What’s New with Microsoft Teams?

JohnWe’ve talked about Microsoft Teams before, but there’s a whole heap of new stuff to discuss.

Teams, a “chat-based workspace,” is a relatively new addition to the Office 365 suite. A few weeks ago, Collab365 hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot teamed up with Richard Moe, a Teams program manager, to explore what’s new with Teams and what users can expect in the future.

Here’s what’s new:

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Introducing Microsoft Stream

Duane OdumOffice 365 has introduced a new application to its suite in preview for First Release tenants: Microsoft Stream, a video service that effectively replaces Office 365 Video (the two services will coexist temporarily, but you should learn how to transition your videos to Stream).

Stream provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to create, upload, store, manage, and view videos to share with other users in their organization to encourage faster and easier collaboration. You can also connect Stream with other Office 365 applications, such as Yammer, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Other features include:

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Recap: Collab365 Live Show “SharePoint User Adoption Tips”

JohnHow many times have you conducted a SharePoint training session and were met with groans and eye rolls? Many users don’t like SharePoint and the Office 365 suite when they first use it because the services are so extremely complex. They can be hard to navigate unless a users knows exactly what they’re looking to accomplish.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot were joined by fellow SharePoint experts Dux Raymond, Kate Forgione, and Asif Rehmani to share some best practices when it comes to getting your users to fall in love with SharePoint.

Here are some of the main takeaways from the webinar:

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SharePoint Virtual Summit Recap

SharePoint Virtual Summit Recap

Duane OdumWith a 90% increase in users and a 300% increase in the amount of data stored, SharePoint is skyrocketing, and Microsoft is implementing plenty of updates to further expand their services.

Yesterday’s SharePoint Virtual Summit focused on the four core goals of Microsoft’s collaboration technologies: share with confidence, transform business processes, inform/engage employees, and harness collective knowledge. There are all kinds of updates coming in 2017 that incorporate these goals, but perhaps the biggest announcement of the summit was the reveal of the brand-new communication sites.

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Webinar Recap: “The Future of SharePoint and Office 365”

JohnA couple weeks ago, I attended a webinar called “The Future of SharePoint and Office 365,” sponsored by Emgage. The panelists included Collab365.community’s manager Nick Brattoli, developer and educator Andrew Connell, and Content Panda co-founder Heather Newman. In the hour-long discussion, the panelists shared their thoughts about the current state of SharePoint, made predictions about its future, and answered audience questions.

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Recap: Collab365 “Office 365 Groups”

JohnLast week, I tuned in to Collab365’s Live Show, where the hosts and two special guests discussed Office 365 groups.

I’ve outlined some of the key points I took away from the show below:

  • What is Office 365 Groups?
    Office 365’s blog defines Groups as a “cross-application membership service” that allows people “to move naturally from one collaboration tool to another.” Essentially, it integrates the best parts of all of Microsoft’s other collaboration tools, such as Exchange, Skype for Business, FileMaker, and Microsoft Teams, into one place. Groups gives you and your team members access to a SharePoint site, document library, planner, notebook, and distribution group.

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Why Microsoft Teams Works For Me?

Duane OdumOn 3/14/2017 Microsoft Teams was generally released to Office 365 tenants around the world.  Being that I am an Office 365 consultant I had already been tinkering with it for a while during the testing phase. Prior to my fiddling I read through the various blog posts from experts in the field and the two posts that stuck with me were by Benjamin Niaulin and Naomi Moneypenny. I highly suggest reading both of those articles if you or your organization is interested in learning more about where Microsoft Teams fits in with the rest of the Office 365 capabilities. I am adding another link to a great post at the bottom of the article as well but those are the two that I started with and suggest you do the same.

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