#OTSTWIT What’s New in Teams? September 2021 Edition – Episode 35

This Week in Teams, Craig and Jay jump into the September 2021 Microsoft Teams Team product blog where ALL the goodies that were announced for commercial and US Government tenants:

On this months episode, we covered some new feature with Teams Meetings:

  • Presenter from Power Point Teams
  • Apple Car Play
  • New Breakout Room experience
  • Being able to restart a Live Event if you accidentally end it
  • 100k attendees can attend a Live Event (if you have the LEAM team enable it)

We then talk about Devices and features that are available in the Teams App now being made available to Teams Rooms:

  • Dynamic views of attendees
  • Ability to Spotlight multiple participatns
  • Pin multiple participants
  • Chat bubbles
  • New Presenter modes

We moved on to Chat & Collaborations features that are now available, but Craig has had for sometime and Jay is mad at him about:

  • The ability to Pin messages
  • Reply to a message
  • Power Automate templates
  • New default settings options when opening documents

We closed out by Jay running through the Government Cloud features:

  • GCC, High, DOD -Apple Car Play
  • GCC, High – Improved content sharing experience
  • GCC- Breakout room experience
  • GCC- Teams notifications now default to native (assist mode, action center, accessibility, etc)
  • GCC- Mute conversations

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00:00:08.060
Jay Leask
Welcome to the September edition of this week in teams where we talk about the latest updates from the month of September. It’s been a long time since we’ve done one of these episodes. Craig, I’m very excited to see what this looks like, ’cause I think we’re rusty as hell.

00:00:26.500 –> 00:00:33.920
Craig Jahnke
I like that you’re excited ’cause I’ve just gotten all morning that you’re crabby as hell and it should be very interesting. So nice to see you, Jay.

00:00:34.080 –> 00:00:47.850
Jay Leask
It’s good to see you too, man, uh me, so uh, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a regular cadence of content and we’re going to try and kick things off with the month of October for a new season of TWIT.

00:00:48.160 –> 00:00:56.970
Jay Leask
Uh, so just a quick update on what we’re doing it. I don’t think you knew I was going to do this, but here we go. We’re going to do the monthly update again.

00:00:57.020 –> 00:01:06.080
Jay Leask
Uhm, yeah, right this week in teams has become this month in teams, but that’s OK. We’re going to keep the name and the brand and we’re going to keep moving.

00:00:57.350 –> 00:00:58.810
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, monthly updates.

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Craig Jahnke
This.

00:01:07.490 –> 00:01:12.840
Jay Leask
We’re also going to do like mini series of content, so Craig, what’s this series? We’ve got coming up?

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Craig Jahnke
Is it the vehicle series?

00:01:14.960 –> 00:01:15.520
Jay Leask
You don’t know.

00:01:16.830 –> 00:01:26.810
Craig Jahnke
So that we’re going to talk about Viva, an overview of Viva Viva connections Viva topics, Viva insights in Viva learning. So that’s the one we’re working on recording now.

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Craig Jahnke
No, but we still were planning on playing around with. I believe we have another episode or two of Viva around Viva teams around the world where we were interviewing people from different countries and continents actually on teams.

00:01:27.720 –> 00:01:28.060
Jay Leask
Yep.

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Jay Leask
Yep.

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Jay Leask
Yeah, I know I it’s it. We sat down and tried to figure out how do we keep content going and and and fresh and exciting for you. The 33 listeners in my head.

00:01:51.210 –> 00:02:04.940
Jay Leask
Uh, and uh, so we’re going to do the monthly and then we’re going to run. These series is so Viva right now. Hope you enjoy it. And then we’ll get back to the world. The world view on teams later. So here we go.

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Craig Jahnke
3.

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Craig Jahnke
Hey.

00:02:04.470 –> 00:02:13.590
Craig Jahnke
And we might try to get in a couple of what we’re going to call 2 minute teams where we try to demo a feature of teams and then we’ll talk about it afterwards. So the demo will be less than two minutes.

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Jay Leask
I was.

00:02:13.780 –> 00:02:16.720
Jay Leask
I was not prepared to announce that I’m I’m glad you were.

00:02:17.820 –> 00:02:25.730
Craig Jahnke
I wasn’t prepared to announce anything, but it’s 6:30 in the morning at my time on a Saturday and you got me out of bed to do this. So we’re going to talk about whatever.

00:02:24.500 –> 00:02:26.230
Jay Leask
Come on, it’s 7:00 o’clock now.

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Jay Leask
You’ve you’ve had coffee.

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Craig Jahnke
I’ve had a cup of coffee.

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Craig Jahnke
We’re good, let’s go. Let’s roll so.

00:02:32.170 –> 00:02:33.060
Jay Leask
Alright alright.

00:02:34.340 –> 00:02:37.340
Jay Leask
Let’s roll into the news of September. What do we got?

00:02:37.670 –> 00:02:41.550
Craig Jahnke
I don’t, I don’t know. I’m gonna do that. What do they call it? Cabbage patch. No, that’s not. It’s turning the.

00:02:42.820 –> 00:02:46.890
Jay Leask
I don’t know what it is, but that’s gonna play for like 30 seconds at the end of this video.

00:02:47.680 –> 00:02:53.370
Craig Jahnke
So we got some meetings in teams, so presenter mode. So the I think the.

00:02:52.780 –> 00:02:55.470
Jay Leask
We’ve got meetings in teams. They finally come to teams.

00:02:55.350 –> 00:03:21.930
Craig Jahnke
Yes, that was a huge addition to teams with the addition of meetings. They’ll presenter mode for PowerPoint. So for those people who have sometimes struggled with, how do I present in PowerPoint without sharing everything on my desktop? You can go right into PowerPoint and there will be an icon on the top right hand corner. It says shared a team, so if you’re there it will just share the presentation. You don’t have to worry about what you have in your background or anything like that, which I always struggle with, so it’s showing.

00:03:21.660 –> 00:03:32.590
Jay Leask
So I’ll I’ll put, I’ll we’re going to put a link in the blog about this, but go watch the product marketing manager, Aisha Miller, do a little presentation. It’s a minute long.

00:03:33.920 –> 00:04:00.620
Jay Leask
Two minute teams Speaking of. It’s a little campy, but it is actually really cool, because if you’ve ever been if you’ve ever seen a salesperson share their whole desktop and then you see the background chats pop up while they’re team tells them to stop sharing their whole screen or somebody tells them that the customer was not getting it and ends up getting in trouble. ’cause they’re idiots like, this is big.

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Craig Jahnke
Yeah.

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Craig Jahnke
Yes, I’ve never had that happen to me. I’m perfect perfect presenter, so I wouldn’t know about that.

00:04:06.130 –> 00:04:07.020
Jay Leask
Ah well.

00:04:08.160 –> 00:04:11.700
Jay Leask
Alright, alright so let’s talk about Apple Car play.

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Craig Jahnke
Yeah, I don’t care about that, Jay.

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Jay Leask
I mean, I, I also don’t care about it, but teams is supposedly going for the the commercial market and you can’t go for the commercial market if you don’t have Apple capabilities, right?

00:04:25.060 –> 00:04:26.210
Craig Jahnke
And if it doesn’t work, Apple.

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Craig Jahnke
Yeah, so I get that but, uh, tell us about Apple Car play then Jay, what is it?

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Jay Leask
This is this is engage in conversation Craig. So just the fact that Apple Car play allows you to use your mobile device in the car and I actually think I saw Matt Wade and Sean Bugler talking about this one. The fact that you don’t have the ability to control your meeting from the car is it’s a pain in the ****.

00:04:58.600 –> 00:05:06.080
Jay Leask
A man and I can respect that. You know, I’ve got Andrew Android play and or whatever it’s called in in our car and and we use that all the time.

00:05:06.140 –> 00:05:22.760
Jay Leask
I’m so OK fine, I get it. The other one that was in there on this one too is a two by two and safari mode. Again, it’s it’s an apple thing, so neither of us particularly cares, but the fact that browsers and Safari or finally going to get two by two gallery view like.

00:05:23.460 –> 00:05:26.810
Jay Leask
I can’t believe they’re still just using the one person view.

00:05:27.640 –> 00:05:28.460
Jay Leask
That’s insane.

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Craig Jahnke
Yeah, and as we talked about before the broadcast or you brought up if we’re gonna. If Microsoft is wanting to make serious inroads into the consumer market with teams, that’s going to have to take, that’s going to have to come on par with with what you see out there. And some of the other competitors who can do 7 by 7 so.

00:05:37.600 –> 00:05:37.990
Jay Leask
Yeah.

00:05:42.080 –> 00:05:42.400
Jay Leask
Yep.

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Craig Jahnke
Uhm?

00:05:47.960 –> 00:06:03.820
Craig Jahnke
It is as good as they can make that as close as they can get that to the the enterprise model, right? For the consumers, that’s going to help but just tailing back to Apple Car play. Just some of the stuff that I’ve seen out there in the news and things lately.

00:05:54.970 –> 00:05:55.400
Jay Leask
Yep.

00:06:04.140 –> 00:06:04.770
Craig Jahnke
Uhm?

00:06:06.080 –> 00:06:30.970
Craig Jahnke
The car producers like GM and Ford and Toyota and some of them are really diving into what they’re doing with the technology in their cars with with going electric. With that in the whole systems in similar to the the Apple Car play, I think that’s going to be huge opportunity and you’re going to see that for newer cars just whole little communication like.

00:06:31.050 –> 00:06:31.370
Jay Leask
Yeah.

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Craig Jahnke
Satellite, I don’t even know what you call it. Dashboards, communication councils in in cars going forward so.

00:06:38.500 –> 00:06:57.270
Jay Leask
Yep, Yep, I mean if you look at you know what Tesla did with their dashboard and it’s basically just a big screen your that’s clearly a direction we’re going if car manufacturers can get enough chips to build cars, but that’s a different conversation, and depending on which news channel you watch, it’s probably politically charged.

00:06:57.430 –> 00:06:57.830
Craig Jahnke
Yeah.

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Jay Leask
Uhm, I will say, uh.

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Craig Jahnke
Well, think about this. Once you get the self driving cars and you could just have complete conference calls and stuff while you’re driving, you have to even worry about hitting.

00:07:05.600 –> 00:07:09.340
Jay Leask
You then you don’t need Apple Car play experience. You can just use your laptop and.

00:07:10.440 –> 00:07:14.770
Craig Jahnke
No, you have it full heads up display on the on the windshield. That would be awesome.

00:07:10.680 –> 00:07:11.200
Jay Leask
I.

00:07:12.460 –> 00:07:21.150
Jay Leask
I was kidding. I was I was kidding, but yes, that’s that would be. I think we’re both going off the rails here, much like the self driving cars.

00:07:18.870 –> 00:07:19.410
Craig Jahnke
Yeah.

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Jay Leask
Uhm, the one comment. I’ll say in the two by two and safari mode, and this is where the government experience comes into play. Even GCC high end DoD don’t have the two by two mode yet like I, I’ve got a a few customers that I get on in the GCC high environment I get on their meetings. I have to use a web browser to connect to it for reasons I don’t fully understand and it.

00:07:45.250 –> 00:07:57.320
Jay Leask
Uh, it’s one the one person mode, so I don’t. I can’t see people video so I don’t know who has video on and then all of a sudden you know one of my sales guys. His video pops up when he talks like oh, we’re doing video today, OK?

00:07:58.970 –> 00:08:00.460
Jay Leask
Alright, let’s look.

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Craig Jahnke
Ah.

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Craig Jahnke
Video today that’s an interesting conversation. I’ll get back to at the end if there’s time. But yeah, let’s move on to the next thing. So another announcement was the restart of live events, so this feature allows us to actually restart a live event after we’ve accidentally ended it. If you played with live events, there was the ability to have them in their great feature. You invite multiple people, you get moderated chat and all that kind of stuff. But if you accidentally Click to end it, or if you intentionally ended, it ended the event so it will.

00:08:10.250 –> 00:08:10.470
Jay Leask
Right?

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Jay Leask
Oh

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Craig Jahnke
You then basically needed to create a new event and you know send out the links to all that to get people back in, which was a really big pain. So the ability to restart one is is pretty cool and pretty helpful for those people who accidentally do things that they don’t intend to do.

00:08:47.720 –> 00:09:00.590
Jay Leask
as someone who doesn’t run a lot of live events, I really didn’t understand the value of this until you said unless you end the meeting by mistake and I went. Oh yeah, definitely ended meetings by mistake, OK?

00:09:00.200 –> 00:09:16.060
Craig Jahnke
Yes, so that’s cool. And then along with that, so we’re talking about live events, the ability to add over 100 up support up to 100,000 attendees. I believe it was originally 5000 and then COVID hit and there was a need to go bigger than that, so.

00:09:02.170 –> 00:09:04.700
Jay Leask
Also, in live events where it?

00:09:16.780 –> 00:09:40.220
Craig Jahnke
With a little bit of magic, you could get 10 if you talk to the right people and then they eventually kicked it up to 25,000. So now we’re right. Now we’re going to 100,000, so that is pretty awesome. And also you would need to engage what we call Microsoft Sleep team there. There are team that makes sure that you have everything set up everything you need, so if you’re going to be doing 100,000 attendees.

00:09:40.470 –> 00:09:45.180
Craig Jahnke
Uhm, reach out to your Microsoft support person and they can help you get that set up in your tenant.

00:09:45.180 –> 00:09:49.450
Jay Leask
I’m, I’m sorry. Did you call it the Microsoft sleep team?

00:09:49.500 –> 00:09:51.740
Craig Jahnke
Leap team LEAP

00:09:52.100 –> 00:09:57.540
Jay Leask
Thanks, I was like, really, I know Microsoft has naming problems, but the sleep team.

00:09:53.010 –> 00:09:54.460
Craig Jahnke
and I think that stands for.

00:09:57.580 –> 00:10:00.370
Craig Jahnke
Now, Leap Leap forward into the future J.

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Jay Leask
Uhm?

00:10:00.620 –> 00:10:31.430
Jay Leask
So to to finish off meetings ’cause we went a little bit out of order. There’s the new breakout room experience which is huge. One of the biggest frustrations I’ve had with breakout rooms is only the person who set the meeting up can actually manage the breakout rooms and assign people. Which means, like in the education space, if you have classrooms being set up by admins instead of the teachers, those admins are the only people who can manage the breakout rooms.

00:10:27.640 –> 00:10:28.370
Craig Jahnke
Features.

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Jay Leask
So big change to breakout rooms, finally getting a new assignment experience. Selecting multiple participants, using checkboxes, assigning to rooms and of course that the capability that.

00:10:45.250 –> 00:10:46.340
Jay Leask
I.

00:10:48.180 –> 00:10:53.740
Jay Leask
It is now there, right? Like I’m not making this up. ’cause I’m rereading the description and it doesn’t actually say this.

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Craig Jahnke
I believe that is it is there. The other thing that it does do is pop out now so it’s a cleaner interface that makes it easier to do.

00:11:01.660 –> 00:11:18.120
Jay Leask
Alright, you go ahead and, uh oh, wait, no, I’m the one who goes ahead on the next section. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m going to come back to this because it doesn’t say in the description and that makes me wonder if I’m talking about a road map item, which would be terrible considering this is the what came out in September episode.

00:11:18.390 –> 00:11:20.290
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, you could look.

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Jay Leask
Thanks.

00:11:21.920 –> 00:11:24.440
Craig Jahnke
Do to do so.

00:11:23.180 –> 00:11:28.040
Jay Leask
Alright, alright so let’s move on to devices ’cause that took entirely too long.

00:11:28.520 –> 00:11:28.940
Jay Leask
Uh.

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Craig Jahnke
Yep.

00:11:30.390 –> 00:11:32.060
Craig Jahnke
Put devices or things.

00:11:30.560 –> 00:11:47.050
Jay Leask
We’ve got a bunch of updates coming on the device side, and some of these are really exciting. You have dynamic view, you’ve got, which is OK, but then you’ve got the ability to spotlight multiple participants and pin multiple participants, which I have been dying to be able to do like.

00:11:48.080 –> 00:11:56.870
Jay Leask
Think about the educational experience, or even any experience where you have multiple presenters on something. Being able to have both presenters pinned. This is really cool stuff, right?

00:11:58.480 –> 00:12:01.240
Craig Jahnke
Yes, so just take care.

00:12:01.000 –> 00:12:02.420
Jay Leask
Why are you so hesitant?

00:12:03.060 –> 00:12:15.420
Craig Jahnke
’cause this just want to make sure that this is the device mode. This is not like the application mode. I think these are all available in the application already, so this is if you’ve got like the specific device like your team room things and stuff like that so.

00:12:15.470 –> 00:12:18.420
Craig Jahnke
So you should have all these available already.

00:12:17.570 –> 00:12:20.200
Jay Leask
Well, I don’t care about team rooms, no ones back in the office yet.

00:12:20.530 –> 00:12:22.390
Craig Jahnke
Oh yeah, well, they’re getting there.

00:12:21.500 –> 00:12:21.820
Jay Leask
Yeah.

00:12:22.750 –> 00:12:28.050
Jay Leask
Bless it, this is all available today. The pinning multiple participants and spotlighting multiple participants.

00:12:27.960 –> 00:12:41.970
Craig Jahnke
I believe if you have big enough meetings and you play with this Jay, they’re already there. So this is, yeah, this is specifically. If you have those devices like the the specific devices that you can buy, that would allow you to do teams. So on the app should already.

00:12:40.410 –> 00:12:54.610
Jay Leask
This ladies and gentlemen, This is why the term expert is terrible because you can be an expert in something, or at least people can call you an expert in something and you will have missed some of the most basic things coming out.

00:12:55.100 –> 00:13:04.250
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, these have been coming out for. I think these were if we would have been doing our lap doing these like the last couple months you would have thought these already. So these are these two are things catching up.

00:12:55.400 –> 00:12:55.950
Jay Leask
And.

00:13:05.220 –> 00:13:06.940
Jay Leask
Alrighty then, well.

00:13:06.600 –> 00:13:11.580
Craig Jahnke
It if not, they’re going to be there and you’ll be surprised and you’ll just think there were there for awhile and you didn’t know how to do it.

00:13:13.570 –> 00:13:18.130
Jay Leask
Alright, well the you keep going on there who care? Do we care about teams devices?

00:13:19.290 –> 00:13:21.260
Craig Jahnke
I I don’t think that that’s a big enough.

00:13:23.050 –> 00:13:37.780
Craig Jahnke
Figured out portion of our listening. It take care about them, but uh, to quickly do that. There’s chat bubbles in presenter mode is out there like I know presenter mode. It’s been there for awhile where you can make yourself appear in the bowling alley.

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Jay Leask
Presenter mode has been there for awhile, yes, they they’ve been. I’ve been seeing all the MVP’s have been demo ING it. It’s been it’s very very nice.

00:13:38.980 –> 00:13:39.760
Craig Jahnke
Yeah so.

00:13:44.240 –> 00:14:01.980
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, so I think we can just kind of go through and nobody really cares about the the headphones and things that are out there. They’re out there if you click on the link to the to the the updates you can look and see which specific cameras and which specific devices work. I think we can just jump down and.

00:14:03.130 –> 00:14:04.680
Jay Leask
Alright, so chat operation.

00:14:03.260 –> 00:14:03.610
Craig Jahnke
Yes.

00:14:05.020 –> 00:14:06.440
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, but uhm.

00:14:07.400 –> 00:14:37.570
Craig Jahnke
I think we could start talking about that. How you can pin messages now to your channel is a cool thing so that they stay at the top of your your channel so that you can find them a little bit more easily. And then what has also been released is the ability to reply. I know this ones been asked for awhile. The ability to reply to specific messages so that you don’t the way that teams had worked for awhile is that if you had a message and you wanted to apply for it, it just goes at the bottom of the channel and there was no way to tell who you are.

00:14:37.860 –> 00:14:43.910
Craig Jahnke
Julie replying to and you might have to do things like tag the person they were talking about so to continue a conversation that way.

00:14:43.530 –> 00:15:18.380
Jay Leask
And and there have been some like power user capabilities on this. Like if you highlight all of the text in a chat bubble and you use the greater than symbol and a space at automate automatically makes it a reply and then it pastes in like who said it and what time it was. But it’s this nobody knows that like only the power users get that it is very similar to the experience on the mobile device which thank God they’re finally bringing something from mobile to the desktop. So if you’ve ever noticed you’ve if you’ve ever wondered why can this person do it, but I can’t. They probably either better power user using that capability.

00:15:18.430 –> 00:15:27.020
Jay Leask
Or using mobile so it’s nice to see this here, but Craig, I just want to point out like when we first started talking about this here. Like these aren’t new and I was so mad at you.

00:15:26.140 –> 00:15:26.510
Craig Jahnke
Yeah.

00:15:28.370 –> 00:15:39.540
Craig Jahnke
So sometimes I forget as a as a Microsoft employee and as a person who’s a little bit, it gets a couple of these things out before they’re released to the general public to make sure that they actually work.

00:15:39.910 –> 00:15:47.610
Craig Jahnke
Uhm, I’ve had reply all for couple months now so it’s it’s not new to me. So when Jay said it’s new I was like hasn’t this been released for?

00:15:48.290 –> 00:15:50.550
Craig Jahnke
For a couple months, in which case Jay?

00:15:50.650 –> 00:15:51.250
Jay Leask
Look

00:15:51.630 –> 00:15:55.890
Craig Jahnke
Released a little bit of profanity at me because he’s crabby Jay this morning, so please.

00:15:55.090 –> 00:15:58.310
Jay Leask
literally one of the one of the most requested.

00:15:58.370 –> 00:16:08.940
Jay Leask
Re requirements requested capabilities in the platform for for at least a year and Craig like, oh, I’ve been doing this like you son of a.

00:16:07.060 –> 00:16:09.480
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, I’ve been having it for awhile. Yeah, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

00:16:10.770 –> 00:16:40.660
Jay Leask
There’s some other cool things in the chat collaboration space as well. This one didn’t seem cool from the basic end user experience. The power automate templates, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized so power automate it. If you’re not familiar with power, automate, there’s a whole bunch of other conversations you need to go look, listen to, but the the template here they allow you to do things like create a task in planner from a message, or they allow you to get an alert when you’re mentioned in teams.

00:16:38.450 –> 00:16:38.890
Craig Jahnke
Yeah.

00:16:40.980 –> 00:17:02.470
Jay Leask
Uh, which is part of, you know, some of the Cape of Native capabilities, but the fact they’re building these recipes, you might call them or flows into Microsoft into the power automate platform is a huge step in enabling regular people to be able to start automating some of their life. So it’s it’s pretty cool.

00:17:01.290 –> 00:17:10.250
Craig Jahnke
Yeah, I started automating processes and I’m going to be honest with you. I kind of predicted this a little bit earlier.

00:17:10.730 –> 00:17:14.410
Craig Jahnke
Uhm, what I’m gonna go into that I saw.

00:17:14.460 –> 00:17:39.480
Craig Jahnke
Ah, I saw at the beginning like I did. So much governance on teams when people when COVID happened right. So the first year it was. I’m up on team but I need to get into teams because like people are remote working now I didn’t know they were going to be remote working and that’s where you see everybody getting out on board with teams. So there’s a big push initially. The first few months of COVID to get up onto teams and then for the next.

00:17:21.880 –> 00:17:22.220
Jay Leask
Yep.

00:17:40.480 –> 00:18:10.570
Craig Jahnke
Nine months to a year I was doing a lot of teams governance workshops and then it started to change that customers were up there and they’re like, well, we’re in the cloud. Anyways, we got power automate. We got power apps as a as part of the Office 365 tests. Now what can we do to automate our processes? And there has been a lot of talk amongst my customers about how do we start automating processes. So this is the fact that you know.

00:18:00.570 –> 00:18:00.980
Jay Leask
Right?

00:18:10.860 –> 00:18:33.150
Craig Jahnke
To have, like all these conversations about OK, this is what power automate is, is how you go and do it. This is how you train your users. The fact that they’re bringing it into teams is huge, so that if people don’t even have to go into power, automate to do something simple like how do I create an approval? How do I create a planner out of a message? The more that they bring it into teams, the more that’s just going to to really make that platform.

00:18:33.780 –> 00:18:41.610
Craig Jahnke
Uhm, explode as well. As you know teams, and then adding more functionality just makes it a lot more stickier and hopefully a lot more user friendly.

00:18:42.720 –> 00:18:44.330
Craig Jahnke
That’s my little soapbox talk of the day.

00:18:44.940 –> 00:19:04.570
Jay Leask
I will add to this if you want to hear more about business apps and teams I’m going to, I’ll put a link in the blog. Go check out the interview we did with Bobby Chang. I think it was a really solid interview. Good good topic around citizen development and power platform business apps type stuff so.

00:19:04.930 –> 00:19:05.380
Craig Jahnke
Cool.

00:19:06.130 –> 00:19:35.890
Jay Leask
Alright, uh, one last feature in the chat and collaboration side and this one is another feature that I hear a lot from the everyday user and and I I I use my sales team as a primary experience. Here is the the default settings when opening office documents. One of the things that’s bugged me the most is the fact that depending on what you’re opening and what interface here in the language is a little bit different. It’ll say open in desktop app or open an office app or open in Word.

00:19:23.300 –> 00:19:23.850
Craig Jahnke
Yes.

00:19:35.940 –> 00:19:53.310
Jay Leask
Or open in PowerPoint and the the. It’s not consistent but what is coming is the ability to say where do I want this to open up as a default. So rather than opening in teams every time I click on it, the default might be something else, so that’s really big.

00:19:54.490 –> 00:19:57.220
Craig Jahnke
Cool, yeah no. I was thought maybe yours.

00:19:58.730 –> 00:20:14.400
Craig Jahnke
So one it always should on my part my my point of view. It should always open in desktop because that’s where I like to use this stuff. But no web is fine. I just was thinking when you said you have the ability to say is that going to be tide into Cortana and say hey I want to open?

00:20:15.390 –> 00:20:20.520
Craig Jahnke
Buy lunch menu ineptly in PowerPoint application, ’cause that would be cool so.

00:20:21.160 –> 00:20:29.100
Jay Leask
It has Cortana actually taken off. This is something that has always bothered me like it should take off and I can’t. I just don’t see it happening.

00:20:29.460 –> 00:20:32.230
Craig Jahnke
No, uh, has it taken off.

00:20:30.390 –> 00:20:30.800
Jay Leask
OK.

00:20:32.830 –> 00:20:37.000
Craig Jahnke
So that no wasn’t the answer to your question, I was just my transition. I don’t know why.

00:20:37.050 –> 00:20:37.230
Craig Jahnke
Right?

00:20:38.270 –> 00:20:45.070
Craig Jahnke
I don’t know that it’s taken off the way that they they envisioned it. Not certainly like Siri in allow the Alexa Alexis.

00:20:45.100 –> 00:20:45.500
Jay Leask
Right?

00:20:46.480 –> 00:20:48.470
Craig Jahnke
Alexa, I don’t can’t remember what her name is.

00:20:48.110 –> 00:20:50.570
Jay Leask
Please stop saying that mine is going to respond to you at some point.

00:20:51.190 –> 00:21:14.350
Craig Jahnke
Yes, so I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just that it’s well part of it. I know why is those are built into your phone so people get used to saying those into the phones and for some reason the Windows Phone never really got off the bat. So I think if you had more people using Windows phones, Cortana would have taken off, but they got a little bit late to the party on the Windows Phones and then they gave up before they.

00:21:15.520 –> 00:21:35.570
Craig Jahnke
That they needed to. Or, well, maybe it was a business decision. I’m not really sure, but I mean the Windows Phone I thought was better than the two other systems out there and anybody who yet to use them like them. And now you’re seeing a lot of them go back to doing some of the stuff that the Windows Phones actually did, so deaths, just another.

00:21:34.770 –> 00:21:39.260
Jay Leask
Boy, I hate to tell you I missed most of that, but I was arguing with my Amazon device the whole time.

00:21:39.660 –> 00:21:40.160
Craig Jahnke
Yes.

00:21:40.060 –> 00:21:42.940
Jay Leask
Because you started that exactly what happened?

00:21:42.830 –> 00:21:45.860
Craig Jahnke
Stop talking to them. We don’t like those people.

00:21:46.480 –> 00:21:57.890
Jay Leask
Uh, I hope that was good for everybody else. Also, I want to point out again, you’ve probably seen this forever, but we use teams to record our meetings here, which is has its positives and negatives, but.

00:21:58.910 –> 00:22:20.560
Jay Leask
For the longest time, it is always frustrated me that I didn’t know how long are recording was because the recording timer shows the full meeting length, not how long you’ve been recording. But I, well, no, they didn’t change that. But what I just noticed is that in the chat it tells me what minute we started the recording.

00:22:10.680 –> 00:22:11.520
Craig Jahnke
Have they changed that?

00:22:21.950 –> 00:22:23.670
Craig Jahnke
Ah yeah, that’s pretty cool.

00:22:23.190 –> 00:22:33.860
Jay Leask
So I still have to do a little math, but I can see that we’ve been recording for about half an hour now, which is terrible. We need it cut it out. This is getting too long, but I thought that was interesting.

00:22:31.930 –> 00:22:42.060
Craig Jahnke
OK, I will let you quickly run through the government stuff and then we’ll wipe it off because I don’t care about the government either. Well, actually I do. I love the government to, you know, keep doing your job, build our roads and stuff but you know.

00:22:44.440 –> 00:23:14.410
Jay Leask
Uh, I’m gonna I’m gonna dub the I don’t care about the government part over you doing your dance at the end of this. OK so the the nice part about this for my for my government listener is is you know a lot of what we just talked about is commercial so you might not see it for six months or more but to the to the to Microsoft commitment to engaging the government and helping them understand what’s out there. The very bottom of this section is all about what’s coming to government and it lists.

00:22:44.470 –> 00:22:45.600
Craig Jahnke
And I respect that.

00:23:14.500 –> 00:23:33.710
Jay Leask
Which tenants it’s coming too. So in the GCC, GCC high and DoD Apple Car play is coming, which you’ll notice we announced that commercially today we’re announcing it here today. That again goes to Microsoft commitment. I feel like I work for Microsoft now, which I don’t to getting features out as quickly as possible.

00:23:35.120 –> 00:23:36.260
Jay Leask
They also images.

00:23:35.400 –> 00:23:35.610
Craig Jahnke
Yeah.

00:23:35.670 –> 00:23:43.720
Craig Jahnke
Power and MVP and we didn’t really talk about that. They don’t believe in any of our episodes. So congratulations to Jay for being made a Microsoft.

00:23:45.200 –> 00:23:47.890
Craig Jahnke
Most valuable partner. I think that’s what it is people.

00:23:50.580 –> 00:23:51.730
Jay Leask
Professional with fake.

00:23:50.660 –> 00:24:18.010
Craig Jahnke
It’s an award they have for people who do a lot in the community in their spare time that you know just to thank everybody and they get some cool cool little benefits. Being access to the product team. Getting to say there and MVP, some swag get invited to a conference that we used to have in Seattle. Once a once a year, but now it’s been virtually so just a little bit again. Way Microsoft celebrates the people who also work in the community.

00:24:18.080 –> 00:24:22.700
Craig Jahnke
And and help others to learn. So if you’re interested in learning more about that.

00:24:21.140 –> 00:24:26.170
Jay Leask
Alright, I’m I’m gonna blush. Thank you Craig. That’s very kind of you to bring up.

00:24:25.420 –> 00:24:25.640
Craig Jahnke
Bye.

00:24:26.560 –> 00:24:27.150
Craig Jahnke
Mirror

00:24:26.810 –> 00:24:27.440
Jay Leask
Uhm?

00:24:28.410 –> 00:24:29.060
Jay Leask
Uh.

00:24:29.700 –> 00:24:33.990
Jay Leask
Alright, going back into my stream, I’m on the GCC high side.

00:24:35.520 –> 00:25:05.080
Jay Leask
We’re getting the improved content sharing experience, so if you have seen how commercial or GCC people are able to utilize the sharing capabilities, it is an improvement. I remember when it first came out and I don’t know. Four six months ago I’m not gonna ask you when it came out ’cause it probably came to you a year ago, but when that first came out it really does change how you share and make it much easier. And then in the GCC side only. So not in high end DoD yet.

00:24:50.430 –> 00:24:50.800
Craig Jahnke
yeah.

00:25:05.720 –> 00:25:33.560
Jay Leask
We’ve got them new breakout room assignment experience that we talked about up above in the commercial side. So it’s coming out simultaneously. We have the teams notifications now. Being able to use the default to native capabilities so you get the assist mode, the Action Center and accessibility for teams notifications. Again, it’s been in commercial for awhile now, but coming to the GCC so high and DoD I suspect you’ll start to see it soon as well.

00:25:34.070 –> 00:26:04.140
Jay Leask
Uh, and then the last piece is piece. If you’ve ever had notifications come up for a chat, thread a discussion thread in a channel and you don’t want to hear about it anymore, there’s a mute option. You can mute the conversation. I will say this look if you wanna know what can I do in Microsoft Teams and you are looking at a piece of the tool like a discussion thread that has those three dots. Just be curious, say to myself what’s?

00:26:01.010 –> 00:26:01.530
Craig Jahnke
Yes.

00:26:02.390 –> 00:26:02.990
Craig Jahnke
Click on it.

00:26:04.200 –> 00:26:28.810
Jay Leask
Inside those three dots and click on it and you will start to see more capabilities that you have access to. Like hiding a team that you don’t care about anymore. Or in this case muting a conversation thread. So if you want to see what’s there, what’s available, go click those three dots. It doesn’t matter if your government or commercial you, there’s options there that you probably didn’t know about. And that’s my soapbox.

00:26:30.040 –> 00:26:33.490
Craig Jahnke
Good job, I agree. Yes, always click on things that.

00:26:34.730 –> 00:26:39.120
Craig Jahnke
It’s the one place that I tell you click on things and see what it does. Try things you can’t really break it too bad.

00:26:38.240 –> 00:26:45.430
Jay Leask
Like click once and read don’t like click 73 times and then call me and say why did my computer implode like I I’m not going to help.

00:26:46.930 –> 00:26:51.240
Craig Jahnke
Well, if you’re doing it inside teams, it shouldn’t do that. I’m not telling you to go inside your operating system and do that.

00:26:51.800 –> 00:26:56.670
Jay Leask
That’s that’s fair, hey, why what? What happens if I click this, delete all files button, Craig?

00:26:56.940 –> 00:26:57.740
Craig Jahnke
Yes, don’t do that.

00:26:58.870 –> 00:27:04.060
Craig Jahnke
And then you call me and say, where did all go? But don’t call me back, you call me within 30 days.

00:26:59.500 –> 00:27:00.850
Jay Leask
Alright, well that’s

00:27:03.020 –> 00:27:22.210
Jay Leask
that’s your update for September. There were a few more things in there that we didn’t talk about on the management side on the frontline workers side I it’s not that frontline workers aren’t important, it’s that I just didn’t see the value of the feature that was described there. So at least for this conversation. But go check out the the blog. See what’s going.

00:27:21.130 –> 00:27:24.660
Craig Jahnke
And it’s all about what Jay decides its value. So just so you know.

00:27:25.070 –> 00:27:30.890
Jay Leask
I’m right, that’s that’s I am the most valuable Craig MVP here. There we go.

00:27:33.200 –> 00:27:34.170
Jay Leask
Alright my friends.

00:27:33.410 –> 00:27:35.670
Craig Jahnke
Don’t let it go to your head Jay. That’s all I’m saying.

00:27:37.260 –> 00:27:40.810
Jay Leask
So that’s it for this month for the month of September.

00:27:40.860 –> 00:28:02.270
Jay Leask
Or, uh, as we get into October, hopefully will have an episode introducing the Viva mini series coming up and some of the speakers that we have lined up. We’re really excited to bring that to you, and then we’ll see you again. For this particular conversation, the what’s new in teams in October at the end of October, in the beginning of November, whenever that happens.

00:28:01.620 –> 00:28:05.550
Craig Jahnke
So we’re trying to shoot for the first Monday of the month to get the updates out.

00:28:05.330 –> 00:28:08.930
Jay Leask
Oh God, now I have to actually get this out on Monday. Thanks, Craig.

00:28:09.160 –> 00:28:13.320
Craig Jahnke
Yes. So first Monday of the month. Well, they won’t know this until after they see it.

00:28:13.630 –> 00:28:22.530
Craig Jahnke
Ah, but if they made it this far in the episode, and if you did, please subscribe because me and Jay needs subscribers we need. We need outside validation that we’re doing something.

00:28:24.600 –> 00:28:32.540
Jay Leask
Please tell us you like us like the episode subscribe, click for notifications and as always everybody thanks for joining us.

00:28:30.380 –> 00:28:32.370
Craig Jahnke
I don’t even think my wife she’s like this yet.

00:28:33.210 –> 00:28:34.770
Craig Jahnke
Thank you and have a good day.

00:28:37.380 –> 00:28:40.970
Jay Leask
Alright, that was that was fun and entertaining. Go ahead and stop the recording.

00:28:37.820 –> 00:28:38.110
Craig Jahnke
Alright.

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