25 May

New OneDrive and SharePoint sharing experience

Microsoft has improved the sharing UI on the OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online websites and sync clients to provide easier collaboration and better security.

Share command

The Share command now sends shareable links by default rather than granting permissions to specific people like the old Invite people tab. This better matches user expectations that links sent in email can be forwarded to others by default. In other words, Share does the same thing as Copy link except it enables users to send the link immediately to recipients via email.

Both the Share and Copy link commands are now default to the same permissions and use the same link settings.

Users can change settings on sharing links to one of three possible permission levels:

  • Anyone with this link – this shareable link can be forwarded to others or people might be added to the thread. This option does not require recipients to sign-in and hence is the most convenient for recipients. It can be used for sharing content with others, including people outside your tenant.
  • Only people in [tenant] – users who open the link must sign-in or be signed-in to a non-guest account in the tenant. It can be forwarded to others or people might be added to the thread, as long as these people are inside your tenant. If any external user gets a hold of the link, they will not be able to use it. It can be used for sharing internal-only content.
  • Specific people – this link will only work for people who were granted permission (and others who already have access to the item). If recipients want to send this link to anyone else, they need to ensure those recipients have been granted permission to the resource, otherwise the link won’t work. This option produces behavior similar to the “Invite people” tab in the old sharing UI.

Tenant admins who wish to change the default link permission can do so in the OneDrive Admin Center and the SharePoint Admin Center. Users who want to explicitly grant permissions to an item without sending a link can do so by selecting “Manage access” and then selecting “Add people”.

The new sharing UI will be rolling out in late Spring on the following endpoints:

  • OneDrive for Business on the web
  • SharePoint Online document libraries on the web
  • Windows File Explorer context menu for sync’ed files (“Share” command)
  • Mac OS Finder context menu for sync’ed files (“Share” command)
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09 Jul

Windows 10

Windows 10 release date revealed

It is said that the long awaited Windows 10 will be released late July, 2015. As Microsoft endorse it itself “Windows 10 isn’t for all of us, but for each of us”. This time around development of new OS is different than ever before. Microsoft is using valuable feedback provided by millions of people, which is to help shape the future of Windows.

Windows 10 feels familiar, simple navigation means that we don’t need to spend time learning new ways. In addition, we won’t have to worry about being up-to-date with the latest features or security updates, as Windows will automatically deliver – directly to your device – all updates as soon as they become available. The Store in Windows 10 will offer hundreds of thousands of apps including games, music, videos and a new version of Office.

A recent Microsoft update starts prompting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to ‘reserve’ their free Windows 10 upgrade, but for our customers we would recommend NOT TO follow the wizard yet, since Windows 10 has not been tested on their network or with their software. Deploying Windows 10 without compatibility testing could cause major problems on the company network. We’ll make every attempt to block that patch from distribution (for customers who use our Managed Services) in order to avoid additional charges necessary for us to troubleshoot or fix problems later on.

Follow the tips provided below and stay connected to see what’s new in the IT world.

  1. Do not click on the upgrade prompt in the lower right corner (it appears as a Start button icon in the notification area on your taskbar):  w10

  1. However, if you do so, please don’t follow the wizard below (just close the window). If you have already followed this wizard, after July 29 you will receive a prompt to install Windows 10. DO NOT install it at that time.

  1. Please forward this information to all staff.
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