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Yammer External Networks – Your Extranet Made Social

After meeting them at SharePoint Conference 2014, I recently accepted an invitation from ViewDo Labs to publish the occasional musing on their enterprise social blog. ViewDo is a company formed by the former Axceler braintrust to focus on enterprise social analytics, and they have a great and growing product already out there for Yammer.

This is a something I jumped at, because it’s a community blog featuring some of the people I personally read regularly; being included in their number is an honor.

My first post for them came out yesterday, and is focused on a familiar topic: Yammer External Networks. This introductory post makes the same case I’m making in a webinar this afternoon– that Yammer External networks (I’m torn on whether or not to call them “YEN”) elevate the formerly staid concept of the Extranet into a social, more truly collaborative space. Check it out and let us know what you think!

SharePoint or Office 365 – OneDrive for Business fits All


SkyDrive or OneDrive, SharePoint, Yammer, lync - where to start? what to install for users? Which to use when? Many of us go through these questions when facing customers or when looking to provide the best service to our internal users. So much information is flowing around the web but its always tough to assimilate in one place and get a holistic view of all these services. So I thought, why not create a series on Office 365 explaining each of these services in depth helping our technical and business users to make informed decision.

As first part of this series I wrote about how moving to Office 365 can help you utilize various channels and services. And today I am going to dive deeper into the benefits, limitations, features of OneDrive for Business (ODFB) and many things you didn’t know even existed.                                                

What is OneDrive for Business

A cloud service which provides personal library intended for storing and organizing your work documents.

Where can I get it?

It comes part of SharePoint 2013 on premise or if you are on Office 365 you can buy subscription plan. Remember even though it comes part of on prem SP 2013 the service still runs on Microsoft cloud. Check the table below for latest pricing and comparable features of OneDrive personal and OneDrive for Business.

Space & Features
OneDrive for Business
Initial Space7GB Free25GB for $2.50 user/month
Additionalup to 10GB Free (by activating camera roll backup and inviting friends)$0.20 per GB
+50GB$25 annually$0.20 per GB
+100GB$50 annually$0.20 per GB
+200GB$100 annually$0.20 per GB
Desktop Syncing, Mobile Access, create/edit office docs in browser, integration with office desktop, automatic versioning and history of documentsAvailableAvailable
Auditing & Reporting, advanced administrationNoAvailable
MFA (multi factor authentication)NoAvailable
SSO/ADFS/Dir SyncNoAvailable
Standard ComplianceNoAvailable

Tell me more about OneDrive for Business and how can I integrate it within my business?

Last week Microsoft announced a standalone version of ODFB. This actually makes it a very strong contender for piloting new businesses with the standalone version and later upgrading to comprehensive plans. here are some interesting facts you probably did not know:yipee

  • One not so publicly available fact is that you can ONLY upgrade standalone version to Office 365 E Family plan.
  • Microsoft announced OneDrive for Business Sync for Mac client will be coming by end of 2014. Review it here: Mac Client
  • Multi factor Authentication (MFA) - Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user logins for cloud services above and beyond just a password. With Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone after correctly entering their password. Only after this second authentication factor has been satisfied can a user sign in. Which means if you are on one of the Office 365 plans and using ODFB you automatically can make use of MFA.
  • How to integrate SharePoint 2010 or 2013 on premise with ODFB? – OneDrive for Business redirection can be accomplished with SharePoint 2010 – while SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 adds a native configuration option in Central Administration, in 2010 you can use Trusted My Site Host locations to redirect users personal site (OneDrive for Business) to Office 365.
  • What happens to user data when a provisioned user account is removed (e.g. sabbatical)  but then re provisioned at a later date- Data stays cached and is not remove, although the period for which it stays is unconfirmed.
  • A user can have OneDrive for Business and OneDrive personal side by side w/o any issues of sharing as they both are separate consumer offerings
  • Security and Compliance - Microsoft’s focus on security spans hardware, software, the physical security of their datacenters, policies and controls, and verification by independent auditors. They break it down it in two categories a) Customer Controls b) built in security. Built-in security represents all the measures that Microsoft takes on behalf of all Office 365 customers to protect your information and run a highly available service. Customer controls are features that enable you to customize Office 365 to meet the specific needs of your organization. You can get details about both types of security features from the Security whitepaper in the Office 365 Trust Center which outlines Microsoft’s practices, compliance criteria, and more. The one concern I keep hearing from my clients is whether the document stored in OneDrive be safe and not allowed to be downloaded to personal devices. That’s a very valid concern and solution to that is Microsoft Rights Management in Office 365. This policy is attached to the document/data, so it applies no matter where your information lives, downloaded or emailed-it travels with the document. Rights Management lets you assign policies to email, SharePoint Online libraries, individual Office documents, and more. It’s available as part of Office 365 E3 & E4 plans but could be added to E1 and A2. Office team has more  information about this topic here
  • Desktop Syncing - You can sync ODFB or SharePoint site libraries to your computer and then access your library files in File Explorer instead of in a web browser even OFFLINE. All updates sync to OneDrive for Business or site libraries whenever you’re online. Because I personally have had some syncing problems (keep this link handy sync) due to which I will caution you to fully resolve any syncing issues or risk exposing your confidential content.  Take an example of a user who encounters issues with the sync client and later departs the organization leaving your administrator to figure out how to get his data out of the cloud. Now once you have sync issues it might be tough to recover leading to your sensitive data being exposed.
  • Can you pre provision OneDrive for Business spaces for users? – Yes. Take an example where you are migrating from earlier versions of SharePoint MySites or other storage/collaboration platform and you do not want to wait for a user to click on the generated ODFB link (imagine waiting on 1000′s of users….ha!) to initiate the provisioning, in that case you can use CSOM or Office Apps to pre provision. Microsoft community is helping us get there, check these links : CSOM & AMS
  • Item and Sync Limits – There has been a lot of confusion especially due to SharePoint library limits being different from ODFB. OneDrive for Business allows 20,000 item sync whereas SP library allows 5,000 item sync, that means if you go over that limit your library breaks.  If you go over 5,000 items in all folders you will lose some administrative capabilities such as setting permissions, creating indexed columns, and configuring the document library. You can
    however, have more than 5,000 items if done correctly (nested sub folders) and you don’t need to modify any settings after you pass that threshold.  There
    is a view threshold for “viewing” – but, for syncing it’s 20,000. A possible solution is to turn on metadata based navigation, and configure the most important columns as either key filters or hierarchies. That has the effect of making it really easy to create selective queries over large lists, and has built in fallback behavior for times when the user accidently selects too large a data set. Microsoft has extensive documentation on designing large lists here.
  • Migrate Data from Google Drive – No out of the box support but tons of third party vendors, one notable is Metavis
  • Sharing – The documents and folders you store in OneDrive for Business are private until you decide to share them. When you share documents and folders, you can decide whether to let people edit them, or just view them. You can send onetime doc requests to external users from ODFB today. Check here & here to learn how to.
  • Start yammer conversation from within OneDrive for Business document – Click “Post” in the document callout and communicate with your peers right from within the context of that document, and improve the discoverability of deliverables. Here is a great post by Christophe Fiessinger on the office blog


  • Nice blog about redirection of OneDrive for Business to O365 – TechNet Article
  • Everyone gets 25GB for everything – primarily files, but could be for sub sites and lists within the personal site. You are not able to set it below 25GB, and can up it in increments (50GB, 100GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1024GB); review this latest blog about new scale for storage: Tenant Storage . Remember the my root site in the SPO admin center does not relate to individual users’ personal aforementioned quota. You can adjust the root site’s quota like any other site collection in SPO admin center, but it is not entirely necessary beyond the design elements common to everyone’s personal site (like the About Me page).
  • One recent announcement from Microsoft was around OWA and OneDrive integration- Outlook Web App now includes full integration with OneDrive for Business, allowing you to easily share files stored in the cloud as attachments in your email. There are two ways you can share a file with Outlook Web App and OneDrive for
    Business: 1. When you send an attachment from your computer or device you can now automatically upload the file to your OneDrive cloud drive and send it as a link and 2. You can also easily attach a file directly from your OneDrive cloud drive when sending an email in Outlook Web App. Both these methods makes it possible to change permissions on the document from within the email irrespective of permissions set in SharePoint library or OneDrive for Business folder. Screenshots below will give you some idea of how powerful this is and it ties directly with the Information Rights we discussed earlier. read evolution of email for more details




But just like any other product, ODFB also have limitations. The good news is that Microsoft has most on their roadmap for this year. oh no

  • Share Folder – Google drive allows you to share folder while OneDrive for Business does not- although you can use “Shared for everyone” folder to drag drop your files. This actually is a killer for many when it comes to adoption – users don’t want to have to share each document one at a time.
  • Not possible to sync an individual document inside a folder
  • Yammer Group docs do NOT show up in your OneDrive for Business ‘shared with me’ folder – This one is very near on the roadmap
  • Synchronization of SharePoint team site content is limited to WIN32 client

Hopefully you were able to see the horsepower and value OneDrive for Business adds to your business in form of sharing & collaboration while maintaining the parameters of security and compliance. At the end of the day we all need to realize that the real value of these products lies in utilizing technology, process, and people to build a community where collaboration can thrive.

Office 365 – What’s the Best Plan?

Didn’t you always wonder which plan to pick in the O365 family? So many different SKU’s providing distinct features, storage capabilities, tools, etc. I know while talking to customers one of the initial and biggest question has been around which plan is perfect for them and can they downgrade or upgrade from there. Looks like Microsoft heard and responded; very recently they released a great new resource that will help you recommend and sell the right Office 365 plan to your customers.

The Office 365 Plan Selector Tool is an Excel based tool, which recommends the appropriate core Office 365 Plan, based on the answers to a few questions around your customer’s technology and productivity needs. In addition to the recommended plan, it also provides upsell and scale back plan options, if the customer needs more or less features than in the recommended plan. I highly recommend checking out the video before you download and play with it.

Demo Video: Office 365 Selector Tool Demo

Download Link: Selector Tool

Would be interested in hearing your feedback on how do you plan to use this tool and how does it solve your current and future Office 365 engagements.

Webinar: Yammer External Networks – Engaging Customers & Partners

These days, there’s much talk about Yammer, and for good reason. Microsoft acquired Yammer in 2012, and since that time, it has become the company’s direction for enterprise social, now integrating with SharePoint Online.

While Yammer has clearly distinguished itself as Yammer_logo-featurean enterprise social network within organizations, its potential for engaging those outside company walls has yet to be realized, as most have not extended its features to engage customers, partners and/or vendors.

If you weren’t able to make it to the SharePoint Conference this year, or were there but unable to attend Rich Wood’s popular Yammer session, join us next week, on Wednesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. CT, as he again discusses Yammer External Networks: Engaging Customers and Partners.

During the complimentary webinar, Rich will explain how Yammer is redefining the traditional external network, and will show attendees how to set up, configure and govern a Yammer-powered external network. You’ll get to see just how intuitive and mobile-friendly Yammer is, and how it is accessible across all platforms. He’ll also talk about how Yammer is easy to adopt and governance-ready, and will show you how to make the most of the platform’s intuitive user experience.

You can also hear what Rich is saying on Twitter @richOthewood.

To register for the webinar, click here.
Yammer External Networks: Engaging Customers and Partners
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
3:00 p.m. CDT

Strengthen Company Culture with Yammer enhanced by HDInsight

In a world of broadband internet connections, online collaboration tools and the ability to work from almost anywhere – office culture can be difficult to sustain.  This especially holds true for people who live in large cities (where the commute can be problematic) or in harsh climates (like the never ending winter in Chicago this year).   Yammer can help by creating remote social interactions.

Strengthen Company Culture with Yammer enhanced by HDInsightYammer is an enterprise social network that aims to connect people in the office.  A few of its features are instant messaging, user profiles, a primary news-feed, interest groups, recommendations for people to follow, groups to join as well and a recent activity feed.  The interface is clean and well designed.  One of the great things is that once you start using Yammer it is really easy to continue.

There is one area where Yammer seems to fall short.  There is no clear way to bring people together who have common interests.  The other users and groups that are recommended to me by Yammer are made based on the groups I am a part of and people I follow.  It does not take into consideration any of the data in my user profile.

Perficient recently held a hack-a-thon where my team identified this short coming.  Social interaction via online collaboration tools wasn’t cutting it.  In an online culture how can we leverage all of our tools to help facilitate more meaningful social gatherings?  The answer was to use interest data that co-workers have provided through Yammer to generate meaningful recommendations.  A Yammer profile consists of many different “interest groups”.  It lists categories such as Expertise, Interests, Previous Company and Schools Attended.  All of these can be classified as conversation topics and can be used as a common social interest.

This is where HDInsight powered by Hadoop and Mahout can help.  Mahout can consume massive quantities of information and return logical connections represented within the data.  For additional reading about Hadoop and Mahout click here.

Using an HDInsight Hadoop cluster in coordination with the Mahout recommendation engine we could provide meaningful recommendations to users based on their individual interests.  This wouldn’t just recommend topics that a user might be interested in but also groups they could create or join with other users based on their mutual interests – similar to the recommendations Facebook suggests regarding people you may know, groups to join or pages you may like.

Creating these logical, online groups would “connect the dots” to uncover a similarity between people where it might otherwise remain hidden.  It could also help facilitate in-person group outings, social gatherings or simply more friends and comraderie in the office.  Through this you are creating a more meaningful environment aided by technology.

A thriving office culture can stand out in a world where telecommuting tends to be more convenient.  This may not convince everyone to come to the office. However, instead of viewing it as obligatory, implementing a solution like this can encourage more people to choose to commute to the office for the social comraderie.  All of this can be done for free through the Yammer API and a Windows Azure account.

When to use OneDrive for Business vs. Team Sites

Now that Microsoft has allotted 25 GB per user of storage in OneDrive for Business, an interesting question has arose – “When should I use OneDrive vs. a Team Site?” This is an important question that might not arise if there wasn’t so much space available per user. And with on premise deployments, you’re probably not deploying that much space per user, so this becomes less relevant.

Thankfully Microsoft has published some guidance around this topic. Although that guidance is relatively intuitive, you want to use Team Sites for any of the following conditions:

1. If you want to use features or functionality such as: Calendars, Task Lists, Workflow, Forms, apply Metadata, or apply a disposition policy.

2. If the document has a defined corporate value or requires retention.

3. If you plan to share the document with a wide audience - although OneDrive for Business does have the ‘Shared with Everyone’ folder and you can manually share the file to any number of users. Managing permissions is much more efficient at the site level. I would not recommend managing a plethora of user permissions on individual documents in OneDrive for Business, you’ll be creating unnecessary headaches for yourself.

4. If the file is relative to an existing project, group, or meeting that already has a Team Site.OneDrive vs Team Site Decision Tree

I put together a quick decision tree to help illustrate. (click to see the full size image) There are lots of gray areas with this topic, as it is very new. However, I think this will help guide you on the right path. If you need more general information on OneDrive, see my post from last month.


OneDrive vs Team Site Decision Tree

OneDrive vs Team Site Decision Tree

Microsoft’s Roadmap for Social: Detailed Analysis from SPC14

“Work like a network.”  Spend just a few minutes at SharePoint Conference 2014 and you’re bound to hear or see this phrase sooner than later. It’s here in the keynote and it’s here in the signage.  It’s here on the lips of the Yammer and Social product marketing people I had the good fortune to spend some time with early Monday afternoon, and it was here loud and clear in the jam-packed session on Microsoft’s Roadmap for Enterprise Social later that same day.  It’s central to the short-term improvements that answer questions about Yammer and SharePoint, and even more central to new investments that Microsoft calls Inline Social, Groups and Office Graph—already the darling of Day One.

Microsoft’s Roadmap for Social: Detailed Analysis from SPC14What does it mean?  It means leveraging the power of enterprise social tools to actually behave in connected ways, and get value out of it.  The presenters, Christophe Fiessinger and Juliet Wei, made it very clear that while Microsoft still believes the best pure social experience is Yammer in the browser—they called it the “hero” version of social—that the future of work is social, and the future of social is in its ability to socially connect people within and around the documents, data and applications they care about.  Much of the message here was focused on enterprise tools better reflecting what is available to people in the consumer market—a message stressed here in this space just last month.

This was the core message of the Roadmap presented on Monday at SPC2014. While it’s an ambitious one, it must be said that Microsoft’s track record of hitting their enterprise social goals since the Yammer acquisition nearly two years ago has been a very solid one.  Though many questions have been asked, when they’ve said they will deliver something by a certain date, they’ve done it—and now they’re starting to answer those questions.

Some of those answers were addressed on Monday, along with three core innovation tracks that go beyond the SharePoint-heavy tone of those early concerns.  Those three tracks— “Inline Social”, “Groups”, and “Office Graph”—position Microsoft’s approach to Enterprise Social as something that includes SharePoint but extends well beyond it.

To analyze the Roadmap, then, let’s take a look at the short term items, the implications for the present—the questions people have been asking almost since the Yammer acquisition—and then take a look toward the far more interesting items promised, and in many cases demoed, for the near future.  That’s where the tools really begin to make “working like a network” look like an achievable dream.

What’s Coming Just Around the Corner…

One might as well call the short-term Roadmap items the SharePoint roadmap items.  It’s been a common fallacy for people in the SharePoint world (and beyond) to look at Microsoft’s acquisition of Yammer as a simple one-for-one swap with the old SharePoint social features, but they’ve been clear for over a year now that this sort of view is limited and more than slightly reductionist. Read the rest of this post »

SPC 2014 Roadmap Updates – SharePoint 2015 Announced!

One thing is clear at SharePoint Conference 2014, cloud is the future for Microsoft (if it’s not already the present). Jared Spataro kicked off yesterday’s keynote with 4 goals that will shape the future vision of Office.

  1. We believe the future of work is all about working as a Network.
  2. We believe in personal insights that can be heard when you cut through the noise.
  3. We believe in the power of an open development platform and a robust ecosystem.
  4. We believe that the future of work is only possible when people can work anywhere on any device where organizations can still manage them securely.

These four goals framed the rest of the keynote presentation and set the stage for the products and services to be released in Office 365, Yammer, and SharePoint.

The next server release for SharePoint and Exchange was announced for 2015. This means all on premise customers will have these updates available sometime next year. However, it is clear there will be no major feature additions to the on premises server versions. It was even stated these releases would have a subset of features compared to Office 365. Microsoft is committed to the cloud and their message is clear – “We can provide better services in the cloud”.

What does this mean for on premises customers?sp 2015

The same great features you enjoy today in SharePoint Server 2013 will be available to you (except InfoPath Forms). You will continue to be able to use the product for a long time into the future and Microsoft will continue to support on premise deployments until at least 2025 (10 yrs of support to SP 2015).

However, you will continue to see new features, products, and services released to Office 365 (SharePoint Online) and Yammer that will not be available to you on premise. Every bit of new functionality I’ve seen here are the conference is only applicable to the cloud. Read between the lines, cloud is king!

I might also guess PerformancePoint will be going away in SP 2015. In SharePoint 2013, there were no additions or changes to PerformancePoint. Microsoft has been heavily investing in Excel for a number of years now. PowerPivot, Power View – and now Power Map and Power BI (Office 365). If you are looking to do Business Intelligence in SharePoint, Excel Services is the answer. If you are already using PerformancePoint, that’s ok. If you are starting fresh, start with Excel.

Features for Enterprise Content Management, Web Content Management, Search, Workflow, MySites, etc. will likely not change. In previous released versions, there were significant changes to the product or architecture – Service Applications, HTML 5, App Model, CSOM, FAST integration, just to name a few. Although it hasn’t been clearly stated, I’m getting the distinct impression there won’t be any blockbusters this time around.

If you plan to live on premise and have no desire to move to the cloud, that’s ok. The cloud still isn’t for everyone. And with the announcement of SP 2015, you can rest assured your on premise deployment will be supported for years to come. If you have specific questions or thoughts, feel free to comment or email me.

Stay tuned for my next post and I’ll go through all the new and exciting announcements for Yammer and Office 365.

SPC14: Microsoft’s Roadmap for Enterprise Social

Juliet Wei and Christopher Fiessinger, Microsoft Product Managers gave us a look into where Enterprise Social is headed.   Given the many questions on deeper integration between SharePoint and Yammer plus hoped for enhancements made this a packed session, even if it was the end of the day. They put the agenda as:

  1. Work like a network
  2. New experiences
  3. Journey
  4. Next steps

Getting started with Yammer is absolutely the single most important step you can take with social.Work Like A Network

Juliet wants to make the vision real by correlating the features that correspond to the vision.  The consumer world drives how we think about social while at the same time, our work tools don’t look a lot like facebook, twitter, or pinterest.  When you work like a network, you

  1. Listen to conversations that matter
  2. Adapt and make smarter decisions
  3. Grow your business

Quote: Getting started with Yammer is absolutely the single most important step you can take with social.  They find this because Yammer is social and uses Yammer Groups.   The new Enterprise Graph with a wide range of info served up in a relatively smart fashion.

Read the rest of this post »

SPC Keynote: For IT Pros

This is going to be a hard hitting session with lots of stats and lots of new features delivered rapid fire.  Hence my heavy use of bullets. 30% of all IT spending will be in the cloud by 2020.  It’s IT as a service.  Keep in mind, SharePoint is one product but there are many clouds:

  • 30% of all IT spending will be in the cloud by 2020Infrastructure as a Service
  • Platform as a Service like MySPC
  • Software as a Service – Office 365

The cloud is massively scaleable.  The hands on lab leverage 6,000+ cores and terabytes of memory and capacity assigned to the labs. Would be impossible to do without the cloud.

Microsoft wants to enable IT Pros by building the tools to help you be the value added service broker.

SharePoint Server 2013

  • November 2012 launched
  • Launched multiple features throughout the year
  • Just launched Service Pack 1 launched 2/15/2014)

With Service Pack one, you have the tools to be the cloud on ramp broker.  This service pack contains all the cumulative updates and the public updates.  Even more so, it’s about the functionality.  That includes:

  • One Drive for Business
    • Personal storage in the cloud.  It’s the rebrand
    • Added a lot of new funcitonality
    • Better Yammer integration
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 support
    • Better JSON Light support
      • Now less verbose JSON for the developer

Now also have new compliance capabilities

Added 5 classifications

  • Finland
  • Poland (3 separate classifications)
  • Taiwan


  • Have an Office 365 options
    • Can configure Yammer
      • Easy.
      • It’s on or it’s off
      • By activating Yammer you replace the newsfeed in SharePoint
  • Can configure One Drive sites and links
    • Associate My Site with your tenancy
    • Don’t need to deploy all users. Can specify audience by user(s) or group(s)
    • Can redirect pages in sites
      • Elect to redirect to cloud when creating “NEW” sites
      • Nice on ramp
      • One drive is a redirect to the cloud
        • It’s a simple process and MSFT keeps on pounding that we are “value added service broker”
        • When you click on Yammer, you are taken automatically to the Yammer UI
          • Integration is link and SSO, not necessarily combined UI
          • All these changes focus on a staged approach in your on-ramp to the cloud.
            • Aggregate the data across the cloud
            • I would love to hear about hybrid search


  • You will see the next version of SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync on Premise

Office Innovation for IT Pros

Delivered a wealth of innovation within Office 365. One way to do it is with massive scale.  Think of this

  • 1 PB of tenants is billions of documents
    • Print this out and it would be 1,300 miles tall
    • Trust and Control – code name Fort Knox
      • Quote: the most innovative thing you will see when it comes to security
      • Last year supported shredded storage
      • Now they will support encryption of it. When you combine with shredded storage then you get a really hard to hack set of docs
      • Multi-factor authentication
        • Security questions are now supported
        • This came out in June 2013 on Office 365 for admins
        • On February 10th they extended this capability to users.
        • All users are synced to Active Directory.  This means that on premise users can be enabled for multi-factor………but only in the cloud
        • It’s for the web and the app experience.  It can be enforced for the phone, office apps, etc.
        • It’s very similar to the Microsoft Live implementation of two factor authentication
        • Encryption at Rest
          • Big support need for HIPPA
          • Yes, the focus is on seamless integration between on premise and hybrid but security continues to be enhanced.

Hybrid Cloud approaches

MSFT knows that realistically, it’s not easy to move everything to the cloud.  Your old experience is that they use power shell and a host of other tools.  Now, you can do power shell administration in the cloud. You can do directory synchronization.  IT Pros can build a completely new skill set.


  • Yes, you can do hybrid search with query federation
  • That meant two discrete result sets with the resulting challenges
  • But it’s a step at least
  • Going forward, we will see more investment in search
  • Will do a remote index.  Crawl the cloud and create a single index
    • So good bye two result sets.

New Announcement: New IT Professional Network. Want to bring all the conversations together.  If you visit today you will see the IT Pro network.

Bottom Line

Microsoft has wasted no time this past year ensuring that you can manage both on premise and cloud based options. I’m especially impressed with the security and compliance additions. I work a lot with healthcare and the security and compliance question never ceases.