Regular housekeeping and cleaning is important both privately and at work to have an environment you feel comfortable in and to avoid looking too much for things you need. When it comes to Microsoft Teams, you may find that you have too many Teams to keep track of and that the list of Teams is too long? Maybe some of them are no longer active? Then it is a good idea to archive the inactive teams.
When you archive a team, you keep it for reference, and it is also possible to activate it again in the future should the need arise. When archiving, the conversations / posts and files in the team becomes read-only. You will still be able to search through what you need and you can even keep the team as a favorite. (Worth knowing is that only team owners can archive and restore it. Here you can read about how team archiving works.
Do you feel overwhelmed by alerts from Microsoft Teams?
That is easy to solve. The reason is, most likely, that you have not customized the alert settings to suit your needs. In the article “Manage notifications in Teams” you get the help you need to customize the settings so that you only get notifications about what you want/need (and also the way you receive notifications).
If you, still after configuring this settings, feel that you are getting too many alerts that are not completely relevant, one solution may be to talk to and educate your colleagues who may “@-mention” you and/or the entire team, all too often, so they only do it when they really need your / their attention.
Microsoft Ignite is in full swing with almost limitless amounts of information about news regarding improvements and new functionality we can soon expect to be served on our table.
I must say that it has never been so inspiring and exciting to work with collaboration solutions from Microsoft. The toolbox grows and grows and I can, with a clear conscience, say that now we probably have everything (or at least most) we need in Microsoft Teams. It has really and finally become a workspace where you can make all your tools and all your information available in the right context.
“Everything in one place!”
Here is a selection of some important building blocks that we can use to achieve this:
All tasks in one app (Tasks)
Build workflows with the new “Power Automate app” in Teams
Build your own company-specific apps with integrations with your business systems with Power Platform and make these apps available to your teams.
Use Power BI to visualize your data in dashboards and reports.
Use the new “Home Site App” app to link your Modern SharePoint Intranet to teams and get an overview of news, links, quality systems, handbooks, etc.
Use the Yammer app to integrate relevant Yammer networks into different Teams
The possibilities do not stop here. For me, however, this is the most relevant functionality (for the moment) I need in my toolbox to help companies and organizations work in a smooth and modern way.
While Ignite is going virtual this year, Microsoft are still conducting research sessions, virtually of course, and they want to hear from you! If your organization uses SharePoint and/ or OneDrive and you’re interested talking to the product team we have several sessions lined up, so please take the survey linked above to tell them about your preferences.
One thing is for sure. There is not just one golden solution for securing the information you have in Microsoft Teams. If you want to be as secure as possible, you need to have a holistic perspective and secure various parts of your collaboration platform.
It’s about the devices you use, it’s about the rules you have, it’s about the use of the various tools that your platform offers. Not least, it is about the attitude and knowledge of your employees.
Want to know more about the opportunities you have to secure your information in Microsoft Teams? I have the great honor and pleasure of being a speaker at TeamsFest for the third time now. TeamsFest is organized by The European Teams User Group and it is a great online event (just view the schedule here) that is also free so there is no reason to miss it.
I think most of us, at some point, have missed the opportunity to add and use document templates in Microsoft Teams. It would have been great if, in “Files”, you could just click “New” and then choose an Office template that you want to start from when creating a new document.
In addition to the Microsoft 365 Message Center (which is only available to those who are administrators of Microsoft 365), the Microsoft 365 Roadmap is the public primary source of information when you want to get an overview of the updates and features that are under development or rolling out in Microsoft 365 .
To avoid scrolling through the entire list (because it’s a long-running list), in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, you can select the services you are interested in and filter by the status that is relevant.
I want to start this article by making it clear that I am a big fan of “Modern Experience” in SharePoint Online. I sincerely love the SharePoint we currently have to work with. It has never been easier to build modern portals and areas that are integrated with the other services in Microsoft 365. What you put together also works on mobile devices and everything is intuitive and clear. With Communication Sites and Hub sites you can build a good intranet in a few days (assuming you have done a good planning in advance). New features and further improvements are being rolled out continuously and what is not available today may already be tomorrow.
Working as an Office 365 consultant is now a delight as long as you are able to keep up to date with what is now and what is coming. With that knowledge you are equipped to give your clients the necessary tips and advice.
Brief introductory summary
The functionality and working method I describe below was simpler in the past but otherwise everything is much better nowadays” 🙂
They often show up if you are using Edge Chromium as your browser and, from the Microsoft Teams client, open a file in “Files”or if you try to open the Team SharePoint site. (and also sometimes when You open a tab that shows a file).
I would like to start by telling you how i went from Lotus Notes, via SharePoint to Microsoft Teams.
Since 1997 I have been working on building systems for “collaboration”. The first few years I worked as a Lotus Notes-developer. Lotus Notes was at that time, in my personal opinion, the most effective platform for building good collaboration solutions. With Lotus Notes, i built document management solutions, good process support with automated workflows, ordering and booking systems, intranets and HR solutions. You could basically build most of it.
Best of all was that once you had built a good solution you could save it as a template. This template could then be used to quickly build the same, or similar solution elsewhere.
The replication in Lotus Notes means that you can distribute the load over different servers and you as a user can also replicate the databases so that you can work offline on your local computer when you do not have access to the Internet (this was during the time you did not always have access to fast internet everywhere and all the time).
Files were attached to Notes documents and you could use the email to attach links to the Notes documents which in turn contained those files. That’s how you (or at least i) did it “at that time”…