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Microsoft OneNote for Mac

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Office team at Microsoft announced three updates to OneNote today : a Mac version, a freemium model (both OneNote 2013 for Windows and the new OneNote for Mac are free, with premium features available by subscription), and a new API for the cloud service. Nice work Microsoft.

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Recent News on Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Some recent news on Microsoft, Office, Surface, and Lync: 1. Microsoft reported a strong fiscal year third quarter. Microsoft is expected to announce new Surface models in a couple of weeks , including a new “mini” variant. Microsoft changes its licensing definition of a Surface and Surface Pro when used against Office 365. About two thirds of that time was spent on Microsoft Outlook, checking and responding to email.

Business Reimagined by Dave Coplin, Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

the deeper cultural changes needed within an organization for flexible work to work. That it needs to be a deep-seated organizational change. But that the technological change needs a deeper cultural one to align with it.

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Blind Navigation – from Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Tom writes on The Verge about Microsoft’s work to help visually impaired people navigate through cities : “ Microsoft blindfolded me and led me around several streets before leaving me on the ledge of a freezing cold canal in London yesterday. Microsoft is aiming to change this with 3D Audio technology and a smart headset the software giant is trialling in the UK. Read more: Microsoft had to blindfold me so I could hear the future.

The Art of the Possible in London – with Automated Intelligence, Microsoft UK, and Others

Michael Sampson - Currents

On the Tuesday in London I attended and participated in The Art of the Possible , a one-day conference hosted by Automated Intelligence and Microsoft UK, at the new Microsoft premises at Paddington. Conference Notes Microsoft Office 365

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The Art of the Possible: Digital Transformation in a Changing UK – September 20 in London

Michael Sampson - Currents

On Tuesday September 20, with thanks to the team at Automated Intelligence, I will be speaking at The Art of the Possible: Digital Transformation in a Changing UK in London. Cloud is changing the digital landscape forever. Conference Notes Michael's Happenings Microsoft Office 365

Thoughts About The Future of SharePoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Some 12 hours ago (4.30am New Zealand time) I joined Microsoft’s live broadcast of its Future of SharePoint event. There are a bunch of blog posts from Microsoft on Office Blogs ; they are worth checking out. It was good to see Microsoft’s incremental innovations in the offering. Microsoft announced some nice user interface / user experience touches. Microsoft said it will re-label the “Sites” tile in Office 365 as “SharePoint.”

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Updates from Microsoft (OneNote on Mac and iOS, Office on iPad), and Surface Pro 3 Reviews

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft has delivered a variety of good things during the past week, and has received a couple of good reviews of the Surface Pro 3. If you are using OneNote on your Mac, or any of the Office products on your iPad, see: - For OneNote on Mac, Microsoft released notebook access from OneDrive for Business, file insertion (PDF!), The OneNote team also published a blog post about the changes (with various commenters diving in and requesting even more). -

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Bravo! RIM - BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint , an app for BlackBerry devices: " Connectivity between BlackBerry smartphones and SharePoint servers is made possible with the market-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server software. Microsoft Office document editing using Documents To Go® (pre-installed on BlackBerry smartphones) to download, create, revise and upload documents. Oh well - that will be the first section I'll change tomorrow!

Thoughts About The Future of SharePoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Some 12 hours ago (4.30am New Zealand time) I joined Microsoft’s live broadcast of its Future of SharePoint event. There are a bunch of blog posts from Microsoft on Office Blogs ; they are worth checking out. It was good to see Microsoft’s incremental innovations in the offering. Microsoft announced some nice user interface / user experience touches. Microsoft said it will re-label the “Sites” tile in Office 365 as “SharePoint.”

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Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Forward

Michael Sampson - Currents

In other words, in light of Microsoft’s public re-commitment to SharePoint, what’s the necessary equal response from organisations planning their journey with SharePoint? Microsoft SharePointEarlier in this series: 1 – Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Back.

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The River Diagram: Strategic community change management

The Bumble Bee

I am always on the lookout for good simple visualisation techniques to support change management. In other words you start with a Maturity Model for the particular Change Management area you are working on. Next you aggregate the scores of all of the groups to create the River Diagram - this can easily be done in Microsoft excel.

Developing on Cloud Time

Michael Sampson - Currents

Unfortunately one of the realities of cloud services is that “the latest stuff” can change negatively from what you had when you first signed up, and likewise that “the latest stuff” still isn’t good enough to work with. Adoption Microsoft Office 365

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The Great Unbundling and Collapse of Local Newspapers

Alchemy of Change

Part 2 of 5: This post builds on my summary of a recent report from the FCC entitled “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.&# Microsoft made several large bets in vertical markets like CarPoint in the 1990s.

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Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365 – Now Available

Michael Sampson - Currents

An independent view on the state of the art with Office 365: what’s good, what’s not, and what needs to change. Michael's Books Microsoft Office 365

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Notes on “Office 365, User Adoption, and What’s In It For Me?” (Darrell Webster)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Where are my colleagues? - … user adoption questions: what should I change? Conference Notes Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint User Adoption Darrell Webster is talking about Office 365, user adoption, and WIIFM.

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Finishing a Book

Michael Sampson - Currents

So many roadmap statements from Microsoft. So much change – frequently and relentlessly – coming out of Redmond. Enjoy your day … Michael's Books Microsoft Office 365“ Writing a book is an adventure: to begin with it is a toy. And an amusement.

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Office 365 in 2016 – More Stability? #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Tony’s comments in Predicting the world of Exchange in 2016 about the cadence of updates to Office 365 caught my eye, as he expresses one of my concerns with the offering: I expect Microsoft will throttle back the number of changes introduced into Office 365 during 2016. At least, I hope that they do because it’s really hard for tenant administrators and others to cope with a cadence like the 450-odd changes Microsoft said they made during the year to August 2015.

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Opening Keynote at the SharePoint Conference in Auckland

Michael Sampson - Currents

Day one of the SharePoint Conference in Auckland is kicking off, with a two-hour Microsoft keynote. opening comments from Microsoft New Zealand. This is why you should be using the Microsoft cloud.” conclusion: “This is the Microsoft cloud.

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Driving “Active Usage” of Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

In light of the above, I find it very interesting to observe from afar the increased focus that many vendors, Microsoft included, are putting on user adoption. This investment also aligns with changes in our competency and incentive models to drive active usage. Adoption Microsoft Office 365

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Little Black Rain Clouds

Michael Sampson - Currents

With many vendors offering cloud delivery of applications and services, the issue of changing what is delivered becomes critically important. In the old model of on-premises software, the IT department had a more controlled way of rolling out new capabilities – major changes every few years, along with some interim fixes and updates. Now, it looks like Microsoft may drop the public sites feature in SharePoint Online. Adoption Microsoft Office 365 featured

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Digital Workplace Conference 2016 in New Zealand

Michael Sampson - Currents

Practical Advice to Overcome Common User Adoption and Change Hurdles (Sue Hanley), provided an expansive view on user adoption and change, offering 12 practical strategies for addressing the hurdles. Working on the Move with SharePoint and Other Microsoft Apps in your Pocket (Darrell Webster), in which Darrell lived the possibility and presented from and demoed from his mobile phone. Conference Notes Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint

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Your Future with SharePoint? Looking Back

Michael Sampson - Currents

The keynote played off Microsoft’s re-embrace of SharePoint this year (e.g., – the key message from Microsoft was that SharePoint 2013 was the last on-premises edition; organisations should move to the cloud. – Microsoft is committed to SharePoint Server.

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Adoption Strategy for Office 365 at Merck

Michael Sampson - Currents

Merck has almost finished an 11 month transition to Office 365 from various older Microsoft products and messaging and collaboration tools from other vendors (e.g., With the Microsoft solution, we will have a completely new way of working together once all components of the Connect 15 program are rolled out. Our employees are realizing that this change is much larger than just getting a new version of Office or a new email system. Adoption Microsoft Office 365

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Martin White on Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sometimes you may even have to change the working patterns to get the best from the technology so that overall the organisation benefits from the investment. Michael's Books Microsoft Office 365Martin White from Intranet Focus recently posted his review comments on my new book.

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Keynote at the Digital Workplace Conference NZ

Michael Sampson - Currents

Change Management for Digital Transformation. In the context of Office 365, and drawing lessons from leading organisations here and abroad, let’s construct a framework for approaching digital transformation, and an appreciation of how change management is the core discipline for enabling a successful journey. Conference Notes Michael's Happenings Microsoft Office 365In 5 weeks I’ll be up in Auckland for the Digital Workplace Conference.

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Yammer: Better for Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

The changes are part of an ongoing effort to make Yammer better for teams – those focused on projects and initiatives – as opposed to more loosely defined groups or communities of interest / practice. The new changes will roll out before the end of 2015, and include: – the Discovery feed, for showing related conversations from complementary groups in your network. – Yammer group branding, or what Microsoft has called “immersive group experiences.”

Re-Inventing Collaboration: CRM as Social Technology

Alchemy of Change

Social technologies change the way we collaborate. Microsoft Office is still the behemoth here, but Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions evolved over time so that they too, play an important role in internal sharing of social objects. But to be actionable, that database of people needs to enable those people to connect with each other – and that’s exactly what mail servers like Microsoft Exchange did.

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Dear Microsoft

Collaborative Thinking

This took a couple of hours elapsed time followed by another hour or so running chkdsk and other tasks (like backing up my file changes made that day) to correct any problems. So - beside being a little upset at myself for forgetting to change the auto-update setting - I have a question for those Microsoft folks that read my blog. Once again - I've backed up any file changes I've made today - I'm pretty sure that I'm in deep do-do again.

Notes on “Experience from the Field: How to Use a Team Site Effectively for Collaboration” (Benjamin Niaulin)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Can change the Quick Links to view pages, rather than lists and libraries. - … Content Types – a big discussion. Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint

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Notes on “Making Sure That The SharePoint Solutions Your Team Has Created Don’t Go to Waste” (Lou Zulli, Jr)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Pay attention to what isn’t working in your solutions, and make rapid upgrades / changes, etc. Adoption Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint Lou from the United States ( Lakewood High School ) is presenting on making sure your SharePoint solutions don’t go to waste. The aim is to improve user adoption of SharePoint solutions. I missed the beginning of the session – which was about creating a shared vision. The points I heard: 1. Design for the end user first.

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Notes on “Deployment of SharePoint 2013 document, records and collaboration solution at AUT” (Alan Marshall, Stephen McWilliams, Shelley Tasele)

Michael Sampson - Currents

people involved in the project – SharePoint specialists, records management, project management, business group, ICT, subject matter experts (content and process owners), and change management. b) SharePoint has a different delivery model to other Microsoft products. (c)

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NetDocuments and Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

NetDocuments, a cloud-based document and email management service for this market, just threw its hat into the ring with an integration to Office 365 : [The integration enables] the DMS functionality of opening, editing, creating, and searching within the native Microsoft Office 365 applications across desktops and mobile devices. – Access to real-time co-authoring and editing capabilities in Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office 365

Notes on CCS105 Bayer MaterialScience - Integrating IBM Connections and Microsoft Technologies

Michael Sampson - Currents

Bert Oberholz and Cindy Schlebusch from BMS are talking about BMS's implementation of Connections, and the integration with Microsoft technologies. Will modify the Connections business card to show what the Microsoft one shows. Need some changes from IBM. -. My notes on the session: - Bayer - three main business areas: crop science, health care, and material science. Global organization - 113,000 employees, in 291 subsidiaries. Have companies in almost every country.

Notes on “Melbourne Water Case Study: Engaging your Organisation in an Intranet Rebuild” (Rebecca Jackson)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Made some significant changes based on what they learnt. Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint Rebecca from Melbourne Water talked about lessons from an intranet rebuild at her organisation. Key ideas: - Engagement is important because it’s their intranet. - Go out and talk to people about their needs and requirements. Business people often won’t know; so need to do a lot more than just ask their requirements. Have a business representative group.

Microsoft's Unified Communications Predictions

Collaborative Thinking

I thought I would offer some comments on some UC predictions offered by Gurdeep Singh Pall, who heads Microsoft's UC group: No Jitter | Microsoft: Gurdeep's UC Predictions. A single identity with presence at the core is spot on - but it makes you wonder why Microsoft does not openly share its rich presence information? If identity and presence are at the core of UC - then Microsoft needs to open up how it federates presence to other systems beyond "basic presence".

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Review of the Driving Effective Use of #Office365 Workshop (Auckland, August 2015)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Change Manager, Retail). Microsoft Office 365Earlier this week I ran the Driving Effective Use of Office 365 Workshop in Auckland. The participants were generally from large organizations in New Zealand already using Office 365 (one had SharePoint on-premises, but was investigating Office 365), and were more towards the beginning of their journey with the new environment.

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Collaboration and Culture Analytics: Answering Key Questions During a Merger or Acquisition

Michael Sampson - Currents

However, measuring culture change remains a common goal for analytics. But can your product help the HR manager see changes in staff engagement on a weekly or monthly basis? Culture & Competency Microsoft Office 365

Collaborative Thinking: Should NewsGator Worry About Microsoft?

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Social Presence: Time To Push The Reset Button | Main | More On Presence And The Social Feed » January 09, 2008 Should NewsGator Worry About Microsoft?

Opening Keynote, SharePoint Conference in Australia

Michael Sampson - Currents

Care about apps, and connectivity. - … changed the journey over the past 5 years – from device power, to what it can do for us (apps, connectivity). Brian Farnhill (Microsoft), and Paul Culmsee (Seven Sigma). Conference Notes Microsoft SharePoint The SharePoint Conference is kicking off in Australia today. Mark Rhodes, Introducing Guy for the First Part of the Conference.