Workshop: SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice

I am happy and super excited to announce Search Explained Roadshow 2017! The first stop is Amsterdam, Netherlands with a 2-day workshop SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice.

Search and findability have evolved over the past several years into a new form. Search is no longer simply about “Search”. While Information Overload is the new reality of our lives, findability of relevant content gets more and more critical. The “old school” Search Center experience is outdated – we need something different, something better, something that is more efficient, more user friendly and more helpful.

In this two-day workshop, I will introduce proven steps and best practices, as well as common mistakes to avoid, demonstrated by live demos and exercises. The training provides you the guidance and action plan to take if you want to succeed with Search in your organization.

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Personalized Search in Office 365 Delve

Intelligence-powered, personalized search in Office 365

In today’s demanding business climate, it is common for people to get overwhelmed by the ever-growing volume of data and information. In Office 365, Microsoft Graph and intelligent Machine Learning (ML) techniques provide personalized, new-wave insights. These features make it possible not only to search and re-act, but also, do personalized search and pro-actively find and discover content.

Earlier this week, Microsoft has announced several major updates in Office 365’s insight engine:
  • Personalized search coming to Delve search box. With these new updates, Delve will provide more personalized search experience:
    • Users can get back to what they were doing (instant result items based on their most recent work).
    • Users can discover new information: content, people and sites from throughout the organization. Everything is presented in the order of what’s most relevant to the current user.
  • Microsoft Graph improvements:
    • New insights from Office 365 Groups and Outlook modern attachments enable not only to surface important people and content, but also a more personalized, relevant experience.
    • Improved performance and content freshness: Relevance context is now pre-processed and sent along with the query on the search index.

These updates are going to roll out to First Release customers next week. Worldwide rollout is expected for this summer.

Microsoft is committed to deliver more on intelligent, personalized search later.

However, it is important to mention that there is no impact to the enterprise search center, nor to its access points customers may have put in place.

Read the full announcement HERE.

Do you want to learn more?

Register to our free, live webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft: “Learn about the power and intelligence of search and discovery throughout Office 365“, Feb 22, 2017.

Free webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft about the power and intelligence of personalized search




Free webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Free Webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

We’re happy to announce Search Explained’s FREE webinar with Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft on February 22, 2017 at 8am PST / 11am EST / 5pm CET Read more…

Agnes Molnar - Search Workshop

Workshop FAQ: Why Two Days?

The most common question I get about my upcoming workshop, SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 Search in Practice, is why I’ve decided to choose a two-day format.

I know it could be one day. Also, it could be three days, or even up to five.

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SharePoint Online Search Isn’t Displaying What I Expect – Trimmed Duplicates [by Marc Anderson]

Marc AndersonMarc Anderson, Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting, LLC. provides a good overview of an issue (challenge?) in Office 365 (and SharePoint) search: how to identify and manage duplicates in the result set, especially when you don’t know the reason of your issues is having duplicates. Very good post, with a lot of great details and suggestions. Read more…

Advanced Search - Custom Property is added.

Configuring Advanced Search in SharePoint 2013 and 2016

“Advanced Search” is a great feature, although not utilized in many cases. Out-of-the-box, it provides a default set of available options, which are too general for most businesses. However, it can be enhanced with some easy customizations.

In this post, I’m going to demonstrate one of the most powerful configurations of “Advanced Search” in SharePoint 2013/2016 and Office 365: how to add our custom property filters.

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Holiday Greetings from Agnes & Search Explained Team

Now, that the end of 2016 approaches, it’s time to do a retrospection. While early 2016 was still a kind of slow for me, with having a new baby in the family, I can tell you I’ve achieved more by the end of the year than I expected:

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How to embed SharePoint columns into document templates

Besides the missing document information panel, another common question about document properties is how to embed properties which come from a SharePoint column to a document template. This can easily be solved by using content types and site columns. Follow these steps:

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Workshops, Trainings and Roundtable discussions

10 Steps to be Successful with Search – Webinar Recording is Available!




Document Information Panel is Gone in Office 2016 – What to use Instead?

Document Information Panel (DIP) was a great and important feature, introduced in Office 2010 clients. With its help, users were able to edit the document’s properties in-context:



However, this feature is gone in Office 2016. You cannot view and edit the document properties in this panel right under the ribbon anymore.

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Search Processes

Search Processes

Autumn season is here, with so many events again: the calendar is full with workshops and conferences again.

One of the sessions I am doing this season has the title “Findability in YOUR Organization”.

The reason why I highlight the word *YOUR* is that each organization is unique with different needs. Therefore each organization needs a different approach and a different solution. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to search.

To be able to serve the organization’s search needs, the first things to understand are the three search processes:

  • Crawl & Index
  • Query
  • Analytics

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Webinar by Agnes Molnar, Search Explained

10 Steps to be Successful with Enterprise Search – FREE webinar

This week I am supposed to speak at one of my favorite events, Unity Connect SEF as well as Findability day in Stockholm, Sweden.

Unfortunately, one of my children got sick, and his conditions have been getting worse during the last few days, therefore I had to cancel the trip to Stockholm. My heart hurts, but health first.

If you’re attending this week’s events, I am sure you’ll find great sessions there. If you planned to attend any of my sessions, I apologize, and I hope you understand my decision. However, I’ll do a live webinar next week, on November 3, 2016 on the topic “10 Steps to be Successful with Enterprise Search”. You can check the agenda, timing and all the details HERE. Read more…

Document Search custom Display Template

Custom Document Search Experience (Display Template)

When it comes to the search experience, the look-and-feel of the search results are always a big question. In most cases, the out-of-the-box “ten blue lines” experience is not enough, creating custom Display Templates is almost always required.
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Important Alert, Please Read! – Companies Started to Use My Name without my Permission

Providing high-quality services to my customers has always been my primary priority. I’ve always been doing this with open communication: with clients as well as partners.

I got notified recently that some vendors have started to use my name. In some cases, they refer to me as “our Agnes.” In other cases, they present a suggestion or even a solution as “discussed with Agnes” and “validated by Agnes.”

Hereby I declare that I don’t have any “hidden” connection or relationship to any of these companies. If you, as a customer don’t see my name in any written format if I am not added to the official e-mail communication, then please double-check these references.

Inquire with the company, or even better ask me.

My work e-mail address has always been public: [email protected]

I appreciate it.


[Search Terminology] Web Search, Enterprise Search, Real-Time Search, Semantic Search

In the second part of the Search Terminology series, let me explain some very common, widely used expressions: Web Search, Enterprise Search, Real Time Search and Semantic Search.
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