Review: Poly Studio P5 webcam

I have had the opportunity to test out Poly's Studio P5 webcam. It is not battling in the cheapest of camera ranges, but not in the most expensive ones either. You can also read about Poly Studio P5 from Poly's website. P5 comes in a simple package. But what else you would need for a … Continue reading Review: Poly Studio P5 webcam

Review: Upgraded my workspace with a new chair: Secret Lab Titan 2020 XL

During end of summer 2020 I began to have issues with my old home office chair. It was never meant for the home office but it had served me a long time as such. It was a sturdy chair but it wasn't really an ergonomic one. At mid-September 2020 I placed in order for the … Continue reading Review: Upgraded my workspace with a new chair: Secret Lab Titan 2020 XL

Review: Microsoft Surface Headphones 2+

I reviewed Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 in late 2020. Recently I got the change to try the Microsoft Teams Certified version of Surface Headphones 2+. These headphones are tagged "for business" and it also marks the opening era of Teams Certified headsets for Surface family. No, they don't look much different from the outside. Controls … Continue reading Review: Microsoft Surface Headphones 2+

Review: upgraded my workspace to modern with Logitech MX Keys and MX Master 3 mouse

As some of you might know I used to work exclusively on Surface Pro -devices and for almost two years I had The Best Mouse to go with it: Microsoft Surface Precision mouse. Desktop computer I had was a lot older model and thus I used it only occasionally - the keyboard I had with … Continue reading Review: upgraded my workspace to modern with Logitech MX Keys and MX Master 3 mouse

My 2021 so far: a mid-year look back + turning on vacation mode in Microsoft Teams and Office 365

Today is a good day - despite this being the third published blog post on today, which may be a kind of record even for me 😂. I am start my annual summer vacation and that gives me a welcome break to recharge some precious brain batteries. Perhaps even take some walks, bicycling and seeing … Continue reading My 2021 so far: a mid-year look back + turning on vacation mode in Microsoft Teams and Office 365

Viva Insights – updated and improved with Headspace!

I was just preparing my other post and going through some Viva Insight when I noticed the front page had been updated with Headspace! The previous meditation part is gone and it has been replaced with the new functionality. Behind Headspace you can find these Guided meditations Virtual Commute now includes Headspace meditation. In the … Continue reading Viva Insights – updated and improved with Headspace!

Heads up! Microsoft Teams preview to follow Office Preview

In case you haven't seen the Admin Center bulletin here is important information if you have been using Office Preview or Microsoft Teams Public Preview. This is a change that can affect many of your users in Microsoft Teams: giving them option to turn on Teams Public Preview. This does not affect people in TAP … Continue reading Heads up! Microsoft Teams preview to follow Office Preview

Review: Poly Voyager Focus 2

The audio is #1 feature in meetings. If your audio is not clear or you don't hear what others say then the meeting quality and value is quickly degenerating. Of course there are other key elements in meetings as well. However Audio is the Number One. Too often sub-par devices with connectivity issues are used … Continue reading Review: Poly Voyager Focus 2

New Microsoft Teams client (2.0) announced with Windows 11!

Last Thursday, 24th of June 2021, marked a great day - not just for opening Midsummer break in Nordic countries but especially for the announcement(*) of the new Microsoft Teams client along with Windows 11! The new Teams chat, call & meet client was highlighted during the Windows 11 announcements & intro but the true … Continue reading New Microsoft Teams client (2.0) announced with Windows 11!

App highlight: Squarl – first impressions

I got an early access to Squarl application. It is (visioning to become) all-in-one management application that people can use to get all relevant loosely connected bits and pieces into a single application so they can be reviewed and accessed easily later. In short: you can add links, notes and Teams conversations into a single … Continue reading App highlight: Squarl – first impressions

Roadmap watch: what’s coming to Teams during Summer 2021?

What can be expected to roll out to Microsoft Teams during this summer? Short answer: a lot! Massively! I highlight some of those features in this blog post as a summary. As always - schedules can change. Some features may be pushed back if the testing reveals some issues there. While it does sting when … Continue reading Roadmap watch: what’s coming to Teams during Summer 2021?

Microsoft HoloLens 2 – experiencing the future today

I have been very enthusiastic about HoloLens 2 -devices when I first saw them demonstrated during 2019. I have been staying up to about HoloLens throughout these two years - especially thinking and learning about use cases in different industries and bringing in Line of Business applications to it. The latest big news was the … Continue reading Microsoft HoloLens 2 – experiencing the future today

Chat Bubbles in Team meetings

Chat Bubbles is a new feature to display chat messages in Teams meetings that just hit Public Preview (yes, you need to have Public Preview enabled in Teams Desktop client to be able to use these preview features). And no, you don't see them in browser-Teams nor in mobile-Teams at this phase. Just the Desktop … Continue reading Chat Bubbles in Team meetings

PowerPoint Live in Teams: now with laser pointer and inking!

It was a pleasant surprise to test our Teams meetings features recently: Laser Pointer & Inking features are available in PowerPoint Live! This means it is possible to start laser-pointing your slides, ink on them (in various colors & thicknesses) to highlight the content and of course use highlighter to really stand something out. I … Continue reading PowerPoint Live in Teams: now with laser pointer and inking!

Review for Poly Sync 20: a Microsoft Teams certified Speakerphone

I had the opportunity to test out Poly's Sync 20 -speakerphone for Teams for couple of months now. Previously I have taken a look at Poly Calisto 5300 in late 2020, so I was really interested to try Sync 20 out. Of course since this too is certified for Microsoft Teams, and optionally comes with … Continue reading Review for Poly Sync 20: a Microsoft Teams certified Speakerphone

How to create Task from a message in Teams (Out of the Box version)

I can see Create Task has appeared in Teams Public Preview! This new feature makes it really easy to turn conversation into tasks in your personal To Do or to Team Planner. This saves the trouble of having to activate it yourself and especially the need to do copy-paste to get message contents to Tasks. … Continue reading How to create Task from a message in Teams (Out of the Box version)

Roadmap watch: What new to expect to Microsoft Teams in June 2021 (and a bit beyond)?

It is time to take a brief look at Teams roadmap, since there has been plenty of changes recently. As always, when looking for most up to date information about a specific feature I urge you to check Microsoft 365 Roadmap. This blog post works as a curated summary of those items I feel are … Continue reading Roadmap watch: What new to expect to Microsoft Teams in June 2021 (and a bit beyond)?

Shared Channels: Collaborate beyond borders in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is getting Shared Channels! This new feature will make it possible to work with other people in a channel by invited an internal or external (in other organizations) members to a Shared Channel. At first the biggest things why this matters: externals don't have to switch tenants to work with you - and … Continue reading Shared Channels: Collaborate beyond borders in Microsoft Teams

New file sharing experience: review / block download in Teams chat

The new sharing experience is rolling to Microsoft Teams chat. When you drop/upload/select a file to be shared you can now define what the recipient can do with the file. This makes it possible to share files and prevent others from downloading them. And yes - this comes from the OneDrive so this capability is … Continue reading New file sharing experience: review / block download in Teams chat

Presenter Mode (standout) is in Public Preview!

It is always fun to check what Microsoft Teams features are available in Public Preview. To my surprise this time it was the Presenter Mode! Only one of modes is there: Standout but I think it will be very often used one. This means that I need to start thinking how slides are built, so … Continue reading Presenter Mode (standout) is in Public Preview!