Teams Real Simple with Pictures: New Files Experience – Adding a Custom View to the Team

We started out examining the new rich file experience which has come to Teams (Full Blog here) by looking at pinning and unpinning files. Today, I am going to tackle adding a custom view to a Team. A custom view may be something the team, or a member of the team needs such as only seeing excels in an A-Z format. Custom views make it easier for users to arrange, search and use files in a way that makes sense to them. The new file experience gives us the option to create many custom views, and in the initial stage of the Teams lifecycle, it is a great to consider this with the wider Team. It is also great that they apply across all channels in a Team, so it's not making this task too granular or repetitive

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: New Files Experience – Pinning Team Files

A very exciting day! If you have not yet heard the new rich file experience has come to Teams (Full Blog here). The Tech Community has been looking forward to this for some time and it was worth the wait. Congratulations to the Microsoft Team. I'll be looking at all the new features of this in the coming weeks in individual blogs interspersed with Ignite. The first of the new features I'll look at is the ability to pin Team documents. As you well know from reading my blogs, it's what I love - quick, easy, powerful and applicable to a ton of real world business cases. Whether to enable access to key documents in seconds, or if the Team is working on a specific set of documents over a period, it's a great way to separate hot files from cold files. It's great too if you need to keep a number of files to hand if you step away from the work for a period. Let's take a look.

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Applying Data Loss Prevention (DLP) to Chat, Channel Messages and Files

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a strategy for ensuring that team members do not send sensitive or critical information outside of the corporate network or to other team members. This could include financial information, personally identifiable information (PII) such as credit card numbers or information pertaining to Intellectual Property (IP) such as the design for a new application. It could even be extended to use cases such as barring profanity to be used in communications. Whilst Teams is a powerful application for users to be able to communicate and collaborate with guests and with other users in other Teams tenants, organisations also need to protect themselves against data leakage and the infringement of compliance regulations such as GDPR. Applying a DLP Policy to Teams is an essential step in any Teams deployment

Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Four ways to create a set of links for the Team

A set of common links (I.e. https://teams.microsoft.com/start) can be important for a team. Whether to access training, vendor sites, or even files within a channel it democratizes access to information, makes information more readily available and brings it to the users instead of them having to search for it. Yet with Teams there are different ways to create sets of links and each way has it's own pro's and con's. At the time of writing there is no single accepted way which has been recognized by the Tech Community as the best - so its a case of choosing which one is right for the Team. This will show you four potential methods to create a set of links.

Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Controlling who can edit documents in a Channel

Document collaboration and co-authoring (when we work at the same time) is one of the core functionalities of Teams. We have the ability to do this seamlessly whether it is our Word Documents, or Excel Spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations, knowing that they are stored in a single place and are accessible from anywhere on any device. However, there may be times where there is a single owner for the Teams documents or we simply need to create documents for viewing purposes only, limiting other members of our team from making changes. Controlling documents in channels and who can edit them is very straightforward, and many issues resulting from unauthorized changes can be easily prevented

Microsoft 365: Deploying SharePoint Hybrid (MS-301) Exam Prep Guide

I am not a hybrid SharePoint expert. In passing this exam, its fair to say that I am still not a hybrid SharePoint expert. Of all the exams I have taken over the course of the last year, this is the one where I have learnt the most. It's also the one I came out the other end having a far greater appreciation of both the technology and the experts who do this on a day to day basis.