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Office365MVPs moving to RE:Office 365 on Medium

We’ve been working on a new collaborative project regarding Office 365. But first a salute to what has paved the way.

For a few years now, I have run the blog aggregate site Office365MVPs.com. The goal has been to bring together blog posts from Microsoft MVPs who are writing about Office 365, into one place for people to keep up to date. The site polls a list of RSS feeds on a regular interval and extracts the first hundred words from any new post that it finds. Readers can click through to read the full story on the original blog site. I personally found it a handy place to find out what my peers are working on and what they are thinking about.

However, the site has become difficult to maintain and the aggregation plugin misbehaves occasionally. Last year there were a few blog posts that were extracted hundreds of times, then tweeted every minute as new posts. Let me tell you, that was not fun tidying up afterwards.

I want to extend my thanks to the MVPs that have supported Office365MVPs.com and continued to write thought provoking content about Office 365. Sadly, we plan to close the site.

On February 8th, we will switch off the aggregation plugin and not be importing any more content.
On February 20th, we will close Office365MVPs.com.

However, 2016’s challenges led us to consider an alternative.

The team have been working on a more engaging project that will gather together stories, opinions, advice and reactions regarding Office 365. Which is why we have called it RE:Office 365, derived from the expression RE: meaning regarding. A quick check into the origin of the expression reveals that the Latin “Res” was also said “Re” and it means “thing.” Ergo (sorry, a little more Latin meaning therefore), our new project could be called “The thing about Office 365…”

Now, RE: writing platforms. We could have re-purposed the WordPress platform running Office365MVPs.com. It is versatile, there are plenty of plugins and it runs nice and neatly in an Azure websites subscription. But we settled on being late comers to the Medium platform. Aside from offering a clean and refreshing reading experience, it’s publishing, networking and commenting capabilities are impressively simple, yet effective. Stories are easy to create in a writing environment that helps you to focus on the content. But it was also important to the team that writers could continue to write content on their own blog sites and use a simple process to republish their stories to RE:Office 365. There are a few options to do this which I discuss further in our introduction video:

  1. If you host your blog on a self-hosted WordPress blog (not WordPress), a plugin is available for publishing directly to your Medium account and to the RE:Office 365 publication.
  2. If you blog from other platforms, Medium can import a post simply by giving it the URL. The import results from different platforms may vary. Once a post has been imported, it will be available in draft to review, fix any formatting issues and then publish.
  3. Finally, there’s good old cut-and-paste. It’s the more laborious of the three methods but the Medium tools are easy to use so it shouldn’t take too long.

What is a publication and how do you publish to it?

As a writer, you create a Medium account using Twitter, Facebook, Google or your email address. Let us know your Medium account @accountname and we’ll add you as a writer (more on this later.) Content that you write is yours, more than just attributed to you as the author. It is stored in your account. Any story you write can be associated with one Medium publication. This can be performed on a story by story basis. The publication is a collection of stories from different writers. A writer submits the story to the publication, meaning that it wont be visible immediately on RE:Office 365. We are forming a team of Editors that will briefly review and publish the story. Editors won’t change the story or review it for technical accuracy, grammatical correctness. The content is your responsibility and should adhere to MVP guidelines and professional commonsense.
As you can see, publishing to Medium requires some effort from you as a contributor. But it’s worth it.
A couple of good examples of Medium publications are The Mission (life lessons, tech and start up stories) and Backchannel.

We have set up @reoffice365 on Twitter to share stories. We encourage you to share the post via Twitter, Facebook or paste a link to it via your favourite social platforms.

So, who is with us?

If you’re a Microsoft MVP or an industry thought leader writing about Office 365, we welcome your stories. Much as we’d like to leave it open to anyone to contribute as a writer, our team do have day jobs and need to keep writer numbers at a manageable level.

If you don’t have a Medium account:

  1. Sign up using your Twitter, Facebook, Google account or your email address.
  2. Contact us
    1. Tweet @reoffice365 saying “Count me in. My Medium account is https://medium.com/@[username] . “ Follow @reoffice365 and we’ll follow you back so we can Direct Message.
    2. Or email governor@reoffice365.com saying “Count me in. My Medium account is https://medium.com/@[username]”
  3. If you use a self-hosted WordPress blog, install the Medium plugin. After we have added you as a writer for the publication, you’ll have an option to submit your posts directly to RE:Office 365.
  4. If you host on a different blogging platform, visit your Profile > Stories and use the Import a story option to import your first story.
  5. The editing team will check periodically for new stories to publish and will share it via Twitter.

That’s all for now. But I do have a few other ideas to help make the publication even more engaging, involving Live interviews and discussions about the articles we write.
In the meantime, help us to create a publication that becomes a thought provoking and inspiring place for people and organizations working with Microsoft Office 365.

Originally posted at RE:Office 365 “Introducing RE:Office 365”

We have moved to RE:Office 365 (ReOffice365.com).

Thanks again to all the contributors at Office365MVPs.com. Thank you for allowing me to aggregate your blog posts into a site the helped readers find your thoughts with others. It was a convenient and effortless way for you to participate. This blog has been running since October 2013, when I was first awarded as and Office 365 MVP. I continue to be inspired by the thought leadership and dedication you demonstrate to the community of IT Pros.

To our readers, thanks for following, retweeting and patience with technical glitches. As mentioned in my previous post, it’s time to move to a new home. At RE:Office 365, our writers are more active participants. They may blog from WordPress or other platforms. But it’s a conscious task to import, cross-post or write a story on the Medium based platform. As we build our momentum and encourage writers to keep contributing, please show your support and respond, recommend and highlight their content. Medium is just as much about the conversation as it is about the original story.
If you use or administer Office 365 and you have some thoughts to share, consider joining us as writers. You don’t have to be an Microsoft MVP. But you do need to have a good balance of sharing what you know and what you think.

To find out more, watch this goofy but informative video Loryan Strant and I put together. Follow @REOffice365 on Twitter. If you’re not on Medium, sign up using your Twitter account (or your Facebook account or email address). If you’re interested and ready to commit to share your thoughts regularly, email governor@reoffice365.com.

We look forward to building a community of writers and a vibrant publication, to learn from and to challenge each others thoughts and approaches.

See you there.

Darrell Webster

Office 365: How to easily get the list of Office 365 Video channels!

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A very simple way to visualize the list of Office 365 Video Channels (something that I have learnt from Microsoft support guys) is buy typing the following URL in the browser:

https://<Tenant>.sharepoint.com/portals/hub/pSiteList/Portal%20Site%20List%20View.aspx

And this is the result you will get:

Office 365: Como obtener fácilmente el listado de canales de Office 365 Video (I)!

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Una forma sencilla de visualizar el listado de canales de Office 35 Video (algo que he aprendido gracias a soporte de Microsoft) es a través de especificar la siguiente URL en el navegador:

https://<Tenant>.sharepoint.com/portals/hub/pSiteList/Portal%20Site%20List%20View.aspx

Y el resultado es el siguiente:

OneDrive for Business | erweitertes Dateimanagement | Verschieben

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Chris McNulty, Microsoft und ExMVP hat  in Microsoft Tech Community unter SharePoint weitere Details beschrieben beschrieben:

Die von mir beschriebenen Änderungen wurde erweitert:

Das Limit von 50 MB beim Kopieren wurde auf 500 MB angehoben

Es kann jetzt auch innerhalb einer Bibliothek kopiert werden, dann wird eine Datei mit einer Nummer am Ende des Datei-Namens erzeugt.

Diese Änderungen erfolgen zuerst im First Release und anschließend an allen Office 365 Tenants!

Bewegen von Dateien

Hier musste Microsoft leider erst einmal einen Rückzieher machen, das funktioniert derzeit nicht von OneDrive for Business zu SharePoint (Team Sites oder Groups). Aber bei

Office 365: Mejora en la gestión de archivos en SPO y ODFB!

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Microsoft acaba de anunciar nuevas mejoras en la gestión de archivos tanto para bibliotecas modernas de SharePoint Online (SPO) como para OneDrive for Business (ODFB) tal y como podéis ver en el siguiente artículo de la Tech Community:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-Blog/Enhancing-File-Management-for-OneDrive-and-SharePoint-Modern/ba-p/46832

En concreto las mejoras son:

El límite de 50 MB al copiar documentos se elimina y pasa a ser de 500 MB. Crear una copia de un documento en la misma ubicación, añadiendo al nombre un número al final de forma automática. Posibilidad de descargar varios archivos (esta característica ya estaba disponible desde hace varias semanas) de

Petri article: Microsoft Teams in the Real World

I wrote a new article for Petri.com about how we, at Sparked, are using Microsoft Teams. Click here to read the article.

Office 365: ¿Por qué no puedo acceder a Office 365 Video en planes de Office 365 Empresa?

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La respuesta es sencilla: porque Office 365 Video no está disponible en este tipo de planes de la plataforma…aunque lo curioso es que hasta hace relativamente poco (por experiencia con un cliente), si se podía usar Office 365 Video en planes de tipo Empresa Essentials y Empresa Premium.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-365-platform-service-description.aspx

Will Groups Impact Your Organization?

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Ever since Microsoft debuted their Office 365 Groups, focusing initially on the conversational capability within Outlook rather than the underlying architectural changes – which is what Groups is really all about – there have been questions from the community asking if and how Groups impacts how we manage the various workloads in Office 365. The concept of groups presents a new direction for the platform (and Microsoft has corrected the messaging that separates the Outlook features from the Groups platform capabilities). While some may feel like this has been a backwards move for administration and governance,  Groups presents clear

Office 365: Como publicar un calendario en OWA (II)!

Siguiendo con la serie de artículos sobre como publicar un calendario de Exchange Online desde OWA, en esta ocasión os comparto un video demostrativo al respecto.

OneDrive for Business | new Version 17.3.6798.0207

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Microsoft has pressed the button. Silently and secretly. I’ve been waiting two days, but until today Microsoft has not published a change log. I have received isolated messages after the update of Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC). After the update and the first start, the NGSC has crashed. For me the NGSC has automatically raised on three different devices to version 17.3.6798.0207 and I have no problems with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

For those, who do not know: You, or your admin do not have to do anything. The NGSC will be automated updated, if Microsoft press the