Saturday, May 20, 2023

Microsoft Copilot Explained!

Great video that explains how Microsoft Copilot works within Microsoft 365.  The video gives a simple explanation of Large Language Models (LLM) and while at the same time leveraging Microsoft Graph to securely access corporate data that a user has access to.

Monday, April 17, 2023

New Teams Client Public Preview

In March 2023, it was publicly announced that there is a new Teams windows app that is now in Public Preview.  One of the main objectives of this complete re-architecture of the Teams app is to improve speed and performance.  The existing Teams app has had many performance issues, which I have seen day-to-day.  

Another big change is the new Teams app will allow users to simultaneously sign into multiple tenants at the same time.  This has been a critical ask for customers who have Office 365 tenants implemented in different clouds so they can meet their complex organizational data management requirements.


Friday, March 17, 2023

Microsoft 365 Copilot

Very exciting public announcement.  Microsoft 365 is now being integrated with ChatGpt.  Introducing Microsoft Copilot which is a next-generation AI solution integrated with Microsoft Office.

From the announcement:

  • Copilot in Word writes, edits, summarizes and creates right alongside people as they work.
  • Copilot in PowerPoint enables the creation process by turning ideas into a designed presentation through natural language commands.
  • Copilot in Excel helps unlock insights, identify trends or create professional-looking data visualizations in a fraction of the time.
  • Copilot in Outlook can help synthesize and manage the inbox to allow more time to be spent on actually communicating.
  • Copilot in Teams makes meetings more productive with real-time summaries and action items directly in the context of the conversation.
  • Copilot in Power Platform will help developers of all skill levels accelerate and streamline development with low-code tools with the introduction of two new capabilities within Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents.
  • Business Chat brings together data from across documents, presentations, email, calendar, notes and contacts to help summarize chats, write emails, find key dates or even write a plan based on other project files.

This is beyond exciting and is going to definitely change the game….


Saturday, February 18, 2023

New Teams Webinar Features

I found this to be a really nice article that explains all the NEW capabilities from Microsoft Teams Webinar that is available in the new Teams Premium SKU.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Microsoft Teams Search and Purge

There are times when customers require the ability to purge data from their tenant.  The major services of Office 365 like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online (plus OneDrive for Business) and Microsoft Teams have always had methods for performing permanent deletion of data.  Exchange Online and SharePoint Online have always had capabilities that allows you to do item level data purging.  There have always had ways to delete Microsoft Teams chat data too, however the deletion options of chat item level data was very limited and not optimal.  This is no longer the case.  

Microsoft Teams has a new feature in the eDiscovery Premium SKU that allows you to have item level deletion of chat data.  This feature is now fully Generally Available.  

Please review the links below.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Microsoft Teams Linux Client

I missed this announcement last month.  Microsoft Teams now has a web app that is fully supported and generally available for users who are on Linux.


Monday, November 21, 2022

Microsoft Teams Premium Announcement Notes

There was an important announcement at the recent Ignite conference in October 2022 for Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams is introducing a new SKU called Microsoft Teams Premium which will include a wide array of new capabilities.  Here is a listing of features that caught my attention:

  • Meeting Guides: pre-configured meetings set by IT based on the type of meeting you want to have (internal, external, etc.)
  • Customer meeting branding: great for external attendees meeting join experience
  • Intelligent Recap: creates smarter recordings and after meeting actions
  • Live translation for captions
  • Advanced meeting protection: water marking, limit who can record a meeting, additional integration with E5 features like meeting labels
  • Advanced Meeting Appointments: text reminders, custom branded virtual appointments, streamline appointment management, additional analytics, etc.
  • Advanced Webinars: streamlined registration workflows, registration waitlists, automated email reminders, virtual green room, manage what attendees can see, etc.