Conversations with an AI

We encounter and use AI more than we possibly realize - usually knowing it is an AI or program but often we don't even realize it is an AI (or algorithm / program) that is doing it's magic. Digitalization and automation and content abundance challenges mean that we will face AI more and more daily. … Continue reading Conversations with an AI

Microsoft Teams is 5 years and new features are coming out to support Hybrid Work

On Monday 14th Microsoft Teams was 5 years since it was made generally available. Congratulations, Microsoft Teams! Teams began it's story almost half a year earlier than that, but GA-date (Generally Available) is when it began it's journey to become the app for over 270 million monthly users it is today. It was quite soon … Continue reading Microsoft Teams is 5 years and new features are coming out to support Hybrid Work

Teams Nation Community Conference is for all

On March 23rd 2022 Teams Nation Community Conference 2022 goes live with the opening keynote at 8am CET. Yes, it is an early morning start for people in Europe and late night for US but at Australia it is a early evening. The reason for the early start is that the event runs for 12 … Continue reading Teams Nation Community Conference is for all

Improve your meetings with these recent tricks Teams can do! + PowerPoint Cameo

Some tricks and knowledge is always to keep in the bag for those situations where you are presenting or attending meetings. With upcoming Teams Nation Community Conference on March 23rd 2022, which is a free community event btw - please register in, you surely want to learn about few things that will make your meeting … Continue reading Improve your meetings with these recent tricks Teams can do! + PowerPoint Cameo

How to stay in the Loop using mobile Teams!

Microsoft Loop components got their name upgrade from Live Components to Loop Components in Teams. For some time editing Loops was limited in mobile Teams client, but now the support is there. And I have to say, it is rather good one in user experience. I enjoy the UI, it makes staying in the Loop … Continue reading How to stay in the Loop using mobile Teams!

Voice UI enables content creation in the Metaverse

We will be mostly speaking to each other in the Metaverse, instead of typing our messages, then why not to do the same when we create the content? Yes, we use Whiteboards and other manipulative objects with our digital twin hands (aka avatar's hands) but we also need to create text-based content. Why wouldn't we … Continue reading Voice UI enables content creation in the Metaverse

Microsoft Surface Earbuds – my experiences

I had a change recently to try to our Microsoft Surface Earbuds. Yes, those ones that are quite a bold in their appearance. But more than their appearance I was really interested to see if they are usable. My first touch on them was at Microsoft Ignite 2019 where I able to try them on … Continue reading Microsoft Surface Earbuds – my experiences

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

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

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

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

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)

How to set up and use Task Publishing in Teams

Task Publishing was recently made available in Microsoft Teams. The general info about Task Publishing can be found in here. In this article I lay out how you can get started while following also the documentation presented here. 21.1.2021 updated this post with task list housekeeping (unpublish, duplicate, delete) Microsoft defines Task Publishing very well … Continue reading How to set up and use Task Publishing in Teams

How to: adding a Microsoft Whiteboard to a team channel as a tab

Microsoft Whiteboard is a great tool in the Microsoft 365 belt: allowing innovative & visual planning while keeping the data inside the tenant. And of course one big benefit is that it is included with the license. There is still room for improvement with Microsoft Whiteboard but one of the roadmap items just completed: adding … Continue reading How to: adding a Microsoft Whiteboard to a team channel as a tab

The Ultimate How To Guide for Presenting Content in Microsoft Teams

Sharing / presenting content in Teams meeting is at the same time simple but is also has some options available that may not be known enough by everyone. This guide lets you get started and dive deeper what happens when you share your window, document or desktop in Microsoft Teams. This article will be updated … Continue reading The Ultimate How To Guide for Presenting Content in Microsoft Teams