Question Time: Are recent changes in Teams indicative of it becoming more than an Inner Loop collaboration app?

Teams is my favourite application within Office 365. Like the IT Pros in our panel today, it is a subject I'm very passionate about. As a hub for team collaboration it integrates people, content and tools to make the Team more engaged and effective. It has been a runaway success. Since it's introduction it has been the fastest growing app in Microsoft history. Back at Ignite 2018 we saw the numbers - 329,000 organisations using it (over 400,000 at the time of writing), 87 Fortune 500 companies and 54 companies with more than 10,000 active users (Microsoft, 2018). Yet it is also a young application and as such it is still evolving rapidly. Whilst positioned as an Inner Loop collaboration app, by introducing features such as the 5000 user limit or (soon to be) Private Channels, we ask - is it evolving into something different from it's original design and purpose?

Microsoft 365: Identity & Services (MS-100) Exam Prep Guide

Back before I did my Office 365 MCSA, I used to wonder which of the two exams would be harder - 70-346 (Office 365 Identities & Requirements) or 70-347 (Enabling Office 365 Services). Most people I talked to said they thought 346 was the harder of the two - mainly because they had far less experience with, and exposure to, ADFS and Powershell. Most took 346 after 347 and some didn't take 346 at all. That's a real shame. I took 346 first and would always recommended others to do so. Not because it was harder (it was significantly more focused than 347 in terms of scope) but because I feel that Identity really is the starting point for everything else. As an admin, how and what and where users can access services is as fundamental as it gets.

Question Time: Can Kaizala end the use of WhatsApp within the Organisation?

Kaizala is a simple and secure mobile chat app for work. Described as the business version of WhatsApp (Web CMS, 2019) and designed as a Microsoft Garage (@MSFTGarage) project, it is now being used by over 1000 government and private businesses in India and has 1 million users in the country where it was first launched (Hindustan Times, 2018). It's recent success has prompted Microsoft to introduce it into all Office/Microsoft 365 tenants globally. Whether WhatsApp is being used as an informal communications app to bypass formal channels, or whether users they have been driven to use it through dissatisfaction with existing solutions, will we see Kaizala spell the end of the use of WhatsApp within organisations in the near future?

Microsoft 365: Where is Office 365 Headed?

I didn’t make Microsoft Build 2018 last year. In hindsight, maybe I should have. Whilst I am not a developer, I do believe that it’s important as someone who uses and works with Microsoft’s services to know how Microsoft is developing those services and empowering its wider development community. The goal of development is, after all, maturation and progress. It’s to do with things such as the direction we are headed, the directions that are open to us and the surmounting of obstacles blocking the direction we want to go.

Teams: Introducing the European Teams User Group

Thank you for your support and for your interest in the European Teams User Group! Over the last several months, Adam (@deltanr1) and I have met so many great Teams contributors throughout the Microsoft Tech Community. They have certainly helped us in our journey with Teams! Whether it is about Governance, or the Graph, from … Continue reading Teams: Introducing the European Teams User Group

Microsoft 365: Fundamentals (MS-900) Exam Prep Guide

I’ve always liked and recommended Microsoft Fundamentals exams. Last year, before this new generation was created, I went back to gap fill my Office 365 MCSA with the Cloud, Mobility and Security Fundamental MTA’s (98-367, 368, 369). And even though these new generation MCF’s - like MTA’s - are optional (they don’t count towards the associate workloads) I don’t personally believe in bypassing them. No shortcuts. But Others may disagree. I respect that.

Microsoft 365: The Road to E5

Microsoft 365 E5. I have heard it colloquially referred to as the ‘All In’ SKU, the ‘Nirvana’ SKU - but I have never heard it referred to as an easy SKU to sell or deploy in full; nor one that has generated any great deal of demand when compared to Business and E3. Objections that I have personally encountered since it was released include it’s too difficult to articulate, that it contains too many workloads to deploy in a reasonable timeframe, that customers aren’t looking to engage in that degree of change, that it contains applications that they don’t want or need due to existing solutions (I.e. Hosted PBX) and that it’s too much of a jump in price from Microsoft 365 E3.