CompanyNet celebrates 25 years in business

A group of CompanyNet staff sitting around a table

CompanyNet staff met for a special lunch at the George Hotel in Edinburgh to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The business was founded in August 1996, originally delivering websites and applications during the early days of the web. We soon broadened out to be pioneers in the nascent market for SharePoint intranets and Dynamics CRM systems. …

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Advisory Panel appointed by CompanyNet

As a technology company, CompanyNet is always looking forward. Our team’s constant innovation means we keep pace with the way people work – as well as the continual stream of changes from Microsoft.

However, even in the IT world, it’s vital that innovation is backed by hard-won experience and real-world perspective. To that end, we have benefited from working with our advisors individually and now we are creating our new CompanyNet Advisory Panel.

Who are the Advisory Panel?

Made up of four business experts bringing independent expertise, members of the Advisory Panel have helped us build and grow CompanyNet consistently and will help us do even more in the coming years.

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Emoji reactions in Microsoft Teams video calls and meetings

One of the challenges of working from home with Microsoft Teams is that it’s much harder to gauge how those in a meeting feel about what someone is saying. In person, we intuitively pick up on what people are thinking about what’s being said, based on their body language. On a screen during a video call, it’s not quite as easy 😭.

A new feature, being introduced over the next month, aims to restore the ability to show how you feel about what’s being said, without interrupting the speaker. Borrowing somewhat from social networks like Facebook, Microsoft are adding emoji-based ‘reactions’ to the video meeting experience.

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History Menu in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams History menu

It’s a common problem – you’re happily using Teams, when you get distracted by some activity, or a colleague messages you. You switch to another area of Teams to address the task at hand. Moments later, though, you want to go back to what you were originally working on… but where did it go?

Never fear. Much like the back button in popular browsers, Teams is now gaining a ‘History’ menu, which will let you retrace your footsteps through Microsoft Teams.

Retrace your steps in Teams

Thanks to the new History menu, it will be a piece of cake to navigate to previous locations. By simply hovering over the ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons at the top of the Teams window, you will be able to see all the tabs, conversations, teams and files you recently looked at.

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New Teams and Search usage reports coming to Microsoft 365

Two new types of usage report – for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Search – are being rolled out to Microsoft 365 in February 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft Teams usage report

Admins will be able to find a new Microsoft Teams usage activity report in the usage reports section of the Microsoft 365 Admin Centre.

The report gathers together data from across your organisation’s use of Microsoft Teams, and reveals useful information both at an overall (tenant) level, and on a team-by-team level. This gives you a ‘big picture’ view of how your organisation is making use of Teams.

The Teams Usage Activity Report started rolling out in January, and everyone should have it by early February 2021.

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Microsoft 365 Groups – What you need to know

Microsoft 365 Groups may not be as recognised a name as Microsoft Teams, but it is a key component how Teams operates.

The massive increase in Microsoft Teams usage because of organisations rapidly transitioning to remote working has meant that both Administrators and the Microsoft 365 platform have had to react to ensure operations run smoothly.

The Microsoft 365 Groups Roadmap highlights the future plans and features which are being released. This article aims to highlight the items which we think are worth your attention.

What are Microsoft 365 Groups?

Microsoft 365 Groups is the membership service for more than 22 collaboration apps and workloads within Microsoft 365.  The most visible of these for users is typically Microsoft Teams, but it also includes Yammer, Stream and Planner.

Microsoft 365 Groups

Microsoft 365 Groups were previously called Office 365 Groups. This relabelling aligns the service with the wider ‘Microsoft 365’ branding across the platform.  There is no change to the capabilities and the terms are basically interchangeable.

A Microsoft 365 Group does have a few similarities (but many differences) to a traditional Active Directory or Azure AD Security Group, which will be familiar to system admins.  Although Azure AD underpins the group identity management, the relationship with the collaboration workloads is a new capability and needs to be understood to prevent issues for users and administrators.

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