What we learnt from the recent SharePoint Conference for Education

With Office 365 an every changing and evolving platform and new features being added at least every 90 days, it’s important to understand these changes and what is happening to the service and how it is being improved and upgraded.

There are a few different areas to check which include

The Office Blogs where when new features are shown for the first and explained as well as early previews to up and coming updates.

Office 365 System Requirements Wiki and Office 365 Administrator Task Wiki give you information to ensure your computers and server that are working with Office 365 have the latest patches as well as technical changes required to your tenancy.

The other and most recent was an event held by Microsoft called the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas earlier in March.


Here Microsoft announced several new features including

Office Graph and codename Oslo which is about mapping of users, what they are doing, viewing and creating in Office and Office 365 to then connect them to other people within their Office 365 tenancy.

Yammer integration into Office Online so conversation can be made when working together on a document for a project and providing feedback.

Increase of SharePoint Online site collection quota restrictions raise the amount of data that can be held from 100GB to 1TB of SharePoint sites, lists and libraries.

While attending the conference I was able to get some air time on SPCTV talking about how Office 365 Education is changing as well as having a few others on the panel to talk about their experience of cloud solution.

All sessions from the conference are now available so you too can learn about some more of the changes to Office 365. Here are my top 5 sessions to watch.

Using SharePoint as the canvas for student creativity and inspired solutions

Here Louise Zulli Jr (Partners in Learning: Global Innovative Educator) talks about how students who have been doing computer coding for many years are developing solutions for the school on their SharePoint environment. This real showed where coding could go in education.

Shireland Collegiate Academy: moving from private cloud to Office 365 for Edu

Hear how Shireland Collegiate Academy are using Office 365 Education and their migration story moving over 1TB of data to the cloud service.

UW: Students and teachers store, sync and share - OneDrive for Business in EDU

Listen to how the University of Washington in the US are using OneDrive for Business (formally SkyDrive Pro) with their students

Introducing the New Office Video Experience

New video capabilities coming to Office 365

How to become a Yammer Power User in 75 minutes

Learn more about Yammer which is being added to Office 365 Education in Spring 2014

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