SharePoint Communication Sites, the new Publishing Sites

Today, at the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017, Microsoft announced the next wave of upcoming innovation around four key themes, Share with confidence, Transform business process, Inform and engage employees and Harness collective knowledge. In this post, we focusing around the awesome new modern experience for the classic Publishing Sites, called “Communication Sites” in the Inform and engage employees section of the Summit.

Create Communication Site

The new name for Publishing Sites better describes what this feature is all about, the Intranet. In our time working with this classic experience, we have developed a few intranets using Publishing Sites, to build extensively customised experiences for our customers, mainly focused around communication providing a hub for users to go to find out news, events, policies and guidance on business processes.

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Ignite: Building and running SharePoint Online

Have you ever wondered how Microsoft manage SharePoint Online?

Recently the Microsoft Ignite Conferences have released presentations showing how they have implemented such a large scale SharePoint/OneDrive platform across the world.

It truly is amazing to watch and marvel over the architecture:

I’d love to get hold of the machine learning software that auto-fixes environments ­čśë

I didn’t come by this during a random google, the new Microsoft Tech Community posted this in forum under ignite content. I highly recommend joining this community as this has now replaced the Yammer Group.


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Keeping up to date with Office 365

South And North Pole And All Things Related

One of the challenging aspects of working with Office 365, isn’t the technology itself but keeping up with the pace of change, new features, API’s, changes to existing features and with Office 365 hosted in Azure, having to know what services and changes are being made on the core platform is also necessary to keep up to date with.

I’m not complaining, the value that is added frequently to the platform is amazing and lots of new features and development opportunities is quite exciting. But in order to know when changes happen, I have compiled a list of frequent resources and blogs to keep in the know:

Office 365 Blog:, the latest public announcements and case studies from Microsoft. Any major new feature or change will be blogged here.

Office 365 Roadmap:, at the time of writing this post, there are currently 107 new features in development, 61 features rolling out across the world, first release will see these first and finally 34 features launched to everyone. That’s a lot of change to be aware of.

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