Responses in Office Forms

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Yesterday I posted about my first experience of Office Forms and attached a form at the bottom for users to play with to answer my questions.  The form had three questions which were three different types of question types available which include Choice (used multiple choice), Text and Rating and I wanted to share the results so you could see what it looked like.  I spent the day watch the numbers grow and it also changes as more answers came through.  So thank you to the 32 who responded even though many of you may know nothing about the English Premier League and Aston Villa.

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The first question was multiple choice but I also left in an option for you to fill in your own.  People filled in the normal 4 answers but there were 5 other options added.  These 5 were added but not available to others to see.

The results first started as a pie chart but once we had 6 different types of answers it moved to being the bar chart.

Next to each question you can see a two way arrow in the top right.  When selecting this you get a table of answers.  Of course lots of these are anonymous but if the user is logged in, you can see who said this from their Azure AD display name.

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The second question was free text but did not have a requirement around it (where you needed to answer the question).  From the 21 people who did answer, on the home page (the first image of this post) you can see the last 3 responses but again when selecting the arrows you can see all answers.

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The final question was a rating (and thanks to those who rated Aston Villas season as a 2.68 our of 5 as I feel it was a lot worse than that).  By selecting the arrows you can see each users response.

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I mentioned yesterday that you could download a Excel spreadsheet of all the answers.  I still wish there was an option which asked if you would like to send it to your OneDrive for Business but just being able to get it in Excel is great.

In here we can see each of the users responses, time and who they were (with their User Principal Name as well as their Display Name).  The spreadsheet is already formatted with a table and easy to navigate.  The multiple choice question has each of their answers in the single cell while the others have their answers as well.

The spreadsheet is a lot better to see who answered what across the form.  When selecting the arrows in the browser you can’t easily navigate to see what the user gave across all their answer so this spreadsheet does help with that.  Just to take this data and add it to PowerBI now.

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First look at Office Forms for Office 365

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It caught me by surprise when Microsoft announced Office Forms in Office 365 Education as Microsoft have announced that only Education customers would get access to a preview.  With InfoPath forms now in extended support and no new solution from Microsoft, something like Office Forms was hoped to take your company forms to the next level.

Microsoft announced Office Forms would come to Office 365 Education customers first, so I jumped onto the my education test tenant and requested access.  Heard nothing back but found the URL from a recent blog post and decide to take a look and there we go, we have Office Forms.

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So there a few things to note from my first experience with this preview and these are mainly around the Forms you can build.

I’ve logged in with my organisation ID and the solution has its only app launcher style (not the Office 365 one).  At any time if I click on the Office logo/Forms in the top left, it takes me back to the landing page at the top.  Selecting the top three dots in the top right gives me chance to give Feedback, get help, navigate to my Office 365 Account Profile and sign out.

It’s very much has a bit of a Sway look and feel to the site with the rectangle box for each Form.

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When selecting New it very quickly takes you to a new form which I see this mainly as just a quizzing tool.  So for all you budding InfoPath specialist or SharePoint people expecting this to be the replacement, it not (well at least not at the moment).  It’s not asked me to create anything in SharePoint, asked for a relation with a Office 365 Group nor have I found anything that has changed in my Office 365 tenant so I believe this is a stand alone product.

Creating a Quiz

Having selected a new form, I can then start to create my quiz.  I can easily give it a name and a subtitle and then start to add my quiz questions.

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We have three types of questions we can ask which include Choice, Text and Rating.

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Choice really is what we expect with an easily to fill out question and options feature.  By default we have 2 answer options but can easily add more as well as an Other option allowing the user filling out the quiz to give their own answer.

We can also set allow multiple answers and set whether this question has to be answered (Answer Required).  We also have the ability to add a subtitle to the question should we want to give more context.

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A Text question allows you add a question and for the user to have free text for either a short or long length answer.

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With the Ratings question you can ask the user to give something either out of 5 or 10.  They can select their answer either as a number or a star.

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Sharing my Quiz

Once we have finished our quiz we don’t need to worry about saving as it has done this throughout the use of the webapp.  At the top, we can now Preview and Share the form.  We can preview it for both a computer view (your current view) or by selecting Mobile, see what it would look like in this state.

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You can share it as a URL, sending an email, it will provide you with a QR Tag or get a set of embed code.  You can also state at this point if users have to log in access the question and if they are allowed to answer the whole quiz multiple times.

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At the bottom of that fly out, you will see ‘More share settings’.  There are some great features here allowing you to apply a deadline and also for questions to be shuffled when loading allowing you to use this as a great classroom quiz.

Responses

The Responses tab gives you a great visual look at how people have answered with graphs, responses and the average score in a rating.

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There is also a Open in Excel which will download the quiz to your PC – I’m hoping this will be replaced with a Save to OneDrive option soon.

What to see my quiz, take a look at the bottom.

Transfer OneNote Class Notebooks

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As I’ve said every time I blog about the OneNote Class Notebook, this ever growing in popularity tool is a great addition to any classroom whether you have a 1:1 ratio of devices or not.

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the product as Microsoft push hard with the marketing effects of the pen and OneNote, I want to make sure that when I work with customers I can be making recommendations about the product as well as how to implement it.  This is one of the reason why I wrote an implementation guide before the OneNote Class Notebook appeared in the App Launcher.

App Launcher

The app launcher version has made it easier to create the Notebooks but does have one downside which is that it stores the OneNote in the teacher OneDrive.  This has enabled the teacher full access and can do whatever they need and take advantage of their unlimited storage in OneDrive for Business without the need of an administrator.

Teachers can come and go throughout a students 5 – 7 years at a school both during a school year and at the end of the academic year and with many systems now integrating with Office 365 Education, users are created automatically from the MIS or finance system.  Of course these systems also can remove users and their licenses from Office 365.  If a users SharePoint or OneDrive license is removed, the OneDrive is still active for another 14 days before the delete it completely removed/deleted.  Of course we don’t want this to happen to the students work so Microsoft have built a PowerShell script around the OneNote Class Notebook API to help transfer these Notebooks between teachers.

Take a look at the link below to the script on GitHub and just remember to transfer the content before that 14 days have run out.

https://github.com/OneNoteDev/ClassNotebookTransferAPISample

Disable Yammer License in Office 365 Education

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about changing licenses from the Office 365 Education license to the Office 365 Plus Education license.  This PowerShell script will help you to make these changes.

In the last week, further integration of Yammer and Office 365 has accord where we can now disable the Yammer license.

I’ve had many customers ask if there was a way we could just allow teachers and admin staff access to Yammer and we haven’t been able to do that until now.

Below are a set of script that will help you to either remove the Yammer license from all users (doesn’t matter what license they have been assigned), keep the current options they have enabled and then removes the yammer option.  The second script will just remove it from users who have a student license.

Remove Yammer license from all users

#$users = Get-MsolUser -MaxResults 10000 | Select-Object -property UserPrincipalName -ExpandProperty Licenses
foreach ($user in $users){

    $UPN = $user.userprincipalname
    $useraccount = get-msoluser -UserPrincipalName $UPN
    $licensetype = $useraccount.Licenses.accountskuid
    $licensesassigned = $useraccount.Licenses.servicestatus


write-host ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
write-host ~~~~ Now Starting on $UPN ~~~~
write-host "The following licenses are disabled on this account"
                $disabledPlans= @()
        foreach ($line in $licensesassigned) {
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SWAY" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "MCOSTANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                ###############################################

                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "YAMMER_EDU") { $disabledPlans +="YAMMER_EDU"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SWAY" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SWAY"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "MCOSTANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="MCOSTANDARD"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled")  {$disabledPlans +="EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD"}

        }


    Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $UPN -RemoveLicenses $licensetype
        $License = New-MsolLicenseOptions -AccountSkuId $licensetype -DisabledPlans $disabledPlans;
 $info = Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $UPN -AddLicenses $licensetype -LicenseOptions $License

  write-host "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"
    write-host ""
    
}

 

Remove Yammer from Student assigned accounts only

$users = Get-MsolUser -MaxResults 10000 | Select-Object -property UserPrincipalName -ExpandProperty Licenses
foreach ($user in $users){

    $UPN = $user.UserPrincipalName
    $useraccount = get-msoluser -UserPrincipalName $UPN
    $licensetype = $useraccount.Licenses.accountskuid
    $licensesassigned = $useraccount.Licenses.servicestatus

write-host ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
write-host ~~~~ Now Starting on $UPN ~~~~
write-host "The following licenses are disabled on this account"
                $disabledPlans= @()
        foreach ($line in $licensesassigned) {
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SWAY" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "MCOSTANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
                ###############################################


                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SWAY" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SWAY"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "MCOSTANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="MCOSTANDARD"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU"}
                if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled")  {$disabledPlans +="EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD"}

        }

    Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $UPN -RemoveLicenses $licensetype

    if ($licensetype -like "*STUDENT*"){
            write-host "This user has a student license"
            $FullFrictionFreeLicense = Get-MsolAccountSku | Where-Object {$_.AccountSKUID -like "*STANDARDWOFFPACK_IW_STUDENT*"}
                                            }
    
    if ($licensetype -like "*FACULTY*") {
            write-host "This user has a faculty license"
            $FullFrictionFreeLicense = Get-MsolAccountSku | Where-Object {$_.AccountSKUID -like "*STANDARDWOFFPACK_IW_FACULTY*"}
                                            }
        
    $License = New-MsolLicenseOptions -AccountSkuId $FullFrictionFreeLicense.AccountSkuId -DisabledPlans $disabledPlans;
 $info = Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $UPN -AddLicenses $FullFrictionFreeLicense.AccountSkuId -LicenseOptions $License
  
  ###test

      $testuseraccount = get-msoluser -UserPrincipalName $UPN
    $testlicensetype = $useraccount.Licenses.accountskuid

    if ($testlicensetype -like "*STANDARDWOFFPACK_IW*") { write-host "Success" -BackgroundColor DarkGreen} ELSE {write-host "FAILED" -BackgroundColor Red}

  
    write-host "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"
    write-host ""
}

 

Change All Faculty and Students to Office 365 Edu Plus Licenses

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We have seen many changes to Office 365 but Office 365 Education changes even more as Microsoft given more free services to education establishment worldwide.  Back in September 2015, Microsoft gave some of the E3 features to Office 365 and renamed the license from Office 365 E1 for Student (Faculty) to Office 365 Education for Student (Faculty), still free.

During the announcement around making the Office client available through Office 365, better known as Office 365 Pro Plus, Microsoft made it easy for students and teachers to get the software by asking for their email address and check their licensing records to then give them Office 365 Education.

You may have noticed this added over 1.5 million licenses to your tenant allowing you to change all your users to this new license.  This license is now called the Office 365 Education PLUS for Student (Faculty) license.

So you now have the ability to give all your students and staff Office 365 Pro Plus as you have these licenses added to your tenant, but to assign them to each of your users is time consuming and you may already have disabled other plans such as Skype for Business.  Something that can be time consuming.

The below script runs and checks to see what services are assigned to each user, removes the current license and then add the Plus license with the same disabled features as previous.  It will also check to see if their currently have a faculty or student license and ensure the right one is licensed.

You will need the Azure AD PowerShell install to make this run and also connected to your tenant (Connect-MSOLService).

$users = Get-MsolUser -MaxResults 10000 | Select-Object -property UserPrincipalName -ExpandProperty Licenses
foreach ($user in $users){

$UPN = $user.userprincipalname
$useraccount = get-msoluser -UserPrincipalName $UPN
$licensetype = $useraccount.Licenses.accountskuid
$licensesassigned = $useraccount.Licenses.servicestatus

write-host ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
write-host ~~~~ Now Starting on $UPN ~~~~
write-host "The following licenses are disabled on this account"
$disabledPlans= @()
foreach ($line in $licensesassigned) {
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SWAY" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "MCOSTANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {Write-Host $line.ServicePlan.ServiceName "Disabled" -BackgroundColor DarkRed}
###############################################
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SWAY" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SWAY"}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SHAREPOINTWAC_EDU"}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "MCOSTANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="MCOSTANDARD"}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") { $disabledPlans +="SHAREPOINTSTANDARD_EDU"}
if ($line.ServicePlan.ServiceName -eq "EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD" -and $line.ProvisioningStatus -eq "Disabled") {$disabledPlans +="EXCHANGE_S_STANDARD"}

}

Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $UPN -RemoveLicenses $licensetype

if ($licensetype -like "*STUDENT*"){
write-host "This user has a student license"
$FullFrictionFreeLicense = Get-MsolAccountSku | Where-Object {$_.AccountSKUID -like "*STANDARDWOFFPACK_IW_STUDENT*"}
}

if ($licensetype -like "*FACULTY*") {
write-host "This user has a faculty license"
$FullFrictionFreeLicense = Get-MsolAccountSku | Where-Object {$_.AccountSKUID -like "*STANDARDWOFFPACK_IW_FACULTY*"}
}

$License = New-MsolLicenseOptions -AccountSkuId $FullFrictionFreeLicense.AccountSkuId -DisabledPlans $disabledPlans;
$info = Set-MsolUserLicense -UserPrincipalName $UPN -AddLicenses $FullFrictionFreeLicense.AccountSkuId -LicenseOptions $License

###test

$testuseraccount = get-msoluser -UserPrincipalName $UPN
$testlicensetype = $useraccount.Licenses.accountskuid

if ($testlicensetype -like "*STANDARDWOFFPACK_IW*") { write-host "Success" -BackgroundColor DarkGreen} ELSE {write-host "FAILED" -BackgroundColor Red}
write-host "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"
write-host ""
}

 

Office 365 Edu Licensing Change – we get more for free :-)

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You may or may not have noticed that on the 1st September Microsoft announced new security features for Office 365 Education users however these weren’t new as they have been in the platform for a few years.

Education licenses have been aligned more to the enterprises licenses with E1 Student/Faculty matching E1 Enterprise and as new features have been added to E1 they are assigned to both tenant types.  The new security features announced in this post are based around some of the features that are part of E3 Enterprise.

With any of my customers I haven’t seen any use of E3 as almost all have been happy to use the free licenses and pleased that they can get Office 365 Pro Plus as part of their Microsoft licensing but Microsoft have mixed up the features and given more to education customers for free which were in E3.

These are based more around security and discovery of files better known as E-Discovery, Rights Management Services and Data Loss Prevention have also been added but what are these.

E-Discovery
I always describe E-Discovery as a search service if you need to find data across your whole tenant for a disciplinary hearing and you need to find everything that mentions certain words.  An example I use is if a gang has started in a school and they have a name and you need to find all the emails, files and data which uses the gang name.  Having searched the name, the E-Discovery tool will give you a ZIP file to download all that content.

Rights Management Services and Data Loss Prevention
RMS is a great way of keeping data secure by only allowing users to see the data they should.  Now you might be thinking ‘well SharePoint permissions does that for me’ but this takes it to the next level.  With RMS/DLP you can prevent sensitive data from being printed, secure documents with encryption if it starts to hold student data and also prevent files from being print screened and then copied into other files.  Rights ensures only the right people can view the content and alongside DLP prevents them from doing certain things with it.

If you haven’t noticed, the new license name is called Office 365 Education Faculty/Student

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Live Session: Are Team Sites Dead? #Collab365

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This week sees the online conference called Collab365 http://www.collab365.events/ which is run over 24 hours with sessions from great names from around the SharePoint and Office 365 community.  Alongside at the same time of the record sessions, there are live sessions part of the Collab TV hosted by different people from around the world.

I’m delighted to be speaking on a hot topic with is ‘are teams sites dead’ but we wanted to do something a little different!

Mark Stokes and I have had many debates about the future of team sites and during one evening I pitched the idea to turn this into a battle during a live sessions at a conference.  Collab365 will be round 1 and I hope to take an early lead in convincing you that it’s time for us to move away from team sites and think differently.

Come register and listen along at 5.45pm UK on Thursday and hear the battle.

“Are team sites dead?!!  A big question that has been asked for some time now as the Office 365 platform has changed and developed.  Today the heat is on as the battle between Alex Pearce (Office 365 MVP) and Mark Stokes (SharePoint MVP) fight for your vote but whos side are you on?  Do you we stick with the traditional SharePoint team sites or do we need to move away from Team sites to Office 365 Groups or are there other options?  Our host Andy Tablot will be the ring master while the two sides battle it out and you crown the victor at the end.”

OneDrive is not the location for Business Data

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Over the past few months I’ve noticed more Office 365 solutions and Add-Ins that use OneDrive as the location to store data. This has always concerned me as I see OneDrive for Business a very different solution to others so I hope this brings some clarity to my thinking and hopefully start a discussion where either I will be put right or wrong.

Lets remember what OneDrive for Business is first. It’s a storage place for you to store data within your Office 365 tenant. But what is more important is how do we get this personal storage? OneDrive for Business is part of a SharePoint license. You can assigned a user a SharePoint Online license and they can access what they are given access to but they do have OneDrive straight away.

Now here is my main point. A users OneDrive is only a temporary location of storage during the life of an organisation. A users OneDrive is created when that user is licensed. When the license is removed, the OneDrive is deleted 30 days as part of an Office 365 retention policy meaning any data that is not backed up or achieved from that location is deleted and not recoverable.

Knowing this, do you want business critical data stored in a temporary location. If data is important and needs to be kept when this user leaves or the license is removed, you need to ensure that you have your business continuity.

So how should we use OneDrive?
• OneNote Notebooks – Your notes from meetings. If you need to share them for business use, store them in the right location such as CRM if they are customer based or the SharePoint team site.
• Expenses Forms (Before submitting)- While you fill out your form during the month but then an app is used to send the files to the right SharePoint team site or third party location

Where I feel you shouldn’t be using OneDrive
• Customer Note
• Customer opportunity information
• Customer proposals – this includes draft version. These should be stored in the right location
• Business critical data

If a member of staff leaves and you decide to archive their OneDrive to SharePoint Online – why? Why not make them store this information in there anyway.

It makes me wonder why we need more than 1TB of storage in OneDrive for Business – what do you need to store in there for it to be 1TB, or 2TB, 10TB and of course this only increases as we will soon get unlimited storage. Just because OneDrive for Business has more storage available to you than SharePoint Online, does not mean you should store your data there.

So please do let me know your thoughts, am I right, wrong or should I be thinking it in a different way?

OneNote Class Notebook Implementation Guide

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In the past 9 months we have seen a new add-in added to all Office 365 Education tenants which has encouraged people start using OneNote as a tool in the classroom allow a teacher and their students to view and share notes between each other.

The tool have moved through a few updates and is seeing further implementation in classrooms around the world.

I’ve recently been at some of our customers where they have implemented OneNote Class Notebook and they as they start to think about technology for the next academic year, they wanted some guidance around what to do next.

In this article, I’ve tried pass on how I see the product and explain why OneNote and the Class notebook should be considered and how the setup of the add-in at this moment in time works with academic years.

It then goes onto considerations how you should implement it across your tenant. Its not as easy is implementing it and using it as this is not what you do with normal student notebook (in paper format). This also talks about some of the limitations you might get with the Office 365.

The final section is a bit of a guide to implementing a structure around the add-in and how you can do this.

Special thanks to Alan Richards (Office 365 MVP) for his input on this.

Click here or the image below to download the whitepaper

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Sway now in Office 365

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At the recent Microsoft Ignite, it was announced that Sway was coming to Office 365 and that it would be here for First Release Office 365 tenants in the next month. Well we were pleased to see it added to some of our customers with those settings today (21st May).

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So what does it look like? Well first we have Sway now in the App Launcher. Nice an easy to fine and to start Sway’ing. At the time of writing this, even though I was logged into my account, I had to log in again and confirm that I wanted to log in with my Office 365 account not my personal Microsoft account.

One I had done that, Sway is the same but I get two examples of Sways for me to play with and see what can be done with the product.

There are a few options regarding Sway now in my Admin Portal. I can either turn Sway on or Off for my tenant, or prevent Sways from being accessed externally.

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Happy Swaying