Today, Microsoft finally released Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and to Microsoft Office 2013 client products. With this release Microsoft is adding both new functionality and a great deal of fixes for SharePoint and Office.
No less than 45 fixes for SharePoint are in SP1, along with new Office Apps (Now called Office Online) functionality and your SkyDrive got renamed to OneDrive (something I wondered how they would do in an earlier post).
Download a full lists (Excel) with all the fixes in the Service Pack, or read the post from the Microsoft Office Sustained Engineering Team (the folks that produces SP’s and fixes) here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2014/02/25/announcing-the-release-of-service-pack-1-for-office-2013-and-sharepoint-2013.aspx
“Today we are pleased to announce that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive.”
We have just gotten used to the “SkyDrive” and “SkyDrive Pro” brand(s) – but now they are getting rebranded. Microsoft have announced “OneDrive” as the new brand for SkyDrive. In a new blogpost (http://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-for-everything-your-life/) Microsoft talks about having ONE drive for everything, which kind of makes sense. But if you have followed the press in the last few months, it’s more likely that the name change has something to do with the fact that Microsoft got sued for using the “Skydrive” name, by a company that apparently are using the same name for satellite TV equipment.
If you are using SkyDrive today, this transition is going to be transparent to you, Microsoft promises. If you log on to Onedrive.com to days, you are logged into your recent Skydrive content, so no problem there. Some of the Microsoft websites are still using the SkyDrive name, but that will probably change soon. If you are using the desktop or mobile app, you may notice that nothing has happened there yet, but I would expect the name to be updates through an app update in the near future.
But what about SkyDrive Pro? It looks like SkyDrive Pro is renamed to “OneDrive for Business”. Microsoft currently only talks about the Office 365 delivered SkyDrive Pro (the one where each user gets amazing 25 gigs of storage space!!! try to beat that on premise!) in the OneDrive announcement, so it’s a bit unclear what is the future name for the on-premise version of personal file storage in SharePoint 2013.
The new word is OneDrive! Get used to it!
Just noticed the resource usage on my computer caused by GoogleDrive and SkyDrive. I was a bit surprised to see the difference… Anyone with similar experience
The top SharePoint event is now less than one month away. The SharePoint Conference 2014 will open in Las Vegas on March 3rd and thousands of SharePoint users and professionals will join this event.
It’s not been that long since the last SharePoint Conference. Last one was November 2012 as far as I recall, and if you think about the size of this event – and the significant impact it have had on the SharePoint community and market – it’s remarkable that Microsoft is throwing another conference early in 2014 – only 14 months after the last one.
The agenda has been out for a while now, and if you are reading it, you can see the main topics;
- moving SharePoint into the cloud – preferably Office 365
- embracing the wonders of Yammer
But at the same time, Microsoft is making a bit thing out of positioning the executive and business track. The most visible investment is the opening keynote that will be delivered by fromer president of the united states, Bill Clinton. I wouldn’t expect Mr. Clinton to talk about how SharePoint helped him “run the factory” when he was in office, but then again…? No – the presence of bill Clinton will attract the attention of a more business oriented and executive crowd – including end users. The Executive and the End user audiences share 62 sessions out of a total number of 146 sessions announced. This is about 44%!
For governance & compliance there is a special track this year, with 6 sessions. Surprisingly enough, 4 out of these sessions are Level 300, meaning that they are highly technical which may be a bit off target, in relationship to the real challenges companies have with SharePoint governance. Still the sessions in this track are very interesting, but there is not a lot there for the people who are looking for best practices on building a governance practice for their SharePoint service. I think that this is letting users down a bit; the shift towards cloud driven SharePoint platforms and especially hybrid architectures, is introducing lots of new governance challenges. But these challenges don’t seem to be clearly addressed at SPC14.
One session that I will be going to, is the #SPC106 session, called “A comprehensive strategy to drive business value with SharePoint“. Strategy is something we need to talk more about with SharePoint, and this is the foundation for any functional governance practice. This session is a part of the Business Value track – where you will find other sessions that are relevant for governance practitioners.
We are running a few side meetings with new partners, about building and implementing SharePoint governance practices with impact. If you want to know more about methodologies, tools and experiences, connect with me and we can set it up.