[m365weekly] #13

💻 What’s on my mind

I have to admit I’m greatly fascinated with what Zoom managed to accomplish in these months from March 2020 when masses rushed to online meetings. As far as I know, they don’t sleep and Microsoft can hardly keep up with the updates to Teams. For example, Zoom is getting support for human language interpreters which is a super cool feature for international meetings/conferences.

Teams barely got Breakout rooms a few days ago and the feature is still in preview and thus lacks a few things. But on the other side: Zoom is $15 per month while the cheapest way to get Teams is with Microsoft 365 Business Basic for 5 and you still get 1 TB of OneDrive storage, a large mailbox, and almost the whole M365 ecosystem with it. Price/performance definitely on Microsoft’s side.

Have a nice day. Matic Z.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

They finally did it. Breakout rooms in Teams are generally available. You have to have a “new meeting experience” turned on in your Teams settings to see all new features from the last few months. What I miss, regarding Breakout rooms is the ability for the users to chose the room by themselves. At the moment only two options are available: to automatically assign users to the rooms or manual assign done by the organizer. Another thing: educational tenants will not get the update, yet. But they would need it the most. More reading about breakout rooms (link and official blog post).

here you find break out rooms icon
That’s the icon for the new Breakout rooms from organizer’s perspective.

Noise Suppression in Teams. Another cool new feature. AI will now filter out most of the unwanted ambient noise.

Real-World Examples of Microsoft Power Automate flows. Link to official Microsoft’s webinar on-demand.

13 Ways to Make Microsoft Lists Work for You. A step-by-step guide with screenshots about how to start using this amazing Microsoft 365 service called Lists.

Add to OneDrive is generally available. Now you can bring all the content that was shared with you on Teams or Sharepoint to one place by adding shortcuts to your OneDrive

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

What happened in the Microsoft 365 universe in December 2020. A quick overview the new cool things.

Microsoft to Turn on Guest Access in Teams by Default. The change will be for new tenants, and for the existing ones, too. Might sound scary. But it’s truly not.

SharePoint look book. You have no idea how to design and structure your Sharepoint site? Here you can get ideas and templates which you can apply to your tenant and your SharePoint sites.

How to Archive MS Teams. How to properly remove obsolete Teams workspaces.

💻 Security

Email Security Predictions 2021: 6 Ways Hackers Will Target Businesses. Maybe the most frightening of all – hackers will get personal.

💻 Noticed On Youtube

Tomazs Poszytek – Youtube Channel. Lots of high quality content videos about Power Platform. In English, of course.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

December 14, 2020. Teams Nation Monthly Meet-Up December Online.

December 15, 2020. Meetup – Holidays with the Power Platform Group.

December 16, 2020. Learn how to build Teams apps.

January 14, 2021. We’re moving to Microsoft 365, now what? Meetup.

💻 Slightly Off-Topic

Five tips to make you a better presenter at virtual events. With the new reality we are mostly presenting virtually.

Microsoft Teams is NOT your next LMS. Is MS Teams good enough for the educational sector to replace fully-fledged LMS like Moodle?

😂 On a Less Serious Note

10+ Cloud humor ideas | humor, tech humor, clouds

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