I’ve used Microsoft Teams – mostly daily – since November 2016. That’s almost 3 years, and probably about 3 billion meetings, calls, chats and other messages over that time. I bought a Logitech BRIO 4K webcam last year, mainly to use it with Windows Hello-based authentication. That means I can just casually stroll to my study room, sit down and the computer unlocks automatically upon recognizing my face. It’s beyond great! The webcam comes equipped with a privacy flap – a piece of plastic I can flip down to block the camera. It still allows the infrared lens to work for Windows Hello, so I mostly have the flap flipped down. I’ve had the opportunity to partake in numerous meetings… Read More »Turning on video during Microsoft Teams meetings – why, or why not?
People – and consultants, a bit like myself – often tell unequivocally on social media and through flashy PowerPoints that email is dead. You must move on. Slack and Microsoft Teams and similar enterprise social tools are the future – a modern way for collaboration and that’s where real work happens now. Okay. I understand all that. I’ve done my fair share of billable work on setting up, configuring, developing and integrating companies to Microsoft Teams. It’s great and I use it daily. But I still like email, too. A lot. And I use it daily also. That too is where real work happens. My phone rang today. I think it was the first time it rang in weeks. We… Read More »…But I like email!
Yesterday Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams, which is a new service in Office 365. It is an integral part of Office 365 Groups, which again is an integral part of the future of collaboration in the cloud. You can access Teams on your own Office 365 subscription at https://teams.microsoft.com. Diving in I am a huge believer in trying, and possibly failing fast. A bit after last night’s announcement I activated Teams on my own company’s production Office 365 subscription. We are a relatively small company of just a little under 30 people – techies, sales and backoffice ninjas, so activating a new service like this is more or less a typical approach for us to try out things. I was able… Read More »Teams, Teams, Teams!