It’s results time again and Microsoft released earnings for Q4 FY17 on July 20. As always, there are nuggets to be minded. The billions of revenues generated by Azure and Office 365 are the highlights for me, even if Microsoft did not update the number of Office 365 users.
The Microsoft Graph is a common programmatic interface to Office 365 and other data, including Azure Active Directory. The Graph Explorer is an excellent guide to help programmers understand what is possible with the Microsoft Graph and how to interact with the various endpoints.
Microsoft Workplace Analytics is not a “Fitbit for the enterprise” that you can deploy off-the-shelf to get instantly usable information. Expect to invest considerable time or spend some consulting dollars to make sense of organization dynamics, office politics, and internal friction. All the stuff that makes working in large companies so worthwhile!
Shane Young walks you through getting your SharePoint list data visualized through a fancy Power BI Report.
Microsoft told us some months ago that they would block the creation of new eDiscovery cases in Exchange and SharePoint. A course reversal has happened because of the humble discovery mailbox, which Exchange uses as a target for eDiscovery results. The block has lifted for Exchange but remains for SharePoint. It will eventually happen for Exchange but Office 365-wide functionality is better than workload-specific features.
Microsoft makes it easy for companies to use Office 365 and has been very successful in moving customers to the cloud. But when you get to the cloud and find that your company is involved in a corporate merger, acquisition, or split, things are not so easy because the tools to do the work don’t exist. Some glimmer of hope exists as ISVs have started to take interest in the space.
Recent developments show that a fully-populated Azure Active Directory is considered by Microsoft to be a core part of the overall Office 365 “experience.” Yet many tenants have partly-populated directories. Is that a problem? Or might it be a future problem?
Gartner’s recent SWOT analysis of Office 365 contains some interesting thoughts and observations. I do not agree with them all because I think some of their thinking is a little dated, but it is always interesting to read what Gartner is whispering into the ears of their customers.
In this Ask the Admin, Russell Smith shows you an easier way to schedule meetings using an add-in for Office 365 called FindTime.
Joseph Finney takes a look at how OneNote can fill in the IT gaps.
The quarterly cumulative updates for Exchange Server quietly appeared with little fuss this week. Meanwhile, in cloud land, Office 365 continues the crusade to eradicate distribution lists with new bulk conversions to Office 365 Groups.
Jasper Oosterveld discusses Microsoft’s release of Stream to the general public.
The news that Teams won’t support external access when they planned is not a shock. But what is needed is a common external access mechanism that can work for all of the Office 365 applications. Let’s not reinvent the wheel!