55 posts by D'arce Hess

Schedule a Teams Meeting now rolling out

When scheduling meetings through Outlook, I would always look for the “New Skype Meeting” button. Today, when I went to schedule a meeting, I saw the beginnings of the Teams integration in my Outlook. Now, in the same dropdown, I now see a link to “Teams Meeting”. The scheduler looks and acts the same as scheduling a Skype for Business meeting or an event. The downside is that unlike Skype for Business meetings where I could simply press the “kjoin” button in my ...

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Microsoft is upgrading Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Earlier today, Microsoft released a message, (which has now disappeared) stating that some users would be able to upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. “We’re upgrading Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. This will take us some time to complete. For now, this is an opt-in experience, as we continue to work on enhancing the Microsoft Teams experience. We encourage you to take control of your upgrade to Microsoft Teams. Start getting yourself familiar with the Microsoft ...

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What I Learned from 3 Days Without my Phone

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Up until two years ago, I had my Windows Phone 7, and I loved it. All I ever did was use my phone for calling and the occasional texting of a friend or family member. Fast forward a couple years and my phone has become the center of my world. I use it for business, for personal and darn it if I’m not still addicted to Bejewelled while on an airplane. This past weekend, I was unfortunate to send my phone on a mini vacation in Newark International Airport during a layover from a red-eye ...

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Introducing the New Group Calendar WebPart in Modern SharePoint

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Microsoft is in the midst of rolling out the new Group Calendar WebPart to all tenants where all users are in First Release. The Group Calendar showed up in mine today and I would like to show you a quick example of how to use it. The Group Calendar WebPart allows us to surface events and items that are stored in our Group Outlook Calendar in Office365. The Group Calendar Webpart can be placed on Communication Sites and Modern Team Sites. The new UI has a great interface that allows us to ...

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Join us for a FREE Webinar – SharePoint Framework: Ask the Experts Panel

I'm teaming up with Andrew Connell, Microsoft MVP and Founder of Voitanos on Thursday, September 7, 2017, for a webinar on the SharePoint Framework. If you are new to SharePoint customizations or hoping to learn more to better implement them in your deployment, then this webinar is for you! Join us at 2pm ET/11am PT on Thursday, September 7 as we deliver insights on deploying customizations using the SharePoint Framework. In this webinar, you’ll learn: The basics of SharePoint ...

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How to Create a Survey using Microsoft Forms

Microsoft has released the Forms application to the general audience of users. When originally released to preview, it had only been available to the education sector. In the video below, I review how to create a simple survey using Microsoft Forms. Enjoy! How to Create a Simple Survey using Microsoft Forms

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Skype Translation – One of my new favorite features

I have clients and colleagues throughout the world. Many speak several languages that I unfortunately do not speak. I recently downloaded the latest version of skype and say the new translation button on the bottom right corner above my message. When you click on the icon, it will being up a modal box. In the box, you are asked if you want call, message or both to translate and as it is based on a conversation by conversation basis, I can select what language I speak and what language ...

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Five things to consider when designing your SPFx WebParts

It is easy to get caught up in the end result for functionality with new webparts we build for our organization. For example, I just need a webpart that does (fill in the blank). As a result, we think short-sided and develop exactly what the business asked for. So what’s the issue with this? This becomes an issue when you think about the specific scenarios that the webpart is developed to take into account and after time, you find that your organization has 100 specifically-designed ...

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How to change the theme in Modern Communication Sites

Microsoft has started the roll out of the modern theming capability in Office365. You will have two options available to change the theme for Communication Sites and Modern Team Sites. Option One is to use the new interface for selecting a theme. Click on the Site Actions Icon in upper left corner of the screen and select “Change the Look”. Select the theme that you would like and press the “Save” button. Your theme has now been applied. To programmatically ...

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Free Communication Site Axure Widget Library V1.5 Update now available!

Hi Everyone! Last week, I started the Communication Site Axure Widget Library to help designers and developers quickly and easily mock up out-of-the-box functionality in #Office365 Communication Sites. I am happy to announce that version 1.5 is now available for download and viewing. Version 1.5 Updates include support for: Modern Document Library WebPart Modern List WebPart Yammer WebPart Highlighted Content WebPart Image Gallery WebPart Please leave any comments if you are ...

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