Eric Kraus

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SharePoint Conference 2014 – Day 3

Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  Enterprise Social Sessions (recorded)  |  All Session Recordings (Channel 9)

 

Cloud Productivity

Menchie’s productivity case study

  • Outdated and Unreliable IT Tools
  • Unified Cloud-Based Productivity Tools
  • Mobile Productivity
  • Reduced Costs
  • Streamlined IT Administration
  • A Platform for Growth

 

Yammer

Success Center – for training, case studies, guidance for planning your enterprise social journey

Microsoft + Yammer: Transforming by Working Social

InfoPath Update

http://blogs.office.com/2014/01/31/update-on-infopath-and-sharepoint-forms/

{more to come}

 

Project

Sharing and Collaborating in Project 2013 – free webcast

Microsoft and Open Source

Wanted to share some updates on the work Microsoft is doing in the open source space.

Open Compute Project

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack in January, we announced a contribution to the Open Compute Project.  Microsoft is sharing what they call their ‘Microsoft cloud server specification‘: the designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others.

We are excited to participate in the OCP community and share our cloud innovation with the industry in order to foster more efficient datacenters and the adoption of cloud computing.

more details on that can be found here.

Port25

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother interesting set of investments in open source comes from the Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. team.  It’s a group of people building bridges between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies…powering interoperability through open standards and open source.

Here are some of the projects they are working:


SharePoint Conference 2014 – Day 2

Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  Enterprise Social Sessions (recorded)  |  All Session Recordings (Channel 9)

More great news out of SharePoint Conference today.  Here are a few highlights.

OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business Standalone Subscription

  • 25GB of Storage (option to purchase more)
  • Offline Sync
  • Multi-platform
  • Enterprise-Ready Administration
  • Promotional pricing: $2.50 per user per month in all licensing agreements/programs (50% discount) through September 2014
  • For customers with Office with SA or Office 365 ProPlus: $1.50 per user per month; agreement types included: Open, Enterprise Agreement, and MPSA.

Skype

Skype is Now Available in HD for Outlook.com Customer

 

Office for Developers

 

InfoPath (Office Forms Future)

Office Forms vNext Feedback Survey

  • Feedback on vision for Office Forms
  • InfoPath will be supported until April 2023

 

Watch keynotes/SPC TV

Channel 9 – SharePoint Conference 2014 TV

 

SharePoint Conference 2014 – Day 1

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Attempting to summarize all of the great content being distributed at SharePoint Conference 2014 (#SPC14) would be nearly impossible.  However, here’s a list of the top links being shared across my Yammer/Twitter feeds.

 

Office / Office 365

Technology is Enabling New Ways of Working

Work Like a Network! Enterprise Social and the Future of Work

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM / Yammer Enhancements
  • Yammer Enterprise with all Office 365 Enterprise plans
  • Office Graph – email, social conversations, documents, sites, instant messages, meetings map the relationships between people and things that make business go
  • Groups Experience – Yammer feed and inbox will both display the same conversation, so users who are more comfortable in Yammer can participate in the group through the feed, and users who prefer email can participate in the group through the inbox
  • Inline Social Experiences – weaving social into the apps that matter most by creating Inline Social Experiences in Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics, and any other app, service, or line-of-business system that is important to business

OneDrive for Business – cloud file storage and sharing just got easier

SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1 now available

New Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013

 

Social

If you’re not following the #responsiveorg movement by now, it’s time to hop on the wagon.

Another awesome effort to follow is #_Unbound.  It’s a all about working out loud and being social.  The brain is @matthewpartovi   You can read more here.

 

 

Oh…and InfoPath is dead…but not unsupported.  More coming this week.

 

Outlook Natural Language

I learn something every day. Here’s a cool tip a colleague of mine shared internally today. When scheduling a meeting in Outlook, you can use natural language to quickly set the date.

For example, you could say “today” or “tomorrow” or “next week” or better yet “today + 4 days”. Here are some screenshots of it in action:

OutlookMeeting1 OutlookMeeting2

 

OutlookMeeting3 OutlookMeeting4

 

OutlookMeeting5 OutlookMeeting6

Office 365 and DocuSign Partnership

Microsoft and DocuSign recently announced a partnership to bring electronic signatures to Office 365.

Among the features first being delivered:

  • Easy administration
  • Single-Sign On
  • Secure Storage
  • Office Store availability

Both organizations have agreed that this is only the start and they will continue to collaborate on bringing new innovations to the Office 365 offering.

More details:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/feb14/02-17docusignpr.aspx

 

Project Sienna

This is pretty cool. You can make Windows 8 apps with NO code. As a former developer, I was really skeptical as to how well this would work. I am convinced. For basic to intermediate applications, this is a really cool method for creating applications.

Features

  • Add Text, Images, Buttons, Lists, etc. etc.
  • Navigate between pages
  • Link up data sources: Excel, RSS, SharePoint
  • Publish the app to AppX format (easily distributable or cataloged)

 

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/microsoft-project-siena/5ae47651-e8f3-4e41-aab7-e19ab1b80180

Multi-Factor Authentication to O365

 

Microsoft just announced that Multi-factor Authentication will be added to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise, Academic, Nonprofit, and standalone plans: Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

http://blogs.office.com/2014/02/10/multi-factor-authentication-for-office-365/

Benefits

  • After successfully entering password, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone
  • Only after this second authentication factor has been satisfied can a user sign in.

 

For applications like Office, that don’t current support MFA, the platform will support App Passwords can be generated to leverage the added security. MFA support in Office client is on the roadmap and is schedule for later 2014.

For a technical understanding Multi-factor Authentication for Office 365, please visit the following technet article.

Please visit the Office 365 Trust Center for more information on security in Office 365.