Show 56 – Part 1: Scoring with Viva Goals, Group Ownership Policies with Luke Evans and more – YouTube
May17

Show 56 – Part 1: Scoring with Viva Goals, Group Ownership Policies with Luke Evans and more – YouTube

Show 56 – Part 1: Scoring with Viva Goals, Group Ownership Policies with Luke Evans and more This week we are joined by independent Microsoft 365 consultant Luke Evans (Twitter, LinkedIn) to talk about the latest news including a nicely timed announcement of Viva Goals (Microsoft’s release of Ally.IO), how to organise your Teams with no owners, some amazing new accessibility tools announced at the accessibility summit and...

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Show 56 – Part 1: Scoring with Viva Goals, Group Ownership Policies with Luke Evans and more

This week we are joined by independent Microsoft 365 consultant Luke Evans (Twitter, LinkedIn) to talk about the latest news including a nicely timed announcement of Viva Goals (Microsoft's release of Ally.IO), how to organise your Teams with no owners, some amazing new accessibility tools announced at the accessibility summit and the latest SharePoint updates.Microsoft Viva Goals brings purpose and alignment to the employee...

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Show 55 – a walk and talk with Peter Rising – YouTube
May11

Show 55 – a walk and talk with Peter Rising – YouTube

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Show 55 – a walk and talk with Pete Rising

We went a little different with this show as Kevin and Peter Rising were on an offsite together and so recorded a chat during lunch on their thoughts on what was top of mind. Hybrid meetings, measuring well-being with Viva and exciting news on a new Microsoft 365 book were all covered. Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s Article on their blog https://www.buzzsprout.com/1455661/10532039-show-55-a-walk-and-talk-with-pete-rising.mp3...

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Show 54 – Part 2: The Future of Work – YouTube
Apr11

Show 54 – Part 2: The Future of Work – YouTube

Show 54 – Part 2: The Future of Work What will the future of work be? Rather than just guessing, Zoe Wilson talks to us about the the future of work, especially within the UK Public Sector. We chat about what it means to offices, how people do work and what the feelings of people are to modern work. What will the future of work be? Rather than just guessing, Zoe Wilson talks to us about the the future of work, especially within...

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Show 54 – Part 2: The Future of Work

What will the future of work be? Rather than just guessing, Zoe Wilson talks to us about the report created by Agilisys around the future of work within the UK Public Sector. We chat about what it means to offices, how people do work and what the feelings of people are to modern work.The 2022 Work Trend Index Report – Making hybrid work work (microsoft.com)Worklab – WorkLab: Vital facts about the future of work....

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Show 54 – Part 1: Search in Teams, Power Platform APIs and the new world of time management – YouTube
Apr06

Show 54 – Part 1: Search in Teams, Power Platform APIs and the new world of time management – YouTube

Show 54 – Part 1: Search in Teams, Power Platform APIs and the new world of time management This week we are joined by Zoe Wilson,Director of Innovation and Customer Success at Agilisys, to talk about the latest news including some new updates to Teams with better search, the power of a Power Platform API (with documentation!), securing the metaverse and some great ideas from top authors around protecting your time. This week we...

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Show 54 – Part 1: Search in Teams, Power Platform APIs and the new world of time management

This week we are joined by Zoe Wilson,Director of Innovation and Customer Success at Agilisys, to talk about the latest news including some new updates to Teams with better search, the power of a Power Platform API (with documentation!), securing the metaverse and some great ideas from top authors around protecting your time.  Nominate your favourite podcast at Tech Community Awards (commsverse.com) What’s New in Microsoft Teams |...

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Show 53 – Part 2: The journey of Yo Teams – YouTube
Mar28

Show 53 – Part 2: The journey of Yo Teams – YouTube

Show 53 – Part 2: The journey of Yo Teams This week we are joined by the fascinating Wictor Wilen who talks about the journey that he has taken with the open source project Yo Teams. We talked about why he created the project, how it has grown, how the community has helped make it what it is and what’s next for Yo Teams (plus Kevin asks the stupid question about how many Teams Apps he has created but just pretend that...

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Show 53 – Part 2: The journey of Yo Teams

This week we are joined by the fascinating Wictor Wilen who talks about the journey that he has taken with the open source project Yo Teams. We talked about why he created the project, how it has grown, how the community has helped make it what it is and what's next for Yo Teams (plus Kevin asks the stupid question about how many Teams Apps he has created but just pretend that didn't happen). Whether you are a dev or not,...

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Show 53 – Part 1: What not to do with Power Automate and happy birthday Teams – YouTube
Mar22

Show 53 – Part 1: What not to do with Power Automate and happy birthday Teams – YouTube

Show 53 – Part 1: What not to do with Power Automate and happy birthday Teams This could be the most important podcast that you listen to all year! If you have flows in Power Automate running with Service Accounts then listen to this show as soon as you can. We are joined by Wictor Wilen to talk about a few of the big news stories in the last couple of weeks including the importance of understanding your licensing in Power...

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Show 53 – Part 1: What not to do with Power Automate and happy birthday Teams

This could be the most important podcast that you listen to all year! If you have flows in Power Automate running with Service Accounts then listen to this show as soon as you can. We are joined by Wictor Wilen to talk about a few of the big news stories in the last couple of weeks including the importance of understanding your licensing in Power Automate with service accounts. We also had calmer chats on the latest Teams...

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Show 52 – Part 2: Power Platform Adoption and Governance – YouTube
Mar15

Show 52 – Part 2: Power Platform Adoption and Governance – YouTube

Show 52 – Part 2: Power Platform Adoption and Governance If you turn on Power Platform, everyone just uses it, right? Michael Roth joins us to point out why this isn’t true and what you should be considering to do about it. How do you get people engaged? How do you ensure that appropriate governance is in place? How do you get the balance between the two? We chatted about all that and more. If you turn on Power Platform,...

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Show 52 – Part 2: Power Platform Adoption and Governance

If you turn on Power Platform, everyone just uses it, right? Michael Roth joins us to point out why this isn't true and what you should be considering to do about it. How do you get people engaged? How do you ensure that appropriate governance is in place? How do you get the balance between the two? We chatted about all that and more.Pre-Requisite Questions for Power PlatformMicrosoft Power Platform Center of Excellence Kit...

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Show 51 – Part 2: Learning, Training and Certification for the Microsoft Cloud – YouTube
Mar08

Show 51 – Part 2: Learning, Training and Certification for the Microsoft Cloud – YouTube

Show 51 – Part 2: Learning, Training and Certification for the Microsoft Cloud Exams – the bane of adolescent life but also something that stick around if you’re in the Microsoft world. Are they worth it? Do they have to be that painful? This week we are joined by the queen of certifications, Sara Fennah, to talk about all things Microsoft Certification and how you can make the most of them Exams – the bane of...

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Show 52 – Part 1: Priva goes GA, some M365 tenant switching and a few roadmap updates – YouTube
Mar07

Show 52 – Part 1: Priva goes GA, some M365 tenant switching and a few roadmap updates – YouTube

Show 52 – Part 1: Priva goes GA, some M365 tenant switching and a few roadmap updates This week, we are joined my Michael Roth who helps us cover the new privacy tool from Microsoft, switching tenants and accounts in Microsoft 365 from within the web apps, a bundle of SharePoint updates and even more Teams updates. There was some “it’s not a feature, it’s a bug” as well as a sneaky “it...

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Show 52 – Part 1: Priva goes GA, some M365 tenant switching and a few roadmap updates

This week, we are joined my Michael Roth who helps us cover the new privacy tool from Microsoft, switching tenants and accounts in Microsoft 365 from within the web apps, a bundle of SharePoint updates and even more Teams updates. There was some "it's not a feature, it's a bug" as well as a sneaky "it depends" that got in there too and certainly some hot takes on what Microsoft is delivering. Find and...

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Show 51 – Part 2: Learning, Training and Certification for the Microsoft Cloud

Exams – the bane of adolescent life but also something that stick around if you're in the Microsoft world. Are they worth it? Do they have to be that painful? This week we are joined by the queen of certifications, Sara Fennah, to talk about all things Microsoft Certification and how you can make the most of themSara Fennah's Blog – Hints, Tips and Random Thoughts from an MCT (m365train.co.uk)The Teams Queen Blog – A...

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Show 51 – Part 1: measuring footprints, architecting power platform, channel sharing & adopting Viva – YouTube
Feb21

Show 51 – Part 1: measuring footprints, architecting power platform, channel sharing & adopting Viva – YouTube

Show 51 – Part 1: measuring footprints, architecting power platform, channel sharing & adopting Viva This week we are joined by the greatest trainer of them all, Sara Fennah, who helps us cover the biggest news of the week. The four of us joined to talk about Microsoft’s new sustainability dashboard in Power BI, the North Star Architecture guidance for industries around Power Platform, the joy/hope that Shared Channels...

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Show 51 – Part 1: measuring your footprint, architecting power platform, sharing channels and adopting Viva

This week we are joined by the greatest trainer of them all, Sara Fennah, who helps us cover the biggest news of the week. The four of us joined to talk about Microsoft's new sustainability dashboard in Power BI, the North Star Architecture guidance for industries around Power Platform, the joy/hope that Shared Channels in Microsoft Teams should bring and the awesome resources on the Microsoft Adoption site for Microsoft Viva....

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Show 50 – Our princess joins and we chat HoloLens, Viva, Power Platform and MS certificates – YouTube
Feb08

Show 50 – Our princess joins and we chat HoloLens, Viva, Power Platform and MS certificates – YouTube

Show 50 – Our princess joins and we chat HoloLens, Viva, Power Platform and MS certificates We have some exciting news as we have a new co-host! The amazing princess of Microsoft 365 – Luise Freese! Luise will join as a regular host on the shows, adding her experience and sparkle to the conversation. To kick off this week, we talked about four of the biggest news stories with the possible demise of HoloLens, celebrating a...

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Show 50 – Our princess joins and we chat HoloLens, Viva, Power Platform and MS certificates

We have some exciting news as we have a new co-host! The amazing princess of Microsoft 365 – Luise Freese! Luise will join as a regular host on the shows, adding her experience and sparkle to the conversation. To kick off this week, we talked about four of the biggest news stories with the possible demise of HoloLens, celebrating a year of Microsoft Viva, easier Application Lifecycle Management for the Power Platform and a new...

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Show 49 – Part 2: Women In Tech – crossover with Microsoft Spotlight Podcast

Very excited to share this episode with you as we have our first podcast crossover! Kevin and Garry are joined by Andrew Moran, Jon Jarvis and Sophie Dimelow from the Microsoft Spotlight podcast to talk about Women In Tech. The chat covered a very broad range of areas including why we were talking about it, unconscious bias and what we as a collective can do to help.Do check out the Microsoft Spotlight podcast too at Microsoft...

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Show 49 – Part 2: Women In Tech – crossover with Microsoft Spotlight Podcast – YouTube
Jan28

Show 49 – Part 2: Women In Tech – crossover with Microsoft Spotlight Podcast – YouTube

Show 49 – Part 2: Women In Tech – crossover with Microsoft Spotlight Podcast Very excited to share this episode with you as we have our first podcast crossover! Kevin and Garry are joined by Andrew Moran, Jon Jarvis and Sophie Dimelow from the Microsoft Spotlight podcast to talk about Women In Tech. The chat covered a very broad range of areas including why we were talking about it, unconscious bias and what we as a...

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Show 49 – Part 1: Syntex content assembly, Microsoft 365 DSC and some meeting free days – YouTube
Jan27

Show 49 – Part 1: Syntex content assembly, Microsoft 365 DSC and some meeting free days – YouTube

Show 49 – Part 1: Syntex content assembly, Microsoft 365 DSC and some meeting free days We’re back! Kevin, Al and Garry return from their break over Christmas and New Year and pick a story each to cover before sharing the latest events. If you would like to appear on the show, we now have a Sessionize link and would love to hear from you over at https://sessionize.com/greyhatbeard/. We’re back! Kevin, Al and Garry...

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Show 49 – Part 1: Syntex content assembly, Microsoft 365 DSC and some meeting free days

We're back! Kevin, Al and Garry return from their break over Christmas and New Year and pick a story each to cover before sharing the latest events.If you would like to appear on the show, we now have a Sessionize link and would love to hear from you over at https://sessionize.com/greyhatbeard/. Syntex content assembly and the content lifecycle – Microsoft Tech CommunityJanuary 2022 – Syntex Licensing Updates and New Year...

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Show 48   part 2 – YouTube
Dec24

Show 48 part 2 – YouTube

Show 48 part 2 Happy Christmas one and all and happy holidays for anyone celebrating even more! This episode, Kevin, Al and Garry are joined by some pillars of the Microsoft 365 community who share their Christmas wishes. Big thank you to Carmen Ysewijn, Karoliina Kettukari, Kat Grennan, Luke Evans, Marijn Somers, Mark Vale, Michael Roth, Paul Bullock, Pete Rising, Randy Chapman, Simon Doy, Steve Goodman, Tom Morgan, Yannick Reekmans...

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Show 48 – Part 2: All I want for Christmas is…

Happy Christmas one and all and happy holidays for anyone celebrating even more! This episode, Kevin, Al and Garry are joined by some pillars of the Microsoft 365 community who share their Christmas wishes. Big thank you to Carmen Ysewijn, Karoliina Kettukari, Kat Grennan, Luke Evans, Marijn Somers, Mark Vale, Michael Roth, Paul Bullock, Pete Rising, Randy Chapman, Simon Doy, Steve Goodman, Tom Morgan, Yannick Reekmans and a random...

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Show 48 – Part 1: The biggest Modern Workplace news of 2021 – YouTube
Dec21

Show 48 – Part 1: The biggest Modern Workplace news of 2021 – YouTube

Show 48 – Part 1: The biggest Modern Workplace news of 2021 Ho ho ho, merry Christmas to all those who celebrate and apologies to the relentless bombardment of forced joviality to all those who don’t. This week, Kevin, Al and Garry look back at the biggest topics of 2021 to see how big those new stories now feel. Strange to think that this time last year, none of us knew about Viva. Amazing to see the growth of Cyber...

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Show 48 – Part 1: The biggest Modern Workplace news of 2021

Ho ho ho, merry Christmas to all those who celebrate and apologies to the relentless bombardment of forced joviality to all those who don't. This week, Kevin, Al and Garry look back at the biggest topics of 2021 to see how big those new stories now feel. Strange to think that this time last year, none of us knew about Viva. Amazing to see the growth of Cyber Security and the sad fact of virtual conference fatigue. Could we really...

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Show 47 – Some thoughts on design thinking – YouTube
Dec07

Show 47 – Some thoughts on design thinking – YouTube

Show 47 – Some thoughts on design thinking After a few messages where Garry asked Al about a book he had used before, we decided that the subject of the book was a good start for a show to talk about. So, here we are with Garry, Kevin and Al talking about Design Thinking and why putting people first is key to getting great solutions, whether they are fully developed apps or building out a SharePoint site. After a few messages...

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Show 47 – Some thoughts on design thinking

After a few messages where Garry asked Al about a book he had used before, we decided that the subject of the book was a good start for a show to talk about. So, here we are with Garry, Kevin and Al talking about Design Thinking and why putting people first is key to getting great solutions, whether they are fully developed apps or building out a SharePoint site.Some of the books and links we used are below: “Design thinking”...

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Show 47 – Part 1: Latest news including what is Flowspace, more on Lists and .Net 6 – YouTube
Nov30

Show 47 – Part 1: Latest news including what is Flowspace, more on Lists and .Net 6 – YouTube

Show 47 – Part 1: Latest news including what is Flowspace, more on Lists and .Net 6 With Thanksgiving in the US last week, there weren’t too many updates coming out from Microsoft so we dig a little deeper to bring you some interesting updates. Find out what Flowspace is and whether Microsoft is moving into the office furniture space. Learn whether Microsoft will be fighting more anti-trust suits. See whether 20 year old...

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Show 47 – Part 1: Latest news including what is Flowspace, more on Lists and .Net 6

With Thanksgiving in the US last week, there weren't too many updates coming out from Microsoft so we dig a little deeper to bring you some interesting updates. Find out what Flowspace is and whether Microsoft is moving into the office furniture space. Learn whether Microsoft will be fighting more anti-trust suits. See whether 20 year old university projects still work. Micrsoft Lists –  Building fast, offline-capable...

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Show 46 – Part 2: Planning with Azure DevOps – YouTube
Nov23

Show 46 – Part 2: Planning with Azure DevOps – YouTube

Show 46 – Part 2: Planning with Azure DevOps This week we cover the often missed functionality of Azure DevOps to help you manage work better. Whether it’s product management or running a migration, you can use DevOps boards to track your waterfall, scrum and even wagile projects! Garry, Al and Kevin talk through the different things to consider and why it is worth finding out more. This week we cover the often missed...

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Show 46 – Part 2: Planning with Azure DevOps

This week we cover the often missed functionality of Azure DevOps to help you manage work better. Whether it's product management or running a migration, you can use DevOps boards to track your waterfall, scrum and even wagile projects! Garry, Al and Kevin talk through the different things to consider and why it is worth finding out more.Intro of DevOps Dojo – Azure DevOps Blog (microsoft.com) Best practices for Agile...

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Show 46 – Part 1: Latest news on new Surface device, a possible Planner replacement & some defenders – YouTube
Nov16

Show 46 – Part 1: Latest news on new Surface device, a possible Planner replacement & some defenders – YouTube

Show 46 – Part 1: Latest news on new Surface device, a possible Planner replacement & some defenders Al, Garry and Kevin catch up on some of the topics they didn’t cover before on Ignite around Lists and Security & Compliance, then also look into what the Surface Laptop SE is. Al, Garry and Kevin catch up on some of the topics they didn’t cover before on Ignite around Lists and Security & Compliance, then...

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Show 46 – Part 1: Latest news on new Surface device, a possible Planner replacement and some defenders

Al, Garry and Kevin catch up on some of the topics they didn't cover before on Ignite around Lists and Security & Compliance, then also look into what the Surface Laptop SE is. Introducing Microsoft Defender for Cloud AppsMicrosoft Reimagine – Imagining a new era of education | Microsoft EDUMicrosoft introduces Windows 11 SE, new $250 Surface Laptop SE for education market | ZDNetMicrosoft to add new education-focused...

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Show 45 – Part 1: The big news from Ignite – Microsoft 365, Teams and Dynamics – YouTube
Nov05

Show 45 – Part 1: The big news from Ignite – Microsoft 365, Teams and Dynamics – YouTube

Show 45 – Part 1: The big news from Ignite – Microsoft 365, Teams and Dynamics Kevin, Al and Garry cover their thoughts on Ignite 2021 (Autumn Edition) and pick the news that caught their attention most including Loop, Context IQ, Mesh for Teams, Connected Spaces for Dynamics 365 and more. We continue to the chat in part 2. Kevin, Al and Garry cover their thoughts on Ignite 2021 (Autumn Edition) and pick the news that...

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Show 45 – Part 2: The big news from Ignite – Power Apps, Viva, Container Apps and some surprises – YouTube
Nov05

Show 45 – Part 2: The big news from Ignite – Power Apps, Viva, Container Apps and some surprises – YouTube

Show 45 – Part 2: The big news from Ignite – Power Apps, Viva, Container Apps and some surprises The Ignite summary continues (check out Part 1 for the start) as Kevin, Al and Garry cover their thoughts on Ignite 2021 (Autumn Edition) and pick the news that caught their attention most including Power Apps licensing (good news for a change), Viva licensing (more good news!), Container Apps and a few returning surprises...

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Show 45 – Part 2: The big news from Ignite – Power Apps, Viva, Container Apps and some surprises

The Ignite summary continues (check out Part 1 for the start) as Kevin, Al and Garry cover their thoughts on Ignite 2021 (Autumn Edition) and pick the news that caught their attention most including Power Apps licensing (good news for a change), Viva licensing (more good news!), Container Apps and a few returning surprises (possibly less good news).Book of News – https://news.microsoft.com/ignite-november-2021-book-of-news/...

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Show 45 – Part 1: The big news from Ignite – Microsoft 365, Teams and Dynamics

Kevin, Al and Garry cover their thoughts on Ignite 2021 (Autumn Edition) and pick the news that caught their attention most including Loop, Context IQ, Mesh for Teams, Connected Spaces for Dynamics 365 and more. We continue to the chat in part 2.  Book of News – https://news.microsoft.com/ignite-november-2021-book-of-news/Some of the links below are repeated but they are duplicated for anyone who wants to click into a specific...

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Show 44 – Live from South Coast Summit 2021 – YouTube
Oct17

Show 44 – Live from South Coast Summit 2021 – YouTube

Show 44 – Live from South Coast Summit 2021 A slightly different show today as Al and Kevin came live from above the South Coast Summit expo floor to record with a few guests. The sound isn’t the greatest this time but the content is fantastic as we had Alison Mulligan, Luke Evans, Zoe Wilson and Mark Christie sharing with us what their dream conference would be. Find out who wants Satya Nadella speaking, who likes to get...

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Show 44 – Live from South Coast Summit 2021

A slightly different show today as Al and Kevin came live from above the South Coast Summit expo floor to record with a few guests. The sound isn't the greatest this time but the content is fantastic as we had Alison Mulligan, Luke Evans, Zoe Wilson and Mark Christie sharing with us what their dream conference would be. Find out who wants Satya Nadella speaking, who likes to get hands on with hardware and who would love it to be...

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Show 43 – Part 2: Our picks for South Coast Summit – YouTube
Oct08

Show 43 – Part 2: Our picks for South Coast Summit – YouTube

Show 43 – Part 2: Our picks for South Coast Summit For this show, we decided to heavily borrow from Office365Distilled’s show about Commsverse and share the sessions that we are excited to watch at the South Coast Summit. Al and Kevin picked a few of the talks that caught our interest or that we know how amazing the people can be. For this show, we decided to heavily borrow from Office365Distilled’s show about...

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Show 43 – Part 2: Our picks for South Coast Summit

For this show, we decided to heavily borrow from Office365Distilled's show about Commsverse and share the sessions that we are excited to watch at the South Coast Summit. Al and Kevin picked a few of the talks that caught our interest or that we know how amazing the people can be.Burnout Begone as a Service – Dona Sarkar (13:00) – Accessibility and inclusion track Hello from the other side – how makers and...

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Show 43 – Part 1: Surfaces, SharePoints and Skypes – YouTube
Oct04

Show 43 – Part 1: Surfaces, SharePoints and Skypes – YouTube

Show 43 – Part 1: Surfaces, SharePoints and Skypes Al and Kevin cover the latest news including a chat about the new Surface devices, some SharePoint updates, Viva Learning GA date and the amazing fact that Skype isn’t dead yet. Al and Kevin cover the latest news including a chat about the new Surface devices, some SharePoint updates, Viva Learning GA date and the amazing fact that Skype isn’t dead yet....

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Show 43 – Part 1: Surfaces, SharePoints and Skypes

Al and Kevin cover the latest news including a chat about the new Surface devices, some SharePoint updates, Viva Learning GA date and the amazing fact that Skype isn't dead yet.Sign up for newsletter now available at Worklab Microsoft’s fall Surface event: the 7 biggest announcements – The Verge Microsoft Whiteboard receives Surface Slim Pen 2 support, new features, and a UI overhaul | Windows Central SharePoint Roadmap...

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Show 42 – part 2: Employee Experience with Viva – YouTube
Sep27

Show 42 – part 2: Employee Experience with Viva – YouTube

Show 42 – part 2: Employee Experience with Viva Does Employee Experience matter? Yes and we are joined by Karoliina Kettukari of Meltlake to help explain to you why, how employees can make the most of Microsoft Viva to help their experience and what organisations should consider when it comes to adoption and change in the world of employee experience, especially for frontline workers. Does Employee Experience matter? Yes and we...

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Show 42 – part 2: Employee Experience with Viva

Does Employee Experience matter? Yes and we are joined by Karoliina Kettukari of Meltlake to help explain to you why, how employees can make the most of Microsoft Viva to help their experience and what organisations should consider when it comes to adoption and change in the world of employee experience, especially for frontline workers.As we often do, we would highly recommend checking out the Microsoft Worklab site for more on the...

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