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  • What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-04-15

    Tags: Office 365

    It was a couple of weeks since last, but this time we got some major updates on the Office Roadmap, following the recent announcement on the Office blogs.

    Changes 2015-04-15

    Since the 26th of March, these are the changes. Quite a few of them…

    Now Launched

    • Bulk Updates in Project Online: Directly to launched status
    • Improvements to Demand Management in Project Online: Another Project thingie, directly to launched
    • Changing support for LinkedIn in Outlook: LinkedIn connections in Outlook no longer supported, another that went directly to launched
    • Clutter Control and admin capabilities: from rolling out
    • Document deletion policies for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online: A really interesting and important feature, now live
    • Lync Online Active User Activities Report: previously rolling out
    • MAPI over HTTP for Outlook 2013 and Exchange Online: one of the oldest things on the roadmap now rolling out
    • More control over Sent Items for Shared Mailboxes: from in development
    • New preview features for Power BI: from rolling out
    • Option for Passwords to Never Expire: new on the list the last time, but now launched
    • Removing Deleted Items Retention Period: from in development. This one is a huge one!

    Now Rolling out

    • About Me Update and New Authoring Tool: Big news yesterday on the Office Blogs. From In development.
    • Lync Web App support for Mac and Windows Chrome users: from in development. Everyone is now invited to the party!
    • MDM for OneDrive for Business: Another great OneDrive feature now rolling out
    • Mobile Device Management: Changed name from "Mobile Device Management for Office 365" to "Mobile Device Management". From In Development.
    • NDR backscatter protection: more Exchange goodies, new on the list
    • Office 365 Groups: improving visibility and management: new on the list. Finally some improvements in this feature for enterprises. We might not need to turn it off at every client anymore.
    • Public Folder calendar and contact access in OWA: from in development
    • Skype for Business desktop application update: New Skype for Business is now rolling out since yesterday.

    In Development

    • Evolving the Outlook Web App options page: OWA is evolving. New on the list
    • Improved image attachment viewing in Outlook Web App: OWA team is on fire. New on the list
    • Optimize File Picker in Outlook Web App: Keep it coming OWA team! New on the list
    • Recommend OneDrive for Business for Large Attachments: Go OWA! New on the list.
    • Save to OneDrive for Business: Speechless! New on the list
    • Storage and file upload improvements for Sites and OneDrive for Business: Yay! Let's upload those big video files… New on the list
    • Office 365 Groups: adding Like to Conversations: Ooops. This was just rolling out the other week - back to the drawing board?
    • Office 365 Help pane: A new and better way to introduce features for the end-user. I like it. New on the list
    • Office 365 Notification pane: Another Ooopps. This was also previously Rolling out, with mixed feelings in the community. Better make it work and look good before launching…
    • Task Notifications in Project Online: Another new Project thingie

    Moved off the list into Previously released

    • eDiscovery Center Scale Increase
    • My apps for Office 365 app launcher
    • Office 365 Admin Center for Business
    • Office 365 ISO 27018 Privacy Compliance
    • OneNote Staff Notebook for Education
    • Outlook for iOS & Android
    • Partner admin mobile app
    • PIN lock and other updates for Outlook for iOS & Android
    • Quarantine Bulk Release
    • RMS Departmental Templates

    No longer at the list at all

    • Forms on SharePoint Lists - bye bye, for good?

     

    Phew! Good Job Microsoft!

  • Speaking at SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015

    Tags: Conferences

    It's just less than three weeks until the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015 has kicked off - and I'll be there speaking. The Evolution Conference is by far the most important and interesting conference when it comes to SharePoint - online and on-premises. The lineup of speakers are incredible - no other conference will ever get this assembly of crew from all around the world. And in this case this really is "no marketing, no bullshit" (thanks AC & CJ). The sessions and their content is out of this world, ranging for hard-core developer stuff, to nitty gritty infrastructure details to well-polished shoes and ties type of stuff. If you're in this business - you should be there! Go register, there is till a couple of more slots available.

    The SharePoint Evolution Conference London 2015

    I'm truly honored to be invited once again to speak and this time I'm closing in on the pain threshold with four sessions, all of them very demo focused.

    Building solutions with Office Graph: This is going to be a fun session where me and my good buddy Waldek Mastykarz will go through the Office Graph, the service feeding the Delve application, with a nice set of demos and inspirational apps.

    SharePoint Online, Office and Azure better together: One of my favorite sessions, it is. This is a session that I've done for a couple of years but it changes every single time. It's about how you can leverage the Azure services for your Office and SharePoint Apps. Since the Azure services are constantly evolving the demoes are constantly re-written.

    Building rich search experiences Apps for SharePoint: Another session that I'll do with Waldek. This is going to be fun. It will be full of demos of Search related stuff. Things that you very easy can do to improve your SharePoint search experience and impress on your boss.

    Azure Virtual Machine Automation for SharePoint admins and developers: You're like me and fed up with carrying around a big ass laptop just so that you can run virtual machines. Fear no more. In this session I'll show you how to easy and fast build out SharePoint environments for test, dev and production in Microsoft Azure.

    See you there!

  • Renewed as SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2015

    Tags: MVP

    Aprils fools day and for the sixth time I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) recognition for SharePoint Server.

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    Dear Wictor Wilen,
    Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year.

    Thank you Microsoft, my employer and those in the community that still gives me the kicks in contributing on- and offline.

About Wictor...

Wictor Wilén is the Nordic Digital Workplace Lead working at Avanade. Wictor has achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) - SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) - SharePoint  and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) - SharePoint 2010 certifications. He has also been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for seven consecutive years.

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