There have been some improvements in Office 365 recently — some cool things that impact us SharePoint folks, even if we're still on-premises SharePoint folks.

So remember that Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Server started its life as SharePoint Online.

This is the first time the SharePoint on-prem product started out as an on-line product. It used to be the other way around. They would take an on-prem product to an online product.

The Other Way

They've gone the other direction this time. Because of that, a bunch of the features that show up first in Office 365 kind of get beta tested for us on-prem folks before they make it down.

For office 365, the individual file upload limit is no longer 2GB. It's now 10GB. And that's nice. Obviously the SharePoint 2016 betas have shown some of that, but it's good that it's official now in Office 365.

To handle all these large uploads, they also announced that Office 365 tenant storage quotas are going to be increased to 1 TB, plus an additional 0.5 GB per licensed user, not counting the users' OneDrive for Business storage, which continues to be unlimited for Office 365 folks.

Finally, a bit about what the license is going to be like for the Cloud Search Service Application.

It will now start licensing 1 million on-prem items in Office 365. So if you've got your cloud search service application crawling your on-prem farm, pushing all that up to an index in Office 365, the first million items are covered by your Office 365 license.

So some great things. If you've got an Office 365 tenant, go out and play with a little bit. If you don't have an Office 365 tenant, you can sign up for a trial and play with some of these new features.

Need a New Tool?

Another thing that has been updated — and you guys have heard me gush about this project before: there's a CodePlex project called the SharePoint client browser.

Now at version 2.1, it offers a nice way to look at your SharePoint objects — site collections, webs, whatever — and seeing the properties of them without getting on the server, without playing with PowerShell.

It's a great little tool that uses the client-side object model. It works with SharePoint 2013 on-prem.

It works with Office 365.

And again, it's just like a little Win format that points at a site collection. And it's got trees and you can pop it open and look at users and workflows and settings and all kinds of fun things inside that are just tough to get out from the (user interface) UI, if you can get at them at all in the Web UI.

There is a free download, too.

I've got a folder in OneDrive or Dropbox — I forget which one — where I keep all the little tools. And this is one of them.

I don't need a very often. But if I ever need to check a setting for something and I just can't find it quite in the UI for whatever reason, this is one of those go-to tools.

Yea, Yea, Yea … There's More

There's more stuff in Podcast 282. So sit back, watch the podcast or listen on iTunes. The time stamps will link to the location of the content.

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