Episodes
Get ready to be a learn-it-all! On this episode, Chris and Mark chat with their peers from the Microsoft Viva Learning team, Andrea Lum and John Mighell. Viva Learning removes traditional obstacles paving pathways to learning culture success. They cover the demands of "enterprise learning," upskilling within Microsoft Teams, connecting 3rd-party content sources (Coursera, Harvard Business Publishing, Pluralsight, Skillsoft, to name a few), and a peek at what comes next. Time to get schooled...
Published 05/17/22
Published 05/17/22
April 2022 brought a lot of new tech to Microsoft 365 - lots of SharePoint and related tech goodness: Viva Topics in Outlook for the Web (4:40), Viva Topics insights, Microsoft Stream: Comment on a video or audio file, Create directly from the SharePoint app bar, Microsoft Lists for Android (9:30), Create and manage Power Apps from Microsoft Lists within Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Lists Calendar view: 'Unscheduled' Pane, OneDrive: Access your Teams standard and private channel files,...
Published 05/03/22
On this episode, we break the sound barrier with Shyam Narayan (Principal Group Product Manager | Microsoft (SharePoint)) about optimizing SharePoint performance. It's all about scale, speed, and reliability of the SharePoint service in Microsoft 365, from page load times to file open/upload/download, and "not waiting for sync." We focused our discussion on all the recent service tweaks and innovations he and team have done to optimize the SharePoint content services platform. Click here for...
Published 04/20/22
On this episode, we get loop'y with Microsoft Loop. We chat with Greg Howard -- Principal product manager for Microsoft Loop and Fluid Framework (Office Experience Organization at Microsoft). Greg takes us through what Loop is - including common use scenarios, how it adds value throughout Microsoft 365, what's out now (Loop components), behind-the-scenes integration work (OneDrive component storage), and insights into what comes next. It's gonna be a Loop-the-loop thrill ride! Hop on. Click...
Published 04/13/22
March 2022 brought a lot of new tech to Microsoft 365 - lots of SharePoint and related tech goodness: Top news in Viva Connections dashboard, Focus plans in Viva Insights, SharePoint Syntex: Content assembly, Microsoft Teams Connect "Shared channels", co-authoring MIP content on mobile, Managed metadata column in SharePoint document libraries, new Lists templates, Yammer dark mode, and more. We also hear from Arun Das, principal product manager helping to bring Microsoft Teams Connect "Shared...
Published 03/31/22
On this episode, Chris and Mark cover all things FastTrack - Microsoft's program to help customers move comfortable to the Microsoft 365 cloud. speak with Lora Moynihan from the FastTrack team and Mike Hollingshead from the SharePoint team - representing scale use and adoption motions on the product engineering side. And then we chat with Alejandro Lopez who sits on the frontline with our customers once they are engaged with the FastTrack program. We discuss the best ways to engage FastTrack,...
Published 03/08/22
February 2022 continued strong in Microsoft 365 with numerous SharePoint and related tech goodness: Updated My feed web part, Viva Topics integration with SharePoint Syntex taxonomy, new Microsoft Graph connectors, channel and folder rename between Teams and SharePoint, Microsoft 365 connected templates, OneDrive sync for macOS, and more. We talk with Raju Nagalinga - principal program manager at Microsoft focused on Microsoft Graph connectors in connection to Microsoft Search. Raju talks...
Published 03/02/22
Have you heard? You can now sign into Microsoft Lists with your Microsoft account (MSA) - now in preview: lists.live.com. This is a lightweight version of the Microsoft Lists app designed for small business and individual use in conjunction with your MSA. In this episode, we talk with Miceile Barrett and Ben Truelove from the Lists engineering and design teams respectively. We discuss the innerworkings of the what, how, and why of the service and primary design elements that make it easy and...
Published 02/15/22
January 2022 kicked us off right in Microsoft 365 with a slew of SharePoint and related tech goodness: Microsoft Editor in SharePoint pages, Viva Topics topic card improvements, SharePoint navigation switcher, conversation search in Office.com and SharePoint, migration updates, Microsoft Lists: Board view, Power BI for libraries, new library drop-down menu, Lists in the SharePoint app bar, and more. Mark also chats with Yogesh Ratnaparkhi - Microsoft principal program manager focused on...
Published 02/03/22
Ready to tap into the wisdom of the Southern Hemisphere? It’s time to audibly travel to Australia for architect-level SharePoint guidance. On this episode, we hear from three IT Pro experts from the Aussie community – specifically the Adelaide Microsoft IT Pro Community: Brett Moffet (Cireson), Matt Cline (Data#3), and Andrew O'Young (Subnet). You’ll hear their approach to solutions – from managing a hybrid deployment, to migrating to the cloud at scale, and recommendations for IT Pros “to...
Published 01/19/22
December 2021 rounded our year of SharePoint and related tech goodness: Azure Active Directory Dynamic Groups for SharePoint audience targeting, create and manage verticals in Microsoft Search, Microsoft Lists lookup columns, the ability to manage Teams and channel connected team sites in the SharePoint admin center, markup ink for photos stored in OneDrive and SharePoint, Microsoft Loop components in Teams chats, and more. Mark also notes five SharePoint resolutions for 2022, plus an audible...
Published 01/04/22
This is a retrospective perspective episode based on three recent in-person tech events: 1) The European Collaboration Summit in Düsseldorf, 2) the Microsoft 365 Collaboration Conference in Vegas, and 3) 365 EduCon event in DC (formerly SharePoint Fest). We hear from Spencer Harbar (one of the EU Collab Summit leads), and Mark shares thoughts on seeing others face-to-face to share and listen. This episode is a glimpse into recent stirrings of the best community in tech.
Published 12/20/21
November 2021 brought lots of SharePoint and related tech releases: Microsoft Viva GA, private drafts for SharePoint news and pages, Embed web part for SharePoint spaces, SharePoint Framework (SPFx) v1.13, SharePoint admin center: Manage channel sites, Microsoft Lists, Microsoft Feedback for OneDrive and SharePoint, and more. We also chat with Andrey Esipov, from the SharePoint team, about 'Project Nucleus' and how it combines Progressive Web App (PWA) tech with the new...
Published 11/30/21
The news firehose of Microsoft Ignite has been capped, and now it's time for the recap to re-Ignite your synapses on all that was disclosed. Join Mark and Chris as they walk though tons of announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2021 (Nov. 2-4) across SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Viva, Loop, Syntex, Lists, admin, security and more. There's a whole lot coming in the months ahead to improve your content and collaboration, with marked enhancements for employee experiences.
Published 11/15/21
October 2021 brought SharePoint hub to hub site association, new site templates, modern site-level term store, edit images in OneDrive and SharePoint, Calendar view in List web part, view transcripts from Teams meetings, establish official Yammer Communities, and more. We also chat with Cathy Dew about the new hub to hub association capability and the value of organizing your intranet and extranet in the ways that make sense and work best for your employees and partners.
Published 10/29/21
One piece of paper might be easy to find. One document within twenty million – well, that leads to time-waste greater than a needle in a haystack. In this episode, we focus on Northumbrian Water's migration of 20M documents, the benefits of a Knowledge Discovery Workshop, applying both SharePoint Syntex and Viva Topics for improved intake recognition and better people and content discovery. Plus a fun story of a very important, nearly irreplaceable van.
Published 10/19/21
What can your data tell you? Automatic dashboards and reports can make tracking metrics easy. And now it comes in one click from Microsoft Lists directly into Power BI. We talk with Amanda Rivera, program manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft. Amanda shares about the design and value from the latest integration between Microsoft Lists and Power BI. This new experience empowers Lists users to explore their data with just a few clicks. You'll be amazed at the dashboards and reports you...
Published 10/12/21
September 2021 brought lots of great SharePoint and related tech releases: Microsoft Viva Connections (Public Preview), updated video experiences, images in the Text web part, SharePoint team site navigation switcher, share Lists as links, Microsoft Lists: Applied filters, Planner updates, Whiteboard stored in OneDrive, and more. We chat with Som Roy and Raagul Manoharan user experience designers on the broader OneDrive & SharePoint team focused on new Viva Connections experiences across...
Published 10/04/21
Thoughtful HR leads to engaged employees through engaging employee experiences. Modern HR practices foundationally improve employee interests, retention, and wellbeing – “in the cloud”, spanning hybrid work. We talk with Kerry Olin and Jay Clem about how Microsoft adjusts its practices and technology to improve the employee experience for 160,000 full-time Microsoft employees around the world, including the importance of data and insights from Kathleen Hogan (Microsoft EVP and Chief HR Officer).
Published 09/28/21
On this episode, we bring order to legal use cases of Microsoft Lists. We chat with Wendy Rubas (General counsel) and Janessa Nelson (Legal operations manager) from the legal organization within VillageMD – a national leader in value-based primary care. We cover a lot of ground how useful integrations between Lists, Power Platform, and SharePoint help optimize people productivity and document automation with visual analytics to improve the patient experience.
Published 09/14/21
August 2021 brought lots of great SharePoint and related tech releases: Teams meeting recordings in SharePoint, SharePoint spaces text updates, SharePoint Store modernization, Lists for iOS updates, File cards in Office for Android, Universal print with OneDrive, Yammer Topics API changes, and more. We also chat with Vesa Juvonen, our SharePoint principal program manager focused on all things OneDrive and SharePoint development - and an excellent Microsoft 365 developer community lead.
Published 09/01/21
It's time to go beyond what Microsoft Viva is, and move into implementation, deployment, and adoption. We've got a terrific "knowledge roundtable" discussion with four Microsoft MVPs: Dux Raymond Sy about Viva Connections, Susan Hanley about Viva Topics, Asif Rehmani about Viva Learning, and Robert Mulsow on Viva Insights. This episode is filled with great tips, tricks, and challenges when configuring and rolling it out Viva for your company and colleagues.
Published 08/25/21
GitHub is the collaborative developer community, a place to share and review code, then deploy it to any operating system, any cloud and any device. On this episode, we speak with Martin Woodward, one of the original members who onboarded Microsoft to the open-source world, and Tetsuya Kawahara, a Microsoft MVP expert in Microsoft Lists customization (JSON). We learn how they use GitHub to share their knowledge, connect with other developers, and create the world’s most important technologies.
Published 08/10/21
Get ready to boost your July 2021 memory bank! Lots of great SharePoint and related tech releases this past month: News boost, collapsible page sections, edit pages and news in Teams, custom list templates, suggested attachments in Planner, SharePoint Server Subscription Edition (preview), 'post on-behalf' in Yammer, and more. We also hear from Nancy Handa, our SharePoint program manager focused on pages and news innovations - including work that brings them to life in Microsoft Teams.
Published 08/02/21