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Microsoft 365 updates and news from Microsoft Build

It came as a bit of a surprise that Microsoft Build--the popular developer-focused conference--was also a source for some general Office 365, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams updates. Here's what we learned.
May 22, 2020

2020 Online Azure, Office 365, and SharePoint Conferences

Lots of in-person conferences have been cancelled. The smart ones have moved to an online format. Here's a best-effort list of the Microsoft 365, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Power Platform, etc. conferences available.
May 14, 2020

How it was made: The Periodic Table of Office 365

A lot of people ask how the Periodic Table of Office 365 came to being. Take a walk through history into why the table was needed, the steps it took to get to the final product, and how graphics can really help when it comes to human understanding.
May 12, 2020

Schedule your Teams meeting with FindTime

Whenever you need to schedule a meeting with people outside your organization, FindTime is the way to do it. Easily source attendees' availability and preferences with this free Microsoft plugin.
May 9, 2020

Everyday Etiquette in Microsoft Teams

Your essential listing of the everyday tips & tricks, best practices, and life hacks for making the most of Microsoft Teams. For companies, schools, universities, and government agencies.
April 19, 2020

Use truly custom backgrounds in Microsoft Teams

Using a little ingenuity, you too can use your own images as backgrounds in Teams meetings.
April 14, 2020

Screen and app sharing options in Microsoft Teams meetings

Keep everyone on the same page — literally! — by sharing your screen, apps, or presentations during Microsoft Teams meetings. Here's how to do it right.
April 5, 2020

9 things you need to stop doing during online meetings

We're all guilty of a faux pas here and there when we're on a conference call or online meeting. Here are the most common no-no's and how you can work to make the meeting a more enjoyable—even professional—experience.
March 27, 2020

How to start or join a meeting in Microsoft Teams

There are a number of ways to get a Teams meeting going. Here's an everyday overview on how to start or join your meeting.
March 25, 2020

How to schedule a meeting in Microsoft Teams

Everything you need to know to schedule meetings in Microsoft Teams, written just for the everyday Teams user.
March 23, 2020

Microsoft Teams tips and tricks for remote working and distance learning

With an unprecedented number of employees working from home and students distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft Teams is the new workplace and school for millions of people. Here's how to make the most of it.
March 15, 2020

Why ‘Email a Channel’ is the best hidden feature in Microsoft Teams

Forward any email to Microsoft Teams so you can work on it and its attachments right where you prefer to work. Easy and convenient!
January 23, 2020

The OneDrive Family Tree

The OneDrive brand is used in a lot of places but means different things depending on context. Here's how to tell which OneDrive is the one you're talking about.
December 1, 2019

How to stay up to date with Office 365 life cycle changes

Keeping up with the life cycle of Office 365 is hard. Here are some go-to resources to make that process easier.
November 29, 2019

The Basics of SharePoint Document Libraries

Document libraries are a fundamental aspect of pretty much any use of SharePoint. They act as the repository for any and all files. Even page libraries, media libraries, and the like are based on document libraries. So even if you don’t think you’re using them, you likely are. Learn all you need to know with this infographic.
November 27, 2019

Resources from Matt Wade’s 2019 Ignite sessions

Catch up on Matt's sessions from Microsoft Ignite 2019, complete with hand outs, video recordings of the sessions, and additional resources to help you get acquainted with Teams, bots, and more.
November 14, 2019

Everything you need to know about Private Channels in Microsoft Teams

The most-requested feature ever for Microsoft Teams is now officially available. Here are the ins and outs of using them smartly and avoiding some land mines along the way.
November 4, 2019

The Document Circle of Life in Office 365

Should I use SharePoint or OneDrive? This is a critical question in Office 365. It's not as simple as which app; it comes down to how your documents start their lives, work through collaboration, get published, and are put to death. This infographic should provide some ideas to get you going.
October 23, 2019

An Everyday Guide to Microsoft Office 365 Groups

Microsoft 365 Groups can be confusing. This infographic covers what happens behind the scenes when you create a Microsoft Team, Yammer Community, or Outlook Group.
October 22, 2019

Matt Wade’s Quick Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2019

So you're going to Microsoft Ignite? Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas to make the most of your trip to Orlando.
October 7, 2019

Add emoji to your Channels in Microsoft Teams

Adding emoji to Channel names in Microsoft Teams can help you quickly identify which Channel is for what. Almost like branding your Channels. Here's how to do it, along with some caveats to know.
April 17, 2019

Which Tool When: Microsoft Teams or Yammer

Teams and Yammer may seem similar on the surface, but any deep dive into the apps will show clear differences for best uses of the tools. Jump into the reasons to use Yammer, Teams, or both, and how to make the most of each.
February 27, 2019

Which Tool When: Outlook or Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is giving Outlook a run for its money. But when should you use Teams instead of Outlook? Or vice versa? Here's everything you could want to know about juggling the two.
September 18, 2018

Which Tool When: Project or Planner

Microsoft has two major project management apps as part of Office 365. But which should you use? Microsoft Project or Microsoft Planner? Dive into the details of when to use each.
August 22, 2018

Which Tool When: SharePoint or OneDrive

Should I use SharePoint or OneDrive for this? It's one of the most common questions in the Office 365 space. This article looks at the two and recommends best practices for common situations.
July 19, 2018

“I Don’t Trust the Cloud” — Actually, You Do

Business decision makers worldwide still get itchy when their employees and IT staff ask to move to modern tools that are built "in the cloud". Here's why the concept isn't actually all that new to us.
November 20, 2017

6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Using Microsoft Teams

Teams offers a ton of benefits for accessing all your work via a single pane of glass, but there are some surprise negatives if you're not prepared. Here are some things to know of before diving too deeply.
August 26, 2017

8 Surprisingly Great Things About Microsoft Teams

Teams isn't just a Millennial replacement for email and Outlook. There are bunch of really great features that make a major difference in your everyday productivity and efficiency. These are the ones that help the most.
July 15, 2017