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Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part and faceted navigation now available in SharePoint Online for intranet scenarios

Over the last months we’ve taken many steps towards enabling search-driven publishing for intranet sites in SharePoint Online. We enabled the Content Search Web Part (CSWP), the cross-site publishing feature, and a new group cache that improves the performance of the CSWP. Now we’ve enabled two features that previously were available only in SharePoint Server 2013—the Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part (TRPWP) and faceted navigation.

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Your SharePoint 2013 farm in Microsoft Azure is just clicks away

The Azure Preview Portal now supports the automated creation of a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm in Microsoft Azure. You can use your Azure subscription, an Azure trial subscription, or your MSDN subscription to set up your farm.

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SharePoint Online simplifies storage management

Today we are introducing a new storage model based on usage, making it easier to manage availability of storage across your SharePoint Online team sites. In addition, we increased the number of site collections limits to parallel and adjust the new usage model.

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JSON Light support in REST SharePoint API released

The REST SharePoint API has been an extremely popular way for Office 365 developers to work with SharePoint sites, lists/libraries, and list items/documents. One of the big bits of feedback we got from developers using the REST SharePoint API was about the payload of the data that was returned. Our response was to add support for JSON Light. JSON Light is an open standard that allows developers to provide in the header of the request how much metadata is returned.

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UserVoice driving improvements to SharePoint API

The SharePoint API allows Office 365 developers to call SharePoint to work with the Office 365 building blocks, including Sites, Lists/Libraries, and List Items/Documents. These APIs come in two main types: native SDKs in .NET, JavaScript, and Silverlight; and a REST API.

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SharePoint Online simplifies admin interface plus adds new controls over user experience

The journey to simplify the Office 365 admin experience continues, this time with a focus on simplifying the SharePoint Online admin center. For those admins who don’t specialize in deep SharePoint management, our goal is to allow you to manage the service more easily while maintaining access to the most common controls. Read on to learn about recent refinements.

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Webinar: Busting myths about Office 365 and your small business

Is Office 365 Small Business just an online version of Office? Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud? Can I share docs with those outside the business? Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help small businesses like yours and answer your questions. Need a sneak peek? Here’s a

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Montgomery County, PA—How government can become more dynamic, responsive, and cost-effective through Office 365

"An overwhelming 75 percent of our user focus group preferred Office 365 over Google, citing its familiar interface, ease of use, lack of connection issues, and built-in security as the main reasons for their decision." Read more from Anthony Olivieri, Chief Technology Officer, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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New interactive training for hybrid computing now available

Hybrid computing is the intersection between traditional on-premises and cloud computing models. Deploying a hybrid scenario is useful when you need to realize ROI on existing on-premises investments, when you require a bridge between on-premises and cloud to support migration, or if you’re not ready to move to the cloud all at once. We are committed to continued innovation and guidance for those of you who are deploying hybrid scenarios. To demonstrate our commitment, we recently launched new interactive hybrid computing training and introduced new changes to SharePoint that make it easier to work in hybrid environments.

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Dakota Financial: Direct funder reduces the cost of expansion, boosts productivity with Office 365

“Office 365 revolutionizes how we store and share the historical lifeblood of the business—more than a million lease documents. With on-demand access to these documents, our staff has everything at their fingertips to satisfy any document request from our lawyers and/or auditors. I’m sleeping better at night!” - Michael Green, Founder and Managing Partner, Dakota Financial---Watch Michael's video for all the details.

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Montgomery County: Better service for my team, county colleagues, and our citizens through Office 365

Lisa Tolomeo, Client Services Manager for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is increasing her responsiveness to team members and internal customers, thereby improving public service. Read Lisa’s story and learn how she keeps lines of communication open and stays flexible to react to technology emergencies and help county employees continue to deliver excellent service to their community.

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Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 002 with Radi Atanassov

Jeremy Thake catches up with Radi Atanassov at the European SharePoint Conference in May 2014 in Barcelona, about why OAuth is important to developers in the new App Model.

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