Microsoft Whiteboard

Michael Sampson - Currents

While a white background is a common starting experience in Microsoft’s applications, the specific capabilities of each tool both create and constrain what you can use it for. I got my copy for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft 365 Microsoft Office 365

Why No Lessons Learned Microsoft?

Michael Sampson - Currents

And after monitoring the Microsoft news sites for the past week and seeing nothing (nada, zilch, zero) about the outage and what went wrong, I’m left wondering why not. Customers purchasing cloud services from Microsoft rely on those abilities to do their work.

2018 116

More Human Moments from Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

After a pretty good run, Microsoft Office 365 had a major outage in San Antonio TX this week. During the outage, Microsoft used two main avenues for communicating status to the world: the Microsoft Azure status page, and the Microsoft Office 365 status page.

2018 116

Even Microsoft Struggles With It

Michael Sampson - Currents

But since even Microsoft struggles with its own relentless cadence of change, don’t take a too hard line on yourself. Anyway, in making the above announcement, Microsoft includes a video from November 2015 that explains Customer Lockbox. Microsoft 365

2018 116

Microsoft Whiteboard – Preview Now Available

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Whiteboard , an app for freeform drawing on Windows 10 devices. Microsoft Whiteboard Preview lets you create in whatever way feels most natural to you. Microsoft Whiteboard is available in Preview.

2017 148

Microsoft Build 2018 – Keynote Highlights

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft Build 2018, a major conference hosted by Microsoft for its developers, was held in Seattle during the past week. – the importance of data privacy to Microsoft (as it should be). The second application is called Microsoft Layout, for designing new physical spaces.

2018 116

Microsoft’s Intelligent Communications Strategy

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ignite 2017 in Orlando provided several good signals that Microsoft has heard this feedback, and is taking some steps towards a rationalisation of product capabilities. Clearly Microsoft needs to stay on message now and carry out its intent over the coming years. Microsoft Office 365

2017 127

Changes Afoot for Microsoft OneNote

Michael Sampson - Currents

On the Silverside blog, I wrote about upcoming changes for Microsoft OneNote: One of my friends once covered himself in Post-It Notes and walked into his local Microsoft office. He was hoping to become the product manager for Microsoft OneNote – hence the attention-grabbing way of presenting himself – but his approach was stymied because the receptionist didn’t even know what OneNote was. Read more: Changes Afoot for Microsoft OneNote. Microsoft Office 365

2018 89

Microsoft StaffHub for Frontline Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

On the Silverside blog, I wrote about Microsoft StaffHub: Microsoft has made significant strides in recent years addressing the needs of workers who don’t work on a computer throughout the day. I have seen estimates of 500 million to 2 billion people who fit into this category – that of frontline workers (although Microsoft uses the term “firstline”). Microsoft StaffHub is an example of this workstream (released in January 2017). Microsoft Office 365

2018 89

Unified Endpoint Management – and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gartner published its latest analysis of the Unified Endpoint Management market late last week, with VMware, Microsoft, IBM, BlackBerry, and MobileIron ranked as the leaders. Microsoft continues to improve its capabilities and cadence in this space, being listed as the second-to-top leader.

2018 116

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent and LinkedIn

Michael Sampson - Currents

At Ignite 2017, Michele Ballinger and Brandon Potter, both of Microsoft, gave an introduction to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent, including the Attract and Onboard modules. Microsoft Dynamics 365

2017 136

Microsoft Office 362

Michael Sampson - Currents

In May I was in Norway presenting a round of workshops, and a couple of the people there jokingly called Microsoft Office 365 by a different name — “Office 362.” “ Microsoft’s Exchange Online hosted email service suffered a disruption Tuesday morning, leaving many users without email for much of the morning. We recommend customers visit the service health dashboard for real-time updates,” a Microsoft spokesperson told InformationWeek.

Update on Microsoft Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Update from Kirk on the Office 365 Team on the new (still in preview) Microsoft Teams service in Office 365: … Microsoft Teams has picked up momentum since its launch last November. In the last month alone, 30,000 organizations across 145 markets and 19 languages have actively used Microsoft Teams. – Pramit Nairi, Only Microsoft Could Make Teams. – Stuart McIntyre, My musings on Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Office 365

2017 89

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.

Microsoft Ignite 2016 – New Zealand

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I had the privilege of attending and speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in New Zealand. Microsoft and the conference organiser team did a great job of making the logistics work – getting people between rooms and sessions. Conference Notes Microsoft Office 365

2016 116

The Visualness of Microsoft Planner with the Rigour of Microsoft Project #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft, while late to the game, has integrated Planner into Office 365. One of the ideas floating around is linking the rigour of Microsoft Project with the visualness and user-friendliness of Microsoft Planner. Microsoft Office 365

2017 116

Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 – October 2016

Michael Sampson - Currents

In October I will be attending and speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in New Zealand, with a talk focused on user adoption and effective use of Office 365 – a key component of my theme on taking a strategic approach to the use of Office 365.

2016 116

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.

Mac 152

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 – Some Highlights

Michael Sampson - Currents

The week of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference for 2014 has arrived, and as is usual for such events, today’s opening sessions featured a bevy of new announcements about the roadmap for SharePoint, Office 365, and more. the challenge for Microsoft will be to get the relationships right, and to not overwhelm users with redundant, duplicated, or irrelevant information. Think YouTube for the enterprise, provided by Microsoft.

2014 149

Price Increases in the Microsoft Ecosystem

Michael Sampson - Currents

On August 1 a range of prices in the Microsoft ecosystem are going up: – the User CAL for on-premises software (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync) is increasing by 13% ; and. In response to this growing trend, Microsoft is investing heavily in multi-device, cross-platform productivity scenarios that are tied to the on-premises servers licensed with CAL Suites. Collaboration Software Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint

2015 117

Microsoft Envision 2016 (April 4-6)

Michael Sampson - Currents

I may have missed the earlier announcements but Microsoft is running a conference for business leaders called Envision. Microsoft Envision is tailored to leaders in operations, finance, sales, marketing and IT.

2016 116

OnTime Group Calendar for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

The team at OnTime announced the upcoming release of its group calendar product for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Collaboration Software Meeting Scheduling Microsoft Office 365

2015 152

Free webinar on Twitter for Australian Teachers – PIL Microsoft Teachers

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

I’m teaching a free webinar on Twitter for Australian Teachers – it’s on the PIL network for teachers and sponsored by Microsoft. **.

2013 242

Microsoft Ignite is the place to be for SharePoint futures

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft gave a sneak peak at the timeframe and focus areas for SharePoint Server 2016. If you are going to Microsoft Ignite in a couple of weeks in Chicago, there will be a lot more disclosed, discussed, and debated about SharePoint Server 2016 (and many other Microsoft tools).

2015 142

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.

Thoughts on Microsoft Surface

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft last week took the wraps off an upcoming tablet - Microsoft Surface - running Windows 8. Microsoft has (some) time to sort these things out; we'll see how they go. The external keyboard integrated into the flip cover is a nice idea - well done Microsoft.

Microsoft Releases a New Outlook for Mac

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have been wondering over the past month whatever happened to the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac. Friday saw a surprise release from Microsoft of the next version of part of the next release: a new Outlook. Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office 365

Mac 130

News Roundup – Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

I know the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas was over a month ago, but here’s the news I saw coming out from the show (or a bit after). “ Today at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014, Metalogix is the first vendor to announce a complete solution to move email, files and SharePoint content to Microsoft Office 365. Collaboration Software Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint

2014 128

Business Reimagined by Dave Coplin, Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over the past few days I have been reading Dave Coplin’s book, Business Reimagined: Why work isn’t working and what you can do about it (2013).

2014 235

Microsoft Surface Hub – Reinventing Meeting Dynamics

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the Windows 10 event today, Microsoft announced Surface Hub. It is weird to me that Microsoft chose the name they did, since there is also a Surface Hub app for the Surface Pro. It is intended to be used for collaborative meetings, brainstorming, and other group activities.

2015 167

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Michael Sampson - Currents

When Microsoft released the first generation of its Surface RT / Surface Pro tablet / laptop hybrid, New Zealand customers had to wait for some months before they arrived down under. More reading on the Surface Pro 2: - ZDNet, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: Better, but too heavy and too expensive. TechCrunch, Microsoft Surface Unit Volume Doubled in Most Recent Quarter.

Moxie Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Portals and KM

  They now have announced a partnership with Microsoft Corp. to pursue a joint, go-to-market strategy offering  Spaces by Moxie™  within  Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  The Moxie Microsoft CRM is a perfect example of this.

2013 176

Developing a Strategic Approach to Microsoft Office 365 (my slides)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I presented at the Christchurch SharePoint User Group meeting on Developing a Strategic Approach to Microsoft Office 365. Collaboration Microsoft Office 365 Reports My slides from that session are above. Presentation flow (slides): 1. Title slide. About Michael and what I do for clients. Agenda. Office 365 offers many features. Tactical approaches emphasise short term gains. A strategic approach is different. 12-13. Examples of tactical vs. strategic questions.

2015 126

Microsoft: Our Phone is Faster Than Yours

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft is trying to win the hearts and minds of people who are on non-Microsoft mobile devices. In the above, they demonstrate speed benefits. It's a fun video. Enterprise Mobility

Phone 148

Microsoft Surface RT - Marco Arment

Michael Sampson - Currents

Marco writes about his experiences visiting a Microsoft store to look at the Surface RT. The Surface is partially for Microsoft’s world of denial: the world in which this store contains no elephants and Microsoft invented the silver store with the glass front and the glowing logo and blue shirts and white lanyards and these table layouts and the modern tablet and its magnetic power cable. He concludes with: " It’s very clear who the Surface is for, and it’s not us.

Using Machine Learning to Help Process Email – Microsoft Adds Clutter to Declutter the Inbox

Michael Sampson - Currents

Clutter is powered by Microsoft Office Graph, which is also the power behind the recently released Delve capability for Office 365. When Microsoft announced the Office Graph earlier this year, it said that Delve (codenamed Oslo) was the first application of that idea.

2014 161

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

2016 116

Microsoft Surface RT - The Surface Movement

Michael Sampson - Currents

A fun ad for the Microsoft Surface RT. And given the productivity message from Microsoft with the Surface, this does seem like an awful lot of entertainment and non-business fun.

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 3 – iWant

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced the specifications and availability dates for its upcoming Surface Pro 3. Coverage around the web: - ZDNet, Can Microsoft Create a New Market with Surface Pro 3? - ZDNet, Five Reasons to Upgrade from a Microsoft Surface Pro to a Surface Pro 3. ZDNet, Microsoft’s Surface Strategy: As Long As It Takes. ComputerWorld, No Surface Mini from Microsoft on Tuesday.

2014 127

Microsoft Social Computing Overview

Collaborative Thinking

Microsoft design point is to co-mingle structured collaboration tools alongside social computing tools - it's unrealistic to think of social computing disconnected from collaborations strategies. Microsoft also thinks of the IT Pro. SharePointM social journey began with MySite 2003 (disagree that Microsoft had any clue of social computing in 2003 though - some recasting history here). Notes from Christian Finn, Director, Social Computing. 13 sessions in "social track".

Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings. million people last month, while Microsoft’s Outlook app — praised by many reviewers — sported just 6.3

2016 127

Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings. million people last month, while Microsoft’s Outlook app — praised by many reviewers — sported just 6.3

2016 127

Dear Microsoft

Collaborative Thinking

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. I was having a very productive day yesterday when a Windows Update pop-up informed me that important updates had been installed on my computer and that a reboot was necessary. This was a pretty normal event - I have Windows Update set to automatically install updates.