User-friendly links in Outlook on the Web

This is a rather cool way to get user-friendly link from SharePoint Online or OneDrive in an email without a lot of work… just copy the link into an email created in Outlook on the Web, and Outlook will do all the hard work for you! Here’s how it works and looks…

Enhanced Meeting Scheduling in Microsoft Teams

In their quest to get Microsoft Teams to have feature parity with Outlook when it comes to meetings, there’s been a few features added to Microsoft Teams meeting scheduling that make it even closer to how you schedule meetings in Outlook. Here’s an overview of the ones that are most important and/or apparent…

Read Receipts in Microsoft Teams

Read receipts in Microsoft Teams is one of those features that will have two very distinct reactions from people. Some will love the idea of being able to tell when people have read the latest information in the chat (I fall into that camp). Others will have a strong “it’s none of your business” reaction, much like read receipts in email (which I will admit to hating). So I’ll put this out there for your viewing pleasure, and you can react as you see fit. 🙂

Renaming URLs in a SharePoint Online site

One of the questions I’ve grown to dread in my years of working with SharePoint is “can we change the URL of my site?” Up until now, the answer was pretty much no, unless you wanted to go through major hassles to create a new site, copy over content, etc. However, Microsoft has finally rolled out a feature to allow you to truly rename a URL, *and* it handles automatic redirects if someone uses the old URL. There are some caveats that I’ll point out at the end of this tip, but here’s how it works…

Using the new File Upload question in Microsoft Forms

Microsoft Forms is a great survey tool, but a number of people were wanting to have a question type that would allow people to upload files when responding to a Forms survey. Microsoft listened, and now Forms will allow for people to create File Upload questions as part of their survey response experience. Here’s now that works…

Using the My Day feature on Outlook in the browser

Microsoft’s been doing a good job in getting the web-based Outlook client to feature-parity with the Outlook client. One of the latest additions to web-based Outlook is the My Day feature, which easily allows you to see your to-do and calendar in the main email page. Here’s how it works…

Meeting Insights in Mobile Outlook

If you live off your mobile device, you know it’s not very easy to look at a meeting on your calendar and find any related information that might help you prepare. Now in the mobile version of Outlook on iOS and Android, there’s a new feature called Meeting Insights, and it will gather any documents or emails that might be relevant for you. It’s a great example of how Microsoft is using machine learning to make you more efficient. Here’s what it looks like…

Using the Meet Now feature in Microsoft Teams

If you’re like me, there are many instances during the day when you’re in Microsoft Teams and you want to have a quick meeting with a group. However, it’s a pain to have to schedule the meeting first, and then hope that everyone can join. Now, you can just use the Meet Now option in Teams to create an ad-hoc meeting without the hassle of setting things up first. Here’s how that works…