HANDS ON tek – 10 years anniversary

January 10, 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of HANDS ON tek, a blog that I started back in 2012 to write about technology and became a central repository for solutions and articles about Microsoft 365.

To celebrate this milestone, I’m offering 10 copies of my books during the next 10 days, If you would like to get a copy of Hands-On Microsoft Lists or Hands-On Microsoft Teams continue to read the post and fill out the form.


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


How to schedule focus time from Microsoft Viva Insights

Microsoft Viva Insights helps you to keep the balance between your work and personal life while at the same time gives you valuable tools that will help you to thrive in the hyper connected modern world of work.

Being always connected and available to others even when working remotely can easily ruin your daily productivity, to prevent it from happening Microsoft Viva Insights allows you to schedule focus time just for you directly from Microsoft Teams.

Schedule focus time using Viva Insights


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


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


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


How to get started with Microsoft Loop components in Microsoft Teams

Announced in the fall edition of Microsoft Ignite this year, Microsoft Loop is the a new app that allows users to collaborate and work simultaneously in real time in the same canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync.

Microsoft Loop as an application is not yet available but if your organization allows you to use the Preview version of Microsoft Teams you will be able to start using them today experiencing the most advanced collaboration feature available in Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Loop in Microsoft Teams


Clippy is back to Microsoft Teams – Learn how to use it

Clippy the infamous Office assistant released by Microsoft with Office 97 was misunderstood by users that found it more annoying than useful. Despite have been fired with the release of Office XP, Clippy became one of the mascots of Microsoft returning every now and then for the joy of all the users who loved it back in the day.

Now he is back for good in Microsoft Teams and ready to provide a lot of fun moments… at least for those who were using computers in between 1997 and 2001. 👴👵


Collabdays Lisbon 2021 – Learn the latest and greatest about Microsoft Teams

Collabdays Lisbon is a non-profit, community-driven event dedicated to Microsoft technology schedule for November 13th, 2021!

Despite being organised from the sunny Portugal, this year it will be fully remote and by registering you have the chance to join from anywhere to learn the latest about Microsoft 365, Azure, Power Platform and Microsoft Viva from world class speakers and recognised MVPs.


How to share content from camera using Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams allows you to share content from a variety of digital sources while in a meeting and now thanks to the Content from camera feature you will be able to easily share physical white boards and documents using your built-in camera or an external USB camera.

Sharing content from camera will allow you to present content from physical artifacts in a legible way as the captured image gets detected and transformed to provide better readability.

Microsoft Teams content from camera


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.