Category: Microsoft 365

Overwhelmed by alerts from Microsoft Teams?

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.

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Additional reading: “Six things to know about notifications

The wonderful feeling that your toolbox is complete

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.

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With a little planning of how to put the whole thing together, you and your colleagues can actually soon perform all your daily activities without having to leave the Microsoft Teams interface to open additional systems.

“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

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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.

If you are eager to learn more about the possibilities with the news in #MicrosoftTeams, please take a look at “What’s New in Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Ignite 2020

Attending Microsoft Ignite (Sep 22-24) this year?

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.

Link to survey

Join TeamsFest and learn more about securing your information in Microsoft Teams

 

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.

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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.

Sign up for TeamsFest here and come and view/listen to my session “Here’s how to secure the information in Microsoft Teams“.

Here You can follow the European Teams User Group on Twitter to stay informed on future events and activities.

Easy use of Office Document templates in Microsoft Teams

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.

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For those of you who lacked this functionality, I can inform you that there is a solution for this. Continue reading “Easy use of Office Document templates in Microsoft Teams”

Updates that are now being rolled out in Microsoft 365

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 .

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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.

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If you save the filtered views that are of most interest to you, you do not have to select and filter each time. The picture below shows how to do this in a very simple way. Continue reading “Updates that are now being rolled out in Microsoft 365”

Microsoft Teams + Edge Chromium? Here’s how to get rid of those annoying additional logins.

Are these login boxes familiar? Keep on reading!

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).

Continue reading “Microsoft Teams + Edge Chromium? Here’s how to get rid of those annoying additional logins.”

Why Microsoft Teams is the key to successful collaboration

Collaboration in the past

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”…

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SharePoint shows up

Continue reading “Why Microsoft Teams is the key to successful collaboration”

A seemingly never-ending flood of news from Microsoft Ignite is spreading fast

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Do you have trouble keeping your nose above the surface of the stream of updates that are now spreading across websites and social platforms? Perhaps you try to keep up with the news/updates that is being launched on Ignite but feel that you have trouble filtering everything? Continue reading “A seemingly never-ending flood of news from Microsoft Ignite is spreading fast”