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How to Create and Manage Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms

Posted by Jon Hood  /  April 5, 2021  /  Microsoft Teams   —   No Comments ↓

Previously, I shared What You Need to Know about Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms. If you haven’t read that post, I’d recommend you review it because I shared some important details about who can create Breakout Rooms and I also highlighted some things Breakout Rooms can’t do, currently anyways.  

In this post, I would like to share the step-by-step process for setting up and using Breakout rooms. This post is intended for meeting organizers.

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Tags: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms: What You Need to Know

Posted by Jon Hood  /  March 22, 2021  /  Microsoft Teams   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams users, breakout rooms are here! If you’re the meeting organizer and you’re using the Teams desktop app (Windows or Mac) you can create and manage your own breakout rooms in Microsoft TeamsBreakout rooms are an awesome virtual meeting space within a Teams meeting! That’s right, we’re talking online meetings where you can separate the participants into segmented meetings.

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How to Use Microsoft Teams Contextual Search

Posted by Jon Hood  /  December 11, 2020  /  Microsoft Teams   —   No Comments ↓

Even if your file management skills are on point and you’re an organizing master…I’m guessing you still like finding things quickly! Have you ever put an important file “somewhere safe” but can’t remember exactly where that safe place is? I definitely have. In my experience, searching for content instead of scrolling and navigating has saved me time and aggravation.

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How to Customize Channel Tabs in Microsoft Teams

Posted by Jon Hood  /  November 13, 2020  /  Microsoft Teams, 5 Minute Teams Friday   —   4 Comments ↓

I’m always going on and on about how cool I think Microsoft Teams isAll the stuff I need is in one placeFor me, Teams provides little windowpanes that I can look through to navigate my projects and use Office 365 tools efficiently! In today's '5 Minute Teams Friday', I wanted to share how customizing channel tabs in Microsoft Teams allows me to accomplish more than you’d expect!

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Tags: Microsoft Teams, 5 Minute Teams Friday

Working with Files in Microsoft Teams

Posted by Jon Hood  /  October 30, 2020  /  Microsoft Teams, Training   —   No Comments ↓

Collaborating with our work content is a behavioral change, and is also a new way to work, with tools that are new to many users. The explosive growth of Microsoft Teams, has enabled business users to communicate from their work offices or work from home locations, giving us to the capability to communicate with our co-workers across locations and an array of devices. Some managers and team members have even set up the virtual water cooler chats, to help keep colleagues stay connected in a virtual “social” setting.

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Tags: Microsoft Teams, Training

Introducing '5 Minute Teams Fridays' from KnowledgeWave

Posted by Jon Hood  /  October 9, 2020  /  Microsoft Teams, 5 Minute Teams Friday, Training   —   No Comments ↓

I love Teams! I use it on my work PC, on my laptop, and on my Samsung Galaxy. Teams enables me to stay in contact with my team, and review work content from any location I might need to have access to it. I’m able to view shared support documentation on the go, to provide the best support to the end users that need my help. Microsoft Teams has changed how me, my team at KnowledgeWave, and how people around the world work & collaborate.

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Tags: Microsoft Teams, 5 Minute Teams Friday, Training

A Guide to Microsoft Teams Chat Files

Posted by Jon Hood  /  August 24, 2020  /  Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams   —   No Comments ↓

One of my favorite things about writing blogs like this is to demystify stuff that many of us have been confronted with, especially in a modern workplace. Today, I’ll lay out what you need to know about Microsoft Teams chat files.

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Tags: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams

How to Use the Microsoft Teams 'Live Events' Feature

Posted by Jon Hood  /  June 16, 2020  /  Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Training   —   1 Comments ↓

What is a Microsoft Teams Live Event?

A Teams live event is the perfect way to connect with people in a one-to-many format in your modern workplace. A typical Teams meeting allows two-way communication between two or more people. However, a Teams live event offers a solution for a much larger audience! 

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Tags: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Training

2 Microsoft Teams Presenting Tips

Posted by Jon Hood  /  April 27, 2020  /  Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Training   —   No Comments ↓

With the recent shift to 'working from home', many businesses have been utilizing Microsoft Teams to host their organizations' daily meetings. Teams is a free collaboration tool (with no commitments) offered by Microsoft. The free version of Teams offers unlimited chat, video calling, file sharing, storage, and more. In this blog post, I wanted to share these two educational video tutorials focused on presenting information when using Teams. 

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Tags: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Training

Top Five Benefits of Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint and OneDrive

Posted by Jon Hood  /  August 5, 2019  /  Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive   —   2 Comments ↓

Combining the forces of Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business can give your company a powerful communication and information exchange system. You can easily share and store files, comply with security requirements, and give your enterprise the tools it needs for enhanced business processes. Migrating to Office 365 with SharePoint and OneDrive can yield several important benefits, including the following top five.

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Tags: Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive

What to Do When Your Boss Says No One's Using Office 365 – and You Led the Deployment

Posted by Jon Hood  /  November 28, 2018  /  Team Leaders / Managers, Workplace Culture, Training   —   No Comments ↓

Deploying Microsoft Office 365 is bound to fall flat at your workplace if you don’t pair the launch with proactive employee training. One mistake many organizations make is assuming implementation equals adoption. In reality, these are two separate feats and they require the same amount of attention from the implementation team. If the Office 365 engagement rate dissatisfies your boss and you were the one in charge of migration, take the following steps to get your team on board with the new platform.

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Tags: Team Leaders / Managers, Workplace Culture, Training

Getting to Know Office 365: Calendar Like a Pro

Posted by Jon Hood  /  December 21, 2016  /  Outlook, Microsoft Office 365   —   8 Comments ↓

Now that you have Office 365, what does that mean for your usage of Outlook, and particularly your calendar? It means good things, my friend.

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Tags: Outlook, Microsoft Office 365

Can the Latest Microsoft Word Features Boost Your Team's Productivity?

Posted by Jon Hood  /  October 17, 2016  /  Word, Microsoft Office 365, Productivity   —   No Comments ↓

By now, we're all used to periodic updates to Word and other Microsoft Office applications. But maybe you haven't had a chance to keep up with some of the recent changes, or really think about them in terms of how your team could be using new features to enhance daily work.

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Tags: Word, Microsoft Office 365, Productivity

How Do I Change This New SharePoint Document Library View?

Posted by Jon Hood  /  October 3, 2016  /  SharePoint   —   2 Comments ↓

The SharePoint document library view, or experience, is looking a little differently these days. Did you notice? Change is good, though.

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Skype for Business: Broadcast is Your Solution for Large Audiences

Posted by Jon Hood  /  August 30, 2016  /  Skype for Business   —   No Comments ↓

Do you have Skype for Business as part of Office 365? You may have noticed some buzz about Skype Meeting Broadcast, a cool new component. Let’s check it out on an introductory level and examine what it has to offer.

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Tags: Skype for Business