As a solutions architect I constantly have a huge list of tasks that need to be completed. For the longest time I have used Microsoft Outlook to manage my tasks which worked okay at first, but over time it turned into huge list of red (overdue) tasks. I discovered that "date" driven tasks don't work well for me. I was constantly rescheduling tasks and always feeling behind.

With the launch of Windows 10, I thought it could be useful to show some interesting ways to use both Office 365 and Windows 10 together. You will need Office 365 or SharePoint 2013, and the OneDrive for Business sync client, which is installed automatically the first time you sync. Some of this also works in Windows 8 and Windows 7, but I’m demonstrating on Windows 10, which seems to have a bigger focus on search and finding content in general.

Microsoft OneNote is a great tool for teams to track project notes, meeting notes, share information, and much more. While OneNote is generally associated with OneDrive for storing and syncing your notebooks, this functionality is also built into SharePoint as well.

Last week I was one of the 23,000 people who attended the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago. The size of this conference was mind boggling and the amount of content was staggering. My focus was to learn as much as I could about Office 365 and SharePoint 2016. Here is my attempt to summarize the key things that I learned. Keep in mind that there were over 1000 sessions in total and I only attended a dozen or so.

Thresholds were introduced by Microsoft in SharePoint 2010 in order to prevent large queries from occurring which have an impact on performance of the SharePoint environment. I'll explain why thresholds were introduced, what happens when thresholds are reached, and provide some tips to fine tune your queries to avoid performance and scalability issues.

Are you trying to encourage the usage of your own SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online search to find all of the great content you have in your environment but find that users still go to Google or Bing first to find information? How can you encourage users to find existing content that has already been created within your organization before going to the web to find a solution?

Maybe the answer is to give users the best of both worlds by integrating internet search results into your SharePoint search. This will allow them to search content within your organization but still be able to quickly see external results as well.

It has been a busy year for Microsoft and I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at 2014 and review some of the big SharePoint and Office 365 announcements. I decided to list these by the approximate month they were announced rather than when they were released, since the roll out of new features are often staggered over time.  My original list was enormous, so I cut it back to only include the announcements I thought were the most interesting.

This is an old trick I've been using lately so I thought I would share. If you are a Google Chrome user and happen to also use SharePoint in your organization, you can easily search your SharePoint environment from the Chrome address bar. This is a great shortcut to quickly finding content within your SharePoint environment.

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft starting rolling out a new product called Office Delve. Office Delve is currently available to Office 365 customers and can be described as a product that helps you discover content across your business. However, Delve is only a small piece of this puzzle because it is simply the UX (user experience) that utilizes the Office Graph.

The Office Graph is a sophisticated machine learning platform that creates relationships between content, people, and activities that currently sit in Office 365. Here is a video that describes what the Office Graph does and how Delve uses it.