Show 35 – Part 2: Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 – YouTube
Jun07

Show 35 – Part 2: Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 – YouTube

Show 35 – Part 2: Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 We are joined by Simon Doy and Simon Hudson who are part of the team working on the Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 and share with us what it is, who it is for, why you should use it and how to get started. Whether you are non-technical or technical, there is so much great stuff in there to help position where you want your processes to be in Microsoft 365 (and even beyond)....

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Show 35 – The Maturity Model for Microsoft 365

We are joined by Simon Doy and Simon Hudson who are part of the team working on the Maturity Model for Microsoft 365 and share with us what it is, who it is for, why you should use it and how to get started. Whether you are non-technical or technical, there is so much great stuff in there to help position where you want your processes to be in Microsoft 365 (and even beyond).Useful links: Maturity model for Microsoft 365Caring is...

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Show 35 – Part 1: The Big Microsoft 365 Build Roundup – YouTube
Jun01

Show 35 – Part 1: The Big Microsoft 365 Build Roundup – YouTube

Show 35 – Part 1: The Big Microsoft 365 Build Roundup With Microsoft Build last week, Kevin, Al and Garry cover the key updates from their perspective. Whether it was a huge number of Microsoft Search updates, building apps for Teams or the amazing developer keynote with Scott Hanselman and friends, there was plenty to keep devs and non-devs enthused. Don’t forget to vote for us at the Commsverse Tech Community Awards too!...

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Show 34 – Part 2: Some thoughts on hybrid working – YouTube
May24

Show 34 – Part 2: Some thoughts on hybrid working – YouTube

Show 34 – Part 2: Some thoughts on hybrid working As many of us start to think about returning to the office, we are joined by Paul Dredge to talk about Hybrid Working. No, we don’t mean sitting in the back of a Prius trying to get the latest reports out but what do we mean? Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/show-34-part-1-teams-for-personal-webinars-syntex-samples-and-a-lack-of-digital-skills-not-us As many...

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Show 34 – Part 1: Teams for personal, webinars, Syntex samples and a lack of digital skills (not us) – YouTube
May18

Show 34 – Part 1: Teams for personal, webinars, Syntex samples and a lack of digital skills (not us) – YouTube

Show 34 – Part 1: Teams for personal, webinars, Syntex samples and a lack of digital skills (not us) This week we are joined by Paul Dredge, Senior Technical Consultant at Hable, as we discuss the latest news on Teams for Personal, Webinars, Syntex samples and more. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/show-34-part-1-teams-for-personal-webinars-syntex-samples-and-a-lack-of-digital-skills-not-us This week we are joined...

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Show 33 – Part 1: News on SharePoint, Viva, Teams and a change of role – YouTube
May04

Show 33 – Part 1: News on SharePoint, Viva, Teams and a change of role – YouTube

Show 33 – Part 1: News on SharePoint, Viva, Teams and a change of role This week we chat about intros as Al works out how to intro his new role and then we cover news on SharePoint functionality, a change in model for SPFX releases, new stuff for Viva and record numbers for Teams. And we laughed at Kevin’s sunburnt head. This week we chat about intros as Al works out how to intro his new role and then we cover news on...

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Show 32  Part 2 – Security and Identity in Azure with Christos Matskas – YouTube
Apr26

Show 32 Part 2 – Security and Identity in Azure with Christos Matskas – YouTube

Show 32 Part 2 – Security and Identity in Azure with Christos Matskas What a great chat this week with Christos Matskas about the best of Security and Identity in Azure. Christos is a PM at Microsoft and Developer Advocate and shared with us some of what is going on with the team and the impressive developer experience that you can get. Christos inspired us to dig further into what can be built and to stop building anything...

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Show 32 – Part 1: News on Nuance, security updates and easier deployments for Power Platform – YouTube
Apr19

Show 32 – Part 1: News on Nuance, security updates and easier deployments for Power Platform – YouTube

Show 32 – Part 1: News on Nuance, security updates and easier deployments for Power Platform We are joined by Christos Matskas for the news this week – as a Developer Advocate for Security and Identity at Microsoft, he shares with us his thoughts on the latest news. This week we talk about Microsoft’s purchase of Nuance, some interesting articles on security and more Power Platform updates to improve the governance...

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Show 31 Part 2 – The Power of Data – YouTube
Apr13

Show 31 Part 2 – The Power of Data – YouTube

Show 31 Part 2 – The Power of Data This week, we are joined by Laura GB to talk about all things data, especially with the world of Power BI. We covered why tools like Power BI are so useful when working with data, how you can tell stories using them to answer questions with data and the latest updates from Power BI to inspire you. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/show-31-part-2-the-power-of-data This week, we are...

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Show 31 – Part 1: News on Viva, Power Platform and mixed reality – YouTube
Apr05

Show 31 – Part 1: News on Viva, Power Platform and mixed reality – YouTube

Show 31 – Part 1: News on Viva, Power Platform and mixed reality This week we chat about a huge amount of news, covering latest Viva updates, Power Platform and real sales for Mixed Reality. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/show-31-part-1-news-on-viva-power-platform-and-mixed-reality This week we chat about a huge amount of news, covering latest Viva updates, Power Platform and real sales for Mixed Reality. Full...

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Show 30 – Part 2: Getting Testy – YouTube
Mar28

Show 30 – Part 2: Getting Testy – YouTube

Show 30 – Part 2: Getting Testy This week, we got chatting about testing, covering a few different areas like how you can do it, why it’s so important and the different types. Many people think about testing as something you do as part of a development project but whatever work you do, there are always elements of testing you should be doing. Why would you not? Actually, we cover that too. This week, we got chatting about...

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Show 30 – Part 1 News on Discord, Viva Connections and Teams Dev updates – YouTube
Mar23

Show 30 – Part 1 News on Discord, Viva Connections and Teams Dev updates – YouTube

Show 30 – Part 1 News on Discord, Viva Connections and Teams Dev updates This week we discuss the latest news in part 1 as we share our thoughts on why Microsoft might buy Discord, hybrid work, enabling Viva Connections and plenty of Teams dev news. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/show-30-part-1-news-on-discord-viva-connections-and-teams-dev-updates This week we discuss the latest news in part 1 as we share our...

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Show 29 Part 2 – the joy of community – YouTube
Mar16

Show 29 Part 2 – the joy of community – YouTube

Show 29 Part 2 – the joy of community Aaron Rendell joins us as we talk about our first steps in community, the benefits of getting involved and how you can get involved yourself. Aaron Rendell joins us as we talk about our first steps in community, the benefits of getting involved and how you can get involved yourself. source

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Show 29  Part 1 – Ignite 2021 Roundup – YouTube
Mar09

Show 29 Part 1 – Ignite 2021 Roundup – YouTube

Show 29 Part 1 – Ignite 2021 Roundup With Ignite last week, Al and Kevin are joined by Peter Rising to discuss the big topics across the keynote, Power Platform, Security and Compliance, Teams and Viva. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com With Ignite last week, Al and Kevin are joined by Peter Rising to discuss the big topics across the keynote, Power Platform, Security and Compliance, Teams and Viva. Full show notes...

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Show 28  – Part 1: News and Front of Mind – YouTube
Feb23

Show 28 – Part 1: News and Front of Mind – YouTube

Show 28 – Part 1: News and Front of Mind The first in a new model for us as we start to release weekly. This means that it’s just news this week and then part 2 will follow next week with Rabia Williams telling us about what it means to be a Microsoft Dev Advocate. First the news as we find the mythical beast that is intelligent meetings and debate what low low code might be among other things. Full show notes at...

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Show 27  Part 2 – Living la Viva Loca – the business value of Microsoft Viva – YouTube
Feb09

Show 27 Part 2 – Living la Viva Loca – the business value of Microsoft Viva – YouTube

Show 27 Part 2 – Living la Viva Loca – the business value of Microsoft Viva On 4th February, Satya Nadella announced Microsoft Viva and something changed. This wasn’t a pure focus on new technology, this was a focus on Employee Experience, this was a platform to bring together a set of services in a simple way to improve life for employees. We are joined this week by Steve Adams, CEO for CPS, to talk about what this...

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Show 27   Part 1 – Microsoft 365 news and spinach – YouTube
Feb09

Show 27 Part 1 – Microsoft 365 news and spinach – YouTube

Show 27 Part 1 – Microsoft 365 news and spinach On 4th February, Satya Nadella announced Microsoft Viva and something changed. This wasn’t a pure focus on new technology, this was a focus on Employee Experience, this was a platform to bring together a set of services in a simple way to improve life for employees. We are joined this week by Steve Adams, CEO for CPS, to talk about what this means. First the news as we talk...

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Show 26   Part 1 – YouTube
Jan25

Show 26 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 26 Part 1 How many times have you had to consider third party tools for your Microsoft 365 environment? What should you think about when choosing tools? We are joined by Michal Pisarek, CEO of Orchestry and 6 time MVP to talk about these things. First the news as we talk about Microsoft’s latest sharing of meeting science, new DLP playbooks, big numbers for Teams usage in the UK and Kev’s dream robot. Full show notes...

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Show 26   Part 2 – YouTube
Jan25

Show 26 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 26 Part 2 Show 26 – Part 1: News and front of mind How many times have you had to consider third party tools for your Microsoft 365 environment? What should you think about when choosing tools? We are joined by Michal Pisarek, CEO of Orchestry and 6 time MVP to talk about these things. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/show-26-part-1-news-and-front-of-mind Show 26 – Part 1: News and front of mind How...

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Show 25   Part 2 – YouTube
Jan18

Show 25 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 25 Part 2 Welcome to the 2nd year of GreyHatBeard. 2021 may not be starting in the best way for many but why not listen to use as we have a Celebration of Automation. We’re joined by Veronique Lengelle, a dual MVP and also a Solutions Architect at CPS, sharing her expertise in PowerShell and how it can improve your life through automation. In this part, we covered: Why should you automate things? What are the options? How...

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Show 25   Part 1 – YouTube
Jan18

Show 25 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 25 Part 1 Welcome to the 2nd year of GreyHatBeard. 2021 may not be starting in the best way for many but why not listen to use as we have a Celebration of Automation. We’re joined by Veronique Lengelle, a dual MVP and also a Solutions Architect at CPS, sharing her expertise in PowerShell and how it can improve your life through automation. First the news as we pick up on topics like the Solarwinds hack, more outages and...

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Show 24   Part 2 – YouTube
Dec15

Show 24 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 24 Part 2 Finally. The end of 2020 is close and this is our last show of the year so we decided to look back at the biggest news and then look forward to what we hope are some better times in 2021. We are joined by two fantastic guests in Laura Graham-Brown (freelance consultanct and queen of Power BI) and Michal Pisarek (CEO at Orchestry Software) who shared their own thoughts. We covered three questions with points awarded at...

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Show 24   Part 1 – YouTube
Dec15

Show 24 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 24 Part 1 Finally. The end of 2020 is close and this is our last show of the year so we decided to look back at the biggest news and then look forward to what we hope are some better times in 2021. We are joined by two fantastic guests in Laura Graham-Brown (freelance consultanct and queen of Power BI) and Michal Pisarek (CEO at Orchestry Software) who shared their own thoughts. In part 1, we cover the latest news to finish up...

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Show 23   part 1 – YouTube
Dec01

Show 23 part 1 – YouTube

Show 23 part 1 We are back to just us this week because we are keeping things private – well, at least we’re discussing privacy and the things you should consider with the data you hold in Microsoft 365. Are you comfortable sharing how your data to get a better measure of your productivity? First though, this week’s news with new functionality in OneDrive and Search, a warning for PnP PowerShell and Azure Function...

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Show 23   Part 2 – YouTube
Dec01

Show 23 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 23 Part 2 We are back to just us this week because we are keeping things private – well, at least we’re discussing privacy and the things you should consider with the data you hold in Microsoft 365. Are you comfortable sharing how your data to get a better measure of your productivity? Full show notes at https://greyhatbeard.buzzsprout.com/1455661/6624931-show-23-part-2-privacy-to-be-or-not-to-be We are back to just...

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Show 22   Part 2 – YouTube
Nov17

Show 22 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 22 Part 2 The Joy of Migration is this week’s topic as we are joined by Paul Bullock who is a member of the PnP Core Team and heavily involved in the SharePoint Modernisation project so we chat about how to go about Microsoft 365 migrations and some of the pain we’ve faced along the way. We covered: – How to prepare for a migration – How to plan for a migration – How to run a migration – How to...

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Show 22   Part 1 – YouTube
Nov17

Show 22 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 22 Part 1 The Joy of Migration is this week’s topic as we are joined by Paul Bullock who is a member of the PnP Core Team and heavily involved in the SharePoint Modernisation project so we chat about how to go about Microsoft 365 migrations and some of the pain we’ve faced along the way. Part 1 covers the latest news including the newly announced Dataverse (watch out for Al’s Spiderman impressions), new apps for...

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Show 21   Part 2 – YouTube
Nov02

Show 21 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 21 Part 2 Telling Stories – more than just a great album by the Charlatans, it is a way to share the benefits of tools like those in the Power Platform. This week we are joined by Clarissa Gillingham as she shares her experience of forming great stories and some great tips for creating your own. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d...

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Show 21   Part 1 – YouTube
Nov02

Show 21 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 21 Part 1 Telling Stories – more than just a great album by the Charlatans, it is a way to share the benefits of tools like those in the Power Platform. This week we are joined by Clarissa Gillingham as she shares her experience of forming great stories and some great tips for creating your own. First though, the news as we cover the latest Teams usage numbers, updates to Power Apps and more. Full show notes at...

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Show 21 – Part 2: Telling Stories

Telling Stories – more than just a great album by the Charlatans, it is a way to share the benefits of tools like those in the Power Platform. This week we are joined by Clarissa Gillingham as she shares her experience of forming great stories and some great tips for creating your own. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 21 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Telling Stories – more than just a great album by the Charlatans, it is a way to share the benefits of tools like those in the Power Platform. This week we are joined by Clarissa Gillingham as she shares her experience of forming great stories and some great tips for creating your own. First though, the news as we cover the latest Teams usage numbers, updates to Power Apps and more. News

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Searching from SharePoint with Microsoft Search – YouTube
Oct29

Searching from SharePoint with Microsoft Search – YouTube

Searching from SharePoint with Microsoft Search This GreyHatBeard Bitesize video shares some examples of how the Microsoft Search experience is shown from within SharePoint, both in a team site and in a Hub Site too. This GreyHatBeard Bitesize video shares some examples of how the Microsoft Search experience is shown from within SharePoint, both in a team site and in a Hub Site too. source

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Searching from the Office Portal – YouTube
Oct25

Searching from the Office Portal – YouTube

Searching from the Office Portal Learn about how to search for content across Microsoft 365 from the Office.com portal using Microsoft Search Learn about how to search for content across Microsoft 365 from the Office.com portal using Microsoft Search source

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Intro to Microsoft Search – YouTube
Oct25

Intro to Microsoft Search – YouTube

Intro to Microsoft Search In the first of our Bitesize videos from GreyHatBeard, Kevin the Grey introduces Microsoft Search, what it is and how it works. In the first of our Bitesize videos from GreyHatBeard, Kevin the Grey introduces Microsoft Search, what it is and how it works. source

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Show 20   Part 1 – YouTube
Oct19

Show 20 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 20 Part 1 This week we learn how saying no means that you can actually say yes more often, adding more control to what you do and being more productive with it. We chat about trying not to over commit and work out when you can work most effectively. But first we cover the latest news with Microsoft’s analysis on wellbeing in an era of Covid19, the latest from Zoom and some small but useful updates in the world of SharePoint. Full...

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Show 20  Part 2 – YouTube
Oct19

Show 20 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 20 Part 2 This week we learn how saying no means that you can actually say yes more often, adding more control to what you do and being more productive with it. We chat about trying not to over commit and work out when you can work most effectively. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d love to hear from everyone, especially if you’re not...

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Show 20 – Part 1: News and front of mind

This week we learn how saying no means that you can actually say yes more often, adding more control to what you do and being more productive with it. We chat about trying not to over commit and work out when you can work most effectively. But first we cover the latest news with Microsoft’s analysis on wellbeing in an era of Covid19, the latest from Zoom and some small but useful updates in… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 20 – Part 2: Just Say No

This week we learn how saying no means that you can actually say yes more often, adding more control to what you do and being more productive with it. We chat about trying not to over commit and work out when you can work most effectively. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d love to hear… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 19   Part 1 – YouTube
Oct03

Show 19 Part 1 – YouTube

Show 19 Part 1 Ignite was on fire last week so we dedicated the show to our thoughts on the main news that came out. Was it the Power Apps in Teams news that caught your attention, perhaps Project Nucleus or even the updates to Logic Apps? We cover what was announced and how we think you will be able to make use of these. Full show notes with links to Ignite details at...

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Show 19 – Part 1: Ignite Round-up

Ignite was on fire last week so we dedicated the show to our thoughts on the main news that came out. Was it the Power Apps in Teams news that caught your attention, perhaps Project Nucleus or even the updates to Logic Apps? We cover what was announced and how we think you will be able to make use of these. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 18   Part 2 – YouTube
Sep20

Show 18 Part 2 – YouTube

Show 18 Part 2 While we eagerly await the news to come from Ignite, Peter Rising was kind enough to join us again and share some thoughts on Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365. We aimed to cover: – What can be done in M365? – How do we know license requirements? – What’s coming next and what do we wish is coming next? Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/2020-09-20-show18part2/ While we eagerly await...

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Show 18   part 1 – YouTube
Sep20

Show 18 part 1 – YouTube

Show 18 part 1 While we eagerly await the news to come from Ignite, Peter Rising was kind enough to join us again and share some thoughts on Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365. We first covered some interesting ideas from Facebook, sunken datacentres and debated laptops vs desktops. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/upcoming-shows. We’d love to hear from...

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Show 18 – Part 1: News and front of mind

While we eagerly await the news to come from Ignite, Peter Rising was kind enough to join us again and share some thoughts on Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365. We first covered some interesting ideas from Facebook, sunken datacentres and debated laptops vs desktops. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 18 – Part 2: Getting secure and compliant with Microsoft 365

While we eagerly await the news to come from Ignite, Peter Rising was kind enough to join us again and share some thoughts on Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365. We aimed to cover: What can be done in M365? How do we know license requirements? What’s coming next and what do we wish is coming next? Related links: CIS Benchmarks Top 10 ways to secure M365 M365 Secure Score M365… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 17   part 2 – YouTube
Sep07

Show 17 part 2 – YouTube

Show 17 part 2 After almost two months, the three of us are back together and ready to share the latest info and our thoughts to you all. This week, we think about how you can stay in contact with the latest information, discuss the Microsoft 365 roadmap and our thoughts and wishes for what will be announced at Ignite 2020. We aimed to cover: How keep up with what is changing in M365? How do you know when the changes will happen? What...

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Show 17   part 1 – YouTube
Sep07

Show 17 part 1 – YouTube

Show 17 part 1 After almost two months, the three of us are back together and ready to share the latest info and our thoughts to you all. This week, we think about how you can stay in contact with the latest information, discuss the Microsoft 365 roadmap and our thoughts and wishes for what will be announced at Ignite 2020. First up was the news including why you should backup your Teams chat, the end of IE11, opensource at Microsoft...

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Show 17 – Part 1: News and front of mind

After almost two months, the three of us are back together and ready to share the latest info and our thoughts to you all. This week, we think about how you can stay in contact with the latest information, discuss the Microsoft 365 roadmap and our thoughts and wishes for what will be announced at Ignite 2020. First up was the news including why you should backup your Teams chat, the end of… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 17 – Part 2: Microsoft Roadmaps and hopes for Ignite

After almost two months, the three of us are back together and ready to share the latest info and our thoughts to you all. This week, we think about how you can stay in contact with the latest information, discuss the Microsoft 365 roadmap and our thoughts and wishes for what will be announced at Ignite 2020. We aimed to cover: How keep up with what is changing in M365? How do you know when… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 16   part 2 – YouTube
Aug12

Show 16 part 2 – YouTube

Show 16 part 2 Have you been using lockdown and the extra time at home during the pandemic to try and pass some Microsoft Certifications? Or perhaps you are just interested in how you can better implement Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365? We were joined by Peter Rising this week as Al and Garry ran the show while Kevin sweltered in a tent on the Isle of Wight. We aimed to cover the following on Microsoft 365 Security...

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Show 16   part 1 – YouTube
Aug12

Show 16 part 1 – YouTube

Show 16 part 1 Have you been using lockdown and the extra time at home during the pandemic to try and pass some Microsoft Certifications? Or perhaps you are just interested in how you can better implement Security and Compliance in Microsoft 365? We were joined by Peter Rising this week as Al and Garry ran the show while Kevin sweltered in a tent on the Isle of Wight. First up was the news including several updates on what is...

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