Feb 21
Adelaide Microsoft Adelaide Microsoft 365 User Group

Fantastic event! Thank you Carlo for presenting on Copilot for Microsoft 365 and thank you to everyone who could attend, both in–person and via Microsoft Teams! Thank you!

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Feb 17
Microsoft Publisher end of life–October 2026

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imageIn October 2026, Microsoft Publisher will reach its end of life.

After that time, it will no longer be included in Microsoft 365 and existing on-premises suites will no longer be supported.

Until then, support for Publisher will continue and users can expect the same experience as today.

This is sad news, as a user of Microsoft Publisher of some odd 30 years it will be missed, but the features are very much throughout the other Office applications, very much so with PowerPoint and Designer. (Could this trigger a rename of PowerPoint in the future?)

Full details from Microsoft can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/office/microsoft-publisher-will-no-longer-be-supported-after-october-2026-ee6302a2-4bc7-4841-babf-8e9be3acbfd7

Feb 10
Using AI to go back in my family history and bring my ancestors to life

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I am delighted to share a fascinating project I've been immersed in lately, which combined several passions of mine - Ancient History, History, Family Tree - and AI! (This is a cool one and worth the read)

TL;DR: Using AI, I got it to generate 48 ancestors, using the most common names, average lifespan and take into account things such as the Saxon wars, crusades, plagues, famines, etc – Then I used AI to create images of my ancestors, bring them to life on a whole new level. It’s also in ancestry.com

Leveraging the power of AI, I have been able “extended” my family tree back beyond any records I can obtain, tracing it all the way back to 800AD.

In essence, I created a *representative* family tree branch that spans 48 generations.

But here's where it gets truly interesting: historical events, names, lifespans, environmental events and other real factors and events have been incorporated into the details by AI.

By using historical data, my own DNA history, and factors like average lifespans, most common names, location names, and significant events such as the black plague, various crusades, the Saxon wars and make up of my DNA over time - AI created a list of names, birth dates, life spans and a description of each individual.

But that's not all! Thanks to AI's incredible capabilities, I've brought these ancestors to life in a whole new way! Using Microsoft Bing Create, I used the brief description of the individual, combined with the most common clothing of the time to generated realistic images of each ancestor.

It's truly remarkable to see faces from the past taking shape before my eyes!

This project not only sheds light on my family's heritage but also showcases the incredible potential of AI in historical research and storytelling. From generating accurate data to visualizing the past, AI has opened endless possibilities in understanding and preserving our collective history.

Is it 100% accurate? No – but its not intended to – and truth be told, I will most likely never know the truth of my ancestry for this length of time, in this kind of detail (This is where AI can kick in!). Is it close enough? Yes.

I'm thrilled to share this journey with you all and look forward to exploring more AI-driven coolness in the future!

Ragnar's Description:


Ragnar was born in Scandinavia the year 778. He grew up as a farmer and warrior and took part in raids along the English coast.

In 802, Ragnar married Gunnhild, and they had three children: Thyra (born 803), Harald (born 806), and Astrid (born 809).

Ragnar and his family left Denmark in 820 and settled in the ancient city of Eoforwic (York), England.

The children, Thyra, Harald, and Astrid grew up hearing tales of their ancestors' conquests. They embraced their Viking heritage and inherited their parents' courage and loyalty, while also adopting the culture of their new homeland, one which would last for almost 50 generations.

#AI #FamilyTree #HistoricalResearch #MicrosoftAI #Microsoft

Feb 07
Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group Recap

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A huge thank you to everyone who was able to make our first ever meeting with the Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group – Great afternoon with alot of great faces!

Also big thank you to Andrew Coates who presented today remotely to our User Group on Microsoft Copilot and Copilot Studio.

Some event photos:

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Jan 16
Copilot for Microsoft 365 eligibility

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Microsoft have not only removed the 300 license minimum, but they have also removed the enterprise level license (E3/E5) restriction also, now Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium also able yto purchase the license!

For more details, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/microsoft-365/business/copilot-for-microsoft-365?icid=copilotblog&rtc=1#FAQ

Jan 16
Microsoft Copilot features & pricing

With the announcement of Copilot Pro and the removal of the 300 limit for Copilot for Microsoft 365, having a feature vs price breakdown is helpful – so here it is!

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Expanding Copilot for Microsoft 365 to businesses of all sizes - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2024/01/15/expanding-copilot-for-microsoft-365-to-businesses-of-all-sizes/

Bringing the full power of Copilot to more people and businesses - https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2024/01/15/bringing-the-full-power-of-copilot-to-more-people-and-businesses/

Jan 14
The Adelaide Office 365 User Group is thrilled to share some exciting news!

After careful consideration, consultation, and alignment with the ever-evolving technology landscape, we are delighted to announce that we are re-branding our community to be the Adelaide Microsoft 365 User Group.

This change reflects our commitment to staying at the forefront of technology trends and aligning with Microsoft's comprehensive strategy moving forward.

Our mission remains unchanged – to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and skill development within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem from a Modern Workplace perspective.

In the fast-paced world of digital transformation, it's essential that we adapt and evolve. By embracing the Microsoft 365 umbrella, we are better positioned to address the diverse needs of our community and provide insights into the latest advancements across the platform.

The transition to Adelaide Microsoft 365 User Group reflects our dedication to staying current and relevant in the dynamic tech landscape.

Join us in this exciting journey as we continue to explore, learn, and grow together. Your support has been invaluable, and we can't wait to embark on this next chapter with you!

Stay connected and information, subscribe to the mailing list at: https://forms.office.com/r/gXsPtu2SUd

Topic Suggestions: https://forms.office.com/r/DxKtAMCt96

Speaker Session Submissions: https://forms.office.com/r/L2ghmRgwwZ

Jan 10
Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group Meetup now Live!

The Meetup page is now live and published can our first meeting which is taking place at the Microsoft Office Adelaide on the 7th of February, 2024!

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/adelaide-microsoft-copilot-user-group/events/298453339/

Newsletter mailing list registration: https://forms.office.com/r/fF092ViY7d

Interested in speaking? Fill out the Speaker Submission Form: https://forms.microsoft.com/r/n9n8AWS0hH

Topic Suggestion form: https://forms.microsoft.com/r/XfSySgG0bf

The Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group will meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month, February through to December

Jan 10
Practice Assessments for Microsoft Certifications

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Looking to take some free practice assessments in preparation for your Microsoft Certifications?

Check out this Microsoft Learn page which lists all 38 free practice assessment you can take - https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/credentials/certifications/practice-assessments-for-microsoft-certifications

Jan 10
Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group–We have a launch date

The 7th of February – That is the date of our first meeting for the new Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group!

The meeting will be held at the Microsoft Adelaide office on Pirie Street.

Sign up to the newsletter to get the most up to date information at  https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=esTK4mlfn0KNOQNNKDheIRYZNNjNjnZGnm6xEdCbdphUN0RGNU1TRVcwNDIzRVdVT0NQSTZYRVZQNi4u

Meetup page coming soon!

Jan 10
Microsoft Copilot 2024 Road Map

2024 is certainty the year of Microsoft Copilot Rollouts.

Just some of the planned rollouts for the next 3 months:

  • Copilot in Excel -> rollout start: February 2024
  • Copilot in Stream -> rollout start: February 2024
  • Copilot in Viva Goals -> rollout start: February 2024
  • Copilot in SharePoint -> rollout start: March 2024
  • Copilot in Planner -> rollout start: March 2024
  • Copilot in Viva Engage -> rollout start: April 2024

Really looking forward to these rollouts and what Copilot can actually do in these applications and the situations which present themselves.

Adelaide Copilot User Group

Also – Adelaide has a new User G4roup – the Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group!

Join the mailing list: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=esTK4mlfn0KNOQNNKDheIRYZNNjNjnZGnm6xEdCbdphUN0RGNU1TRVcwNDIzRVdVT0NQSTZYRVZQNi4u

Visit the LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adelaidecopilotusergroup

Copilot Resources

Microsoft Roadmap for Copilot: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=In%20development&searchterms=copilot

Latest Copilot News: https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/copilot/#announcements

Microsoft Copilot Adoption Resources: https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/copilot/

Jan 04
SharePoint Add-In retirement in Microsoft 365

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SharePoint Add-Ins will stop working for new tenants as of November 1st, 2024 and they will stop working for existing tenants and will be fully retired as of April 2nd, 2026. This applies to all environments including Government Clouds and Department of Defense.

In parallel with the SharePoint Add-In retirement, adding, updating and acquiring SharePoint Add-Ins via the public marketplace (a.k.a. store) will also be retiring. As of March 1st, 2024 Microsoft will not accept new SharePoint Add-Ins for listing in the public marketplace, from July 1st, 2024 SharePoint Add-Ins cannot be acquired anymore from the public marketplace. Using a tenant app catalog will stay supported and enables 3rd parties to offer their SharePoint Add-Ins until April 2nd, 2026.

Breaking down the timeline:

  • March 1, 2024: Microsoft stops accepting new SharePoint add-ins in the store
  • July 24, 2024: Existing add-ins can no longer be installed from the store
  • November 2024: New tenants are unable to use add-ins.
  • April 2026: SharePoint add-ins cease to function entirely.

Assessment Tool

Microsoft to provide an assessment tool on how the SharePoint Add-in are being used within a Tenant and people are engorged to use this to gain insights into their current add-ins, usage and landscape.

Recommended Migration – SPFX

The recommended migration for SharePoint Addins is to use the SharePoint Framework (SPFX) to replace the AddIns

You can read the full post at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-sharepoint-blog/sharepoint-add-in-retirement-in-microsoft-365/ba-p/3982035

More information

Jan 04
Microsoft Copilot Learning paths on Microsoft Learn

Microsoft Learn: Build skills that open doors in your career

Looking for some extra learning? Interested in Microsoft Copilot with Microsoft 365?

Check out the learning paths for Copilot on Microsoft Learn at - https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/training/browse/?resource_type=learning%20path&terms=prepare%20for%20copilot

I highly recommend the 4 learning part series, its a great way of learning just how deep and wide Copilot will be with Microsoft 365.

Jan 04
Copilot for Microsoft 365 User Onboarding Toolkit

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Microsoft have release the Copilot for Microsoft 365 User Onboarding toolkit! The toolkit includes ready-to-send emails and community posts that you can send to users, in a structured weekly program.

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The content is designed to be customized to suit your organization's needs.

Each week contains the poster images, as well as the emails relevant for that week (week 4 – Copilot in PowerPoint)

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Week 6 - Copilot for Excel

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(Email template)

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(Poster Image)

You can download the toolkit at https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/copilot/user-onboarding-kit/

A great toolkit for preparing your organisation for Microsoft Copilot – And you need to get ready for Copilot – no matter the size of your organisation, ensure your data is structured, ensure permissions are set correctly and most of all - ensure that people get the knowledge they are after about Copilot sooner rather than later!

Also check out the Microsoft Copilot Adoption Website - https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/copilot/

Dec 14
Delve Web is retiring– December 16, 2024

(Cannot say I am surprised at this, Delve has been s stable of 365 for some time, but it has quickly become outdated and unused and as the statement says below, most of the features are in other products now)

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Announcement MC698136 published on 14 December, 2023 states:

We will be retiring Delve on December 16th, 2024. Most of the features and value offered by Delve today are already available and improved in other experiences in Microsoft 365. The main one being Profile Cards in Microsoft 365. Here is a list of features offered in Delve and the experiences we recommend using instead:

  • Delve Home – discover relevant documents recommended on Office.com, in Office apps and in Profile Cards.
  • Delve Profile – view profile data in the Profile Cards cross M365, through people in search on Office.com and search in SharePoint.
  • Edit profile – a new edit profile experience tightly coupled with Profile Cards are being developed and will be released in second half of 2024. It is also possible for users to edit their profile data in the SharePoint profile edit experience (editprofile.aspx).
  • Organizational view – exists in the Profile Card and as a dedicated experience in Org Explorer
  • Favorites – favorites on Office.com and OneDrive is not connected to Delve and is a good option for users with similar functionality and improved availability.
  • Boards – will not be replaced.

When this will happen:

December 16, 2024

How this will affect your organization:

You are receiving this message because Delve web is available to most customers in Microsoft 365. The number one feature offered in Delve is the ability for users to update their profile properties, and this will be replaced with a new dedicated profile editing experience in the second half of 2024. Please note that Delve and the new edit profile experience will work side by side until Delve is retired.

Users will no longer be able to create new boards, add documents to existing boards, view boards or search for boards when this change is implemented. Please note that documents themselves will NOT be removed. It is only the association with one or multiple boards that will be removed.

We will soon enable banners in Delve, letting users know that the feature will be retired and link to suggested alternatives.

The new edit profile experience will for now read and write to the same source as Delve does, thus there are no changes in how admins can modify user profile properties.

What you need to do to prepare:

We recommend updating internal documentation and training related to Delve with the suggested alternatives. When the new edit profile experience is available this will also need to be shared broadly and documentation updated. We will make sure that the new edit profile experience is easy to access and easy to use and that there is public documentation in place before releasing.

Please click additional information to learn more about existing alternatives.

Dec 14
PowerApp: CountRows Delegation workaround

I have been working on a PowerApp as of late, where if there is no rows, Change the text to “New”, If there is only 1 Row, Change the text to “Edit” (The app only expects 1 row in this list for this particular app)

In order to accomplish this, one may write: If(CountRows(Filter('SWMS Emergency Response', SWMS.Value=Text(RecordsGallery1_3.Selected.Title))) > 0, "Edit", "New")

However, this produces the usual delegation error, as CountRows is not one of the functions which can be delegated to SQL/SharePoint/etc.

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The Solution!

Code: If(Sum(ForAll(Filter('SWMS Emergency Response', SWMS.Value=Text(RecordsGallery1_3.Selected.Title)),1),Value) > 0, "Edit", "New")

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The code works by - for any rows found in the conduction, we Add 1, then sum the result - If it it is 0, it is “New”, otherwise it is “Edit” and it delegable.

In essence, the magic piece of code is Sum(ForAll(Filter(‘Datasource’,Filter),1),Value) – It is then just wrapped in an If() condition

This exact feature (CountRows (and SUM)) has been requested to be made delegatable and it does have a status of planned.

Links:

Hope this helps!

-DB

Dec 13
Latest Updates for SharePoint 2016, 2019 and Subscription Edition

Moving Forward with SharePoint 2019

Thank you to Stefan Goßner,who for many years has been publishing these fantastic post!

December 2023 CU for SharePoint Server 2016 is available for download - https://blog.stefan-gossner.com/2023/12/12/december-2023-cu-for-sharepoint-server-2016-is-available-for-download/

December 2023 CU for SharePoint Server 2019 is available for download - https://blog.stefan-gossner.com/2023/12/12/december-2023-cu-for-sharepoint-server-2019-is-available-for-download/

December 2023 CU for SharePoint Server Subscription Edition is available for download - https://blog.stefan-gossner.com/2023/12/12/december-2023-cu-for-sharepoint-server-subscription-edition-is-available-for-download/

Please be advise that end of life is approaching quickly for both SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019 and you should start planning to migrate to Microsoft 365/SharePoint Online

Time to patch m/thisy blog (Yes it is running SharePoint 2019!)!

Dec 12
Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group – Launch 2024

As interest and curiosity continue to grow around and for Microsoft Copilot and how people can make use of it, The Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group has been created to assist the community in understanding Microsoft Copilot.

The scale of impact from Copilot is going to be huge!

We are still settling on a launch date and anticipate that we will meet each month on the day date (i.e 3rd Tuesday of the month), however the Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group will be meeting at the Microsoft Office at Level 12/147 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000.

We have secured Andrew Coates – Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft for our first inaugural meeting in February 2024.

Be sure to sign up to the Mailing list at https://forms.office.com/r/fF092ViY7d and follow our social media pages to ensure you never miss an update!

Adelaide Microsoft Copilot User Group Links

Some VERY useful links when it comes to Microsoft Copilot:

Nov 25
Adelaide Office 365 User Group November Recording & Slide deck now available!

The recording and slide deck for the Adelaide Office 365 User Group is now available.

This meeting was a recap of the major announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2023 around what’s coming in the modern work space, in particular SharePoint Premium & Syntex, Co-Pilot Studio, Microsoft Backup, Microsoft Archive, Microsoft Teams and more!

Downloads:

Thank you again to everyone who attended.

See you next time at the Adelaide Office 365 User Group!

Nov 21
[AO365UG] Adelaide Office 365 User Group November Meeting – Modern work announcements @ Microsoft Ignite 2023

Greetings and Salutations,

At this month’s User Group meeting we will take a look at the announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2023 around Modern Work, in particular SharePoint Premium & Syntex, Co-Pilot Studio, Microsoft Backup, Microsoft Archive, Microsoft Teams and more! As you might expect there will be quite a bit of AI & Copilot, but there where some interesting and exciting announcement made which though may use copilot, provide a new level to modern work and improving how you can interact with your data.

This will also be our last meeting of the year and we will be resuming in February 2024.

To register for tomorrow’s User Group session, please register at https://ao365ug21112023.eventbrite.com.au

See you tomorrow, the 21st of November, 2023!

-Adelaide Office 365 User Group Team

November Meeting Details

You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug21112023.eventbrite.com.au

  • 4:00 PM – Welcome, Introductions, Australian Computer Society & Microsoft Ignite / Office 365 Recap – Daniel Brown
  • 4:05 PM – Daniel Brown - Modern Work Highlights from Microsoft Ignite

A recap of the major announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2023 around what’s coming in the modern work space, in particular SharePoint Premium & Syntex, Co-Pilot Studio, Microsoft Backup, Microsoft Archive, Microsoft Teams and more!

  • 5:00 PM – Meeting End/Close

You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug21112023.eventbrite.com.au

Digital Workplace Conference – Melbourne

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Australia's premier Digital Workplace event took place the 2nd and 3rd of Augst in Melbourne, by all reports it was a fantastic and well received event!

For all the highlights and content please visit the website:  https://dwcau.com.au/au

European SharePoint Conference

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ESPC helps IT Pros, Developers, Makers & Business Decision Makers achieve project and career success with leading Microsoft technologies.

They do this through their independent, market-leading conferences and free, online educational resources.

This year, their flagship conference, ESPC, will bring the Microsoft 365 & Azure community together.

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Also, the 3rd annual European Power Platform Conference takes place in Brussels, Belgium from June 11-13, 2024!

European Power Platform Conference

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The 3rd European Power Platform Conference (EPPC) will take place in Brussels, Belgium, June 11-13, 2024.

The European Power Platform Conference brings together the Microsoft Power Platform Community for 3 invaluable days of in-person learning, connections and inspiration.

The European Power Platform Conference has been created by popular demand, listening to your feedback where the need and desire to build Power Platform knowledge and skills is a top priority for so many in the community. To the left, you can watch this year’s conference highlights.

Key Points:

The European Power Platform Conference is brought to you by the team behind European SharePoint Conference, Europe’s premier Microsoft 365 & Azure conference.

Microsoft Inspire

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Microsoft Inspire is a conference held annually by Microsoft Corporation for its partner community. At Inspire, partners are taught about Microsoft's roadmap for the upcoming year, network and build connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations, and learn new skills and techniques

Microsoft Inspire 2023 took taking on July 18-19, 2023. You can view all the content on their website at https://inspire.microsoft.com/

Microsoft Entra ID

Microsoft Azure Active Directory becomes Microsoft Entra ID!

As part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to simplify secure access experiences for everyone, the rebranding of Azure AD to Microsoft Entra ID is designed to make it easier for you to use and navigate the unified and expanded Microsoft Entra portfolio.

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Full details can be found at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-entra-azure-ad-blog/azure-ad-is-becoming-microsoft-entra-id/ba-p/2520436

Early Bird Registrations

Scheduling and planning has started for the next 12 month of events for the User Group. Early bird registration is open for the following events!

Recorded User Group Sessions

We have published the slide decks and recording from our previous meetings this year in case you were not able to attend a session, some highlights are below:

March 2022

February 2022

August 2021 meeting details

May 2021 meetings details:

April 2021 meeting details:

September 2020 meetings details

April’s 2020 meeting details

March’s 2020 meeting details

February 2020 Meetings details

Topic Suggestions

Do you have a topic request that you would like to see presented at the Adelaide Office 365 User Group? Let us know by filling out the form at https://tinyurl.com/AO365UGTopicSuggestion

Training

Do not forget to check out https://events.microsoft.com/ for the latest training session – Most fundamental training courses, split over 2 days will result in you being eligible for a free exam for the corresponding qualification free of charge!

Ther great thing with these sessions is you are just not limited to Australia! You can join sessions all over the world and different time zones to suit your needs!

SharePoint 2010 Support ended!

SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010 are now NOT supported by Microsoft and you should look at migrating as soon as possible! More details can be found at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-sharepoint-blog/revised-end-of-support-date-for-sharepoint-server-2010-april-13/ba-p/1285559

User Group Sponsors

The Adelaide Office 365 User Group would like to thank our user group sponsors who help make our meetings possible each and every month!

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If you would like to find out more or are interesting in becoming a sponsor of the Adelaide Office 365 User Group, please email [email protected]

Websites

We have a number of Social Media platforms:

List Management

Feel free to forward these emails to others who may be interested in the Adelaide Office 365 User Group. If they wish to receive emails directly about the Adelaide Office 365 User Group, they should send a message to me at the address below.

If you would like to include meeting details in your works internal newsletter, please also feel free to do so.

We are in the process of setting up a facility for companies who which to include meeting details can be notified by an automated system. If you would like to participate, please contact Daniel Brown ([email protected]).

Feedback

Please let us know if you have any feedback on how we can improve the user group. Also, if you would like to present to the group on your experiences with Office 365, just let us know. We can be contacted at [email protected]

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