Microsoft changes how Office 365 business users access OneDrive

Apparently Microsoft has changed how Office 365 business users access OneDrive. We maintain an Enterprise E3 plan Office 365 account. I noticed recently the link for OneDrive had been removed from our SharePoint Online user interface (UI). Not only had the link been removed from the Global Navigation set of links on our site, but three new sets of links had been added to our site template, on a horizontal bar located above the global navigation links: Sites Office 365 and a grid-like symbol (or checkerboard), with neither a title, nor a mouse-hover description It appears this new section of…
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With Office 365 APIs available, is there any reason to use the SharePoint app model to build custom solutions for SharePoint Online?

On Monday, December 22, 2014, Sahil Malik of Winsmart published a post titled SharePoint App Model: Rest in Peace on the Winsmart.com blog. The post presents Microsoft’s public announcement of the availability of APIs for Office 365 as a telltale indicator of the demise of the SharePoint 2013 App Model. At least for SharePoint Online. VisualSP has published a considerable amount of training content on the SharePoint 2013 app model. In turn, I wrote a considerable amount of content to this blog on the app model and why, in my opinion, the app model made sense. So I carefully read…
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Microsoft announces the end of the SharePoint Online Public Websites feature of Office 365

On December 22, 2014, a number of online commentators on Microsoft’s Office 365 product published content about Microsoft’s announced decision to remove the Public Websites feature of SharePoint Online. Readers interested in learning more about this announcement are encouraged to read a post to Microsoft’s Support blog, titled Information about upcoming changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website. The decision to remove this feature appears to be entirely consistent, to this writer, when it is considered along with Microsoft’s highly publicized decision, back in October, 2012, to remove Design View (a WYSIWYG editor) from SharePoint Designer 2013. Back then, the…
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A recent study points to serious interest in hybrid computing scenarios across enterprise businesses

On December 19, 2014, CMSWire published No Best of Breed in Cloud Computing – Yet. This article was written by Dom Nicastro. The topic prompting the article is a survey just released by Technology Business Research Inc. The TBR study includes some promising predictions for proponents of hybrid computing scenarios as the best approach for large organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as they move closer to implementing cloud computing scenarios. Nicastro writes “TBR . . . predicted that public, private and hybrid cloud integration will follow cloud professional services growth in coming years — private cloud adoption…
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Define roles for users based on your rationale for implementing hybrid SharePoint computing

In a third video tutorial from our new set of training content on hybrid SharePoint computing, Fabian Williams juxtaposes a set of rationales for hybrid SharePoint computing alongside the roles users will play in on-premises, and cloud SharePoint computing scenarios. The title of the video is Preparing for SharePoint Hybrid – Part 1. The very close connection between objectives and user roles, which Fabian presents in detail across the approximate 25 minute length of the tutorial, is illustrative of the emphasis on security, which permeates the first 3 tutorials in the set. It, therefore, makes sense to expand on the…
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Hybrid SharePoint computing is built on trusted communications

Approximately 2.5 minutes into the 2nd of 13 video tutorials included in a set on hybrid SharePoint computing, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP introduces a definition of hybrid SharePoint computing. The title of the video tutorial is Defining SharePoint 2013 Hybrid. This definition emphasizes the importance of full trusted communications as a mission-critical essential prerequisite to any attempt to implement a hybrid computing architecture for SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365: “A SharePoint Server 2013 hybrid environment enables identity management and trusted communications between SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013. Fabian points out how this full trusted…
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Like any other project, an effort to implement hybrid SharePoint computing must start with an inventory of components already in place to ensure success

It’s not possible to successfully implement a hybrid SharePoint computing solution without a plan. This plan should include a clear understanding of what a hybrid computing architecture for SharePoint can, realistically deliver. As well, a series of steps must be taken to prepare a group of users, as well as the computing services already in place, and, finally, the procedures users have defined to successfully complete tasks for the new architecture. Our course on the topic of hybrid SharePoint computing, via a combination of on-premises and online components meets this requirement. Nearly 1.5 hrs of the 3.5 hrs included in…
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Learn how to combine SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365 into a hybrid computing solution in a video tutorial set available exclusively from VisualSP

Many organizations are reaching the same decision: it makes sense to support SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365, simultaneously. This decision makes even more sense when a hybrid computing architecture is implemented to extract benefit from services common to both platforms. Microsoft has published some technical training information on the hybrid computing concept. I’ve written some comments about this content in a few posts to this blog. But now I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of a set of video tutorials compiled from an online class, which was led by Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP and…
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Metadata tagging contributes to an optimized search service for SharePoint Online, but may not be appropriate for every organization

Adding metadata to specific artifacts stored in SharePoint Online, as Jamie McAllister points out in a video tutorial on managing documents and lists in SharePoint Online, contributes to an optimized search experience for users. The title of this video tutorial is Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. The artifacts are documents, which are stored in document libraries in SharePoint Online, Office 365. McAllister and his colleague, Rob Latino, spend a few moments on the difficulties end users often experience adding metadata. For many the task is tedious. So McAllister admonishes his audience to proceed carefully. But for organizations with a…
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A straightforward presentation of creating a document library in SharePoint Online and adding some documents to it

The second demonstration included in a video tutorial titled Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists presents the steps required to “Create a Document Library and Upload Content”. The demonstration is led by Mr. Jamie McAllister, who leads most of the tutorial. McAllister’s presentation begins as our SharePoint-Videos tutorials on SharePoint 2013 Document Libraries begin. McAllister explains adding a document library constitutes “adding an app”. So the steps he takes are consistent with adding any other type of out-of-the-box app to SharePoint Online. He also points out how the app, once added, shows up in the Quick Launch, on the left…
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