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February 22nd Release: Multi-hub and Search Ranking models

The latest Qorus release is here! We're pleased to announce the availability of the following new features and improvements:
  • Support for Search Ranking models on SharePoint Online library content sources
  • The ability to create more than one Qorus hub per Office 365 subscription
  • The ability to define a primary contact for each Qorus hub
If the idea of a search ranking model is all new to you and you're wondering what the heck we're talking about, here's an extract from technet that might help: 
"SharePoint uses ranking models to assign a value to search results so that the most relevant items appear first. A ranking model is a set of ranking factors that calculate the rank score of a particular item. Both SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013 include several ranking models that provide effective rankings without any further customization. However, you can customize your ranking models if you need to make search results even more relevant to your end users. The Ranking Model Tuning App allows SharePoint Online customers to create a custom ranking model. The app provides a user interface to copy an existing ranking model, judge the results for a set of queries, and “tune” it by adding or removing rank features and adjusting the weight of those features."
What does that mean for you? Well, you can now go ahead and choose the search ranking model you'd like to use when setting up a SharePoint Online library content source. Qorus will use the search ranking model you select when serving up search results in the Qorus Productivitiy Add-ins, so that what you've determined to be the most useful results, always come up first in the search return.
To learn more about the search ranking models available click here, and to learn how to tweak your search ranking models using the Ranking Model Tuning App, click here
Your organization can now have as many Qorus Hubs as they would like on the same Office365 subscription. This is useful when: 
  • You belong to a Qorus Hub that you do not manage, and you'd like to have a Qorus hub just for your team, that you can manage and within which you can setup the specific content sources your team needs. 
  • You have a Qorus Hub on the Free Plan, that everyone in your organization can access, but there are a few select users that require the paid for functionality that comes with the Qorus Author Plan. You can now give those folks a Qorus Hub on the paid for Author plan, and keep everyone else on the Free plan. 
  • You belong to your organization's Qorus Hub and it has almost everything you need. You would however like to have your own free Qorus Hub that you can manage on your own, and that connects to your OneDrive and to just your favorite SharePoint Online libraries, as one source of content. 
Setting up multiple Qorus Hubs can give you a great deal of flexibility in the way you work with your content. You can now have different content sources for each Qorus Hub, belong to different roles in different Qorus Hubs, or have Qorus Hubs on the Free Plan and others on the paid for Author Plan. 
To get started in the Qorus Productivity Add-ins, go over to the 'Manage Tab' and click on 'Join New Hub'. In the screen that follows, you'll be presented with a list of Qorus Hubs that already exist for your Office365 subscription and to which you do not yet belong. See a Qorus Hub that you want to join? Click on 'Join' and the person who is the primary contact for that Hub will receive a request from you (more about primary contacts later in this article).
Otherwise, click on 'Create new Hub' and follow the steps to create a brand new Qorus Hub. 
If you belong to more than one Qorus Hub, you can easily switch between hubs by selecting the hub you want to work with under the 'Manage' tab in the Qorus Productivity add-ins:
If you're working in the Qorus Management Portal, you'll find the Hub selection menu in the top right of your screen. Here you can ask to join hubs or create new ones, in exactly the same way as above:
Then if someone asks to join your Qorus Hub, you can easily approve or decline their join request. For Qorus Hubs on the Free plan, you'll see users waiting to be approved in the 'Management Tab' in the Qorus Productivity Add-ins under 'Pending'.  In the Qorus Management Portal, hop on over to 'User Management', and you'll finding pending requests to join there.
One last important point on this: Although its easy to add and join multiple Qorus Hubs, each Qorus Hub you create is a completely separate hub, with its own content sources, users and subscription. This means that if you have multiple Qorus Hubs on the Author plan, there would be a separate subscription and invoice for each Qorus Hub. That also means that each user on each paid for Hub requires their own license. So if you belong to two Qorus Hubs on the paid for Author plan, and three Qorus Hubs on the Free plan - you would need to pay for two licenses, one for each of the Qorus Hubs on the Author plan. 
To learn more about the different Qorus plans available, click here.
The primary contact in the Qorus world is the person, with admin privileges, who receives join requests from other Office 365 users who've asked to join your Qorus Hub.  By default, the person who signs up for your Qorus Hub is the designated primary contact. This can however be changed in the Qorus Management Portal, when you edit a user under 'User Management'.
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