The third edition of “Office 365 for Exchange Professionals” has entered an important phase where we have released the text of the book to fellow MVPs and to Microsoft subject matter experts for their review and comment. A good bunch of MVPs who specialize in Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint, and Directory Services are busily combing our text to detect any errors, inconsistencies, or areas that can be improved. This process will last through all of April and allow us to make the book available towards the end of May.
Why such a delay until release? Well, apart from having to process all the comments that we know we will receive, we also know that some new functionality will appear inside Office 365 between now and then and we’d like to include it in this version. In other words, we’ll probably be patching content in right up to the time when we publish.
In terms of what has been done in the third edition, we’ve taken a long hard look at the structure of the book and its content and made some changes for the third edition. A lot of content about the steps involved in migrations has been moved out to files that will be downloadable from ExchangeServerPro.com. We have removed redundant and obsolete material and have consolidated and expanded the material covering Office 365 identities, authentication, and directory synchronization into a new chapter. Additional chapters cover new applications such as Delve Analytics and Office 365 Planner and we have refreshed all of the other chapters to make sure that they are up to date at the time of writing. The new chapter list is:
1: Introduction to Office 365
2: Making the decision to embrace the cloud
3: Office 365 identities and authentication
4: Migrating to Office 365
5: Managing Office 365
6: Managing hybrid connections
7: Managing mailboxes
8: Managing other mail-enabled objects
9: Office 365 Groups
10: Office 365 Planner
11: Public Folders
12: Office 365 Addressing
13: Managing hybrid recipients
14: Managing mail flow
15: Managing clients
16: Retaining information
18: Security and Compliance Center
19: Reporting and Auditing
20: Information Rights Management (IRM)
21: Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
22: Delve and Delve Analytics
23: Doing more with Office 365 (SharePoint, OneDrive, Video Portal, etc.)
Despite the title, the content now reflects a lot of non-Exchange topics because Office 365 is much more than any single application or workload. We estimate that the final text will span some 350,000 words and include over 600 examples of how to use PowerShell to manage Exchange, Azure Active Directory, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.
Of course, completing the third edition is only the start of the process. Our aim is to keep content updated to match what you see inside Office 365, so we’ll be issuing updates on a regular basis from June onward. See this post for more information about how we provide updates for versions of “Office 365 for Exchange Professionals”.
The second edition (for EPUB and PDF) and Amazon Kindle will remain on sale until we release the third edition. However, we will follow our usual approach for the third edition and those who have bought copies of the first or second edition through the ExchangeServerPro.com site will be able to upgrade to the third edition after its release. Details of how to take advantage of this offer will be emailed to eligible site members when books are available.
Hopefully the plan comes together, the comments will flow in, new functionality will be documented, and we’ll have the third edition at the end of May. Stay tuned here for more information as we have it.
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