It’s the normal blog post for the 1st July, but this year, what makes it extra special is that it is the 10th award I have recieved. Thanks to everyone who supports me in giving to the community and I hope we can work together to achieve more in the next 12 months.
#UPDATED 8th June 2017
Microsoft have been using User Voice to gage your input and development ideas for their products over the last few years but there are lot of them out there than you realise *trust me there are a lot more than I had realised and I’m sure I’ve missed a lot too.
Having heard and spoken to different product teams they sit down as a team every week or other week and look at the new requests, the votes and comments added and decide if it is something that should be added or prioritied for the product. Not all product teams do the same but I hope this list helps for you to add the right feedback you want for the developments you want in Microsoft services. If you know of any that I missed please tweet me and I will update the list.
- Microsoft Teams
- Office 365 UserVoice
- Office Dev
- Skype for Business
- Office 365 Video
- Patterns & Pactices Cloud Guidance
- Delve – However more posts made in Office 365
- My Analytics
Windows and Management
- Windows Platform Development
- Windows Phone Facebook
- Windows Server
- Remote Desktop
- System Centre and Configuration Manager
- Office Forms
Visual Studio and Development
- Visual Studio
- Microsoft Cognaitive Services
- Bing Listens UserVoice
- Microsoft Health & Band
- Microsoft Intune
- Microsoft ToDo
- Bing Ads
- Microsoft Translator
It was a delight to be able to represent both BFC Networks and Pugh Computers at the recent Cynhadledd Technegol ColegauCymru Annual Technical Conference (Welsh Colleges Annual Technical Conference).
It is the only time during the year I get to speak solely to a college audience and with the conference in the valleys of Wales but it also gives me the opporunity to enjoy the drive through the beaultiful Welsh Valleys.
This year the theme was based on Security with GDPR being a hot topic so having given a few ideas of different sessions it was decided to talk more about the importance of Azure AD whether you are Office 365, Google or neither. As other organisations move to the cloud, you need to be secure and know how your users are using your domain name to access content from other Office 365 enviornments
In recent years we have seen Microsoft announce data centres across the world and more importantly for my point of view a set of them in the UK. Azure services can now be purchased to house your services in the UK with new Office 365 tenants being created in the these new data centres.
Did you know you have to opt in to get your current Office 365 tenants moved to the UK? Did you know you have only until the 15 September 2017 to complete your request?
Well hopefully you do now. If you navigate to the Admin Centre in Office 365, Settings and then Organisation you will see while navigate down the page it talks about where your data is located. Below that is the notification around moving you data.
Ensure you understand what the move process is and how it effects your organisation and chat with Microsoft or visit the Trust centre if you have more questions.
In a month of announcements and events including Microsoft Build and The SharePoint Summit we have another event for those interested in the education space.
Looking at different reports there are guesses around announcements such as Windows Cloud, new Surface devices however I’m hoping for the announcement and general release of Microsoft Classroom, Intune for Education and a focus on Microsoft School Data Sync and how third parties can integrate with the SDS and Microsoft Classroom.
Hope to see you there. http://event.microsoft.com/MayEvent
I’m delighted to presenting at the next UK Community Day on the 23rd March. Do you want to come and join us with a great set of speakers including Steve Smith, Neil Hodgkinson, Penny Coventry, Heath Groves and Brett Lonsdale? If you do come and register now on the site and we hope to see you there as we take SharePoint to the Battle Royal – SharePoint vs SharePoint Online!
SharePoint Community Day
Come and join us at our SharePoint Community Day taking place on the 23rd March, where our range of speakers pitch SharePoint On-Premises against SharePoint Online and cover all the bits in between.
This exclusive day will de-mystify a lot of the mis-understanding between SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online and what options are available depending on what direction your business is heading.
The Community Days are delivered by speakers that are renowned industry experts and MVP’s.
I’m delighted to be speaking at the 2016 Microsoft Ignite conference in late September.
Over the course of two sessions I’ll be focusing on how the education sector are using Office 365 in two different ways.
- Be ready for how the millennial generation are using Office 365
- Meetup: Education meetup for schools, colleges or those working in the sector
Tuesday Lunch time – 12:40pm – Expo Theater 2
In the community theatre I will be present and talking about Be ready for “How the millennial generation are using Office 365”. Over the past few months I’ve been able to work with a few large companies in the UK and talk to them about how the millennial generation are using Office 365 and Microsoft technologies. This allowing them to ensure they have an effective device strategy for new starters that support the technologies they have been using in the classroom and at home. Is your business ready for a different type of worker that is always connected and communicating?
Wednesday Morning – 9:00am – B203
During this time we will be have an education meetup to talk about some of the technology and challenges we have in the education sector with Microsoft Technologies. I’ve put some questions together that will get us talking in groups around some of technologies such as Microsoft Classroom, OneNote Class Notebook and Office Mix. Come and listen, watch a demo and interactive and learn from each other on how these technologies are already being used with learners.
My Speaker from for more details of my sessions
Thanks to Pugh and BFC Networks for allowing me to present on Microsoft Classroom today.
During the call we went through a few different aspect to help understand what you can do with a Microsoft Classroom class.
- What is Microsoft Classroom?
- What is an Office 365 Group?
- Microsoft Classroom
- Documents and Links (video)
- School Data Sync
I also mentioned during the call about a new podcast called the MS Edu Podcast where we talk about all the latest from Microsoft that help in the education sector. You can get more of thing on the site. Click Here –> MSEduPodcast
Today I’ll be presenting on Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync, giving live demos and asking any questions you might have.
It is great to be able to partner with Pugh and my own company BFC Networks to present this and will continue to do so every other month with a date set for our next meet up in September (after the summer break).
Join us at 2.30pm for an hour (UK Time) and get to know more about this new exciting product from Microsoft
Sign up at Eventbrite look forward to speaking to you then.
It was a great pleasure to present at the SharePoint User Group and pass on my findings regarding the #FutureOfSharePoint. A few points that aren’t on the slide deck.
It was great to see Microsoft themselves supporting the community and we get a message from Jeff Teper wishing us all the best for the event.
It is always good to see people tweeting and on Facebook while you are speaking and thanks to those did.