It's a new year! A new start! And so much more to do! It's going to be another exciting year for Microsoft Teams and whilst I intended to publish 12 things I would like to see drop in Microsoft Teams 2021 on New Years Day, I just got too damn excited about it and ended up publishing it early. Now, Uservoice is a great way to suggest and vote up on features you want to see, but what many don't know is that it's also a great place to check out and submit bugs with its own defined bugs section. However, there is also an alternative to uservoice which is the give feedback section within the Microsoft Teams application itself
Back when I attended Microsoft Inspire in 2019 I remember going to the pre-day at the Mandalay and being absolutely blown away by the numbers. Teams had hit 13 million daily active users (DAU), surpassing Slack for the first time. There was this nice chart which was unveiled to a lot of applause and fanfare - and that was before Gio Mezgec and the team rolled out the numbers they aimed for in fiscal 2020. Back then, they wanted to top 50 million Monthly Active Users (MAU) which constituted 275% growth over the following 12 months. Ambitious. Needless to say there was a lot of Teams sessions at Inspire 2019
There are so many great conversations to be had about presence. Do we have the right to know that another person is available? Do others respect your availability when it explicitly shows as busy? If I am employed by an organisation who uses an application which utilises presence do I have the right to turn presence off during my working hours?
Before I worked in IT, and before I was a Teacher I - like many people, did a few jobs to make ends meet. I had graduated from university, I had worked in Africa for a time, but coming back home the UK job market wasn't particularly great at the time. I had few transferable skills and I was still young - around 22 or 23 at the time. So I spent a year or so grinding it out doing kitchen work in a well known pub chain to buy myself a few months to think about what I would do in the future. It was long evenings. No windows. Emptying deep fat fryer oil and scrubbing gantries and hoofing freezer boxes up into walk in fridges. Now one of my memories from that period was that I was finishing up a shift and I vividly remember walking into the staff room to see a colleague of mine reading How to Make Friends and Influence People. This book, by Dale Carnegie, was published back in 1936 and sold over 30 million copies worldwide. If you didn't know it's one of the most successful books in American history. So I decided to give it a go. So how do we make friends and influence people? One of it's principles is 'begin with praise and honest appreciation'. Another is 'Praise every improvement'. Carnegie himself said 'Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it'. The ancient philosopher Xenophon, the great military leader at the head of the ten thousand greek mercenaries and the anabasis out of Persia said that 'the sweetest of all sounds is praise'
One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is the maturation of the technology which I use. And so it was with great pleasure that I was playing about in Teams this week in a Ring 4 test tenant getting ready for AMS Germany when I saw that calendar view for Lists has dropped. I didn't see any announcements. Maybe it'll be on the SharePoint Pitstop next week. But why I was excited was because when Lists was first announced back at Build earlier in the year, it was confirmed it would have List, Gallery, Grid and Calendar views. Gallery was added a month or two back - it was after Lists was introduced into Teams and now we have Calendar to complete the set. You see, I have become a big advocate of Lists over the last four or five months. I have spoken about it a lot on the circuit. This is because I think it is very central to what Microsoft is doing to revitalise SharePoint and is the application which best defines Teams as a Platform (TaaP). But getting back on point, calendar view is a nice add. Use it for events. Use it for meetings. Use it for birthdays, or deadlines, or schedules. This opens up a whole new raft of use cases for how Lists can be used - both in the web app and in Teams. It can apply both to personal and team Lists