Teams: #FightCorona – Rich chat features for effective conversations

The last few blogs have set out the scene with regards to building your Teams, building your Channels and starting conversations with people both inside your organisation, and people outside your organisation (guests and external users). It's now time to enjoy some of the great chat features that are available in Teams - things like emoji's and meme's. Whilst some may not be to everybody's taste at first, it is important to embrace modern communication methods, diversity and be inclusive of how different people would like to communicate. For all those who don't particularly like gif's I would point out that the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words so they are an excellent medium for transmitting information. The same applies to emoji's they emotionally resonate with others. Here's are just a fraction of the rich chat features available to you

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Quick Polls in Chats and Meetings using Forms

Like most people I know, Polly has been my go-to-app for polling in Teams. Why? Because it is easy to setup and Polls are effective in a number of collaboration scenarios - opinions, feedback, choice, sentiment. In a learning context, they are great for formative assessment and driving incremental improvements to the learning. However, imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that Forms can also do polls - something which I either missed in the absolute avalanche of new functionality which has come this year or which has always been there and which is an astounding oversight on my part. Either way, I'm a big advocate of Forms - I use it a ton and am enjoying seeing it mature. On it's current trajectory, I anticipate that it'll displace the use of Polly - particularly for people like me who almost always take Microsoft apps over third parties. Of course, whether it builds on the quick poll context outlined here - as in snap polls of a very simple nature - remains to be seen. You know me. I very much hope it does.