Office 365: New Admin Center Intro


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There is nothing so stable as change” Bob Dylan once said and this is certainly true of Office 365.

Just when we’d become comfortable with the admin portal (warts and all) the Office team released a new, more efficiently designed version for preview on Sept 17, 2015.

As more features have been added to Office 365 the administrative interface has become a sprawling forest of menus, sub-menus and sub-sub-menus, nested like a Matryoshka doll.

Well, no more!  Or at least, not at the top level. The new interface is much simpler, easing us into the depths in more reasonable steps.

Here’re my first impressions:

Office 365: The Importance of Staying Informed


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Among the things that have occurred since we entered what I’ll grandly call the Age of Cloud Computing is an increase in the velocity of  change.

In the past, the rate of change an IT organization was compelled to absorb (for example, with servers or applications) was often measured in years.

With Office 365 and similar platforms, this has been compressed considerably. According to the Office 365 Customer Success Center, there have been a few hundred updates or modifications made to the cloud service in 2015 alone.

And speaking of the Success Center, this post’s subject is the importance of keeping up-to-date on proposed and upcoming changes by making a visit to key Office 365 sites a part of your weekly routine.

Let’s start with the Success Center:

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Here you can learn about the Office 365 Roadmap, review collaboration scenarios, download helpful end-user guides in the resources section and much more.

There’s also a wealth of information available at the Office 365 blogs.

The business focused blogs:

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Here you will find case studies providing detailed examples of how Office 365 is being used by a variety of businesses of all sizes.  A very useful resource when discussing the service with decision makers.  There’s also an excellent news section among other highlights.

For technical audiences, there’s the Office 365 Technology Blogs:

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The technology blogs dive into the features and technical details of individual components of the service with a focus on the needs of information technology professionals.

But wait, there’s more…

For videos highlighting the advanced capabilities of Office 365, there’s the Office Garage series hosted on YouTube.

There’s a lot happening so it’s important to stay informed!