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.
Ok. Day one. You've just been told that you need to start using Teams. Your admin has installed it on your machine and has logged you in. You don't know where to begin. What is a Team? What is a channel? What is a tab? Let's get acquainted.
I can't believe that TeamsFest is nearly here - I really can't. It seems like only yesterday that Adam, Vesa and I started the call for speakers. This was back in december when we all felt like there was a certain luxury of time. Yet this year has been insanely busy - and I guess we should have known better given we did this back in October for Oktoberfest! Organising a conference has been one of the most rewarding things we've ever done. It's exhausting! - but there's nothing quite like it. That's why we wanted to do it again. We love Teams, we love the community, and we really wanted to bring some of the most passionate and best minds in the field together for a day of celebrating what it is that we love doing. If you love teams, love community and are thinking about joining us then here is 10 reasons why I think you should join us
If you were in Vegas for MS Inspire back in July then I'll wager you probably heard the expression Teams, Teams, Teams! at some point during the conference. Microsoft used it a hell of a lot. Partners did too. And Vendors. Even my colleague Graeme - who I shared a room with over at the Tropicana - proudly proclaimed it Day 1 having returned from the Hub and having - in his words - caned Fifteen K purely on the freshly brewed organic coffee they were serving outside the breakouts. Now, I had absolutely no doubt in my mind that after he'd left for the evening he went on to recreate the pose he did in the room - something I can only record for posterity as bordering on lunging - at some partner event at the Venetian, or the Wynn. I personally wouldn't be surprised if he partook in a bit of photo bombing too.
We've probably all had it happen to us at some point. The booking for the conference went smoothly. We are on time. The headset is working. Coffee in hand. Good. Good. Then we enter the meeting and start introductions when a synthetic voice plays a few sections later announcing that we have joined the meeting - right over the top of us speaking. A few seconds typically pass after that announcement in awkward silence. In calls with a larger number of speakers jitter is the last thing on ones mind in the opening and closing salvos as the conversation is shot through with these announcements. Good thing there is an easy remedy to this should we choose. It really is surprising how many admins don't realize they have the ability to manage entry and exit announcements and can rectify it within the space of less than 10 minutes.