When Microsoft Lists was announced back at Build in May 2020, it was also announced that in addition to the core web app experience Lists would have both its own dedicated mobile app and be integrated with Microsoft Teams. Well, that integration with Teams has arrived. As of 03/09/2020 the Lists app was showing in Ring 4 (GA) and this blog will merge a previous series I wrote about the core web app experience called Microsoft Lists Fundamentals into The Teams Real Simple with Pictures series
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog covering how to install Microsoft 365 learning pathways into Teams. It was one I had intended to write for some time because I often recommend pathways to many organisations who I work with. It's a great way of using Teams and SharePoint together - but I particularly like the ability to go on, once it has been deployed, to customise and add your own learning paths tailored for your own organisation and users. Now, during the writing of this blog and using App Studio, I realised how cool it would be if I could bring a lot of the content I read everyday into a single app within Teams. The content I am referring to here is blogs. There are a ton of great community writers out there - many of them are my friends - and it would save me a ton of time being able to have them all in one place where I am now doing most of my work. And before you say that I could just use the web app, I don't want these to be Team specific - I want them on the App rail because this content is personal to me
By definition, extensions are small software modules for customizing and personalising applications. They are typically used with browsers, such as this office browser extension for Edge which gives the user direct access to Office files right out of the browser. A good extension can improve functionality, fill functionality gaps or even create greater synergy between applications. Having already reviewed the Share To Teams extension in EDGE back in December when Joao Ferreira created it, I was very much intrigued last week when Joao released another extension for Microsoft Lists in order to share both Lists and List Items into Teams. As I had recently written on Microsoft Lists in a two part Fundamentals series, I thought this would be a nice extension of that series. I can't begin to convey how much I respect guys like Joao who push the envelope of apps we work with on a day to day basis in order to make them better, and our lives a little bit easier
Learning pathways is a customizable, on-demand learning solution designed to increase usage and adoption of Microsoft 365 services in your organization. It's one of those things which has been on my radar to write about for some time. Having your learning site in easy reach of your Team - within Teams itself - and bringing your learning content where your Team is working on a day to day basis saves time and makes it easier for them to access without needing to navigate to another application. Add in the fact that you can customise content and you have a really powerful application that is great for increasing the teams' knowledge and adoption of Microsoft 365 services, provides a greater return on Teams, SharePoint and other 365 applications as well as provide a platform for the organisation to deploy it's own content. No need to necessarily splash out on that LMS
So it begins! The registration for TeamsFest is open and we are now on the countdown to the event on Wednesday October 7th. All speakers have confirmed. We have our moderators. We have our schedule.