The Best of Summer: A podcast catch-up

It was a beautiful Summer in Minnesota, with warm weather and time spent outside with family and friends. We’re back to school and back to work, so here’s my catch-up blog post on the Microsoft 365 Voice podcast episodes you may have missed over the Summer.

How do you use OneDrive?

A great discussion with Mike Maadarani, Antonio Maio, and I about how we organize our work and personal files with OneDrive and the OneDrive Sync Client. You’ll get tips on how we organize our files by projects or by years, how we archive and search for content, and how we manage files between multiple devices.

How do you use Microsoft Forms?

We use Microsoft Forms to obtain survey and event feedback, manage podcast questions, and handle event sign-ups/registrations. We also discuss how Forms can be used to gather data from clients and employees you work with on a regular basis.

Planning large-scale Microsoft 365 migrations

We touch on many types of migrations, from migrating on-prem to online or tenant to tenant. Mike outlines scaling of migration projects (by number of files, number of users, volume of term store items, and number of third-party tools). He discusses how long the planning and analysis phases of migration projects typically last, as well as the key activities that need to be covered during this stage. Listen in for great tips on how to scope and plan your migration timeline and strategy.

What is Microsoft Defender?

Antonio Maio does a great job outlining the key components of Microsoft Defender, including Defender for Office 365, Defender for Endpoint, Defender for Identity, Defender for Cloud Apps, Defender for Cloud, and Defender for IoT. Listen in for a 20-minute overview of all the products that live in the Microsoft Defender suite.

Why would an organization need more than one SharePoint Syntex Content Center?

Microsoft has made significant changes in the licensing models for SharePoint Syntex over the past 6 months. Users can now access and build document understanding models in SharePoint Syntex without needing a Syntex license. (The Syntex license is required to publish models or to upload files to a document library that has a model associated.) As we discuss, this licensing change could drive the creation of unique content center sites for different business lines. You may want to create a content center site for IT, another for HR, etc. so document understanding models can be organized by division.

If you’re interested in SharePoint Syntex or are trying to determine how to manage/govern your use of SharePoint Syntex, don’t miss this episode!

What is Microsoft Loop?

Need an introduction to Microsoft Loop and ideas for how it can be used? We discuss the use case for Microsoft Loop, provide an impromptu product demo, discuss opportunities and challenges for driving Loop adoption, and discuss Loop security & compliance implications.

How do I choose between a Microsoft Form, a Microsoft List, or a Power App?

This classic ‘what to use when’ episode highlights the similarities and differences between Microsoft’s form-based apps. We provide an overview of each app, highlight when we choose to use each, and how we approach end-user questions on which tool to use when.

Are citizen developers good for the health of your Microsoft 365 tenant?

I love this episode, but there are no easy answers to this question. We discuss the importance of letting your organizational risk tolerance and need for innovation drive your governance policies for citizen development. A helpful start is determining how your organization feels about self-service creation of Microsoft 365 groups. Do you allow all users in your organization to create Microsoft Teams, SharePoint sites, Yammer communities, and Planners on demand? The answer to this key self-service question can be a bellwether indicator of your risk tolerance and desire for self-service innovation.


  1. Hey Sarah!

    I use OneDrive in the same way that you, Mike, and Antonio have described. I sync multiple OneDrives to my local workstation, and OneDrive has proven very capable at sync’ing files I need to have available across a variety of virtual desktops and machines.

    OneDrive is definitely useful on a day-to-day basis 🙂

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