I have used Bookings for some time. Bookings came to Office 365 Business Premium two maybe three years ago as part of what was then called Office Business Apps along with several other apps such as Mile IQ. Most of them including Listings and Connections never make the cut. Bookings, however, was an exception. It's useful and it's always been ideal for Teams - except the integration was never there and it was, as mentioned, limited to Business Premium. Covid-19 and remote working changed that. Now in all Microsoft 365 plans, you are able to book virtual meetings for the Team. You are able to see bookings made by the team, and the fact that you can create a public bookings page where customers can book virtual meetings and consults with the team - and be surfaced in Teams, is very very useful. It'll work in most verticals, and I feel it's going to be one like Shifts - a real nice app but people are definitely going to want more real quick. See you in Uservoice
If you have been following this long running series, it probably comes as little surprise that I love video. I love videos which are genuinely interesting and jam packed with useful content, well produced and palatable in terms of their length. Yet the one problem I have is that I do so much focus work these days that I always forget to check for updates and so I often end up missing out on some really great content. Of course, there was a period I used to check them. I used to spend too much time checking them every other day, regularly switching out of context which often took me out of the focus work I was doing
It has felt like a very long time since I last sat down and wrote a decent blog. It was back on 26th April when I looked at the initial roll out of background effects. Not that long ago at all you say - but since then I have delivered at Microsoft 365 Saturday Madrid, Teams Day Online Germany, Microsoft the Tour Israel, Vuzion Power Platform Bootcamp and got myself involved in this little MVP training gig. I am also currently writing sessions for Microsoft 365 Marathon, Galactic Collaboration Summit and Commsverse and have multiple Fundamental deliveries in the next two weeks. All on top of the day to day.
This could very well be the 100th blog that you have read on background effects in Microsoft Teams. I am very aware of that fact. When it dropped into general availability I was in the middle of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for the #fightcorona series. Immediately after I had to submit several sessions to several conferences - all of which I am happy to say I was accepted for. But it's good to be back. After a year on this series I still feel as passionate about it as when I first started. And as always I want to give you a bit more to make it worth your time
30 blogs in 30 days is tough. When I bet Yannick Reekmans on Twitter back on the 17th of March it's fair to say I had no idea what I was letting myself in for even though I write a blog pretty much every single week. I have a full time job, and through MVP Summit, running TeamsFest, family commitments and the surge in Tech Community it's been a hell of a ride. Good thing I love Teams and keeping promises then isn't it! So coming to the end of this series I thought I would cap it all with a few helpful things I can think of and which can set you on your way. I haven't covered everything in this series - far from it. Yet I had to make a choice, since I am not blessed with infinite time, the ability to warp space time, or defer my responsibilities as a husband and father, to focus on core workloads and the fundamentals. When I think of Teams as a user I think of chat, and files, and meetings, and calling and apps. I chose Deskop and Web on Windows purely because in the current situation I haven't got access to a Mac and mobile takes ages to take pictures and get them onto a site. Maybe one day I'll do a series on that. In the meantime I wish you the very best in your experience with Teams. Since Teams is rapidly evolving the content in this series will no doubt age. I'll review and amend for a while, but one of the key things about Teams is that change is constant. The cadence of new functionality is unbelievable - and I already know that within the past 30 days I'll have to go back and amend the article on background blur as today they released background effects to general availability. Blink, and you may miss a serious good add.