Speaking at SPS Toronto

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I am happy to travel to Toronto on August 19th for SPS Toronto 2017, where I will be speaking about Microsoft Teams!

Don’t miss this event they have a great selection of sessions and speakers!


SharePoint Saturday Toronto

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It’s with great pleasure and honor that I will be speaking about Microsoft Teams at the SharePoint Saturday Toronto 2017.

Drop by and say hello If you are in Toronto on August 19th!

SharePoint Online Communication sites

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The new communication sites are being rolled out to Office 365 First Release customers.

This is the message that was sent in the Office 365 message center.

To create communication sites, you will need to go to the SharePoint Tile in the App Launcher, and click Create site.

When communication sites will be available in your tenant, you will have the option to create a Team site or a Communication site.

There are three options for release preferences in Office 365. Standard release, First release for everyone and First release for selected users. On my tenant when it was set to First release for everyone, I did not have the option to create communication sites. When I have
set First release for selected users
and added my user I was able to create communication sites. I Don’t know why, but there seems to be a difference between the two First release options.

Note: When you create a communication site, an Office 365 group is not created. However, in order to create a communication site, you must have permission to create Office 365 Groups in Outlook.

Source: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-a-communication-site-in-SharePoint-Online-7fb44b20-a72f-4d2c-9173-fc8f59ba50eb

“Communication sites are perfect for internal cross-company campaigns, weekly and monthly reports or status updates, product launches, events and more. To help you jumpstart getting your message out fast, communication sites provide configurable templates for the sites and pages within. When you click Create site from the SharePoint home in Office 365, you have a choice of three initial site designs:

  • Topic—Select the Topic design when you have a lot of information to share, such as news, events and other content.
  • Showcase—Use the Showcase design to feature a product, team or event using photos or images.
  • Blank—Start with a blank site and make your design come to life quickly and easily.”

Source : https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/06/27/sharepoint-communication-sites-begin-rollout-to-office-365-customers/

7 reasons why every Canadian smallbusiness should fall in love with the cloud

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Here are 7 reasons why every Canadian smallbusiness should fall in love with the cloud:

  • Keep your data at rest in Canada
  • Safeguard your business
  • Avoid aggravation & downtime
  • Get a better IT ROI
  • Access powerful new services
  • Always stay up-to-date
  • Empower your dev team

If you have not looked at Office 365, it’s time to do it!

More information to evaluate Office 365: https://products.office.com/en/business/evaluate-office-365-for-it



To find out more about this read the source  of this article.

Success with Microsoft teams

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With Microsoft teams being globally available this week, Microsoft is providing their customers with a great set of documents and tools to prepare to have a successful Microsoft Teams deployment.

Microsoft has prepared this set of documents to plan and run team Workshops!

Microsoft has made available a Bandwith Calculator to help you plan your bandwith usage

You will also find some videos to learn more about using, deploying and operating Microsoft Teams


Click here to gain access to this great set of tools!

Have fun with Microsoft Teams.

Chat with style with Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft teams is the new communication tool that Microsoft is adding to Office 365 subscriptions.

With the Microsoft teams coming out this week, here are some tricks to add style to your conversations.

The chat tool allow you to add text, attachments, emojis, sticker and video conversations.

Adding text

You can add style to your text conversation by clicking on , where you can set your text to bold, Italic and more.

You can also add style to the chat by using the Markdown syntax.

Here are some commands that you can use in your chat box.

*yourboldtext* will show the text in bold

_yourItalicText_ will show the text in Italic

[YourTextInSquareBracket](YourUrlInParenthesis) will put a hyperlink on your text.

Here is list of what you can do with Markdown in Microsoft Teams:




Bold text


bold text

Italic text


italic text



Numbered list

Start your conversation with 1. Item one

Then when you click enter the numbered list will continue


1. Item one
2. Item two

Unordered list (use * or -)


· Item one
· Item two

Hyperlink (Add your text between square brackets)


Here’s a link.

Multi-line code block


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Inline block of code


(not available)




Source: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Getting-the-best-messaging-experience-f3a917cb-1a83-42b2-a097-0678298703bb?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Adding Emojis

Adding Stickers

Adding attachments

Adding attachment to your conversation is cool, but you have to make sure that you have a great naming convention to find your document. There is no search available (at the moment), you have to rely on the file name.

The attachment tool will show you your most recent documents, documents from your OneDrive for Business or the documents from your team.

For more information, see this link: Getting the best messaging experience


If you like keyboard shortcuts, here is a list of shortcuts that can be used with Microsoft Teams.


Have fun with team conversations.

Global availability of Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft is holding an online session on March 14th at 8:30 a.m. to launch the global availability of Microsoft Teams. Follow this link to signup https://blogs.office.com/2017/03/07/join-us-for-an-online-event-to-celebrate-the-global-availability-of-microsoft-teams/

Microsoft Teams is a Chat based tool that has been available to Office 365 customer that have activated First Release. The new tool has received great reviews and will be globally available on March 14th.

If you want to learn more about teams have a look at this page https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/A-New-Release-Strategy-Preparing-for-Teams-Release/ba-p/52215, where you will find explanation and the following links.

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