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On Thursday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. PST, we will be
hosting a one-hour SharePoint Conference 2014 (SPC14) TweetJam for IT
professionals to discuss and answer questions about conference content,
speakers, sessions, topics, and anything else relating to IT professionals at
SPC14. There will be a light structure as well as an open Q&A where you
will have the chance to get your questions answered by Microsoft Product
Managers, MCSMs, MVPs, and other community members. Join the action using #spc14jam
or follow www.twitter.com/spconf.
Full speed ahead
Registration is filling up and the two hotels we have blocked for SPC14 are quickly filling
up. If you want to be in the center of the SPC14 action, time is running out to
book your hotel. Save time and hassle by staying within walking distance to all
of the breakout sessions, hands on labs, ask the experts, panels, and nightly
events. Register and
book your hotel today!
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to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. We constantly add and update SPC14
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- check back often to see the latest SPC14 buzz.
Join us Tuesday, December 17 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET for the next Project webcast: Scrum and Agile Planning with Microsoft Project 2013.
Some say Project can’t be used outside of a waterfall schedule approach, but it’s not true. In fact, most of the best methods use iterative activities, such as Scrum or agile planning. In this seminar, we’ll show you key steps for building an agile schedule, as well as pros and cons of Scrum features and approaches. You’ll also see how to blend a schedule to address tactical agile needs, while still providing rollup and time-boxed reporting to stakeholders. This lively, example-driven webinar will reveal how you too can build agile, iterative schedules and address the need for a good time table that also helps map, track and report activities, features, story points and backlogs–all within Microsoft Project.
This session will be presented by Tim Runcie, a Project MVP with over 20 years of experience as a PMO expert and Portfolio consultant and trainer. Tim has been teaching Microsoft Project and helping customers leverage it for a wide range of solution approaches since 1990.
Register here for our free webcast series to attend this session.
To see the complete Project webcast series agenda, go to aka.ms/ProjectWebcastSeries.
spring 2014, Microsoft hosts the SharePoint Conference. More than 10,000 business leaders, IT professionals,
developers, platform owners, and business users will come together at the
Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 3-6.
years past, attendees will experience cutting-edge content, hands-on
labs, workshops, discussions, showcases, and networking events. However, what
is unique about this year’s event is that Microsoft has invested in a
comprehensive Executive Track. The Executive Track is tailored with content and
activities to ensure that executives and business decision makers connect with each
other, with industry experts and with technology thought leaders in order to
advance their business value and growth strategy.
leaders and executives can expect:
- Rich perspective from
inspiring and thought-provoking
explore trends in business, productivity and technology
- Valuable connections
through networking activities with executive-level attendees
- Insightful round-table
discussions of technological and industry-specific challenges with
business leaders of enterprises across every geography, type, and size
- Clarity and vision of
the future IT, re-imagined as an agile center of innovation and
- Customer stories and
case studies of SharePoint and Office 365 that demonstrate how to align
the technologies to support strategic objectives, and deliver real-world
- Thoughtful analysis of
technology roadmaps and choices: challenges and opportunities, costs and
benefits, risks and rewards
- Actionable guidance from
industry experts across topics including the cloud, enterprise social,
collaboration, big data, compliance, and governance
- Exclusive events for
executive attendees with leadership gurus, Microsoft partners, and
more about the Executive Track at SharePoint Conference 2014, visit the audience page or check out the executive sessions. If interested in attending, visit the registration page. We look forward to inspiring and educating business
leaders on the power of technology to connect, reimagine and transform
Hungry for the best Office tips and tricks of 2013? You got it. At the next webinar, we’ll cherry-pick the best features, cut them down into bite-sized, easy-to-remember pieces, and serve them up to you in just 15 minutes. You’ll say, “Wow, cool.” And your coworkers will say, “Hey–how’d you do that?”
So stop by this Tuesday! We start our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time, with a Q&A to follow.
We just released a significant update to the OneNote Windows Store app that improves how you capture, find and view your notes. Check out these quick videos for inspiration on how you can use the new OneNote!
Each December, we feature an animated, musical, customizable holiday e-card by PowerPoint MVP Sandra Johnson. Read on to see this year’s dazzling work of art and create your own personalized greeting.
After two challenging online rounds among more than 3,000 international competitors, ModelOff 2013–the Excel Financial Modeling World Championships–has announced its 16 Finalists.
This weekend, these 16 Excel experts will assemble in New York to test their Excel modeling skills and compete for the $30,000 first prize. You’re invited to attend the ModelOff Live Finals at Microsoft’s New York offices on Sunday, December 8 (3-5pm). Read on for details…
than 200 sessions
Information is power, and with more than 200 sessions, SharePoint
Conference 2014 (SPC14) is shaping up to be powerful. We recently posted the top
speakers, and now we’re excited to announce the full list of sessions
on the official SharePoint
Conference website! SPC14 will have the best of SharePoint, Yammer, Office,
Office 365 and more across 24 inclusive tracks
spanning our four major audiences–IT Professional, Developer, Executive and
Power User. Every single session has been designed to help you get you what you
need–no matter your role, responsibility, industry, or current SharePoint deployment.
If you work with SharePoint, SPC14 is a must.
Search and filter
Sessions will be powered by SharePoint Search. This means that each session
title and abstract comes complete with easily discoverable tags like workload,
track, level, product and audience, so you can quickly search and filter
through all 200+ sessions to find the content you want. Discover how
technologies and tracks fit together by searching multiple tags to find cross-technology
and cross-audience sessions.
The latest and greatest
We’ve recently released fresh innovations
updates, and we’ll
have even more to share at SPC14 with new products, announcements, apps, solutions, and labs!
Learn what’s next on product roadmaps, hear from the engineers shaping the
technologies and see how SharePoint and its related products are transforming how
information is shared, organized, discovered, built and managed.
SharePoint Conference your
SharePoint Conference 2014 is loaded with the newest content for
every audience. From zero to deployment, IT Pro sessions are stocked with on-premises,
hybrid, migration and online-specific approaches for your current and future SharePoint
challenges. Developers will learn to build streamlined, powerful apps across SharePoint,
Office, and Yammer–more APIs, more apps, more everything-packed with best
practices and patterns, no matter where SharePoint is deployed today and
tomorrow. Executives will get top level insight and strategy to transform their
business and become more agile. You can even sharpen your skills or get
introductory- to master-level understanding of SharePoint and its related
technologies. Check out your audience page
to see what awaits you at SPC!
As always, SharePoint Conference 2014 offers many hands-on opportunities for
deep technical walkthroughs. This is
your chance to learn at the source and ask the experts questions as you go.
From overviews to deep-dive labs, learn how to get results and create solutions
through interactive and engaging labs across all areas of SharePoint technology.
SharePoint Conference 2014 is now open. Hotels are selling out fast, so book
your place today. We’ll see you there!
Video 12:38. This week commences a special two-part series that addresses how to set up Office 365 for your small business. We take a look at the core integrated services that help run your business from professional email, the calendar service for managing schedules, instant messaging, online meetings, content sharing, voice calls, public Web site, Office Applications and much more. And we also get you started by signing up for trial, connecting your existing Website, adding users and setting up your email.
With the season of giving among us, we decided that over the next two weeks and more we’d dedicate our focus to addressing some of your common questions about Office 365. We’ve spent almost two seasons showing the types of productivity scenarios possible with Office 365. In the commercial environment, these are typically capabilities reserved for large enterprises, which now may be leveraged in organizations of all sizes. Technology author and journalist, Paul Thurrott, also a small business user, covered this a few months back on the Garage Series when he discussed his favorite things.
With that in mind, this week we start a two-part series designed to help those of you who want to set up Office 365 for your small business and really take a step back and look at some of the basics such as system requirements, what’s in the service itself with the related products.
More importantly, we walk you step-by-step through how to get started:
- How to sign-up for a trial. This gives you a 30-day Office tenant and is the best way of piloting the service for your small business before upgrading into a paid subscription.
- How to connect your existing Website to the Office 365 service. The good news for GoDaddy customers is that this process is now greatly simplified allowing automated domain integration. If you don’t already have a domain, you can now even purchase one directly from the Office 365 portal using GoDaddy.
- How to add and delete users from your company to the service – since the trial includes 10 user accounts, you can easily add others to Office 365, opening up new ways to connect and collaborate with them.
- How to connect existing email accounts so you can receive mail from Outlook.com, gmail or other services directly into your Office 365 service as you transition to email with your Office 365 connected domain name (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- How to set up a shared mail address, like email@example.com, so multiple members of your team can receive and respond to a common mail address.
These steps will start your journey down the road of experiencing enterprise-grade capabilities from professional email, shared calendaring service, instant messaging, online meetings, content sharing and collaboration, voice calls and importantly the ability to have your organization stay productive working from anywhere on any device using Office applications.
Next week in fact we make this real by showing you how to connect your devices and users to Office 365 productivity applications. In part 2 we’ll load up an Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Mac and Surface Pro all with a collection of native Office apps and get our older computers configured to receive Office 365 email. If you just got Office 365 Small Business up and running, you won’t want to miss it.
We hope you enjoy the show and keep your questions coming.
Bye for now,
About the Garage Series hosts
By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Bharath Rambadran is Product Manager on the Office 365 team tasked with optimizing the setup and sign up experiences with Office 365.
On Monday, we announced the availability of Student Advantage, which enables schools and universities licensing Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty to extend the service to students at no additional cost. We also mentioned a new education customer has recently turned to Office 365, and today we’re happy to officially share more details.
The Peel District School Board, Canada’s second largest public school board, has turned to Office 365 to help equip their students for future success. The deployment will give more than 150,000 students, administrators and staff members access to Office 365 tools. The technology team at Peel evaluated solutions from other vendors, but felt that Office 365 provided the capabilities and integration they needed, and would effectively help prepare students for the working world. Office 365 also supports mobile platforms, aligning well with the district’s BYOD initiative.
The students in the Peel District will have the opportunity to become proficient with Office 365, which according to IDC, is the third most sought after skill in today’s job market. In a highly competitive job market where less than two in five hiring managers reported they felt college students or recent graduates are prepared for a job in their chosen fields, it’s more important than ever for students to build real-world skills that will translate well to the office.
Office 365 helps provide those real-world skills more than any other productivity solution, helping teachers prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond. It enhances collaboration and helps to build the technical skills young adults need to excel. We took some time to look at a day in the life of both students and teachers to see why Office 365 supports classroom engagement and education in ways Google Apps for Education cannot.
Learn more about the many benefits Peel is already experiencing with Office 365 and other Microsoft technologies by visiting the Microsoft News Center.