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 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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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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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 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 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 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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Show 16 – Part 1: News and front of mind

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… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 16 – Part 2: Microsoft 365 Security Certification

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… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 15 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Never let it be said that we turn down a challenge. We were asked by a listener to try and summarise Power Platform licensing and rather than just share what we knew, we managed to bring in one of the Microsoft experts on the subject, the very tattoed and always entertaining Chris Huntingford. Then, by sheer chance, Microsoft decided to drop the bombshell news of Dataflex and we had even more… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 15   part 2 – YouTube
Jul26

Show 15 part 2 – YouTube

Show 15 part 2 Never let it be said that we turn down a challenge. We were asked by a listener to try and summarise Power Platform licensing and rather than just share what we knew, we managed to bring in one of the Microsoft experts on the subject, the very tattoed and always entertaining Chris Huntingford. Then, by sheer chance, Microsoft decided to drop the bombshell news of Dataflex and we had even more to chat about. We aimed to...

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Show 15 part 1 – YouTube
Jul26

Show 15 part 1 – YouTube

Show 15 part 1 Never let it be said that we turn down a challenge. We were asked by a listener to try and summarise Power Platform licensing and rather than just share what we knew, we managed to bring in one of the Microsoft experts on the subject, the very tattoed and always entertaining Chris Huntingford. Then, by sheer chance, Microsoft decided to drop the bombshell news of Dataflex and we had even more to chat about. However,...

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Show 15 – Part 2: Getting to the bottom of Power Platform Licensing

Never let it be said that we turn down a challenge. We were asked by a listener to try and summarise Power Platform licensing and rather than just share what we knew, we managed to bring in one of the Microsoft experts on the subject, the very tattoed and always entertaining Chris Huntingford. Then, by sheer chance, Microsoft decided to drop the bombshell news of Dataflex and we had even more… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 14 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Governance – huh, what is it good for? Well, to find that out, take a listen to this week’s episode as we are joined by newly minted MVP Chirag Patel to talk about Teams Governance. This part of the show covers the latest news including some exciting new updates from Microsoft Teams. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 14   part 2 – YouTube
Jul13

Show 14 part 2 – YouTube

Show 14 part 2 Governance – huh, what is it good for? Well, to find that out, take a listen to this week’s episode as we are joined by newly minted MVP Chirag Patel to talk about Teams Governance. We cover three key topics: Why do you need Governance? What do you need to consider? How can you do it? Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/2020-06-29-show14part2/ Governance – huh, what is it good for? Well, to find...

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Show 14   part 1 – YouTube
Jul13

Show 14 part 1 – YouTube

Show 14 part 1 Governance – huh, what is it good for? Well, to find that out, take a listen to this week’s episode as we are joined by newly minted MVP Chirag Patel to talk about Teams Governance. This part of the show covers the latest news including some exciting new updates from Microsoft Teams. 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 14 – Part 2: Governing Microsoft Teams

Governance – huh, what is it good for? Well, to find that out, take a listen to this week’s episode as we are joined by newly minted MVP Chirag Patel to talk about Teams Governance. We cover three key topics: Why do you need Governance? What do you need to consider? How can you do it? Useful links Joanne Klein’s post on concerns over Teams after setting up provisioning – includes some… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 13 – Part 1: News and front of mind

Bono may still not have found what he is looking for but this week we talk about Microsoft Search and how you can help people to find what they are looking for, well, as long as it is a document, page or other bit of content. But first the news and our attempt to try and cover slightly less to keep the episodes shorter (TLDR – we just ended up chatting more – sorry). If you would like to… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 13   part 1 – YouTube
Jun29

Show 13 part 1 – YouTube

Show 13 part 1 Bono may still not have found what he is looking for but this week we talk about Microsoft Search and how you can help people to find what they are looking for, well, as long as it is a document, page or other bit of content. But first the news and our attempt to try and cover slightly less to keep the episodes shorter (TLDR – we just ended up chatting more – sorry). Full show notes at...

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Show 12   part 2 – YouTube
Jun29

Show 12 part 2 – YouTube

Show 12 part 2 It’s a CPS bonus this week as Iain Smith (Office Apps and Services MVP and Head of Professional Services at CPS) joins us to talk about Unified Comms. We should have been on best behaviour but that doesn’t suit us on a Saturday morning! We cover three key topics: What is Collab and Unified Comms? What tools do you need for both? How are they better together? Full show notes at...

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Show 12   part 1 – YouTube
Jun29

Show 12 part 1 – YouTube

Show 12 part 1 It’s a CPS bonus this week as Iain Smith (Office Apps and Services MVP and Head of Professional Services at CPS) joins us to talk about Unified Comms. We should have been on best behaviour but that doesn’t suit us on a Saturday morning! This week’s news was a mixed bag of Teams news, UC updates, Dev chat and even some Facebook talk. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/2020-06-13-show12part1/ It’s a CPS bonus...

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Show 13 – Part 2: Searching for the answer in Microsoft 365

Bono may still not have found what he is looking for but this week we talk about Microsoft Search and how you can help people to find what they are looking for, well, as long as it is a document, page or other bit of content. We cover three key topics: What is Microsoft Search? Other search in Microsoft 365 like Teams Planning for a good search experience Useful links Overview of Microsoft… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 12 – Part 1: News and front of mind

It’s a CPS bonus this week as Iain Smith (Office Apps and Services MVP and Head of Professional Services at CPS) joins us to talk about Unified Comms. We should have been on best behaviour but that doesn’t suit us on a Saturday morning! This week’s news was a mixed bag of Teams news, UC updates, Dev chat and even some Facebook talk. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 11   part 2 – YouTube
May31

Show 11 part 2 – YouTube

Show 11 part 2 This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on Conversational AI, joins us to talk about Bots. We cover three key topics: Why/when would you use a Bot? How do you get started designing then building a Bot? What’s changed recently? Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/2020-05-30-show11part2/ This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on...

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Show 11  part 1 – YouTube
May31

Show 11 part 1 – YouTube

Show 11 part 1 This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on Conversational AI, joins us to talk about Bots. Part 1 first though, the news as we pick up some of the latest updates following the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon and some Power Platform goodness. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/2020-05-30-show11part1/ This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a...

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Show 11 – Part 1: News and front of mind

This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on Conversational AI, joins us to talk about Bots. Part 1 first though, the news as we pick up some of the latest updates following the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon and some Power Platform goodness. <!– –> If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at

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Show 11 – Part 2: Here comes the robots

This week we have a special guest as Stephan Bisser, MVP for AI with a focus on Conversational AI, joins us to talk about Bots. We cover three key topics: Why/when would you use a Bot? How do you get started designing then building a Bot? What’s changed recently? Stephan’s post on updates from Build Adaptive Cards Management System Bot Framework Composer General Availability Updates to… Continue Reading Kevin McDonnell’s...

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Show 10 – bonus edition: Microsoft Build 2020

A bonus show this week as Kevin (the Grey), Al (the Hat) and Garry (the beard) discuss the news and their views from Microsoft Build 2020. We cover the big announcements as well as a few interesting ones that may have missed your attention <!– –> General Build On-Demand Sessions Scott Hanselman’s Keynote Satya Nadella’s Keynote Easter Eggs Microsoft 365 News Microsoft Lists Cortex… Continue Reading Kevin...

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Show 10   part 2 – YouTube
May17

Show 10 part 2 – YouTube

Show 10 part 2 The first rule of Book Club is that you MUST talk about Book Club. The second rule is that audiobooks are ok too. This week we talk about our favourite books that have steered our thoughts in our careers. Two books each with one for luck. Full show notes at https://www.greyhatbeard.com/2020-05-16-show10part2/ including links for all the books mentioned The first rule of Book Club is that you MUST talk about Book Club....

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Show 10   part 1 – YouTube
May17

Show 10 part 1 – YouTube

Show 10 part 1 The first rule of Book Club is that you MUST talk about Book Club. The second rule is that audiobooks are ok too. This week we talk about our favourite books that have steered our thoughts in our careers. Before that though, we share our the news and our thoughts on two big topics for the week, the Microsoft Business Application Summit (MBAS) and Github Satellite. Also, some news on a great result in the MBAS hackathon...

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Show 9   part 2 – YouTube
May03

Show 9 part 2 – YouTube

Show 9 part 2 I like that but can it look a bit less like SharePoint? Have you ever heard that said by someone? You might even have agreed. We talk about how true that thought is and if it needs to be done, what are the best ways to do it if you really do have to. This week we also have a special guest joining us so big thanks to Matt Weston for giving us his time and thoughts on SharePoint. Also this week, you may notice our new...

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