Edit the default name and profile picture of guest users in Microsoft Teams

Collaboration in Microsoft Teams is not restricted to the members of your organization, the platform allows you to reach users from other organizations and also add them to your existing teams as guests.

If guest access is enabled in your tenant, you will be able to add members to teams that don’t belong to the organization however the name and the profile picture added to those users by default is not always the best to identify them.

Microsoft Teams guest user profile picture

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Add a third-party cloud storage provider to Microsoft Teams

When using Microsoft Teams all your files get stored in a SharePoint site, if you or other team members have files stored in other cloud storage providers you will be able to bring them to the Teams context in just a few clicks.

Using the add cloud storage feature, allows everyone with permissions to the original folder to access to the files from a team channel.

Microsoft Teams cloud storage

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How to use Viva Insights Virtual Commute to wrap-up your day when working with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Viva Insights was designed to help you to better manage your workday and to keep a balance between your personal and work life.

Viva Insights Virtual Commute will remind you that is time to wrap up your day showing you a list of things that you still have to do and a resume of what will happen in the next one.

Viva Insights Virtual Commute

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How to show a SharePoint page in Microsoft Teams without the command bar

With a recent update, SharePoint pages started to show the command bar when displayed inside Microsoft Teams allowing the user to quickly modify the page from the Teams context without the need to open the browser.

While this feature was thought to increase the productivity, it can be a bit annoying in scenarios where you simply want the user to get focused on the content.

SharePoint page command bar

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How to schedule Out of Office and automatic replies using Microsoft Teams

Set up a message to let others know you’re on holiday or not available to reply, was a feature that until recently was only available through Outlook being then propagated to other applications like Microsoft Teams.

If you spend most of your day working on Microsoft Teams, it makes sense to enable your Out of Office and automatic replies directly from the application before wrapping everything and leaving on a well-deserved vacation.

Out of Office Microsoft Teams

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How to define compact mode in Microsoft Teams to view more chat messages on the screen

Microsoft Teams has a new feature that allows you to modify the chat density to display up to 50% more chat messages on the screen.

This feature is available through a new Compact mode in the personal user settings; however it only gets applied to chats and has no impact on teams channels.

Microsoft Teams chat compact mode

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Hands-On Microsoft Teams – The second edition of my book just got released

After 18 months since the first edition, I’m proud to announce that the new edition of my book Hands-On Microsoft Teams just got released.

Hands-on Microsoft Teams is a book about implementing effective enterprise collaboration and teamwork using Microsoft Teams with tips and real-world scenarios that will help you to understand the platform better.

Hands-On Microsoft Teams second edition

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How to quote a team message in Microsoft Teams

For years users asked Microsoft to include a simple way to directly reply to a message including the original quote in the reply.

This feature was introduced this year and is now available directly from the context menu in each message, however it was not included to thread messages in team chats.

Quote a team message

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How to change the default application to open Office files from Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Office files hosted in Microsoft Teams by default open inside the application using the web version of the associated Office application. Once the file is open in Microsoft Teams you have the option to open it in the desktop application, but it requires a few extra clicks and a few seconds waiting for it to open again.

In this article you will learn how to change the default version of Office used by Word, Excel and PowerPoint files stored in Microsoft Teams, making it open inside Teams, in the browser or in the Desktop application.

Office files default application in Microsoft Teams

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How to add a Microsoft Loop Pages to a team in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Loop is still in its early days and at the time of writing available just as preview in Microsoft Teams. This does not prevent you from starting using it in your teams to explore the initial potential of the new Microsoft Teams feature.

If you are curious how to get started with it, I recommend you to have a look to my previous article where the process to create your first Live Component / Loop Component is explained.

Microsoft Loop Pages

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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.