At Ignite 2020, Microsoft has announced that it is working on improvements to the online presence feature in Microsoft Teams. As part of this change, the company released a new Offline Status option last month, and it is now introducing another feature called “Presence Status Duration.” The new status duration option in the presence menu allows users to set a certain state for a specific period of time. For example, they can set their status settings to “Do Not Disturb” for 30 minutes, an hour, two hours, or all day, or all week.
This is actually not such a new feature in Microsoft Meetings, but certainly a very welcome feature to have a detailed control over who can bypass the lobby of a Microsoft Teams meeting. We can set this setting for a particular meeting by editing the meeting options after it is scheduled. Or we can even set this option as the default option for all people in our organization or specific people by changing the global meeting policy or creating a new policy.
Microsoft Teams is beginning to receive a “pinned messages” feature that allows users to pin important announcements and messages at the top of a channel. Mike Tholfsen, product manager of the Microsoft EDU team, announced on Twitter that the feature will be available to all users worldwide starting this week. In September, Microsoft updated its Teams roadmap with plans to include this new feature in Teams. This feature allows users to pin every message or reply at the top of the channel window so that it appears in the channel information panel so that all participants can see it. To verify that the feature is active, hover over a message in a channel and click the three-dot menu (…). Finally, select the “Pin” option from the list, and then click the “Pin” button when prompted.
It’s no secret that Microsoft Teams has proven itself to be a major driver of digital transformation, enabling employees of any size company to collaborate on projects and share ideas, as well as communicate through instant messaging, video collaboration, and voice calls. But while many progressive organizations are jumping on board the digital transformation train to meet the challenges of our dynamic global economy, the whole process can quickly turn sour if employees don’t apply the new technology.
Microsoft Team bots are critical to getting the most out of your collaboration stack. Since 91% of companies now use at least two messaging apps, chances are you’ll want to expand the functionality of your teams with some plug-ins, add-ons, and bots. Have employees used different chat apps at the same time? Do you want to track employee engagement and surveys? Read more…
A new Push-to-Talk experience from Microsoft Teams. As part of the Ignite 2020 conference, Microsoft has introduced a series of exciting new updates to the Microsoft Teams experience. Users can enjoy an updated Microsoft Teams Phones experience, complete with a convenient user interface that fits their schedule. There are also several updates for calling and chatting with Microsoft Teams. One of the interesting newcomers to appear in the Microsoft portfolio this season is the Walkie Talkie app. This handy push-to-talk application provides access to direct communication for the entire team. The app is now available in Android and allows users to communicate quickly and effectively with their teams through the channels in which they are members.
If the OneDrive client is actively syncing files, you’ll see the sync symbol (Image #1) over the OneDrive icon in the notification area. Clicking the OneDrive icon displays a list of files that are in the sync queue. On the device I was dissolving, OneDrive uploaded a series of large media files that had recently been transferred to the local drive. By default, the upload speed of the OneDrive sync client is not limited. In other words, it can saturate your upload bandwidth. If the client syncs small office files, or if a large amount of upload bandwidth is available, the default setting may not be a problem.
In August, we reported that Microsoft is working on a simplified notification experience that makes it easy for users to configure and customize their notification settings. The revamped notification settings page has begun rolling out to users using the desktop and web version of Microsoft Teams, according to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. The newly designed notification settings section offers many customization options, such as email, sound, teams and channel, chat, meetings, people, and others. Interestingly enough, one of the main highlights of this release is the new Teams and Channel section. Allows users to choose from two teams and channel notifications presets, including “All Activities” and “Mentions and Replies.”
Using Microsoft 365 means that a large percentage of your business data, from emails to spreadsheets, is hosted in the Microsoft cloud. The Microsoft cloud platform is incredibly secure in itself, but it’s up to YOU to manage your own environment in that cloud! Here’s the good news: The Microsoft 365 platform has numerous built-in security features that, if configured and maintained correctly, can protect your business from cyber thieves. Let’s look at the controls you need to deploy in your Microsoft 365 platform.
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