MSTeams Tip: Forms on the fly survey

Microsoft Teams continues to get new functionality and I saw a nice addition just the other day.  The ability to quickly create a survey in a channel conversation without leaving the app or even adding Forms as a new tab makes collaboration with your team more seamless.

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Removing Multiple Blocked Senders from EOP

Along with an Office 365 subscription, you get Microsoft’s mail filtering solution Exchange Online Protection (EOP).  You can also subscribe to EOP if you are running on on-premises mail solution.

One nice feature of EOP is that it can be configured to detect and block outbound spam.  IF When a user account gets compromised (or maybe you have legitimate spammers) Microsoft can block the ability for the account to send any more outbound mail until you have addressed the account and unblocked it.  This is great until you have an outbreak of compromised accounts, likely due to phishing victims, and need to remove multiple blocked addresses.  So how can we do this?

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What’s Missing in the New Office 365 App Launcher Experience

The Office 365 app launcher has undergone multiple variations over the past few years.  The existing style was announced in September 2016, and just a year later is drastically changing again.  While users will adapt, these frequent complete overhauls do present challenges for internal communications with the user base.

The newest iteration started hitting first release users and tenants this month.  It has a clean design, and should be easy for users to navigate.  Microsoft’s plan is to create the app launcher layout based on recent activity by that specific user, meaning each user will have an initial layout that is custom to them.  I noticed one key piece of information in the below excerpt from the official announcement:

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MS Teams – Disabled Private Chat Bug

If you find that you have a need to disable private chat in Microsoft Teams, be aware that you may run into some challenges while it is disabled and if you need to enable it again.

Scenario

  • Private chat in Teams is enabled, and in use by users.
  • Private chat is then disabled for a period of time in the admin portal.
  • After a period of time, private chat is then enabled again.

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MSIgnite Reaction: The Future of Skype and Teams

Now that Microsoft Ignite has come and gone, I have had time to digest some of the news from the week and want to share some thoughts…specifically about Skype and Teams for now.  Ignite 2017 overall was the best/most productive Microsoft conference I have attended.  The logistics of a conference this size have to be crazy – 30,000 people, 1600+ sessions, vendors, food, celebrations, etc.  Kudos to everyone involved.

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Ignite 2017 Day 1 Recap

The first day of Microsoft Ignite brought a staggering amount of announcements, most of which I have yet to read about in detail.  With the number of product groups represented at the conference, I am sure there are still some that I haven’t heard about.  In all of the sessions I attended today, I saw Microsoft’s mission throughout.  It is clear that they are really focused on ensuring users have the tools they need to be productive.

Microsoft Mission: Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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MS Ignite 2017: Top 5 Sessions

Microsoft Ignite kicks off on Monday, and I can’t wait for another year of immersion in all of the enterprise technologies that Microsoft has to offer.  If you are still struggling to sort through the 1500+ sessions available, let me persuade you to check out my top 5 anticipated sessions for the week.

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