I’ve been finding it really difficult to parse together all the information over at the Office 365 wikis and forums to figure out where I am in their upgrade path for the P1 (Small Business Plan) I use for personal stuff. Below you will find some musings, sources and comments on what my experience has been so far.
I would like ultimately to have my “Team Site” have the 2013 look and feel. Also, I would like the “Team Site” link on the Admin page lead to somewhere other than an awful 2010 MySite
It’s not only for aesthetic reasons, it’s just a drag in terms of navigation.
Have I been upgraded?
This part is a little bit scattered.
I get an email that my Office 365 SERVICE UPGRADE is complete. I’m excited. I’m thinking, “Wow, it’s gonna rain 2013 UI and features!” I go to my Team Site, it’s same old. I try the site collection upgrade, but no dice (more on how I try that later).
I get an e-mail that my “SharePoint Online environment will soon receive a planned service update beginning within the next 24-48 hours and will be completed within ten days.” Nevermind that it doesn’t tell me which of my 4 tenants this service update was for, or the nature of the service update. I’m thinking: “This is it. I’m finally gonna run v.15 (SPO 2013).” A month later, I go back to the Team Site. Still v.14 (2010) UI.
I can’t find any follow-up e-mails in either mailbox so I’m not sure how the SPO update went…
Office 365 UpGrade
I know it’s done. How? Check Office 365 wiki. Also, my Admin UI is Blue.
SharePoint Online: which version of SharePoint am I actually running?
There is a difference between Office 365 upgrade and SharePoint Online update, apparently.
I head to blogs and learn that I can quickly check this over by trying: https://yourtenant.sharepoint.com/_vti_pvt/service.cnf
(Source: Rene Modery)
I’m running 15! Ok, so why doesn’t my Team Site look like 15?
I need to Upgrade My Site Collection
Fortunately, Microsoft has prepared a great document on how to accomplish this. They did not, however plan that their instructions wouldn’t work for me.
1. I check the health of my site collection (I made the appropriate changes to get a “Clean Bill of Health”)
2-3. The rest of the suggestions do not work for me. I do not have the options they suggest I should have on this page.
When I navigate:
Site Actions > Site Settings > Go to top level settings > Site collection upgrade (Under “Site Collection Administration”)
I get a page that tells me “Upgrade is currently disabled for your site collection”
I want to enable site collection upgrade!
I found a great forum post that shows you how to “Allow upgrade” as global administrator.
Unfortunately again, THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ME!
One of the steps involved requires a drop down on the Admin tab in the portal:
This is my portal nav bar:
No drop down!
That’s where I’m stuck now. Turning to the forums for help… Will keep ya posted.