SharePoint Site Accessibility Planning – Visual Impairment


This article is based on planning Information Architecture and designing a SharePoint site for mates with special needs – Low vision and colour blindness. Nearly 53.7% of the total population have one or more long-term eye conditions, based on self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011–12, therefore, it is our responsibility as Solution Architects that we ensure the SharePoint site is safe and easily accessible for our friends

When designing a User Experience for SharePoint or a website, Information Architects should render accessibility considerations. There is a lot of write up on the Microsoft Website, that I am sharing here just a reminder for us that we need to include these thoughts also.

Ensuring the Microsoft Accessibility standards for Colour Blind or Low Vision mates, as colours can be beautiful but it should be safe to use for everyone. Below is a very helpful link from Microsoft on Vision Guide ->


For SharePoint Online Office for business SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise SharePoint Server 2013 Standard ->

For SharePoint Online Office for business Office 365 Small Business SharePoint Online Website ->

Guide for designing a SharePoint Site:

References: Prevalence of visual impairment – Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing.


What is Office 365 for Education?


Office 365 for Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your schoolwork. It’s available for free to teachers who are currently working at an academic institution and to students who are currently attending an academic institution. The service includes Office Online (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote), unlimited OneDrive storage, Yammer, and SharePoint sites. Some schools allow teachers and students to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs or Macs for free. If your school provides this additional benefit, you’ll see the Install Office button on your Office 365 home page after you complete sign-up.



Office 365 – MyAnalytics


MyAnalytics in Office 365 is like a fit bit for your office work, it shows stats of your time and energy spent on office tasks – productivity, meetings, email response, private goals.

MyAnalytics shows you how you spend your time so you can plan and schedule your time to work smarter and accomplish your goals. It comes with the Office 365 E5 Subscription and as a separate plan.

For details please check out Microsoft Website link as below.

Reference: MyAnalytics

Microsoft Stream – In Preview


So, I have got the Microsoft Stream Preview in my Office 365 subscription and I plan to test it, make my new channel and share my feedback later.

Microsoft Stream is like Office 365 Videos and in the longer term, Microsoft Stream will be the defacto video solution from Microsoft for businesses













Configuring Hybrid OneDrive for Business in Office 365 with SharePoint 2016/2013



  • Office 365 and OneDrive for Business Subscription
  • Synchronized Users
  • Making an AD Group for the Synchronized Users and calling it as Hybrid Users
  • Organization Custom Domain
  • SharePoint Services Activated
    • Managed Meta Data
    • User Profiles
    • App management
    • Subscription Setting

The OneDrive can be found in SharePoint on Premises at the App Launcher (in 2016 version) and in navigation bar (in 2013). If the User is a Hybrid User, system will redirect user to Office 365 OneDrive to Business else they will be routed to the On Premises OneDrive for Business.

Configuring OneDrive for Business Hybrid:

  1. Go to your Central Admin ( in SharePoint 2016 or 2013)
  2. Then go to the Office 365 Option on the Left Bottom, above Configuration Wizards
  3. Click it
  4. You can see the whole page for configuration, lets configure it
  5. Paste the My Sites Link from Office 365 in your Central Admin link as below: You can get the My Sites Link from SharePoint Admin Center and copy paste the my site link. It will look something like this

Office 365 Link in CA

6. Now add the Hybrid User Group. This is an AD Group which has Users list who has office 365 licensed and are Hybrid Users. These Users are synced through AD Sync and are assigned a license

Hybrid user Group

7. Select Hybrid features as “ One Drive Only

8. Click Ok

9. All done


Now when the Hybrid User will click his/her OneDrive from SharePoint On Premises, he/she will be redirected to Office 365 OneDrive for Business. Please note that previous on premises One Drive Data will NOT be migrated, you would need to do that by using office 365 command shell or any third party tool.


Also it is a good idea to programmatically provision OneDrive for Business for Users in Office 365. A very nice blog on this by Frank.

Difference between OneDrive and OneDrive for Business


OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are two different Products, but due to its similar name we get confuse at times that what is what?


OneDrive is the Online File Share which user gets with personal email address with Microsoft, like or and you get 5GB of space for free.

OneDrive for Business is the File Share that user gets with the business email address when the person logs in using Company email address and password. The Organisation gives employee the email id with the company domain name, and then user can have this product as part of the Office 365 subscription. This is a Premium Subscription and User gets upto 1TB of storage or 5TB depending on the Subscription you have. Subscription Link :

You can get upto 1TB of storage in One Drive for Business, can use it as a File Share, and Share the documents with employees and external stakeholders.

For external users, the SharePoint Online Administrator needs to allow sharing at the top level by adding the external company’s domain name in the list so that users can share documents with the external users.

Lets take an example: Suppose I am working with a vendor called ABC and I have to share some documents with my vendor Adam, whose email id is then I will allow domain on my “SharePoint Admin Center” in the “sharing” tab to allow sharing of the documents using OnDrive for Business with vendor in ABC Company.

OneDrive for Business is a useful Product & rather using SharePoint for storing and sharing heavy documents, users can store their documents in OneDrive for Business and implement a complete life cycle by deploying workflows and alerts.