Office 365 Distilled EP 38: Cask strength user content with tears

For once, we try not to focus on the amazing platform and the supercool apps that we get, but we take a look at how a content-first way of working might benefit users! Content is the core of Office 365. Microsoft gives you so many ways to access your content, we will explore some of these ways in this episode.

You can compare it to an apple, which also grows from the core. And all the chewy goodness you get from an apple touches that core. Same with Exchange or Delve, that touch your files and content in Office 365.

How do I find my content?

There are so many to find your content in Office 365!

  • Open from the client apps
  • From the taskbar
  • From the search bar
  • From pinned documents
  • From a document library
  • Delve

The first place to look for is ofcourse the Client apps such as Outlook, Word and Excel that can get you to your files. SharePoint and OneDrive are the storage locations that you can navigate to and from, even from a touch on the phone when you are travelling (as long you don’t have InTune or Conditional Access set up).

When you were working with a fileshare, the ways to get to content is just browsing and searching.

When you are using PowerPoint, there is the reusable slides functionality, that gives you slides that you already build somewhere else.

Right-clicking the client app in the task bar in Windows will show you the latest files you have been working on in that app. Super useful feature!

The search bar in the Office applications only shows you things you can do with it, not really to find other documents that you may use or copy/paste stuff from. Some people, like Steve would like to see the same Search experience whether you are in SharePoint or in an app.

There are so many ways to pin documents: in the Start bar, on the homepage, in a document library, …

In the podcast we talk about how many filetypes are supported by Office 365 nowadays, where Steve thought it to be thousands.. The official answer is here, and they are adding new ones on a regular basis.

Delve, is a brilliant way to bring content up. That is, if the organisation didn’t turn it off!

Whiskey: The Writers Tears (2020 cask strength)

The boys go back to Ireland! After we had the “normal” version of this a few months ago, we are having a treat this time with the limited edition bottle numer 1185 of the Writers Tears 2020 Cask Strength.

A screw cap doesn’t stop us, neither does a nail in the awesome looking packaging of the bottle!

We get fresh apples on the nose, touch harsh which is ok given it has only been a few years in the barrel. You get lots of bourbon cask, which Steve loves ofcourse. A drop of water brings the dram to life, the fruit comes out so much more, and it drinks so much smoother too.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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