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Meeting chat moderation in Microsoft Teams

Meeting chat moderation in Microsoft Teams

On the 15th October, Microsoft announced they will be updating the Microsoft Teams meeting options to allow an organiser to manager participants ability to chat prior to, during and after a meeting. Once this update becomes available, meeting organisers will be able to go into the meeting options and set the “Allow meeting chat” setting to On, Off and During the meeting only. For me, I love the ability to chat prior, during and post meeting with attendees, it stops…

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Improvements to Teams Meeting Notes

Improvements to Teams Meeting Notes

Microsoft are now rolling out a few improvements to the Teams Meeting Notes feature. If you have used meeting notes previously, you may have discovered a few restrictions when trying to use them. Previously there was a 20 person limit, if the meeting had more then 20 people attending, the Meeting Notes feature wouldn’t be available. If an attendee joined a meeting late and the notes had already been created, then that attendee wouldn’t be able to access the notes….

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New Microsoft Teams meeting pre-join experience

New Microsoft Teams meeting pre-join experience

Back in August this year, Microsoft announced they would be making improvements to the Microsoft Teams pre-join meeting experience. This update was due to be rolled out to all users before October but there has been a little delay on this. The update is now being rolled out and will hopefully be with all users by the end of November. More info can be found on the Microsoft Roadmap. What is the update? The new pre-join experience retains the video…

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Set duration on presence status in Microsoft Teams

Set duration on presence status in Microsoft Teams

A new feature is due to be released in Microsoft Teams, which will allow users to set a duration on their presence status. Users will be able to define how long they want their presence state to remain active for. This will really help with having your status set to do not disturb for a set amount of time, allowing you to keep on task and then after the set time, your status will automatically change to available. When will…

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams | June 2020

What’s New in Microsoft Teams | June 2020

Microsoft announced what’s new in Microsoft Teams this week, here are my top picks. What’s New: Large gallery view Being able to see all of your colleagues’ faces at the same time makes a big difference in engagement and connection. Coming to preview this month with general availability coming soon, large gallery view expands the Teams grid view to 7×7, which will accommodate up to 49 participants at once on a single screen. Virtual Breakout Rooms Announced earlier this month, Breakout Rooms…

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Learning App in Microsoft Teams

Learning App in Microsoft Teams

Yesterday, 30th June 2020, Microsoft announced they will be launching a learning app in MS Teams later this year. This is HUGE news for organisations and educational institutions who are looking at the adoption of Microsoft Teams or who want to upskill themselves. The full details of the learning app haven’t been released yet, but President Brad Smith announced it will link content from Microsoft Learn, LinkedIn Learning, customers own content and other providers. The learning will be accessible from…

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Custom Backgrounds in Teams Meetings

Custom Backgrounds in Teams Meetings

Recently, Microsoft released the feature to add background effects when using video during Microsoft Teams meetings. This gave the ability to change backgrounds so we could be on a sunny beach, in Minecraft or maybe in a room with plain walls. Articles were written on how to add your own custom images. This consisted of going into your profile files on your device and copying images to the Microsoft Teams app folder. Yesterday I noticed a +New button when I…

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Microsoft Teams Raise Hand

Microsoft Teams Raise Hand

Over the past few weeks Microsoft have released the ability to raise your hand during Microsoft Teams meetings. This was a much-anticipated feature that I am sure many will take advantage of. The raise hand feature allows you to notify the host and other attendees that you have something you want to say, whether that is something to add to what is being discussed or maybe a question. When the raise hand button is pressed, the person who is currently…

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Yes, I have been at Hable for 12 months

Yes, I have been at Hable for 12 months

Yesterday marked one year since I worked my first day as a Hable employee. In these past 12 months I feel I have developed both personally and professionally. Before joining Hable, I worked as an ICT manager in a primary academy trust and prior to that, a technical manager where I managed a team of technicians supporting local schools in Northamptonshire. When I first joined Hable I continued to work with education customers and worked with some of the top…

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Microsoft Teams: App Templates

Microsoft Teams: App Templates

FAQ Plus Conversational Q&A bots are an easy way to provide answers to frequently asked questions by users. However, most bots fail to engage with users in meaningful way because there is no human in the loop when the bot fails. FAQ bot is a friendly Q&A bot that brings a human in the loop when it is unable to help. One can ask the bot a question and the bot responds with an answer if it is contained in…

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