Microsoft Search gets serious

Search is one of the key technologies we have at our disposal today. It is often overlooked and under rated, but without it we’d be drowning in a sea of data rather than being able to find what we want in an ocean of information.

Search is pervasive throughout the Office 365 suite but it has been implemented in a rather haphazard way across the many different services over time. One of these key services that you can really take advantage of tenant wide search in my books, is Delve as I have said:

Delve should be the center of your Office 365 universe

because it allows you to easily and quickly search across a number of Office 365 information repositories. However, now there is better way.

At the recent Ignite conference, Microsoft demonstrated a willingness to align all it’s search abilities in a consist way and under a single banner being Microsoft Search.

Microsoft Search—cohesive search that intelligently helps you find, discover, command, and navigate

Some, like Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, in fact think this is the biggest news from Ignite as the above video attests.

So, with all that said, how you you start using this more unified approach to search in your Office 365 tenant today? Easy, enable “Bing for Business”. Here’s how.


Login to your Office 365 tenant as an administrator and go to the Admin center. Locate the Services & add-ins section and from the list that appears there, select Microsoft Search.


Then turn on the option for Company access as seen above and Save the settings.

I’d then visit the following URL to set up Bing for Business.

if you need to, login using an Office 365 administrator account.


You should then be stepped through an initial setup wizard,


that asks you the various places that you’d like to have included in you unified search as shown above.


You can also provide the feedback email address for users as well as logo if you wish.


You SharePoint Best Bets will be imported if you selected SharePoint in the list of items to include.


With that complete, you should now be good to go.


You can return to this search console at a later stage to view statistics and provide better control over your user’s experience. I’ll take a look at more of that in an upcoming article.


Now, if a tenant user logs into, and uses Bing search, you’ll see an extra banner at the top of the page as shown, for Microsoft Search. Here you can select to see the results from inside your Office 365 environment at the top of the page.


Selecting to see these results will display an expanded set of cards as you see above. It is important to note that these search results are ONLY visible to people inside your tenant, who have logged onto Bing with their Office 365 credentials. It doesn’t mean your complete Office 365 information is available on the public Internet!


As I search for different items I get different results as shown above, including results from places like Yammer and Teams.


If you select the Conversations option at the top of the page, it will show you matching chats from Microsoft Teams as shown above. That is pretty powerful when you stop and think about it.

This is only the beginning of what Microsoft has planned for a unified search experience. We should see this make it’s way down into the Windows 10 desktop search box as well, meaning you can get results across your whole Office environment directly from you Windows 10 desktop. Now, that is really unified search!

Search is something that we use just about every day. Making this easier, more relevant and more consistent is really going to boost people’s productivity and reduce frustration. It is also going to provide people with a more familiar search experience and truly be a single place to go and find “everything” inside and outside you tenant.

So, go and turn this unified search option on in your Office 365 tenant today and start using the power of search to improve that way that your business works.

Enabling modern authentication in Office 365 script

Just a quick note to let you know that I have uploaded another short script to make life a bit easier. This one will enable modern authentication in a tenant for Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online (it is already on for SharePoint Online).

Modern authentication basically prevents multiple logins when using multi factor authentication for desktop apps like Outlook and Skype for Business client. You can read more about this here:

How modern authentication works for Office 2013 and Office 2016 client apps

Enabling modern authentication will also impact older clients like Office 2010, so enable it on your tenant with the understanding that when you do you really should be running the latest version of Office on all desktops.

That said, you can find my script here:

Note, that you’ll need to have connected to Exchange Online and Skype for Business online in PowerShell for the script to execute correctly.

CIAOPS Need to Know Office 365 Webinar–October


Heaps of news and update to cover from the recent Microsoft Ignite conference plus a deep dive into SharePoint is going to keep us pretty busy this month. If you want to know the latest and coolest technologies coming to your Office 365 environment plus get a better understanding of how SharePoint integrates with services like Microsoft Teams then don’t miss this month’s webinar.

You can register for the regular monthly webinar here:

October Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar – October 2018
Wednesday 24th of October 2018
11am – 12am Sydney Time

All sessions are recorded and posted to the CIAOPS Academy.

There of course will also be open Q and A so make sure you bring your questions for me and I’ll do my best to answer them.

The CIAOPS Need to Know Webinars are free to attend but if you want to receive the recording of the session you need to sign up as a CIAOPS patron which you can do here:

or purchase them individually at:

Also feel free at any stage to email me directly via with your webinar topic suggestions.

I’d also appreciate you sharing information about this webinar with anyone you feel may benefit from the session.

CIAOPS Patron price changes

I am letting people know that I will be raising the entry prices for my CIAOPS Patron program from the 1st of January 2019. However, every one who is already in the program before that date will be grand fathered in at their existing rate.

Thus, if you have been thinking of jumping on board to take advantage of all the great resources that are available as apart of the program such as detailed Office 365 and Azure notebooks, a private community forum, access to online training and more, well now is the time to act. You can read more about these resources here:

If you join the program before the 1st of January 2019 you’ll not only receive all the existing benefits but all the new ones I plan to start rolling out in the new year.

If you work with the Microsoft Cloud, particularly Office 365 and Azure, then you are going to get loads of benefits from this program. It is really the best way to stay up to date with the Microsoft Cloud, all in a single location.

I hope to see you inside the program soon. Don’t hesitate, join the other successful Microsoft Cloud professionals who are already part of this program.