It’s easy to be overwhelmed in the sea of information and constant changes that come out every month when trying to keep up to date on Microsoft products, not just SharePoint and Office 365. Since changes to each facet of the service are being released on a monthly basis, I thought I would include some helpful resources that I use to keep from being overwhelmed by all the changes.
First off, the office 365 roadmap is a very helpful one to glance at least on a monthly basis. This way you can see what they have planned to release and try to get ahead of it.
One area that Microsoft has really gotten better at with O365 is training. If you are a new user and want to learn about Flow or PowerApps or Stream or some other part of the 365 service that you haven’t touched yet, I encourage you to look under your tenant (Office 365 admin) settings for training videos as well as going to some of the links on the main pages of these to see some great content they have put together.
Some of my personal resources that I have used and continue to use to learn more about Office 365 are below:
Pluralsight – If you can afford the subscription, get it! The authors on here produce great content and the system to measure progress and learning here is second to none!
EDX – MOOC with a lot of great content from Microsoft and many other places where you can also take college courses. I like that this site offers a way to be officially recognized for passing a course (even though it costs money).
MVA – Microsoft Virtual Academy has a great amount of content and has good O365 and developer content as well as learning paths you can follow to achieve a certain level of expertise if you want to.
MAPA– Microsoft Association of Practicing Architects is a little less known site, but offers a great way for anyone who signs up to deepen their knowledge in many different areas and a great way to connect with other experts for advice. They even offer discounts and practice materials if you know the right places to look and the correct people to ask.
Opsgility – Subscription based site that you have to pay for (but if you have an msdn subscription, you get freebies). Great site to help learn more about Azure and the platform for Microsoft cloud for both development and admin purposes
LinkedIn Learning – a newer site to me, but I see more and more content being published here from MS experts lately. I hope since they are owned by MS at some point these places get aggregated somewhere to make it easier for someone to get the most content from one source
Microsoft Tech Community – This I think is probably the next generation of TechNet from MS. For each of the past two Ignite conferences I have been to, this site has been extremely helpful! The people that run this site really strive to post content from the events here as well as keep active discussions going on with users about new topics. Can recommend this one enough.
As you can see there’s no shortage of places to go to get your learn on. Don’t be intimidated by the amount of information though, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. 🙂
If you know of any other great places to learn like the ones I have mentioned today, feel free to add them to the comment section below.
Thanks and I hope this has been helpful!