New Usage Reports Rolling Out for Office 365, Yammer, OneDrive and Skype

Microsoft is rolling out new usage reports for Office 365, Yammer, OneDrive for Business an Skype for Business.

The key reports coming to your tenant soon include:

  • Activity dashboard
  • Email activity report
  • Office activations report
  • SharePoint site usage report
  • OneDrive for Business usage report
  • Skype for Business report
  • Yammer report

Each of these reports should help with monitoring activity, usage and adoption.

Microsoft will also be rolling out the Office 365 Power BI Content Pack in June, allowing you to create your own dashboards based on the same activity and usage data.

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Lockbox for SharePoint Online and OneDrive Arriving in Q2 2016

Microsoft has updated its timeline for rolling out Lockbox for SharePoint and OneDrive – the service will be arriving in Q2 of 2016.

Microsoft’s objective with Lockbox is to ensure there is 100% transparency with any access to your data by a Microsoft engineer.  In the vast majority of cases, management tasks are fully automated and therefore no access is ever required.  In the rare event that a Microsoft engineer needs to access your data, Microsoft will now ensure that you approve the request through an automated workflow.

Lockbox is now generally available for Exchange online.  SharePoint and OneDrive will be covered as part of the Q2 update of the feature.

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Major Increases to Available Storage for Office 365 SharePoint and OneDrive Users

Microsoft has announced several changes to the storage available to end-users for those subscribers to premium Office 365 plans including:

  • Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5

  • Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5
  • Office 365 Education
  • OneDrive for Business Plan 2 and SharePoint Online Plan 2

The changes include increases to storage within OneDrive for Business and pooled storage available within SharePoint Online.

OneDrive for Business Storage: From 1 TB to 5 TB to Unlimited

The current 1 TB limit for One Drive for Business is increasing to 5 TB as of March 2016.  Microsoft is committing to increase the limit to unlimited in the near future.

More SharePoint Online Space: From 10 GB to 1 TB

The current model for allocating space to SharePoint Online starts with a pool of 10 GB + 0.5 GB for each user.  This space is then allocated to site collections.  If organizations need more than their pool, they can purchase additional storage.

Customers on the premium plans above will now have 1 TB + 0.5 GB, a major upgrade from the 10 GB previously provided.

New Storage Usage Model for SharePoint Online Site Collections

In the current model, organizations provision site collections and allocate storage to them.  This allocation is reserved for that site collection and is now unavailable for any other site collection.  In the new model, only the storage that is used is now reserved and all other storage is still available to the shared pool for the tenant.

How the new usage model applies to team sites and OneDrive for Business

There is also a new configuration setting to allow admins to have specific storage quotas on each site collection (manual) or simply have storage automatically increase as it is used (auto).

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Increase in Site Collection Limit: From 10K to 500K

Microsoft has also increased the limit for site collections from a maximum of 10,000 site collections to 500,000 site collections.

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New People Experience Brings Delve, Blogging and a New Content Editor to Office 365

Microsoft has just announced the new “People Experience” for Office 365.  Like the Office 365 Video Portal, the new People Experience is a uniquely designed portal for a specific workload – expressing yourself and your work.

The new experience combines a number of features from Delve, user profile and blogging to create a new profile experience.

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The new user profile shows your contact information, your skills, your place in the organization and what you are working on.  The profile page is now accessible through a Delve people search or just by clicking on their name in OneDrive or Outlook.

In addition, there is a revamped blog feature that makes it easier to promote your own content.  The new “authoring canvas” is the future content editor for Office 365 with the personal blog being the first user of this new editor.

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Office 365 and OneDrive APIs Now have CORS Support: Key for JavaScript Apps

JavaScript, by default, implements a “Same Origin Policy’”, which means that JavaScript can only make calls back to its originating domain.  For application developers using JavaScript to call external services through REST APIs, this is a big limitation as these services can live anywhere on the Internet across multiple domains.

Cross-origin Resource Sharing (CORS) is a standard mechanism to allow JavaScript applications to make call across domains.  The specification defines a set of headers in the HTTP call that allow the browser and the server to negotiate authorization as requests cross domains. 

Microsoft has just announced that CORS support is now available for Office 365 APIs, specifically the Sites APIs and the OneDrive APIs.  Mail/Calendar/Contacts APIs will support CORS soon.

The support for CORS is an ongoing evolution of the Office 365 APIs to support JavaScript and frameworks such as AngularJS as first class programming frameworks and to remove the need for server side code to work with Office 365 from your JavaScript code. 

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OneDrive REST API Published

Microsoft has launched a new REST API for OneDrive.  This will allow anyone developing web, mobile or client server applications to pull, push or search files located in OneDrive. 

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The REST API is straightforward and JSON based.  One of the neat things is that it provides a service for tracking changes to a user’s OneDrive so that for example you could download only the files that have changed since the last synchronization.

Using the REST API, you can upload large files (up to 10 GB) with support for resumption of uploads on network failure.

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