Microsoft Search: How to make Office 365 more powerful

What is Microsoft Search?

Microsoft Search empowers users to find the information they need by unlocking knowledge and expertise. Integrated with Microsoft 365, it is a valuable tool that helps you quickly find what you’re looking for. Whether you’re searching for people, files, organisation charts, sites, or answers to common questions, you can use Microsoft Search throughout your work day to get answers.

Where do I find Microsoft Search?

When you’re signed in to Microsoft 365, you’ll find the new search box at the top of several of the apps in Microsoft 365.

Microsoft 365 search

How does Microsoft Search work?

Microsoft Search is really powerful but can often be confusing to use. It includes SharePoint search (at many different levels), Office 365 search, Microsoft Teams search and it even integrates with Bing, so you can obtain search results both from the web and from your organisation—in any browser and on any device.

Conduct a smarter search

This new tool offers a host of configuration options that attempt to make the search experience efficient for users. It includes the application of machine learning and adapts to each individual user’s search query history. This makes it really personal – so other users might see different results than you, even when you both search for the same words.

Good search is essential to any system’s overall findability. Search allows people to find content they aren’t aware of or don’t know exists. For many users, search is the key feature of any Microsoft 365 implementation, especially intranets and collaboration systems. The main challenge for many organisations is that configuring search is difficult – there are just so many options to consider.

The value of well configured search

Well-configured Microsoft Search will not only allow your users to find what they are looking for; it will give them confidence that the system works for them. This in turn drives user adoption which means the machine learning aspects of search get better, which makes search better, and so a positive feedback loop is created.

How we can help

Microsoft Search is a new search offering that helps you save time by bringing you the best of the web and work in a single experience. But to really work– it needs to be configured correctly.

Metataxis can help you architect and configure Microsoft Search based on many years of real-world experience. We can explain the available search options, their pros and cons, and provide you with all the configuration detail you need to make a success of search. That way you can always find what you are looking for. If you would like to learn more, simply contact us today.

Metataxis joins Microsoft CAB & Records Management experts to support app development

Oct 2022 – Metataxis joins Microsoft Records Management Customer Advisory Board working group.

Metataxis is thrilled to be a member of the Microsoft Records Management Customer Advisory Board (CAB) working group.

Microsoft CAB working groups enable industry professionals to get together and suggest and share feedback with Microsoft, in order to help them develop and enhance their current capabilities to address customer challenges and new requirements.

The Microsoft Records Management Customer Advisory Board working group is made up of records and information governance professionals from the UK, United States, Australasia and Europe, including representatives from government and private sectors, consultants and National Archives institutions.

These compelling sessions offer the opportunity for Records Management experts to present and propose the developments we would like Microsoft to consider that would best serve our records management requirements.

Siobhan King, Senior Consultant at Metataxis, explains: “These valuable meetings enable us to share our challenges, experiences and requirements with other industry experts from across the globe, and in turn, support the ongoing development of Microsoft 365. Our most recent CAB meeting with Microsoft was a lively and well informed event, where we discussed the next round of records management development requests on our wish list, including version management and expiry dates.” 

Microsoft runs a quarterly cycle for considering improvements, based on the proposals put forward by industry professionals. The next round for reviewing development requests will take place in October.

Metataxis provides records management, retention and disposal solutions and to over 250 clients in the public, private and third sectors. If you would like to learn more about our record management services, simply contact us.

Metataxis achieves new G-Cloud 13 accreditation for Cloud Support

Oct 2022 – Metataxis successfully achieves new G-Cloud 13 accreditation for Cloud Support

Metataxis is delighted to announce our successful application to become an accredited supplier on the new G-Cloud 13 Framework.

 G-Cloud 13 replaces G-Cloud 12, a valuable digital marketplace offering cloud hosting and software services, together with associated support services to UK central government departments and other public sector bodies.

Metataxis will now be recognised on this new Government framework as a Cloud Support supplier, enabling us to offer a variety of our cloud support services including cloud migration planning and deployment, security services, quality assurance and performance testing, as well as training and on-going support.

Comments Noeleen Schenk, Director at Metataxis, “G-Cloud is a secure method of procurement for public sector buyers looking for compliant solutions in this highly regulated arena. As a recognised supplier on the new G-Cloud 13 Framework, we are looking forward to supporting public sector organisations, including schools, local authorities and government departments across the UK, set up, maintain and ultimately get the most out of their cloud investments.”

Metataxis provides cloud support services and information management solutions, such as Microsoft 365 design, information governance, cloud migration and data privacy services, to over 250 clients in the public, private and third sectors.

If you would like to learn more about our cloud services, simply contact us.

20 years ago today, part 7: The rise of electronic recordkeeping standards

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

Records management was starting to come into the 21st century. It had been in those basements for millennia, so it’s modern area was going to take some time to get here! InterPARES and the European Commission’s  “Moreq” (Model Requirements for Electronic Records and Document Management) significantly helped it along the way. This heralded the start of RM in the modern age. Fast forward twenty years, and we now have (kind-of) sophisticated RM systems, but they still have a way to go to be easily usable.

20 years ago today, part 4 Knowledge management: vital or fad?

This blog is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

“Knowledge management” was fashionable, with many KM systems being expensively developed. In reality this was an over-hyped technology that even now has limited uptake. Users were too busy grappling with the more fundamental information management (as they still are) before they had the headspace to think about KM systems. That said, I think that some implicit KM systems are in use today:  M365 of course, if you set it up right…