Great week at the Microsoft Ignite Conference as far as content and connecting with people. Chicago is a great city and I got to attend a Cubs game at Wriggly Field. I will say that the McCormick center left much to desired as far as a conference space. The food was bad and for a large place the bathroom facilities were lacking to say the least.

But let’s get to the good stuff! One big announcement I really loved to hear is that now the Office 365 First Release system has changed. Previously an organization had to opt into this service for the entire Office 365 Tenant, now Microsoft is allowing admins to select a group an individual users for First Release. This allows an organization to be selective of only the IT friendly users to receive the new Office 365 functionality and services without forcing it on all users in an organization. They are also moving more Service Updates into First Release as well, read more about it here, http://blogs.office.com/2015/05/05/manage-change-and-stay-informed-in-office-365/

Microsoft also announce new changes to the Admin Experience in Office 365, http://blogs.office.com/2015/05/05/whats-new-in-office-365-administration-from-microsoft-ignite/. Specifically with this is a new Reporting Dashboard. Microsoft is also making it easier to migrate PST data to Office 365, http://blogs.office.com/2015/05/07/making-email-archive-migration-easier-with-the-office-365-import-service/. This import service allows for uploading or shipping a USB drive containing the PST data to be ingested into Office 365 Exchange Online.

Office 2015 public preview is also now available, https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview. I am writing this blog post from the Word 2016 Preview and using all of the updated Office Apps, especially Outlook 2016! Many more announcements can http://blogs.office.com.

Finally my slides from my Ignite Session on “Remote PowerShell in Office 365” can be found here, http://1drv.ms/1DUfIwP.