Week In Review: September 7th

September 07, 2018

Wow, can you believe it!  I made it two weeks in a row and making weekly updates and there is actually stuff to talk about as well.  Who would have thought that was possible.

Office is getting a Make-Over

If you are using Office 2016 and you are in the Office Insiders Fast ring you will notice that EVERYTHING looks different!  If you are using a Corporate Account for Office 365 you can head over here to learn how to get yourself into the Insider Ring.  If you are using consumer, it’s a drop down.

I remember way back in Office 2007 when they introduced the ribbon.  At the time I was working at a school district and was responsible for training the nearly 2000 staff members on how it worked and it was a MAJOR deal.  Although not as major, this is going to be another change to customers so I hope the training departments are ready.  Here is a screenshot from Outlook 2016 for example:

That is certainly a “simplified” version of the ribbon.  Word, Excel and PowerPoint don’t have the simplified ribbon but I’m sure they are next.  After using it for a few days, I like it!

Syncing Security Groups with Team Membership

If you missed it, Teams Team leader Dan Stevenson posted a super-interesting article on how to synchronize the membership between security group and Office 365 groups.  It pains me that this is still a thing and I’m sure someday they will be one in the same.

“Meet Now” with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft posted a great article about the completion of several key meeting capability in the Skype for Business to Teams Roadmap.  They focus on the pre-meeting, during meeting, post-meeting experience, federated meetings and more.

Funny, the only thing that isn’t in article is to announce that Teams has a “Meet Now” feature like Skype for Business.  I really need to be able to  create an ad-hoc meeting, and invite anyone from any team to it and go.  Well, maybe in the next “Meet Now” article will detail that.

Click the URL, join a team

Teams picks up one of the most requested and feared features.  You can now send out links to a specific team and when people click on it they join (or go into a pending state to join).  I look forward to all of the SfB IM’s with Teams Team URL’s in it.

Magic Quadrant is coming for you!

Everyone loves a good Magic Quadrant.  Well, no shock but Microsoft made the Meetings Magic Quadrant and not only that it’s a three way race between Zoom, Cisco and Microsoft.  I’m a bit shocked by how high Zoom is but maybe their super-simple-few-features Meeting experience is what people are looking for.  Something that just works.  I’ll be honest, first time I heard the name Zoom I thought it was a new car from Mazda.


Skype for Business is Dead?

Well, according to an e-mail I received from AVST it is.  “With Microsoft saying ‘goodbye’ to Unified Messaging … and the news that Skype for Business Server 2019 will be its final release”.    I wonder, is it possible to say a product is on it’s final version and yet continue to update it with new features every few months *cough* Windows 10 *cough* to meet the needs of the market.  I wonder.




Written by Richard Richard is an Office Apps & Services MVP (Teams / Skype) who lives in Minneapolis, MN. Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) and MCSM Instructor - when those were a thing long ago. When not writing code, breaking teams - debate coach and avid golfer.
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