We are excited to feature two great pieces of content on the Office 365 Community with our new Grid User Post of the Week and with our new Ignite Guides. You can find the two following stories below.

  • Upgrading Office 365 SharePoint Online Sites to Wave 2013 - Grid User Post

  • New Office 365 Ignite Guides Now Available

Upgrading Office 365 SharePoint Online Sites to 2013 - Grid User Post

The Grid is full of Office 365 experts that are brimming with great information. The Grid User Post blog series will expose some of The Grid's best content to the entire Office 365 Community. Are you interested in contributing to The Grid? Click here to apply.

Our latest Grid User Post comes from Scott Cameron. You can view the original blog post here. Be sure to also check out these great resources including this associated blog post and the corresponding plan to upgrade Office.com article

If your Office 365 tenant has just been upgraded you won't see the new SharePoint Online features unless you manually upgrade your existing sites to the new 2013 platform.  New features include:
  • Better mobile experience
  • eDiscovery
  • Improved branding
  • New Business Intelligence and Business Connectivity Services capabilities (limited in SharePoint Online)
  • OneNote
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Online
  • Records Management & Compliance
  • Revamped Office Web Apps
  • Site Mailboxes
  • SkyDrive Pro
  • Social - including Yammer (the options for Yammer should show up by July for all tenants)
  • Totally reworked external file sharing
For a more extensive education about the new features of SharePoint 2013 visit Capabilities and features in SharePoint 2013 on TechNet or specifically for SharePoint Online - What’s new in SharePoint Online–top 10.

* Note: Please keep in mind that you should always test changes in a separate environment where possible before making production system changes like this.  During the process you will be presented with an option to set up a demo site with the new features.  If you have questions about how upgrading the service will affect your content and existing SharePoint environment I recommend you test on the demo site before following these instructions. *

Here are the steps you follow to upgrade your SharePoint sites:

1. Log in to your Office 365 tenant
2. You should see a bell icon in the top navigation bar: 

3. Click the bell icon and a drop-down box with additional information will appear:

4. Click on the link to "Start using them" - it will take you to the SharePoint admin console.  Or if you don't have the alert you can just choose the Admin link on the top navigation bar and click the SharePoint option:

5. On the SharePoint Site Collections page find a collection that lists 2010 in the version column:
6. Check the box next to the 2010 site collection you wish to upgrade:

7. Click the Upgrade button and select the option for "Site collection upgrade settings":

8. Click the "Link to upgrade page" and your upgrade page will open in a new window:

9. Click the "Upgrade this Site Collection" button to begin your upgrade.  If you want a demo upgrade to test your applications follow the link provided:

10. Click the "I'm ready" button in the confirmation window.  Note that you cannot go back once you have upgraded.

11.  Depending on how busy the Office 365 SharePoint automated upgrade service is you may see a notification that you are "Waiting to Upgrade."  The screen will update periodically and when its your turn to upgrade (generally just a few minutes later) you will be forwarded to the upgrade screen.

12. While your upgrade is in progress you'll see some statistics and when it completed the screen will update to the completed screen.

13. Within just a few minutes you should see your upgrade complete successfully.  You'll be provided links to discover the new features of SharePoint 2013 or to just go to your newly upgrade site collection.

14. Go back to your SharePoint - Site Collections screen and repeat the process for each 2010 collection.  Keep in mind that you'll need to log in with an account that has admin permissions for each site collection you upgrade.

You're done!  Go explore the new features and enjoy SharePoint 2013!

New Office 365 Ignite Guides Now Available

New Office 365 interactive guides are available and allow you to experience the new capabilities of Office 365 in your HTML 5 or Silverlight supported browser, without the need to set up virtual machines or RDP sessions. This month we have released new guides focused on deployment:

  • Office 365 FastTrack Pilot
  • Identity Management with Office 365
  • Exchange Cutover Migration with Office 365
  • Exchange Hybrid Deployment with Office 365

Be sure to view all of our Ignite Guides on the Office Ignite website.