The Metaverse is here and Microsoft Teams is part of it

The future is bringing us an incredible vision on how we are going work, meet, talk, collaborate and use applications, files and data with the help of AI. Before it was more like me doing this and us having a meeting. In Metaverse we will be doing everything together, all the time. This is very … Continue reading The Metaverse is here and Microsoft Teams is part of it

Microsoft Whiteboard is already part of the Metaverse

Microsoft Whiteboard is under a lots of development and evolves in a fast pace. Despite some step backs, like rollback of the new desktop client last year, it is going forward and extending it's usability beyond being "replicant of physical world whiteboard". In fact it has already done it and I want to state it … Continue reading Microsoft Whiteboard is already part of the Metaverse

Hybrid meetings in the Metaverse connect real rooms with virtual reality spaces

It is easy to envision how meetings in the immersive Metaverse (virtual reality) are managed and organized. Once you start thinking about Hybrid Meetings more, you can soon realize that hybrid isn't just about physical location of people attending using personal or room devices: it is about having a meeting where people attend from meeting … Continue reading Hybrid meetings in the Metaverse connect real rooms with virtual reality spaces

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 – my experiences

I wrote my first experiences about Surface Duo 2 a few weeks back. I got my loan time with Duo 2 extended due to holiday season but all times come to an end and I had to say goodbye to Duo 2. Now it is a good time for some more thoughts about this productivity … Continue reading Microsoft Surface Duo 2 – my experiences

My experiences on Jabra Elite 85t earbuds

I got a chance to try out , finally, Jabra Elite 85t earbuds. One and half-years ago I got my hands on Elite Active 75t so I see these more like the next version of those buds. I like this series because I can fit them in their case to my jean's "coin pocket" without … Continue reading My experiences on Jabra Elite 85t earbuds

Bringing physical world to life in the Metaverse

The metaverse is much more than just 3D meetings and collaboration. In fact, you could already take steps on building the metaverse, because it is about connecting the physical and virtual worlds together - taking advantages of both and enabling organizations to succeed. The base for this has happened in the industry for a long … Continue reading Bringing physical world to life in the Metaverse

Screen recording tools 2022

This is a topic that comes forward very often: how can one record a screen video and then edit it afterwards. What options there are available and how they work in the real scenarios? I did this article early 2021, so it is time to refresh it. There are several (plenty) tools available but let … Continue reading Screen recording tools 2022

Metaverse increases equality, accessibility and inclusivity

Welcome to the Year 2022! I hope it is going to be a happy and wonderful one for You! Past couple of years have had a plenty of room for improvement, including the number of safe in-person meetings and events. As it won't be always possible, or reasonable / money-effective, the Immersive Metaverse will be … Continue reading Metaverse increases equality, accessibility and inclusivity

Microsoft Surface Duo 2: my first experiences

This week I got a wonderful package delivered to home as I got Surface Duo 2 for testing to few weeks. Unfortunately holiday season cuts the real testing time shorter than I hoped, so I thought I write my first experiences already out - and keep on using it after holidays. As tempting as it … Continue reading Microsoft Surface Duo 2: my first experiences

Looking back at 2021 and forward for 2022

It is the end of the year, which means it is time to take a look at what I have been doing during all this crazy 2021. First of all: Big Thank You to everyone reading, following, referring, tweeting, linking or enjoying this blog and / or attending any session or event where I have … Continue reading Looking back at 2021 and forward for 2022

How we work and collaborate in the future: Workshops in the Metaverse

As a consultant I am involved with customers in various workshops. Typical ones are related to visioning: "what's next" , prioritization / roadmapping / planning "what's first", planning the service (customer needs and Return-of-Investment) "why it's important" and on some details like User Interface, functionalities, user path "how it works" and so on. Thinking typical … Continue reading How we work and collaborate in the future: Workshops in the Metaverse

Microsoft Teams connected web site chat bot with the Captivate Hub

I had a fun experimentation with Captivate Hub recently. I wanted to play around with a bot at the website that is connected to Metaverse - more specifically to Microsoft Teams part of it. This would be possible with Power Virtual Agents or with custom applications, but it would require some licensing and coding also. … Continue reading Microsoft Teams connected web site chat bot with the Captivate Hub

How to use Power Automate to send custom notifications to Microsoft Teams feed

Power Automate has gotten new Microsoft Teams actions again. This time it is the ability to send a message to someone with a custom text and link it to the message in either a team or a group chat. Let's take a look at how to send a notification to the user: You need to … Continue reading How to use Power Automate to send custom notifications to Microsoft Teams feed

Teams Graph API in practice 2021 edition at ECS #CollabSummit

I hope you attended my session at European Collaboration Summit - ECS between friends - 2021 at Düsseldorf today! Even if you didn't and you are interested about how you can use Graph API with Microsoft Teams to provision and manage teams then you may want to read forward. It was quite a path that … Continue reading Teams Graph API in practice 2021 edition at ECS #CollabSummit

How to add a SharePoint content as a tab in Teams channel using Graph API

With European Collaboration Summit 2021 closing in, I am focusing this time on more Graph API since my session at the event is about Microsoft Teams Graph API. Adding a SharePoint page to the team is just one of examples I do during my session. I will be also adding a Power App, Whiteboard, OneNote … Continue reading How to add a SharePoint content as a tab in Teams channel using Graph API

Collaboration in the Metaverse: Mesh for Microsoft Teams

Hybrid work world and realization that we are missing shared experiences has been one of drivers why meetings in 3D are going to be more normal sooner than lot of people realize. In the hybrid work world needs to have various ways how to innovate, work together and relax with others. Constant video meetings and … Continue reading Collaboration in the Metaverse: Mesh for Microsoft Teams

Using Microsoft Loop Components in Teams

Microsoft Loop was one of big announcements at Microsoft Ignite. I wrote about Microsoft Loop, Mesh for Microsoft Teams and other Ignite news in my earlier blog post. Now that I have had more time to think about Loop and the change is brings to collaboration I decided to write a separate post about it. … Continue reading Using Microsoft Loop Components in Teams

Microsoft Teams News Summary of Microsoft Ignite 2021 November #MSIgnite

It is the time for the recap for most relevant information, news and announcements that were released about Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Loop, Microsoft Viva, Power Platform and more. I will be applying some updates to this article as more information is revealed during Ignite keynotes and breakout sessions. So please do revisit the page for … Continue reading Microsoft Teams News Summary of Microsoft Ignite 2021 November #MSIgnite

The New Microsoft Whiteboard is available!

Updated 17.11.2021: Added OneDrive storage, Laser Pointer and Collaborative Cursors Updated 19.11.2021: Microsoft is rolling back Whiteboard Desktop application to earlier version due to large amount of feedback due to missing features. Yesterday when I did a manual update check on my Windows 11 Store I was happy to see Microsoft Whiteboard application updating to … Continue reading The New Microsoft Whiteboard is available!

How to add a Power App to a channel with parameters using Graph API

Teams published PowerApps can be added very easily to the team either when provisioning new teams and using Team Templates or by simply adding a new tab manually. Just choose the Power App and add it as a tab to the channel in question. That will either add the application or make it possible to … Continue reading How to add a Power App to a channel with parameters using Graph API

Microsoft Ignite: Guide to November 2021 edition aka What to watch / join, how to connect with people and also to have fun

It is this time of the year again: Microsoft Ignite registration and session scheduler are open! The #MSIgnite event is again digital and free to attend, which makes it a really good opportunity for business decision makers, CIOs, CTOs, CEOs and IT experts & technology consultants to catch up with latest in the Microsoft Cloud … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite: Guide to November 2021 edition aka What to watch / join, how to connect with people and also to have fun

Microsoft Teams on iPad: boosting my personal productivity

During this summer I had reached the end of productive life-cycle of my few years old Android tablet. The one I had was never the top of the line product and it also reflected on the price. It was a solid packet, but when using it with Microsoft 365 solutions the age was clearly showing … Continue reading Microsoft Teams on iPad: boosting my personal productivity

Microsoft Teams Whiteboard updated! Take a look at the new user experience!

Microsoft Teams Whiteboard got it's most recent update! I was positively surprised when I took a look at it "just to see if it had updated yet" - and it was! The look and feel is somewhat different on menus, and the result is aimed clearly more towards pen and inking users - but it … Continue reading Microsoft Teams Whiteboard updated! Take a look at the new user experience!

Set Teams presence status and note automatically with Power Automate

Did you know you can set person's status and status message in Microsoft Teams using Power Automate? Getting the status has been out there for some time now, but recently I saw posts in Twitter from Loryan Strant and Luise Freese where they set the status message in Teams to follow what they are listening … Continue reading Set Teams presence status and note automatically with Power Automate

How to hook and connect to approvals created in Teams Approvals app via Power Automate (Part 1)

Approvals application in Microsoft Teams is a great tool to create light-weight and ad hoc approval processes. What is missing, is the ability to track or hook to those approvals programmatically. Instead you can use Approvals actions in Power Automate very easily but the starting point can not be Approvals application. Recently I got a … Continue reading How to hook and connect to approvals created in Teams Approvals app via Power Automate (Part 1)

Create a Teams chat group with Power Automate and other new actions and triggers

A long title, but necessary. Microsoft Teams has gotten new Power Automate actions and even one trigger + updates to old triggers recently. It was of course time for me to put them to the test. As a spoiler: not all work perfectly yet, but I don't think it will be a long time until … Continue reading Create a Teams chat group with Power Automate and other new actions and triggers

Review: Poly Studio P15

Earlier this summer I managed to get one Microsoft Teams certified Poly Studio P15 personal video bar to for testing. Poly Studio P15 is one those devices meant for hybrid work scenarios especially in personal use or in a huddle space. Integrated with tracking & zooming 4K camera, microphones and speakers it is a solid … Continue reading Review: Poly Studio P15

How to follow up Teams Webinar attendees with Dynamics 365 Marketing

If you have Dynamics 365 for Marketing in place you can start already taking advantage of Webinar-Event integration that is available for Microsoft Teams. If you don't - but you do have 300+ licenses in Office/Microsoft E3/E5 you can sign up for a 6 month trial to try it out (until end of year 2021) … Continue reading How to follow up Teams Webinar attendees with Dynamics 365 Marketing

Microsoft Teams Whiteboard got new features – part 1

Microsoft Teams Whiteboard got recently very useful new features. There has been plenty of features on the way to Whiteboard during August-September. First ones of new features have appeared into Teams Whiteboard already! Read on to learn about new features such as New inking pensInking arrowsShortcut keysConvert to ShapeNote GridsAdding Image Using Windows 10 App … Continue reading Microsoft Teams Whiteboard got new features – part 1

Interested what’s the latest in Microsoft Teams? Attend my Spotlight-webinars to see live demos!

I am doing my Sulava Microsoft Teams Spotlight webinars again next week. These webinars are free to attend; registration is needed. I do one in English and one in Finnish. I do my best to make these webinars worth your time: by providing information & news and benefits on what's latest in Microsoft Teams and … Continue reading Interested what’s the latest in Microsoft Teams? Attend my Spotlight-webinars to see live demos!

Set up organizational Teams meeting backgrounds

There are all the time something new in Microsoft Teams that can help make life easier. Something organizations have been asking is a ability to share organization "official" meeting video backgrounds for employees. It has finally rolled to Microsoft Teams, so admins can get stared with the capability. The quick list: Advanced Communication add-on license … Continue reading Set up organizational Teams meeting backgrounds

How to add an existing or new Whiteboard to a team channel using Graph API

When you use out of the box feature to add a Whiteboard app to team channel it always creates a new Whiteboard. Using Graph API it is possible to add an existing or a new Whiteboard to team channel. This enables to re-use Whiteboards or recovering an accidentally removed Whiteboard tab. In my earlier blog … Continue reading How to add an existing or new Whiteboard to a team channel using Graph API

Give your Power App the share to Meeting Stage superpower in Teams Meetings

While Meeting Stage application can sound a bit strange, you have been using them all the time. One good example is the Microsoft Whiteboard shared to Teams meeting. In short "Shared meeting stage" is the area where you can share content with others - or you can use the shared stage to share your presentation … Continue reading Give your Power App the share to Meeting Stage superpower in Teams Meetings

What’s new to Microsoft Teams during Summer 2021

The summer is always busy times for product groups at Microsoft. One reason is that Microsoft fiscal year ends to end of June and the other reason is the Inspire -conference (former Worldwide Partner Conference) that happens in July. This year I chose to be more on vacation (taking an annual break) instead of watching … Continue reading What’s new to Microsoft Teams during Summer 2021

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