Assigning Microsoft Classroom licenses to multiple users

Rachel Chisnall (@ibpossum) and I had some trouble assigning Microsoft Classroom¬†licenses to multiple users. The preferred way is to use Microsoft's School Data Sync if you have it in place. But if you don't and want to make a few quick changes, you're probably going to assign licenses in the Office 365 Admin portal. Within Office 365 Admin, the e…

Yammer – Mark all as Read, is here.

Do I need to say more than this? https://youtu.be/cBptRy2N1PA In February 2016 we received an update that allowed us to select posts and mark all the selected as read. But this update is the one we have been waiting for. Inbox zero people of the Yammer-using-World unite and rejoice!! This video was brought to you by the same warped …

Team Sites Generally Available in Office 365 Groups

All organizations using Office 365 Groups will benefit from the full SharePoint Team Site experience as it has become generally available and rolls out to all Office 365 tenants this month.¬†This means that group members can create more document libraries, image libraries, lists, or start to use the modern team site experience. One thing the IT Pro…

New features and the Consumerization of IT

[caption id="attachment_2035" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Model: My coffee grinder[/caption] I have some advice for IT Admins and I'm not pointing the finger. Four fingers are pointing back at me and it's something I need to work on. 2017 is the year of simplification in technology, for me and my work. The pace of constant change is difficu…

Use your Online Archive with a Quick Step – Refreshed tip

We have had a lot of updates since I first recorded this tip in 2013. In this video I refresh the tip, discussing the increase to our Inbox size and the native Archive option in the right-click context menu. I show how to create the Quick Step to move message to your online archive mailbox and how to assign a shortcut. I finish by showing of the Lo…

Embed a Yammer conversation into a SharePoint page

I think the new SharePoint Online site pages are a good start. They are easier to add content and hopefully over time, they will become more customizable. I'd like to make use of the News app and pages to help teams and departments keep the whole organization informed of whats happening. When a new article is written, I want to provide discussion b…

A bad habit turns productive with Office 365 Groups

Office 365 Groups simplify team collaboration by reducing the friction experienced when changing between collaboration tools. I know that when I start a conversation with a Group email address or upload a document to Group Files, all my team members can access and participate. In the past, I would have used a Distribution List to send an email t…

Help your team get their focus back – reinventing productivity

It's not what we're communicating with. It's how we are communicating with it. Email is being overused and has become the place to send everything. Underpinning this is the expectation that if a message arrives in your Inbox, you are going to read it. But we don't. Over time, we develop our own coping mechanisms and use features, tools and service…

Why Microsoft Teams? Thoughts from some team members.

The announcement of Microsoft Teams is the next step in making work easy to find and engage in. We can all relate to the challenges of managing the high volumes of communication we receive, or finding and filing documents and information we work on. It can get overwhelming. When you work in an organization where the email culture is strong and …

6 months as a blog with Docs.com

In May 2016, I started a trial using Docs.com as my blogging platform. Powered by Sway, it is easy to present the content, knowing that it will adapt to any screen size. I like to create blog posts with a combination of online content and videos. Sway does a great job arranging this for me. It has expanded it's list of supported sources which conti…