Posts about SharePoint, Office 365, Yammer, intranets...

Latest updates on Office 365 Groups – yes it’s useful

“Get the Latest on Office 365 Groups – Overview, What’s New and Roadmap” was the presentation at Ignite Australia in February from Microsoft’s Christophe Fiessinger. Download the PowerPoint as it has a lot of useful details in it.

Microsoft Office 365 Groups is the key component of our group collaboration solution, enabling you to move from task to task with cross application group membership (managed in Azure AD). Office 365 apps that are leveraging groups include Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer, OneNote, Skype for Business, Planner, Power BI, and Dynamics CRM. We’ll unlock the following topics: overview & demonstration, administration, and product roadmap.

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How to get the URL link to a Delve profile


I was ages searching for a solution to this. I wanted to have a link on an intranet to a user’s own Delve profile in SharePoint Online. Delve is Microsofts ‘personal search and discovery tool.

Relatively simple you would think. I’d seen JavaScript options which were way too tricky for me. So a big hat tip Gregory Zelfond, the SharePoint Maven for this link.

This is the URL you can use.


[Update] is another option. Thanks to Coxy on Twitter for that.

By the way here is a useful admin guide to Delve. Well worth reading.

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[20% discount] 26 SharePoint intranet products – 1 report

Clearbox SharePoint intranet in a box report 2016

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If there has been one welcome area of improvement in the SharePoint intranet world over the past couple of years, it has been the introduction of ‘out of the box’ intranet solutions built on SharePoint. Of course it sounds like you just click a few buttons and voilá you have a fully functioning and beatutifully designed intranet. Eh, no. Bit more work involved than that.     »» Continue reading

How to get quick help with Microsoft Teams

Let’s face it, Microsoft Teams is a great collaboration tool. And it is still only in preview or beta. Onboarding, user adoption and user training is of course a key element in introducing any tool. But Microsoft have certainly stepped up to the plate with Teams. If you go the Chat tab on the left hand menu and look for T-Bot, the automated chat robot. In there you have several options.

  1. Ask a question to the T-Bot and the answers are quick and usually correct.
  2. Choose the Help tab which has a comprehensive list of quick guides
  3. Choose the FAQs
  4. Or choose the videos.
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Podcasts about SharePoint and Office 365


I like podcasts. They can be handy to listen to when out walking, resting. communting or travelling.

Here are the few podcasts that cover SharePoint and Office 365 as well as other Microsoft related areas.

The Yaminade (Australia)
There haven’t been any in recent months from Paul Woods but the archive of shows is so well worth a listen if you have an interest in Yammer and enterprise social networking. (ESN).

SharePoint Podcast – in German of course and covers SharePoint (Germany)

Todd Klindt MVP – the more technical side of Microsoft stuff (USA)

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Are you having problems getting people to create good intranet content?


Intranets can be expensive to build and manage. But they are very, very useful and can have major value for an organisation. But you and your users need good content. And they need guidance. Intranets are usually managed by Internal Communications so they know the importance of good content and clear, effective communications.

Show them what content to create
People have been chosen to update their team/department’s section on the intranet. And they may be reluctant to take on the extra work involved. They have received training and guides on how to update their section using their chosen technical platform such as SharePoint.     »» Continue reading

Confused about Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups, Yammer and more?

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams

Join the club.

Here are five great articles which help explain (somewhat) as to where we are currently and how these collaboration tools can (or can’t be used). It my give you more questions than answers but it will help. Bear in mind Microsoft Teams is in preview or beta and not in a final state. And these tools, as is the way in Office 365, are constantly being updated.

Groups in Outlook vs Microsoft Teams vs SharePoint Online vs Yammer – Jeremy Thake

Behind the Scenes of Office 365 Groups with Microsoft’s Christophe Fiessinger – Dux Raymond Sy

Hubs, Groups, Teams, Sites – trying to understand them all – Loryan Strant

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How to use Microsoft Delve in Outlook

Delve is the output from the brain in Office 365. It shows everything that you are working on and who you are working with. It’s artificial intelligence on a massive yet personal scale.

Microsoft definition:
Delve helps you discover the information that’s likely to be most interesting to you right now – across Office 365. Find information about people – and through people – and help others find you.

You can read about Delve here.
Delve in Outlook
There are apps for Windows, iOS and Android but some but many people work in the desktop version of Outlook. And maybe you would like to have Delve close at hand to view docs quickly and easily.     »» Continue reading

Measuring SharePoint collaboration and user adoption

I liked this quote from the survey report, Monitoring and Measuring Collaboration Success just released. Again the importance of user adoption is so vital to success (and measurement).

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