Author: Agnes Molnar

AutoSave in Office 365: Search Implications

AutoSave in Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is a great new feature: users don’t have to keep clicking on Save or Ctrl+S to save their updates or worry about losing it accidentally. Everyone knows the feeling of not saving a document and losing hours of work… If connected to Office 365, Office applications provide a solution: AutoSave to the rescue!   We also have AutoSave by default if opening Office documents in a browser. Search Considerations When AutoSave is on, even an unintended Space or Enter can activate it. Reading a document, you accidentally hit a key on the...

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How to Leverage Office 365 Search (and Microsoft Search) in Your Organization – Online Training

Office 365 Search is Microsoft Search now. It’s been always complex. Modern Search in Office 365 provides personalized results, suggestions, insights and many more to the users. However, understanding its values and benefits is essential for every organization. If you are responsible for search in your organization, this online training is for you. Agnes explains how Microsoft Graph works, why it is important for Search, and how it is different to the classic search index. She demonstrates all the modern Office 365 search features, as well as everything that’s on the roadmap for the next months. Last but not...

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Microsoft Search: Next Level of Office 365 Search Announced at Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite is happening this week in the sunny Orlando, FL. Office 365 was one of the most important topics of SharePoint Conference North America in May, 2018, and we expected some further news for Ignite, too. – And here it is: Microsoft just announced Microsoft Search, the “cohesive search that intelligently helps you find, discover, command and navigate”. Let’s see what this means. Background At Ignite last year, Microsoft announced the new wave of modern, personalized search across Office 365. At SharePoint Conference North America this May, Microsoft went further, and demonstrated some of the new (future) capabilities:...

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2018 Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards

 Danish National Police won Silver Award! Search Explained is super honored and proud to announce that our amazing client, Danish National Police is awarded this year for their “new personalised intranet with strong governance, allowing for the seamless presentation of national and regional content, improved findability and an enhanced search experience“. Digital workplaces and intranets are now evolving faster than ever before. We are now seeing digital employee experiences (#DEX) emerge that are engaging employees and making them more productive, while also delivering strategic benefits for organisations. Digital channels are making an impact, from state-of-the-art enterprise digital assistants to global and...

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MVP Office Servers and Services – 11th Year

I am honored and humbled to be awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Office Servers and Services again. This renewal makes it to my 11th years in a row – in the first few years I was a SharePoint Server MVP, then Office 365 MVP and recently we all have been consolidated into the “Office Servers and Services” category.   Thank you, Microsoft and the whole community! What a journey it has been! For the next year, I have big plans again. Sharing knowledge about Search is my true passion: here on my blog as well as in-person...

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Office 365 Search: The Most Important Announcements at SharePoint Conference North America 2018

Office 365 Search has been improved a lot recently. While “classic search” is in a kind of “frozen” state, the Microsoft-Graph -driven “modern search” gets better and better. It is very clear where all the effort of Microsoft’s Search Team go to. They made it clear last week, too. At #SPC18 (SharePoint Conference North America 2018, #SPCNA), lots of Search announcements were made. Naomi Moneypenny took the stage of the keynote, too, and introduced several impressing new features. This blog post’s goal is to introduce these announcements – if you’re following this blog, you know I have several concerns...

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How to Turn Off a Query Rule?

Recently I’ve got a question by chat here on our website, and after responding it there I thought I’d share the detailed response here as well. The question was: how to turn off a Query Rule on a page in SharePoint (on-prem or online)? Result Sources As mentioned in the question, a Query Rule is always assigned to a Result Source. Therefore, if you don’t want to use a Query Rule in your Result Set, one way to implement this is to create a new Result Source, and not to define any Query Rules.   If you use this...

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Search Is Broken. Users Are Unhappy. What To Do?

As a consultant and trainer, I often get feedback from users of enterprise search solutions. We can learn about their pain points and their expectations, and act accordingly to improve search. What can you do if your users are complaining about search? Users will tell us when they can’t find the results they need or when the results are outdated. When users are unhappy they will abandon search altogether. When they do, users end up asking their colleagues for information and fall back on old habits like sending documents by attachment in an email instead of sharing them on...

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