Office Apps for iOS updated to version 1.6

IMG_0358This morning at 4:21 AM Eastern I was greeted by a pleasant surprise with an update in the iOS App Store alerting me to version 1.6 of the various Microsoft apps for Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel). In the change notes the first item listed is “iCloud Support” meaning that now you’ve got three options for your file source – Office 365, DropBox and iCloud.
That’s pretty swanky all things considered. And even upon opening the app it gives you a little reminder of what new things are in store for you as seen here:

When you actually go into the app and click on the ellipsis, you’re greeted with your iCloud location as an option or source of data. Note that you’re given a view of the folders available as seen here:
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As you can see I don’t see iCloud all that much… :)

More goodness pertaining to this new capability as well as other data source providers (Box, SalesForce, Citrix) in the Office Web Applications available here in the Microsoft Office Blogs:
http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/17/new-cloud-storage-integration-office/

For more about the Cloud Storage Provider program check here – http://dev.office.com/programs/officecloudstorage

Brewery FM

So for the past year, some of you might have wondered, “What happened to Dan always presenting with Scott Hoag and all of a sudden they’re not. Did they have a falling out?”

Not quite… more Scott took a position that moved him to Australia. So back to presenting on my own. I had the treat and privilege of getting to present 5 sessions with him at SPS Events Virginia Beach back in January 2015. While Scott was back we tossed around a couple of ideas – primarily around setting up a podcast or blog or something.

9742milesSo, fast forward 15 days and here we have the launch of Brewery.FM. It’s our podcast, recorded weekly, 9742 miles and change (or ~15678.2 Kilometers for our friends that use Metric measurements) to chat about a few different things.

The core focus of the podcast is the following:

  • For us to catch up – the time difference is killer and makes it tough to have regular conversations…
  • For us to compare notes on what’s going on in the world of Azure, AWS and other cloud technologies…
  • For us to talk about our favorite hoppy potent potables…
  • For us to share about what else is going on in our lives that doesn’t fall into one of those buckets…

Nevertheless, we hope that you’ll join in and catch us on the cast. To check out episode 1, browse on over here – http://brewery.fm/post/110519480495/e001.

If you’re sold and you just want to subscribe to our feed in your favorite podcasting software, then go ahead and click on over here – brewery.fm feed – http://bit.ly/breweryfmfeed

If you’ve got questions about what’s going on, definitely feel free to submit them to us on Twitter by following @breweryFM. Some day we’ll open an e-mail account… someday.

Microsoft Learning Roadmap Updated

4762.MSL_CertificationPathways_Commercial_2015.png-550x0Just in case you didn’t catch this notice on the Microsoft Learning blog, thought I’d post it up as a reminder (and so that I could find it more easily later on… :)) Microsoft Learning has updated their learning roadmap to show the MCSE and MCSD certification tracks to provide technology professionals and developers with a more concrete planning tool. It depicts the exams needed to get to the different designations and provides the framework to assist in figuring out what’s next and how things build upon one another.
It also includes some of the information pertaining to the three new Azure exams – note that they’re not a part of an MCSE / MCSD training path… yet. It wouldn’t surprise me to see that change in the next year or two based on the way that Microsoft seems to be going more toward services where Azure is the service delivery platform.

For more on the learning roadmap, check out the blog post from MSL here – https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2015/01/30/updated-certification-roadmap-now-available

Best of all you can download the Learning Roadmap and print it off on a plotter and cover a wall with it, maybe make a game out of it with your colleagues to show where everyone is at and have a friendly competition. :)

Office on Android out of Preview…

It would seem that Microsoft has gone gang busters and Office on Android has left preview and is now generally available.

Pretty cool to see the Office team cranking out the donuts right now to provide solutions to folks.

As a former Android user, I have to say that I’m intrigued to see how other companies deal with Office on Android being available, primarily the folks at DropBox after their acquisition of CloudOn about a week ago. Especially after DropBox integration became available with Office Apps on iOS.

It’s a wild world we live in friends, check out the marketing sight yonder on the Office Blogs page here – http://blogs.office.com/2015/01/29/office-love-now-android-tablet/.

Metamorphosis Complete

Acompli is now Outlook

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Apparently when I wrote my blog article a few days ago about Acompli showing up as MS Outlook, I may have stumbled onto the new Outlook app that was released to iOS and Android today. More information on that available here – Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android.

There seems to be quite a bit of excitement about the app and no doubt, it’s a great enhancement on what was originally available in the OWA App, but for those of us that have been using Acompli for a while we’ve come to appreciate the capabilities that it provided for. Great acquisition on Microsoft to truly provide an experience that end users will be able to use with ease.

Take a peek at the iOS functionality…

Acompli is no more in the iOS app store…

If you poke around and are wondering where Acompli went, you’re going to find that it’s now named Outlook. And while version 1.7.6 was what was available in the iOS store up until this morning, we’re back to a reset in the version number to 1.0.0. If you’re me, you’ve got both apps operating on your device, at least for the time being until I consolidate Acompli back into Outlook. Of course if you’d already downloaded Acompli you can go to your “Purchased” apps page within iOS and pull it back down… but one would argue as to why one would do that since Outlook is going to be the app that gets updated going forward (I’m guessing…)

If you head over to the Acompli web site you’ll notice that they have received a “promotion” to Outlook :)

The functionality of Acompli exceeds that of OWA in that it can handle Exchange, Outlook.com, and a slew of other mail providers – better than the way that the out of the box Mail.app works some might say. The caveat being that if you’re going to interact with anything through your mobile web browser, unless you jailbreak your device or like cutting and pasting back into mail messages, you’re going to still need the OOTB mail configuration in place for sharing links… that is until Acompli / Outlook has an iOS extension of course to allow for direct sharing like a host of other apps making use of the iOS 8 framework.

From a few friends that are on Android devices, they’ve pulled it down and feel the same way that it’s working quite nicely. Excited to see what’s next.

Well done Microsoft! Your acquisitions are working together quite nicely. :)

SharePoint Fest DC 2015

image003If you’re going to be in the Washington DC area in April of this year and you’re looking for some SharePoint and Office 365 training, then I would highly recommend coming on out to the SharePoint Fest that’s taking place in downtown Washington DC on 8-10 April.

There are a ton of sessions that will be going on being taught by Microsoft MVPs, Practitioners, Technologists and Experts from the community. More information about the event is available here: http://www.sharepointfest.com/dc

Speakers and their associated sessions are located here – http://www.sharepointfest.com/DC/speakers

And as far as discounts and such go, you can still save $200 if you use the code Usher200 at checkout – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharepoint-fest-dc-2015-registration-13592729219?discount=USHER200