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Outlook Preview Changes Launching in May

Global Admin Portal Announcement for Outlook. Microsoft announced back in September 2018, a new feature called “Coming Soon” that offers a preview of new user experience updates in Outlook for Windows and provides you and your users an opportunity to try the experience and to provide feedback.

Who Doesn't Like Being Praised

Maybe not the feature everyone was expecting [ private channels ], but one that is kind of cool.

So now in a world where we don't actually communicate face to face [ kids ] with each other, but through technology.

Microsoft Teams has released a new feature called Praise.

So another way to say good job with some flair.

Here is how you create a praise for someone in Microsoft Teams.

So while in a chat select the eclipse from the menu at the bottom and click on Praise.

Microsoft Kaizala Has Arrived

New App Released by Microsoft - Microsoft Kaizala will be a new integration with Microsoft Teams over the next year or so. After its launch on April the 4th this year Microsoft is testing the waters with this phone number-based app. Available for IOS and Android it seems to have all the chatting abilities and calling via contacts from your device.

SharePoint Online Group Inbox Notifications

Activity Notifications

Microsoft is bringing activity notifications to the group inbox in SharePoint Online. They will begin rolling this feature out soon.

Currently, your user's site activity feed only includes SharePoint content, files, lists, and pages. After this change goes into effect, your users will be able to view important group emails updates as well. Current settings will not be affected. 

Microsoft will begin gradually rolling this out in mid-February, and we anticipate rollout completion by April 2019.

Microsoft Bookings Intro


Cool app we use here at JPSC is Microsoft Bookings.

Not as popular yet as some of the other apps, but it is growing.

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams


Microsoft Teams quick start

Microsoft Teams is cloud-based collaboration software that is included with Office 365 licensing.

They also offer a free version of the software that you can use as well.

Some of the capabilities in Microsoft Teams include:

Yammer Maintenance Planned March 30th

I know we can't always be on top of the Message Center in Office 365, but this affects Yammer users.

Starting 3/30/2019 01:00 UTC.
Ending 3/30/2019 02:00 UTC.

As part of this planned maintenance, the following feature areas may be affected:

  • Users will not be able to create, view or respond to polls in the Yammer feed.
  • Group creation will not be available
  • Office group and group membership sync will be delayed
Microsoft Whiteboard Updates

Microsoft announced today that there will be updates rolling out the next several months for the Whiteboard app.

Coming this March for Microsoft Teams

How do we keep up with all the changes and advancements in Microsoft Teams. Well it’s not easy and some might say it’s a full time job with the Office 365 road map. So let’s start with some items coming to the Administration side of Teams. Now these are features that have been released or are releasing to tenants as we speak:

Microsoft Shift Changes

Its a great time to start using Microsoft's Shift.

Shift which is also available on mobile IOS and Android devices is making a few changes this month.

For those of you not familiar with Microsoft Shift, it is an app in Microsoft Teams [replacing StaffHub sun setting in October 2019] keeping Firstline workers connected and in sync. Allowing working not in an office environment to be able to view their upcoming shifts, can see who else is scheduled for the day, request to swap or offer a shift, and request time off. 

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