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We are proud to have a service that constantly gets better. Office 365 is upgraded on a regular basis with more features and service updates. You can review the latest Office 365 Service Updates in our wiki as they happen. Our latest Service Update news comes from the SharePoint Online Team. View the original post here or read below.
SharePoint Online: Service Update
The second update to SharePoint Online (SPO) since the launch of Office 365 (O365) is beginning to roll out worldwide. We want to share information about the new features that will be available as part of this service update.
SharePoint Online was initially scoped to scale to customers with fewer than 20,000 Active Directory entries (specifically user objects). This service update allows customers with up to 500,000 user objects to provision SharePoint Online. As a result, customers of any size can easily start using SharePoint Online. And in the future, you can expect even larger scale limits.
To learn more about how SharePoint Online meets the requirements of enterprises, please visit the SharePoint Online planning guide of Office 365 for enterprises. There is also a SharePoint Online planning guide of Office 365 for small businesses.
Recycle Bin Enhancements
Business is full of "oops" moments, and sometimes these moments can really slow down productivity. SharePoint Online now offers numerous levels of recovery no matter what gets deleted. Specifically, enterprise customers can now restore full site collections, in addition to sites, documents, lists, and list items.
This new feature is found in the SharePoint Online Administration Center. After the update is in place, you will see a new "Recycle Bin" button, which gives you the power to self-restore data—including entire site collections—with just a few clicks in just minutes.
To learn more about how to restore full SharePoint Online site collections, visit the SharePoint Online Support Resource Center article on this topic.
External Sharing Gets a Broader Reach
The days when external invitees had to use a specific domain-based email address are gone. Instead, external users can now use their business email address to authenticate when invited into an Office 365 customer's site collection. How does it work? It’s simple. External users just associate their business email address (ex: email@example.com) with the Windows LiveID system. Then, Office 365 customers invite their partners and clients to their external sharing sites by using their primary email account. As long as this email has been associated to the LiveID system, the external user can sign in with their primary user name and associated password.
To associate a business email user name to the Live ID system, go to https://idsignup.live.com, select "Use existing email address:" and follow the instructions.
You can learn more about how to use external sharing within Office 365 for small businesses or within Office 365 for enterprises.
Office 365 users wanted a better, more connected and governed experience when it came to working with PDF files within SharePoint Online document libraries. Thanks to your direct comments and active voices in the Community forums, PDF files will now open directly into Adobe Reader without requiring that it be downloaded first. The PDF remains connected and stored in your SharePoint Online document library as you view and edit the file. You can even check it out like other Office documents.
After the SharePoint Online environment has been updated, users must have the latest Adobe Reader version (10.1.2) installed: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
The SharePoint Online service description will also reflect all of the new features and changes.
Our goal is continuous innovation to enable collaboration from anywhere, with anyone, on any device. We hope you enjoy these new features and if you’re not yet using SharePoint Online, try it now risk free for 30 days!
The SharePoint Team
Not sure what you are crowing about. We have had an open service ticket for 40 days!
Hey guys thanks for the updates. How can I know when the updates will be installled for my company? In the planned maintenance page, there are three updates (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online) with start dates of 9. jan, 16. feb and 20. feb, and all three have the status "Ongoing".
How do I know when these updates will be performed?
Would be nice to know if some bugs will finally be solved, like all our SharePoint users have names like this: i:0#.f|membership|aleksander.eide......
Is there a release date for the PDF update?
Hi @Evan_AK can you provide insight into the nature of your issue? Feel free to send me direct mail. I'd like to understand if this is realted to the latest update to SharePoint Online, or another issue we can help with. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi @Aleksander Eide, we roll the updates out worldwide across a number of weeks. This service update is now underway and you will soon see the changes take effect, and this is why you see "ongoing." The most notable/visual change will be a new "Recycle Bin" button in the SharePoint Online Administration Console (example SPO-Admin Center url structure: tenantname-admin.sharepoint.com/.../SiteCollections.aspx).
Hi Mgibs, the update to how PDFs can be opening from within SharePoint Online is a part of the service update that is now rolling out worldwide across all Microsoft datacenters for all SharePoint Online customers. Your tenant administrator will receive a second notification 24-48 hours before your company is upgraded. This email notification, plus the visible addition of the "Recycle Bin" button in your SharePoint Online Adminitration Console, will indicate the new feature avaiability. And for PDFs, you need to ensure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed locally (10.1.2).
Not much, unless you consider the below items important:
We are pleased to announce that we worked with Adobe to improve access to PDF files. You can now open
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Does the update to the External Invites system also remove the 50 invites limitation of does that stay?
So, when you guys say PDF now open in native Adobe Reader, does it mean you guys set the web app to Permissive?
I also would like to clarify whether the update addresses the External Invites limitation of 50 or if there is a plan to address (as Terry Cornwell posted). Thanks,
Josh Condie – Great updates, training and marketing resources for SMB cloud partners, below
I do not understand why Microsoft has to Lie to its customers and False Advertise. Things you say they can do NOW, they cannot. Then when you ask a tech, the tech says "Its being rolled out so not everyone has it.
Well, if thats the case, you cannot put the words "NOW' into anything. You should say "its coming"
Will this update work with existing Document Libraries? Past updates have sometimes orphaned existing solutions by adding or deleting features that invalidated the solution. The question was asked if you have set the Server to Permissive, is that the case? If so it would imply that we should also be able to open .htm files from SharePoint. True or false? If you don't want to answer about the server, can we also open .htm files from SharePoint?
The External User update is really great. Everytime I tell someone that their external users have to get a Hotmail address, their eyes kind of glaze over. Nothing on Hotmail, they just didn't want to deal with the extra login. Spoiled users, I agree.
Great job, looking forward to the update. (unless if course it screws up my custom solutions, then expect a call :-)