End User

There are lots of blog posts out there with useful links for the Microsoft Exams and for administrators, but they are not the only excellent resources out there on the internet.

In this post I’ve pulled together my favourite references for users of Microsoft Teams, apart from the super useful posts on my blog, of course (wink) which are shown below, but you should also have a look at the Microsoft Quick Start Guide for Teams which you can download here and the Microsoft Teams help & support page from Microsoft Support. Also don’t forget the help button in Teams itself.

Praise and Praise History

To celebrate the 5th Birthday of Microsoft Teams on March 14th 2022, I’m publishing this article help you rediscover one of the early features of Teams. After all, a birthday is a great opportunity to send Praise!

Keeping your Focus in Meetings

Distractions in virtual/hybrid meetings & training courses are a big pain point, so make the most of the video focus tools to help you get the most of your Microsoft Teams meetings and webinars.

Cameras On!

As we approach 2 years of intensive virtual meetings, the debate about cameras on or cameras off still rages on. This is especially true with virtual training

Out of Office Automatic Replies

Did you know there are many options for setting your out of office or automatic replies in #Office365 including from #MicrosoftTeams

Meeting Transcription

There are two ways of displaying in text format what is said during a Microsoft Teams Meeting; Live Captions and Transcript.  Live captions are shown on screen (usually at the bottom of the meeting screen) and disappear as new captions are generated.  Live captions are visible only to users who switch them on. Live Captions canContinue reading “Meeting Transcription”

My Favourite Virtual Background Sources

Apart from creating my own backgrounds in PowerPoint which I covered in an earlier post, these are my personal favourite sources for background images for virtual meetings. Create your own Teams backdrop using PowerPoint – The Teams Queen Blog Ikea https://backgroundsbyikea.com/ Microsoft  https://adoption.microsoft.com/microsoft-teams/custom-backgrounds-gallery/ https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/outlook-blog/online-meeting-backgrounds-outlook-exchange-amp-bookings/ba-p/1688841 https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/resource/6eb1ef79 Warner Bros https://www.warnerbros.com/news/articles/2020/07/08/virtual-backgrounds-microsoft-teams-calls

Delegated Team Meeting Creation

Lots of people don’t create the meeting invites for the meetings they run in this blog I will lay out what the issues are and then consider ways to avoid these when acting as a scheduler.

Manage Teams Meeting Options

Teams meeting options are how you can control who can do what in your meeting. In the Education sphere this control is essential but they are also very useful in many other scenarios.

Make Fun of Virtual Meeting Fatigue

Are you sick of virtual meetings and training courses yet? To be honest, I’m not. However I have been looking for ways to ring some changes. It does get dull, always hearing (and saying) the same old phrases, so I’ve made myself some flashcards. And I gift them to you here – enjoy!

Where is my meeting recording?

With Teams meeting recordings moving to OneDrive and SharePoint from Stream users and admins need to understand what this change means. It’s not just the location a recording is stored that is changing but also who can records and the sharing options once the recording is done.

Microsoft Teams Break Out Rooms – Some Early Observations

With the launch of breakout rooms for adhoc and scheduled Team meetings, many people are celebrating and it is a much requested feature, but how does it work.
Microsoft have released a couple of great articles so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and write a full guide myself, but I would like to share my early observations.

Channel Notifications

Are you a member of a Team across more than 1 organisation/M365 Tenant? I use Channel Notifications to help me keep on top of the less well used teams.

Screen Sharing from Teams on a Mobile phone

Working from home for a lot of people will bring added flexibility. For many remote working also allows us to shift the times of day we get the majority of our work done. However, it is vital to remain available during normal business hours and here the Teams mobile app can help.

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