Easter has been and gone and we’re already half-way through April! Thankfully we’re flying right into some incredible updates this month with Hub Sites officially launched released and Microsoft Teams, one of our favourite add-ons, turning one! Not only that, but this month has treated us to new changes to Linkedin Connectivity, and we’ll show you some reasons why to try Yammer.
Happy 1st Birthday Teams!
Since they’ve been developed, these addons sure have made our lives a lot easier.
And to celebrate their birthday, Office has announced that there are even more great features still to come this year. These will be building on from the new features that we’ve had in our Teams over the last 12 months, such as guest access and new meeting and calling capabilities and more collaborations with Hardware. So, what new features can we expect? Look out for Cloud recording, Background blur on video, inline message translation and mobile share in meetings.
For all the details and what to expect from Teams over the next year HERE.
MORE ON TEAMS | THEY’RE BRINGING US ‘CALLS’
Yes, you heard right! Calls are coming to teams and we couldn’t be more EXCITED!! Microsoft 365 is now offering a complete online meeting (YAY)! Everything from online meetings, live broadcasts, with up to 10,000 attendees, audio conferencing, cloud video interoperability and the opportunity to extend your Microsoft Team to join meeting spaces.
For more click HERE
Whether it’s to share interesting and important stories, create eye catching post or just keep to your people up to date with the latest status updates and news, there’s no easier way to keep people in the loop then by creating a Digest on SharePoint News features.
Not sure where to start? Let us help – just follow the six simple steps below.
Step 1: Go to a Team site with News
Step 2: Select See all in the News section
Step 3: Select Email a news digest
Step 4: Tick the news stories you want to include in your Digest and click Next
Step 5: Give your Digest a name (remember that this will also be the subject of your email) and add in your recipients to the To: box.
Step 6: Click the Send news digest button.
Your Digest is now on its way, delivering important information and updates.
For all the specifics and for the source of this content, please click HERE.
Enable LinkedIn Connectivity
You are now able to share information between LinkedIn and Microsoft work or school email accounts. This connectivity also has two share options – to share data between both accounts or for data to be shared only from the LinkedIn account. Who doesn’t like options?!
Not only that, you can Manage the LinkedIn account connections through Azure portal or through Group Policy for your organisation’s Office 2016 apps.
We understand that this might be for the more technical but still work taking a look!
For the full update, click HERE
Teams and Skype for Business Admin Portal
There are new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Centre coming and from, well… now, settings will be migrating settings from both the current Skype for Skype for Business admin centre and the Microsoft Teams experience in the Office 365 admin centre.
How do you know if something has migrated across? Easy! You’ll see a notification and then be directed to the new setting location.
While settings are migrating over, you can also manage Microsoft Teams features in your Office 365 organisation by changing settings from the tenant level. In most aspects of the program you can change settings to better customise your working platform… or should we say limit your settings because the default for most of these settings is already on.
In the general section, you can show the organisational charts in personal profiles, turn on Skype for Business for recipients who don’t have teams (because everyone loves easier communication) and you can allow T-bot proactive to help with messages.
By making sure the email integration setting is on, you can send emails to a channel in Teams using the channel email address.
In Apps, you can allow external apps in Microsoft teams, enable new external apps by default and allow sideloading of external apps.
You can also custom your cloud storage (including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and ShareFile) and switch up your user/licence type.
For the full article source and details, click HERE
HubSites – and here they are!
We’re super excited to finally have HubSites here!
This new kid on the block offers a more fluid way to share information with some great new capabilities including cross-site navigation, content roll-up, consistent look-and-feel and scoped search.
You can either convert an existing communication site or modern team time and convert them to a hub site, or you can start with a brand new site.
Start by using your SharePoint Online Management Shell to establish your hub sites and, in just two easy clicks you can then associate to a hub site (it’s as easy as going to site information then the hub association you want and hitting save)
Then you can choose your layout and theme for consistency and branding.
Want to know more? See the full article HERE
But wait, there’s more! If you want to allocate a SharePoint site with a hub site it’s as simple as two easy steps.
Step 1: On your site, click Setting then Site Information
Step 2: Next, in the Edit Site Information and under the Hub Site Association, select the hub site you want your site to associate with and click Save.
Your site will now take on the theme of the hub site, and the navigation bar will appear at the top of your site.
This is perfect for those who like to work visually! Microsoft Planner is offered on Office 365 and let’s you create boards for your team’s tasks and assignments. These can be sorted into columns (or buckets) which can indicate different states of development, days of the week, or anything else you could need.
Need to change your priorities? No worries! Just move your boards around.
The Planner web part is a breeze to add as well.
Simply go to the page you want the Planner web part in, click Edit (if you’re not already in Edit mode already), hover your mouse above an existing web part and select the Planner web part option.
Enter the information following the prompts (either a new plan name or select existing plan and if you’d like your Planner displayed in Boards or Charts ) and hit create.
Find out more HERE
External Guest Access
This is one of our favourite add-ons yet! Guest access in Office 365 Groups enables you and your team to communicate and share information with people outside of your organisation. This is perfect for partners, vendors, suppliers or consultants!
Guests are sent a welcome email that gives them some information on the group once they are invited to join, and although they can’t access the group site, all of the interactions that a guest member has is through their email so they can receive calendar invitations, email conversations and open shared files from a link (if it’s been enabled by the tenant admin, of course). In the emails they receive, the also have a reminder to reply all with responses.
For more information on how to add guests and a table of what their limitations, see the full article HERE
SharePoint Site Theme Customisation
Who doesn’t love a change? And a new coat of paint is one the best ways to freshen something up. Great news for anyone wanting to do an Autumn pallet change because there are now new theming options for SharePoint Sites.
Simply select the Change the Look panel in the site and choose from any one of eight colour combinations… or express yourself with a colour combination of your own by adjusting the Main and Accent colours.
You can check out all the info HERE
Ever wondered why you would use Yammer?
Yammer is a great tool for helping your organisation build community around common interests, cultivate executive engagement, engage your front line, flatten your organisation and drive innovation. But why would you really use Yammer?
The below cases are how Yammer has helped in three very common work scenario and how it has helped improve them.
Let us know what you think!