This past week I had the pleasure of presenting at the SharePoint Users Group of DC. They’re a terrific group that meets in the McLean / Tyson’s Corner area of Northern Virginia. The focus of the group meeting was to discuss the benefits and gotchas of utilizing Office 365, primarily around SharePoint Online capabilities but expanding to areas such as Exchange integration with Office 365 Groups as well as security and compliance topics. All in all a terrific time to get together and engage with the vibrant DC community. Thanks to Nikkia and crew for having me!
Slides for the presentation are posted and available to snag here:
SUG DC – Getting Started with Office 365
So you were just nominated to be the newly appointed SharePoint Online manager for your Office 365 instance and the finance department wants to install a new app for their site collection. Without blinking you say, “Sure, I can do that.”
So you do the usual functional requirements analysis to discuss the app that your finance department wants to use and determine how many license seats you need to buy and then you go to the Office 365 app store and ponder to yourself how you buy a license with your Work ID account.
A Work ID is an account that’s hosted up in Azure Active Directory, the directory that is connected to your Office 365 tenant to manage user identities.
Then it dawns on you that you have to use a Microsoft Account. No problem! Microsoft accounts are tied to things that you don’t associate with a Work ID that’s hosted in Azure Active Directory like a credit card number. They’re also associated with consumer services like OneDrive, Outlook.com, XBox, Groove, etc.
So while you can do everything from the nifty signup page that Microsoft has here in the logical spot in their website…
You’ll click there which takes you here…
Which in turn finally takes you here (sort of)…
Fill out the information required, activate your account, set in your credit card number and you’re off and running. So now that you’ve got that account setup you can use it with your Office 365 tenant to buy apps. So just skip on over to that third link, create your account and get the job done… what are you waiting for???
Note that sometimes if you’re at a public WiFi location you might find that you need to tether your computing device to setup an account somewhere else since Microsoft does limit the number of Microsoft Accounts that can be created per day from a given IP address.
You can read more about these errors over here:
“Why can’t I sign up for a Microsoft account?”
The other day while recording Episode 15 of Brewery.fm with Scott Hoag, I remembered something that was tweeted about during //Build and that I’d received an email about earlier in the day as well – Office DevCamp. So we included it in the show and hoped that folks would consider checking it out – it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from the Microsoft Office Developer team and to learn a thing or two… for free.
So what are Office DevCamp’s? Do I need a shovel? Will I need insect repellent? I sure hope not. I hope they’re going to teach us how to write Apps and use the Office 365 APIs.
If you’re done reading, head on over to http://aka.ms/msdevcamps and register.
For those of that are still here, good on you! Essentially the DevCamp is held at a Microsoft Office near you (in most instances) and it’s split out into a 5 part day. There are events all over the place in the US to include:
There are over a billion Office users out there in 147 countries (wow that’s a lot) and they’re all looking for ways to better use Office – so why not build an app for them?
Definitely sounds like an interesting day – hope that you’re able to make it out!
There’s an update available for the Microsoft Outlook for Mac for Office 365 update that might be of interest to individuals out there that are using the updated Outlook application on their Mac operating system device. All the details packaged up for you here – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45492
This update will take you to version 15.6 of Outlook for Mac and weighs in at a hefty 288.8 MB
Information and what all this update does for you is available here: http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3032066/en-us
You can get the update by either using the Auto-Update utility or by downloading the DMG patch here – http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/E/7/3E75A704-BD77-451D-9F79-86D9868E27FC/MicrosoftOutlook15.6.dmg
Hope this improves your Outlook, no pun intended… maybe 🙂