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Microsoft are getting ready to introduce a new tool to help you migrate on-premises SharePoint data to SharePoint Online. Our Solution Architect, Stuart McLaughlin, takes a look at what’s in store.
The SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) has been around for a few years now, available to all Office 365 customers. It helps IT administrators to migrates files from SharePoint on-premises document libraries or regular file shares to SharePoint Online.
Although it was initially quite limited (and a bit unstable), there have been significant improvements in the years since it was launched.
In the meantime, third-party migration tools such as ShareGate Desktop have provided a richer user interface. They are still arguably better at complex migrations, although the SPMT can be considered alongside them when evaluating migration tools.
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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time for a special early treat to brighten up your winter days – CompanyNet’s regular roundup of changes and new features coming up in Office 365, SharePoint and Kira.
This month we have a super selection of updates, many coming out of Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference. That means we won’t necessarily have the full details of some of these new features yet, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see them in action. They include a complete rewrite of Yammer, the mysterious Project Cortex, and the much-awaited ‘Sheet View’ in Excel.
Prefer a video? Watch this month’s full update here, or read on to discover this month’s new features in full:
Thanks to our team Maria Botha-Lopez, Carl Bennett, Stuart McLaughlin and James Mackerness for their contributions to this round-up. You can also sign up to receive these updates as an email each month.
January 14th marks the day Microsoft officially stops supporting Windows 7, meaning there will be no more free updates, including security patches.
They initially offered extended support to large enterprises, for a fee, as part of the Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme. Identifying that some medium- and smaller-sized organisations still aren’t ready for the change, Microsoft have now extended the ESU scheme to everyone.
From December 1st, organisations will be able to purchase extended support and updates for Windows 7 from Microsoft. For Windows Enterprise users, this will cost $25 per device in year one, while for Windows Pro users the cost will be $50. As a powerful incentive to get your organisation off Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10, the cost of extended support will double every year. So it’s definitely not a long-term option!
If your organisation still uses Windows 7 and you’d like to discuss your options, get in touch with CompanyNet. We are experts in migration and licensing and will be able to figure out the best, most cost-effective path for your organisation.
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