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A Modern Workplace Podcast covering all things Microsoft 365 with Kevin McDonnell (the grey), Al Eardley (the hat), Garry Trinder (the beard) and Luise Freese (the princess) chatting every two weeks about the latest Microsoft 365 news and then picking a topic each week with guests joining us at times as well. If you would like to appear on the show, please drop us a line using the form at We’d love to hear from everyone, especially if you’re not an MVP and would like to be heard more in the community.Check out our YouTube channel to view the shows as well as our biggest conference sessions and some Bitesize guides as well -
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Does community matter? Hell yeah! This week, Femke Cornelissen joins us to chat about the importance of community to her journey to becoming a Technology Evangelist at Wortell in the Netherlands. We chat about her jump from marketing to SharePoint Consultant and how chatting at Ignite helped her realise the power of community.Want to get more involved in the community? Check out these great events already booked in for this year that we are involved in.8 March - Microsoft Ability Summit 2023 - Home ( 13 April - Community day event Netherlands - link coming soon22-24 May - Collab Summit - European Collaboration Summit ( 2-4 May – M365 Conference -   13 June - Community Days | Viva Explorers Belgium 15 June - aMS Berlin - 15.06.2023: Call for Speakers @ Experts Live 25 May  - Experts Live - Netherlands18-20 September Experts Live - Prague20-22 June - EPPC - European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference ( 21-22 June - Commsverse - The Microsoft Teams Conference 2023 5 Aug - Scottish Summit - Microsoft Cloud community Event 18-20 September -  Location | Experts Live EU 27th September 2023 - CollabDays Bletchley Park 2023 | Collabdays 13-14 Oct - South Coast Summit - South Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology Conference 15-16 November - Microsoft Ignite - Home - Microsoft Ignite Information Home Page 27-30 Nov - ESPC- European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference ( Photo by William White on Unsplash
Garry and Kevin are joined this week to talk Viva Connections with Anoop Tatti (, covering what Viva Connections is, why you would use it and how you can build it out with the usual distractions along the way!Viva HomeAnnouncement - to set up Viva Home - video by Darrell As A Service on how to set up Viva Home or not - Your new Viva Connections landing page? - YouTubePnP Samples:
Show 70 - a review of 2022

Show 70 - a review of 2022


This week, Kevin, Al and Garry (sadly Luise couldn't make it last minute) look back at 2022 to pick our favourite tech news of the year and our own personal highlights. Kevin even decided last minute about what everyone's focus was for 2023 so there are some late panics in the show that are worth sticking around for!Microsoft Viva Goals brings purpose and alignment to the employee experienceSet Team and Company Goals | Microsoft VivaWhat New Terms Like 'Goblin Mode' Reveal about Work in 2023 ( Toolkit Overview - Teams | Microsoft LearnBuild Microsoft 365 apps that help keep employees in the flow of workIntroducing Microsoft Syntex - Content AI in the flow of work - Microsoft Community HubMicrosoft Syntex, Content AI | Microsoft 365Shared channels in Microsoft Teams - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft LearnEntra, Purview, Priva, & Viva: Microsoft's New Move to Naming Products ( Viva Sales | Microsoft VivaIntroducing Mesh avatars for Microsoft Teams in Private Preview - Microsoft Community HubMicrosoft will start charging for some Microsoft Graph Teams API calls starting July 5th 2022 | The thoughtstuff BlogIntroducing the Microsoft Graph Developer Proxy community preview - Microsoft 365 Developer BlogMicrosoft Teams Premium licensing - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft LearnChatGPT: Optimizing Language Models for Dialogue (
No news this week as we had a slightly shorter recording so we have included some links below. However, instead we have a cracker of a show with Will Rowe from MS-Talent, talking about the current job market in Microsoft IT related roles, the impact of hybrid, why people are moving and even blue back hair (yes really).Careering out of control - Will's own podcast with even more adviceTech layoffs - women in tech urge schoolgirls to take on the UK's... - NCSC.GOV.UKCulture of learning at Crayon OKRs into your business F5 debugging in Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code - Microsoft 365 Developer Blog Replace ngrok with your own local tunnelling service Breaking changes for the Microsoft Graph Insights API   - Microsoft 365 Developer BlogEvents:Still time to sign up for ESPC 22 - European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference ( by Ben White on Unsplash
A very brave Emily Mancini tackles the subject of Yammer and when it excels for organisations over Teams. The chat with Luise, Al and Kevin takes in the different use cases around Yammer and Teams, how you can help adoption, why you should consider both and a lot lot more. There were certainly opinions this week!
This week, Kevin, Al and Luise were joined by Emily Mancini to talk about the latest news with Power Platform updates, great eBooks about Viva via Mark Rackley, new devices (with live demos!) and the end of an era in Microsoft related journalism as Mary Jo Foley leaves ZDNet after 16 years. This led to a slightly diverted chat about what we were up to 16 years ago - can you guess? Power Platform Oct 2022 Updates - eBook - Admin features The Presenter + and Microsoft Audio DockSara Fennah’s Presenter+ review End of an era for Mary Jo Foley EventsGarry keynoting FinJS London - Viva Explorers Day M365 Chicago Microsoft 365 Chicago Virtual Event ( ESPC - 
The SharePoint Wizard Ami Diamond is on the show to talk about community and why it matters to him, especially with his YouTube channel and host of WhatsApp groups he maintains.The SharePoint Wizard ChannelCommunity days -
Garry and Kevin are joined by Ami Diamond (aka the SharePoint Wizard) to talk about the big news from Microsoft Ignite, including Microsoft Syntex, Teams Premium, Designer, Loop and big exciting news about Planner (no really).Microsoft Ignite 2022 Book of NewsWeekly view in SharePoint calendar - Microsoft Syntex—Content AI integrated in the flow of work | Microsoft 365 BlogMicrosoft Syntex - How big a deal is this? | Deep Analysis ('s Hanleys Roadmap Slides Microsoft 365 at Ignite—Re-energize your workforce in the office, at home, and everywhere in between | Microsoft 365 Blog collaboration with Microsoft Teams chat and channels features for the hybrid workplace - Microsoft Community HubMicrosoft Designer - Stunning designs in a flashLoop - updates to the Planner API in Microsoft Graph - Microsoft 365 Developer BlogProject and Planner value from innovation
Kevin, Al and Garry were guest-less so covered the large amount of news and had a chat about Viva, Teams and Power PlatformHybrid Work Is Just Work. Are We Doing It Wrong? ( Viva EbookWhat’s New in Microsoft Teams | August and September 2022 - Microsoft Tech Community Microsoft Teams apps coming in preview to Office and Outlook apps on Android Power Up Program for career switchersMicrosoft Power Platform Conference shares new opportunities - Microsoft Power Platform Blog Collab Days Bletchley Park - 5 Oct - Kevin and GarryCollabDays Bletchley Park | CollabdaysTechorama Netherlands October 11 - 12Home | TechoramaCollab Days Belgium - Oct 15thCollabDays Belgium 2022 | CollabdaysIgnite - 12-14 OctRegister - Coast Summit - 14-15 OctRegister - South Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology ConferenceSecurity & Compliance Workshop - Security and Compliance with Microsoft 365 - 1 Day Workshop Tickets, Fri 14 Oct 2022 at 09:00 | EventbriteCodemotion - 18/19 OctHome | CodemotionViva Explorers - 12 NovViva Explorers Community Day (Manchester, UK), Sat, Nov 12, 2022, 9:00 AM | MeetupEuropean SharePoint Office 365 and Azure Conference 28 Nov - 1 DecEuropean SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference (
Newly minted MVP Leon Armston joins us to chat about all things SharePoint Syntex, covering what it is, what you need to use it and some real life scenarios that Leon has used.Leon's Blog SharePoint Syntex | Microsoft 365Automate document generation with SharePoint Syntex and Power Automate (preview) - SharePoint Syntex | Microsoft Docs Licensing for SharePoint Syntex - SharePoint Syntex | Microsoft DocsSharePoint Syntex Adoption – Microsoft AdoptionAI Builder Calculator | Microsoft Power AppsRegex generator – GPT Crush – Demos of OpenAI's GPT-3 LinkedIn - James EcclesGet started with SharePoint Syntex - Learn | Microsoft DocsSharePoint look book ( Syntex SamplesSyntex RoadmapPhoto by Alex Knight on Unsplash
This week we are joined by Leon Armston, newly minted Microsoft 365 Apps and Services MVP, who shares his thoughts on the latest news.Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro and Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic, everything you need to know. - Tom TalksDriving adoption of Microsoft Viva at Microsoft - Microsoft Tech CommunityIntroducing Adoption Score – helping customers get the most out of Microsoft 365 - Microsoft Tech CommunityPublic preview of SharePoint Framework 1.16 – First release of upcoming features - Microsoft 365 Developer BlogIntroducing Microsoft Teams App Camp - Microsoft 365 Developer BlogWhat’s new: Power Apps August 2022 Feature Update | Microsoft Power Apps EventsMetaverse One - 7th SepRegister - Metaverse One – A Community Metaverse Event ( Days Netherlands - Sep 10th 2022CollabDays Netherlands 2022 Power Platform Conference Sep 20-22 10X - Sep 28th/29th Days Bletchley Park - Kevin and GarryCollabDays Bletchley Park | CollabdaysTechorama Netherlands October 11 - 12Home | Techorama Ignite - 12-14 OctRegister - Days Belgium - Oct 15thCollabDays Belgium 2022 | CollabdaysSouth Coast Summit 14/15th OctoberRegister - South Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology ConferenceSecurity & Compliance Workshop - Security and Compliance with Microsoft 365 - 1 Day Workshop Tickets, Fri 14 Oct 2022 at 09:00 | EventbriteViva Workshop - Employee Experience with Microsoft Viva - 1 Day Workshop Tickets, Fri 14 Oct 2022 at 09:00 | EventbriteCodemotion - 18/19 OctHome | CodemotionEuropean SharePoint Office 365 and Azure Conference 28 Nov - 1 DecEuropean SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference ( Viva Workshop - Microsoft Viva and Syntex Workshop - European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference, 2022 ( 
Part 2 of our recording with Gavin Jones as we dig into productivityModern Workplace Accelerator | MeeTime ServicesGavin 🤓 Jones | LinkedInMeeTime (@meetimeapps) / TwitterPhoto by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash
This week, Gavin Jones joins Al and Garry to cover the latest news and views from across the Microsoft 365 space.
Last week was Microsoft Inspire, the main conference for Microsoft Partners, and so we are covering the announcements that were made. The exciting news is that there were new products, new APIs, new release dates and no new renames!Viva Engage Viva Learning APIUse the employee learning API to integrate with Viva Learning - Microsoft Graph beta | Microsoft Docs Teams and M365 updatesFrom enabling hybrid work to creating collaborative experiences—here’s what’s new in Microsoft 365 | Microsoft 365 BlogExcel Live - AnnotationsVideo ClipViva Goals is now GAMicrosoft simplifies Endpoint Manager enrollment for Apple updates - Microsoft Tech Community Microsoft Teams Connect Shared channels go GA - the Microsoft Digital Contact Center Platform: A comprehensive, flexible customer care solution - Microsoft Dynamics 365 BlogOther news Garry's Bot video - Create Notification Bot for Microsoft Teams using Teams Toolkit (Tutorial) - YouTubeAC and JT present CloudDev Clarity - CloudDev Clarity | Episode 1 - Introducing the show!EventsCollab Days Netherlands - Sep 10th 2022 CollabDays Netherlands 2022 |Power Platform Conference Sep 20-22 10X - Sep 28th/29th Netherlands October 11 - 12 Home | TechoramaCollab Days Belgium - Oct 15th CollabDays Belgium 2022 | CollabdaysSouth Coast Summit 14/15th October South Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology ConferenceCodemotion - 18/19 Oct (Milan) Home | CodemotionEuropean SharePoint Office 365 and Azure Conference 28 Nov - 1 Dec European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference (
How old are you? Do you remember when the future of collaboration was SharePoint? Maybe you remember when it was web 2.0? Maybe you even remember back to when the internet or email was the future! This week, Hans Brender joins us to talk about the future of collaboration and we go a bit loopy talking about how Microsoft Loop will change the way we work, hopefully without us even realising it.Microsoft LoopMicrosoft Loop User GroupHans Brender - Aalen, Deutschland, HBsoft | about.mePhoto by Werner Du plessis on Unsplash
Hans Brender joins us to talk about the latest news just ahead of Microsoft Inspire. We cover:Viva Sales and how it changes the outlook for Viva (pun slightly intended)How to make beautiful Power Apps, inspired by the awesome Kristine KolodziejskiWhy you should upgrade your SharePoint Framework solutions with CLI for Microsoft 365Thinking about questions to ask at the upcoming Microsoft Search AMA Microsoft's Viva Sales: A new companion app that works with many CRM systems (not only Microsoft's) | ZDNetViva Sales and what it means for the future of Viva ( for Microsoft 365 v5.4 ( - Discover the World’s Top Designers & Creative Professionalspowerapps-samples/samples/fluentui-for-teams-theme at main · pnp/powerapps-samples · GitHubHow to enhance maker experience with a custom theme for Teams apps ( Search, Ask Us Anything - Microsoft Tech Community  Upcoming eventsMicrosoft Inspire July 19/20 Kinshasha August 20th Hear Hans speak on OneDrive Tips and TricksRegister using Microsoft FormsCollab Days Netherlands - Sep 10th 2022 CollabDays Netherlands 2022 |Power Platform Conference Sep 20-22 Netherlands October 11 - 12 Home | TechoramaCollab Days Belgium - Oct 15th CollabDays Belgium 2022 | CollabdaysSouth Coast Summit 14/15th October South Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology ConferenceEuropean SharePoint Office 365 and Azure Conference 28 Nov - 1 Dec European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference (
We are joined by Aaron Rendell, Head of Technology for CPS, to talk about Power Platform Centre of Excellence and how the CoE Starter Kit is what is says - a starter. We chat about the different processes and plans you that you should have in place to make your Power Platform usage the best it can be and to truly enable your citizen developers the right way.Microsoft Power Platform | Power Platform COE Establishing a Power Platform Centre of ExcellenceMicrosoft Power Platform Center of Excellence Kit - Power Platform | Microsoft DocsNew: turn images and designs into apps using AI-powered express design | Microsoft Power AppsPower Platform adoption maturity model - Microsoft Power Platform - Power Platform | Microsoft DocsEvents:Microsoft Teams Tech Conference ( Coast Summit – A Microsoft Cloud Technology Conference(Call for speakers for South Coast Summit is open until end of July - if you want any advice, message GreyHatBeardPrincess and we'll happily help)Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash
Another episode, another something a little different. Following on from our show at the South Coast Summit last year, we decided to keep a similar format but with much better sound this time. We are joined by a host of great community members to talk about what their fantasy dinner party would be with three rules - there has to be one person from the community, one from Microsoft and one other (living or dead). Naturally, the rules were thrown out the window half the time but we had some great responses.Big big thanks to all those who came along to record with us:Luke EvansCarmen YsewijnLaura Graham-BrownAlexio ChandiwanaYannick ReekmansAlison MulliganChike EduptaAshley Graham-BrownZoe WilsonSara Fennah
A slightly different show as we recorded our Happy Hour Etiquette session at the Scottish Summit. Al, Kevin and Luise were joined by Marijn Somers and Sara Fennah to share thoughts and tips on etiquette in Microsoft 365.The sound wasn't the best so we hope that it came across ok for you all. Let us know if you'd like more live recordings like this.
We are joined by Tomasz Poszytek to talk about all things processes in Teams. You may think that it is just about approvals but there is so much more that you can do to make your business processes more automated. We also talk about how you can plan your automations too.Useful links:Adaptive CardsOverview of Universal Actions for Adaptive Cards - Teams | Microsoft DocsPower Automate - Process advisor - Power Platform Release Plan | Microsoft DocsWhat is a Center of Excellence - Power Platform | Microsoft DocsTomasz Poszytek - YouTubePhoto by Alvaro Reyes on Unsplash
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