Office 365 Search

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

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 about the new wave of personalized search. Yes, I’m going to reflect on these, too…

First, here is the list of the new announcements: read more…

How to Flag Items to be Crawled in Office 365

How to Flag Items to be Crawled in Office 365

Whenever you do changes to the search schema, re-crawl of the content is required to fill in the search index with the proper values by the new schema.

In SharePoint on-prem, the classic recommendation is to do a full crawl.

But what to do in Office 365 where we cannot initiate full crawl?

Well, there are two three things to do: read more…

Query Rule – RegEx Match Anywhere in Query

Query Rule – RegEx Match Anywhere in Query

I was asked to have a look at an old unanswered question on Stack Exchange: “Can you create a Query Rule that matches in the middle of the query?”. Challenge accepted. I looked at all of the other options and they either match the beginning, the end, or the entire query. This was SharePoint Enterprise. Good thing. SharePoint Online does not support RegEx in Query Rules, but SharePoint Enterprise does. read more…

“Search First” content migration

“Search First” content migration

When migrating content from an old version of SharePoint to a new one; or from SharePoint on-prem to Office 365; or from a file share to SharePoint / OneDrive / Office 365 – one of the most critical questions is always the findability of content, regardless of its migration status.

Often, migration takes a long time (even months), and users get confused very soon if they don’t know where to find what.

Search can be of help.

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How to sort Search results by using Query Rules

How to sort Search results by using Query Rules

Search relevance is something that everyone should understand but only a few pay enough attention to. In this blog post, my goal is to demonstrate the art of sorting search results without creating rocket-science-complex custom ranking models.

There are several options, though, which are worth to be aware of. Some of them are even easy-to-implement, so you can get an instant boost to your results’ relevance. read more…

Classic vs. modern search experience in Office 365 – Are you confused?

Classic vs. modern search experience in Office 365 – Are you confused?

If you use Office 365, you must also know the feeling of confusion when it comes to the various Search experiences. We still have the classic search center, but also more and more modern search experiences.

Sounds exciting, but in practice, it can be very confusing.

When to use which one?

How to explain to the end users?

Understanding the user interfaces, and the processes behind is essential.

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Infographic: Search Components to configure in SharePoint (and Office 365)

Infographic: Search Components to configure in SharePoint (and Office 365)

When it comes to set up / configure / enhance search, there is no silver bullet action plan that works for everyone. However, there is a set of search components that always can be considered to be configured correctly.

As always, everything connects to everything else. This is the reason why I’ve created this infographic about SharePoint’s search components and their relationships. read more…

Intelligence-powered, personalized search in Office 365

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:

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“YOUR Search Success” Coaching Program

“YOUR Search Success” Coaching Program

During most of my career, I’ve been working as a consultant.
My 10+ years experience is that being responsible for Search is a huge challenge in every organization. First and foremost, because Search is challenging itself. Second, because each organization is unique, therefore needs a unique approach. There are too many components to make fit together.

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The Future of SharePoint – Search and Discovery

The Future of SharePoint – Search and Discovery

Today, at the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, Microsoft unveils the new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with new innovations that empower people and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend the event in person, but I’m sharing my thoughts in this post.

The vision for unified access and intelligent discovery are very exciting . On modern intranets, “findability” takes place of “search“, “discovery” becomes more and more valued in the age of information overload.

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Office Graph and Delve news

Office Graph and Delve news

I have been quite off-grid recently, but life goes on and as always, there are so many news about Office 365. Some of them are not related to search and findability at all (or at least, not directly), but some others are quite interesting.

In this post, I’ve collected the most important and (hopefully) exciting ones. read more…