As technology continues to evolve, so does our capacity to be more efficient and productive in our daily tasks. In this exciting era of digital transformation, one tool has captured my attention and sparked my enthusiasm like never before: Microsoft Copilot.
This innovative feature is integrated into several Microsoft products, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Stream, Teams and Loop. Allow me to share why I'm thrilled about the potential impact of Microsoft Copilot and how it promises to revolutionize productivity in ways we've never seen before.
Firstly, it's important to recognize that Microsoft Copilot is not just another software update or minor enhancement. It represents a significant leap forward in how we work and collaborate. In fact, I believe it's on par with, if not beyond the game-changing impact that SharePoint had on businesses when it first emerged. But Copilot is set to do much more than that – it has the potential to not only match SharePoint's impact but to dwarf it in size, while working hand in hand with it, all at the same time!
Here are some key reasons why I'm excited about Microsoft Copilot:
In conclusion, Microsoft Copilot is poised to be one of the most significant productivity enhancements since the advent of SharePoint. Its seamless integration, intelligent assistance, and potential to transform the way we work make it an exciting addition to the Microsoft ecosystem. As businesses and individuals embrace Copilot, they can expect to experience heightened productivity, improved collaboration, and a more efficient and effective work environment. It's a tool that has the potential to change the way we work, and I can't wait to see the incredible impact it will have on businesses and individuals alike.
What Copilot will bring to the Office, Collaboration and Productivity space is going to be massive and a game changer in so many ways!
Greetings and Salutations
This month's User Group promises to be an engaging and interactive event, designed to foster a sense of community and knowledge sharing among our members.
It's going to be an open forum where you're encouraged to bring along any questions, challenges, or queries you may have related to the topics we cover.
Whether you're a seasoned expert or just starting your journey with our platform, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts and tap into the collective wisdom of our community.
There a lot to discuss and show at this User Group’s meeting, be sure to register at https://ao365ug19092023.eventbrite.com.au
See you tomorrow, the 19th of September, 2023!
-Adelaide Office 365 User Group Team
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug19092023.eventbrite.com.au
This month's User Group meeting is your chance to be a part of a dynamic open forum where your questions, thoughts, and ideas take the spotlight. We invite you to connect with fellow members of our community who share your enthusiasm for technology and innovation. It's an opportunity to tap into the collective wisdom and experience of our fantastic community.
Australia's premier Digital Workplace event took place the 2nd and 3rd of Augst in Melbourne, by all reports it was a fantastic and well received event!
For all the highlights and content please visit the website: https://dwcau.com.au/au
ESPC helps IT Pros, Developers, Makers & Business Decision Makers achieve project and career success with leading Microsoft technologies.
They do this through their independent, market-leading conferences and free, online educational resources.
This year, their flagship conference, ESPC, will bring the Microsoft 365 & Azure community together.
Also, the 3rd annual European Power Platform Conference takes place in Brussels, Belgium from June 11-13, 2024!
The 3rd European Power Platform Conference (EPPC) will take place in Brussels, Belgium, June 11-13, 2024.
The European Power Platform Conference brings together the Microsoft Power Platform Community for 3 invaluable days of in-person learning, connections and inspiration.
The European Power Platform Conference has been created by popular demand, listening to your feedback where the need and desire to build Power Platform knowledge and skills is a top priority for so many in the community. To the left, you can watch this year’s conference highlights.
The European Power Platform Conference is brought to you by the team behind European SharePoint Conference, Europe’s premier Microsoft 365 & Azure conference.
Microsoft Inspire is a conference held annually by Microsoft Corporation for its partner community. At Inspire, partners are taught about Microsoft's roadmap for the upcoming year, network and build connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations, and learn new skills and techniques
Microsoft Inspire 2023 took taking on July 18-19, 2023. You can view all the content on their website at https://inspire.microsoft.com/
Microsoft Azure Active Directory becomes Microsoft Entra ID!
As part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to simplify secure access experiences for everyone, the rebranding of Azure AD to Microsoft Entra ID is designed to make it easier for you to use and navigate the unified and expanded Microsoft Entra portfolio.
Full details can be found at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-entra-azure-ad-blog/azure-ad-is-becoming-microsoft-entra-id/ba-p/2520436
Early Bird Registrations
Scheduling and planning has started for the next 12 month of events for the User Group. Early bird registration is open for the following events!
We have published the slide decks and recording from our previous meetings this year in case you were not able to attend a session, some highlights are below:
August 2021 meeting details
May 2021 meetings details:
April 2021 meeting details:
September 2020 meetings details
April’s 2020 meeting details
March’s 2020 meeting details
February 2020 Meetings details
Do you have a topic request that you would like to see presented at the Adelaide Office 365 User Group? Let us know by filling out the form at https://tinyurl.com/AO365UGTopicSuggestion
Do not forget to check out https://events.microsoft.com/ for the latest training session – Most fundamental training courses, split over 2 days will result in you being eligible for a free exam for the corresponding qualification free of charge!
The great thing with these sessions is you are just not limited to Australia! You can join sessions all over the world and different time zones to suit your needs!
SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010 are now NOT supported by Microsoft and you should look at migrating as soon as possible! More details can be found at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-sharepoint-blog/revised-end-of-support-date-for-sharepoint-server-2010-april-13/ba-p/1285559
User Group Sponsors
The Adelaide Office 365 User Group would like to thank our user group sponsors who help make our meetings possible each and every month!
If you would like to find out more or are interesting in becoming a sponsor of the Adelaide Office 365 User Group, please email [email protected]
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Feel free to forward these emails to others who may be interested in the Adelaide Office 365 User Group. If they wish to receive emails directly about the Adelaide Office 365 User Group, they should send a message to me at the address below.
If you would like to include meeting details in your works internal newsletter, please also feel free to do so.
We are in the process of setting up a facility for companies who which to include meeting details can be notified by an automated system. If you would like to participate, please contact Daniel Brown ([email protected]).
Please let us know if you have any feedback on how we can improve the user group. Also, if you would like to present to the group on your experiences with Office 365, just let us know. We can be contacted at [email protected]
In the coming weeks the public preview to view Power BI files in OneDrive and SharePoint will be turned on by default in your tenants unless you take action before September 29th, 2023
Read more at https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/heads-up-power-bi-onedrive-and-sharepoint-report-viewing-will-be-on-by-default-starting-in-october/
Just a quick reminder that the Adelaide Office 65 User Group is taking place next week on Tuesday the 22nd of August, and not our usual time slot this afternoon. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
At next week’s session of the Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting, we have Robert Crane (MVP) presenting “All about Microsoft Defender for Business”, where Participants will gain an understanding of Microsoft Defender for Business features, functionality and integration. This session is aimed towards Team leaders, Business leaders, Project managers, and IT Professionals that wants to learn more about the capabilities of the platform you already have invested in.
Robert has a degree in Electrical Engineering as well as Masters of Business Administration. He is a Certified SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Professional. Robert has over 20 years of IT experience, including working on Wall St in New York. He is the Principal at the CIAOPS based in Sydney but servicing clients throughout the world.
Apart from resolving client technical issues, Robert continues to present at seminars locally and internationally. Since 2012 Robert has been awarded a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft for his contributions around the Office 365 product. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
He can be contacted directly via [email protected] or via his blog http://blog.ciaops.com, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ciaops/
Digital Workplace Conference Australia
Also, this month we had the Digital Workplace Conference take place in Melbourne! From all reports it was a great event as we will recap some of the highlights as well.
There a lot to discuss and show at this User Group’s meeting, be sure to register at https://ao365ug22082023.eventbrite.com.au
See you next Tuesday on the 22nd!
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug22082023.eventbrite.com.au
· 4:00 PM – Welcome, Introductions, Australian Computer Society & Microsoft Ignite / Office 365 Recap – Daniel Brown
· 4:05 PM – All about Microsoft Defender for Business – Robert Crane
Defender for Endpoint is part of the Microsoft security stack that focuses on protecting devices. However, it goes far beyond simple AV. This session will help you understand the components of the service, how they are configured and the enhanced security they can provide environments, from PC to MAC, iOS, Android and Linux as well as how it integrates with other Microsoft security services. Given the inclusion of Defender for Endpoint in Microsoft Business Premium this is a must-see session for those wanting to learn more about maximising the new and included security capability that is now built into this common SMB license.
Participants will gain an understanding of Microsoft Defender for Business features, functionality and integration
· 4:45PM - Open Forum
Bring your 365 questions or queries and find a solution, or just have a chat about the overall direction of a product or the 365 platform!
· 5:00 PM – Meeting End/Close
Greetings and Salutations,
This month's user group is scheduled for the 4th Tuesday (22nd of August), deviating from our usual timeslot. This change was necessitated by a commitment from a highly esteemed speaker who will be delivering a truly engaging topic. We understand that this alteration might cause some inconvenience, but we believe that the subject matter is incredibly exciting and valuable for our community. Your understanding is greatly appreciated as we work to ensure a meaningful experience for all attendees.
For the upcoming session of the Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting, we have Robert Crane (MVP) presenting “All about Microsoft Defender for Business”, where Participants will gain an understanding of Microsoft Defender for Business features, functionality and integration. This session is aimed towards Team leaders, Business leaders, Project managers, and IT Professionals that wants to learn more about the capabilities of the platform you already have invested in
See you on Tuesday the 22nd!
SharePoint 2010 Support ended!
Over the past 15 years of being involved with Microsoft SharePoint, I would like to share some key points we have learned while transferring 100s of terabytes into SharePoint and SharePoint Online, which may help your migration be that little bit more successful!
You will need to involve every team within you organisation with moving to the cloud. Regular, Open and transparent Communication is key with this change.
Each Staff Member, Business Unit Manager, Department Head or other responsible person will need to be involved at some point and may have tasks to complete as well.
It’s going to take communication, time and patience.
To ensure the smoothest transition to the Cloud with SharePoint Online, you should first restructure your existing file shares, to be high level business units, department or other committees or groups within the organisation, for example:
This gives you a clear structure, an opportunity to perform some “spring cleaning” of your files and think about permissions relating to which groups should have access to which sets of files.
This will build a basis for the “Team(s)” “Day to Day” Sites, where they store their files and collaborate etc.
These are often actual “Teams” within Microsoft Teams –The backend of the “Teams” sites is a “SharePoint Team Site”.
Keep it clean and simple – These will form the “Document Libraries” in which the files and folders contained within, will be copied into.
For example, for finance:
The folders will become your “buckets” to separate your files into – We do this for several reasons.
1. No need to put everything in one place – Management and Permissions get out of hand really quickly and lead to more problems than benefits in the future
2. Clearly label what each container has within it, making It easier to navigate and find the information you are after
3. Data Set separation – Having datasets together, gives you future abilities to leverage your data in various ways in the 365 platform
4. Integrates with Microsoft Teams – Where information can be found for the relevant people
5. Allows ways to display the sets of files in different ways (Views)
Do you really need everything from your file shares copied into SharePoint, along with the active data? Can you archive some – if not most of the data?
Clone the file structure under an “Archive” Directory, which – in accordance with the above, will become a new site called “Archive”, where should the information be needed, it can still be found – but not amongst all the active files and data.
Another method to incorporate is only migrate files which have been accessed within the last 12, 24, 36, etc months? These are your most active files and should be a priority to migrate, the others – can he be archived and retrieved when needed.
You file shares will most likely have a file path longer than what will be supported with Microsoft Excel and OneDrive for Business (syncing with SharePoint).
This is due to where OneDrive for Business stores the files locally.
Keep your folder depths as shallow as possible – 2 or 3 deep ideally.
Which data sets need version control? Forms, Policies, Procedures, Tenders or any other document which requires many users to work on it.
Consider if all your files should have version control – a subset may, but everything?
Microsoft Access, Linked Excel Files, AutoCAD, Databases all do not play nice with OneDrive for Business. The nature of the product is that it syncs changes back into SharePoint.
For example: User A makes a change to their database, on their machine, it’s then sync’d to SharePoint. Then User B makes a change on their database (which is not the most recent) and sync’s it back into SharePoint – Overwriting or corrupting the file held within SharePoint.
These files may not be suited for life in the cloud in their current form. Alternate solutions may be required to handle these, such as having a single existing file share remain for these applications, or look a creating a replacing with Microsoft PowerApps or another cloud friendly product.
Scanners, Fax’s, Printers or any other device which saves files to your file share will need to be considered, as when the migration is complete – the assumption is the file shares and or server will be decommissioned and removed, leaving no place for the device to create the files.
Scan to Email is the solution here. Newer devices are coming with support for 365, but most devices support Scan to Email which negates this problem completely.
With these pointers, you can add just that little bit more confidence and success that your file migration to SharePoint Online in the cloud, will be that much more successful, user friendly, easier to manage and grow and actually serve the needs of the users and organisation.
Microsoft have released some information re: Copilot pricing, it will be approx. $30USD, on top of an elidable plan, such as a M365 E3 or M365 E5 plan.
I wont do a huge post about this, as more than enough places have covered it, but I will give one insight, at $30USD+E3/5 it will put it out of reach for most businesses – However not ever user will need it, think of it like a PowerBI Pro license – Only those who need it, will need a license.
Will all of this change in the future? 100% as more people adopt, the technology becomes more mature and eventually more accessible.
AI is new, shiny and fracturing on pieces at the moment all with specific focuses in their model.
It will be interesting over the next few years to see how AI develops, as well as the response to it.
a quick partner focused post….
Project Orland is a new digital experience that looks at your CSP customer base and applies data models built by Microsoft data scientists to surface prioritized growth opportunities for your customer success and sales leaders to act upon. With those insights, Microsoft offers a more efficient Customer Lifecycle Management practice that provides healthy user acquisition, increased customer retention, and improved monetization opportunities for CSP partners.
I look forward to giving this a go with Archon Gnosis and providing a better service to my customers and clients.
Check out more information at the Project Orlando Blog located at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/small-and-medium-business-blog/microsoft-releases-the-public-preview-of-project-orland-for/ba-p/3571517
There are a ton f new features comping to the Power Platform in Wave 2, to many to list across the stack.
However, the couple I am most looking forward to are:
Yes, now Virtual Bots will be able to connect to SharePoint and consume data to assist uses in getting answers to questions and the information they want!
This has been something I have wanted for some time, as the corporate repository that SharePoint represents to the corporate, should be used to assist its staff and customers in beneficial ways, if organised, collated and trained correctly!
Full details at https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/release-plan/2023wave2/
These events have been great and Debbie has been running them for several years. If you have not been, I encourage you to go and experience what the conference has to offer!
Congratulations to Roger for winning the prize draw at the July User Group meeting of a free ticket to attend DWCAU!
Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting early bird is up at https://ao365ug15082023.eventbrite.com.au
This event is still an early bird event.
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About the Adelaide Office 365 User Group
The Adelaide Office365 User Group is a group dedicated to Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Teams, PowerApps, Power Automate, PowerBI and all related technology.
We meet each month, February to November on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Bing Chat Enterprise is on by default for customers licensed for Microsoft 365 E5, E3, Business Premium, and Business Standard in mid-August 2023.
Yes, Microsoft Bing Enterprise chat is free for organisations!
I feel like this year has been the year of “Let’s not meet at our regular time”. A lot of it has been because of getting back to in-person, but also about when we can get hold of the best speakers.
July and August are going to be no different. July we’ll meet on Monday 31st with Chris Testa-O’Neill. August we’ll meet on Tuesday 15th with Kelly Broekstra (that one is more on me, because I’m not available on the Wednesday). Only two weeks between the meetings, but it’s still only one each month.
Let me tell you about July. I’ll tell you more about August after that.
Chris Testa-O’Neill last spoke to our group in December 2013. Since then he’s joined Microsoft, and now works in the Executive Briefing Centre as Director of Azure Technical Content. He has his ear to the ground and knows what’s going on in the headspace of Microsoft executives. “Top of mind” is how he refers to it.
I’m just pleased that he’s visiting Adelaide again. It’s been quite some years since I’ve seen him. And it’s brilliant that I can get him to speak to us all during his time here.
So register for Chris’ session on Monday 31st, and keep an eye out for a session in August on integrating data from multiple sources.
Registration and more details at https://adaug202307.eventbrite.com/
What a busy an exciting month it has been, Microsoft Fabric, Entra ID and a whole bunch of releases and conferences!
At this month Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting, we have Knut Relbe-Moe – 9-time Microsoft MVP presenting “SharePoint, Teams and Viva, get the most out of your M365 environment” all the way from Oslo Norway!
We will look at SharePoint with different webparts, and different ways to integrate it into Teams, with Viva Connection, SharePoint Pages, and SharePoint news. We will briefly also discuss what possibilities multiple Viva Connections will give us now that Microsoft finally allows us to have more than one app.
Knut is a 9-year MVP that has worked with SharePoint for the last 15+ years, he has deep knowledge of how to create great experiences for the end users with delivering multiple solutions for both big and small customers all around the world both inside of SharePoint and with Viva, and Teams. Especially around the Employee engagement. He loves to travel, and totally miss his travels to Australia. And he really loves to share his knowledge and have conversations around the world to share his knowledge and also gain new knowledge.
The Digital Workplace Conference is almost here! Taking place in Melbourne on the 2nd and 3rd of Augst. If you have not been to this conference before, I highly encourage you to attend – It is a great event with some great people, speakers and sessions.
There is heaps to discuss and show at this User Group’s meeting, be sure to register at https://ao365ug18072023.eventbrite.com.au
See you next Tuesday!
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug18072023.eventbrite.com.au
Join this session to learn more about the latest changes into SharePoint, Teams and Viva and how to build a good integrated solution for your organization, to leverage the M365 platform in the best possible way.
We also might touch into some of the other Viva modules as well.
That is just a brief overview of what we will try to cover in the 45 minutes we have.
Look forward to have great conversations.
Australia's premier Digital Workplace event returns for the 11th Year! Join us to learn how to optimize your digital transformation journey.
Microsoft Inspire 2023 is taking place this year on July 18-19 (17/19 ACST)
You can register at https://inspire.microsoft.com/
All details are available at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-entra-azure-ad-blog/azure-ad-is-becoming-microsoft-entra-id/ba-p/2520436
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I thought it was about time that I got to updating my exams, as such – I now can add PL-900 to my collection!
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Title: European Power Platform Conference 2024
When: June 11-13th 2024
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Also, the 3rd annual European Power Platform Conference takes place in Brussels, Belgium from June 11-13, 2024!