Break the ice in Microsoft Teams meetings with Games for Work

Microsoft just made a surprise release for Microsoft Teams, a set of classic Games that you can use to challenge your co-workers during meetings to help to break the ice.

The Games for Work for Microsoft Teams is a new application available for the Enterprise and Education plans that includes classics like Solitaire and Minesweeper and also the Microsoft IceBreakers and Wordament.

Microsoft Teams Games for Work


Choose where to save downloaded files from Microsoft Teams

Up until recently all files shared in Microsoft Teams channels and chats were downloaded to the operating system default Download folder.

With a recent update you can modify this behaviour and define a new location for all the files or choose it for each one download, let’s see how you can tweak this setting.

Change the default download location


Create a focus plan using Microsoft Teams and Viva Insights

The daily meetings, chat conversations and email can leave you without time to focus on your individual work. While collaboration is key for success in the modern work environments, sometimes you also need to stop it for a while so you can stay focused on your own tasks.

According to a study it takes up to 23 minutes to recover from a distraction at work. The focus plan included in the Microsoft Viva Insights will help you to control the unwanted interruptions during your day, by blocking focus time in your calendar and by turning off all Microsoft Teams notifications.

Viva Insights focus plan


What’s new for Microsoft Teams from Microsoft Ignite?

After two years being exclusively online, Microsoft Ignite made its return as a hybrid event; smaller and spread across the world it is still the place where most of the new features for Microsoft products were announced.

This article is a compilation of several articles, social media posts and blog posts, about everything new announced for Microsoft Teams during Microsoft Ignite so you can get an overview of everything new coming out in the next few months.

What's new for Microsoft Teams from Microsoft Ignite 2022


How to fix “There was a glitch, and we are recovering…” error in Microsoft Teams

There is nothing worse than trying to use a software that simply hangs while starting without doing anything and without telling the user much about what is going on.

Despite being an amazing product Microsoft Teams also has its bad days but thankfully things are usually easy to fix and to get up and running again.

Fix Microsoft Teams glitch


How to filter Microsoft Teams unread activities

Microsoft Teams activity feed is not just a chat notification aggregator, it combines notifications from your chats and from applications you are using in Teams.

To help filtering between notification you have read and the ones you have missed, Microsoft Teams is now adding a toggle that will show you the unread activities in just one click.

Microsoft Teams unread Activities


Self-chat is now available in Microsoft Teams – Learn how to create yours

Workarounds to create self-chats in Microsoft Teams have been present since the platform was released as you can see in one of my previous articles, but now Microsoft is making this an official feature.

Any user will be able to chat with himself, making use of all the options available when chatting with other users. Using this new feature, you will be able to save memos, take quick notes or even store files that become available in the files tab inside the conversation.

Microsoft Teams self-chat


Fix Microsoft Teams calendar not loading

If you use Microsoft Teams, the Calendar application is a central component to keep you organized in your day-to-day activities and there is nothing more frustrating than seeing an error message that prevents you from seeing your schedule.

If your calendar is presenting you with the error message “Couldn’t load your calendar. Let’s give it another try” there is one thing you can do before reaching directly to your Microsoft Teams administrator.

Fix Microsoft Teams Calendar


Create a self-chat in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams will soon allow users to create chats with themselves to easily take notes, write quick messages, or even store files or images.

This feature is planned to be released in June 2022 but while it doesn’t happen here is a workaround to take advantage of self-chats.

Create a self-chat in Microsoft Teams


Adjust the brightness and focus of your camera in Microsoft Teams video meetings

There are new features coming to Microsoft Teams to adjust the brightness and focus, that will make the image captured by your camera in video meetings better than ever.

Brightness adjustments enhances the video quality when the lightning is poor while soft focus applies a smoothing effect to appearance.

Adjust Microsoft Teams camera brightness


I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.