Microsoft 365 learning pathways

Microsoft 365 learning pathways is a customizable, on-demand training solution designed to increase usage and adoption of Microsoft 365 services in your organization. As of 5/21/2019, Custom Learning for Office 365 is being renamed Microsoft 365 learning pathways.

Microsoft 365 learning pathways offers:

  • A fully customizable SharePoint Online communication site – The learning pathways training portal can be customized to add your organization’s help, support, and community content
  • Easy provisioning – Provision learning pathways from the SharePoint Online Provisioning Service with just a few easy steps
  • The ability to create your own training playlists – with learning pathways, you can create targeted training playlists to meet the unique needs of your environment
  • Up-to-date content – Learning pathways provides content through a Microsoft online content catalog, so the content at your site is regularly updated

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Microsoft 365 learning pathways Beta Preview

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Check out the SharePoint Starter Kit

This is a solution designed for SharePoint Online which provides numerous web parts, extensions, and other components which you can use as an example and inspiration for your own customizations.

SharePoint Communication Sites have great out-of-the-box capabilities, but the out-of-the-box capabilities may not always be sufficient for your scenarios. This is exactly why you are able to include your own customizations. This solution addresses common scenarios and tasks you may encounter when introducing those customizations, and provides examples and guidance on how you might address them including:

  • Automated provisioning of simple demo content within a communication site
  • Automated provisioning of the whole solution to any tenant within minutes
  • Automated configuration of Site Scripts and Site Designs at the tenant level using the PnP Remote Provisioning engine
  • Implementation of different customizations for SharePoint Online
  • Usage of Office UI Fabric and reusable PnP SPFx controls within the customizations

Links

SharePoint Starter Kit on GitHub

Microsoft 365 Roadmap

Microsoft 365 is a solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Now, since everything is in the cloud, one of the essentials things to do is to keep track of the upcoming features and changes and thankfully there is a special page for it here. The page is super simple and self-explanatory but it’s worth to mention that there is an option to get changes in Rolling Out status a bit earlier by setting up Standard or Targeted release options in Office 365.

3 reasons we have switched from Slack to Microsoft Teams

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Back in 2017, Microsoft announced their strategy to make Microsoft Teams be a single platform for communications as part of Office 365 suite. I’ve tried using Teams since Beta release, but it was too early at least for us to use it in real life and Slack was much better, so we’ve decided not to make any migrations there.

Recently, I was rechecking Teams, and we decided to make a migration from Slack, and I’ll share my top 3 reasons why

  1. We are using Office 365, so we don’t need to pay extra for Teams licenses, and that’s why we are getting some benefits comparing to free Slack plan
    • Unlimited access to old messages
    • An infinite number of integrations with 3rd party services
    • Guest users support
    • Group calls
  2. Single user directory which is an Azure AD, so we don’t need to manage users in multiple places
  3. An easy way to build a knowledge base in the scope of a team and I’m talking about both Files and Wiki here which is possible due to tight SharePoint integration

For the last couple years, we were using Skype, HipChat (RIP), Slack and now it’s Microsoft Teams. For now, Teams seems to be the most comfortable product for us, and I like to see the progress Product Group is making to make it even better. Feel free to review Office 365 Roadmap.

3 причины почему мы перешли на Microsoft Teams из Slack

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Еще в 2017 Microsoft презентовали свою стратегию, в рамках которой планировалось сделать Microsoft Teams флагманским продуктом для коммуникаций вместо Skype for Business. Лично я пробовал Teams еще со времен Beta релиза, но тогда это был очень сырой продукт, и Slack на его уровне выглядел сильно лучше.

Не так давно мы полностью переехали в Teams из Slack, и вот почему

  1. Мы уже пользуемся Office 365, и значит Teams уже включен в подписку и за него не нужно дополнительно платить. Отсюда получаем ряд преимуществ по сравнению с бесплатным планом Slack
    • Неограниченный доступ к старым сообщениям
    • Бесконечное количество интеграций со сторонними сервисами
    • Работа с внешними пользователями
    • Групповые звонки
  2. Единый каталог пользователей – в нашем случае Azure AD
  3. Способ собрать базу знаний по проекту в одном месте – речь про вкладки с документами и вики, что реализовано за счет интеграции с SharePoint

За последние несколько лет мы внедряли и ежедневно пользовались Skype, HipChat (RIP), Slack и сейчас это Microsoft Teams. Из всех продуктов Teams для нас выглядит самым удобным продуктом и особенно радует, что продуктовая команда постоянно работает над улучшениями, список которых можно найти в Office 365 Roadmap.