So it’s a Bank Holiday Monday. But i live in Ireland. Therefore it’s Raining. It’s on days like this you get to understand the Irish state of mind. We are used to good things coming packaged like a Muller Fruit Corner. With the good comes the not so good. Enough of those kinda clouds….let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the other sort….Here’s the week in review.
Big News in Tech: besides… Joanne and Dave from accounts 😉
What was already an open secret has now been confirmed. Microsoft will launch Windows 10 on July 29. (Previously, Microsoft had only committed to “this summer” as a launch date.) That date begins a one-year window during which free upgrades will be available to anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
The first phase of the long, slow rollout begins today, with the appearance of a small icon in the taskbar on eligible systems. Here’s what it looks like on a PC running Windows 8.1:
Clicking that link opens a six-screen advertisement, with a prominent “Reserve your free upgrade now” button. Clicking that button configures your PC to download and install the upgrade bits and adds the current device to the queue for Windows 10.
But what will actually happen when July 29 rolls around? That poses some interesting logistical questions for Microsoft.
The Get Windows 10 program is going to be one of the largest software delivery projects in history. Microsoft is offering full, free upgrades for every PC currently running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 (excluding those running Enterprise editions, which don’t qualify for the free upgrade).
News from Yammer : (Office365 Groups – the devil or the future ?)
The Banter with the lads:
As the debate runs on about the function of Groups and whether they are good or bad for your organization, another thread kicked off this week about the limitations and functions of Office365 Groups. Good read as there are fair arguments for both sides of the fence – Check it out here
News from Office365: (most of this was robbed from MS….it’s still true though)
Sway has started rolling out to Office 365!
On May 21, 2015 Microsoft announced that Sway is rolling out to Office 365 business and education customers. Additionally, Sway is adding support for more languages, as well as expanding the types of content you can add and the ways in which you can visualize multimedia. Add your voice to the discussion in the Sway group or read more in the original blog post here .
Announcing a new way to create connectors in Office 365
On May 22, 2015 Microsoft announced an overhaul of the connector experience in Office 365 to provide you with better guidance, a simplified user interface and an easier way to check that everything works as expected. Ready the blog post here and join the discussion here .
Starting June 26 Yammer will preview your Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDFs using Office Online!
Starting June 26, 2015 Yammer will preview your Word, PowerPoint, Excel files and PDFs using Office Online. Office Online in Yammer means faster load times, a cleaner UI and the familiarity of using your favorite Office products on the web. Join the discussion happening in the Yammer Bugs group for more information.
Handy Resources: (unless your building a house, then this is useless)
Rollup + Context on NextGen Portals in Office 365
This is your one-stop shop for resources and context on NextGen Portals in Office 365. Senior Product Manager Mark Kashman put together this informative Sway, covering topics such as: Overall strategy, Office 365 video, Delve “People Experiences,” Codename “InfoPedia,” custom portals, how you can try NextGen Portals today in Office 365, plus feedback & request links. Check out more in the NextGen Portals group or check out the Sway here .
Catch up on Surface from Ignite with Surface Deployment Lab Manuals Available!
For those who weren’t able to attend Ignite 2015 or for those who didn’t have the chance to check out the Surface deployment labs onsite, you can still study up or perform your own test runs with the lab manuals found in the Microsoft Surface group. Additionally, be sure to catch these top sessions on Channel 9: Scratching the Surface: Lessons From Support, Building Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Design Matters for Microsoft Surface,Deploying Microsoft Surface Pro 3 In The Enterprise, Why Microsoft Surface IS Your Next Company Device .
Small Businesses and O365 Working Together: Set Up and Best Practices Webinar
This Webinar geared towards small business best practices for Office 365 will occur on Thursday June 11, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT. It will include two presentations by the Office 365 content team as well as time for questions and feedback. If you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more here.
Some Awesome Links (i appreciated everything is awesome.)
That’s a wrap for week 2 of my blog posts about office365. I had a long weekend, so this wasn’t as snappy or as self produced as i would like, but hey, it’s here and it’s relevant to if you work in the MS cloud sphere.