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

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

How to set Out of Office in Microsoft Teams

Setting your Out of Office in Microsoft Teams has become available, if you are in Public Preview. Take a look in this article and learn how you can set your Out of Office without having to open Outlook. First - you need to make sure you are in Public Preview (situation in 25.3.2021). If you … Continue reading How to set Out of Office in Microsoft Teams

PowerPoint Live / Presenter View in Microsoft Teams

The terminology is always as much fun as it is 🙄😁 but PowerPoint Live is the name for a set of presentation "skills" inside Microsoft Teams. There is still some features waiting for release like new Share content experience and Presenter Mode (standout / custom layouts). What is already out is Presenter View when sharing … Continue reading PowerPoint Live / Presenter View in Microsoft Teams

Roadmap Watch: Latest changes to Microsoft Teams roadmap

Microsoft Teams Roadmap gets constant updates. With these posts I make it easy for readers to see what are latest changes in Microsoft Teams or related products/features roadmap. As always if you want to see the up to date situation check out the public roadmap - blog post is always a snapshot of that moment … Continue reading Roadmap Watch: Latest changes to Microsoft Teams roadmap

Creating Teams Meeting Connected Power Apps

I have earlier blogged about creating a Power (canvas) App you could add to your meetings. This time we are taking a big leap forward by making the application meeting connected and "aware"! This means that your application knows it is inside a meeting that it can be used in that particular meeting context: like … Continue reading Creating Teams Meeting Connected Power Apps

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Watch: updates of Microsoft Ignite 2021

It is always good to take a look at the Microsoft Teams roadmap and see what is changing there since Microsoft Ignite 2021 #MSIgnite. Of course roadmap dates are not exact launch dates but they can give some idea when to expect those features. Shared Channels (Microsoft Teams Connect) is scheduled for June 2021! And … Continue reading Microsoft Teams Roadmap Watch: updates of Microsoft Ignite 2021

Microsoft Teams News Summary of Microsoft Ignite 2021 March

The virtual Microsoft Ignite 2021 - #MSIgnite in the Twitter and other social media- just opened and gates of information released a big bunch of information what is going to happen in Microsoft Tech for this year. In this blog post I am going to focus mostly on news concerning Microsoft Teams or related technologies. … Continue reading Microsoft Teams News Summary of Microsoft Ignite 2021 March

How to improve File Approval process to include multiple source libraries

This part III article in the series of adding a file approval action directly to Teams File Tab. Following my earlier posts (How to create an improved Microsoft Teams Files approval process using Azure Logic Apps and  How to: initiate a document approval directly in team files tab (using Power Automate) ) this one adds multiplexing: the … Continue reading How to improve File Approval process to include multiple source libraries

Microsoft Ignite 2021 March: See you at the event!

Tomorrow 2nd of March is the big day: Microsoft Ignite 2021 begins at 17:30 CET! It will be two (long) days of learning, networking and riding the hype. While we all would love to see in person this March event is fully virtual and thus really inclusive for everyone due to lack of travel or … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite 2021 March: See you at the event!

How to create, manage and assign Microsoft Teams team Template policies

Microsoft Teams team Templates have been in use for several months now. One of issues organizations has been having with them is the inability to choose which users get which templates. Instead everyone was seeing and was able to use all templates. That is changing with team Template policies. The documentation can be found at … Continue reading How to create, manage and assign Microsoft Teams team Template policies

Roadmap watch: what to expect for Microsoft Teams at Ignite (and beyond)

The public roadmap for Microsoft Teams is already listing a lots of features for March 2021. Since Microsoft Ignite 2021 is happening next week it is easy to assume that these features scheduled for March will be released - or at least talked about - at Microsoft Ignite. Some of these might be even start … Continue reading Roadmap watch: what to expect for Microsoft Teams at Ignite (and beyond)

How to use Microsoft Whiteboard with guests in Teams Meetings

In January became available to add a Whiteboard a team channel. It was also discovered that it allowed also guests to use the Microsoft Whiteboard in the channel via the tab app. This of course opened new possibilities for collaboration with guests. My friend & colleague Petri Jämsen kindly pointed out this week the scenario … Continue reading How to use Microsoft Whiteboard with guests in Teams Meetings

Webinar registration page and attendee dashboard are coming to Microsoft Teams

Teams webinars are rolling out as of 18th of May. I wrote a blog post how to use them. Microsoft Teams is getting the meeting registration and attendee dashboard features during March - early April. This is called "registration page for Microsoft Teams meetings" in Microsoft communication. Admin Center already has a bulletin about this. … Continue reading Webinar registration page and attendee dashboard are coming to Microsoft Teams

View only attendees are coming to Teams Meetings!

Microsoft Admin Center / Message Center got a bulletin today that view-only attendees are coming to Microsoft Teams meetings. On default these are OFF (there has been reports it is ON after all) and needs to be checked / enabled by Teams Admins. The Teams view-only experience allows attendees to: Listen to the participants in … Continue reading View only attendees are coming to Teams Meetings!

Milestones – a new Dataverse for Teams ready-to-use template application

If you have taken a look what new apps there are in Teams application store from Microsoft you may have seen Bulletins and Milestones. My good friend Chris wrote an extensive article about Bulletins so I am focusing on Milestones on this post. Blog post updated 25.3.2021 Milestones app highlights itself with this text: Stay … Continue reading Milestones – a new Dataverse for Teams ready-to-use template application

How to create an improved Microsoft Teams Files approval process using Azure Logic Apps

We are all there during some days: Flow Premium is the key to the next level but there is no way we could justify that licensing - the ROI is simply not enough. Have you thought that you could be utilizing a Azure Logic App instead? Following my earlier post ( How to: initiate a … Continue reading How to create an improved Microsoft Teams Files approval process using Azure Logic Apps

How to Disable Chat in Microsoft Teams Meeting + “hardening” the meeting with Meeting Options

Much requested feature for Microsoft Teams has been the ability to turn off meeting chat - at least for specific amounts of time during the meeting - or allow the chatting only during the meeting. This is now easy to control "Allow meeting chat" which is found via meeting options. There are several use cases … Continue reading How to Disable Chat in Microsoft Teams Meeting + “hardening” the meeting with Meeting Options

How to use the new Approvals app in Microsoft Teams

The new Approvals application emerged in Microsoft Teams everywhere mid- January 2021. While this version needs to be considered version 1, it always packs great possibilities for organizations to use. Creation of an approval request is very easy and you can also attach documents with it. Everyday, lightweight, approval requests can be for example to … Continue reading How to use the new Approvals app in Microsoft Teams

How to: initiate a document approval directly in team files tab (using Power Automate)

The new Approval application is a very useful tool for multiple use cases that requires approval. One of it's great benefits is that it brings the approval process directly onto Teams - where the users are. It simultaneously sends also the approval in email for users so they can choose where they act on the … Continue reading How to: initiate a document approval directly in team files tab (using Power Automate)