Microsoft Teams: Enabling and Using Guest Access

Introduction: In this blog post I will walk through how to enable guest access in Microsoft Teams, validate the guest was added to Azure Active Directory B2B, demonstrate how a guest user will access another organization’s team and what the user experience is like. Update 9/21/17: I have updated this blog post that adding the…

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Ignite 2017: Matt’s list of recommended sessions

Introduction: Microsoft Ignite 2017 is right around the corner, September 25 – 29 in Orlando Florida. While there are over 1536 sessions, I wanted to share with you the list of sessions that I will either be attending in-person or watching the on-demand version later when I get home. Please feel free to use this…

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Microsoft Teams: Restrict Usage with Azure AD Conditional Access

Introduction: In this blog post I will discuss how to use Conditional Access in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to restrict how Microsoft Teams is accessed by employees. This blog post will cover how to configure Conditional Access, and what the experience is like for users. What is Conditional Access? Conditional Access is a feature…

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Reduce Email with Microsoft Teams (how and why to do it)

Introduction: The purpose of this post is to walk you through how to send an email to a channel in Microsoft Teams and why you would want to do so. One of the many interesting features of Microsoft Teams is the capability to send an email to the team channel, and have the contents of…

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Microsoft Teams: Disable Private Chat (How To)

Introduction: The purpose of this post is to walk the IT administrator through disabling personal chat in Microsoft Teams. Background: Microsoft Teams allows end-users the capability to have private chat conversations with other users, outside of a team. However, organizations based on business or regulation needs may have a requirement to disable this private chat…

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Experience Microsoft Teams thru an Interactive Demo

Introduction: This blog post will walk you through using a new tool as a unique and easy way to not only experience Microsoft Teams but to also enable you to give successful demos of Microsoft Teams to your team, customer, or organization. Time: 5-10 minutes The name of the tool is Microsoft Teams Interactive Demo…

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Participating in product feedback loops, and understanding roadmaps

Introduction: The purpose of this post is to help you understand how you can provide feedback to Microsoft on products and services and participate in the feedback loop. Feedback is extremely important when developing software, without it the developer will not know if what he/she is building will actually meet the needs of their target…

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PowerApps: Be a hero and transform business process, in 10 minutes (and without writing code!)

Introduction: This post will walk you thru how to create an application using PowerApps in 10 minutes. Background: PowerApps is a powerful tool from Microsoft that allows anyone (yes anyone) to build an application that connects to your existing data sources, that can run on iOS/Android/Windows Phone/Windows devices or in a web browser – all…

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StaffHub: Instant Message Using the StaffHub Mobile App

Introduction: Using the StaffHub mobile app, firstline workers can send instant messages to not only each other to accomplish tasks such as check the stock level of a particular item, but also to the entire team (in my example below, the retail store). The purpose of this blog post is to demonstrate this instant message…

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StaffHub: Automatically Assign Licenses to New Users

Introduction: When a new team member is added, StaffHub (if configured to do so) will automatically create a new user account and add them to a Security Group called Deskless Workers in Azure Active Directory. However, the user will still need to be assigned a license in order to start using StaffHub. This blog article…

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