Microsoft Teams – Here’s some Tips & Tricks

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These are a few of my favorite Teams

Keyboard shortcuts make Teams more accessible

Make collaborating on files a breeze

Streamline access with custom tabs

It’s all about meme

Always be in the know with notifications

Take your team with you

Keep communication fuss free—Title your chats

Connect your Team to the world with connectors

Stay in the loop with activity alerts

Introducing Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365

Credit : By Kirk Koenigsbauer

Microsoft Teams delivers on four core promises to create a digital workspace for high performing teams.

Chat for today’s teams

First and foremost, Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Microsoft Teams supports not only persistent but also threaded chats to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations are, by default, visible to the entire team, but there is of course the ability for private discussions. Skype is deeply integrated, so teams can participate in voice and video conferences. And everyone can add personality to their digital workspace with emojis, stickers, GIFs and custom memes to make it their own.

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A hub for teamwork

Second, Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365 to provide a true hub for teamwork. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve are all built into Microsoft Teams so people have all the information and tools they need at their fingertips. Backed by the Microsoft Graph, intelligent services are surfaced throughout the workspace to help with information relevancy, discovery and sharing. Microsoft Teams is also built on Office 365 Groups—our cross-application membership service that makes it easy for people to move naturally from one collaboration tool to another, preserve their sense of context and share with others.

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Customizable for each team

Third, since all teams are unique, we’ve invested deeply in ways for people to customize their workspace, with rich extensibility and open APIs available at general availability. For example, Tabs provides quick access to frequently used documents and cloud services. Microsoft Teams also shares the same Connector model as Exchange, providing notifications and updates from third-party services like Twitter or GitHub. Further, we are including full support for the Microsoft Bot Framework to bring intelligent first- and third-party services into your team environment.

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Today, we are also announcing the Microsoft Teams Developer Preview program, allowing developers to extend Microsoft Teams. We will have integrations with over 150 partners at general availability—including our early partners Zendesk, Asana, Hootsuite and Intercom. This is the first step in providing the customization users want and the tools and support our developer community will need to integrate with Microsoft Teams.

Security teams trust

Finally, Microsoft Teams provides the advanced security and compliance capabilities that our Office 365 customers expect. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Like all our commercial services, we have a transparent operational model with no standing access to customer data. Microsoft Teams will support key compliance standards including EU Model Clauses, ISO 27001, SOC 2, HIPAA and more. And, as customers would expect, Microsoft Teams is served out of our hyper-scale global network of data centers, automatically provisioned within Office 365 and managed centrally, just as any other Office 365 service.

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Microsoft Teams joins the Office 365 universal toolkit

Microsoft Teams joins the broadest and deepest portfolio of collaboration applications and services to help solve the diverse needs of people and organizations globally. As we’ve learned from our 85 million active monthly users, all groups have a diverse set of needs when it comes to working together. Office 365 is designed for the unique workstyle of every group and includes purpose-built applications, all deeply integrated together.

  • SharePoint provides intranets and content management solutions to more than 200,000 organizations and 190 million people.
  • Yammer is the social network for work, enabling cross-company discussions for 85 percent of the Fortune 500.
  • Skype for Business provides real-time voice, video and conferencing and hosts more than 100 million meetings a month.
  • Office 365 Groups is our cross-application membership service that makes it easy for people to move naturally from one collaboration tool to another.

Turn on Microsoft Teams today

Early private preview customers are seeing benefits in using Microsoft Teams. “Based on our early use of Microsoft Teams in Office 365, we believe it is the digital cockpit we’ve been waiting for,” said Andrew Wilson, CIO of Accenture. With the public preview available today, administrators can enable Microsoft Teams through the Office 365 admin center.

 

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

Microsoft has acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The software giant plans to integrate the career-oriented social network into many of its apps and services, including Office, Skype and Cortana. You’d get the details of the person you’re meeting for a business deal, for example, or get help from an expert when you’re working on an Office 365 project. Microsoft is vowing to maintain LinkedIn’s overall independence, including the role of CEO Jeff Weiner, and hopes to close the deal sometime in 2016.

According to Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, LinkedIn is a perfect fit. You need a “connected professional world” to get things done, he says, whether it’s getting help with a spreadsheet or fleshing out details in a customer relations tool like Microsoft’s Dynamics. And while Microsoft is purposefully keeping itself at arm’s length, Nadella sees the potential for revenue through subscriptions and (like it or not) targeted ads.

Suffice it to say that this is a huge move for Microsoft. It’s entering the social networking world in a big way — while LinkedIn isn’t direct competition for Facebook or Twitter, its 433 million members are nothing to sneeze at. The acquisition is also proof positive that Microsoft under Nadella is reducing its dependence on Windows and putting more of an emphasis on cloud services. This is as much about acknowledging a changing computing landscape, where Windows doesn’t necessarily dominate, as it is a bid to become a crucial service provider.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update will have Xbox One compatibility & Linux Support and some..

Microsoft has moved away from update branding like Service Packs and has decided it has to call them something — in this case, the Anniversary Update. The annual Build developer conference is this week, and Microsoft has a number of significant updates planned for Windows 10’s first anniversary.

Windows 10 now has 270 million users, which makes it the fastest-adopted operating system Microsoft has ever shipped. Adoption is outpacing even Windows 7 by 145%, though Microsoft isn’t on-pace to achieve its one billion target goal within two years at the moment. The only way to acheive that would be if corporations start shifting to Windows 10 in large numbers, or if consumers finally begin purchasing replacement PCs. How much they can depend on either trend is unclear.

One of the major changes coming to the Windows 10 platform doesn’t involve the PC at all, but the Xbox One. Microsoft already allows for game streaming between an Xbox One and a Windows 10 PC, but that compatibility is expanding significantly with the Anniversary Update. Post-update, the Xbox One will be able to run any Windows 10 Universal Application.

The Anniversary Update will allow gamers to actually disable V-Sync and will improve support for multi-GPU configurations. Other issues, like the complete lack of modding support or any kind of editable INI configuration, are not addressed in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — at least, not yet. The company will have to work to rehabilitate its image after recent launches mostly flopped.

Cortana will also be coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft seems to think this will be a major appeal for the platform; the Windows Store is getting a new section devoted to applications that integrate Cortana.

For a company whose former CEO once famously declared that “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches,” Microsoft’s about-face on Linux has been nothing short of astonishing. Project Astoria, the plan to run Android applications on Windows Mobile devices, may be dead, but Microsoft isn’t abandoning its plans to drive closer relationships between Linux developers and Windows users. Windows 10’s Anniversary Update “will include the ability to run the popular bash shell from Unix, along with the rest of a typical Unix command-line environment,” Ars Technica reports.

Microsoft is teaming up with Canonical to provide a system image with Windows-compatible versions of the command-line tools used for Ubuntu development. I’m not sure I understand what the proposed value proposition is here — it made sense for Microsoft to consider developing a compatibility layer that would allow Android code to run on Windows 10 Mobile, due to the vast difference between their respective user bases. I’m not sure why it makes sense to integrate a Linux bash shell into Windows 10, or which developers Microsoft intends to court with this maneuver. Programmers, feel free to weigh in.

Other significant updates include the use of biometric authentication for websites (at least when using Microsoft Edge) and increased stylus support for Windows 10 devices that use one.

Xbox Live to support cross-platform multiplayer with PS4

Microsoft is announcing a big new feature for Xbox owners today: cross-network play. It’s something they have hinted at for years, and now it seems the reality of PS4, Xbox One, and PC players playing the same game together might finally happen. At this point, there’s very little difference between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But there was one key difference. Xbox gamers could only play with Xbox and PC players as Microsoft was restricting access to the multiplayer component. Microsoft just announced that game developers can now create cross-platform multiplayer modes that work with other consoles and operating systems. So it means that the next Call of Duty or FIFA could feature a multiplayer mode that works with both Xbox and Playstation gamers. It just depends on developers now. Developers building games for Xbox One and Windows 10 will be able to support the feature, but it will require Sony and others to “participate” in order for games to be played across Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

 

The first game that is going to support cross-platform multiplayer is Rocket League. Microsoft mentions cross-platform multiplayer between the Xbox One and Windows, but you can also expect support for PlayStation gamers as well given that the current version of Rocket League supports cross-platform multiplayer between PlayStation 4 and PC players. It’s unclear how developers are supposed to deal with duplicated PlayStation Network and Xbox Live screen names.

If developers and console makers get behind Microsoft’s support of cross-network play then it will change the shape of games in the future. Currently, console gamers are restricted to playing titles on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, and many pick an Xbox One or PS4 based on what their friends purchased. Opening up online multiplayer gaming across different platforms will remove a big restriction in console gaming, but it will also create a conversation around which titles should allow PC gamers to play against consoles. A mouse and keyboard can still have many advantages over a gamepad for first-person shooters, so it’s a new challenge that game developers will have to balance for cross-network play. For PC games that were using Microsoft’s online framework, these games will also work with other operating systems, such as OS X. And finally, Xbox players will be able to restrict multiplayer modes to other Xbox players only, but it’s unclear why you’d do that .

Outlook 2016 – POP3 Issues on latest update

The latest windows update for Outlook 2016 causes issues if you are using it for POP3 accounts. Build 16.0.6568.2025 is causing problems for people who have Outlook set to leave mail on the server for a period of time. Instead of deleting the aged mail from the server, it deletes all of the mail. However, if  users uncheck the option to delete mail after a period of days, while leaving the “leave on server’ setting checked, this will leave all email on the server. To do this, go to File, Account Settings, double click on the POP account then click More Settings. The leave on server setting is on the Advanced tab.

The second issue with this update is that POP3 mail left on the server keeps downloading, over and over, casuing multiple copies of the same email to appear in your Inbox.

The Fix : (temporary!)

First, go to File, Office Account, Update Options and Disable updates then create an appointment on your calendar to re-enable updates next month.

To revert to the February 9 2016 build 16.0.6366.2068, open a command prompt as Administrator and type or paste this command line in the Command Prompt window:

“C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRunofficec2rclient.exe” /update user updatetoversion=16.0.6366.2068″

(Don’t forget the inverted commas )

Windows 10 Top 5 Tips

Going into the new year, everybody’s moving towards Windows 10 – it’s free in most cases, so why not!
Here’s my top five tips for getting the best out of Microsoft’s new Operating System

1. Switch off Quick Access view – by default Windows Explorer shows a new view which instead of showing libraries and your drives, shows the most recently opened files. To change the view, goto the ribbon bar at the top of Windows Explorer and choose ‘View’ , then ‘Options’ – then change the ‘Open File Explorer to’ as seen below