the product teams will release announcements about new features:
While signing-up for Office 365, customers now have an option to either sign-up & purchase new domain via Go-Daddy from within Office 365 or change their MX records in Go Daddy - all from within the Office 365 admin page. While customers require login credentials of Go Daddy they can use a much simpler interface from within Office 365 to sign-in and purchase/change their domain information.
OneNote for Android 2.2
The update for OneNote for Android is now available as of October 2013.
Exchange Online Mailbox Size Increase
The size of user mailboxes Exchange Online and Office 365 multi-tenant service plans are doubling. This means that the current standard 25 GB user mailbox will now include 50 GB of mailbox storage. Shared Mailboxes and Resources Mailboxes are both more than doubling those to 10 GB each. Kiosk user mailboxes will increase from 1 GB to 2 GB. Site Mailboxes remain unchanged, as do all Office 365 dedicated mailboxes.
Folder Permissions and Calendar Delegation in Outlook Web App
You can now configure folder and calendar permissions in Outlook Web App to give delegates access to your inbox, calendar, and other folders. This is particularly useful if you need someone like an admin to manage your inbox or calendar while you’re out of the office.
Members Can Share
Members of a site can share documents and the site itself without having to approve them through the site collection owner. When the site owner allows members to share on the site, anyone with at least Editor permissions on a document will be able to share the document, and any user in the default Members Group for the site will be able to share the site. (Office.com video)
SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1
Microsoft is adding two new capabilities to the existing SkyDrive Pro for iOS app:
Content Search Web Part
It is now possible to enable a core web part previously only available on-premises - for dynamic publishing to showcase specific content based on a predefined search query.
The Content Search Web Part (CSWP) uses SharePoint enterprise search technology to display dynamic results on a page. When you browse to a page that contains a CSWP, you're actually issuing a query. What’s different with CSWPs is that instead of you entering query terms in a search box, the query is contained within the web part itself. This means that when you browse to a page that contains a CSWP, a query is automatically issued.
Lync Mobile Updates for Windows Phone and iOS
The Lync team has released some new exciting features for Windows Phone and iOS Lync Mobile clients:
SharePoint & Yammer Integration: POST & Search
Power BI PREVIEW for Office 365
At WPC we publically disclosed a new offering - Power BI for Office 365. Power BI provides users with a complete Self Service BI solution for all users through the familiar and intuitive BI capabilities in Excel and ease of deployment through Office 365. This new BI offering will enable users to:
Discover, Analyze, and Visualize with Excel
Collaborate and Stay Connected – share insights, find answers, and stay connected from anywhere and on any device. Power BI for Office 365 enables users to quickly create Power BI Sites, BI workspaces for users to share and view larger workbooks of up to 250MB, refresh report data, maintain data views for others and track who is accessing them, and easily find the answers they need with natural language query. Users can also stay connected to their reports in Office 365 from any device with HTML5 support for Power View reports and through a new Power BI mobile app for Windows.
In the Cloud, on Your Terms – extend your existing systems with a turn-key BI solution running in Microsoft’s cloud, enterprise grade and secure. Power BI for Office 365 enables new capabilities for IT to help enable users and ensuring a smooth running system. First, through the Data Management Gateway, IT can enable on-premises data access for all reports published into Power BI so that users have the latest data. IT can also enable enterprise data search across their organization, making it easier for users to discover the data they need. The system also monitors data usage across the organization, providing IT with the information they need to understand manage the system overall.
Power BI Mobile App
A new visualization app for Office that will help visualize graphs and data residing in an Excel workbook is now available in the Windows Store. The user will be able to navigate through the data with multiple views and ability to zoom in and out at different levels. This app will be first available for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface devices through the Windows Store and specifically for those customers using the Power BI for Office 365 Preview. It will provide touch optimized access to BI reports and models stored in Office 365.
Apps for Office - Seller Dashboard Enhancements
Enhancements to Apps for Office Seller Dashboard - enabling subscription pricing for Apps for Office & SharePoint.
Whew! That’s a lot! The links above will take you to the blog post announcing the future. If you’d like to see a short 5-10 minute video on how to plan for and configure any of the above features, let me know at email@example.com (substitute my actual first and last name) and I’ll add that topic to our queue of videos to release.
As always, if you are a Microsoft Partner and need technical assistance in planning for, selling, or deploying Microsoft technologies, visit us at https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Support/technical-presales-and-advisory-services.aspx