Microsoft recommends branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 with themes, alternate CSS and other CSOM methods rather than creating custom master pages

In a video tutorial available to the public on MSDN’s Channel 9, Microsoft presents an argument for branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 sites with themes and other CSOM methods. The title of this video tutorial is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (02) Controlling Branding in SharePoint Using App Model. The tutorial is included in the Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start collection and is led by Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen, who are both Senior Program Managers with Microsoft. One recommendation is repeated over and over again throughout this tutorial, which comprises about one hour of video: don’t create…
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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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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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Catching a glimpse of how structured and unstructured data are managed, together, in SharePoint Online document libraries

This post is another in a set of posts arising from my review of a video tutorial on SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. This tutorial is published on the Microsoft Virtual Academy web site. The tutorial can be viewed by the public at no charge. I’ve included a link to the video tutorial in the post, below. “McAllister” refers to Mr. Jamie McAllister, who leads the tutorial. The architecture of a document library in SharePoint Online (or, for SharePoint on-premises) calls for each document to be depicted by a dedicated row (McAllister claims SharePoint Online lists are neither spreadsheets, nor…
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Comments on a video tutorial on managing SharePoint Online Documents and Lists, published by Microsoft Virtual Academy

Jamie McAllister, a solutions architect for a logistics company based in Geneva, Switzerland leads a one hour video webcast of a training course on Managing SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. This webcast is available for public viewing, at no charge, on Microsoft’s Microsoft Virtual Academy learning portal. The intended audience is SharePoint Online end users and site owners. McAllister begins the training session with an explanation of why anyone would care about the topic. The most important reason why SharePoint Online end users and site owners should care about how to manage documents and lists in SharePoint Online is to…
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Open Shared Document Libraries in SharePoint Online With Explorer to Move Files from OneDrive for Business

For organizations with a presence on Office 365, and SharePoint Online, Microsoft’s recent announcement of 1TB of storage, via One Drive for Business, for any/all Office 365 tenants, may provide cause for concern. Users may be challenged to correctly implement a governance plan built around SharePoint document libraries and lists should they neglect to move data from One Drive for Business into SharePoint Online. Fortunately, the “Open with Explorer” feature can be used by even end users to provide them with a drag and drop method of transferring files out of One Drive for Business and into a targeted document…
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Learn How to Brand SharePoint Online, Office 365 Sites with a New Course from SharePoint-Videos

Office 365 is the fastest growing Microsoft product of all time. Now any organization can learn some of the most useful tools and techniques required to brand these sites via a new course from SharePoint-Videos: SP13-315 SharePoint 2013: SharePoint Online (Office 365) Branding. This course is led by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, a SharePoint MVP, published author and widely respected authority on these topics. Better yet, Yaroslav is a member of our core team of curriculum developers, having produced sets, for SharePoint-Videos on branding for SharePoint 2010, and SharePoint 2013 on premises. He has also produced training content on the new SharePoint…
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Organizations Considering SharePoint Online, Office 365 with Security Concerns Should Visit Microsoft’s Securing the Cloud Infrastructure Web Site

If your organization is seriously considering a migration from SharePoint on premise, to SharePoint Online, Office 365, and you need to learn more about the security of cloud computing for these services, you should visit Microsoft’s Securing the Cloud Infrastructure Web Site. I reviewed a short video presentation, hosted by Pete Boden, General Manager, Security Leadership at Microsoft. This video is under 3 minutes in length and styled to provide executives with some of the information they require to begin to make an informed decision about the suitability of the security of Microsoft’s cloud IaaS and SaaS offers (SharePoint Online,…
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Include a Management Plan for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as Two Distinct Cloud Storage Options

OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are two entirely separate cloud storage options. But when SharePoint Online users have access to either destination from the same desktop, the chance of errors occurring is, unfortunately, high. Therefore, organizations must include a management strategy safeguarding confidential corporate information from these mistakes. It should make sense for these organizations to implement policies requiring SharePoint Online users to periodically move information into SharePoint Online libraries, and/or lists, rather than simply storing items in one of the two OneDrive options available to them. As is often the case with other SharePoint features, the complexity of OneDrive…
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Carefully Consider the Ramifications of Publishing an Access 2013 Database as an App to SharePoint Online Before Proceeding

As Darvish Shadravan makes clear in a video tutorial on the Access 2013 App Model, titled Access 2013 App Model, the Data Layer of the App will be converted to SQL Server. Further, the SQL Server back end will be hosted on Azure. Organizations should carefully consider the ramifications of deciding to publish an Access 2013 App to SharePoint Online, meaning the above points, before proceeding. Shadravan’s video tutorial is available to anyone with a subscription to SharePoint-Videos. This video tutorial is also included in our SP 13-307 SharePoint 2013: Enterprise Forms set of video tutorials, which can be purchased…
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